Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Birthday Cakes For Grownups

As is my wont around my birthday, today I am sharing a roundup of cakes I think are perfect for celebrating birthdays, especially once one is past the age of wanting train or butterfly-shaped cakes!  What's your favourite cake to bake up for a birthday?

birthday cake roundup macaron tiramisu neapolitan baked cheesecake black forest recipe

1. I find it pretty hard to resist a giant macaron cake.
2. My all time favourite even as a child - black forest cake.
3. Neapolitan baked cheesecake is on this year's menu!
4. Combining two of my favourite things, tiramisu cake is a must.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Avengers Assemble!

the avengers bunting domum vindemia

Hands up if you're a mad keen Avengers fan!  And hands up if you've seen the latest film, Infinity War!  And triple hands up if you have or know some mini Avengers fans!  Domum Vindemia's Avengers buntings have been popular for birthday parties and nursery decor, so I've been adding more to the store.

the avengers bunting domum vindemia

The newest bunting features some of my favourite Avengers: Wasp, Ant Man, Thor and Captain America.  And I love the story's theme of the Avengers being strong on their own, but being much stronger when they work together!  Which is your favourite Avenger?

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Monstera deliciosa

monstera earrings jane austen pride and prejudice mr darcy elizabeth bennet two cheeky monkeys bookworm gift literary bookish

Now that Mother's Day is done and dusted (at least in Australia), I am thrilled to finally have time to put the finishing touches on Two Cheeky Monkeys' new Monstera range of jewellery.  This new range currently consists of ear jacket style earrings featuring classic literary characters, of course!

monstera earrings Anne of green gables anne shirley gilbert blythe two cheeky monkeys bookworm gift literary bookish

These earrings come in the perennial favourites of Lizzy and Darcy and Anne and Gilbert, as well as the quirky Mr Sherlock Holmes.  I will add more favourite characters as time permits, but am also happy to take custom orders featuring YOUR favourites.  Who would you choose?

monstera earrings sherlock holmes two cheeky monkeys bookworm gift literary bookish

Thursday, 10 May 2018

We have a winner!

Thank you, thank you all who entered our tea infuser giveaway here on the blog or over on our IG feed!  I've had fun seeing which infuser people would choose if they won - very enlightening!

winner starburst

But as with all good things, the giveaway had to end.  And without any further ado, I am announcing Katie (aka l'il red) as our giveaway winner!
Thanks again to everyone who entered our giveaway.  If you didn't win, don't fret, I'll be sending all giveaway entrants a 10% off coupon code for our Etsy store as a consolation prize.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

A roundup of scone recipes!

I've been posting about afternoon tea and high tea quite frequently of late (because how could you NOT love afternoon tea and high teas!).
So I thought it only appropriate to share a roundup of recipes for one of the most beloved afternoon tea treats (at least in the British-influenced world), scones!
My US-based readers will know these delights as biscuits, but don't ask me how the differences in terminology originated.  Meanwhile, enjoy these scrumptious recipes!

recipe scones biscuits high tea afternoon savoury sweet treat

1. Soda water scones are my failsafe go to recipe.
2. The only scone recipe I've ever seen using eggs.
4. I am a big fan of savoury scones.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Tea is always a good idea - Autumn/Winter 2018 range + a giveaway

My friends and family all know that I am a HUGE fan of drinking tea, especially if it's accompanied by a luscious high tea or afternoon tea!  And, of course, my love of high tea has been represented somewhat in Domum Vindemia with our range of dessert stands.

mary poppins tea infuser strainer domum vindemia quote just a spoonful of sugar

And this Autumn/Winter 2018, my love of tea will be further represented in-store with the launch of our new range of bookish tea infusers!  They are currently available in a choice of four literary quotes, but, as always, I am happy to create bespoke pieces with my customers' favourite quotes.

jane austen tea infuser strainer obstinate headstrong girl pride and prejudice quote domum vindemia

And to celebrate the introduction of this new range, we are having a giveaway!!!  ONE lucky blog reader will win their choice of tea infuser from our new range.

domum vindemia tea infuser strainer quote scoring wilder she believed she could so she did foodie gift homewares

How do you enter?  
  • Simply HEAD IN-STORE, check out our tea infuser range, and leave a blog comment letting me know which one you would like to win.
  • Share our giveaway on social media and you will receive extra entries - just leave a comment with the link to your giveaway share and use #domumvindemia as a hashtag.

* Fine print: This giveaway will run from 1 May 2018 until 8 May 2018 (AEST).  Entry is open worldwide to entrants 18 years of age or older.  All entries must be verifiable to be valid. Winner will be chosen randomly. *

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Soup, glorious soup!

As the cooler weather (gradually) arrives in Melbourne, the Cheeky Monkeys family starts looking to cook more soup recipes to give us warmth and comfort in the colder months.  Today's roundup of recipes is a collection of some of our favourites, ranging from modern cooking through to traditional European and Asian cuisines, there's sure to be something for anyone who loves soup.  Enjoy!

soups recipe ramen garbure green soup chanko nabe beans sweet potato chickpea

1. We have been huge fans of ramen since our trip to Japan three years ago!
2. This sweet potato and chickpea soup should please vegetarians and meat easters alike.
3. Did you say chorizo?
4. Green soups are tasty and packed full of vitamins and minerals.
5. Technically a "stew", this soupy noodle dish is so comforting.
6. This rustic French soup is perfect winter comfort food.
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