Friday, 16 January 2015

Sunday Baking - Moist delicious foodgasm brownies Variations: White Chocolate Orange and Gluten Free!

So... you guys LOVED these guys so bad (as did I) when I posted these last year 
that I thought I would share some of my successful variations with you!
White Chocolate and Orange Brownies/Blondies (THESE ARE AMAZING)
The most moist delicious foodgasm brownies you will ever bake - Gluten Free

This is my original recipe adapted from a Tyler Florence Brownie:

Ingredients:

227g butter                          
226g Chocolate                               I like to use an eating chocolate as opposed to a cooking 
80g Ground Almonds                       chocolate, a 60 - 70 cocoa percenter ;-)
10g Cornflour                                  Replacing a small amount of the flour with cornflour
70g All purpose Flour                      gives you a lighter texture.
1 t Baking Powder                     
220g Brown Sugar
4 eggs
1T Golden Syrup

Method:

Melt Together butter and chocolate.  Cool.  Sift dry ingredients together.  Beat eggs and sugar together.  Pour choc on eggs and whisk to combine.  Gradually stir in dry ingredients. Pour into a lined 9" x 9" lined pan.  Sprinkle on some chocolate drops if you wish.  Bake at 160 Celsius for 45-50 mins. 

* So for the Gluten Free version You can use a Gluten Free flour substitute (rice flour?) but I just rocked up the ground almond and cornflour.

For the White Chocolate and Orange:

Ingredients:

227gms Butter
226 gms White Chocolate
80gms Ground Almond
30gms Cornflour
50gms Plain Flour
1 t Baking Powder
200gms Icing Sugar (powdered, confectioners - gives a finer texture than other sugars)
4 eggs
rind and juice of one medium sized orange

Method:

Melt together Butter and Chocolate.  Cool.  Sift Dry ingredients together.  Beat eggs and sugar together.  Pour choc mix onto eggs and whisk to combine.  Add orange juice and rind and stir.  Gradually stir in sifted dry ingredients.  pour into a lined 9x9 inch lined pan.  
Now for the interesting part - this was a very runny recipe so I baked it for about 1 hour 20 mins in a 140 degree Celsius fan oven - LONG TIME, but it was worth it... such a moist and tasty cake!  If your'e worried about the top browning too fast put a sheet of tinfoil shiny side up on top of the brownie to protect him :-)

Look at his moisty goodness


Happy baking peeps.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Weekend Away in Auckland City - Shopping, site-seeing, Queens of the Stoneage & Nine Inch Nails

Auckland - City of Sails... and awesome shopping!!!
I'm jumping off that tower in 2 weeks!!! 
Back in March we went into Auckland for the Double Billed gig for QOTSA and NIN, so I'm sharing some snaps from the trip!
The More that I see, the less I know for sure.
Street art on K-road #Johnlennon
QOTSA + NIN
Queens of the Stoneage - one of my best concerts EVERRRRR.
this is my only pic, didn't wanna be that douche taking photos at a concert!
Soup of the day: Whiskey :-D
Some lovely studding @ Trelise cooper in Britomart
Just a few little purchases: Hat (Dotti) Purse (jeanswest) 
Band T-shirt (bought at the Gig) Lippy (Mac)
Auckland Harbour at sunset

Happy sightseeing yall!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Insta-six-months 2014...

Hi, I haven't posted since April last year, just haven't been feeling the mojo.
But I missed you guys so I thought Id give you an Insta-catch-up! 

Where the Hell have you been Paula?

Well I am glad you asked...

I ate Mexican (Flying Burrito Brothers)
And Rocked a fetching Hat


Had a few beerzies in the Sun (it's summer in NZ yall)


I voted - democracy YEAH! #KarenWalker


Took a Roadtrip to Auckland Where I...


Got my photo taken with The Selector

Took this pic outside Degree Bar
Aaaaaaaand...


Won a bungee off this building... 
aka: The Sky Tower, New Zealands TALLEST BUILDING!
#jellylegs

Oh...


 I acquired some new shoes... of course

Has anyone watched The Wolf Of Wall Street?

Join me in my adventures on Instagram

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.



Sunday, 27 April 2014

Instaweek - Happy birthday to me, Easter party, tequila and the obligatory baking pictures.


Maple Walnut Waffle Cone from Copenhagen Cones
You can line up for 30 mins for one of these suckers in the busy season!
I found this delightfully random ring in among my accessories
It's a coffee and cake!
Don't you love this bloom? Its like, 15cms in diameter.
Stole it from the neighbors on a walk
Nail Art - Braided Nails, FUN
 White Choc Orange Brownies/blondies - Recipe coming Soon...
Seriously = FOODGASM
 Birthday Drinks - MY BIRTHDAY!!
Me on the Left, I CAN NOT take a serious/nice photo!
Moved from wine onto the cocktails #Margarita
 Happy Easter Everyone!  Made these for the work Peeps
Birds Nests: Chocolate + Cereal = YUM
 Easter Nails!!!  I've done these Before slightly differently.
This year, as the last I had to go for a run, so much chocolate did I eat >:D
Amy - The Sweetheart - got me some Jose Cuervo for my Bday!
We drank the whole bottle at our Easter party... #Hangover.
BTW - I am so wearing this hat somehow...
Those are cupcake shots - they're CUPCAKE FLAVOR #drool
It was a night of shoe swapping
At one stage we all tried on each others shoes alternatively and took this pic
You can tell by all our different pedicures!
Sunrise over the estuary - the reflection of the sky on the water.
It was a lot more pink but my camera didn't capture that.

Was a good week for sure.
Did you guys have a fun Easter?
What Easter eggs did you get!?

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Casual Friday - Meet Lykke Li, the Swedish rockstar with all the talent



Today for Casual Friday I thought I would profile an artist I admire both for her talent but also her smoking hot style!

Anyone who can rock a hat gets my vote.


Born 1986 in Ystad, Sweden to a musician father and photographer mother she's moved around the world a bit to finally land in Brooklyn NY at age 21 to record her album. Her d├ębut Youth Novels, which is awesome, was released to the wider world around June 2008 and produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John fame (you know that 'Young Ones song'...). Her music is a cool blend of Indie rock, pop and electronic - check her out on youtube.



Her second Album Wounded Rhymes was released 2011 and named album of the year by a whole bunch of publications who know their sh*t: Rolling Stone, New York Times, Mojo (!!)
My fav song off the album is I follow Rivers. I've left it's official art house video below for your viewing pleasure.


But she doesn't just have her hands in the music pie - in 2010 she was named Levi's 'Curve ID' official face along with Pixie Geldof and in 2012 joined with Viva Model Management Agency. She's also done some acting in the Swedish Crime Film Tommy #talent

On the Cover of Mode
I reckon I need to try some of these jeans, my ass defies convention.

Clearly she's been busy and she's about to be busier when her New album drops May 5th


Have a great weekend everyone.
Stay Stylish.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Shoesday Tuesday - The week of the ten Pairs of new Shoes, damn you convenient online shopping

Shoe Fiend is back in all it's glory!
not my cat - he would NOT put up with this...

For my first Shoesday back I thought I would share with you the story of the week
I bought 10 pairs of new shoes... 
IN ONE WEEK...
 even for me I know that is bad, or good, slice it how you want ;-)

First stop: NZsale (online outlet site)
Wedge lace-up platforms and pop-art flats
How cool are these bad-boys?


Next: Brands Exclusive (similar vein to NZsale)
A pair of flats in EVERY color - courtesy of Rubi Shoes
Just cheapy little run around flats, but you can never have too many flats say I...
Case in point - check out UNDER the shoe cabinet >:D

And Lastly: The Iconic 
(classy Australian based online boutique - they just started stocking River Island!!)

Pink Laser cut pumps, Neon Yellow Point-toed pumps, cut-out detail booties
They had 30% off - couldn't resist - All 'Spurr' Brand


This pic makes my feet look tiny - I'm a UK 7 though!


I saw these and HAD TO have them... they're real toe pinchers though :'(

Brands Exclusive and NZsale are outlet sites so their shipping is anywhere up to 6 weeks for delivery - which is a drawback, BUT when you have to have the shoes, you will wait.
The Iconic however being an Aussie based site,

I thought it would be at least a few days, took only 27 hours!  
I ordered them Monday Lunch time they arrived 3pm Tuesday - now that's fassst.

Another serious drawback with online shopping is you can't try anything on.  I was worried about the pop art shoes as I usually take a size up in flats, but they've stretched nicely and are super comfy now.  The Spurr heels from the Iconic are a little higher heel arch than I usually find comfortable, but they're so GORGE I wear them and bite through the pain.

What do you think of the haul - am I a genius or a MONSTER?

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Happy Easter Peeps! Hope you didn't over-indulge ;-)


I didn't have any Easter eggs this year
but I did eat a buttload of Hot Cross buns, I'm a monster!

Do you like my festive manicure?

If you want to see more you can follow my Instagram
for constant nail art and home baking-porn!

Silly snake.

HAPPY EASTER

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.