Update: 2

This is where we get back to the good stuff!
Cooking and baking.

Probably my favourite hobby, after playing with my friends obviously.
Coming home the food senario is a little different. One, my mother or sister or both are usually on a diet of some kind ergo curse my baking! Two, the aga... so much more uncontrollable than my gas hob dream in Sheffield. Three, my darling mother has a tendency to pull a strange 'ohhh i don't know what i think of that' face when i suggest making dinner. She always loves it usually but, it throws a slight spanner in the works de temp en temps.

Regardless, here is a few of the things i've made over the last couple of months. I consider them my personal highlights.


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This was a delightful ombre cake made way back in April for a housemates birthday. Cakes like this always look so pretty and i'm all for pretty baking. Mine doesnt look that great though as quite clearly it was devoured before a nicer photo could be taken! The recipe was a classic Mary Berry. Regardless of any new fancy baking book, this woman's baking guide is my bible. It will most definitely be coming to Italy with me.

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Next my favourite cupcakes.

First, my other favourite cook book - Lola's Cupcakes.
Being a northener i've never been to the bakery as the last time i was in London i was working and had no time to dance around with cakes. These recipes are exquisite and intelligent. i went for two of the simpler cakes, lemon and milk chocolate as they were for a 21st and i wasn't sure what people would like (i did in fact overhear someone say 'oh god i hate lemon' as they bit into one! Can't please everybody i suppose). I digress... if you get the chance, and you're more into book recipes than the trillion that there are online do have a good look for this book. I got mine for half price in Costco.

The second are some delightful Pistachio and Honey cupcakes i made in homage to Greece for a Eurovision party i attended. They went down a treat and followed again Mary's cupcake mix with ground pistachio's in the batter and an obscene amount of honey in the buter cream!


Now my third highlight... pesto crumble.
Not something that sounds incredibly appealing BUT please trust me. Remember when i raved about Green Smoothies last March. Now see how popular they are. Pesto crumble is the next big thing... in my house at least!

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I told you about my mum not really seeming that into some of my decisions, well she can't eat olive oil, though no fault of her own, meaning normal pesto is out of the question. I must admit, i do like a good fresh pesto, but no no no not in this house. This however has no olive oil in what so ever, once made crumble it over pasta as a sort of fresh basil stir in or sprinkle lavishly over pasta ready to be baked and wait to enjoy!

To make it pop a big handful of fresh basil, about 40g of parmesan, 50g pine nuts and a whole garlic clove into a food processor. Blend and voila! It should be crumble worthy and not liquidy in any way. Try it, trust me!

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Now there is three of my favourite foodie treats i've made in recent months.
Sorry about the photo quality, my phone isn't quite the dSLR but quite often all i have to hand!

My next adventure is a weekend in Cambridge and a week away in Turkey for some sunshine and playtime with my lovely family and friend.

Until next time. x


Update: 1

So here it is...
'What's been going on every day of your exciting existence' i hear you cry.
Well here is a little update.

I am now a Graduate of Geography BSc (Hons) from the University of Sheffield.
Probably the best thing i've ever done ever. University has been the best experience of my life and one which i am truly sad to leave but thankful for the experience and all the perfect people i've met, this is all getting a litte Oscar speachy sorry! Honestly, without being soppy, the people i've met have changed my life so much and here is a heartfelt Thank You to you all!

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In further news, I have learnt how to boil eggs. This might not seem like a big thing to many people and as most know i can and am a very able cook and baker! But boiled eggs (don't get me started on poached) have always defeated me. But now, my days my life has been revolutionised.

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A photo of one of my greatest breakfasts of recent months.

The handy egg skill was taught tome by my lovely friend in Sweden last month. In fact this has been a fun part of my last few months, travelling. Since finishing university in May i've been to Sweden and Paris to see friends and visit the sights.
Both trips were an utter delight.
Sweden was unlike an other place i have ever been. The people are beautiful, the drinks are expensive but most of all the place is to die for! Visiting the Archipelago, drinking wine and climbing to the roof of Upsalla library were some highlights (along with the boil egg revelation).

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Next stop of the whistle stop tour was Paris. We explored, adventured and ate so much food we had to nap daily! It was a lovely catch up with my bestie who has lived in Aix for the last year. I wish i could remember any of the places we ate but i'm so naughty and don't write them down like i use to. We went to every exhibition going, my favourite being the Helmut Newton exhibition in the Grand Palais. We trekked and walked for mile, scaling the Champs Elysee at least twice a day. My favourite place was of course the Catacombs... which to some might be weird but hey, that's me!

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Now, the big news. I'm moving... to Florence!
The next exciting adventure. Off i go for a year to live and work for a family out there. Which is where you come in, if anyone has visited and has places i simply must go to please to spill the secrets. I'm so so excited to move away and trying desperately to learn enough Italian to be able to order food and get the train without seeming like a mumbling brit. This blog will of course come into fruition from September as i aim to use it to keep all you back in blighty up to date with my Italian shenanigans.

When i promised a life update i bet you thought it would be thrilling and exciting and quite honestly much more has happened but what can i say, my sieve like brain can't hold it all in! Tomorrow maybe more on the things i have been whipping up in the kitchen. Some utter delights have been made.For now, i'm back home in Lancashire. Reacquainting myself with the old Aga has been a slow process but one which has produced some delightful treats.
Thank you for being patient with the blog and a special thanks to all the lovely people who still checked every day when i went missing.

much love x

what's that!

two posts in a day!!
I know.

It's all for the set up into the blog community that's all.

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Let's start a new

Here it is.
My foray back to the blog world!

Clearly i have abandoned everyone and for that i am sorry but, if it helps, i have been having a jolly old time whilst doing so.

This is a promise (one which i make regularly clearly! for i am such a naughty blogger), a promise over the next few days to update you all on my life between May and now and then my future plans etc which you will no doubt be thrilled by... i hope!

By the end of the week we'll be back up to date, firm friends once again.
I think it's time for the blog to change and develop so watch this space...

Oh and i'm addicted to Pinterest.

Arrivederci x