Multi-functional morphing furniture

Check out this furniture video a friend showed me a couple of weeks ago. I don’t understand why all furniture isn’t made like this. It really does make you think the endless possibilities furniture could and should offer us.
The orange couch towards the end of this video blew my mind. I can only hope to work with and own some of this furniture one day.
Resource Furniture, based in New York City, supply the finest quality transformable furniture, modern wall beds and modern space saving furniture; manufactured by Clei in Italy, as well as Sellex in Spain. Clei also have an interested blog of their own. Click here to check it out.

Ridonculous booze-hag cake with cherries

Ridonculous is a word I use far too often these days. It should be a word that you type, and not say aloud – kind of like ‘zomg’, ‘wtf’, and ‘yours sincerely’. They should be kept in either written or in your head, but not uttered. I unfortunately have crossed that line, and actually say it out loud.
I’ve made this chocolate love cake with cherries and booze several times now and it is a big hit in my household. A household of two, I would like to point out, who enjoy anything that involves mixing chocolate with Cointreau.
Jamie Oliver is pure genius for concocting this delight. It’s a straight forward recipe, which I like. {Mix one group of ingredients in this bowl, cook, then mix this group on the stove, et viola}. The ingredients for the most part, can be found in your cupboard and it may not be necessary for you to travel to the shops each time you want to make it. It is a very flexible recipe where ingredients can be swapped and replaced without devastating the recipe.
This cake is full of win every time. It’s a safe cake, and you really can’t mess it up. I would highly suggest this cake to everyone. For a quick and simple dessert for two, or multiplied, as a gushing dessert at a dinner party served with hot liqueur sauce.

My pictures really don’t do this recipe justice. Times the gooey scrumptiousness by about ten. To see the recipe for this cake by Jamie Oliver, click below …

2 tablespoons cocoa powder
100g/3½oz butter, softened
100g/3½oz caster sugar
1 egg, preferably free-range or organic
100g/3½oz self-raising flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ tin of black cherries, drained {if you can’t find tinned black cherries, glacé cherries work just as well}
2 tablespoons hazelnuts, chopped for the chocolate sauce

25g/¾oz butter
142ml/4.9fl oz double cream
75g/2½oz good-quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
a splash of brandy, rum, Amaretto or Baileys

Mix all the cake ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a greaseproof dish. You can either mix in the hazelnuts, or sprinkle them on top before putting in the oven. Place in a 180ºC oven for 25 minutes.

While your cake is baking, make your chocolate sauce. Place the butter in a small pan with the cream and bring almost to a boil. Turn off the heat and add your chocolate pieces to the pan. Give it a good stir and leave for 5 minutes so the hot cream can melt the chocolate. Add a splash of your desired alcohol and stir thoroughly. 

Do the ‘clean knife‘ test on your cake. Once it’s ready, pour the chocolate sauce over the cake and either share it right from the dish or serve it up in individual bowls. Delicious!

Click here for a handy cooking calculator, should you prefer to measure in cups, mls, oz etc. Jamie Oliver’s chocolate love cake with cherries and booze recipe can be found here on his website, should you like to bookmark it.

Graffiti wallpaper

Last week I was lucky enough to be given a heads up about some graffiti wallpaper spotted in town. I happened to be passing by Gerry Keane on Talbot Street yesterday and I was able to check it out for myself.

This graffiti paper is designed by Muriva {based in Simonstone in the UK}. Entitled ‘Che Guevara’ it’s pretty self explanatory. The Che paper can be seen in a larger scale here. However, I do think this particular pattern is too obviously repetitive on a realistic scale.

To date, {off the top of my head} I haven’t heard of any graffiti wallpaper, and I’ve got to hand it to them – it’s a really good idea. I don’t know why I haven’t seen any before.
I really like the idea of this wallpaper, but maybe a version that has been toned down more to a more discrete scale. Paired with something soft, to give a strong juxtaposition between the two, I don’t see why it couldn’t be used as a feature for someone who isn’t afraid to try something out of the ordinary.