30 January 2015

Food | No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Hey Guys! I have a recipe post for you today and it's a lot healthier than it looks - if you have a sweet tooth and are partial to some good old peanut butter, then this one is definitely one for you. I came across it on Chocolate Covered Katie's blog but made a few of my own changes to it. I didn't want to add extra sugar as I thought it was already quite sweet from the Maple syrup and I didn't add a crust because I preferred it quite simple and didn't think it was super necessary. It's so quick and easy to make and it's a raw recipe so your freezer will be your best friend with this one! Let's get cracking shall we...

For the filling you will need - 
  • 1 1/2 cups of Peanut Butter
  • 2 cups plain yoghurt (you can alter this to suit your dietary needs e.g. soya, dairy free etc.) 
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract (pure is better!)
For the base and topping - 
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder for each
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup for base (or an alternative e.g. Honey) and 3 tbsp for topping
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil for base and 3 tbsp for topping
First up, mix together your three ingredients into a paste and spread evenly along the bottom of a baking tray to form your base. Place this in the freezer until it becomes hard, which shouldn't take too long as the coconut oil will help it to solidify pretty quickly. While that's in the freezer, in a bowl mix together the peanut butter, yoghurt and vanilla extract - it may not look like it's going to come together very well but it will eventually I promise! Take the chocolate base out of the freezer and spread the peanut butter mixture evenly on the top, then put it back in the freezer while we work on the topping. For the topping do the exact same as the base except for some small measurement adjustments to create a thicker chocolate topping. Check the freezer to see if the peanut butter mixture is solid enough; if so then spread this chocolate layer evenly over it and place it back in the freezer until it's solid enough to cut into slices.

And that's it - so easy right?! I'm pretty sure if you'd like to use an alternative such as almond butter then it would work just fine, you won't know until you try I guess! This tastes pretty much like Reese's peanut butter cups and frozen yoghurt put into pie form, and that is definitely something I can't turn down.


I'd love to know what you think, and if you try it out then do let me know on twitter/instagram!
Speak to you soon -
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22 January 2015

Home | Wall Decor Wishlist




I know I'm still at uni, and it won't be a little while until I get my own place in London, but I still can't help but be a complete sucker when it comes to home-ware. If you're out with me and I spot the home-ware section (especially when a particularly good visual merchandiser has been let loose on it) then you can expect to join me in wandering around it for a while. You can imagine how Ikea would be a fun time for all involved with me there. I really can't wait until I have my own place to decorate as I wish, but until then I will be posting wish-lists and helping the 'rents decorate my childhood home for a while longer. Today I thought I'd do a wall decor post for you, just to give you a few ideas if you're on the hunt for some pieces or thinking to re-decorate and need some inspiration! I think they make such a difference when you're trying to make a house feel like home, and can really add the finishing touch to the look you're going for in any room. I'm not the only one that can't resist the home-ware section am I?!


I fell in love with number 1 as soon as I saw it, the girl and the landscape blended in looks super pretty and would probably look great in any room! Number 6 is something that I'd most associate with a home office space, just to add a pop of colour and make it a nicer environment to work in, especially if you're in there for most of the day. Overall you guys can probably tell that a lot of them are related to places I love or travelling - they're my favourite kind of thing to decorate a home with and have reminders of. My love for London and Paris have definitely come through in this post, the idea of them both makes me happy so having something along the lines of 3, 4 and 5 would be a must. Aside from places close to home, if you've been around these parts for a while you'll know just how obsessed I am with wanting to travel the world and seeing an entirely different side to it - going on safari is definitely on the bucket list! One day I'd want to have something like number 7 in my own home to remind me of it. I'd love to know what type of thing you have to remind you of the places you've visited? 

I hope this post has given you a little bit of inspiration for the home - 
Speak to you soon! 
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28 November 2014

Home | Chantel Martin Candles



 

Christmas is fast approaching, and I couldn't be more excited. It's definitely my favourite time of year because it brings back so many memories of being at home with my family, especially now that I'm at uni and away most of the time.  There is nothing better at this time of year than lighting some candles and sitting under a cosy blanket with a tasty mug of hot chocolate - it's what reminds me most of my childhood and makes me very happy indeed!

You'll find endless christmassy scents in shops at the moment, but I like to save those until late December, and stick with random scents up until then - just lighting them is so relaxing!  I was so excited when the lovely owners of Chantel Martin asked to collaborate with me and send me some of their scents to try out, and I couldn't say no because I know how much you guys love a good candle too. I thought it was really cool to try out some different candles because I've always just seemed to opt for Yankee Candles and never really looked elsewhere. Saying that, although the Yankee Candles smelled great, the fact they always produced so much smoke and pretty much turned the jars black never really impressed me all that much, so I was really hoping the Chantel Martin candles would impress me more on that end.

They kindly offered to send me one each of the Luxury, Contemporary and Medium style candles in my chosen scents and I opted for Whitewood, Vanilla & Patchouli, White Musk and Hot Apple Pie (...had to choose something for christmas time!). As well as those, they generously sent me the votives of all the other scents so that I could sample those too. They arrived individually wrapped and in perfect condition, and I felt like an excited child unwrapping and smelling each one! I know a lot of people have quite a specific type of scent that they enjoy, whether it's zesty scents or sweet scents, but luckily I seem to be quite open to most scents unless they are sickly sweet. Chantel Martin offers scents that range from Fresh Lemon and Sweet Strawberry to White Musk and Cranberry.

All of the candles that I've tried had very distinct scents when cold, and after burning them the scent became even more vivid and filled the room. Back to the smoke factor; I followed the instructions that come with the candles to ensure the best burn, and was so pleasantly surprised by how minimal the amount of smoke produced was and that the jars didn't completely turn black like they have with other brands which meant they only really looked pretty on first use. I also burned some of the votives all the way through and there was very little wax left at the bottom so barely anything was wasted. I had two favourites in particular which I thought made my room smell absolutely amazing, the first of which was the Whitewood Vanilla & Patchouli candle, which was so refreshing and the perfect amount of sweet without becoming sickly like a lot of candles out there can be - this one has a certain je ne sais quoi to it.  The second was Hot Apple Pie, which even after the first time I smelled it cold, I could tell it was going to be one of the best - it's just such a lovely cinnamon-y, spicy scent and I know I'm saving burning the rest for when I'm sitting around the fireplace at christmas time. I'm rather excited to introduce my mum to it when I go back home because she loves a good candle! 

If you are a fan of very fresh clean scents then I would recommend scents such as Fresh Lemon, Baby Powder and Clean Cotton. For those that love very sweet scents; Strawberry, Bubblegum and Luscious Vanilla will be more your kind of thing. I do love the presentation of the candles and think they are the really simplistic - I'm not really a fan of over the top packaging myself and just think it looks much nicer this way, they are looking super cute on my windowsill at the moment. The collection ranges from £2.50 to £19.99 so I think there really is something for everyone in terms of price and scent and I highly recommend trying them out to see what your favourites are - if you try Hot Apple Pie, let me know if you like it as much as I do!

I hope one person in particular doesn't read this post because I know what I'll be putting in her stocking this year - I'm pretty sure she burns a different candle every day! I'd love to know what your favourite candles are and what you think of these!

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18 November 2014

Pinterest | Four Tempting Sweet Treats

As we all know, Pinterest is the place to be if you're looking for ideas and inspiration...on pretty much anything. My favourite section is the food & drink recipe section - you guys know how much I love to cook and bake and the ideas are literally endless. I have picked out four in particular to share with you, which have led me to some amazing food blogs and all four recipes are definitely relevant for christmas time too! I hope you like the look of them as much as I do and I can't wait to (attempt) to recreate them!
Gingerbread Cupcakes from Le Creme De La Crumb 

To be more specific - Gingerbread cupcakes with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting. I know right? They sound amazing. They have christmas written all over them and would make such a gorgeous dessert if you have guests over, or if you just fancy an indulgent treat. I am so glad pinterest led me to finding the Creme De La Crumb blog created by Tiffany. She has stunning photography to match the amazing recipes - everything that I come across I feel like I want to make myself because it looks so good.

Cinnamon Rolls from Le Creme De La Crumb 
This is another recipe from the lovely Tiffany, these mini cinnamon rolls make the cuuutest little treats and are a great spin on the usual cinnamon roll. If these photos haven't convinced you to check out her site, then I strongly suggest you do so, I think your kitchen will become a much happier place. 

Peppermint Brownie Bars
 If the recipes above weren't christmassy enough for you, then I think I am onto a winner with this one. My flatmate thinks I'm weird for liking this so much because according to her, mint and sweet things shouldn't go together - she couldn't be more wrong though right? I think it's an amazing combination and this recipe doesn't sound like it would be an exception. Love From The Oven is another amazing food blog that I found thanks to Pinterest and it's written by Christi. I think I'm going to end up eating far too much thanks to these blogs but having them in moderation won't hurt! 

Red Velvet Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction 
I've seen lots of red velvet cake and brownie recipes but never came across red velvet cookies before until I saw these. They look crispy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside; how every cookie should be! I can tell that they would be pretty awesome even without the chocolate chips for those of you who don't really like them. Sally's Baking Addiction is another great blog that I found when I was pinning like a maniac, and it's the place to go if you want to bake some sweet treats because it's the main focus with a few other things thrown in here and there. 

Okay I think that's enough for one day, I've probably made you hungrier than you were before you clicked on this post - oops! Do come and check out my Pinterest page linked below if you're as addicted to it as I am and leave a comment below telling me which recipe caught your eye the most! 

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31 August 2014

FUN MUGS

As you can tell this is not a post where I announce my love for foolish people, it's about my slightly over-the-top obsession with all the different kinds of designs that you can get on drinking mugs, and yes I do have a mug wish list because can you ever really have too many?! It's one of those obsessions that I don't really understand, like  stationary, I don't know why on earth I enjoy them so much, but I gotta have them anyway. I know so many people who are as obsessed with them as I am, so I thought I'd dedicate a post!
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11 July 2014

Recipe | Fregola, Asparagus & Smoked Salmon

You know when you try a dish or a new food for the first time and you think to yourself, how on earth have I not had this before?! Those were precisely my thoughts when I tried this Fregola, asparagus and smoked salmon dish. Now, it may just be personal preference (my tastebuds were loving life) but I've recommended this to other people before and they haven't been disappointed so I thought I would share it with you guys as well! It took me about two attempts to get it just right but when it's done right I think it's hands down one of the tastiest things to make, pretty easy to rustle up once you have the hang of it, and it is quite healthy too which is always a bonus! 

If you haven't had Fregola before and are wondering what it is, you can find out more here. You can find Fregola in Italian specialty shops, online where it's really inexpensive, or if you're lucky enough you may find them in the italian section of your local supermarket. If you really can't find it, then use Acini de Pepe pasta, which looks the same but hasn't got the same toasted nutty flavour of fregola, so you would have to toast it in a pan for about 5-10 minutes before continuing with the recipe below as normal. You really don't need too much of it in the dish as it may not look like a lot but it is pretty filling.

(Serves 2 ) You will need: 
- 8-10 spears of asparagus
- 1 - 1 and 1/2 cups of Fregola (or a substitute as mentioned above)
- 2 handfuls of a salad base of your choice
- 3/4 strips of smoked salmon
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. red pepper paste (note. not the spicy kind and usually comes in a jar)
- salt and pepper to season

Equipment : 
- 2 medium/large pots
- Sieve
- Medium/Large bowl
- 2 deep dishes/ bowls to serve
- A pan if you are using Acini de Pepe

1) Take two deep dishes/bowls (like above) and put in a handful of your favourite salad base with a little bit of olive oil - with this I liked mixed leaf or rocket. You can have this without the salad but I think it adds more depth to the dish and you can never have too many greens.
2) Bring a pot of water to the boil and add a pinch of salt, and add the Fregola, stirring it every so often so that it doesn't stick together or to the pan. Leave to boil for approximately 15 minutes (or however long the packaging specifies), but make sure that it is al dente when you take it off the heat, as you don't want it to become too soft or lose its shape. If using a substitute for fregola, do the same thing but follow the instructions mentioned above first.
3) Whilst the Fregola is boiling, put the asparagus in a pot of boiling water and salt and cook for between 3-6 minutes, drain and place on a tissue to allow any remaining water to be soaked from the asparagus. 
4) Once the Fregola is cooked, drain and put in the medium/large bowl, and add in the tablespoon of red pepper paste, mix together well without damaging the form of the fregola balls, season with salt  and allow to sit for a few minutes. 
5) Slice each of the asparagus spears into 3/4 pieces, adding it into the bowl with the fregola. Place this mixture on top of your salad base and drizzle with olive oil.
6) Place the strips of smoked salmon on the top, and you're ready to serve.

Let me know if you like the sound of this dish, or if you have had Fregola before and what you think of it. Enjoy! 
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12 December 2013

CHRISTMASSY FINISHING TOUCHES

1. Christmas pudding doorstop - £4.99  2Cherry blossom candle 6.98 
3Santa stop here sign £1.99     4Black shoe tree decoration £2.50    5. Gold glittery owl £2   

A few christmassy finishing touches to add some sparkle and cheer to your home!

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6 December 2013

ISABELLA - CHRISTMAS POST

Hello all you lovely readers of Saida's blog! I'm Isabella from Pinkie Promise, nice to meet you. As you all know Christmas is in the very near horizon (If you didn't know... Where have you been?! Also go listen to some Christmas music pronto! Preferably BublĂ©.)  We all know how stressful and time consuming present shopping can be, but do not fear! Help is at hand. I'm here to tell you all about some Christmas gifts and goodies I have discovered to possibly lend a christmassy helping hand at this hectic festive time.

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21 November 2013

Italian Dining

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5 November 2013

Sweet Treats


It is not a secret that I am a big dessert lover, I just can't go to a restaurant and leave without having dessert (the fact they're always so beautifully presented on the menu does not help). I was browsing through my phone and thought I would share with you guys, because who doesn't love looking at them. If you're sitting there and you're hungry, this may make the matter worse. 
Enjoy nonetheless!


Caramel Banoffee waffle with ice cream -The Yorkshire Rose.
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