Banana Cinnabun

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Jewellery: LTXLG Shine Bracelet

Photography and styling by myself

It did not start off as a good day for me when I set out to make this recipe. I had gotten into a small argument with my mom, and when the entire family (minus me) set off to do some really awesome shopping and I was left alone in the house to start whipping up this delicious dessert, I was seething. Thankfully, it probably was just a case of being too close to too many people on a typical Sunday. As soon as they cleared out I was able to reach a never before achieved state of inner peace while going about my usual Sunday ritual of cooking, styling and food photographing. It was bliss to bake in complete silence, and when the oven pinged, voila… to be left in more peace to style the food. Thanks to the space and quiet, I was able to devote a lot more time and effort than usual to creating these photographs today.

This was my first time making an actual loaf from Clean Eating Goddess’s recipe directory, and it was astoundingly easy. My favorite part is the cinnamon sugar middle. With my Sunday treats being so well received now, and individual family members demanding their favorite bakes and savory meals, I actually have my hands full planning a full dinner menu for a gathering on my mom’s birthday in two weeks… with six pizzas… The recipe for that will be up next week, also from CEG. šŸ˜‰

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup plain flour

1/2 cup almond flour

3 ripe medium bananas

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup honey

4 eggs

1/2Ā  cup brown sugar

1 heaped tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

fresh strawberries (optional topping)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Line and grease a 8.5″ x 4.5″ loaf pan (I used a Pyrex glass casserole with the same dimensions) with parchment paper.

2. Mix plain flour, almond flour, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl until well combined.

3. In another mixing bowl, mash the bananas until as smooth as possible with a fork.

4. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, honey and vanilla extract until well combined. Add mixture to the mashed banana in the mixing bowl and mix well.

5. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar and mix well.

6. Pour the liquid ingredients in the mixing bowl to the first dry ingredient mixture. Mix well until combined. Add coconut oil and mix well.

7. Pour half the batter into the loaf pan. Coat the surface of the batter with the cinnamon sugar mixture, then cover with the remaining batter.

8. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from a piercing in the center.

9. Leave to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before serving.

9. Top with fruit of choice. I went with fresh strawberries. Enjoy.

Pesto Pasta

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Photography and styling by myself

One of my recent food obsessions is pasta, and credit for my obsession goes to my awesome sister for talking about pasta all the time, although a lot of the blame also lies on Clean Eating Goddess who has an incredible variety of delicious pasta recipes up on her site! I simply can’t resist any of her vegetarian pasta options, so today I present to you the greenest pasta I’ve ever enjoyed, the Green Goddess Pasta.

Unfortunately I made a slip up with the amount of sea salt added to the pesto which resulted in a saltier version than I would have otherwise enjoyed. On the bright side however, I now understand what it means when they state “a pinch of salt” in a recipe. It’s literally a pinch. Thankfully it didn’t matter so much because with an awesome recipe and ingredients, the end result more than made up for it compared to my usual average pasta-sauce-straight-out-of-a-jar adventures.

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups fresh basil leaves

3 heaped tbsp pine nuts

2 garlic cloves

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

juice of1 lemon

a pinch of sea salt

500g spinach fettucine

4 tbsp frozen peas (divided in half)

3 tbsp pumpkin seeds

2 ripe avocados

1 tbsp almond flour/powder (for garnish)

Serves 4

DIRECTIONS:

1. Bake the pine nuts at 150 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes.

2. Add basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic cloves, lemon juice and salt into a blender. Blend on low speed, slowly incorporating all the olive oil. Blend until a smooth pesto paste is formed.

3. Boil pasta in highly salted water until al dente.

4. Meanwhile, toast the pumpkin seeds in the same way as above, and de-seed and mash the two avocados using a fork.

5. Combine pasta, half the pumpkin seeds, peas, pesto and mashed avocados in a pan on med-low heat. Toss until pasta is well coated.

6. Serve while hot. Garnish with the remaining pumpkin seeds and almond powder. Enjoy.

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_MG_9032_MG_9588_MG_9535_MG_9046_MG_9038_MG_9553 Wearing: 1/ Beach Edge. Annielka Gold Mini Halo Necklace, Garnet Voodoo Skull Necklace, Silver Voodoo Ring, Black Pearl Cathy Ring, Rhodium Bubble Ring, Moon Ring in Gold and Silver.

2/ Minimal Chic. Annielka Silver Moon Necklace, Silver and Gold Ring & Arrow Necklace, Gold Kite Bracelet, Gold Double Tube & Chain Bracelet, Silver Swarovski Crystal Infinity Bracelet, Moon Ring in Gold and Silver, “Breathe” Mantra Ring in Gold and Silver, and “Joy” Mantra Ring in Silver.

3/ Romantic Glam. Annielka Rose Gold Casablanca Earrings, Iggy Crystal and Gunmetal Fringe Necklace, Rhodium Bubble Cuff, Trinity Cuff, Rose Gold Two Stone Cuff, Rhodium Bubble Ring, Rose Gold Trinity Ring and Rose Gold Casablanca Ring.

Photos by Ruth Lee, Hee Teck Lye & Rina Hee

Hairstyling by Blow + Bar

I am a lover of a multitude of styles in fashion and have a special place in my heart for accessories, especially shoes and jewellery, so I am excited to present this collaboration with Annielka Boutique today. Annielka Boutique sources unique pieces from independent jewelers worldwide, and is an exciting embodiment of kaleidoscopic styles for the modern go getter. Its variety is especially important to me, as being a fashion chameleon with no signature style, I can go from beachy boho vibes to party glam within a day, and Annielka manages to satisfy all my creative tastes wonderfully. The selection I have curated includes 3 different accessory looks; beach edge, minimal chicĀ  and romantic glam which will take a girl to any event within the city!

Being a huge fan of uniquely handcrafted jewellery, it was needless to say that when I was approached by Angela of Annielka to do this collaboration, which coincidentally combined my love for accessories and styling in photography, I was thrilled beyond words. Check out my interview with Angela on her blog and get inspired for jewellery options in my Romantic Glam look on Valentine’s day here! To all my lovely readers, enjoy 20% off any regular priced item site-wide when you use the code VELVETEEN20 at check out.

Credits also go to Blow + Bar who did my hair, they are a stellar salon (outlets at One Raffles Place and Roberson Quay) which focuses on blow outs, including permanent blow outs, which in my opinion are completely necessary for a girl who is always on the go. I think it’s time for me to get a permanent blow out… as soon as my bleached hair grows out!