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Chocolate Tart With Lavender Cream

This is the most divine and simple tart from the wonderful Chelsea Winter.  In fact every recipe i've made of hers has been such a success!

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Here's the recipe so you can give it a go from Chelsea's website and do try some of her other winning recipes as well.

Ingredients

1-2 sheets short sweet pastry
250g dark chocolate 
250ml cream
25g butter
1 cup cream, whipped
3 lavender flowers ( not sprayed)

Method

Preheat the oven to 200c fan bake.

Place the pastry on a clean floured work surface and roll it out to 3/4 of its original thickness, so it’s a bit bigger than the shape of your flan tin. You can join pieces of pastry together with a little water to make the right shape if need be.

Line the flan tin with the pastry, folding the excess pastry over the sides of the tin, then roll the rolling pin over top to trim it neatly. Prick the bottom with a fork about 10 times then bake in the oven for around 10 minutes or until golden brown all over – if it’s undercooked it will go soggy. Remove from the oven and cool.

In a double boiler, heat the chopped chocolate and cream until melted, stirring continuously. Add the butter and stir to combine.

Very carefully remove the pastry case from the tin (it will be rather delicate as it’s quite thin). Gently place on a board or serving plate. Carefully pour the chocolate mixture in to almost fill it. Leave to set in the fridge on an even surface.

Chop the lavender flowers finely and fold through the whipped cream. Spoon the cream over the top of the tart and scatter fresh raspberries or strawberries over top. Garnish with extra lavender flowers.

This one was eaten in a matter of minutes and i know it will be a winner for you as well!
Hols xo

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DIY a workplace surprise


I love planning a good surprise at work.  This one was for Asher, when his new little girl was almost here (she is here now YAY).

There are so many reasons to plan a workplace surprise (Birthday, Bon Voyage, Baby Shower) and it really doesn't have to cost you much at all.

Here's how this one was pulled off:

Stripey Wall
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I got sheets of brown paper (super inexpensive and you can buy them from the $2 shop) and 1 tube of grey and 1 tube of white paint (also from the $2 shop).  Paint the stripes! I found it easiest to use a little foam roller.  Fold the paper in half before you paint, letting the first stripe dry before you attempt the second stripe.  BEWARE: secure it when you let it dry outside or the wind will get paint on your deck. EEK!
To hang it on the wall i just used velcro dots so it could easily be removed after the party.
Easy right?

Hanging Lanterns  Pom Poms
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Again these ones are from the $2 and are really easy to assemble.  I recommend using nylon string so it stays invisible but your welcome to use pretty ribbons as well.

Cake
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Cake always has a way of bringing people together.  For this party in particular it was so nice to get the girls from work together to create something amazing. Ok it might look a little complicated but when you work as a team it's easily achieved.  This one was from the Bluebells Cakery Cookbook which is one of my faves.
The Pom Pom garland at the top, well go back to childhood days when you'd create wool pom poms, string them together and voila.

For this party all the staff had been sneaking me presents that I stashed in a cupboard.  On the morning of the surprise we put them all on his desk.

It worked oh so well and he was genuinely surprised.
So that's how this little workplace surprise was pulled off.  Have some fun and see what you can come up

Hols xo

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