Lani Says

Lani Says is food & music she loves, interviews with local artists and sharing stories of her life with the man she loves.

Month: March, 2013

Talias Treats: Easter Baskets

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Whip these up tonight, or over the long weekend as a super special treat for your loved ones.

“These are really just those choc krispies that everyone grew up on as kids but with a bit of an easter twist…”

250g Kremelta
4 cups cornflakes
1 cup icing sugar
4 tbsp cocoa
1 cup coconut

Melt Kremelta either in microwave or on low heat in a saucepan. Add the icing sugar, coconut & cocoa, mix well. Stir the cornflakes through until well coated. Spoon into cupcake cases. Refrigerate until set.
Remove cupcake cases and place mini easter eggs on top. Serve.

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David Dallas and The Daylight Robbery at Sounds On

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I tried to get snaps of each member of the band, as I reckon you’re gonna be wanting to know more about them soon 🙂

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Ron on the drums : Meat-burger enthusiast.

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Sale on the bass : Hilarity ensues.

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Hong Kong Island Tour : The Peak, Stanley Bay & Aberdeen

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I love the feeling of being in the centre of a huge, bustling city. Hong Kong gave me the same buzz as the first time I went to New York. It’s the big city life that really gets my heart racing, perhaps it’s a side-effect of growing up on a tiny tropical island. Palm trees and the ocean lapping over white sands feels like home, high-rises and noise and smog and crowds of people ignoring you feels like adventure.

For our first full day in Hong Kong, the bf and I set off on a tour of Hong Kong Island (we were staying on Kowloon) with PC Tours. There were a bunch of sights that had been recommended to us, and the tour helped us tick off most of those in just half a day, so I’d definitely recommend taking one of their tours if you’re only in Hong Kong for a few days and want to see as much as possible. First stop was The Peak, the most visited tourist site in Hong Kong. It has a spectacular view, although half the fun was the ascent as we listened to our tour guides humorous commentary on life in Hong Kong as well as the history of the area  :

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Thailand – The Food Round-up

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You know, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t dedicate an entire post of my travels in Thailand to all the delicious food and drinks I consumed. Thailand has the codes when it comes to cold drinks, their iced-smoothies made from fresh fruit are the best I ever had *drake voice*, and the bf has been fiending for some ice-ovaltine and fresh coconut ever since.

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Lunch at Bari Lamai Resort in Rayong.

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Collette Dinnigan new eyewear collection & giveaway !!

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from the ‘Carnivale’ collection

Being a four-eyes myself, I’m excited to be able to give away a voucher for two pairs of glasses from the Collette Dinnigan for Specsavers eyewear collection to one of you lucky readers! I remember being a little bummed when I first found out I needed glasses, but that feeling only lasted until I started trying on frames, and from then on it was all excitement about the new fashionable addition to my wardrobe. So of course, when I was contacted about Collette Dinnigan’s new eyewear range, I had to have a play around with the collection. I got my fellow specs-wearer Shirl to join in on the fun, with the always amazing Abbie Gardiner doing our make-up.

The range is made up of three distinct styles, romance, decadence & carnivale. To be in to win the two pairs of glasses, just comment in the comments section (with your correct email address in the email form – your email won’t be made public 🙂) what your fave of the three styles from the range is (check out the full range & styles here) – as you’ll see from the frames we chose, Shirl and I were quite partial to the ‘decadence’ styles.

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‘Decadence’ collection

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‘Carnivale’

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behind the scenes of the boohoo global styler shoot

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Since by now you’ve seen all the looks I chose for the boohoo global styler campaign, I thought it would be fun to chuck up a few of the more candid pics from the shoot.

It’s also a good time to remind all you last minute guys that you only have until Monday (25th) to enter the competition. Check here to read all about how to enter 🙂

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Oh, and in case you missed my earlier global styler posts check here, here & here.

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Resort Life

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I feel like I’m torturing myself a little posting these up, now that the holiday is over. For our last three days in Thailand we stayed at the Hotel Novotel Rayong Rim Pae Resort. The province is about two hours out of Bangkok, and about an hour out from Pattaya. I can’t compare it to any other resorts in Thailand as this is the first I’ve been to, but for me it was relaxation paradise. The ocean is the warmest I’ve been in, warmer than Samoa and Rarotonga, and you can choose from three pools, heated mostly by the sun but a little cooler than the sea and surrounded by palm trees and lush greenery.

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I loved that they had these tyres at the resort, it was a total throwback to my childhood in Raro, what a charmed life island life can be.

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The Grand Palace in Bangkok

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The Grand Palace in Bangkok may just be one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen. If you’re ever in Thailand, it’s a must do. In order to enter the palace grounds you have to be dressed appropriately, that is to cover your legs and shoulders. I was fine with the pants I was wearing but I had to hire out a shirt, as seen below, because I was only wearing a singlet. There is an official office through the main gate that you do this from and once you return your items, you get your money back. You can buy sarongs and other cover up items from locals outside the gates, but that’s for keeps, you won’t get your money back. The sheer scale and detail of the buildings when you first enter is incredible, there is so much to take in and such a delight to the eyes. Before seeing the actual palace, you will first take in all the temples surrounding it which includes the Wat Phra Kaew, the temple of the Emerald Buddha.  These pictures are just a tiny glimpse of what it’s like there.

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Talias Treats : Homemade Muesli

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Lucky for you guys, while I’m off galavanting in the tropics, Talia stays on her grind. Today she gives us her recipe base for her homemade Muesli. She explains :

“It started out because I was trying to be good and eat a healthy breakfast so I didn’t snack all day. I don’t know how healthy it is in the end, lol, but it does fill me up till lunch. It also gives me my sweet fix so I’m not craving chocolate all day, so in that sense it works.”

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Muesli’s something you can tailor to what you like. The base is:
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup olive oil (you can use canola etc but olive oil makes it crunchier)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar (cos I like it sweet. If you like it more savory, leave out the brown sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg or cardamom
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
plus your choice of:

2-2 1/2 cups nuts and seeds (if they’re already roasted you add at the end) 1 cup dried fruits

I use:
1 cup raw mixed nuts, chopped roughly, 1 1/2 cups energy booster mix OR heart smart mix (chopped roughly) chopped dried apricots, chopped dried cranberries, sultanas

Optional:

1 cup coconut (I use) / 1 cup bran flakes (for a healthy option lol)

I get the raw mixed nuts, energy booster, heart smart mixes from the Alison’s Pantry pick n mix aisle at Pack n Save or New World – not sure if Countdown stocks them.
Raw mixed nuts = almond, brazil, cashew, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans
Energy booster mix = roast peanuts, raisins, sultanas, sunflower seed, diced apricot, fruit medley, papaya, pineapple, chocolate raisins, roasted cashews and pecans plus raw pumpkin seed
Heart Smart mix = roast pistachios, almonds, brazil nuts, dried cranberries, sultanas, strawberries and dark chocolate chunks

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Mix together the base ingredients and any raw nuts & bran. I like toasting it with some raw nuts as I like the flavour it gives the oats versus just adding at the end.
Spread evenly across a baking tray. Bake approx 40 mins at 180C – stirring the mixture every 10mins so it toasts evenly – or until golden brown. Keep a close eye on it cos it quickly turns from toasted to burnt.
Once cooked, remove from oven and stir the roasted nut mixes, dried fruit and coconut through the muesli while still warm. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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The muesli above is using the heart smart mix, which I like to eat sprinkled on top of lo-fat strawberry yoghurt. The muesli below is using the energy booster muesli served with milk, sliced peaches and bananas.

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Tuk-tuks in Bangkok (+What I Wore)

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If you’re ever in Bangkok, getting around on a tuk-tuk is a must do. I can’t emphasize enough how much fun it is, it’s like a roller coaster through a city with the craziest traffic in the world, and the tuk-tuk driver comes out tops in insane driving capabilites. It has the feel of a bumper cart ride as you fly across one side of your seat to other, watching as your driver weaves in and out of traffic and pushes his way into spaces you didn’t think possible. I was laughing out loud the whole way from the train station to the Grand Palace, the drive was frantic and exciting. Witnessing 5 people balance on one small motorbike, or immaculately dressed business women perch on the side of a motorbike whilst holding her phone and handbag like it ain’t no thang are also highlights you’re bound to see during a tuk-tuk ride. We travelled from Hua Lamphong Station to the Grand Palace at a cost of 150 baht, just over 6 NZD.

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