The Lighthouse

Nugget Point Lighthouse - InHappenstance

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battut

Location: Nugget Point Lighthouse, Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand.

Considered one of the most popular photography spots in New Zealand, this lighthouse perched on the precipice of a great view of several rock formations/islets known as Nugget Point.

We loved visiting New Zealand for our honeymoon. It was wild, beautiful and incredibly accessible. This spot was visited during our South Island trip when we were in Dunedin visiting my cousin.

Equipment: Sony A6000 | 35mm

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Mini Double Coconut Cake with Elderflower Glaze

Mini Double Coconut Cake with Elderflower Glaze

I have been day dreaming about things I can make in an oven for many weeks now. The day-dream ping and pongs between savoury comfort meals like lamb roast, roast veggies, lasagne to strudels, bagels and delicious fluffy pear and chocolate hot cross buns (Claudia @ The Brick Kitchen is mostly responsible for the last two day dreams). I have also had vivid day dreams about working with choux pastry in my Thermomix and finally trying my hand at making some eclairs or profiteroles.

But I am happy to report that the day dreaming days are over as I have great news! I am writing this post to celebrate the start of the floor works required in our apartment. I cannot believe it has been nearly 5 weeks since we moved out of home and lived in a small hotel room and we survived! The works have started and it won’t be long until we can move back in for good. 

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Super Energy Bites

Super Energy Bites

Last week, there were some energy bites vibes in the air. My friend, Courtney made some delicious summery citrus energy bites and my sister in-law, Nu made some really delicious ones rolled in chia seeds. In addition to that, H and I were thinking of ways to cut back on our sweet treats (ice-cream, cake and chocolate) and energy bites popped up in conversation. Naturally, I can’t seem to get energy bites out of my head or taste buds so I have decided to make some too. I had some pistachios handy and totally think that these pretty green bites will inspire the inner Hulk in you.

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Raspberry, Coconut and Choc Chip Ricotta Pancakes

Raspberry, choc chip and ricotta pancakes

Happy Labour long weekend to all my Melbourne friends!

Oh my Pancakes! I can’t believe it is March already. I am still reporting from our hotel room, we are here for another week then we move into my sister’s spare bedroom for a couple of weeks. The good news is that we are finally moving ahead with our repairs and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hooray!

I have tried to re-use ingredients to minimise waste, its been working really well. So when I was feeling a little peckish, I scoured the cupboards to see what I had to whip up a quick snack. I found some leftover ricotta in the fridge and decided to try my hand at making ricotta pancakes.

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Rediscovering the joy of reading #1 – January & February

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So this year, I decided to take some time away from over stimulation of technology and revert back to a simpler and more rewarding hobby – reading. I became inspired by Sally’s ‘2015 Reading Challenge‘ to rediscover the joy of reading although I must say, I am not quite ready to tackle that specific reading challenge just yet.

When I was growing up, I LOVED to read. I read everything from Dr. Seuss, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter to The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, Sweet Valley High series. As I got older, I devoured the romantic classics of Jane Austen, the Brontes, Charles Dickens and even attempted Lord Byron. I discovered my love for non-fiction history books and on some occasions, when it was bright outside and I knew nothing sinister could get to me… some creepy stories by R.L .Stine and gothic tales by Anne Rice. I also really loved those ‘Choose your own adventure books’. How awesome were they? It was seriously the best thing to do on a slow weekend, learning the powerful lesson of choice and consequences.

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Cooking in a hotel: Creamy Mushroom Soup

Thermomix - Creamy Mushroom Soup

Greetings from a Hotel Room!

Sadly this is not a greeting from an exotic holiday destination. This is a greeting from our temporary home.

We are in a hotel room till March as H and I have had to move out of our new apartment due to a washing machine related flood (which happened 5 days before our wedding last December). After a couple of months of trying to get everything back the way it is, we finally managed to get someone to have a look at the floors to assess the damage and it was not pretty. Our floorboards were now harbouring mould under them. Not exactly the way we wanted to start 2016 – so much for a lucky no.13 apartment!

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Recipe Test: French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake. With simple ingredients and a wooden spoon | www.inhappenstance.com

Want a lip-smacking cake recipe to try this weekend? Look no further,  this recipe is IT!

This cake reminds me of a simpler time – when you could whip up a cake using a few ingredients from your pantry without fancy ingredients or gadgets. The romantic in me pictures myself enjoying this cake in a beautiful cottage in the middle of the French countryside, enjoying quiet day of reading and a nice cup of tea. Simple, easy and uncomplicated.

Forget the kitchen aid or the hand mixer, you can make this cake with a wooden spoon. No elbow grease required.

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Melt in your mouth pineapple biscuits

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With Chinese New Year in full swing, I really am beginning to feel the festive vibe here in Melbourne. As I am not home this year in Malaysia celebrating with my family, I decided remedy my homesickness by making my childhood’s favourite New Year sweet treat, the Pineapple tart. These buttery biscuits are so ADDICTIVE! If you are anything like me and love a good buttery anything, these will not last long.

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Zuchinni, Carrot and Salmon Fritters with Bean salad

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So I realise it has been a while since I have checked in on the blog. What a crazy few weeks it has been. I have so much that I am bursting to share but as life is moving at such a fast pace, I have hardly had the time to pick up the camera and do a nice slow cook. I am writing this post as I roughly pack for my bridal party in Sydney with my girlfriends. (I know… life’s tough sometimes… haha)

So while I realise that this food post is not ‘groundbreaking’, I did want to share with you a quick and delicious lunch I made myself the other day. After all, who says no to Fritters. I have tried to eat more vegetables and include wild salmon into my diet as per instructions from my Naturopath and these fritters offer a great balance to eat my veggies and my salmon too.

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The Humble Carrot Cake

The Humble Carrot Cake | in happenstance.com

I am a lover of list making and since Thursday this week, I have made lists of all the things I have to do this weekend (all in my little notebooks that my Sydney girls gifted me for my birthday) and then it hit me — I am an obsessive list maker. I make lists within lists and then some!

Seriously guys – I think I have a compulsion to make lists for the sake of making them. It is my way of procrastinating when I know I should be planning my wedding instead of baking. Put the spatula down Lynnette and walk away! There is one thing that in my opinion doesn’t ever have to be complicated. CARROT CAKE!

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