That time we got engaged (2 years ago).

Two years ago today Samuel surprised me by asking me to marry him. I should have seen it coming; we’d been dating for 3 years already (I thought our dating anniversary was the next day (the 17th), not the 16th). 

We went for a drive up to Falls Creek “to look at wild flowers”, he said. Here’s the rest of the story, in pictures. 

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Happy anniversary, love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dining room.

Here’s a couple of pictures of our dining room at the moment:

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I really love the rustic old table, but I’m pretty over the chairs. They’re so old and uncomfortable (not that I’m against old, I just think they have to be somewhat comfortable). I want to be able to have people over for meals and know that I’m not destroying their backs/bums!

I’ve been wanting to get some new chairs for a while. I like the idea of white chairs, but am open to other ideas!

Here are some pictures of inspiration:

(images sourced from decorpad.com, decorpad.com, flickr.com and indulgy.com)

Hmmm… What do you think? Should I try some modern white chairs to contrast the table? Or more old-fashioned white chairs to match? Or something completely different?

Chocolate mousse cake.

This is the cake I made for my husband’s birthday. It’s decadent, without being too rich you can only have a sliver. Despite its impressive looks, it’s pretty easy to make. It’s gluten free (but has plenty of naughty ingredients like butter and dark chocolate). Make it, I dare you!

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I found the recipe while browsing on Pinterest, (here’s the link). It was written in Polish, and some things were translated strangely, such as:

Is composed of two parts – the lower, roast and the upper layer of gelatin forced labor. 

If the cake tin is not high, rather classical, then you should do the higher paper “collar” protruding above it (the dough very, very hard to grow, to then fall to the height of the springform pan). 

Ah google translate, you made me laugh!

Anyway, Sam loved it. We had a big slice last night, a little slice with breakfast (hehe!), and he’s taken some to work today. I’ll definitely be making this one again.

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I’ve written it out below so it’s easier for you to understand.

Base:

Ingredients:

  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g 70% dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 5 large eggs, seperated
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 175 g caster sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line sides and base of springform pan with baking paper.
  2. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted.
  3. In a large bowl mix the eggs with the cocoa. Add the butter-chocolate mixture and stir well.
  4. Whisk egg whites with stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  5. Gradually add the sugar, whisking constantly.
  6. Add the egg whites to the chocolate mixture in two batches, folding gently until combined.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared springform pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for at least 2 hours.
  9. The middle of the cake should sink, leaving raised sides. If it doesn’t sink after about an hour, gently cut into the cake about 2 cm from the pan all the way around, and gently push the centre of the cake down.

Filling:

Ingredients:

  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g 40% dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 115 g castor sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hazlenut liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin dissolved in 80 ml hot water

Method:

  1. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted.
  2. In a large bowl mix the eggs with the cocoa. Add the butter-chocolate mixture and stir well.
  3. Add the dissolved gelatin and liqueur to the chocolate mixture and mix well.
  4. Whisk egg whites with stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, whisking constantly.
  5. Add the egg whites to the chocolate mixture in two batches, folding gently until combined.
  6. Pour chocolate mousse into the pre-baked sunken cake. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Garnish with shards of chocolate or berries (or birthday candles)!

IMG_20140207_101801Yum!