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The Greatest Gardens Of 2020

It’s safe to say that 2020 was the year almost EVERYONE was happy to have a green space to retreat to – and if they didn’t, looking at others’ was (hopefully) the next best thing!

These are the outdoor oases that gave us calm and serenity in a year we spent locked inside. From rooftop pools to centuries-old acreages, suburban backyards and sprawling regional paradises – we love each and every one of these pockets of private wilderness!

Ceramicist Jess Choi On Feeling The Fear, But Doing It Anyway!

Hands up who, in the last 12 months, has dreamt of giving up their 9-5 to pursue their creative passions? What has remained a daydream for most of us has become a reality for ceramicist Jess Choi of Eun Ceramics. Although Jess is still taking on a few gigs as a production manager in TV here and there, she’s (wheel) throwing everything into her true passion – ceramics. And despite feeling ‘imposter syndrome’ when she first put herself out there, her little business is thriving.

Jess found a lot more than just a hobby when she first took up casual pottery classes in 2016. Five years later and she’s found a way to be her own boss, and unexpectedly, reconnect with a part of her Korean heritage.

Ploughman's Lunch – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

When I imagined what to make for this Ploughman’s lunch, I knew it had to be HEARTY and made with heart. A Ploughman’s lunch is traditionally an old English cold meal consisting of cold meats, pickles, bread and cheese. As its name suggests it was designed for ploughmen to eat on the farm, offering them sustenance to get through the day. Following last week’s Ladies Lunch, I thought it was only fair that I put together a more blokey lunchbox option. I imagined what my brother-in-law would love to eat, and decided on a pastrami roll, sweet potato salad, some snacks and a hedgehog. Guaranteed to fill you up for the day!

Let Them Eat (Pan)cakes!

FOODLet Them Eat (Pan)cakes!

Let Them Eat (Pan)cakes!

Pancakes: they’re light, they’re fluffy, and they’re all around delicious. To get the best pancake for your buck, keep in mind these tips!

Pancakes: they’re light, they’re fluffy, and they’re all around delicious. Ever put peanut butter and maple syrup together on a pancake? If not, then I regret to inform you of your lack of “having lived.”

Want to know what else is great about pancakes? They don’t have to be sweet. Say what? Yep, pancakes can be savoury too. Even more mind-blowing is that pancakes can be made out of vegetables, such as potatoes, parsnips, and zucchini (a.k.a. fritters)—but more on those another day.

To get the best pancake for your buck, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Choose a high quality flour from a health food store or local mill—and make sure it’s fresh.
  • Do not over-mix the batter! You’ve probably heard this one before (or was that for muffins?), but it’s a key point. There should be small to medium-sized lumps in the batter. No lumps leads to one dense batch of flapjacks.
  • Heat your pan on medium heat, and test the temperature by sprinkling a bit of water on it. The water should sizzle and evaporate.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of melted butter or oil onto the bottom of the pan. This ensures that just the right amount is used, and your pancakes don’t end up being greasy.
  • Keep at least 1 in (2 cm) between cooking pancakes, and remember when pouring the batter that it will spread.
  • Flip your pancake once it starts to bubble throughout. Keep in mind that you don’t need to cook it as long on the second side, so keep an eye on it.
  • When making fruit pancakes, wait to add the fruit until the batter has been poured into the pan, rather than mixing it in with the giant bowl of batter. This just keeps everything nice and tidy, and keeps blueberries, for example, from making the batter purple.

Craving pancakes now? Have a pancake dinner tonight and try out one of these fool-proof recipes.

  • Banana Spelt Pancakes
  • Thyme, Tomato, and Corn Pancakes
  • Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Nutty Oatmeal Banana Pancakes
  • Hazelnut Hemp Pancakes with Dried Blueberry Sauce
  • Savoury Pancakes with Wild Mushrooms and Grains
  • Butternut Almond Pancakes with Strawberry Maple Sauce

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