Monthly Archives: February 2013

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

When I cook, I go all out. There is no such thing for me as having friends over and making frozen pizza (heaven forbid!). For Valentine’s Day I made J vanilla cupcakes with salted caramel hearts and chocolate icing. I used this recipe but replaced milk chocolate for dark chocolate for the icing and simply added a spoon of my salted caramel before baking in the middle of each cupcake instead of the berries in the other recipe.

J is French and I’m Australian so the frog and koala seemed so appropriate. And funny!

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

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Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?

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GIVEAWAY! CONCOURS!

We are proud to announce our first Giveaway on Cleopatra’s Bling!

The piece we have chosen to give our lucky winner is a vintage bracelet that is very special and we believe will find a good home with one of you. This vintage Afghani agate cuff was made around 30 years ago by the Kuchi Pashtuns, a nomadic people in what is now Afghanistan. It is probably from the Logar region.

What can agate do for you in your life?

Agate’s most noticable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming. Historically it was placed in water for cooking or drinking to dispel sickness. The Metaphysical and Healing Properties Lore of any specific type of agate depend to some extent on the color of the agate, but all agates have certain things in common.

Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength both and physically mentally.

Giveaway on Cleopatra's Bling

Giveaway on Cleopatra’s Bling

To be in the running you have to:

1. Like Cleopatra’s Bling on facebook

2. Tweet this giveaway post and follow us on twitter. (@Cleopatrasbling)

3. Comment on this post and tell us what your favourite stone is and why.

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6. Share the image post we posted on facebook with the link from your facebook account by clicking on “share” and leave us a comment telling us when you have done all of the above to go into the running.

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Good luck 🙂

We will then pull the name out of a hat. Winners will be announced on the 6th of March.

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Boulangerie at the marché couvert in the Batignolles

This boulangerie caught my eye because of the artisan feel and the fact that the croissants are still hot when I get them in the morning. When my hands are cold and I walk home to make a latté, there is nothing better than pulling apart a warm croissant and sipping on my coffee while pouring over the morning news. Yes, life in Paris is certainly wonderful when I take the time to treat myself in this way.

Their treats are baked freshly every morning and are completely homemade, which is quite rare. No frozen croissants here, folks. They even have sourdough bread (“au levain” in French). Yes you heard me.

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

boulangerie marché couvert batignolles

For fresh brioche, croissants, maracon, pain au chocolats and all sorts of cakes head to:

Marché Couvert des Batignolles
96 bis Rue Lermercier
75017 Paris

métro Brochant.

The boulangerie is just by the entrance of rue Batignolles.

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Pierre Hermé macarons

There is nothing better in this world than a damn good macaron. I ate mine accompanied by a cup of steaming hot crème brûlée tea from T2 tea. Do I need say more?

creme brulee tea

creme brulee tea

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

Pierre Hermé macarons

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Pink shades.

I already can’t wait for Spring so I bought myself these shades to welcome the first few days of sunshine here in Paris.

Pink

Pink

pink

pink

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DIY for Valentine’s Day

I adore making things with my hands and what better way to show your love for somebody than by making them a gift? Whether it’s a meal, a present, a card, a poem, a song, a garden or anything at all- aren’t homemade gifts the best kinds? J and I have never really celebrated Valentine’s Day because of it’s commercialness but also because for many years we were going between France and Australia and it sort of slipped through the radar. But I think it’s sad not to celebrate a day of love just because it’s commercial, don’t you? I mean, nowadays everything is commercial, so it’s not a really good reason in my eyes. I strongly believe that we don’t celebrate love enough. When we look at the news we see negative images, we complain about the government and the system, about each other, about our lives and situations. For too long we have been taught to complain, almost as though being constantly positive and happy is too close to gloating, therefore should not be done.

I am here to remind you that celebrating our lives and those we love is a great thing and does it really matter if it’s cheesy? Life is all about the nitty gritty details and the things we feel. So tell me, how do you celebrate love?

Here is a little gift I made for J for Valentine’s Day. (He is subscribed to my posts so he may see it before Thursday. If this is the case J, please pretend you didn’t see it and act surprised Thursday!)

It was so simple- I went to a photobooth and did a strip of photos with a blank piece of paper as a sign so that I could write what I wanted on it later on to make it look like a sign. And with my amazing stamp set from Germany I printed little hearts on the photo.

DIY for Valentine's Day

DIY for Valentine’s Day

DIY for Valentine's Day

DIY for Valentine’s Day

DIY for Valentine's Day

DIY for Valentine’s Day

DIY for Valentine's Day

DIY for Valentine’s Day

DIY for Valentine's Day

DIY for Valentine’s Day

DIY for Valentine's Day

DIY for Valentine’s Day

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On Saturday we are going to go to the Pont de Arts and put on our lock next to all the other lovers…. do you know this bridge? Here is a good image of it that gives you an idea. Oh la la, how romantic.

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Kale Soup

Winter time calls for soup time. This simple recipe is something that you can make very quickly at home and is perfect for a light meal with melted cheese on toast (oops!). This soup is just so easy, see for yourselves….

Here is how I did it:
a bunch of kale
a cup of lentils
vegetable stock
a bunch of spinach

I use organic green lentils and cook them up until soft. You’ll need to then drain the water and put new water in as the base of the soup and add the vegetable stock and any herbs or spices that you wish to use. For this soup I use some garam masala and herbes de Provence. The rest is simple: add in the kale and spinach and when the soup is cooked down and soft, blend it and serve it with a dollop of crème fraîche and the zest of a lemon or lime. Yum!

our apartment

our apartment

Kale soup

Kale soup

Kale soup

Kale soup

Kale soup

Kale soup

Kale soup

Kale soup


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In other news, be sure to like my boutique facebook page Cleopatra’s Bling as we will be announcing a competition this week to win a gorgeous piece of jewelry!

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