Spiced Pumpkin Scones with Maple Butter


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If there is one thing I have learnt about my 15 years of living in Melbourne, it is that Melbourne does not exactly follow the standard rules of seasons. It is a well known fact that we can sometimes get all the seasons in one day. Yesterday, we experienced heavy rain, then sunshine, then windy rain, hail and it hit single digit lows all on a Spring*coughs* day in Melbourne. Normally, I don’t mind a little bit of rain to break up the hay fever spells I suffer from in Spring, but this rain was so significant (it rained all day!) that it put me straight back into winter hibernation. To cheer myself up, I found myself embracing the cool change, huddled inside wearing my ugg boots and drinking hot cups of tea to keep warm with the heater blasting. Mmmmmm cosy.

So I have decided to pretend that it is Autumn again – well, just for the day/week at least (depending on the weather forecast). Australia has really started to get behind the whole festivity of Halloween and the aisles are filled with chocolates, HUGE pumpkins for carving (or eating) and lots of pumpkin inspired dishes and desserts so it isn’t really that far of a stretch to be honest. haha. With the chill in the air and occasional bursts of sunshine, it very much reminds me of why Autumn is easily my favourite season of the year.

Which brings me to this amazing #virtualpumpkinparty hosted by Sara from Cake Over Steak and Aimee from Twigg Studios. I had first heard about this via Claudia from The Brick Kitchen‘s instagram. I had a quick look at last years list of recipes and they were INSANE. We are talking about pumpkin cookies, pumpkin waffles!, pumpkin gnocchi and pumpkin pie martinis just to name a few. It is basically a day when a whole lot of amazing food bloggers get together and share recipes of all things Pumpkin – both savoury and sweet. It is the pumpkin fiesta that keeps on giving.

This year, I put my hand up to contribute a recipe at the very last minute. It would be my very first blogging contribution and boy, the line up of bloggers and recipes are both inspiring and mouth-watering all that the same time. It was the perfect time to share this beautifully spiced pumpkin scones served with generous lashings of creamy maple butter.

So prepare yourself, because today, these amazing recipes (the list is included in this post) that are about to hit the internet all at once and I am not even sure where I am going to start with which pumpkin recipes to make! So, prepare to start pinning all these delicious recipes into that Pumpkin Pinterest board (we all have one right?) of yours. You should start with Sara’s Pumpkin and Kale Risotto Arancini, Aimee’s Sausage Stuffing Pumpkin Bake and Claudia’s Pumpkin, Pecan and White Chocolate ice cream sandwiches.

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The Glass Den | Coburg, Victoria

The Glass Den | French Toast
The Glass Den’s French Toast – French toast served with chocolate soil, wild berries, sorbet, candied almonds, butterfly pea flower mousse and chocolate ganache.

Sometimes you come across a café that you absolutely just need to tell all your friends about. The Glass Den is one such place. I discovered this gem of a café on Instagram when I came across a photo of their famous French Toast and it has been on my ‘Places to try’ list for a while. I finally managed to find a day to venture out to Coburg to try this place out with a few colleagues last Sunday.

The Glass Den’s set up is an unconventional one. Set on the grounds of the old Pentridge prison which has now been bulldozed and redeveloped into an emerging trendy residential and commercial area, it is certainly a tucked away location for an eatery. From its impressive bluestone walls to its warm and friendly interior, this café bears no cold and isolated prison vibes but instead as the automatic glass doors open and closed, we could hear sounds of social chatter, the smell of coffee and delicious food wafted in and out of the kitchen. The Glass Den perfectly embodies the casual suburban eatery vibe and it was clear that it was favourite among locals, travelling brunch lovers like us (all the way from the South!) and families.

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Mini Double Coconut Cake with Elderflower Glaze

Mini Double Coconut Cake with Elderflower Glaze | in happenstance.comI 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. Continue Reading

Super Energy Bites

Super Energy BitesLast 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 pancakesHappy 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.Continue Reading

Rediscovering the joy of reading

photo-1445311429009-0b7e0cff714aSo 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.Continue Reading