Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hello To Miss Moi!

Handmade Resin Necklace
We recently added a new range of stunning jewellery to the Nest, handmade in Melbourne by the lovely Chantal from Miss Moi.  The unique range of necklaces and earrings have a strong Japanese influence, are made on Mother of Pearl shell and are the perfect way to complement any outfit.  Let us know what you think by commenting below and to check out the full range over at Miss Moi's artist page at Robin Street Market click here.
Handmade Resin Necklace
Handmade Resin Earrings

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hanoi, Vietnam

We had such an amazing time in Hanoi, it is such a colourful, diverse city with so much to see. To read more about our time in Hanoi, click here, and to see the range of handmade & unique products we found in Vietnam, click here.  We hope you enjoy our photos of Hanoi!  If you have been to Hanoi (or anywhere in Vietnam) and would like to share your experiences, please comment below, we'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Easter In Bright

David and I headed to Bright for Easter this year and we enjoyed a lovely long weekend camping with some friends.  Bright is so beautiful in Autumn, here's just a few snaps.

Chestnuts for roasting, yum...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Super Tasty Beef Stir-Fry

This is a fantastic, easy, quick recipe that we absolutely love because you feel like you are filling your body up with really healthy food but it is still extremely tasty. And when I say quick, it is seriously quick, as in max 10 mins of cooking time (perhaps 20 mins of prep) so you can whip it up quite easily at the last minute. You can use any vegies you like to accompany the beef, for example, shitake mushrooms work really well.

Eye fillet 
1 clove of garlic
1 knob of ginger
2-3 spring onions
1 red pepper
1 large handful of snow peas
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 piece of grated palm sugar
Dash of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of water
Peanut oil (or olive oil if you don't have olive oil)
1 handful of fresh coriander
Rice (we use brown rice but you can use whichever rice you prefer).

Start cooking your rice now so that it is ready by the time the stir-fry is done.  Crush the ginger and garlic in a mortar and pestle and chop up your vegies.  Trim the spring onions, wash thoroughly and chop finely.  Slice the beef into thin strips.  Mix up the oyster and soy sauces in a bowl with the palm sugar, sesame oil and water.  Chop up the fresh coriander.

To a wok over high heat add a couple of tablespoons of oil, garlic and ginger and keep stirring until the paste smells fragrant, and then add the chopped spring onions and cook for 1 minute.  Remove to a bowl and cover.

Heat the wok again, add some more oil and the beef and stir for a minute or so until the beef is almost cooked through.  Add the vegies, garlic and ginger and the sauces and stir for a couple of minutes until everything is cooked through and all the ingredients are well mixed.  Taste and add a bit soy sauce to season if necessary.  Add the chopped coriander, stir through and serve with the rice. 

We love our vegies nice and crispy, if you like them a bit more well cooked then you can always cook them for a few minutes before you start cooking the stir-fry.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Winner Of Giveaway!

Retro Booties
The random generator has spoken and Susan is the winner of our latest "Bibs, Booties and Bloomers" Giveaway featuring products by Paula Winspear like these groovy little booties above.  Congratulations Susan, we will shoot off an email to you now to gather some details.  Thanks to everyone that participated and for all the lovely comments.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Giveaway: Bibs, Booties & Bloomers!

Retro Booties
We have recently added some lovely new bibs & booties to Robin Street Market. They are part of Paula Winspear's retro inspired range which have been extremely popular over at the Nest and it's not hard to see why.  They are classic and timeless with an emphasis on high quality craftsmanship.

To celebrate our new additions to the Nest we thought we would give one of our lucky readers the opportunity to win the following from Paula's range:
  • their favourite pair or booties;
  • their favourite bib; and
  • their favourite bloomers! 
Prizes have a total value of $76.  All you have to do to enter is to visit Paula's artist page and then leave a comment below and tell us what you like about Paula's range.  The giveaway closes at midnight on Friday 20th May 2011 and the winner will be drawn at random and announced on this blog on Saturday 21st May.
Good luck!
Retro Bib
Bloomers "Multi Spot"

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Feature Artist: Dilka Nassarova

Our featured artist for this week is Dilka Nassarova from Trieste, Italy.  Above is one of her gorgeous prints, to see more pop on over to her artist page.