Confidence for 2017

Hi βœ‹ so this year is almost over and can you believe how quickly 2016 has gone by? A lot has happened this year and I am so excited for 2017 because I know it will be a great year for me to succeed and achieve many things. 

The main thing to remember is to be grateful for everything that you’ve been blessed with and look forward to what the future holds.

Here are some tips to take into the new year:

  • Never give up on your hopes and dreams, even if you are not where you wish to be in your spare time do creative activities that will nourish your soul.
  • Keep the focus away from yourself, focus on other people more and actually make eye contact when listening to someone is talking soon your fears of communication will disappear.
  • Be reliant on yourself, have some time alone and get to know your true self by letting go of who you think you should be. 
  • Don’t be afraid, just remember that you can achieve anything you put your mind too. Failure and embarrassment always mean you are making progress and overcoming fears therefore one step closer to your goals. 
  • Step out of your comfort zone, try new activities and speak to different people.
  • Always forgive yourself, don’t let things if the past get you down because no one is perfect and you can learn from your mistakes.
  • Lastly believe in yourself and be original. 

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Happy New Year Everyone and thank you for reading my blog posts #ablovesfood

Carrot CakeΒ 

Hi guys πŸ˜€ so this carrot cake I made was for my Uncles birthday, I usually bake things for him when I have free time and I think everyone loves a classic carrot cake.

Makes a large oven tray. 

Ingredients 
450ml vegetable oil
400g plain flour
2 tap bicarbonate soda
100g caster sugar
350g soft brown sugar
5 eggs
Β½ tsp salt
2 tap cinnamon
500g grated carrots
100g chopped nuts
50g raisins

Method 

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a oven tray with parchment paper.

2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl except from the carrots, walnuts and 1 tbsp of flour, mix until smooth. Add the flour to the raisins (to keep them from sinking) then add both the raisins and carrot to the cake mixture.

3. Carefully spoon the mixture into a cake tin and bake for 1 hour and 15 mins.  Once baked remove from the oven and leave to cool down completely, this cake will taste so delicious πŸ˜‹ it is really nice and moist and would go great with custard if you like it!! 

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I using my new phone to take the pictures so hopefully they look better πŸ˜€

It’s Christmas tomorrow πŸ˜Š

Even though it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas yet I’m still kind of excited, I think because I’m working all day Christmas Eve I’m not yet in the spirit of things but once I get home…. Let the festive season begin!! 

Presents,  family, friends and food is what the day is made of and also Eastenders πŸ‘ it’s not as good as it used to be but it will always be a classic.

Merry Christmas everyone πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

How are you all celebrating Christmas this year?

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Also this is my 200th post 😊

Stay Calm This Christmas 🌲 

Only 4 more days till Christmas. 

The mini tree

Things are always pretty hectic at this time of the year, especially with Christmas coming up and the new year. So many festive parties to attend, gifts to buy, food to prepare, family and friends to visit and so much more. But the one the one thing we must all remember is to stay calm!

1. Breathe: sit down for a few minutes and take 5 long deep breaths 

2. Practice Gratitude: be grateful for everything that comes your way and remember that not everyone is as lucky as you

3. Smile: at everyone you see it might seem really simple but it could make someone’s day

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Making BurritosΒ 

It’s so nice to try different cultural foods or foods that are influenced by other countries, so bring on the burritos πŸ™Œ I actually had a lot of fun making these. It’s great because the preparation is so quick and simple and the fillings can be whatever you fancy. 

This post won’t be like the usual recipes I do, it will be more of a chatty post with pictures. I used minced meat, sweetcorn, lettuce, carrot and the salsa sauce provided. It’s best to cook the meat first then you can prepare the other fillings in the meantime I warmed the wraps in the toaster and let the mince meat cool down slightly before making my burritos.

They tasted full of flavour and all the ingredients blended well together, I even had a little cheese too.

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This is the burrito kit

Lightly browning the meat

Frozen sweetcorn which I boiled

Added everything in the pan with the sauce provided

Putting it together

Salsa sauce on top

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Oreo Cupcakes

Hey everyone, so I had a box of chocolate Oreos in the cupboard for ages because wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to bake with them. Then I just decided on Oreo Cupcakes!! The recipe is super simple and the buttetcream is actually to die for, like it tastes so so good and isn’t too sweet. These cupcakes would definitely go down well for the festive seasonal parties.

Makes 12

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Ingredients
200g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
250g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
80g butter, at room temperature
240ml milk
Β½ tsp vanilla extract
6 Oreo biscuits

Buttercream
4 Oreo biscuits, smashed up
100g butter at room temperature
250g icing sugar

Method

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and place 12 cupcake cases into the cupcake tray holes.

2. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt then mix well.

3. Next melt the butter and add to a jug with the milk, eggs and vanilla extract, whisk well and slowly pour into the flour mix stirring well until it turns to a smooth consistency.

4. Evenly distribute the cake mixture between the cupcake cases about 2/3’s full. Bake in the oven for 25 mins and leave to cool down fully.

5. Whilst the cupcakes are baking make the buttercream by mixing together all the ingredients and leave in a piping bag.

6. Once baked and completely cool pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes equally then twist the Oreo biscuits in half and place each half on top of a cupcake.

All done, now you can relax and enjoy the cupcakes!!

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I Was Inspired

Do you ever watch a show and just feel completely inspired?? Recently I’ve noticed a rise in black history shows on television and felt like doing a little post πŸ™‚ even though you learn and ‘study’ history at school you’re never really taught the truth, which is quite sad when you think about it because how do you know where you came from? Watching Back in Time for Brixton was a real eye opener because it gave me a real understanding of what my grandparents endured when they came to this country. Not to stay stuck in the past, I really do appreciate everything they did which now allows me to live the way I do today. The UK isn’t 100% united in terms of race and probably never will be but things have certainly improved!!

Finally, do some research into your own history and see what you find out because it’s good to know where you came from ❀

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Watch it on the BBC iPlayer: Back in Time for Brixton

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Sugar Cookies

I get regular emails from Emerald Street and I’ve noticed recently they sometimes have a recipe in them. Anyway this week I made The Log Ladies Sugar Cookies sounds amazing right?? Basically they are vanilla flavoured cookies inspired by the tv show Twin Peaks. They are described as the perfect winter snack and I would definitely agree with that πŸ™‚

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Makes 18

Ingredients
250g plain flour
150g butter, cubed at room temp
125g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Method

1. Set the oven to gas mark 4 and line two trays with parchment paper.

2. Place the flour in a large bowl and add the butter, rub together with your finger tips until it resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Next still using your hands work in the sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Slowly bring the mixture together until it forms a dough.

4. At this stage the ‘dough’ may seem quite dry or not together but you just have to keep kneading the ingredients together, once your hands warm up the butter it will melt better into the flour which will release the gluten and help form the dough.

5. Now you can roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut the cookies using a large scalloped edge cutter.

6. Carefully place onto the baking trays and bake for 15 minutes. Leave to cool down fully on a wire rack.

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Party Weekend!!

This time last week I was on my way back from the Big Reunion, in Skegness. It was basically a big 48 hour party weekend with dj’s and other artists. Our accommodation was shared with 2 other girls who were really nice and we all went out together had loads of drinks and danced the night away ❀ it was actually so much fun and I would do it all again. We even got the chance to watch a movie at the cinema during the day, Hangover is such a hilarious film definitely watch it if you haven’t already!!

I always say how I never take enough pictures or they’re never that good but here are a few πŸ™‚

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Dim lighting in the room

The one time the bathroom was empty

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My little mess

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This is my favourite jacket

Mini Butlins cinema

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The calm before the storm

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Thanks for reading!

 

I went to the Good Food Show!!

This was a day trip with uni to the Good Food Show, there was a variety of stalls promoting desserts, gins, cordials, cheese, fitness equipment, marinating sauces and so much more!! Also some really innovative kitchen equipment such as the cheese grater thing which was so efficient. I had a great time overall but I wish I’d taken pictures. They even had Tom Keridge doing demonstrations but that was later in the afternoon, overall I had a great time but there’s only so much walking around you can do. Of course I had to check out the American Sweets section and get myself a treat πŸ˜‰

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It’s a great place to go if your interested in food, innovative products and trying new things, definitely fun for all the family πŸ™‚

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