Sunday Sipping / KahvΓ© Road

Last Sunday, I had a quick coffee date with my mum. We came across a exquisite coffee bar and patisserie, KahvΓ© 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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Riebeek-Casteel

Hello

After a cold, rainy and miserable week in Cape Town, we were treated to a beautiful, sunny and warm day today. We took a drive out to the quaint town of Riebeek-Casteel off the N7 (in the Western Cape, South Africa). The weather was marvellous, and I almost forgot that it wasn’t summer! We spent the afternoon looking around at all the gorgeous little shops that sold everything from beautiful vintage furniture, dΓ©cor and books to handmade soaps, wonderful body products and handmade beanies. There were a few cafes and a pub too. I thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back, holiday-ish vibe that radiated through the small town. I love discovering new places that aren’t far from home.

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Cute little plants planted in farm-style rustic tea cups.
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The most beautiful vintage chests of drawers, books and other bits and bobs.
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Body products in another store.

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I tried a really yummy brewed iced-tea made locally by Uber Flavour. This honey and lemon combo was really interesting and and a real treat.

I love exploring and adventuring and then documenting my travels through photography and writing. I have a few more posts like these planned. I hope you’re enjoying them!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Choc-Coffee Loaf Cake with Pistachios

Hello

Over this weekend, I was really feeling for chocolate cake. So out came the Kenwood mixer and on went the oven, but I decided that I wanted to try something different. And so, I decided to make this cake!

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 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/4 cup boiling water (with a teaspoon of coffee)
  • A handful of pistachios for the top

Method

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180ΒΊ/C
  • Beat the eggs and sugar
  • In a different bowl, sift the dry ingredients
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the eggs and sugar
  • Add the oil and mix well
  • Add the coffee
  • Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until baked through
  • Top with icing and pistachios

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This cake is so yummy and it’s perfect for a weekend treat as its just enough to eat before the week starts again. Lately, I’ve been so inspired, but not in a way that I just want to make stuff. I want to explore! There’s SO much creativity here in Cape Town and its so exciting to discover! The Design Indaba is coming up soon and I’m really hoping to pop in there.

Have a fab week

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

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 180Β°/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 Β 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

 

Mini Doughnut-Waffles

I am in the midst of exams at the moment and decided to do a little post that’s super-yum just to chill.

Here’s a really easy waffle recipe I found and absolutely love! I poured the batter into a mini doughnut machine to make mini waffle doughnuts, but you could always just go traditional and use a waffle iron.

You will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (I prefer vanilla extract)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of cooking oil

Method

  • Combine all dry ingredients
  • Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, vanilla essence and milk
  • Add the oil and stir until everything is combined
  • Pour into waffle iron/ doughnut machine and bake!

These are super yummy!

I am also super-excited because I wrote a letter to Ideas magazine and they published it!

Have a fab week!

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Fuss-Free Pancakes

In my family, my dad is known for the amazing steak he cooks, my mom I known for her to-die-for cheesecake and I am known for my pancakes (if I may say so myself). I love everything about pancakes from making them right until eating them up.Β  Today I’ll be sharing my pancake recipe with you.

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Lauren Child's illustration in Astrid Lindgren's book, Pippi Longstocking
Lauren Child’s illustration in Astrid Lindgren’s book, Pippi Longstocking

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 Β½ tablespoons of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • ΒΎ cup milk
  • 1 cup of cake flour (I’ve used self-raising flour too, and it still tastes great!)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (You could also use vanilla essence but extract smells way better and has a richer flavour.

Method:

  1. Add egg and sugar in a bowl and whisk well.
  2. Add in milk, water and vanilla extract and whisk again.
  3. Add in flour and salt and mix until there are no lumps in the mixture.
  4. Add butter to a hot pan and pour in mixture.
  5. Fry until golden brown on each side and cooked all the way through.
  6. Enjoy!

One of my favourite books of all time is Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I fell in love with Pippi and the beautiful illustrations by Lauren Child when I first read the book. (Pippi loves baking too…)

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

  • Banana and Ice-Cream
  • Blueberries and Ice-Cream