There is nothing better than raspberries to herald summer. We are lucky here in HK to get the best raspberries the world has to offer flown to our shores. Raspberries have a subtle taste that works well with the light sponge and cream cake. Make sure that you sift the dry ingredients three times- it makes for the lightest sponge cake.
Even the colours are gorgeous…the mixture of yellow and pink and the flavours- say no more….tart raspberries, sweet sugar, fluffy cream…yum!!!
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper.
Sift cornflour, baking powder and salt together 3 times.
Separate egg whites from yolks carefully making sure no yolk is mixed into the white.
Beat whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form.
Gradually add sugar and yolks one at a time, beating until sugar dissolves. Add vanilla. Add cornflour mixture to egg mixture. Gently fold in the dry ingredients until just barely mixed through.
Divide mixture between prepared pans. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until cake spring back when touched. Line a wire rack with baking paper. Turn cake out onto wire racks to cool.
For the filling and topping:
1 punnet fresh raspberries
1 1/4 cups whipping cream, whipped
2 tsp icing sugar
Hot pink decorating sugar (from Complete Deelight)
Garnished with edible flowers
Whip cream and mix in icing sugar to sweeten.
Top one cake with layer of cream and sprinkle on some pink sugar, place raspberries on top of cream and then top with the second cake. Using a piping bag, pipe cream in a decorative pattern and top with pink sugar. Garnish with raspberries- or if you can find some- edible flowers.
31 July 2012
Orly Genger studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and is renowned for her works exploring knotted surfaces and uses the feminine art of crochet in arrestingly masculine ways. This summer, she has joined forces with jewellery designer, Jaclyn Mayer to produce necklaces for J.Crew.
Would look as great with a white pair of jeans as it would hanging on your white wall as art.
30 July 2012
I returned a bit early from my summer (winter) holiday from Sydney. It was lucky that I did and caught up work last week because this week has been pretty much a disaster. My hard drive crashed (mechanical failure) and of course I hadn’t backed up my stuff for around 6 weeks. In addition, the power is out in my office and therefore it is so warm as well as dark, I can’t work there at all. So if the server is not working well- you know the reason why! I think the world is conspiring against me. But don’t worry, I am still smiling!
All these calamities have made me start to wish the rest of my holidays would start. I came across this great new travel mag, Wayfare. The photography and the stories are beautiful and it is really getting me in the mood. If you are looking for some summer holiday ideas, check out this online mag.
Love the images of Hong Kong, shot by Peggy Wong of the blog onbluepoolroad.
25 July 2012
One of the key factors in the success on an interior scheme is appropriate lighting. Light can transform a room, create a mood and of course make its inhabitants look better!
A few key points:
Layer light: Don’t just choose one statement light and leave it at that. Use a combination of overhead lighting, be it a pendant or recessed, together with a combination of lamps and floor lighting for accents. It is important to have lighting at different levels in a room, bring depth and making your space flexible…ever tried finding a lost earring with a side lamp or create a romantic mood with fluorescents?
Consider functionality: Smaller spaces in Hong Kong mean that we use our rooms in many ways and your lighting should be able to cope with the different needs of your space. Having an option of ambient and stronger task lighting as well as dimmer switches make your rooms lighting more flexible. In other countries, spaces like a dining room are only used a night, however, in HK this room may be used for children’s homework or casual lunches with friends during the week. It is very necessary to ensure that your lighting can cope with every situation.
Don’t just rely on natural light: Grey ,foggy or raining days in HK means that light is filtered for a large proportion of the year. Even if you have loads of windows make sure that the lighting you choose will brighten up a dark corner or brighten a living space, even in the daytime.
Eclectic Cool has some great options for lighting which you can check out here. Other places to try are along Lockhart Road in Wanchai, the design showrooms in Duddell Street and Morrison Hill Road in Causeway Bay.
Here are some of my favourite places in Hong Kong.
Absoluconcept: affordable options but check it out online before heading to Kowloon
Andante: expensive brands such as Minotti
Artemide: this is great Italian brand ( use your Lane Crawford card to get 10% discount)
FLOS SHOP: designers such as Phillippe Starck and the Bourellec Brothers have all done ranges for this brand- some great fun lighting
Lane Crawford Pacific Place: love the range of one off lighting here -more for the statement piece than practical solutions
Level One, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Daily, 10am to 9pm
Tel: +852 2118 3398
Zodiac: has a huge range of lighting from some very established brands: moderately to very expensive
25 July 2012
Head on down to Pacific Place and you will be greeted by a riot of red dots covering the outside of Louis Vuitton. No, Louis Vuitton hasn’t caught a bad case of chicken pox but caught something nearly as infectious: Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama’s dot embellished art.
Collaborating with LV’s creative director, Marc Jacob, Kusama’s dots cover everything from the outside and interior of the store to the bags and latest collection. It’s all a bit of a sensory overload, but in a good way. However, if you don’t look good in red dots, enter at your own risk.
There is something joyful & mesmerizing about her work even though as an artist, Kusama has had her fair share of difficulties. She currently lives in a mental institution, though, even at 80, she travels to work at her studio each day. One of the best things about this collaboration is the website that accompanies the collection and also introduces her retrospective at the Whitney in NYC and at Tate Modern in London. Exploring her early life as well as well as current work, it is a collection of photographs and video that really give an insight into her art. You can enter the site here.
I’ve never been much of a polka dot person, but this collection has made me think if I would look good in dots. I’m heading off to LV to check it out NOW!
23 July 2012
image by eclectic cool
I love looking at home wares stores online and I think I have become a bit of an expert. Often, a great store is let down by poor photography, an uninteresting layout and boring stock. It is always improved by the addition of a blog or some extra content.
Here are some of the best that you can find online.
Jasper Morrison: Jasper Morrison has one of the best classic design online stores around. Full of quirky every day items, as well as Morrison’s own designs- it makes you find joy in the familiar and appreciate the classic.
Dunlin Home: Love the range of interesting things in Dunlin Home, an online store from Australia. Again the site is a joy to visit and there is plenty here to tickle your fancy. I particularly like the range of lighting.
Williams-Sonoma/ Pottery Barn: I love looking at this site which ships globally. However, everything I seem to want to buy is unable to be shipped. Sigh. I’ll find something one day!
Jonathan Adler: Bright, witty and happy is Jonathan Adler and his website is no exception. This site has furniture, rugs, cushions and, of course, his pottery. Anything here will lift your spirits. Shipping to HK is possible- but very expensive.
Ben Pentreath: This site is so English- it makes you crave clotted cream, jersey caramels and the Queen. Full of classic shapes, you can just imagine yourself decorating your country house. Great blog too (but maybe a few too many pics of flowers and the country for my citified tastes).
Folklore: This is an English site too- but a world away from Ben Pentreath. The stuff here is so unusual and the site is beautifully designed too.
20 July 2012
If you are not Australian, you may not recognise the name of Catherine Martin- the production designer behind Baz Luhrmann’s films.
She has created the sets for Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. In addition, she won two Oscars for art direction and costume design for Moulin Rouge. She has also won a Tony Award for production design on the opera La Boheme which travelled to Broadway in New York.
Apart from her film work, she has turned her attention to a range of rugs and wallpaper in association with Australian rug maker, Designer Rugs, which you can see here. Her new collection is inspired by her work on Luhrmann’s most recent project, The Great Gatsby. Her designs are lush and beautifully detailed. Think art deco gone wild. I am particularly loving the Westchester and Black Pearl. These are not rugs to put furniture on, btw, way too beautiful for that. Got a huge entrance hall anyone?
19 July 2012