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Scrumptious Dairy Free Lemon Curd

Scrumptious Dairy Free Lemon Curd

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We have a lot of lemon trees. Lemons are freakin’ delicious. Lemon curd is really freakin’ delicious. However lemon curd also contains butter or cream, which is not so freakin’ delicious for people who can’t eat milk products .

I am not one of those people, but my friend Pixie Twist is. I didn’t want her to miss out when she visited last summer so I swapped butter for coconut oil and BOOM … scrumptious tangy dairy free lemon curd!

This zingy citrus spread is mouthwatering on toast, meringues, cakes, ice cream and just about everything else. Plus it’s super easy to make!

Scrumptious Dairy Free Lemon Curd
(Makes about 2 cups)


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 eggs


  1.  Fill a pot with about 2 inches of water. Pop it on the stove to start heating to a simmer.
  2. In a bowl that fits on top of the pot combine the lemon juice and sugar, then the eggs. Whisk it all together until there’s no globs of egg floating around.
  3. Place the bowl on top of the pot, making sure it doesn’t touch the simmering water. Whisk your eggy lemon sugar mix for about 10 minutes until it’s nice and thick.  Don’t stop whisking or it might go lumpy!
  4. Once your lemony mix is nice and thick plonk the bowl on the counter and throw in your coconut oil and lemon rind. Keep whisking until it’s all melted and mixed in. (I like to whisk mine lots to make it light and creamy)
  5. carefully pour your lemon curd into a jar and you’re done! Remember to store your lemon curd in the fridge if you don’t use it all at once.

Let me know how you use your lemon curd, I’m always looking for tasty new ideas!


Deliciously yours,

Velvet x



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Banana Muffins Two Ways

Banana Muffins Two Ways

Making tasty food for your loved ones is a simple pleasure. Something you’ve made with your own hands that brings comfort and instant gratification should never be underestimated.

Personally I like simple baking – thrown together in ten minutes and ready to eat in twenty on a rainy day. Which is exactly where this recipe came from!
A cold rainy morning had me hankering for something warm and sweet. Bananas needed using but without enough chocolate for a whole batch of banana choc  I decided to make a new flavour as well. Thus Banana Muffins Two Ways was born.

24 hours later there’s only two left so I figure that’s a success!

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A Banana, Coconut & Raisin muffin and a Banana Chocolate muffin

Banana Muffins Two Ways
This recipe starts as one batch, and is split into two – Banana Chocolate and Banana, Coconut and Raisin. This recipe makes about twenty regular size muffins.


  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100g butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1/3 cup chopped chocolate – I use Whittakers 72% dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 large handful raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 220c
  2. Sift flour and mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl melt the butter and add the milk, egg and vanilla essence. Beat well.
  4. Mash bananas ( I bash them into submission with a fork in the measuring jug ) and stir into the liquid mix.
  5. Pour liquid mix into dry ingredients and fold with a metal spoon until just combined. Never over mix muffins or they’ll end up dense and heavy.– Now comes the Two Ways part –
  6. Split half your muffin batter into a separate bowl. Throw in the chopped chocolate and stir through very gently. 3/4 fill greased muffin trays and pop them in the oven for 12-15 minutes while you prep the second batch.
  7. Add the coconut and raisins to the remaining half of the batter and mix gently. 3/4 fill greased muffins trays and sprinkle a little extra coconut on top of each one. (The coconut sprinkle ends up all toasted and delicious!)
  8. Both batches will be a golden brown colour when cooked and will spring back when touched. Turn muffins out onto a cooling rack and enjoy warm with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Optional Chocolate Icing
I was in the mood for a ton of chocolatey goodness so my banana chocolate muffins got icing. All available chocolate was used in the batter so here’s my surprisingly rich and decadent improvised chocolate icing recipe!


  • 25g softened butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp Delmaine chocolate sauce.


  • sift icing sugar and cocoa powder into a small bowl.
  • slowly add water while stirring with a fork to avoid clumps.
  • once you have a thick paste, stir in chocolate sauce until the icing reaches a spreadable consistency.
  • Spread over cooled muffins with a warm knife.
  • Eat all the leftover icing with a spoon while no one’s looking.

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Bon Appetit!

Velvet x

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Birthday Snaps | A Retro Luau Party

Birthday Snaps | A Retro Luau Party

Remember that lost weekend between Christmas and New Years Eve? The one when everyone (hospo staff included) are on holiday and nothing opens. Nothing.

That’s my birthday weekend.

So this year I celebrated in true pinup style with a vintage inspired Luau at home!

It started with cool drinks on a hot day and ended with burlesque dancers lip syncing the Chicago soundtrack under disco lights. Lei’s and fruity cocktails for all!

Here’s some candid poolside snaps so you can see how it went down. Plus a bonus picture of my not-quite-one-year-old niece dressed like the island princess she is. Because she’s a cutie patootie.

(I forgot to take pictures of the idyllic decorations my awesome lover set up, but trust me, they were amazing )

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Daydreaming of You

Daydreaming of You

Sometimes you need to take time out for yourself. Time to lounge in the sun, drink some lemonade and plan your next adventure.

2015 is a year of adventures for me. I’m pushing myself to be braver, try harder, trust more and believe I can achieve. It’s tough and tiring but I’ve made little steps towards completing my goals. Inspired by local pinup beauties like Miss Victory Violet, Miss Charlotte Cake and Soda Fontaine I’ve applied for calenders, shoots and submitted for magazines. It hasn’t always worked out, but I’m proud of myself for trying and I know one day I’ll get there!

Basically what I’m saying is, well, failure isn’t failure. Failure is just eliminating a path that doesn’t lead to success so you can find one that does. I’ve learnt that behind every inspirational woman (or man) is a string of events that they aren’t known for, but that made them who they are. Be who you are. Work towards who you want to be.  Try, learn, and try again.

This post hasn’t actually gone where I intended, but that’s okay. It was supposed to be a summary of my goals for the year, but maybe this semi – inspirational spiel was something I needed to tell myself as well!

Leopard print and kisses,


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Model| Me – Velvet DeCollete

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Hello Homemade Lemonade!

Hello Homemade Lemonade!

Oh summer you sweet thing!

This weekend was the start of the golden weather. I wore short shorts, lay in the sun, and made homemade lemonade with this easy recipe from For The Love of the South.

Sweet and tangy, I’m pretty sure this old fashioned lemonade is the nectar of the gods. Garnish with some mint leaves to bring out the freshness (or a dash of citrus vodka to bring out your freshness!) and top with ice for a perfect sunny afternoon.


Our lemon tree grows a variety called ‘Lemonades’, which are sweeter than regular lemons. If you can beg, borrow or grow some, I highly recommend it! Their lush mellow flavour means you can halve the sugar used in this recipe.

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