The Sunday Best

Lately on Instragram

Lately: I’m fascinated by the different shapes, colours and the patterns created by fallen autumn leaves.

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Hot Cross Buns, Sunday BestOk, so it’s not Easter yet, but I couldn’t resist making an early batch of Hot Cross Buns today. Besides the chocolate at Easter time, hot cross buns have to be my favourite thing about this time of year.
Can’t we have them all year around?

Recipe adapted from Donna Hay

Hot cross buns
Makes 12
1 tablespoon active dry yeast (I substituted with instant yeast instead)
½ cup (110g) caster sugar
1½ cups (375ml) lukewarm milk
4¼ cups (635g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
2 teaspoons mixed spice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
50g unsalted butter, melted
1 egg
1½ cups (240g) sultanas
⅓ cup (55g) currants

cross
½ cup (75g) plain (all-purpose) flour, extra
⅓ cup (80ml) water

glaze
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons gelatine powder
½ cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar
¼ cup (60ml) water, extra

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Instagram Focus: hellosandwich Instagram Focus: hellosandwichInstagram Focus: hellosandwichInstagram Focus: hellosandwichInstagram Focus: hellosandwichInstagram Focus: hellosandwichInstagram Focus: hellosandwich Instagram Focus: hellosandwich Instagram Focus: hellosandwich Instagram Focus: hellosandwichInstagram Focus: hellosandwich Instagram Focus: hellosandwichI’ve been following Ebony Bizys aka ‘Hello Sandwich‘ fun instagram feed for awhile now. An Australian living in Tokyo, she captures the beautiful crazy world of Japan in her own quirky way. Lately I’m loving her stunning photos of Ohanami – the festival of flowering Sakura Trees in Japan.

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Lately on Instragram

Lately: Carrot cake at Everyday Coffee, Beautiful blues in Autumn, weekend afternoon snoozing at The Midland, Rooftop evening in St Kilda and pretty light in the evenings.

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Mauro - The Midland, Castlemaine, Victoria Australia

Last weekend we took a short break to the once famous gold rush town of  Castlemaine, about an hours drive northwest of Melbourne. For accommodation, we opted to stay the night at the beautiful (yet a little haunting) art deco The Midland B&B.

The highlight of The Midland was the amazing sitting room on the ground floor. The room features an eclectic mix of Victorian and Art Deco styles, and its furnishings and artworks fascinated us, particularly the portrait of owner Mauro, which was painted by a past guest.

With it’s quirks and rough edges this B&B won’t be for everyone, but it is a rare chance to experience the rich character of a past era.

On the drive home we stopped into the quaint nearby towns of Newstead, Maldon and lunch at our favourite Daylesford.

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