Monday, 6 February 2017

The Secret Marmite Menu at Bill's, Wimbledon

It’ll come as no surprise to those of you who know me IRL that I love Bill’s. The halloumi burger, Macaroni Cheese, mini cinnamon doughnuts and the potato & rosemary bread are all firm favourites of mine. A couple of weekends to go I was invited to come and try their secret Marmite menu (which has sadly now ended but I wanted to still share this with you). The secret menu was displayed in a super cute mini Marmite shaped card, and we had the option to pick from the non-alcoholic or alcoholic Bloody Mary plus the Marmite Welsh rarebit, served with poached eggs. I’d never tried a bloody mary before and I was excited to try one out for the first time but let’s just say, it was a lot hotter than I was expecting!! Now let's talk about the main event, the rarebit, it was essentially like having a really luxurious cheese and Marmite on toast, something I often have a weekend treat. Large slices of sourdough bread, with cheesy goodness melted on top and finished with two perfectly poached eggs. Our waitress said that it’d been really interesting getting peoples feedback on the secret menu as there were a lot of Marmite haters. It’s such a shame that this isn’t part of their permanent menu as I know so many people who would love this!

Bill's Wimbledon
20 Hartfield Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 3TA
020 8947 8285

Bill's Wimbledon
Bill's Wimbledon
Bill's Wimbledon
Bill's Wimbledon
Bill's Wimbledon
Bill's Wimbledon

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Brunch Club T-Shirt

It feels pretty silly to be writing a blog post about a brunch club t-shirt considering everything that's going on in the world at the moment. I'm sure every blogger and influencer is having this issue right now. I guess the only solution is to stand up for what you believe in and get involved in where you can. It's amazing to see so many people using their voice for the right reasons and taking part in protests up and down the country. 

So while certain political leaders make absolutely crazy and cruel decisions I decided to treat myself to this top, I feel like I've seen this t-shirt everywhere! I do hope you can excuse my tenuous link here but how do you transition from politics to clothing easily? Anyway, Joanie Clothing is a new discovery for me, I believe I first came across them after seeing my friend Liv wear something of theirs. They have some really great pieces online including this brunch club t-shirt. I also really fancy the look of the red heart shaped bag and big apple jumper! They're super cute! I love the kitsch vibe of the brand, plus they cater for such a large range of body types from a size 8 to size 22. Unlike other clothing shops there doesn't seem to be any price differences between the sizes either. To fit with the unusually warm January day I shot this look on I've made it sparkle with a silver skirt from Pull & Bear and these super cute velvet Mary-Jane shoes from New Look. 

Now it's time to eat some pancakes. So why not pick up t-shirts for all of your friends and head down to your favourite brunch spot. 

Shop the look here:

Monday, 23 January 2017

Duo Colour Love Cupcakes

More than ever I feel like we need a little bit of love in the world, and what could be better than in the form of a cupcake? (Probably a lot more things but never mind). So, after feeling inspired by all of the amazing women and men who attended the Women's March on Saturday, I decided to bake some cupcakes that were just as sweet as them. These cakes would also be perfect for Valentine's day which is less than a month away. So whether you're having a galentine's party (thanks Lesie Knope), planning your next Women's March with your best girl bosses, having a romantic night in with your boyfriend or girlfriend or just feel like stuffing your face with yummy cupcakes, then this is may be the recipe for you. 

Duo Colour Love Cupcakes
Duo Colour Love Cupcakes

Makes 12  Duo Colour Love Cupcakes

Cupcake ingredients:
200g butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
200g caster sugar
4 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g dark chocolate chips
200g self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk
Top tip – Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature; this will give you the best results!

Vanilla Buttercream ingredients:
200g softened unsalted butter
400g sifted icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
Splash of milk 
Food colouring

How to make the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3 and place your cupcake cases in your tray so they are ready to go.

Either by hand or using an electric mixer beat the butter for five minutes until soft. Slowly add the caster sugar into your mixer/bowl and mix up until light and fluffy. Pour in the vanilla extract and then add the eggs one by one - whizz again to make a yellow batter. Slowly add the flour and mix until it is smooth, you'll need to do this for about 5 minutes. Finally fold in your chocolate chips, for an extra sweet surprise. The longer mixing time enables air to get into the mixture which will make the sponge lighter and fluffier. 

Spoon the mixture into the twelve cases until about 3/4 full. Now pop in the oven on the middle shelf for 20-25 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven after 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. You can check if they are ready by using a cocktail stick - it should come out clean. Leave on a cooling rack for 30 minutes or until cool, then it's time to decorate!

Beat the unsalted butter for around 5 minutes or until it's pale and fluffy. Add in the icing sugar using large spoonfuls. Add in a splash of milk if the mixture is too thick and dry, pop in the the vanilla extract then continue mixing until fluffy and well incorporated. 

Separate the buttercream into two medium bowls, in one bowl add a small amount of pink food colouring and mix well. Place the pink icing sugar in one piping bag with a star nozzle. In another bowl add red food colouring to your buttercream. Then add into the same piping bag as your pink. Then carefully pipe a big swirl on top, I find it easier to start of with a small dollop and then work around  that. Now it's time to decorate! I've found some cute heart sugar sprinkles from Hema, and then finished off with either a mini chocolate heart or sugar rainbow decoration.

Duo Colour Love Cupcakes Duo Colour Love Cupcakes
Duo Colour Love Cupcakes

Want more? Why not try my Winter Sundae cupcakes or Easy Apple Pie recipes.