Friday, February 1, 2013

MAKING PLANS FOR CHANGE...THE BRAIN SPACE...KETTLE AND TIN FOR BREAKFAST....MELON AND PROSCUITTO SUPER EASY RECIPE...MIDORI MARTINI..YES! AND MORE...HAPPY FRIDAY!


FEBRUARY...TIME TO MAKE PLANS FOR CHANGE

Drapery Curtains Interior Decorator Brisbane Fortitude Valley

February...welcome to the Month of love.  It's when things start to ramp up, Christmas is over, and the party has finished.  Time to get those plans of yours and start putting them into action.
Our design team has acquired a massive range of new fabrics from European Velvets to soft weaves and more, more, more.....make an appointment today for your curtains, soft furnishings or upholstery requirements.
It's one of the things that we do best!
Our Team is happy to assist.

CHARCOAL INTERIORS
59 DOGGETT ST
NEWSTEAD.  QLD.  4006

www.charcoalinteriors.com.au

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....THE BRAINS SPACE....


Ultimate Man Shed Designer Brisbane Fortitude Valley
Credit - Olson Kundig Architects

Remember how Dad used to duck off to his man 'shed' when you were a kid?
Mine did...and it was usually to tinker with one of his vintage cars, or sip on a beer without Mum nagging him about it.  


Architect built man cave shed interior design Fortitude Valley
Credit - Olson Kundig Architects

Well, we stumbled upon this amazing adaptation of the old fashioned shed this week.  Called 'The Brain' and created by architect Olson Kundig, it is a 14,280 cubic food cinematic laboratory, where their client, a filmkaker, can work out ideas.


Dog space peep hole interior decorator fortitude valley brisbane
 Credit - Olson Kundig Architects

Dont' you love the little hidey hole just for the dog!


You'll have lots of time to rest when youre six feet under
Credit Olson Kundig Architects

"You'll Have Lots Of Time To Rest When You're Six Feet Under"....hmmm....we like it! (above)

A cast in place concrete box that is as raw as it is sleek and industrial.
We love it.
http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com/


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...QUEENSLAND TIMBER FLOORING...




This is a reminder that the Queensland Timber Flooring representative Andy Singleton, will be in the showroom tomorrow (Saturday 2nd February) to answer all your questions in regards to beautiful timber flooring for your home.  There is nothing that Andy doesn't know about timber flooring and what he doesn't know..well, it hasn't been thought of yet!


Pop in and say hi to Andy.  Come and see our huge selection of quality timber flooring, laid in sections and a beautiful example of what can be done for you!

QUEENSLAND TIMBER FLOORING

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FLOODING

Well, when we wrote out top tips out for Australia Day partying last week, we had no idea what was to develop over the course of the weekend here in Queensland.
Torrential rain, blustery, at times gale forced winds and flooding in parts of Brisbane with other sections of Queensland completely devastated ie Bundaberg, Laidley etc...
So, our hearts go out to those affected.



The Government websites are encouraging those who wish to contribute to check out the Givit website as there is a list of essentials required by those in need.  Its a bit like a bridal registry...you give the items that are specifically asked for and needed the most.


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OUT AND ABOUT

Kettle and Tin review

My daughter was leaving for Europe just before Christmas Day, and I decided to take her out for breakfast.
There's a new kid on the block in Paddington.  Given Terrace is an abundance of restaurants and cafes.  What was once our fave 'Pandemonium' has been replaced with 'Kettle and Tin'.
Kettle and Tin is a restaurant and bar with a clever open plan design whilst still keeping the quaint ambience of the old original home.

Brooke Farrell Kettle and Tin
With the traveller outside in the courtyard before it started to rain.

My daughter had the usual Eggs Benny $18, and I went for the 'Hunters' eggs - eggs scrambled with roma tomato/sauteed onion and proscuitto topping.  This was washed down with a couple of extra hot skinny caps.

Brisbane Breakfast Review
My Hunters Eggs

We found the service very attentive and swift.  The food was really good.  It began to rain and so we moved indoors (we originally sat in the courtyard out the front) into one of the comfortable booths to the right by the window.  

Good coffee Brisbane Interior Decorator
REALLY good coffee......mmmmmm

Kettle and Tin was a pleasant experience, although I do agree with some of the other reviews on the Urbanspoon website in respect to blandness of food as we did find on our second visit that the hashcakes were a tad lacking in flavour.  As far as service went on both occasions, it was faultless....whoever does the hiring there needs a pat on the back.

All up, a pretty good experience and we will be back another day to give lunch or dinner a whirl.

Kettle & Tin on Urbanspoon

Kettle And Tin

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Cocktail Friday martini classic espresso midori

IT'S COCKTAIL FRIDAY!

I love a good dry Martini on a special occasion, but there's also a huge range of variations on this classic cocktail  ie...the Grapefruit Martini, Peach martini, Apple Martini, Cosmo Martini, Chocolate Martini, Espresso Martini (made by Pete the Greek and my all time fave...) and I could go on and on but today we are focusing on my latest discovery, the 'Midori Martini'.
Sharply refreshing, a well-chilled martini spiked with the tang of citrus is the perfect way to unwind after a long and exhausting day.  Feel like a millionaire as you raise the cool, frosted glass to your lips!

WHAT YOU NEED
90ml lemon vodka
14ml Cointreau
14ml Midori
Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
Ice cubes
Twist of lemon zest to serve

WHAT TO DO
Shake the vodka, Cointreau, Midori and lemon juice together with plenty of ice cubes.  Strain into a glass and serve decorated with a twist of lemon zest.

Pop your feet up....enjoy!

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Proscuitto wrapped rockmelon recipe
Credit Kevin H via flickr


PROSCUITTO WRAPPED ROCKMELON

Buying seasonal produce has loads of benefits.  The product is fresher, you will be supporting local growers and the flavours are more pronounced in fresh seasonal produce as opposed to those which have been stored in cold storage...sometimes for more than a year.

I bought a Rockmelon for the family BBQ the other night and it was incredibly sweet and delicious.  Rockmelon are in season during Summer only in Australia, so take advantage of this very versatile fruit while you can.

For our BBQ,  and to satisfy the Meditteranean tastes of Pete the Greek and co, I tried out this great recipe for Proscuitto Wrapped Rockmelon.  Its super easy, and try drizzling some Balsamic Vinegar over the top too...deeeelish!

Credit pilgrimgirl via flickr


HERE'S THE RECIPE!

The Sweet-Salty combo is divine!


Credit lynn.gardner via flickr


WHAT YOU NEED:
Proscuitto de parma - as for it to be sliced super thing at the deli
Rockmelon - seeded and cut from the rind in wedges - as above
A sprinkling of rock salt
A drizzle of Balsamic 

WHAT TO DO:
OK...this is pretty technical...NOT!
Just lovingly wrap the proscuitto around the melon as shown above
Sprinkle sparingly with rock salt
Display on a beautiful plate.
Have the Balsamic handy so everyone can drizzle Balsamic to their taste.

Try matching this with a New Zealand Sauvingnon Blanc...the melon flavours will really burst through and compliment well.  We like Geisen at the moment...its a good quality drop and also well priced.  Lovely freshness on the palate and beautiful honey tones that are delicate.

Enjoy!

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Until next week....Jen's off to McLaren Vale for more wine research and Cath's busy packing her bags for a quick trip to the Coast!

Love, Light and Laughter to all!

The Charcoal Team
xxx

Damien Bredberg Photography Family Portrait Gothic

www.charcoalinteriors.com.au

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