Tuesday, 26 February 2013



Monday, 25 February 2013

To Inspire.

I spend a lot of time musing upon life, human nature and such. A long standing tradition between my best friend and me is to go for long walks around our neighbourhood, philosophising in our naive ways about anything and everything we can possibly think of. Our long conversations that started fourteen years ago have developed and grown as we have; and now with a new found platform, I begin typing away at a slow and arduous pace to share those thoughts and hoping to inspire someone, even if it’s one person at a time.

in·spire - verb \in-ˈspī(-ə)r\
fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative 

I'm not here to force my opinions or thoughts upon anyone but I do hope that this blog can inspire people to stop, think and refresh the soul. Even if 100 people read a post and only one person walks away, inspired to make their lives brighter and happier then my time will be worth spent. Whether I inspire through photos or through thought provoking posts, I hope if I have touched something within you, you will let me know. 

What is it that inspires you? For me, there are so many things that are inspiring; the people around me, great words from people in history, books and even photos that I see on Tumblr (www.marindaleigh.tumblr.com). The list can go on and on. 
To Discover. To Share. To Inspire. With my heart on my sleeve as I type away, I hope I can make a difference in the world with these three fundamental elements of my blog.

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

there are so many possibilities and path in life, you are not bound to one thing from the beginning…

Everyone have their unique talents, what is your purpose in life? What are you good at? Maybe this will be a good introduction to our "local talents, artist posts"

And maybe give some example.. like a finance girl realize shes a really good cook etc.

And then end it with.. if you don’t know what you are capable of, how do you do great things. Stop living in your bubble. Realize your true potential and unleash it. If you find a job you love, you will never have to work another day in your life.

 "everything you want is just outside your comfort zone"

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Flourless Chocolate Cake

If anyone knows me well, then they’ll know that I’m not particularly inclined to eat cakes, muffins or the kind. To me, they're too heavy, dense and dry and it needs help down my throat with a gulp of tea or coffee. Not only that, but flour induces in me some unbelievable cramps and bloating so I avoid it like a plague. Unfortunately, that also means a limited amount of bread and biscuits for me.

That aside, I’ve recently discovered a certain love for baking and when a special someone mentioned that they wanted to try a flourless chocolate cake, I must admit I was somewhat baffled and quite intrigued. How does a cake work without flour? And so began the frantic search for a recipe that I could easily change up (I’m not great with sticking to recipes). So, for those of you with sensitive stomachs, this one is for you! Also great for those of you looking for a low carb cake.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

200g dark chocolate
200g butter
30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
4 eggs, separated (I used 5 petite free range eggs by Ellah)
300g (1 ½ cups) brown sugar
155g (1 ½ cups) hazelnut or almond meal
A splash of coffee/hazelnut liqueur
Cocoa powder to dust

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that you’re woefully unprepared to actually start putting your cake together so I strongly recommend that right now you should have everything prepared such as separated eggs, ingredients all measured out and having an oven that’s preheated to 180°C (or 400ºF if Google is correct). Once all that is done, grease and line the base and sides of a square cake pan. Now onto the actual fun!

In a saucepan, combine chocolate, butter and cocoa over low heat and cook until the mixture is smooth. Transfer your mixture to a large bowl.

To the mixture, you now want to add the egg yolks, sugar and meal (I used Lucky Hazelnut Meal). Stir it all to combine and once combined nicely, throw in a splash of your liqueur and stir through again.

Using an electric mixer, whisk your egg whites until soft peaks form. Add one-third of the egg white to chocolate mixture and fold until just combined. Add the remaining egg white and fold until combined. If you want, have a taste of that chocolaty goodness. I certainly did!

Now we’re ready to go! Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. When it’s ready to come out of the oven, set your cake aside for 10 minutes before turning it onto a wire rack to cool.

Coffee Cream

1 tbs instant coffee powder
2 tbs boiling water
2 tbs icing sugar
250g thick cream (I used Philadelphia Cream for Desserts) 

If we’re feeling a little indulgent, then why not make a yummy coffee cream to dollop alongside a slice of cake? While your cake is in the oven, combine the coffee and water in a bowl. Add the icing sugar and stir to combine. When all combined, throw in your cream and stir to combine. And there is your cream!

Now you’re ready to eat your cake. Powder the top with cocoa powder, cut into slices and serve with cream. I found that my cake was very moist with a crunchy outside and slightly gooey on the inside (perhaps I undercooked it a tad bit). It somewhat resembled brownies. Overall, great reviews from everyone that tried it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Friday, 15 February 2013

To Discover and To Share.

What does discover mean to you? To me, it's about finding things I've missed before. Stop and look at the world around you for a second. Maybe you'll see something new that you may have missed in your haste to get to tomorrow.

dis-cov-er - verb \dis-ˈkə-vər\
to obtain sight or knowledge of for the first time

So many people are happy to live in their own world, content never to venture out of their comfort zone or travel to new, exciting places. But discovery doesn't have to be about crossing the seven seas and going to exotic, foreign lands. It can start right from your doorstep. With the infinite possibilities in our amazing world there are always new things to see, to do, to experience right around the corner at every turn if only you open your mind and heart to it.

I will admit I wasn't one to look in my own backyard for new discoveries. My idea of discovery was to jump on a plane and experience a whole new culture, speak new languages, meet different people. But lately I've started to discover and appreciate the myriad of amazing things in my own city, Perth. I've discovered restaurants that I've never been to before, locations that I previously bypassed on my way to more familiar territory and of course amazingly talented and inspiring people!

How blindly I've been going through life. Eyes wide open and yet seeing nothing. But now as I discover something fantastic with an open heart and mind, a feeling overcomes me and I yearn to share it with the world. What better way, I thought, than to share my discoveries with the world through a blog. And so began Marinda Leigh.

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Monday, 11 February 2013

Lowdown - My Morning Shot

What is it that gets you through the day? Is it that regular skinny cappuccino from the place across the road? Well, you may have guessed it but that’s exactly what it is for me.

Coffee is my vice. Coffee is that one thing I’m hanging out for during work and when I get the chance, I run across the street to a lingering aroma that walks me to the counter like a warm welcome. And when that delicious first sip of silky smooth coffee finally rolls down my throat, I can exhale and that tension from work slowly drains away. 

Shop 16a Cloisters Arcade Hay St
Perth, WA 6000

If you’re ever in Perth CBD, this is the place to go. Your loyalties may lie elsewhere, like it did for me once upon a time, but Low Down’s great coffees will eventually win your heart. And as much as you try to hide it, deep down inside, you’ll find that you love those boys that make the coffees too. 

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Friday, 8 February 2013

Life as Marinda Leigh sees it.


As I go through the mundanities of life, day in, day out, I wonder what else it is that I could be doing to make my life that much more enriched. I go through the same routine, waiting for the weekend to come where I can throw my feet up and finally enjoy the freedom of life and everything else it offers!

But Monday comes before I know it and the weekend has gone by so quickly. I continue on with the cycle and I feel lost in the crowd of people; commuters going to work in the same robotic fashion. There’s not a smile to be seen, nor a bright face in the crowd. Just a wall of solemn and resigned faces going back to work.

Work - noun \ˈwərk\
the labor, task, or duty that is one's accustomed means of livelihood

Are we living in a perpetual cycle revolving around work just as a means of livelihood? Living in a routine we choose to bind ourselves into? Where is the time to appreciate life? Where is the time to see the world you and I were born into?

So, tell me. When will you start making the most your one wild and precious life? As for me; I choose to break free from the clutches of expectations and social norms and I choose to make the most of life every day, everywhere I go. I want to do something daily that makes my heart beat just that little bit faster! I want to reach out to the world and change it for the better little by little. 

Welcome to the very first edition of Marinda Leigh and join me as I take life by the reins and try to change the world for the better a person at a time. There are three main goals here at Marinda Leigh and they are To Discover. To Share. To Inspire. So stay with me as I bumble through life and share with you my voice and life as I see it.