Monday, 24 October 2016

Easy Spiced Apple Pie Recipe

I woke up on Sunday morning after a very busy couple of days with a huge urge to make an apple pie. So I grabbed a copy of my Baking Bible by Mary Berry and got baking. I've slightly adapted the recipe to my own taste, as her recipe includes cloves and I'm not the biggest fan. Pies like these are just what you need on a cold Autumn day, they're filling, delicious and the perfect accompaniment to a special Sunday dinner. My family absolutely loved eating this so I know it's one I'm going to be making again, next time I might add blackberries or raisins to add some extra sweetness into it!

Easy Spiced Apple Pie Recipe
Easy Spiced Apple Pie Recipe

To make the apple pie filling you'll need:

675g cooking apples
62g caster sugar
½ tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tablespoons of cold water

For the pastry:

175g plain flour
50g diced butter
50g diced white baking vegetable fat (like Stork)
2 tablespoons of cold water
Milk (to glaze)
Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

  1. Use a shallow pie dish. Peel, core and cut the apples into thick slices. Arrange half if the slices in the bottom of the dish, sprinkle with half of the sugar and spices. Then add the rest of the apple slices, the sugar and the spices. Then drizzle over the cold water.
  2. To make the pastry, measure the flour into a bowl. Add the diced butter and white vegetable fat and rub together with your fingers until the mixture becomes like breadcrumbs. Add the water and mix to a firm dough.
  3. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface to a size that will cover the top of the pie dish. Lift the dough on the dish and trim the edges. If you like, you can use the trimmings make decorative shapes and light press on to the dough. I chose to add on stars but hearts, leaves or flowers could work too. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Brush the pie with a little milk, then sprinkle on the sugar. Make a small slit in the centre of the pie for the steam to escape. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 40 minutes, until the apples are tender and the pastry is crisp and a light golden colour. Cover the pie loosely with foil towards the end of the cooking time if the pastry starts to brown. 
  5.  If your fancy really treating yourself serve with custard or good quality vanilla ice-cream. Enjoy!
Easy Spiced Apple Pie Recipe

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Red Tartan Skirt.

I absolutely love the change in the weather recently and the colder weather means I can live in tights again! Wahoo! So many of my friends hate wearing them, but it makes me feel so much more comfortable walking around without having to worry about how my legs look. 
I thought this skirt from Motel would look perfect styled with a jumper and tights, just like how I've worn it below, such a cosy Autumn outfit. It was something I had in ASOS 'save for later' list for such a long time. Once it arrived, I text my boyfriend and made sure he was free to help me shoot it at Crystal Palace Park over the weekend. If you're looking for the perfect Autumn spot, full of conkers and colourful leaves then take a trip to this park, there's also a little farm with rabbits and lamas! It's such a beautiful location, plus there's plenty of leaves for a leaf fight, I had far too much fun throwing them around. Although I'm sure the people walking past thought I was a little bit crazy. Does this count as a typical blogger problem?

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

London's best places for dinner

I've lived in London for the whole of my life, so more often than not my friends who live outside the city will ask me where's a good place to go for dinner in London. Surprisingly I find it quite hard to find places which offer a good choice of vegetarian food on their menu, something I find really annoying and I cannot understand. However below are a few places I've really enjoyed visiting whether it's for the good food of great interior design. 

No. 1 Duke Street
No. 1 Duke StreetNo. 1 Duke Street

No. 1 Duke Street/No. 11 Pimlico Road:
Both of these restaurants are part of the small Darwin and Wallace group which offers amazing food in beautiful locations. They have quite a good vegetarian options, one of which is their halloumi and courgette burger, it may not be the healthiest option but it's easily the tastiest. Their cocktails are also delicious, I always order the Elderflower and Earl Grey Fizz because its so fresh and doesn't have a really strong boozy taste. I've been here with girl friends, family and my boyfriend so if you're looking for a place which is a bit of an all rounder than this is the place to go! I've also done blog posts on each of them which you can take a look at here - No. 1 Duke Street and No.11 Pimlico Road.

No1 Duke St, Richmond, TW9 1HP and 11 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NA

The Ivy Chelsea GardensThe Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy, Chelsea Garden:
The first time I came here it was on a complete whim, my boyfriend and I were looking for somewhere to eat one rainy weekend, we popped in to see if they had any tables and they did (this never happens so we were very lucky). I love the vibe of it in there, it feels so luxurious, cosy and relaxed, not many places in London have that feel anymore. My favourite thing on the menu is the HLT, a veggie version of a BLT but with lots of halloumi! I'm a big halloumi fan if you've not guessed. I've visited The Ivy a few times and have always had great experiences, plus your always bound to spot a celeb or two (I have every time!)

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195 -197 King's Road, London, SW3 5EQ

Sticks 'n' Sushi:
I am slightly obsessed with this place, I walked past it for years and always wanted to go in but never did because I thought it'd be way too expensive, but one day I decided to just go for it. I am so glad I did because this is some of the best food I have ever had. I'm totally in love with their Eringi Yakitori, it's so delicious! Their grilled edamame needs mentioning too as my mouth is watering at just at the thought of them! For vegetarians and vegans this places is pretty reasonable with 8 pieces of Avocado Hosomaki for just £2.80, but at that price why just have 8?

58 Wimbledon Hill Rd, Wimbledon, London, SW19 7PA

Bronte Charing CrossBronte Charing Cross

I've only been to Bronte once, and in all honesty I didn't love the food. If you're a meat eater the menu might be more suitable for you but it is a great place to take someone if you're looking to impress them. You're only a stones throw away from the National Gallery, a short walk to Buckingham Palace or Covent Garden. However, the interior design of this place is what makes it so special, it was built under the creative direction of Tom Dixon, the man responsible for those copper candles. It really is an Instagram dream...

Bronte, The Grand Building, 1–3 Strand, London, WC2N 5EJ

Franco MancaFranco Manca Balham

Franco Manca:
Last on my list is Franco Manca. Amazing sourdough pizza at really reasonable price, I think their margherita's (or otherwise known as a number '2') are £5.90. In my opinion they are the best pizza's in London and despite popping up all over the city the quality has not dipped in any way. I've been to a few of their branches but I have to say the one in Balham is my favourite, and I'm always popping in to see what they have on their specials board. Recently one of the specials included pesto and garlic potatoes it's a carb lovers heaven!

Various locations but you can find their Balham one at 53 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9EZ