Sculptures By The Sea 2013

It's that time of year again in Sydney where the coastal walk from Bondi beach to Tamarama beach are covered with some of the most bizarre but beautiful sculptures.
We decided to beat the crowds and do the walk in the evening as the sun was going down.
























Low Carb Coconut Vanilla Pancakes!

To get into shape recently I've been doing a no/low card diet and really watching what I'm eating.  It wasn't easy at the start but a good two months in I'm really not missing breads and pastas that much.  However everyone once in a while you want a little treat and Sunday is mine and my boyfriend's cheat day.  We had a real craving for pancakes but not the ones with heaps of flour etc.


Below is a little recipe we came up with and yes they tasted divine.


Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

You Will Need:
1 cup of Toned Coconut & Vanilla Protein Powder, (plus 2 extra tablespoons instead of sugar)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup soy milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large egg
1 tablespoon olive oil (for the pan)




What To Do


  • Optional: Preheat oven to 200 degrees C; have a baking sheet covered tray ready to put cooked pancakes onto and shove into the oven to keep them warm whilst you cook the others.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together protein powder, baking powder, and salt; then set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, butter (or oil), and egg. Add the dry ingredients to milk mixture and whisk until just moistened (do not over mix; a few small lumps are just dandy).


  • Place a large non-stick pan on a medium heat and thinly coat in oil.
  • For each pancake, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto the pan, using the back of the spoon to spread the batter out.  You don't want to make the pancake mixture too big as they will merge together (school boy error, lesson learnt!)
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minuets until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst.  Flip carefully with a thin spatula and cook until golden brown on the underside for a further 1 to 2 minuets. 


  • Once both sides are a delightful golden colour transfer onto a baking sheet or platter; cover loosely with aluminium foil, and keep warm in oven. Continue with more oil and use up the remaining batter (You'll probably end up with 12 to 15 pancakes - enough to feed a small army!).

 

  • Serve warm, with your desired toppings.  Mine would have to be honey, raspberry jam and a cheeky sprinkle of sugar, also not forgetting that the pancake mixture has the Coconut & Vanilla protein in it which makes it taste even more delightful.
  • Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy.



Bon app├ętit!

Flying Visit

Two weeks ago I flew to the UK for a mini holiday to see family and friends.  I know I have called it a holiday in this paragraph but I don't regard going back to the UK a real holiday (I don't want this to come across as mean, but to me..) a holiday is sightseeing and lying on a beach soaking up the sun!
Every time I go back home my days are crammed with seeing people and traveling here there and everywhere.  It's full on, a little exhausting and 99% of the time results in me getting ill.
Now this still doesn't mean I haven't had a blast catching up with everyone, lunching with friends, drinking and dancing the nights away and the endless amount of laughter.
I loved every minute of it and as a result of this I am rather homesick.  I'm waiting for the Aussie summer to help me get through this!

Here a few snap shots of my trip, home town and what I got up too.



Pit stop in Dubai....for 16 hours!


A walk with the dog on the hills


Ledbury


My bestest friend in the whole world


My bedroom has the best sunsets


Goodnight London - from Centre Point Tower


Prince Harry made an appearance!


My new tapestry bomber jacket


Somebody wants a W.A.L.K.


The Pout Musketeers 


Peeka-a-booo


Worcester looking beautiful


After a 23hour flight I am back in Sydney and a day at blustery Bondi blew the cobwebs away and helped me stay awake till at least until 8.30pm!!  Be gone with you jet lag!

Goodnight Sydney

Just a phew photos of the sun setting over Sydney, taken from the beautiful Watson's Bay.





Vivid Sydney

Every night from 6pm to midnight until the 11th June, Sydney's Circular Quay and The Rocks light up for Vivid Sydney.
Extravagant light displays and projections get shot onto the side of buildings, into the air and onto the famous Opera House along with light sculptures just past the international Ferry Terminal.




This year the Opera House even though still outstanding was a lot more subdued. Last year it was blasted with bright colours constantly switching like a Chameleon.  This year it was all very neutral.  Ripples and waves appeared across the side of the Opera House which made it look like it was moving then followed by shadows of people, hand imprints and people rolling about over the Opera House.
If I'm honest I could have watched it for hours.
The Museum of Contemporary Art has colourful images/shapes and story like characters moving across the building.  There are also sections where you can take part and generate light by peddling your little legs off to get the below image working.  This section is great for getting kids involves and teaching them a little science.





The event is free and makes for a lovely evening wether you have just finished work for the day, visiting Sydney or are lucky enough to live in Circular Quay and have this has your view every evening.
It can get pretty busy, so if you can get there a little later in the evening.    It can get a little busy so it may be better to get there later on in the evening.

What you waiting for......get on down there!








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