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Your Chance To WIN A $2000 Travel Voucher Thanks To Klarna!

When’s the last time you went on a holiday? Given the state of the world over the past 18 months, we’re guessing the answer is ‘too long ago’, so we’ve teamed up with all-in-one shopping app, Klarna, to give one reader the chance to shake up their routine and win a $2000 travel voucher for booking on Luxury Escapes!

Whether you’re saving for an overseas trip when the borders open, seeking a relaxing holiday closer to home, or just keen for a mini staycation, Luxury Escapes has the accommodation to suit, and Klarna has the payment capabilities to help you escape sooner than later. 

Read on for some local accomodation inspiration and how to enter, then head to the Luxury Escapes website to book and pay using Klarna over four interest-free instalments.

'Carob Halva Heaven' Smoothie – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Today we farewell nutritionist and author Lola Berry as our final Tasty Tuesday columnist for 2015! For her last recipe she has shared with us her ‘Carob Halva Heaven’ smoothie, from her new book Lola Berry’s Little Book of Smoothies & Juices. 

This recipe is a healthy take on the classic choc/banana combo, and combines tahini, carob and frozen banana. Lola says this exact breakfast smoothie got her through all of her uni degree!

Thanks so much for reading Tasty Tuesday this year! We look forward to bringing you more delicious recipes in 2016!

Andalusian-Inspired Lampshades Handwoven In Sydney

There’s no two ways about it: Lana Launay loves lamps. When the Sydneysider made a hasty departure from New York last year as the pandemic accelerated, she turned to weaving as a creative outlet while she worked out what to do next. As it transpired, the weaving was the next step!

When she’s not working for cult jewellery designer Lucy Folk, Lana designs and handweaves earthy-toned lampshades from her home in Darlington or her mother’s art studio in North Curl Curl Beach, under her own brand, Shades Lanay. Whether conical, cubed or cylindrical, each one-of-a-kind design is crafted from natural materials like coffee-stained raffia, coconut shell rope and bamboo yarn. We love them!

Chocolate Brownies with Milk Gianduja – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

FOODChocolate Brownies with Milk Gianduja - The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

There is something wonderful about what the overwhelming reactions you receive from people when you say the word ‘brownie’ out loud. Eyes light up, mouths start to salivate, and if they’re fresh out of the oven, there’s no holding back. Yes, I am one of those people who always burn my mouth on freshly baked goods, lured in by the incredible scent and unable to wait until they have appropriately cooled.

There is always much debate in our kitchen about what constitutes a good brownie and whether importantly, you prefer a piece from the edges of the tin or from the middle (for the record, I love a fudgy, not fully cooked brownie and cut me a corner piece please). As for filling, there are so many options, be they nutty or fruity, but for me, not surprisingly, the more chocolate the better!

These brownies are incredibly delicious and always a crowd pleaser. They are deep, dense and fudgy, with hints of gooey sweetness thanks to the addition of our handmade gianduja. For those of you wondering, gianduja is a traditional Italian confection and is the combination of chocolate and hazelnut paste, but quite often the traditional recipe has quite a lot of sugar added. Our gianduja is a slightly more refined take on this classic, and we choose to use only single origin milk chocolate, pure hazelnut paste we make ourselves from Italian organic hazelnuts, and crushed hazelnut pieces to add final texture and crunch.

Brownie Ingredients.  Recipe and food by Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Chocolate Brownies with Milk Gianduja.  Recipe and food by Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Monsieur truffe’s AMAZING Milk Gianduja.  I cannot describe how good this stuff is.  Imagine a solid cube of Nutella, only a little less sickly sweet, with crunchy hazelnuts shards through it.  SO GOOD.  Recipe and food by Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Fresh from the oven, with gooey Gianduja pieces on top!  Recipe and food by Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Jade Bentley of Monsieur Truffe, Photo – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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