Essie Mint Candy Apple
Barry M Berry Ice Cream
Rimmel London Rose Libertine
Rimmel Metal Rush Pearly Queen
All About Nails (Tesco) Sorbet
I’ve been on a health kick recently and one of my favourite things to eat, as you guys know, is salad! I’m trying to eat a bowl (a bowl the size if my head) everyday! Whenever I have salad, I feel like I’m hungry an hour later again and I start binging so I cracked it.. Glug down some milkshake after! It keeps me full for so much longer and tastes yummy!
Cut up whatever vegetables/fruit you like in your salads. You can see this one isn’t too extravagant!
I like to pour in 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil which helps to remove the dryness of the salad and half a lemon-ish for extra flavour!
For the milkshake you should choose your fruit of choice! Just ensure its extra ripe! You can my bananas are briefing so were really sweet.. Having a riper fruit means you won’t need to add sugar or unhealthy sweeteners
Break them up into small pieces and put in your blender
The consistency I was aiming for was not a smoothie! I don’t like bits or smoothie-like consistencies so, I want to add as much milk as possible to keep it light. You can see I’m using semi-skimmed milk
To 2 bananas I added 3 & 1/2 cups of milk (875ml) which is a lot! But you can share with someone or make 1 banana or keep it in the fridge until tomorrow! Start blending…
And you’ll have a thick but not gloopy milkshake which doesn’t need anything else added to it
This is a really easy and quick lunch (will take you 20 mins to make the night before and leave it in your fridge until tomorrow)!
The other day I made cookies for 20-30 people and needed to think up a recipe which was quick and yummy because I didn’t want to spend hours making them! I made a batch of white chocolate chip, milk chocolate chip and peanut butter! And my brother gave me the idea to mix the peanut butter and milk choc chip together for a unique flavour! This is perfect for people who want to make a quick treat whilst the kids are on a break from school!
Makes 12-14 cookies
1/2 cup room temperature butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
100g chocolate chunks
Always start by preparing the oven and lining the baking tray with paper. Gas mark 5 for today’s treats!
You then want to get your butter (if its cold out the fridge, put it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
Add 3/4 cup of sugar
And very lightly cream together- you don’t want it to be smooth but just ensure all the mixture is combined. Over mixing will leave the mixture too runny and we’re looking for more of a dough as a harder dough cooks better biscuits.
Pop in your egg
And vanilla extract. I don’t like using vanilla essence as it’s often artificially flavoured and doesn’t taste as good
Add in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter but of course you can add as much as you like depending on what your taste preference is. I’m using a chunky peanut butter with nuts for an extra crunch
Bit by bit, add in your flour and mix the mixture in
Add in your chocolate chips/ chunks/ pieces.. Whatever you like!
Add in your bicarbonate of soda and mix this in well and evenly
Your mixture will resemble this
And that’s when you can scoop your mixture, a tablespoon at a time, into a heap. I managed to make 12
You’ll need to leave them in the oven for around 20 minutes but don’t be afraid to take then out and lightly feel the centre of them.. If its too soft, give them another 5 minutes. And when you’ll take them out, they’ll look like this.
For my second post I thought it’d be nice to give you a good option as its half term (spring break) for the kids and it’s such a lovely day in London, this one is perfect for picnics!
125g butter, softened
300g caster sugar
1 tablespoons red food colouring
1 & 1/2 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
180g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 bars of chocolate
Always start your baking by preparing the things you will need at the end of your mixing so have your cake tin lined with baking paper (I put something inside the tin to keep the paper weighed down).
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/ 170 C
Whenever there is butter and sugar in a recipe, be sure to use room temperature butter because you’ll have to cream them together and having a softer butter makes this easier.
You then want to add your eggs in one at a time and mix well after each one
And your mixture will begin to look like this
Add your cocoa powder and food colouring and mix until it begins to look a vivid red colour! I used a food colouring powder as that’s all I had
Add your salt, vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda to the mixture
Then add a little of your milk/buttermilk and flour alternately, mixing well between each addition
Pop the mixture into your cake tin and put in the preheated oven
I left my cake in the oven for over an hour (it is quite a low heat, though)
When you take the cake out, it’ll be a gorgeous bake with a few cracks on the top if its anything like mine. Stick a clean knife in and out and if the knife comes out clean, your cake it ready!
Because I’m a chocoholic, I melted 2 bars of chocolate (I used Galaxy cookie crumble and plain Dairy Milk). I then carved a hole in the middle of the cake and poured the melted chocolate within the whole and spread the other bar of chocolate all over the top. To help the chocolate set, I put the cake in the fridge using a bowl to prop it up so that the chocolate in the middle didn’t pour out.
And you can then enjoy…
You want to always measure your ingredients beforehand when making yummy food for baking! I like to pre-measure and weigh because you can’t help be like.. YEAH! When you pour in that ready-to-use-flour!
You will need:
• 110g (1/2 cup) butter (room temp so pop in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
• 110g (1/2 cup) Sugar (they always say caster but I just use granulated)
• 110g (1/2 cup) Self raising flour
• 1-2 tablespoons of milk
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Marshmallow fluff
• Flavourings (I used powdered coconut, strawberry flavouring, lemon flavouring and marshmallow fluff).
You want to put the cake cases in the cupcake tray
And pop the oven on to 180C/350F/Gas 4
Grab the butter and put it in a bowl
Grab your sugar and add that to the mixture and stir in together..
.. Until it look like this..
..You want to then get your vanilla extract and add this in
In a separate bowl, whisk not one but two eggs..
Add this into your mixture..
.. Until it looks like this..
Grab your flour and sieve this in as well as the milk..
And the mixture will look like this..
You then want to grab an empty clean bowl and the mixture..
And grab your flavouring (I’m using coconut powder first) which, I’ll stir in (I used 2 teaspoons)
Stir this in well and make sure it’s not lumpy and then pour into your cupcake cases
Grab the rest of your flavourings and do the same
For the marshmallow fluff I added about a heaped tablespoon and although its squire clumpy, remove most of the clumps using the back of the spoon
Pop the whole tray in the middle shelf of the oven..
The recipe I was following said 12-15 minutes but mine took around 20mins to bake
Remove them when they look like this. The marshmallow fluff ones will feel very soft but they’ll set
For an extra bit of something, I dug out the centre of a few with a sharp knife, filled it with marshmallow fluff and decorated
THEY TASTED DELISH
What you’ll need:
• Home made brown bread (ok, you can use bought too but it’s so worth it to make it at home)
• Turkey Salami (Or any kind you can find at your grocery store)
• Cheddar cheese (but again use any cheese you like)
• Garlic Mayonnaise (or any sauce you like) What’s Ranch? That looks like similar but I have no idea what it is? (I should add that you should use low fat but a little unknown fact about me.. I put garlic mayonnaise in every single sandwich I eat!)
After my brother and I had tea at the Ritz, he’s been begging me to make scones! So I found an amazingly quick and delicious recipe that’ll have your family mmming and aaaahhing over!!!
Recipe makes: 10 scones (enough for 2 scone lovers like me and my brother)
Preparation time: 10 mins
Baking time: 10-12 mins
• 225g or 1 and 2/3 cups of self raising flour and a little extra for dusting
• 75g or 5 tablespoons of room temp butter (just bung it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
• A pinch of salt
• 40g or just under 3 tablespoons of caster sugar (I used brown because I’m healthy.. YEAH RIGHT.. It’s all I had)
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and a little extra for brushing over scones at the end
• Cranberries, raisins or any dry fruit you like
• The normal condiments to scones such as clotted cream and jam etc
Always start by preparing your ingredients and preheating your oven! The hotter the oven, the quicker and evenly your treats bake! We need the oven at Gas mark 7 or 425c
And I like to prepare my baking trays as well so just line with baking paper and pop to the side ready for later
Grab your mixing bowl and sift in your flour
Then pop in your room temp butter
And mix them together to make a breadcrumb consistency (use your fingertips to do this.. Like a fairy)
It should look like this
Add in your pinch of salt
Then your sugar
And mix with a small wooden spoon
In a separate bowl (I just used the bowl I warmed my butter in to save washing up), get your buttermilk
And get your egg
Crack that baby in
Then whisk together so it looks like this
Then just pop the wet mixture into the dry
And mix together
And it will all come together and end up looking like this
At this point, when it’s this consistency, get your hands involved
I find it best to move one edge of the dough
To the opposite side and repeat this quickly
The dough will form a ball
And smack that ball onto a floured surface
Flatten the ball with your hand
And you can use a rolling pin to spread out
The dough should be no smaller than inch thick
At this point, grab your cookie cutter or whatever you have that is between 2-3 inches wide
In a swift motion, press down and cut
You’ll have a lovely round shape
And just pop this out
Of course.. I forgot to add the dried fruit so I chose cranberries and just mixed them into the dough and repeated the cutting process
And it looked like this
So then just pop them onto your baking tray, gathering the dough each time and cutting again
Cut off any excess baker paper from the edges
With a tissue or a brush if you have one, brush a little buttermilk on the top of the scones
Then dust with flour
And you can pop them in the oven!
Don’t forget to make a note of the time!
And then you need to take care of the mess you made.. ARGH!
Leave them in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they’re golden brown..
Then just pop them on a cooling rack
And they’ll look lovely like this!
Try with Nutella and enjoy with tea!
Today was an extremely exciting day for me! As a treat, my brother surprised me with an invite to the Ritz for afternoon tea! In his own words; “you like tea, so I thought why not?”. Couldn’t really argue with that so I went for it!
This kind of stuff is right up my street and I have never really been anywhere like this with my brother before so was really happy to share the experience with him!
So we began the morning at an hour I haven’t woken up in a month since I’ve been off work! I was awoken with a lovely text message urging me to wake up immediately and rolled out of bed! It took me ages to decide what to wear because I thought it would be a cold, wet and dreary day but as soon as we got out it was AMAZING weather!
My brother decided to not wear a whole suit because that would be a little too smart for the little casual yob! Instead he opted for a mismatched suit and trouser combo which I think looked highly adequate for the event :)
Jacket is from Zara
Suit jacket is VERY old and he doesn’t remember from where
The shirt is from Prada
The shoes are from Burton
The tie is from Zara
The scarf is from River Island
The underwear is from.. Got you!
I opted to go for simplicity so the only things worth mentioning are my ASOS leather lapel jacket and River Island boots (£7.50)!!!
After a hectic morning we parked the car (it took us 15 minutes to find a spot) and we then hopped on the train! After arriving, the weather was fantastic and the sun was shining brighter than ever!
Allow me to tell you the story in pictures..
The end is nigh!! The last fast in Ramadhan for the whole year!! It’s really sad!
The last few moments I have will be for reflection! You never know that this might be the last fast you ever keep! However, although it may be the last.. I will make sure I fast throughout the whole year!
BRING ON EID!!!!
And hmmmm.. Lunch!!! Oh how I missed my take out food!!