Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Monochrome

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Paisley harem pants - c/o Chiara, Sunglasses & Bracelet c/o of Folli Follie


This weeks post is a new outfit of the day for you and I'm wearing another pair of monochrome joggers/harem pants. I can't stop buying them, I have about 3 pairs in my wardrobe now. As someone who stayed away from this look for a very long time, I think that's pretty impressive. I wore this pair from Chiara fashion when I went on a trip into central London with my mum. I may have got a bit excited about all the very early Christmas decorations in John Lewis/M&S/Selfridges. I love Christmas don't get me wrong but having the Christmas displays already up in October seems a little early to me. I can't be the only one who thinks this?
Which brings me on to my next subject and something you might have already noticed, I'm wearing sunglasses in November. I know it seems a little strange but just carry on reading this post, I promise it won't seem quite as bonkers then. Although it might feel like it is time to swap our sunglasses in favour of the staple umbrella,  the sun in the autumn and winter is often brighter than the summer due to the earth moving closer towards the sun. Which means that we have the brightest rays often being January rather than June, which is pretty shocking. So when Folli Follie asked me if I wanted to take part in their Autumn Sun challenge I jumped at the chance. Not only did they kindly send over the lovely sunglasses and bracelet but they also sent me a few sun blocking beauty products too!

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Mini Affair.

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I feel like I've not done an outfit post in forever and they do seem to go down quite well, let me know if you prefer styling sort of posts. I really liked putting this outfit together and although I'm wearing heels you could definitely make this look more casual. For a day time look I would go for either black hi-top trainers or some tasseled loafers. I also picked up this amazing ring from the Z for Accesorize collaboration which I am a little bit obsessed with. It's been designed by jeweller Zara Simon, the pieces are just so beautiful and they look much more expensive than they actually cost - the majority of the pieces are around £15. I've not been compensated in any way to talk about this I really do think this collaboration is amazing! Most of it is still all online which is shocking as it's just so lovely, here are some more of my picks:

I've just finished my PR internship after being there for four months and I had such a great time, I can't believe how quickly it went. I have a little bit of time off before I begin my next one which I'm due to start in just over a week. I've not been up to much else other than work, however last week I was kindly invited to the Ann Summers x Coppafeel party. It was held at Westfields Stratford where I was treated to an evening of fun, chatting, champagne and a lot of bras! Sam Faiers is also their brand ambassador and I was able to meet her that night, she was lovely & looked amazing, you can get her picks here! I uploaded a photo of us together on my Instagram account which you can follow here. I've been posting on there loads recently, it's the best way to catch up with what I'm up to.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Profile: Jemma Wilson!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share this post with you all, firstly I just need to say how lovely Jemma is and secondly you're all in for an absolute treat! I invited baker Jemma Wilson (the brains behind the amazing cupcake company Crumbs and Doilies) to join me on my blog for a good old natter to talk about all things cake. Just to let all you YouTube addicts know Jemma also has her own YouTube channel and is part of Jamie Oliver's Food Tube network, I'll leave the link to her channel at the end of this post! 
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Mini Roberts radio cakes made by the team at Crumbs and Doilies
So when did you begin baking?
I’d been at Rose Bakery for a year and, while I loved my job, I felt I couldn’t go any further with it. I was 27 and I wanted to create something of my own. I wanted people to be eating MY cakes and bakes. When I left Rose Bakery I didn’t have a plan but it came to  me one day that I should start a market stall selling my cakes and cupcakes. I got a pitch at Sunday UpMarket in Brick Lane and off I went. Everything that Crumbs & Doilies has become started there in that stuffy indoor market.

I am a tad obsessed with your YouTube channel, I literally cannot stop thinking about those Chocolate Teacake High-Hat Cupcakes you made recently. What are some of your favourite bakes you've created?
My absolute favourite has got to be the S’Mores Brownie. I actually didn’t have a clue how it was going to turn out. Usually I like to be sure that my recipes will work and be awesome but on that particular day I’d left it all a bit to the last minute and I was kind of scrabbling around for something to make and the idea just popped in to my head. So, when I’m eating it on camera that is genuine glee! It was so flipping good! The Halloween videos we’re about to release on Halloween week are also some of my favourites but that’s mainly because Halloween is THE BEST!

Perhaps quite a generic question but where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspiration from all over the place. I have a sweet tooth so I always try and eat dessert when I go out for dinner, to see what all the chefs are creating, and what’s current. American treats are a big inspiration for me too. They have some of the best sweets and snacks in the whole world and I like to deconstruct them and see how they might work as a cupcake or some other kind of bake or dessert. 

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Jemma's incredible Deftones cupcakes!

Do you have any secret food spots you love to visit in London? 
I don’t think I have any that are secret but there are some that I keep going back to because of how brilliant they are. Patisserie des Reves in Marylebone is one of them. It is a bit on the expensive side but I understand all too well the amount of work that goes in to the pastries they create so I don’t really mind. They do something called a Grand Cru Vanille which is heavily and their Paris Brest is the best I have ever tasted. For non-sweet food I have so many favourites but El Parador in Mornington Crescent and Barrica on Goodge Street are two of the best tapas restaurants in London, in my opinion, but without all the hype. Real honest, seasonal, beautifully prepared and reasonably priced food. Check them out!

Who would you love to bake for?
I like baking for all people. There isn’t any one in particular I think should eat my cakes. No one famous or important. Every mouth is equal! The only exception would be my friends, who are my biggest fans so I always get a really positive reaction from them!

If you were only able to eat three things for the rest of your life what would you choose?
Risotto, bread and that S’mores Brownie probably. If someone told me I couldn’t eat bread anymore I would be devastated!

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Amazing layered cakes made by the team at Crumbs and Doilies

You're also part of Jamie Oliver's Food Tube which is pretty incredible. How did you become involved with that and what is he like to work with?
I met Jamie by chance at an event he hosted and a few months later he got in touch to see if I would come and do some filming for a show he was working on. That went so well that I actually featured on the show and then a few months later, when Food Tube was being born, they gave me my own channel and a book deal! It was all a bit nuts really. Jamie is brilliant. He is so generous with his time and his wisdom. He has been such a massive support for me this year. He’s really fun to work with. He’s been doing this gig for a really long time so he’s very professional but because everyone that he works with are all great fun and good friends there is always a really fun vibe and loads of laughs. He’s got a very naughty sense of humour, as do I! 

Do you ever get bored of baking or being surrounded by cake? ( I struggle to think that anyone would!)
Yes and no. I never get bored of the cupcakes we make at Crumbs & Doilies. It’s crazy because I must have eaten thousands over the years. They are just delicious, that’s all there is to it. I do get a little tired of eating sugar sometimes. I actually gave it up for about 4 years because it was sending me a bit loopy. But I realised that I couldn’t really do my job without it. Not only because it’s important that I taste our cupcakes and make sure they are as good as they can be but also I need to eat sweet food for inspiration and knowledge (good excuse right?). I started eating it again a couple of years ago and while I love it, I do sometimes yearn for something really savoury instead.

Lastly, what's next for you?
Well, Crumbs & Doilies is opening a shop! So that’s pretty exciting and scary and awesome. It’s going to be in Soho and we’re hoping to be open before Christmas this year, fingers crossed. Meanwhile, my channel is ticking along and I’m really enjoying making the videos. It gives me a chance to bake new things. But my main focus right now is on getting the shop ready which is a dream come true for me and my partner, Sam. It’s the right time for us and I hope it does really well and smashes the competition!

If you want to find out more about Jemma you can watch her on YouTube, visit her companies website for the most amazing cakes you'll ever see and you can buy her book here!

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Make your own Jammie Dodgers

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This recipe has been adapted from the BBC Good food website & then made by me! My sister who is an amazing baker helped me out with this blog post and I can safely say they taste really good, and are a firm favourite in our household. These would make a great and inexpensive gift for Christmas if you used either stars, baubles or Christmas tree shapes. 

For this recipe you will need:
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g strawberry, apricot, cherry or raspberry jam, anything you fancy! You'll need around half a jar.

The Method:
  1. Put the butter, sugar, flour and almonds into a bowl and use an electric whisk until the mixture nearly comes together and forms a ball. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Remove the dough from the fridge and knead until it is soft enough to shape and roll. Divide into two even-size balls. Sprinkle a little plain flour over your work surface and roll out one ball of pastry. The dough should be approximately 5mm thick. Using a cookie cutter or any shape you like cut out as many shapes as you can. Keep going until you have about 25 shapes. Carefully place them onto a baking sheet, making sure you keep them slightly apart.
  3. Roll out the second ball of dough the same way. Cut out the same-size stars and place them on a baking sheet. Now cut out a small circle in the centre of each biscuit using a small cookie cutter or the end of a large piping nozzle.
  4. Heat oven to 140C (if you have a fan pop it onto 120C) or gas mark 1 and cook the biscuits for 20-30 mins until they are a lovely golden colour. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to completely cool. Place a  generous blob of jam onto the centre of the biscuits without the cut-out circle. Place the top halves of the biscuits on and push down gently and there you go. Your very own jammy dodgers!