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This Family Home Is A Slice Of Europe In The Perth Hills!

We see a lot of houses here at TDF, but we’ve never seen an Australian house quite like Bronte Taton’s! 

Bronte’s family home is reminiscent of classical Greek architecture, and surrounded by a French-inspired garden in Darlington – a quaint country town 30 minutes from Perth. 

The creative director and antique collector at Cleo Collects moved here with her husband Joshua Casey, Indigenous program coordinator and design teacher shortly after the birth of their daughter, Clementine. The move has felt like returning home to Bronte, who grew up between Paris and California. The dream!

Matt and Lentil Of Grown&Gathered – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Today our garden columnist Georgia Reid of The Planthunter introduces us to Matt and Lentil Purbrick of Grown & Gathered, who have crafted an idyllic life in Tabilk, an hour and a half north of Melbourne.  TODAY we admire their bountiful gardens… and later this week we’ll check out their house!

Rainbow Red Quinoa Salad with BBQ’d Corn – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Given I work in close proximity to my kitchen most days, we tend to eat home made salads a lot for lunch here in the office, and I find it is SO much better for afternoon productivity than a whopping great sandwich.

Today’s recipe is a staple around here – it’s so satisfying, and it keeps for days in the fridge, so you can make a big batch on Sunday night with the knowledge that weekday lunches will be sorted until at least Wednesday. You can also change it up with the addition of tuna, or roast chicken, both of which taste excellent mixed through the salad.

Raw Chocolate Cinnamon Mousse – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

FOODRaw Chocolate Cinnamon Mousse - The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

At Pana Chocolate we are passionate about creating the best tasting chocolate and raw desserts. Everything at Pana Chocolate is raw, organic, handmade and free from dairy, soy, gluten and refined sugar. As they say, it’s as nutritious as it is delicious!

I’m a trained pastry chef, so when I first started working at Pana I had to unlearn everything I knew about using sugar and butter, and find new ways to do the same things with nuts, natural sweeteners, and coconut. As Head Chef at Pana Chocolate it is my job to challenge people’s perception of what a raw or vegan dessert is, tastes and looks like. There are no traditional pastry ingredients (like butter, eggs, sugar) but who needs them when you can create sweets that tastes amazing and are actually good for you?!

Over this month I will show you four recipes designed to give you a taste of the raw food lifestyle, all with a hint of cacao of course! You will notice that some of the method carries an ingredient across more than one recipe, so that ingredients can be used wholly with minimal waste.

To start things off we have a Chocolate cinnamon mousse with cacao chia crisps, date crisps, candied nut shards and pear chips. This smooth and rich mousse is made using the warming spice blend from the Pana Chocolate Cinnamon bar, and complimented with crispy, crunchy and chewy thanks to four different dehydrated ‘crisps’ created using chia seeds, dates and, dried pear and nuts.  This is an easy but impressive looking dessert that’s perfect for autumn and winter. And you don’t even need a spoon – the novelty of this dessert is using the shards and crisps to get close to your mousse!

Raw chocolate cinnamon mousse with cacao chia crisps, date crisp, candied nut shard and pear chip. Recipe by Amber Roche at Pana Chocolate. HAY paper porcelain plate from CULT, copper tip spoon from Cibi. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull, photo – Eve Wilson.


Pana Chocolate Cinnamon 45g bar. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull, photo – Eve Wilson.


Raw chocolate cinnamon mousse ingredients. Alvar Aalto vase from Make Designed Objects, small resin earth bowl in black and snow swirl by Dinosaur Designs. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull, photo – Eve Wilson.


Pana Chocolate Cinnamon 45g bar. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull, photo – Eve Wilson.

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