Sunday Sipping / Kahvé Road

Last Sunday, I had a quick coffee date with my mum. We came across a exquisite coffee bar and patisserie, Kahvé Road. As soon as you step inside, its easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a suburban mall. The leather upholstery, dramatic lighting, and moody interiors make for an incredible ambience. They have a selection of herbal teas, coffees and fresh juices, as well as delightful pastries, desserts and my personal favourite, macarons. What a lovely place…

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Chocolate and espresso dome
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Pineapple, orange, strawberry and mint juice

 

Nabeela x

 

 

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Choc-Chip and Oat Cookies

Hello

My exams are finally over and it feels so great to just be able to do whatever I like. I’ve been planning to post this for a while, but naturally, in between studying and school, I didn’t have much free time to blog. But hey, it’s almost holiday time and I have some really cool posts planned that I’m looking so forward to sharing with you.

A little while back I tried this really great cookie recipe and they were SO yum, so I thought I just had to share.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g of chocolate (you can substitute it will nuts, or sweets. Anything really)

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°/c
  • Cream butter and sugar together
  • Next, add the egg and beat well
  • Seperately, add the flour to oats, baking powder and bicarb
  • Add the butter and chocolate
  • Spoon onto  a greased baking tray
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes (time may vary depending on how big they are)

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I definitely recommend you give this recipe a shot. Please leave your bog links in the comments, I’d love to read them!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

Pizzeria Villagio

There’s a really cozy little pizzeria in my neighbourhood called Pizzeria Villagio. The restaurant is really warm (because of the wood burning clay oven) and cosy and it feels like you’re in a little village somewhere in Italy. The décor is rustic and has an Italian-village feel to it. I love the collection of colourful rustic frames on the walls too.

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The pizzas they make are simply divine! They are made with thin crispy bases and delicious toppings. My favourite pizza is definitely the vegetarian one with chargrilled aubergines, courgettes, peppers, mushrooms and feta. They are also known for their pastas and steak.

Vegetarian pizza with chargrilled courgettes, aubergine, mushrooms, pepper and feta. Yum!
Vegetarian pizza with chargrilled courgettes, aubergine, mushrooms, pepper and feta. Yum!
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Photo credits: Sandra from Pizzeria Villagio

They also offer home-baked cakes and other bakes that are delicious!

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Chocolate Cheesecake
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Red Velvet Cheescake
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Freshly-baked scones
Apple Strudel
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If you’re feeling for some Italian food and a cozy family-friendly atmosphere, try them out. You’ll be amazed.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Lovely Lemon and Vanilla Cupcakes

Lately, the kitchen has definitely been one of my happy places. I’m not really into cooking. Yes, I can boil pasta and fry an egg but what I really love is baking biscuits and cupcakes. Today I’m sharing my favourite cupcake recipe with you. I made them yesterday and put a twist to the traditional butter icing… I added lemon juice to give it a bit of tang! Here’s how I made them.

Cupcakes

You will need:

2 eggs

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of oil

2/3 cup of self-raising flour

2/3 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 cup of boiling water

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence/extract

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°/C.
  2. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence until creamy.
  3. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients.
  4. Add the oil and stir well.
  5. Add the water and stir well.
  6. Pour batter into lined muffin tray
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes (at 180°/C).
  8. Leave to cool before icing.

Icing

You will need:

Icing sugar

Butter

Milk

Yellow food colouring

Lemon juice

Method:

  1. Sift the icing sugar into a mixing bowl and add in the butter.
  2. Mix well and pour in the hot milk. Stir well.
  3. Add milk until the consistency is right.
  4. Add the lemon juice. (The amount you add depends on how lemon-y you want the icing to be).
  5. Lastly add the food colouring.
  6. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.

This recipe makes about 18 cupcakes

These cupcakes were so yummy! If you’re not sure what to bake, these are definitely worth a shot!

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I hope you try these!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

The Creamery: DOCUMENTED

I recently visited The Creamery Ice Cream and Dessert Café in Newlands. While I was there, I chatted to Katy-Rose, a manager there, and I learnt lots about the business and how it all started. So here it goes…

Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery
Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

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Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery
Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

Back To The Roots

The Creamery was started in 2010 by Kate Schrire, who wanted to teach people about sustainable farming in a fun way, and she chose ice-cream to do this. All the ingredients used in the products are sourced locally from farmers or people who make home-made goods. If they for some reason cannot be sourced locally, The Creamery pairs up with farmers who source the products themselves. The business is very experimental and new flavours are always being tried and tested. Customers are generally willing to taste new flavours making it easy to see which ones work.

Decor Inspiration

The Creamery is very much inspired by dessert cafes in the USA such as Jeni’ Splendid. The décor is cool and quirky. Much of the décor, such as the bar stools, fridges and coffee machines are The Creamery’s signature colour, Creamery Green.

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Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

Where To Find Them

There are a handful of dessert cafes and stalls where you can find The Creamery. (The Creamery is Cape-Town based at the moment). They include Newlands Dessert Café (flagship store), Salt River Dessert Café (head office), the V&A Market On The Wharf, The Biscuit Mill on Saturday mornings and the lunch time market at the St Georges Mall on a Thursday. Look out for them at their new Mouille Point Café, opening soon!

There is also a range of take-home products so that you can enjoy the ice-cream at home too! There are plans to expand these exciting products too.

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Flavourful

The Flavour Of The Month Campaign started in March 2015. It is selected as the most interesting, exciting, out-there flavour. There are many interesting flavours that have made an appearance at The Creamery! They include Cookie-Dough, Carrot-Cake, Blackberry Cheesecake, Strawberry and Bazil, Butternut and Toasted Marshmellow, and Rosetta Roasted Coffee to name a few.

The Creamery is a family and community orientated business. Their aim isn’t just to make money, but to be a part of communities and families.

So next time you’re not sure what to have for dessert after Sunday lunch, why not try them out? Your taste buds will be tantalized for sure!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{A special thanks to The Creamery for allowing me to do this post. It’s greatly appreciated!}