Monday, October 12, 2015

Little Page Boy

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JAEGER pea coat | ASOS frill sleeve shirt & distressed jeans | PRIMARK stripe top | DUNE leopard ankle boots | ASPINAL black Marylebone mini bag

Today's look is a strange fusion of Alexa Chung and a little posh boy (think Liz Hurley's son Damian). In my head I looked like the former, in reality I look like the latter. Well, a posh little boy with an exquisite taste in footwear. I saw this shirt on my main girl crush Megan a few weeks ago and knew my life wouldn't be the same until the shirt was in my possession. Not the exact shirt that was on her back, I'm not quite at that level of fangirl before anybody calls the police. I thought it was going to have a whopper of a price tag thanks to those luxe looking sleeves, so was excited to see it was only £32. What lark! I also treated myself to these jeans that I'd had my eye on for a while and oh boy am I glad I did, it's SO hard to find a good pair of high-waisted mom jeans when you're petite so I actually can't believe how much I've hit the jackpot with these badboys. The search is finally over boys! I paired it with my Jaeger pea coat - one of the best sites out these for a good, sturdy, classically British coat - which I feel especially fond of because it makes me feel like Harry Styles and my leopard boots (which also happen to be a fool-proof conversation starter). 

Anyway, as you may have guessed, that's me back from London after an exciting couple of days. I've got a few fun projects coming up this month (including one with a brand I love so much it hurts) as well as the task of deciding what to go as for Halloween.. I'm trying to convince Rob that there's no more perfect a choice for us than to go as Arnie and Danny DeVito in Twins (me being Danny D of course. Let's face it, I've got the height and I'm sure a bald patch is only a few more stress-filled days away) but it's taking some work. What's everyone else going as? Don't tell me you're not dressing up or I'll vomit.


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

3 of the Best Healthy Brownie Recipes

So. After last week I've decided to shift my recipe posts to a Sunday instead of a Wednesday. I figured people are more likely to bake on a Sunday (especially now that Bake Off's finished, hold me) and that way you can keep some sweet treats aside for snacks throughout the week too. That's the plan anyway, but if you eat them all on the Sunday in one sitting that's ok too. I, um, I have a... friend who does that. Today's post is one that's been in the making for a while and one that I've been VERY excited about. Ever since I found out I was gluten intolerant, brownies are one of the things I've missed most so, over the past few weeks I've been trying out lots of healthy brownies recipes with the aim of finding the perfect one to report back with. And, what would you know, I found three! All very different in their own way. Like I've said before, some of the ingredients are a little more expensive than your usual cake-making go-to's but, once you get into healthy baking, you'll realise you use them time and time again so they're well worth it (especially if you buy in bulk on Amazon and save yourself some dolla). So, here's what happened when I went on a brownie making spree..

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I've heard really mixed things about these badboys but wanted to try them for myself and, I have to say, was so, so surprised at how good they were. Sweet potato just doesn't seem like it should belong in a brownie but, mixed with dates, it makes this lovely creamy mix that could almost trick your palette into believing they're naughty. I added some dark chocolate chips just before I popped them in the oven (I got scared about how healthy they were, ok) which really was a tasty addition but I'm now confident they'd be lovely without. These are also lovely with a little almond butter spread on top!

Makes 10 brownies
  •  2 medium to large sweet potatoes (600g)
  • 2/3 of a cup of ground almonds (80g)
  • 1/2 a cup of buckwheat or brown rice flour (100g)
  • 14 medjool dates
  • 4 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • A pinch of salt

  1. Start by pre-heating the oven to 180C, then peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about  twenty minutes, until they become really soft.
  2. Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates – this will form one of the sweetest, creamiest, most delicious mixes ever!
  3. Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato date combination. Stir well.
  4. Place into a lined baking dish and cook for about twenty minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork bringing it out dry. Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about ten minutes – this is really important as it needs this time to stick together! Remove the brownies from the tray, leaving it another few minutes before cutting them into squares – then dig in and enjoy!

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Beetroot!? BEETROOT? I hear you ask. But, I tell you, it works. The mix is heavenly so this is definitely a healthy recipe that'll leave you licking the bowl clean (sorry for that horrible mental image). These do come out a little dry compared to the other two so I'd either make some of the icing from the below recipe for them OR get your nutella/almond butter at the ready. 

Makes about 12 brownies

  • 150g peeled raw beetroot
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g runny honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g gluten free flour
  • 50g pure cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  1. Cut the beetroot in half and put it in a glass bowl and cover with cling film. Put it in the microwave for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile put eggs, honey and salt in a food mixer and mix for 5 minutes.
  3. Weigh out all dry ingredients and sieve. Combine well in a bowl.
  4. Once the beetroot has cooked, blitz in a magimix and add to the food mixer with dry ingredients. Mix well and pour into a lined baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes at 170C. Cool and cut.
  5.  Enjoy without a guilty conscience! 

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My absolute favourite of the lot, I can't actually put into words how good these are. The mixture actually tastes like proper blondie batter (I had to make more because I ate so much of it, and I am NOT ashamed) and the icing just finishes it off perfectly. Avocado and chickpea, eh? Who'da thunk it. If you make one of these recipes, make it this one.
Makes about 28 blondies
  • 1 cup soaked and boiled chickpeas (equivalent to 1 store-bought can, drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla pod, pulverised
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup deglet noir or medjool dates
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • Sea salt to season
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and grease or line a baking tray with parchment.
  2. If you’re using canned chickpeas, be sure to rinse them thoroughly first. Place the chickpeas in a blender or food processor along with the rest of the ingredients and pulse until the mixture is a thick doughy consistency. Have a taste and see if you want a little more maple, cinnamon or salt. Remember the flavours will mellow with cooking so don’t be afraid to add more.
  3. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on the thickness of your tray). They are ready when they are a little golden on top and you can stick a knife in and bring it out clean, but if you overdo it they will dry out and softer is always better. Leave them to cool while you prepare the icing.
  4. In a blender, whizz all the ingredients except the cinnamon until smooth and creamy. Once the base has cooled, spread it thickly over the top and dust with cinnamon. Cut into squares and keep in the fridge until serving (Keeps for one day).

Saturday, October 10, 2015

ASOS A/W Wishlistin'

It's been a while since my last ASOS wishlist (ish) and my 'saved items' is growing daily, so I thought it was about time for another. I really do love 'em all (there's nothing I love more than A/W shopping, it's just so satisfying and cosy) but my particular favourites are the star studded boots, the black denim shirt and the suede gilet (actual heaven). Oh, and that metal trim dress is more adorable than a bunny in a sailor's costume. Let me know what yours are!


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Hair! Linton & Mac Review

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As you may have noticed if you follow me over on Instagram, I recently went for the chop! A haircut I mean, not a vasectomy. I actually went in with the intention of getting a trim but Jaye (who was doing my hair) had the most bangin' bob and I, being the impressionable thing that I am, was like, 'CUT ALL MY HAIR OFF'. It's not quite as short as hers because I wasn't feeling brave enough, but it's a really lovely longer bob that's much easier to maintain than my longer locks. Colour-wise I went a bit darker for Autumn (nothing like a good cliche) and am really happy with the overall result.  The salon itself is absolutely beautiful; from the copper mirrors to the cacti dotted everywhere to the bathroom floor made of copper coins, it feels like your dream Pinterest board come to life. They also have a styling bar set up and for £25 you can pop in to get dolled up for a night out (heads up, they'll be doing a Halloween special so if you're not so good at Halloween costumes/do's then it's one to keep in mind!) as well as a nail salon. Oh, and the biggest selection of Windle & Moodie products ever.. Not so good for the bank balance.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Healthy, gluten-free banana bread slices

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Roll up, roll up for another baking post! I know I said I'd have one for you every Wednesday, and the more eagle eyed of the lot of you may have noticed that a) there wasn't one last week and b) it is in fact a Sunday, but life got in the way a bit recently and I've been a little shit - shall we say - so I do apologise for its lateness. I've got a corker to make up for it though; I ruddy love a good banana bread, and what we have here is just that. A healthy, gluten free one, more to the point. Howdya like them apples (...bananas)?

Makes about 15 mini slices

2 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
2 Large Eggs
2 cups Ground Almond
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
Pinch of Salt
Handful of Banana Chips
Maple Syrup to drizzle

1) Grease a baking tray and set the over to 180 degrees (fan oven).
2) Pop your dry ingredients - ground almonds, baking powder, walnuts, salt and cinnamon - together in a bowl and mix until combined.
3) In a separate bowl, mix your bananas, eggs, vanilla essence and coconut oil until combined in a thick custard-like paste. Slowly add in the dry ingredients, stirring slowly and evenly.
4) Once combined, pop your mix in the baking tray, smooth over with the back of a spoon and place some banana chips on top before baking for 25 minutes. At the 25 minute mark, remove from the oven and drizzle with maple syrup before baking for a further 5-8 minutes until golden brown
And there we have it! Slice as you like; I normally choose to go for 15 mini slices because it feels like you have more (Bruce Bogtrotter reporting for duty). For being so healthy, they truly are delicious...
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.... Just ask Lilo.