Archive | September, 2011

Crunchy Peanut Cookies

28 Sep

I love this recipe. 

Not only is it my grandma’s (the Godfather of baking)- making me more desperate to not completely ruin it, but I’ve been told by the Don herself that my batch were a perfect replica! Hence my confidence in now posting it here…

Here it is:

  • 120g (40z) softened butter
  • 90g (3oz) caster sugar
  • 90g (3oz) muscovado sugar
  • ½ jar peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  •  ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 210g (7oz) plain flour

1.) Preset oven at 180°C, Gas mark 4. Lightly grease a tin, or roll out a sheet of greaseproof paper, depending on your preference.

2.) Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the peanut butter, egg, vanilla essence and then the flour.

3.) Beat or mix until the mixture takes on a dough form.

4.) Break into small pieces (depending on whether you want large or small biscuits), roll into balls and place on tin.

5.) Press down on each ball of mixture with the back of a fork to form a criss-cross pattern on each (can be made as flat as you like).

6.) Bake for about 30 mins, or until cooked and lightly browned.

Right, so a few side-notes and confessions:

1.) I used soft light brown sugar for the muscovado sugar part of the ingredients.

2.) Also, I used crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth, because I feel it adds some much needed texture to the cookies, as well as that extra crunch. 

3.) In my grandma’s original recipe she uses actual peanuts instead of peanut butter (don’t ask me how), and knowing that this was way out of my small culinary league of skills, she granted me the peanut butter shortcut. 

Anyway, regardless of a few rule breaks, these cookies were lovely (if I do say so myself!) and crunchy treat. Enjoy!

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Damn Girl!

27 Sep

Right, I’ve done what I said I was trying my upmost to avoid. Yep, another cartilage piercing. Now I have two… I can’t help it- they’re just so addictive!

Friends have already warned me off another piercing that I’ve been thinking about already; this time on my tragus (that pointy bit that leads from your sideburns to the side of your ear… Am I crazy? Don’t answer that).

Anyway, I had this one done at Needle FX in Camden, and I really recommend them. They were incredibly friendly and professional and it was virtually painless to have done. And if when I do have another piercing, it’s the only place I’m headed!

In other news, I’ve just finished (literally today, in fact) reading ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer. Personally I loved it. Instead of finding it a grueling, hard-going read as many others do, I found myself enthralled and captured by the exciting adventure story!

 

That’s all for now folks. So until next time, happy blogging and night all!

I Want Candy

26 Sep

Please. Just check this sexy beast out…

What= Gargantuan ‘Toffee and Banana’ candy cake

Where= Candy Cakes, Covent Garden

When= This weekend daarling

Who= ME!

Why= You really need to ask?!

Now breath deeply and calm down… Yes, I know it looks amazing, and yes, it did taste as good as it looks. And that’s not all; the Gods at Candy Cakes have many other flavours and exquisitely colourful cakes on offer, as well as original milkshakes and cupcakes, like this lovely carrot cake one…

I may have just died and gone to Candy Cake heaven! Now take my advice and please get your butts down there and try ’em out for yourselves… Alright?

5 Things

22 Sep

SUMMER

It may seem a tad late, as Autumn is now almost upon us; but my wardrobe has been in need of a summer spruce for some time now. I created this 5 Things post a while ago, wanting to actually post it ages before, but I unfortunately had some mishaps with the collage software (excuses excuses!). So, a month or two late, here is my first of many 5 Things posts! And to start it off: SUMMER! Here are 5 of my new summer must-haves:

 

 Coral, Barry M, £2.99             Playsuit, Topshop, £28             Trilby, H&M £5.99

               Bridge Detail Cats Eye Sunglasses, ASOS, £15          

Cobalt blue pumps, Office, £25

 

Coral and Cobalt blue are all in this summer; and let’s be honest, when is leopard print not in? One thing I will say about the playsuit though, is regardless of how pretty and summery it looks, and regardless of me putting it on this post, it actually hasn’t worn me well at all. Let’s just say: girls with hips and boobs beware!

Hope you liked, peace out!

Hay There!

5 Sep

So I took a long-needed trip to the embankment with a friend today… Strolling along the sunny Southbank pavements, exploring the quirky beach huts and wandering through various exhibits, transformed me into a hugely excited tourist in my own hometown! To put things plainly: I love London.

Visiting the National Theatre was particularly inspiring; not just because I love a good play (well, I do…) but because of its lovely, petite bookshop! Selling every kind of dramatic literature: plays, monologues, classics, Shakespeare’s sonnets, even a How-To for acting and directing- you name it. It was enchanting.

“So what? It sounds no different to any other average bookshop…” I hear you cry!

Well, yeah that’s true. Except this is the National Theatre daaarling, so they don’t sell any old rubbish, do they now? What-ho! As I said, it’s strictly drama-related stuff, so no Steffo Meyer or JK Whatsit. Can I get away with another ‘daaarling!’ on the end of that sentence? No…? Suit yourselves.

Anyway, I spotted these amongst the incredibly bourgeoisie selection of books in the shop. Leuchtturm notebooks. Officially my 2nd favourite brand of notebooks ever, the 1st being Moleskine notebooks. And might I add that between the two of them there’s practically no difference- you may as well just call them identical. Just saying…   

I have a small, secret-sized Moleskine one (my size choice partly based on the brand’s pretty expensive prices), in which I write down all my writing and blog ideas, and have started making an account of the incredibley strange dreams I have… Ever known what it’s like to have Simon Cowell buy you a dress; or met a young Alan Alda on an old London tram to discuss losing your shoes and finding Kerry Katona’s phone? No? Welcome to my world!

Finally, upon heading out of the National Theatre and exploring a little more around Southbank, I discovered this little big guy!

Doesn’t he look sad? It’s probably because he’s made of hay and his silly designers have given him droopy eyes and a helpless expression! Poor guy.

Anyway, if you’re a Londoner like me and don’t appreciate your hometown as much as you should, or if you just fancy a nice day out; get down here and check it all out- there’s so much to see. Come on, how could you refuse the London Eye! Happy blogging all!

Hola!

4 Sep

I know, I know, I’ve been AWOL again. Well apologies, because my excuse is pretty crap. I’ve been preparing for the new school year (kill me now!), meaning I’ve had to catch up on the homework avoided all summer; collect together the school books and study material strewn across my house (it’s like bloody Treasure Island round here at the minute); and, of course, give a ‘New Year’ spruce to my school wardrobe… Yes, I know it’s not technically the New Year yet. And?

In-keeping with my decision to experiment with dangly (nice made-up word there) earrings this summer, I bought these Vintage Gem Chandliers, £10, from Accessorize.

http://www.accessorize.com/en/restofworld/medium-vintage-gem-chandlier-earrings/invt/98135170/?bklist=icat,4,shop,jewelleryshop,jewelleryshopearrings

It may sound strange, but I’m currently trying to reinvent danglies into my wardrobe, as ‘classy daytime’, rather than ‘classy evening’ style accessories. That way I can wear them even more often!

In other news, I know I still haven’t posted the ‘5 Things’ post I keep making such a fuss about! I assure you it’s coming soon!

Until then, hasta la vista bloggers!