Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've not written a recipe in such a long time. Thinking that when my blog actually got some legs food was the main focus seems a world away. Procrastinating at university by baking cake after cake seems like 50 years ago let along the mere five or so it's actually been.

Now to the post, snacking in 2014 isn't quite the same as snacking use to be. Do we not all find there is a certain shame to admitting to eating a shop bought, full gluten, full sugar biscuit from a.... PACKET!? I know being health aware is an essential and I’m not saying i don't sit eating quinoa and chicken staring down the barrel of a spinach smoothie, but every week there's a new fad, new intolerance and new evil to add to the list of 'Cannot Eat'. I know I for one can't adhere to them all. In my mind a treat should be an actual treat, healthy snacks are snacks to be worked into the diet but a special splurge should be full fat with bells on (see later my next burger-fest post!).

These cookies are a treat, there is no pretense on health here. But, they don't have butter in so you can tick at least one evil off your checklist. As is the trend nowadays I’ve used Coconut Oil - the most versatile fantastic item you should have in your kitchen/bathroom/dresser. Normally I’d pop a little desiccated coconut into the mix but today alas there was none in the cupboard. This is my go to recipe for cookies which works time after time and, i managed to use up my left over Easter chocolate.

Give them a go and let me know how yours turn out. If you do want to substitute the sugar and flour do feel free as it's a very basic recipe. Using Coconut Palm Sugar instead of the sugars listed below still adds to the great chewy flavour and buckwheat works just as well.
I baked these on a Sunday, and we all know Sunday's don't count! Everything in moderation after all!! Enjoy.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 16 Cookies

190g Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
175g coconut oil, room temperature
100g dark brown muscovado sugar
50g granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature
Splash of vanilla extract
As much chocolate as you can bear chopped up into chunks

Preheat oven to 175 degrees centigrade (350 fahrenheit). Line two sheet trays with grease proof paper.

Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.

In another bowl, cream together the coconut oil and sugars until fluffy as a cloud. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until just combined. Gradually pour in dry ingredients, beating until well-incorporated after each addition. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Using a cookie scoop (about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons), scoop out the dough onto the lined sheets leaving plenty of space in between.

Bake for 9 minutes, or until edges are just starting to turn brown. Leave to cool on the sheet tray for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Or eat them a little bit warm falling apart in your hands, your choice...

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Rumble in the Jumble III

Ever heard of Rumble in the Jumble? I know i had but i never lived in London to experience the madness for myself. The beautiful Gemma Cairney and The Music Circle hosted their third jumble sale to raise money for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Oxfam. Donations come from the glittering world of celebrity along with normal folk, which means but may find yourself bagging yourself Fearne Cotton's shirt (as i did!) or a stage dress work by Paloma Faith (which i didn't!). Entry was £3 and there was an invite to bring a bag of jumble a long too; I am forever in need of a wardrobe clear out to seized the opportunity to clear out a few 'worn-once' dresses and 'why did i buy this' purchases and poodled along with a few friends.

There were flash auctions, a photo booth, tea and cake from Joe's Tea Co., DJs and the odd celeb manning a stall. Comically trying on Dermot O'leary's shoes and chatting to Caroline Flack about her tiny feet were just the icing on the cake when it came round to an all round fantastic morning. It's a really wonderful concept and works so well; even without the celebrity draw, the prices were low as expected at a jumble sale, but the quality high. I grabbed myself a few bargains, including a beautiful vintage dress pre-owned by one of my personal favorites Gizzi Erskine. I know last years event raised over £16,000 and i can't wait to find out how much they managed to raise this year for a truly wonderful cause. Well done to the whole team and especially Gemma for being a bright and breezy host. Keep your eyes peeled for future events.

I'm back to blogging again now, this month has been particularly manic with little time to brush my hair let along lug around my camera! Rest assured I shan't keep dropping in and out as much moving forwards. I still have proper blog update to come and lots of exciting plans so do please stay tuned. On a different note, can you believe spring is nearly over!? I know that time is speeding by far too quickly for my liking. It's going to be summer before we know it!!

Have a brilliant week.

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the 1975

Last Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to see the 1975 play at The Royal Albert Hall as part of their ‘Albert sessions’ series. I see quite a lot of live music but rarely take my camera so this was a real test of my camera skills as well as seeing one of my favourite bands live.

Firstly, the gig; outstanding. The band were totally humbled by the venue which transferred into a marvellous raw energy like I’ve not seen in some time. Well-rehearsed and supreme vocals from Matty Healy made for a totally incredible show. There was one point, during  ‘Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You’, where Matt broke down into tears; clearly overwhelmed by the almost anthemic echoes from the crowd, flying around the magnificent hall. A real 10/10, and somewhat of an emotional roller coaster for me as I guess in times of eternal optimism or monumental lows it’s albums like ‘The 1975’ that I turn to!

Secondly, the photos speak for them selves I guess. It’s taken real effort to get back into photography and take proper photos again and there are a couple that I took that I’m really proud of. It’s all about little steps and I like to think these photos have validated my hard work somewhat!

I hope you’re all well and I must say a massive thank you to you all regards to my last blog post.  I was really blown away by the kind words people sent to me. I really  truly appreciate people reading my ramblings so THANKS!

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Birthday reflections

I had this blog post in mind but not written coming up to my birthday and tonight I came home a bundle of energy ready to edit and write a few posts of recent goings on. However, an hour ago I found out that Peached Geldof has died aged 25.

I’m unsure why as yet but I believe I’ve never been so affected by a death of someone in the public domain. I don’t like the word celebrity, I never have, but Peaches was someone of my age who has been in the public eye for as long as I’ve been malleable to the pressures of social media. She was as celebrity as celebrity got. Long before Twitter and Instagram, when celebrities wrote in your favourite magazines and you got your weekly gossip from some terrible publication like Sugar. She was always a contemporary living a life like no other 15 year old could imagine.

Having just turned 23 I still feel like I'm on the cusp of adulthood. Every day I feel a little like an impostor in a grown-up office with people who need me to make decisions and sign documents. I do however know my strengths and weaknesses, and know I have so much more to give to my friends, family and colleagues for a long time coming. The thought of somebody else beginning their life, just like I feel mine is just beginning, and it so tragically ends is too much to bear.

Birthdays are a strange thing, as you get older they have a tendency to stop being so exciting, as each year comes with expected new responsibilities and self-served expectations. They always make me reminisce but also, on a more positive note, look forward to what’s to come. They too make me realise just how much I care for all the wonderful people I have in my life and what they give me materially, spiritually and otherwise. News like this makes me realise life’s too short. It’s time to start shrugging off the responsibilities and just live.

So this post goes out to all those I love. I’m sorry this has taken a slightly morbid turn but just know if you know me and you’re reading this, I cherish you dearly. Now, go tell someone you love them too.


April 2014: Love Want Need