Thursday, 29 April 2010

I lost my marbles way before I made this cake.

I like chocolate cake.
I like vanilla cake.

So what could be better than putting them together, making them one! Yes the answer for every double delicious dual flavoured cake is, you guessed it-
Marble Cake.

I like this cake just as it is, I think its sweet enough to leave off icing. Its also nice to make it in a loaf pan rather than a cake tin, just adding a little variety on the tea table!


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). Grease and flour a 9 inch round pan.
Place flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and milk into mixing bowl. Beat slowly to moisten, then beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for about 2 minutes until smooth. Reserve 3/4 cup batter; pour the remainder into pan.
Stir cocoa into the 3/4 cup reserved batter. Drop by spoonfuls over top of white batter. Using a knife, swirl the cocoa batter into the white batter to incorporate it in a marble effect.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

PS. Do not mix the two batters vigorously, it will go brown... yip


*SnowCat #1

Friday, 23 April 2010
'Mouille Point Lighthouse' Cape Town, South Africa 27.02
'Stop worrying' Cape Town, 27.02
'Audrey Hepburn' Emmarentia Dam 06.03
Arts on Main, Jozi Central, 06.03


PS. I love lomo

But is is legible?

Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Being a Graphic Designer some of the toughest problems we have include trying to select the perfect font.

  • Is it unique?
  • Does is have a strong brand presence?
  • Does it have a certain je ne sais quoi?

However, no matter how many ticks you get on your check list there is still the issue of client.
Recent issues have included the client asking me...

"But is is legible?"

Yes, months and months of design, slaving, blood sweat and pantones they still ask that dreaded question.

I found this while stumbling through the interweb and found the answer. Designers rejoice, a step by step font guide.
Click on the image to enlarge.

Thanks again interwebby, i love you!


PS. NO comic sans is NOT an option!

Olive, Parma & Porcini Dinner Club #2

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Parma’s Choice

Restaurant: So Yum

Cuisine: Contemporary, Asian

Ambience: Chic and Friendly

Main course: R80 – R100

Physical address: Shop No 4 Lower Level, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

When hearing mixed reviews on a new restaurant the immediate response is to book a table straight away. Since this weeks dinner club restaurant was Parma’s choice she thought So Yum in Hyde Park would be the perfect Tuesday destination.

The look is quite clinical yet they pull it off with the chic cool dark tables and chairs. Outside is more green and fresh. We felt a little exposed sitting outside (outside being the pathway of the lower level Hyde Park corridor) so we moved inside where the air con was on full blast. Sneaky as it encourages you to order some of their, quickly becoming, famous tea menu to warm you up.

They possess a wide range of dim sum as well as a wide salad selection. Some main meals are of the Thai influence, giving restaurateurs who want to diverge from the traditional Asian cuisine other exciting options, such as hot curries. Parma highly recommends the lamb curry! This spot is chic, and electrifying and guarantee’s to be a beyond doubt modern dining experience.

The Dim Sum literally meaning, "to touch your heart" (owww!) was out of this world. Next time I go I will strictly stick to that section of the menu. Not to say that the curries, salads or noodle dishes are not enticing, but the Dim Sum is too good to be true.

After dinner we had tea. The disappointment of a shortage of Lavender tea was highly upsetting at first. Porcini and Olive decided to stick to an apple tea. And Parma chose a Blooming Richness tea with a little hesitation. None of it disappointed us. The presentation was something to be admired. After doing the Tea Tasting at Contessa Tea Shop we thought we would find a better tea arrangement. The Apple tea smelt like Christmas in a Teapot. Absolutely scrumptious! The Blooming Richness tea was under the flower menu. Obviously you expect to be a petal and leaf tea, but its not. It really is a little flower bulb! When you drop it in the hot water it blooms and fragrances the tea. Highly recommended and a lot of fun!

So Yum in my eyes, and in my tummy, is a hit! I will definitely be going there again, preferably after payday though. The menu is a little expensive and with R36 for a glass of average wine and R40 for 3 Dim Sum it is a high priced affair. But totally worth it!


PS. They have a no booking policy so get there eary to snag yourself good spot!

Happy Easter Weekend

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Easter is here and I hope you are all getting your eggs ready!

Drive safely on the Easter weekend and have a wonderful time!


PS. if you're not a fan of chocolate eggs, how about a Cocobutton?
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