Friday, 26 May 2017

Go on, it's healthy - May cooking inspiration

In May, I decided to make a change from my usual low-calories and no-baking cakes (with one exception) and post some of the healthy foods I cooked this month, mainly inspired by one of the latest cooking books I bought. Although I don't enjoy cooking much, I do like good food that is healthy and easy to prepare plus I am always willing to try new ingredients like kale, quinoa and lychees for example.

Photo by Teodora Totorean

Saturday, 20 May 2017

No-bake Strawberry Cake

No-bake strawberry cake - photo by Teodora Totorean


600g low-fat Mascarpone cheese 
300g low fat reach tea biscuits - crushed into small pieces
 dried apricots to taste - cut into small pieces
approx 1 dark chocolate - small pieces 
strawberries to taste halved 
1 gelatine + 1 berry fruits jelly

Thursday, 11 May 2017

DIY - Dried Flowers Arrangements

Dried flowers bouquet - the star of the dining table

I love flowers and I always have fresh flowers in my vases, but they eventually dry out. There was a time when I never had flowers in my home, precisely for this reason. Slowly, I started to buy fresh flowers because I needed them as props for my product photography. Then I kind of got used to how my home looks like with flowers so I made sure my vases were full all the time.

Friday, 5 May 2017

WIP - Floral Handpainted Trinket Box

Hand painted trinket box + inspiration: original meadow painting and hanging decoration by Teodora Totorean

In today's post, I will show you how I painted my latest trinket box. I have chosen my usual floral meadow pattern that I use in some of my paintings and in my hanging decorations as seen in the above photo collage. Here are step by step photos, from the plain box to the finished product. Enjoy!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

April No-bake Cakes

The making of carrot cake - photos Teodora Totorean

April is a festive month in our household as we celebrate my husband's birthday and name day (George), Easter as well as my birthday - not always in this order 😊. This month I wanted to continue with my low-calorie no-bake cakes knowing that my husband enjoys them too. The kiwi cheesecake was a lucky failure as the top layer was supposed to be a mixture of fresh kiwi, sweetener and gelatine but as I was trying to prepare it, I hated the smell of the gelatine so I decided to use kiwi jam instead and it tasted divine! What I like is that as I become more experienced with these kinds of cakes, I can play with quantities and ingredients, making my own versions, according to my taste and to what I have in my ingredients stash. So here are this month's cakes; feel free to try them and share.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday Colour Inspiration - Green Easter

Photos by Teodora Totorean

It was Easter weekend and I decided to celebrate it in green: green eggs, green cake, green flowers and green (aka healthy) cooking. I come from a culture where we dye eggs for Easter, mainly red, but other colours too. We use either artificial or natural dyes, but I have always tried to use natural dyes: onion skin (for orange and red eggs) and turmeric (for yellow eggs). This year I decided to colour them green and although it was all trial and error, the results are pretty good. The various shades were completely by accident, using a combination of spinach leaves, green crepe paper (not so natural, I know, but the green leaves didn't really do the job) and onion skin. My kitchen was a real mess, but I love the result. I will definitely try it again.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Painting on a Wall - Part II

Wall painting designed by Teodora Totorean as per client's brief

After the success of the first wall, the second one was needed and here is the result. Enjoy!

Friday, 7 April 2017

For the Love of Buttons

Ceramic button by Dottery Pottery

Just a quick post showcasing some of the interesting, quirky, and colourful buttons that I used to replace the boring ones on my coats, cardigans, and other clothes. How about you: do you embellish or alter your clothes? Feel free to share.

Friday, 31 March 2017

March No-Baking Cakes


     ✽ Various nuts: hazelnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, pecans & walnuts;
     ✽ Raw cocoa powder & drinking cocoa;
     ✽ Dates & other dried fruits;
     ✽ Organic sweeteners - agave & maple syrup;
     ✽ Coconut flakes; 
     ✽ Low-fat Mascarpone cheese  (instead of coconut oil - the flavour is too strong for me);
     ✽ White & dark cooking chocolate;
     ✽ Vanilla scented candle to help me relax;
     ✽ Accessory - handmade glove.