I nearly cried with joy and longing when I saw this recipe for fried nutella banana hand pies.  I have no idea what a hand pie is, nor do I really care when the results look this amazing, but I think I really (really really really) need to try this as soon as possible.  And then vary the fillings – peanut butter and banana, peanut butter and nutella…there’s no stopping me now.

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PS.  Deep fried avocado tacos…OMG

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This series by photographer Henry Hargreaves is seriously awesome!  Collaborating with stylist Caitlin Levin, who composed the food items in the manner of Flemish still life paintings, Hargreaves photographed the strange food requests noted in musicians’  contracts when performing in major concerts (known as riders).

Hargreaves notes that what inspired these photos was “the way their requests manage to say something about the performers personality that words struggle to,” and the way they “were able identify with them through what they chose to eat and drink.”

How fascinating!  If you were a famous musician, what would your “rider” request be?  I reckon mine would be Lindt chocolate balls, pears with soft cheese, salt and vinegar chips and pork belly buns.

PS.  LOL @ the Foo Fighters’  request.

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Lady Gaga: “Small plate of cheese (nonsmelly, nonsweaty), on ice.”

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Frank Sinatra: “One bottle each: Absolute, Jack Daniel’s, Chivas Regal, Courvoisier, Beefeater Gin, white wine, red wine. Twenty-four chilled jumbo shrimp, Life Savers, cough drops.”

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Foo Fighters: “Big-a** kielbasas that make men feel self-conscious.”

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Nine Inch Nails: “Two boxes of corn starch.”

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Billy Idol: “One tub ‘I can’t believe it’s not Butter!’, Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked Nantucket Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

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Rihanna: “Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, at any time throughout the day. Please be prepared!”

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Britney Spears: “Fish and chips, McDonald’s cheeseburgers without the buns, 100 prunes and figs, a framed photo of Princess Diana.”

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Van Halen: “Herring in sour cream, large tube of KY jelly, M&M’s (Warning: absolutely no brown ones).”

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Marilyn Manson: “Gummi bears.”

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P and I now have a new travelling tradition – whenever we go on holidays, we will attend a cooking class.

Our first one was on a gorgeous day in Vientiane, in Laos.  We’d had enough of wandering around markets and exploring temples – we wanted to really interact with some locals, and hopefully meet some fellow travellers along the way.  We took a tuk-tuk to the class, which was hosted at a lovely French-inspired colonial house in the suburbs.  The teacher told us a bit about herself – she’d studied English as she’d wanted to travel, and also majored in economics and mathematics but her true passion was cooking and particularly, teaching people how to cook the subtle flavours of Laotian food.

As she shared with us delicacies such as river fish gently steamed in banana leaves and green papaya salad, we learned about the culture and history of Laotian people.  It was a day we will never forget (aside from the fact that the night ended partying with our fellow cooking buddies, dancing in a storm and posing with a gigantic chicken).

Ahead of our upcoming holiday, I’m enjoying browsing cooking school websites in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast – I can’t wait!

Do you have any travelling traditions?  Please share!

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Just came across this amazing website called Clé Privée.  The founders, who invested two years travelling the world trying and testing every hotel and escape on the site, came up with the concept of giving a “key” as a gift to your nearest and dearest.

This key will let you access their perfectly curated selection of luxury hotels, unique adventure escapes or gift a work of art from their series of vintage images or current creations by rising artists.

Starting from 100 EUR to 4000 EUR, these are perfect for everyone who has a sense of adventure and a love of style and design.

Check the keys out here – Clé Privée Store

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This photo proves my point that chilli is seriously the cure-all in my life.  I reach for chilli when I’m sick and need sinus-clearing, when I’m hungover and in need of some seriously spicy salve…and when puppies escape our backyard.  I’m babysitting C’s gorgeous dog, Spike, but Peach + Spike = serious mischief, as I found out yesterday when I got an amused phone call saying the puppies were on the loose.  I know from hilarious experience that Peach is not a fan of chilli, so, armed with Sriracha and some bricks, I set to the house holing up any possible escape routes and spraying Sriracha for good measure.  I’ll let you all know if they escape again!

Hope you all have wonderful weekends, and here’s some awesome posts from around the web.

Phillip Lim for Target is confirmed!!  Whoo hoo!!!!!!

An inspiring read for Mothers Day, plus some fabulous gift ideas – hope you all give your mum the love and hugs she deserves!

Cheddar jalapeno biscuits – yes please.

Things no one will tell fat girls…shout out for body love.  This is awesome.

Pictures of people who mock a photographer – people can be disappointing sometimes.

This dress is achingly cute!

Behind the scenes pics of The Empire Strikes Back – reminds me that I really need to book couch time for a Star Wars weekend.

I’m seriously not a fan of jello, but these sound really intriguing.  Add vodka maybe?

The Designer Says – a funky book of quotes and quips of designers.  Would make a cool coffee table book!

A sweetly comedic outlook on depression – well worth the read, an insight into a debilitating disease that affects so many of us.

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I’m now less than a week out to a birthday that pushes me well into my twenties (well, glaring down the barrel to 30 is probably more like it), and this post got me thinking that I think about taking a few more (calculated) risky adventures.  Notice how I said “think about”.

I haven’t done many crazy things – I went canyoning in Slovenia, slipping down rock slides, abseiling down waterfalls and ziplining through jungles.  Mountain biking through Cat Ba island in Vietnam was a definite thrill.  Jumping off a three story boat in Ayvalik was seriously scary.

But I’d like to have a few more adventures – more crazy things to tell my grandkids.  Unfortunately since I had my laser eye surgery, I won’t be able to bungee or skydive but I’m sure I’d be able to find something!

So I’d love to know – what are the most extreme activities you’ve done?  I’d love to hear your adventures, and live vicariously through you if you’ve bungee’d or skydove!

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Lately it seems like every event we’re invited to has a strict dress code – and it’s getting harder and harder to decipher!  I’ve seen everything from “Party” to “After 5” and more often than not, I’ll be on the phone to another friend going, “What the heck does this mean?”  We have requested “Formal Attire” at our wedding, and I’ve had numerous queries from our lovely guests about what to wear – we’re super laid-back and honestly don’t mind what people wear, but I’ve heard horror stories about mothers-in-law who sniff at guests who wear knee length dresses to formal weddings!

Luckily fashion bible Vogue has come to the rescue to help us to never put the wrong fashion foot forward – and as always, I don’t think you can go wrong with the old adage “You can never be overdressed”.

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