Monday, 19 May 2014

Things I am loving: May 2014

On the weekend we watched some more episodes of Small Spaces- a show from the UK about clever ideas people have to transform or create new spaces in small and challenging ways.

We fell in LOVE with the Tree Hotel in Sweden.

I am totally going to go there.

I mean look!

images via Tree Hotel

So so great.

As if I needed any more reasons to go back there.....

You can read more about this amazing place here.

I have been reading (ever so slowly!) & loving  this gorgeous and timeless book.

I am wanting to go to this exhibition at the gorgeous Heide Museum about Mirka Mora.

Do you love Mirka too?
image via William Mora Galleries
She is such a smart, complex and interesting woman. I am excited to get to know a little more about her via her own collection of bits n bobs.

I am also loving the Autumnal magnificence that Melbourne always offers up. Gorgeous crisp starts leading to clear blue gorgeousness. Sigh.

What have you been loving lately?

This cake is so moist & tastes rich yet light.
So super yummy for morning tea with a bowl of coffee.
I baked one cake (for home) and a tray of 6 large muffins (without the nuts on top for allergy reasons) so the kids could take them to school for morning tea.


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (separated into two halves)
  • 125g softened butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup flaked almond


Preheat oven to 175C.

Put dates & half the baking powder into a large bowl and pour over boiling water. Mix and set aside to cool down.

Pop butter & sugar into a bowl and mix together till creamy.
Add the egg and mix well.

Now add the flour, remaining baking powder, cacao and stir.

Now add dates and water and mix till combined.

Add mix to a greased and lined 20cm loaf tin. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds and bake for 40 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
I'm impatiently waiting for Jane Tyrell's solo album....
in the meantime this will do just fine....


  1. Yes, excited to go and see the Mirka exhibition soon. And I'm also loving your caramel chicken that I made last night... was a hit with the hubby and three year old - thanks!

  2. I love Autumn. It's when Perth goes from dry, crunchy, dusty & brown to green! Everything feels fresh, crisp & new- so great!!!

  3. Helen (grabyourfork)22 May 2014 at 02:34

    That cake looks lovely - and so easy too!

  4. That cake looks divine I will make it on the weekend so I do not eat it all,I love autumn as well!

  5. Mirka love, cake love, autumn love. Thank you

  6. I have her autobiography, 'Wicked but Virtuous.' I leave it with family in Melbourne, as it just doesn't seem right to take it away from her homeplace. When I visit, I always take it off the shelf and snuggle under the doona with a cup of tea and read it all over again.


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