If you love food, then you probably have a love for travel as well. Eating some exquisite Asian cuisines or classic American diner-style food from the comfort of your town is great, but have you ever wondered what real Asian food tastes like, or how delicious proper American-style food would be? Travelling to eat isn’t a new concept, but it’s certainly something that has been gaining a lot more traction thanks to informative food blogs like https://migrationology.com/ and YouTube superstars who travel, eat and record their findings for people to drool over and convince them to travel.
One meal that isn’t my fav is a full English (am I still English?) there’s just something about the grease that makes me feel like I’ve been put in a deep fat fryer after I’ve eaten it. But this is my alternative which I could eat alldayeverday and not even feel guilty about it. If you haven’t tried this or something similar I urge you to. Feel free to switch it up abit by adding toast, more veg, meat etc.
I think smoothies are genius. Technically abit gross, with everything blended up, but they taste ~amazing~. Keeping with the theme, spinach is involved.. obviously. These make you feel full whilst also getting a load of healthy foods. If we ever run out of spinach for some crazy reason, I can recommend using anything green- from raw broccoli to celery whatever you have, it does still taste good.
Boiled eggs & soldiers just reminds me of my childhood, I must have had dippy eggs for breakfast most days. Adding asparagus just makes it even tastier and makes it feel like a more adult breakfast.
What are your brunch favourites?
It’s Pancake day on Tuesday and today I spent the day making a stack of fluffy American pancakes- in order to perfect it for Tuesday. I’ll be totally honest pancakes aren’t my fav, they never have been really. Maybe it’s something to do with the word ‘cake’ being involved, but I do lovvvve making them- something v satisfying about the way they look. As well as listening to ‘Send Me On My Way’ – the Matilda pancake song (if you know, you know) whilst making them. There are endless options to top your pancakes… I went for a Nutella batch, a lemon batch and my personal fav ~berries & yoghurt~.
Happy Pancake Day!
(& let me know what topping you went for.)
You will need:
• 1 ½ cup butter
• heart cookie cutter
• 1 cup sugar
• 3 ½ cups flour
• ¼ tsp salt
• ¼ cup strawberry jam
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 bar white chocolate
• red/pink food colouring
• pink sprinkles
• Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Then add the vanilla extract, flour, salt and mix.
• Shape your dough into a ball and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Once chilled, roll out the dough- to the thickness of a £1 coin.
• Cut out your heart shapes using the cutter.
• Place the hearts onto baking paper and bake at 200 degree heat for 6-8 minutes.
• Once cooled. Turn half of your cookies upside down and spread some jam (I used a piping bag as it’s quicker and less messy.)
• Place the other cookies on top of the jam cookies and gently press together.
• Melt the white chocolate and add a tiny tiny bit of food colouring.
• Pour the melted chocolate into a piping bag (I used a tiny nozzle- if you’re just using a bag, cut the tip very small.)
• Drizzle the chocolate over one side of the cookies and immediately top with coloured sprinkles.
Gifts mean sooo much more if there are personal thoughts and touches that go into them. I felt like I’d gone really practical with my gifts this year, which left me thinking if I could make some of the presents a little more thoughtful. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve!!! Here are two very last minute DIY ideas to save you…
Cookie Mixture in a Jar.
So this one from the title sounds a little weird but trust me I think it’s wonderful. You may have seen these in the shops- they are so easy and simple to make and very cheap.
First, you need a glass jar. The size is up to you. I went for mason jar.
Now all you need to do is to measure out your dry cookie ingredients and layer them into the jar.
(Around 4-8 cookies depending on how big you make them.)
80g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
80g soft brown sugar
30g coco powder
50g milk chocolate chips
50g white chocolate chips
Next, decorate your jar. I then attached a gift tag and wrote the instructions- ‘Just add: 80g butter, 1 egg, and bake at 170 degrees for 6-9 minutes. They also last pretty long as it’s only the dry ingredients.
These are really cute edible gifts.
First of all, preheat your oven to 190 degrees. Next mix together 110g butter 100g soft brown sugar. Add 1/2 cup of golden syrup and mix then add 340g plain flour. Now add, 1 tsp. bicarbonate soda. Then use your hands to form a dough and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Now roll out the dough so it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your shapes- I used a star cutter of 3 different sizes. Place them on grease proof paper and bake them for 8-10 minutes, until their golden brown. Once they have cooled you can ice them.
Once the icing had dried. I stacked them, wrapped them in cellophane and tied them with a ribbon.
What you will need:
2/3 Sheets of paper
200g white chocolate melted
Green food colouring
200g rice krispies
These were SO easy and fun to make! They actually look so realistic and would be perfect for a desert table decoration (which guests can also eat!)
-Fold and tape your paper into cone shapes.
-In a bowel add your melted white chocolate, green food colouring (until the mixture is very green) and rice krispies.
-Mix until the rice krispies are covered.
-Spoon the mixture into the cone shapes.
-Refrigerate for 1 hour.
-Once refrigerated, carefully peel off the paper and stand them up.
-Next, decorate how you like. I dusted icing sugar to look like snow!
Autumn is the time of year when the nights are getting darker and colder and that means more cosy nights, blankets and hot drinks. I often stick to cold drinks as hot drinks make me too hot. However… the colder seasons are an excuse to finally fit them into my drinking habits.
This is the calorific, tasty, perfect hot chocolate. (Just a small side note- I don’t drink these on the daily basis. They do contain A LOT of sugar!)
(For one serving.)
-It’s hard to determine the measurements as everyone’s mugs are different sizes, if you feel you need to add more/less I’m sure it will taste just as good.
1 & 1/2 tbsp of Coco Powder.
Mug of Milk.
5 Squares of Dark Chocolate.
Icing Sugar (if needed.)
-In a saucepan heat up the milk and add the coco powder and 4 squares of dark chocolate. -Stir the mixture regularly until the chocolate has melted, the ingredients is combined and the mixture is hot.
-You may want to taste the mixture to see if it is sweet enough for you- if it isn’t add a little icing sugar. (But remember the marshmallows will sweeten it too.)
-Pour the mixture into your mug.
-Sprinkle a couple of marshmallows on the top, then add the whipped cream.
-Sprinkle some more marshmallows on the cream and grate your last square of chocolate on the top to finish.