Little Moment - thirty / 52

People remember to adore summer mornings, those days where you ease out of bed and leap in to the light, their easygoing nature so simple to enjoy.

But in winter we grumble and groan and all too easily we can miss the joy to be found in a special golden light filled morning, one where the frost has lifted and the lawn is still damp.

The beauty of winter can be found rugged up on the front porch with a warm coffee at hand, add a toddler and some bubbles and then you'll see the true magic appear.  No concern for the crisp air, only the chase of air wrapped in rainbows, giggles and purity of happiness to be found.

Little moment

You don't need a toddler to remember the joy in the Little things, treat yourself to some bubbles make that boring dishwashing liquid into a crisp morning of childlike fun, I dare you.

Little Veggie Kitchen - Orange you glad I baked a tart?

I have to admit, the story of how I fell in love with the flavour of blood orange is a far cry from the made from scratch, health focused diet that I try to follow now. Let's just say that it was definitely blood orange "flavour" so probably just a chemical interpretation of the taste rather than the real deal, but then I'm pretty sure that the vodka was the real draw card at that point in time. 

It's been quite awhile since then and well and truly time to bring the gorgeous colours and flavours of the blood orange back in to my life, minus the chemical based yuckiness. The hard part is actually getting my hands on them, available for such a limited time each year and of course never in the supermarkets, I've struggled to get any into the Little Veggie Kitchen. But fortunately this year between the generosity of others gardens and a big haul from the Farmer's Market a lot of blood oranges have been demolished with glee around here before I got around to actually making something with them.

Even though it took a lot of oranges before I got around to making this, I'm really glad I did, orange you?

Orange you glad I baked a tart? - Blood Orange and Salted Chocolate Tart

A Lila Wolff Original (makes 1 x 26cm tart)

Blood orange and salted chocolate tart

Preheat oven to 200c 

In an oven proof bowl place 90 grams of nuttelex, 1 tablespoon orange infused olive oil, water, 1 tablespoon panela, 1 teaspoon of pink salt. 

Place in preheated oven and cook until nuttelex has melted and is bubbling around the edges.  Remove from oven taking care not to touch the hot bowl, quickly stir through the hazelnut meal and flour, stir until a ball of dough forms. 

Tip dough into tart tin and flatten out using wooden spoon or spatula, once cooled enough to touch use the heel of your hand to spread the dough out and up the sides of the tin.  Keep a small amount of dough aside to repair any cracks that appear during baking.

Prick the dough with a fork and bake for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the crust has browned.  Remove from oven, push spare dough into any cracks and allow to cool.

Prepare cashew cream filling.  In blender place soaked cashews, juice of 2 blood oranges, 2 tablespoons panela, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of orange infused olive oil and vanilla essence. Blend until cashews are broken down and a smooth creamy consistency is achieved.  Pour into cooled tart shell.

In a small saucepan on low heat melt 60 grams of chocolate with 1 1/2 teaspoons pink salt.  Once melted drizzle over surface of cashew filling and drag through using a skewer.

Slice three blood oranges thinly and remove rind, drain excess juice by sitting slices on paper towel.  

Arrange slices over surface of tart and return to oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven, cool slightly and enjoy.

Best served:  Before anyone realises you have these beautiful fleetingly available oranges, or they may just eat them before you can!

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Little Life - Little joys

It's time for a big clear out of our home again, refresh and restore the balance with less of everything.

This week I've begun several much needed but incredibly tedious clean-ups. This little space was first with a re-center of my direction, I've spent some time digging through and cleaning up so that there is a sense of order and purpose. Some scattered energies removed and filed away.

Now that the online space is cleared I've moved on to the real world work.  Just a little each day, so that the energy of clearing doesn't wipe me out completely, but enough that visible progress is made and a balance is restored.

We clear out regularly and attempt to pare back, while not big spenders we find it that stuff  has a way of creeping back in and overwhelming our little space. We also outgrow things, especially as we refine our diet and our definition of self care.  I find the energy of a clear out difficult but once complete, the space cleared of physical things always makes room for experiences.

When it's hard to let go of something, or I desire those things that others have and I don't I remind myself of how I really want to live my life.  That at the end of my time I know it's the experiences I will value the most, a room filled with memories, photographs and a love of a little life lived joyfully is what I hope for. Not to end buried under the weight of things.

  1. Prettying up my desk space, stacking books reading and recently read with new crystals purchased by my mama.  
  2. My bridal crown which hangs next to our bed and makes me smile every day.
  3. My pretty tulle and lace skirt that awaits the warmer weather's return.
  4. Coming home to a freshly cut stack of wood thanks to my lovely parents in law.
  5. Excited to have gotten more than one try at blood oranges this season.
  6. Rosy cheeks playing on a crisp winter morning at the Farmer's Market.

Tell me what were the lovely little things in your week?

Six lessons learned exhibiting art for the first time - Part Five

Several weeks ago at the end of my first exhibition I had a brief but enlightening conversation with one of my teachers. I've turned it and some of the other growth points which came out of the whole exhibition experience into an easily digestible series of six lessons I learned to share with you. They may be lessons you've already learned and have something to add to, or things that you need a gentle reminder of.  I hope they are as helpful to you as they are to me.

Image by Lila Wolff

Image by Lila Wolff

Put yourself out there (it's not as scary as it seems)

I spent the weeks leading up to the exhibition, with a little bit of hope that I could somehow get out of it. I'm not someone who is comfortable around large groups of people, let alone in the spotlight.

But this one is probably the most brief and most obvious of all the lessons I learned, it was nowhere near as hard as I had made it out to be in my mind. Yes on the night I was still somewhat anxious, but really it was over as quickly as ripping off a bandaid. 

The value of not finding a way out of being there and pushing through that fear to put myself out there seems small and overly simple. Sure it won't change my feelings in the lead up to the next exhibition, or meeting, or conference.  I won't be attending whatever the event is without that familiar trepidation, or free of anxiety sitting in the pit of my stomach.  

But I know that I will put myself out there and remind myself that it's not as scary as it seems. And that reminder will help me enjoy it for what it is a slightly terrifying but meaningful experience.

Super simple sprinkle cake tutorial - with party animals

Normally when I have a recipe to share I post it in the Little Veggie Kitchen for you, but I decided to do something different to share Eve's birthday cake this year and create a video tutorial.

Hope you like it!

The base cake recipe we used can be found here on Smitten Kitchen I substituted dairy products as usual, all other ingredients used were preservative and artificial colour free, because that's how we roll.

Don't forget (to check) your toothpaste

preservatives in toothpaste

Did you know that most toothpastes, especially children's ones are packed with preservatives and artificial colours?  It's an easily missed stumbling block in eliminating them from your family's diet.