lemony energy bites


If you follow my Instagram stories you would have noticed that I have a bit of a sweet tooth

I’m always posting stories about the delicious cakes and treats I’ve tried

I try to limit my cake eating to the weekend however I love a sweetish treat with my afternoon coffee

I’m forever on the lookout for an easy sweet treat to make that has some nutritional value and that is easy to prepare with sore hands and wrists

I came across this recipe when I was reading Malaysian Shape magazine online and it couldn’t be simpler

This recipe for lemon-tumeric energy bites is by Danielle Krupa who has a website and blog called Red Kitchenette which packed with recipes she develops for her family

If you have a digital magazine subscription, you can find the recipe in the October 2018 issue of Shape Malaysia magazine on page 24

All you need are the ingredients listed below, some baking/parchment paper and a food processor

You will have to roll the mixture when it comes out of the food processor however the mixture is very soft and easy to manipulate so it’s not going to be too stressful on your hands or wrists

By the way, the energy balls are not excessively sweet and have the most delicious lemon flavour



raw cashews – 1 cup

raw almonds – 1 cup

12 pitted Medjool dates

lemon juice – 1/4 cup

vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon

ground tumeric – 1 teaspoon

ground ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

blend the ingredients in a food processor for 1 minute

( I found it took longer than a minute – it should be like a thick paste)

roll the mixture into about 14 balls on parchment/baking paper then flatten them

garnish with lemon zest

chill in the freezer for 20 minutes until firm

store energy bites in the fridge in an airtight container


enjoy each delicious bite with your favourite beverage




Distractions – vintage fashion

I came across some stunning fashion photography recently when I was looking for some vintage images of off the shoulder dresses for a blog post about shoulder surgery

A lot of time was spent going of in tangents looking at pictures not related to off shoulder dresses

I kept finding one great image after another – some quirky, some beautiful and many featuring the striking model Dovima

Below is a small selection of some of the vintage fashion images I came across

There are plenty more fashion images over on my Pinterest page if you like that kinda thing


August 1958

Dovima via


James Jowers (photographer) via

Dorian Leigh

Dorian Leigh via

Hat by Hubert de Givenchy, photographed at Longchamp Racetrack, Paris 1958

Frank Horvat (photographer) via

Dovima in Dior, photo by Richard Avedon 1955

Dovima by Richard Avedon via

1963 ... Paris- Melvin Sokolsky

Melvin Sokolsky (Photographer) via

Hiroko Matsumoto 1960

Hiroko Matsumoto by Richard Avedon via


Edward Blumenfeld (photographer) via


James Jowers (photographer) via


John French (photographer) via

Lillian Marcuson (R) with Dovima, 1951

Lillian Marcuson and Dovima (models) via

Donyale Luna wearing Paco Rabanne 1966

Donyale Luna wearing Paco Rabanne by Richard Avedon via

Big Eyes

Twiggy (model) via


1965 ... Peggy Moffit

Peggy Moffit (model) via 

Black And White



click via beneath each photo for more information about the photo and copyright restrictions
photos sourced at Flickr Creative Commons and Wiki Commons

also head over to my Instagram page where I often post vintage images

Thursday doors – Tiong Bahru

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Tiong Bahru is one of the most delightful areas to go for a stroll in when you’re in Singapore

It’s one of the oldest public housing estates in Singapore which was developed by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) in the 1930s

If you ever get to Singapore make sure you check out this neighbourhood with it art deco buildings (Streamline Moderne), palm trees and metal doors and door grills with geometric designs Continue reading

Playlist : Summer Nights 2018


I’ve put together a playlist which I think is perfect to listen to when you’re getting ready to go out on a hot summer night, you’re at a party or when you want to get into a good mood

There’s a bit of eurodisco, electroclash, electronic, dancepunk as well as  a couple of 70s classic tunes

The one thing they all have in common is some seductive beats

I started preparing this playlist a while ago and when I was adding some final touches to it I saw an article online about how clubbercise is the next big thing coming to Perth

Well if that’s your thing, put on your lycra and this playlist and dance away




Hello 2018!

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Wow 16 days into 2018 already!

2017 wasn’t too bad a year for me. How did it go for you?

I spent most of the year doing exercise on my new left shoulder joint which was replaced in October 2016

I’ve mentioned before that it’s a long, slow process recovering from shoulder replacement surgery and during that time it’s important to maintain an exercise routine every day

I’m so happy with the result as you can see in the photo above and look at that range! Continue reading