Who has seen Man seeking Woman? It’s a series and funnily enough it is about a man on the search for the woman of his dreams. When you watch the first few minutes of the first episode you are convinced that it is set in the real world – but then there are all these amazingly hilarious surreal and outrageous additions which will make you cackle. If you need a laugh – WATCH THIS SHOW.
What else is new? I was having one of those days yesterday, where I felt super low for no reason. Then I realised it’s probably something to do with hormones. I listened to Kelis – Bounce and it made me feel a lot better. I think all I needed was a night in – I have been going out way too much and it has been amazing, but I needed a break. So, I stayed in and baked these raspberry & chocolate cake and it was just what I needed.
Also – my feedly is just exploding with beautiful recipes, so here are some I wanted to share. One of my favourite design blogs is Judith’s Joelix and I absolutely love when my favourite non-food bloggers do food posts – particularly when they are as appealing as this one. For all of those of you who love sweet things but are trying to cut down on sugar – here is a lovely sugar-free lemon meringue pie.
I haven’t posted about cupcakes in ages because I have been focusing on other types of baked goods – but do you remember my rose-frosting cupcakes? When I saw these beautiful flower cupcakes I was blown away – CHECK IT OUT!
Also – I love these photos from Cookie and Kate of a veggie thai green curry and these really cool Montreal style bagels – never seen them before, but I like that they are thinner than the average bagel, they remind me of Simits.
The absolute piece de resistance has to be this vegan no bake cheesecake from Call me Cupcake. She is amazing and I HAVE to make this.
As part of my new job, I travel to Leipzig every Wednesday. It seems like a really cool city from what I have heard and seen of it. As part of this, my colleagues have a tradition of buying a double chocolate cheesecake muffin from Starbucks and getting it warmed up for the ride home.
I took one look at those babies and thought… I need to bake them. So here is my take on them. I looked up a couple of recipes, and many of them didn’t use egg for the cake batter. I personally think egg is really important for muffins, because it gives them that fluffier, airier feeling. So, my recipe has eggs in, but feel free to leave them out, if you like a denser cake.
I also had a lovely weekend of hanging out with friends, eating, drinking and dancing. My friend Izzy is just training to become a tour guide in Berlin, so she took us on a 4 hour walking tour of the city.. and I am seriously impressed by both her knowledge and how interesting the history of Berlin is. We learnt about everything from the inception of Berlin to the current day. Continue reading →
Sorry for the lack of recipes of late – I have been working on some fun collaborations which have been taking up most of my time – but I will tell you more about them once they are live. I had a hectic week last week. It was my first week of work at the wonderful Spreadshirt, so there has been lots of training and meeting new people. Everyone has been amazeballs. So…. phewf. I ordered my first tshirt from them today… seriously excited to get it. Will let you all know what it’s like.
So this weekend I baked all this stuff – cranberry, orange and chocolate cookies , this pear, buckwheat and almond cake which was inspired by a photo I saw from my fave cafe Roamers which I talked about a while ago here. Not sure if theirs was apple or pear, but I went with pear.
Inspired by the new cook books I got for my birthday – Nourish and Deliciously Ella, as well as this delicious looking coconut millet from What Should I Eat for Breakfast today, I thought I would whip up this this oaty, quinoa-y coconut deliciousness, with a bit of matcha.
Maybe it’s wishful thinking but I’m prepping for Spring already. My colleagues keep gasping when I walk into work in fairly Spring-friendly clothing… “But, aren’t you cold?”. I’m English.. so any shred of sun at this time of year will and MUST be received almost as if it were full sunbathing weather. Don’t worry… I didn’t show up to work in a bikini, but while everyone else is still piling on the layers I have had enough of it. Enough of 3 layers forming some kind of flumpish shape under my coat, enough of being the perfect temperature outside but almost collapsing from heat exhaustion on the Ubahn and enough of feeling moleish.
An additional bonus of Spring is that piping hot root vegetables will be replaced by light pretty and delicious side salads. I love a root vegetable, but in the word’s of … someone – Variety is the spice of life.
This recipe is incredibly easy and incredibly delicious – it works really well with lamb or duck dishes. Just cut the skin off the oranges, slice them up, add some crumbled feta or sheep cheese, some walnuts and some green salad leaves. Then season with a bit of salt, and drizzle balsamic and olive oil over it and you have yourself a blood orange salad and a great side dish.
In other news this almost-Spring, I am not normally a tulip fan, but how amazing are these two toned ones?!?! WTF.
After going out last night, stumbling in at 4 in the morning… eating some curry and then passing out… I was dreading the hangover. BUT I finally remembered what my mamma told me – ” just drink water…”. Obviously we all know this, but who can actually say they do this? Well… I did it.. and I woke up today bounced out of bed like some kind of exciteable cocker spaniel. I got a new silicone mini loaf baking pan last week, and I wanted to make some delicious easy mini chocolate spelt loaves for a Sunday morning that dreams are made of.
Spelt chocolate loaves… and chocolate ice cream for breakfast. Standard.
As I mentioned a few posts back, I am finally making sure that I actually see all the amazing cafes and taste all the delicious coffees and cakes to be had in Berlin. I recently read about Charlie’s Asian Bakery on Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg on Stil in Berlin and they were raving about it. It seemed fairly ridiculous that I live a mere 5 minutes walk away from it and had never been. So during my lunch break today, I grabbed my camera and rushed down there… asked the waitress somewhat sheepishly if I could take some photos. Why do I always feel so embarassed? I think it’s because I think people look at me like.. “OH lord.. taking pictures of food are we – how very hipster of you”. But meh, I’m 27 now, I really should have gotten over myself (and when I say myself, I actually mean other snidy people) by now.
So – you may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a whole week – SHOCK HORROR! Well, It has been my birthday – I just turned 27 and I think it’s going to be an awesome year! I spent a very LONG weekend in London seeing friends and family and it was absolutely what I needed. Thanks to my family and friends- particularly my parents – for making it so immense. My mum cooked such a ridiculously epic meal on Sunday.. when people sat down to eat, nobody said anything for a full 4 minutes because the food was so nice. I miss her cooking!
I had the most insanely bad Sunday blues – why are Monday’s so far away from the weekend? I did have a small New Girl marathon with my flatmate, Toby, and I had forgotten how hilarious it is. The episode guys night, Winston and the ruler and Schmidt and the washing machine is soo outrageously funny – if you haven’t watched it. GET ON IT.
Anyway, as I’m newly single, I have joined Tinder. OH LORD. Tinder is so addictive and yet so terrible. I like swiping.. but as soon as I actually have to talk to a guy I throw up a little bit in my mouth. Plus, where is the good chat? Note to guys on Tinder: starting a chat with “hey cutie” followed by some kind of emoticon isn’t going to get you far. Anyway, it’s very stalkerish as an app, and I am terrified of running in to one of the guys on Tinder in the train. I think I might have to delete it. My conclusive review on Tinder is: lots of hotties – but a veritable lack of banter – 5/10.
Oh crumble. What a delicious piece of nostalgia you are and how at home you make me feel. While most crumble lovers will agree that chocolate isn’t the most traditional of things – they will also probably agree that such a rule is absurd.
My first experience of chocolate in a crumble was in my final year of university. I remember it so well. Lucy was sitting at the kitchen table making her mum’s pear and chocolate crumble… It was SOOO amazing. The buttery crumble top mixed with the chocolatey texture and the tang of fruit, it so divine. Have a go next time.