Apartment hunting. Anybody else find this term
completely horrifying and frustrating a little displeasing? I seriously feel like we have been searching for a new apartment for so long now, but in reality it’s only been a few months. I guess it’s probably to do with the fact that we’ve been to inspect so many properties, only to be disappointed in the actual apartment and how deceiving the photos and creative descriptions were. For any of you currently apartment hunting, or looking to go apartment hunting in the near future, I’ve devised my own translation of real estate lingo.
*note – this applies mainly to Sydney and any suburb within 30mins of it.
“Sun-drenched” = all windows are facing a westerly direction, so it will be scorching of an afternoon
“Cosy” = a nicer way of saying this apartment could almost double for a shoebox
“Vintage” = everything in the apartment is probably older than your grandma and we can’t be bothered to fix any of the exisiting damage
“City Views” = you can see the city skyline from the balcony if you stand on a step ladder and possess a strong set of binoculars
“Affordable” = this place is a shit hole and we need to get rid of it
Am I being incredibly bitter about it all? Possibly. But I honestly just didn’t realise how lucky we were to have landed our current apartment after only looking at two apartments and going through a fairly easy application process. It’s just too small though (it’s a studio), and much like hermit crabs need to find bigger shells, after 18 months here we are definitely due for a new shell.
To distract ourselves from
shell apartment hunting, we went to visit family and friends all weekend. As I never go to a gathering empty handed, I made a Fig & Cacao Slice using beautiful organic sun dried figs from The Source Bulk Foods. If you missed my post about them (here), I was basically lucky enough to become a recipe creator for them. They have such amazing quality products, so if you are near one of their stores, do go check them out!
The fig slice is actually incredibly easy to make. It’s just a matter of soaking the figs to soften them, blending it all together, pouring chocolate over the top, and freezing/refrigerating until it’s set. If you aren’t going to eat it all straight away, keep it in the fridge so the chocolate doesn’t melt! You can always slice this up once set and wrap each individually, which then makes them the perfect healthy alternative to store bought and highly-processed muesli bars, and both kids and adults will love them! Oh, and it’s also raw, dairy-free and gluten-free if you’re into that kind of thing!
- 2 cups organic sun-dried figs*
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 unsweetened dessicated coconut
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup raw/cold pressed coconut oil
- 1/2 raw cacao powder
- 3-4 tablespoons honey (depending on how sweet you like your chocolate)**
- Soak the figs in a bowl of warm for 30 minutes to soften.
- Drain the figs and place in a food processor.
- Blend figs until it becomes a smooth paste.
- Add all other ingredients minus the topping.
- Press evenly into a lined pan or dish.
- Place in fridge for 30 mins.
- In the meantime, melt cacao, coconut oil and honey together on a very low heat until well combined, then set aside.
- Pour chocolate mix over fig slice and place back into the fridge for an hour to set.
- Slice and serve up. If you're not eating it all at once, leave refrigerated until ready to eat.
- *Make sure the figs don't have added sugar in them. I use the figs from The Source Bulk Foods which are organic and contain no added sugars or preservatives.
- **Swap honey for rice malt syrup or maple syrup to make this recipe vegan.