Happy Pancake Day!

12 Feb

It’s raining pancakes here at ‘domhearts‘ headquarters – not that I am complaining! So in the spirit of  Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday), and the celebration of this tasty little treat, I wanted to share  my favourite pancake recipe with you.

Whether you are a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned chef, getting the best, fail-proof recipe is essential to ensuring your treat is not a flop when you flip your pancake in the pan. I have had my fair share of runny, rubbery, salty and greasy pancakes in my kitchen, but can now say thanks to some experimenting and the culinary genius that is Jamie Oliver, I have the best pancake recipe down and neatly tucked in my favourite ‘I won’t mess this up’ recipes folder.

I’ve included what I feel is his best pancake recipe below. I enjoy cooking and experimenting with Mr Oliver’s recipe’s as they’re always easy to follow and use wholesome ingredients to add something special to a plate. I tend to vary the ingredients depending on what’s in season, but for the most part, the exciting thing about pancakes is that  they’re like a blank canvas – so anything goes!

Definitely try this at home!

Coconut pancake with pomegranate (makes 6)

You will need

  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, optional
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • 20 g butter
  • 1 pomegranate

Instructions

Start by adding your egg, flour and baking powder to a large mixing bowl. Next add in your milk with a pinch of salt and mix together until smooth. Now, add your coconut to the batter, I usually use desiccated, but am sure you can use freshly grated coconut if you have it available to you.  Once the coconut is mixed in, set the bowl aside to rest.

While your batter is resting, start preparing your pomegranate by cutting it in half and de-seeding the fruit. This can be a little tricky, so I find it useful to turn the pomegranate half upside down and cradle the open end with my finger, then taking a spoon, knock the outer shell of the pomegranate until the seeds drop out. Once you’ve got enough seeds, give them a rinse.

Now for the pancake! Put a frying pan on medium heat – you don’t want the pan to be sizzling hot or the outside of your pancake will cook too quickly and the inside will remain raw. Add about half of your butter to the pan and wait for it to completely melt and slightly bubble. Take a medium sized ladle and spoon your batter into the pan. Now let the pancakes cook for one to two minutes until you notice batter bubbles rising to the top from the heat. Take your spatula and delicately flip your pancake so it can cook evenly on the otherside, again do this for one to two minutes until delightfully golden brown.

For the topping, add a spoonful of yoghurt or ice-cream, I like using a subtle vanilla flavour, and then finish off with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds – and for some extra zing, the zest of a lime.

Image credit: David Loftus for Jamieoliver.com 

How to wear a scarf 25 different ways

10 Feb

I absolutely adore scarves.

Wonderfully versatile, scarves can help to freshen up your look (regardless of season) or even  form the core focal point of your outfit. Yet it’s all too often that we simply slink it around our necks without realising how one slight adjustment could transform the entire outfit and look.

So when I came across this fantastic video from the very talented fashion vlogger WendyNguyen, I just had to share. For my fellow scarf lovers, this one is for you! Enjoy x

Hot hair trends for 2013

8 Feb

I’m always looking for fun and new ways to wear my hair whether I’m growing it out or trying to work with shorter hair. So I’ve made it my mission to search high and low to bring you the hottest hair trends for 2013, to ensure your barnet stays fresh, fun and flawless. So if you’re looking to make a drastic statement or just freshen up your style, check out these great tips and trends.

For many of us February means back to the full work routine, keeping New Year’s resolutions and the dreaded post holiday downer. So what better way to lift the blues, than by shaking off the old and welcoming the new with a fresh do! I have searched the catwalks, studied the red carpet and scoured the city streets to find these inspiring hair trends, so enjoy.

Short and sassy

For ladies with short hair, the pixie cut still reigns supreme, but it’s about having more fun with it in 2013. To wear this look well, mix it up by adding a dramatic fringe either swept to the side or styled with a soft bang. If you’re looking for something more daring, style your hair into soft spikes or model into a quiff for added volume and drama.

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Bring on the bun 

The chignon bun is an essential look for 2013, whether you’re off for a night out with the girls or brunch with your family – it’s a winner.  Unlike the top knot of the season past, the runways are exploding with elegant chignons in an array of styles. Braid a few pieces of hair before building the bun and position to the side for a fun and flirty look. For a more formal occasion, curl your hair to add texture to your chignon and finish off the look with an accessory.

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Sweeping beauty

The side swept look is a great way to combine classic vintage and glamour. This look is very versatile and easy to accomplish, simply sleek back your hair to one side and style with curls or add a bouffant, to recreate the old Hollywood look that’s gracing the red carpet.

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Be bold with braids

Using braids is a quick and easy way to revive lengthier locks and nothing says chic quite like the fishtail plait. Make a statement by positioning the plait to the side and adding a soft curl to your fringe. The Waterfall plait is also an impressive way to show off a unique style and keep half up do’s exciting. For the brave, use the classic plait or a French braid to create a criss-cross design across your head.

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Colour block

2013 is all about experimenting with pastels; think a subtle silver grey, light pinks and purples. For those of you looking to make an understated splash with colour, the reverse dip-dye is a great place to start. Dye your tips a few shades darker than your roots to create an edgy ‘dip-dye’ effect. Remember to always use a good quality conditioner or treatment to protect your hair once it’s been coloured.

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Image credits: Mission Beauty, Hairstyles weekly, The Beauty Department, E! News

My latest obsession: Citymob.co.za

7 Feb

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My latest obsession is urban chic experience site Citymob. The site launched in November 2010 by three talented South African entrepreneurs, looking to provide city dwellers with access to unique lifestyle products and designs.

According to the site, “Citymob.co.za offers Daily curated Sales on Exclusive Experiences, Premium Products and Hand-Selected Styles at up to 70% off retail.”

So as you can imagine, I immediately signed up to have a nosy around and well, I can safely say my face has been firmly planted to my computer screen ever since.  The site caters for all covering everything from men’s and women’s couture fashion to exclusive, yet affordable home decor, accessories and gifts.

So I thought I would share some of my home decor favourites with you, but please do yourself a favour and visit the site and treat yourself to their fantastic daily deals.

To the City Mob founders, Claude Hanan, Luke Jedeikin and Daniel Solomon – I applaud you!

Selected homeware favourites

Selected homeware favourites

Image credit: Citymob.co.za

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I am back from my sick leave and ready to blow the socks off this blog! I do apologise for the lull in posts, I have so many exciting things, hauls and products to write about (excited much?)

5 Feb

I am back from my sick leave and ready to blow the socks off this blog! I do apologise for the lull in posts, I have so many exciting things, hauls and products to write about (excited much?)

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Starting fresh

2 Jan

I am so delighted that 2013 is here!! While 2012 was a great year, I was not overly sad to see it disappear into the past, post midnight countdown.

I love the New Year, mostly because it means getting a chance to start a fresh to learn, create, experience and embrace something new. 2013 is a significant year for me, it sees me living in Cape Town following a nine year stint abroad, a new house, a new level in my relationship and a familiar, yet newer looking city to rediscover.

So, like many, to kick start the New Year I’ve created my ‘resolution to do list’. A year from today I would like to reflect back on the below to recap on how I’ve done and hopefully – grown.

In 2013, I would like to:

- Learn something new
– Help to change a life
– Educate and grow my passion for lifestyle
– Continue to build my career and create/ work on something exceptional
– Meet more people who inspire
– Travel in Africa
– Focus on achieving a healthy lifestyle balance (body, mind and soul)

Dom x

Enter the New Year with a touch of sparkle

31 Dec

My last post before the New Year and what better way to wave goodbye to 2012 than by wearing the perfect pair of glitter frosted heels!

The blush pink sued complimented by the silver glittered heels make a perfect pairing for any subtle or neutral outfit that needs a splash of pizaz!

I found this particular pair at Mr Price for just R159 – what a steal!

Before I go, I want to wish you all a blessed New Year, it’s a time for reflection but also a time for celebration! I look forward to our journey together in 2013 x

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Hummingbird Bakery Chocolate Fondant Cupcakes

31 Dec

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I heart birthdays! And no birthday is complete without a good old fashioned cake and candles. I recently had the pleasure of baking birthday cup cakes for my beautiful niece, who just turned 7! Her latest passion, is all things ‘surfer’ so I chose a tasty chocolate recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery book to help her celebrate her inner surfer girl. To make this yummy recipe come to life, I used a delicious light blue butter cream frosting (the sea), handmade pink and purple fondant flip flops (beach girl accessory) and a touch of sparkle for decoration (cos everyone needs some).

If you, like me, simply cannot resist a good bit of chocolate cake, then this tantalising treat is just for you. Have a go and let me know how your recipe turned out x

What you will need

For the sponge

  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tbl spoon baking powder
  • A quarter tsp salt
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 240ml whole milk

For the butter cream icing

  • 500g icing sugar
  • 160g unsalted butter
  • 50ml whole milk
  • A half tsp vanilla extract/ essence
  • Food colouring of your choice

Recipe instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius. 
  2. Line muffin tray with cup cake cases of your choice.
  3. Use a hand held whisk or electric mixer to slowly beat together the butter, sugar, flour cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Mix until the mixture takes on a sandy like consistency, making sure there are no large lumps of butter.
  4. Place eggs in a jug and mix by hand, then pour in milk and mix. Add three quarters of this liquid to the dry ingredients and mix in slowly until smooth and even.
  5. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl for any ingredients that have not mixed, once you’ve done this add the final liquid.
  6. Spoon the batter into the cup cake holders and bang them into the oven for roughly 18 – 20 minutes

Why hello world indeed

28 Dec

Well hello lovely world indeed!

Whilst I have been down this little ol’ blogging road before, this time feels somewhat different.

I’ve finally come to realise that there are just too many wonderful things in life to just write about – it all interests me! I am passionate about so many things and my experiences through these, make up a big part of who I am today.

So in celebration of this wondrous epiphany, I hereby introduce to you ‘Dom Hearts‘ my very own little place on the web where I celebrate life, fashion, beauty, home and much more.

I have not been this excited in a while and I feel as if this blog, comes at a time in my life where big changes are coming in love, happiness, career and so much more. Feel free to join me on this journey (wherever it may lead) and my quest to live life – a little less ordinary.

Dom x

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