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Cooking Classes at Le Tigre de Papier

When you go to Cambodia there are so many delicious foods to try that you probably have not had before. My two favourite foods were Amok and Lok Lak. But to truly immerse yourself in the Cambodian culture, a cooking class is just the thing! It is slightly touristy but the cooking class was one of the best things I did in Cambodia.

I chose to go to Le Tigre de Papier on Pub Street in Siem Reap. They offer a classes at a few different times: 10am 1pm and 5pm. The classes go for around 3 hours with the last 30 mins being the time you sit and eat your delicious meal.

You are split into two small groups do it’s asked to teach. You pick your entree and main and then as a group you pick a dessert to make together.

I chose Papaya Salad for entree, Fish Amok for main, and our group chose this delicious fried banana dessert.

After you pick your meals, it’s time to head to the market where you learn all about the produce in Cambodia and little tips and tricks on using local produce.

It was so much fun and our teacher was this darling Cambodian lady called Samana. She was actually so cute! She was happy to let us take photos and even let us take photos with her at the end of the class.

It was all fairly easy and I knew I could recreate these dishes at home. The place emails you a copy of the recipes. To be quite honest – the recipes are very hard to follow as they are not written very well. But you get the gist of the recipe. In fact, I recently made Chicken Amok for a get together.

I would definitely recommend for others to do this cooking class. It was $15 very well spent! If you think about it, you would probably pay more for a three course meal at a restaurant on Pub Street. So at least this way you’re getting a meal AND getting a fantastic experience with it!

For more info on the cooking class at Le Tigre de Papier click here

Have you done a cooking class at Le Tigre de Papier in Siem Reap? Or was there another place you went and did a cooking class at? Let me know all about it in the comments section!

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The Perfect Entertainment Platter

When you have guests over, it's always nice to great them with a delicious selection of food. It's definitely a great way to get any party started: Whether it's a BBQ, to have with wine or cocktails, for a dinner party, when hosting a Tupperware party or even just a night in with the girls.

They really are fun and easy and your guests will truly appreciate when you put in a little bit extra of effort to make it something they will enjoy.

This is how I approach organising a platter of food for entertaining guests.

What You'll Need

  • Wooden plate or ceramic tray
  • Cheese knives
  • Small tongs
  • Small serving bowls
  • Napkins or small plastic plates
  • Toothpicks

Five components:

A platter works best when you have a combination of these five components: cheese, crackers, dip, meat and fruits/vegetables.

 

1. Cheese

Cheddar, Camembert, Brie, Gouda, cream cheese, Blue, Gorgonzola, vintage cheese, feta, goat cheese

2. Crackers

Black pepper water crackers, Jatz/Ritz, rice crackers, corn chips, sweet potato chips, bagel chips, mini toasts

3. Dip & Spreads

French onion, hummus, tatziki, avocado dip, tomato salsa, spicy capsicum dip, pesto dip, cream cheese and sweet chilli, fig paste, chutney

4. Meat

Sliced cabinnossi, shaved salami, prosciutto, ham, smoked salmon,

5. Fruits & Vegetables

Sticks of celery and carrot, olives, sundried tomato, roasted eggplant, artichokes, pickled onions or gherkins, strawberries, grapes, dried apricot, sliced apple, sliced pear,

Optional: Nuts

Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts

Size of Platter

For a small group of people, 1-2 cheeses should be picked, at least 2 different types of crackers, 1-2 dips, 1 meat option, 1 vegetable option.

For a medium sized group of 10 people, minimum 2 cheeses, 3 dips, 4 crackers, 2 meats and 2 vegetables

Large group 20+ people, you should have around 4-5 cheeses, 5 dips, 5 crackers, 3 meats and 4 fruits/vegetables

The more people, the more options there should be as there are more likes/dislikes, allegergies and intolerances. I try to make sure that there are dairy free, vegetarian, gluten free and nut free options. Any nut products should be kept away from other items to avoid contamination and potential allergic reactions.

What is essential to your own entertainment platter? Let me know in the comments section?

 

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Forever Warm and Stylish in Forever New


Even though I stopped working at Forever New for 9 months, I still love shopping there. They always have lots of great clothes for all year round, but I especially love the jeans and coats in winter. I still love shopping at Forever New as there are so many great items that are stylish yet affordable.

This year I made sure I didn’t do too much shopping before my volunteer trip to Cambodia. When I returned, it was a much different temperature here in Australia compared to what I experienced in Cambodia. So I definitely needed to update my wardrobe with some warm winter pieces.

I bought this high neck long sleeve stripe dress from Forever New and so far it’s my favourite purchase this winter! It is a classic navy blue with thin white stripes. This style and colour dress is great for all different types of outfit combinations – it works great with a fur vest and tan knee high boots, a waist belt and white pumps, or (like below) a warm winter scarf and ankle boots.

Boots are always a necessity in winter. Whilst it is great having knee high boots, ankle boots are also a great addition to any winter wardrobe. I would recommend that everyone gets a pair of boots they love as you’ll be wearing them all winter!

I was very lucky with finding these amazingly comfy black ankle boots. I was looking for boots at places like Joanne Mercer and Wittner, but I came across these beauties at Big W. They are the comfiest (and cheapest) boots I have ever bought!

The details

Dress: Forever New – $79.99 | Scarf: Forever New – $24.99 | Bag: Forever New – $39.99 | Earrings: Lovisa – $9.99 | Bangle: Lovisa – $14.99 | Stockings: Clio – 2 for $7.99 | Boots: Big W – $39

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5 Must Have Winter Coats

Coats are a must in winter, but wth so many styles, which ones are the best ones to choose? Here’s a list of the best coats to have in tour wardrobe this winter!

1. The Trench Coat

A trench coat is a classic coat that can be worn in both Spring and Autumn as well as Winter. It is great to wear for work or when going out for dinner.My pick is a neutral colour like grey or beige. 

Trench coat outfit

 

 

 

2. The Black Woollen Coat

Winter days can get pretty cold and sometimes a trench just won’t cut it. That’s why a great woollen coat is perfect for those cooler days. Black goes with everything and can easily be dressed up with fun accessories like a patterned scarf.

Black coat inspiration

 

 

3. The Khaki Parka

Weekends call for casual attire and right now the khaki parka is the best casual coat. It looks great with jeans or leggings, and wearing sneakers or a leopard print scarf gives it a casual funky edge.

Parka outfit

 

 

4. The Faux Fur Coat

I certainly don’t support wearing real fur – after all, these days faux fur looks close enough to real fur you don’t need to wear real fur! White, beige or grey faux fur coats are so fun and stylish they are definitely something you should have in your winter wardrobe. Perfect for dressing up for a night out.

Fur coat outfit

 

 

5. The Waterfall Coat

This coat is the perfect mix of casual and formal. They usually have a loose neckline and do up by a tie around the waist. They are great when you have a few layers underneath, are wearing a full skirt, or if you are bloated from eating a little too much rich winter food!

Waterfall coat outfit

 

 

Do you have any of the above coats? What’s your must have coat this winter? Let me know in the comments section

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Review of IVHQ Volunteer Program in Cambodia

In May 2015 I went to Cambodia to volunteer with NGOs for 5 weeks. All up I was away from home for 6 weeks. My time in Cambodia was even better than what I expected. I was very fortunate with my program as I had expected it to be living with a family in their house, sleeping on the floor, basic amenities and helping the family cook food. I also expected my volunteer placement to be a lot different than it was, as I thought I be helping human rights NGOs due to my background in law and my interest in this area of work.

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