#keyingredient | Mushroom Sliders

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Mushroom Sliders With Pickled Fennel and Harissa Creme Fraiche

Slider is the affectionate name coined in the States for a small hamburger found in any worthwhile restaurant or cool party. In our travels (of the internet not U.S.) we stumbled across a super yummy vegetarian alternative for the festive season. An absolute must try.

Mushroom Sliders
2 tbsp olive oil
8 x 8cm portobello mushrooms (400g)
120g vintage cheddar, sliced thinly
8 soft white bread rolls, split
40g wild rocket (arugula) leaves
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Pickled Fennel
Baby fennel bulb (120g), trimmed, sliced thinly
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/3 cup (80ml) white balsamic vinegar
2 tsp caster (superfine) sugar
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Harissa Creme Fraiche
- can be made a day ahead; refrigerate in an airtight container.
1/2 cup (120g) creme fraiche
2 tsp harissa paste
2 tsp lemon juice

- Make pickled fennel: Combine ingredients in a medium bowl; stand 30 minutes. Before serving, drain fennel mixture; discard liquid.
- Divide oil between two large non-stick frying pans, heat over medium heat. Divide mushrooms between pans; cook, covered, for 5 minutes each side or until golden and tender. For the last 2 minutes of cooking time, top mushrooms with cheddar until melted.
- Meanwhile, make harissa creme fraiche: Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Season to taste.
- Spread harissa creme fraiche on roll halves. Sandwich with mushrooms, pickled fennel, rocket and parsley.

You will never want to eat mushrooms any other way!

Featured shoe is Hazel

#shoesnoop | Simone Haag

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There are two types of people in the world: those who wear shoes and those who love shoes. Stylist and designer, Simone Haag, belongs to a third category: those who really, really love shoes. As a busy mum of two young daughters, Simone’s shoe collection is a combination of the practical and impractical. She doesn’t flip flop in-between, as she puts it: “Give me some trusty trainers or heels so high I won’t be able to walk by the end of the night, but none of this business in the middle!” 

Simone is the original hunter and gatherer. Working as an interiors stylist for residential projects and editorially as Real Living’s Melbourne contributor, Simone’s that person who is always sourcing the best stuff from the most unexpected places. It’s part of her charm. 

From her Scandi-inspired family home to her recently renovated beach house the Anglers Shack and the homes of her clients, Simone’s aesthetic is hard to miss: it’s meticulous, considered and fun. The same ethos applies to her shoe collection, a place where a $10 op shop find will sit next to a pair of Chloe boots. When it comes to shoes anything goes for Simone, as long as the PPW (price per wear) works out in her favour.

What has been your biggest splurge on shoes? 
Chloe boots. They were on the wish list for close to three years, so there was no chance of buyer’s remorse with this pair after lusting over them for so long. Thankfully, my husband doesn’t begrudge me spending money on investment purchases. We have an agreement, as long as the PPW (price per wear) works out in the end, I can add to cart. 

What is your biggest shoe regret? 
My biggest shoe regret is an ongoing disorder I call USSD (Underestimate Shoe Size Disorder). You see, I know what size I am, I have been the same shoe size for many years now, but this won’t stop me from buying the perfect pair of shoes even if they are one size too small. 

I will convince myself that they ‘fit’, take them home and wear them just enough that they are non-returnable. It’s a few weeks later, when I am hunched over with a shoehorn and sweaty brow that I know I am in trouble, and when I hope the client’s house I am about to walk into isn’t a ‘shoe off’ home. 

I bought a pair of suede ankle boots from French label IRO a few years ago, I knew they weren’t going to fit, but I purchased anyway. This pair has actually turned into one of my best styling props for shoots, and I am counting down the days until my first-born Goldie can fit into them!  

Your verdict on ugg boots out in public, yes or no?
My gut feeling is to say absolutely no, but on reflection, I think a postcode related response is required. I live in what was generally known as a fairly bogan suburb, and likewise, my beach house is on the daggy coast line, so to be fair I have worn my uggs out in public. Would I wear them out in 3142 aka Toorak? Um, hell no! 

The age-old debate: Heels or flats? 
I love both but when I say I love both I mean I love heels or flats, don’t give me that mediocre business in the middle that tries to be a heel with the comfort of flats. When I’m wearing heels I want a pair that’s super high that I fear I will not be able to walk by the end of the night. To me, that’s part of the fun. Or give me some trusty trainers or an ankle boots. In my job I shift from having to be on-the-go on a shoot day to running to client meetings in something a little more upbeat. 

Where is the best place your shoes have taken you?
My trusty pair of Converse Chuck Taylors (the black leather ones) have taken me around the world! I’ve worn them snowboarding in Japan, Canada, France and the States. I popped in some of those lambswool inserts and they became a quasi snow boot. 

In my twenties, I worked for Quiksilver the surfing company for a few years all over America, and this pair of shoes saw me through that time. I then did a stint in rainy London, and my socks were never wet. The perfect travel companion, they squashed up nice and small when I backpacked around Europe, and got me from A to B safe and sound. 

Be honest, do you keep your shoes in out of the box?

I’m split down the middle here. Expensive shoes in the box, knock about pair of trainers out of the box. Having said that I once tried to be super organised and went out and bought matching boxes for all of my shoes. I then proceeded to stick a Polaroid photo of each pair to the front of the respective box. Now would be an appropriate time to say: What the?!
What is your all time favourite pair of shoes?
A cracking pair of thigh high leather boots found at an op shop in Barwon heads for under $10. And I do love my Versace two-toned pumps (cream and peach) worn on my wedding day. It’s important to note here that my USSD syndrome snuck in again with this pair, so as much as I would like to get the PPW down, I just can’t ever where these beauties again!
How many pairs of shoes are too many?

When they start collecting dust!

Typically Walnuts are a hard nut to crack, but not the habbot variety. What is it about this style that you're a fan of?
Well funnily enough I did say I wasn't a mid heel kind of girl - but this one has a summer sandal elegance and is comfy enough to run after a naughty toddler in between client visits!
Where do you hope your habbots will take you this Summer?
I was really hoping they would take me to the Indonesia resort in Nihiwatu, but I think I will need Qantas for that.
To find out more about Simone Haag visit her website here, follow her on Instagram, or stay at her beach house the Anglers Shack in Philip Island. And of course, feel free to wear your ugg boots if you visit!
Simone chooses habbot’s Walnut to get her from A to B on busy styling days. 

Words | Lisa Marie Corso
Photography | Amelia Stanwix

#keyingredient | Choc Chip Goodies

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Choc Chip Goodies

Some days call for choc chip cookies to get you feeling good in the afternoon. Personally, we've been dunking ours in an iced latte around the meeting table while Annie designs AW17.

1 cup (220g) firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
1 cup (150g) coarsely chopped macadamias, toasted
185g butter, melted and cooled
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
200g dark eating chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 packet of silver sugar beads

- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Combine sugars, sifted flours and nuts in a large bowl.
- Add combined butter, egg, egg yolk and extract; mix to form a soft dough. Stir in chocolate.
- Place 2 level tablespoons of dough for each biscuit, about 6cm apart, on lightly greased oven trays. Top with silver sugar beads.
- Bake in moderate oven about 16 minutes or until browned lightly. Cool on trays.

Hide from all the cookie monsters.

Featured shoe is Bubble

#keyingredient | Liquorice Slice

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Liquorice Slice

There are many strong opinions around liquorice. You either love it or hate it. However, we think this tasty treat will definitely persuade you towards the love side of the fence!

185g plain sweet biscuits
60g plain sweet biscuits, coarsely chopped, extra
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
90g unsalted butter, chopped
155g licorice twists or allsorts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
250g milk eating chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tsp vegetable oil

- Grease 20cm x 30cm (8 inch x 12 inch) rectangular pan, line base and long sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm (2 inches) over sides.
- Process plain sweet biscuits until fine. Chop extra plain sweet biscuits coarsely.
- Combine condensed milk and butter in small saucepan, stir over medium heat until smooth. Combine processed and chopped biscuits with licorice in medium bowl. Stir in condensed milk mixture. Press mixture firmly into pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.
- Meanwhile, combine coarsely chopped milk eating chocolate and vegetable oil in small heatproof bowl, stir over saucepan of simmering water until smooth, spread chocolate mixture over slice.
- Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

Have allsorts of fun enjoying this treat!

Featured shoe is Rings

#keyingredient | Persian Eggplant Dip

Monday, October 31, 2016

Persian Eggplant Dip 

This dip, known traditionally as Eashkeh Bademjoon, is one of the most popular Persian appetizers. Bademjan is eggplant in Farsi, and kashk is a yogurt product that traditionally is made through a long process from very firm strained yogurt. We like to think it has great health benefits... but incredible taste is all we can guarantee!

1 large eggplant, cut into 1cm rounds (skin on)
2 cups onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
Olive oil
Sea salt + ground pepper
1/4 cup Plain Greek yogurt or tahini (optional)
Pita or Toasted Bread for serving

- Sprinkle your eggplant with salt on both sides and place in a colander to drain excess water. After 10 minutes, lightly rinse with water and then press dry between two towels.
- Preheat oven to high and position a rack at the top.
- Arrange eggplant rounds on a baking sheet drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Roast for 5-7 minutes, turning once or twice until eggplant is softened and golden brown. Remove from pan and let cool to the touch.
- While eggplant is roasting, caramelise your onions and add some minced garlic at the end.
- Peel away the skin of the eggplant and add flesh to a mixing bowl. It should be soft and tender. Add onion-garlic mixture and mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or tahini and stir once more – this makes the dip ultra creamy.

Serve immediately with pita, toasted baguette or assorted veggies. 

Featured shoe is Gust

#shoesnoop- Hunting For George

Monday, October 24, 2016

One of the best things about having a sister is sharing clothes. Instantly your wardrobe is doubled. Of course there are certain unspoken rules when you enter a sister-wardrobe-time-share arrangement: Always ask permission to borrow first, and don’t you dare think about returning anything that isn’t in the same immaculate condition it was when it left the coat hanger. 

Sisters Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris know a thing or two about sharing. Yes, they’ve spent a lifetime navigating the chapters of the sisterhood wardrobe constitution, but they are also business partners in real life. Together Lucy and Jo run Hunting for George, one of Australia’s most popular online destinations for local and internationally sourced homewares, art, furniture and bed linen. 

Known for their ability to curate the very best in interiors, Lucy and Jo also take the matters of curating seriously when it comes to their individual shoe collections. Stylish and down to earth sums up these sole sisters, as long as you don’t forget to put back what you borrowed. 

What was the first pair of shoes you remember owning as a kid, and why did you love them? 
Lucy: The only thing I remember having on my feet when I was a kid was an old pair of roller skates that belonged to my mum. They were red and white with worn out laces that looped from the toes to the top. They were the coolest thing I’ve ever owned. 

Jo: Just to clarify, I was a child of the ‘70s, which will make sense when I say I had a pair of red patent clogs when I was five. I still have them to this day, displayed with pride in my daughter’s room. 

What pair of shoes are you still lusting over from childhood? 
Lucy: One Christmas Santa upgraded me to a brand new pair of rollerblades. It was the ‘90s and it was glorious. 
Jo: Clogs, I loved them but I’ve never owned a pair since. Not sure if I can still pull them off.

What do you think your current shoe collection says about you? 
Lucy: That I am incapable of wearing high heels!
Jo: That I am a down-to-earth-flats-kind-of-girl who loves playing dress ups (just not enough as I’d like).

What is your all time favourite pair of shoes? 
Lucy: My white Converse Chuck Taylors that eventually turned grey. I was made to throw them out. 
Jo: My pair of Habbot rose gold stilettos that I purchased a couple of years ago. They make me smile.

The age-old debate: Heels or flats? 
Lucy: Flats, the reason is obvious.
Jo: Flats, they are just so damn comfy.

What has been your biggest splurge on shoes? 
Lucy: I’ve only just recently allowed myself to spend money on my clothes and accessories. It took a while for me to find my style but now that I have I think my biggest splurge is soon to come…   
Jo: I bought a pair of Bally boots just after I had my first child. They were outrageously expensive and they were a complete knee jerk purchase after feeling fat and horrendous after nine months of pregnancy. Childbirth was still fresh in my husband’s mind, so he didn’t even flinch when I told him how much.

Where’s the best place your shoes have taken you? 
Lucy: Everywhere. 
Jo: I bought the most beautiful pair of black strappy sandals while on my travels through Spain. I wore them to death until no cobbler in the world could breathe life back into them.

Be honest, do you keep your shoes in or out of the box? 
Lucy: Box? Hell no. They’re a mess. Not organised. Not treated well. I am a bad person.
Jo: I start out with good intentions for my ‘good shoes’ and keep them in boxes. This changes when my 7-year-old decides to play dress up in my wardrobe. 

What type of shoe would you never been seen in? 
Lucy: Those wedged sneakers. I’m sorry but sneakers are for running and wedges are for strutting! 
Jo: I'm not one to judge, but I would have to say Crocs. Sorry!

What’s your biggest shoe regret? 
Lucy: I’m currently selling some strappy stiletto heels on eBay. Safe to say I was deluded when I bought those. The highest bid is currently sitting at $2.41. 
Jo: I bought a pair of sneakers that were a size too small once. I endured the pain of wearing until common sense kicked in and I finally decided to throw them in the bin. 

Your verdict on Ugg boots out in public, yes or no? 
Lucy: Many moons ago I was dating a guy who believed Ugg boots in public were an acceptable dress code. He is no longer my boyfriend.  
Jo: Okay, so I believe there are different degrees of ‘public’. I believe no in general, but there is one exception to the rule – The Milkbar.

Winter has finally departed and what better way to celebrate than putting your best foot forward with a new pair of shoes. What habbot style will you be hitting the pavement with this spring? 
Lucy: I’ll be donning habbot’s ‘Glue’ platform brogue. I was really drawn to the contrast of the sole and the fancy pants patent finish. I also think they look super posh, and considering Posh was my favourite Spice Girl, these shoes are a no brainer. 
Jo:  My kind of shoe is definitely ‘Walnut’ with its mid-heel and suede finish in that soft colour. Also to be honest and hopefully without sounding like a grandma, the heel on this shoe looks so manageable and comfy, this is probably a shoe I could wear all day with the added bonus of some extra height! 

Where are you planning on wearing these shoes this spring? 
Lucy: These are going to be my all day, everyday shoes! Jeans, cut-offs, skirts, I'll find a way to integrate them into every outfit.
Jo: I think the Spring Racing Carnival might be on the cards! 

If you were a pair of shoes what would you look like? 
Lucy: Thongs. Down to earth, a little squishy and if you wear them for too long they start to get annoying. 
Jo: I would be a comfy pair of silver flats, a bit of personality but also down to earth.

How many pairs of shoes are too many? 
Lucy: As many as my cupboard can handle.
Jo: There’s no such thing as too many!

Finish this sentence: Whatever happened to the Old Lady who lived in a shoe… 
Lucy: She’s still there isn’t she? Just loving that shoe. 
Jo: She had a killer shoe collection to pass on to the next generation.

To find out more about Lucy and Jo visit their website here or follow Hunting for George on Instagram here.
Lucy chooses habbot’s Glue brogue in grey and Jo chooses habbot’s Walnut heel to get them from A to B this spring season. 

Words | Lisa Marie Corso
Photography | Amelia Stanwix

#keyingredient | Coffee Scroll

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Coffee Walnut Scrolls

It has been a long time since we had the luxury of morning tea or little lunch in the playground- a daily tradition of opening the lunchbox to see what sugary treat might be inside. These days it's all pick ups, drop offs and deadlines.
This edition of #keyingredient we decided to slow down and take a bite of our childhood favourite. A big fat coffee scroll!

Coffee Walnut Scrolls
2 cups self raising flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
50g cold butter, chopped
1 cup milk
50g melted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp instant coffee (dissolved in 2 tablespoons warm water)
1 tbsp sour cream
2 cups sifted icing sugar
1/2 cup walnuts, to sprinkle

- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Sift flour and a pinch of salt into a large bowl. Stir through sugar. Using your fingertips, rub through butter. Pour in the milk. Using a flat bladed knife bring the mixture together using a cutting motion.
- Turn mixture onto a floured surface. Roll out to approximately 20 x 30cm rectangle.
- Combine extra butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up, swiss roll style. Cut into 6 pieces. Place one scroll on the tray, and then place the remaining scrolls around it (so that they just touch). Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
- Combine coffee, sour cream and icing sugar. Drizzle over scrolls and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

Devour immediately. On repeat. Until there is no longer a crumb!

Featured shoe is Flutter

#myhabbot Launch Party

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Did you hear the news?

For the month of October you can create your own derby brogue through #myhabbot ‘Customise A Classic’. It is a concept we are very excited about and enjoyed launching last friday over a glass of bubbles and great design conversation. 

Many fabulous women arrived at our Strand Melbourne store to workshop their designs and place their orders- combinations of rose gold, orange and port; jade, blue and silver; red, gold and orange even! 

We are really enjoying seeing these beautiful shoes come to life. Each delicately hand cut and crafted by our family run factory in Italy. Head maker Marco is also enjoying the process - something that they have not done in the history of their business.

The concept is all about handing over the reigns and allowing you the opportunity to wear it your way, to craft a shoe that speaks directly to you and will be the envy of all for years to come!

Join us for a glass of bubbles in the Strand Melbourne store every Friday night from 5-8pm throughout October to customise your own derby brogue with me, and remember to follow the conversation on instagram @habbot #myhabbot.

Annie x
#myhabbot. Designed by you in Australia, Made in Italy.
To request a design pack or learn more please click ‘here’.

Thank you to Kirsty Umback for capturing the night.

#shoesnoop- Clare Cousins

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Architects tend to think of things from the ground up when designing a building. The foundations need to be strong and the structure reinforced or everything else will crumble. The same can be applied when choosing an outfit, if the shoe fits, the rest will follow.

Melbourne architect Clare Cousins adopts the ground up theory in both her work and her wardrobe. She has run her award winning practice, Clare Cousins Architects, for over a decade and is a busy mother of two. Clare’s day is non-stop. She’s always on the go: in the office, the car, site meetings, school picks ups, you name it. People like Clare have the potential to break Fitbits with their jam-packed days of activity, and it’s when you have the ability to clock the pedometer that a reliable shoe collection becomes a necessity. This architect’s collection is practical with personality and a step in the right direction if you ask us. 

What was the first pair of shoes you remember owning as a kid, and why did you love them? 
A pair of black patent leather Mary Janes to go with the hand smocked dress my mum made. They were my shiny ‘good’ shoes reserved for parties and special occasions. 

What pair of shoes are you still lusting over from childhood? 
As a child in the shoe department, I always wanted colourful high tops to wear with a balloon skirt to emulate Cyndi Lauper or Madonna, in the toy department I always wanted a Cabbage Patch doll. I never got either! Moving into my teenage years I wanted a pairs of Vans as I was all about the skater boys and Nirvana.
What do you think your current shoe collection says about you? 
Practical with personality.

What is your all time favourite pair of shoes? 
It has to be a pair of Marni platform sandals I bought at an outlet mall near Palm Springs a few years ago. They’re black and gold, and have a Geisha sensibility about them that I love.

The age-old debate: Heels or flats? 
I mostly wear flats for comfort and speed. Heels slow me down and don’t cut it on a construction site!

What has been your biggest splurge on shoes? 
Until recently I never really had a big splurge on shoes, well, this was the case until last weekend. I bought some McQ Alexander McQueen platform loafers that tipped the scales. 

Where’s the best place your shoes have taken you? 
Dancing in Cuba on our honeymoon.

Be honest, do you keep your shoes in or out of the box? 
They all exist out of the box and in my shoe cupboard. I’d forget what I own if they lived in their boxes. I often start with my shoes when deciding what to wear each day so it’s helpful to have them lined up next to each other.

What type of shoe would you never been seen in? 
White stilettos as they rarely evoke a sense of quality.

What’s your biggest shoe regret? 
Brown gladiator sandals from about 10 years ago, the ones with the long laces designed to snake up you shin to your knees. I never wore them. Scarily the maxi-gladiator shoe style made another come back last summer. I saw ladies wearing them in Mykonos on our holiday last month, and that’s where they should stay, on a Greek island!

What attracted you to habbot’s Seal style and made you add it to your shoe collection?
I wear flat lace ups all the time for comfort and speed, so Seal was an easy choice. I have a thing for pointy toes at the moment as well! 

Where are you planning to wear your habbots this Spring?
I’m sure they’ll become a work staple but also handy on the weekend with denim. 

Your verdict on ugg boots out in public, yes or no? 
Never in public, not even on a quick dash to the supermarket! 

How many pairs of shoes are too many? 
As long as you wear them all there can never be too many. 

Finish this sentence: Whatever happened to the Old Lady who lived in a shoe... 
I don’t know what to say, she’s so mean and should have been introduced to the concept of contraception! That many children would tip me over as well.

To find out more about Clare Cousins Architects and their recent architectural projects visit their website here, or follow Clare on Instagram here.
Clare chooses habbot’s Seal style in black to get her from A to B this spring. 

Words | Lisa Marie Corso
Photography | Amelia Stanwix