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Monthly Archives: March 2013
Brunch in Copenhagen is quite the affair. It usually involves a massive buffet where you can load up your plate with eggs, meats, cheese, fish, pancakes, pastries and even fruit, yoghurt and granola. On Saturday morning after a rather late night out we were in need of a big feed and brunch at Mother was perfect place to attack our killer hangover! Mother is a trendy pizza restaurant in the hipster part of Copenhagen; Vesterbro or also known as the Meatpacking district.
At Mother for 140 krona (approx. £15) you can help yourself as much as you want from the buffet that offers freshly baked stone oven pizzas, salads, meats, cheeses and breads, spreads and fruit.
Let’s dig in shall we?
This food definitely hit the spot. Who knew pizza and scrambled eggs would be such a good combo?
So what pizza are you? ;)
After stuffing myself with many slices of delicious pizza I still managed to squeeze in a freshly baked muffin, smothered with Nutella (of course..)
Brunch at Mother is definitely not for the faint hearted but it worked a treat on our hangover which meant after this enormous feast we were ready to hit the shopping streets of Copenhagen.
Details: Mother, Høkerboderne 9, Copenhagen, +45 22 27 58 98, www.mother.dk
Here a quick picture showing off a new top I got from New Look recently! I’d been lusting after a heart jumper for a while so when I spotted this grey and pink beauty at only £14.99 it was an easy decision to make. I also really like that it’s light and has three quarter sleeves, making it a perfect jumper for spring!
Grey Heart Top from New Look (link)
Oh and I don’t usually walk around with a name tag by the way – this was at my recent Blogshop London course, which you can read about here. We all loved these stunning hanging magnolia branches in the studio that weekend. Because even though it was cold and rainy outside, it at least made it feel like spring inside!
I am so over this winter weather….
Let’s hope April bring us SPRING :)
When I think Easter, immediately the words eggs and chocolate spring to my mind. With the Easter holidays coming up I was keen to do some baking and when I came across a recipe that combined my love of chocolate and eggs I knew I had to give it a whirl!
Now, important to note is that I am not talking about normal eggs here…I am talking about Cadbury Creme Eggs! For those of you not familiar to the concept of Cadbury Creme Eggs, they are basically a milk chocolate egg containing a yummy white and yellow fondant filling. Super naughty, super delicious! Another special thing is that Cadbury Creme Eggs are only around to release their gooey goodness during the Creme Egg season between January and April each year. Now enough talking, it is time to seduce you with my Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies!
OMG – how amazing do these look? And guess what, they taste even better!!
I made these the other night and took them into the office as a pre-Easter treat. I didn’t have enough pieces to go round for everyone so it definitely was a case of favoritism that day. So if anyone from work is reading this and you didn’t get a piece of my creme egg brownies; here’s your cue…you really need to start being nicer to me haha ;)
CADBURY CREME EGG BROWNIES
185g unsalted butter
185g best dark chocolate
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
3 large eggs
275g golden caster sugar
6 (or more) Cadbury’s Crème eggs cut in half (it is probably a good idea to have a few extra, just in case you end up consuming some in the process of baking this recipe…)
The recipe is pretty easy, just follow these simple steps!
- Preheat the oven to 160C and grease a 20 cm square baking tin. I actually didn’t have a 20cm square tin and I wanted slightly more brownies so I used a larger tin. Which was fine but resulted in slightly thinner brownies – next time I might just double the recipe.
- Melt the butter and dark chocolate together either in the microwave or in a bowl over boiling water.
- Break 3 large eggs into a large bowl and tip in 275g golden caster sugar. With an electric mixer on maximum speed, whisk the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy, like a milk shake. This can take 3-5 minutes. You will know it’s ready when the mixture becomes really pale and about double its original volume.
- Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse, and then gently fold together.
- Hold a sieve over the bowl of eggy chocolate mixture and sift the cocoa and flour mixture, shaking the sieve from side to side, to cover the top evenly. Gently fold in to the mixture.
- Pour into the baking tin and cook for 15 minutes.
- Now it is time to add the star ingredient! Unwrap those creme eggs and cut them in half (this proved harder then I had imagined, with some ending up rather broken but it doesn’t really matter too much!)
- Take the hot brownie tin out of the oven (be careful) and gently press the Cadbury creme egg halves into the mix, spacing them apart evenly.
- Then put it back in the over for another 5-10 minutes.
- Leave to cool before removing the brownies from tin and cutting into squares.
Cooking these definitely got me in the Easter spirit! Everyone raved about how delicious (and indulgent) these brownies were and I was definitely a popular Easter bunny in the office that day. Come on….you know you want to bake and eat these brownies this weekend!
Happy Easter everyone!
“If you figured it all out today, what would be the point of tomorrow?
Enjoy the process of being a work in progress”
Last weekend I had one of the best and most creative weekends ever; I took part the Blogshop London course! Blogshop is a PhotoShop bootcamp course that is perfect if you are a blogger or thinking about starting up a blog. The super talented Bri Emery from Designlovefest and Angela Kohler (photographer) travel all around the world with their sold-out workshops to teach the basics of Adobe Photoshop and how to make the images on your blog unique and more eye catching.
Learning PhotoShop had been something on my wish list for a long time but I was constantly debating if it was worth spending big bucks (because these courses aren’t cheap) on some boring course learning about the software from some geeky IT man that wasn’t specifically tailored to my needs. I wanted fun and creativity! So when I came across iheartblogshop.com I was literally skipping with happiness because their workshops would teach me exactly all the stuff I really wanted to learn; which is how to use Photoshop to enhance my blog, edit photos, create collages, mood boards and other general other creative exciting bits and pieces! And even more, it actually looked like lots of FUN – I was sold! So I signed up to join around 25 other blog/photoshop enthusiasts for their London workshop and I can say now that the investment was totally worth it – it was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time!
So last weekend I headed out to Shoreditch in East London to be a photoshop geek for my Blogshop London experience! We spend the weekend in a funky room at the Curtain Road studios cramming our brains full of knowledge, playing around on our MAC laptops and we even had a fun little photo shoot!
Best bits about the workshop were; 1. Learning from the pro’s Bri and Angela! It was so motivating and inspiring to see how they have turned their passion for design, photography and blogging into an incredibly successful career. // 2. Learning the essentials of Photoshop and it being things I will now use on a daily basis for my blog posts – I am utterly in love with Photoshop! // 3. We were fed delicious food (and even the occasional mimosa) to keep us energised during the two intense days! // 4. Making some lovely new blogging friends. I met all kinds of bloggers from London, Norway, Belgium, Spain and even the USA! I will share some link love when I have all their details but I am already very much looking forward to catching up over brunch with my fave Blogshop girls Hayley & Rory in two weeks! // 5. The interns on hand at the course to help us when we got lost and had to raise our hand saying ‘ HELP, what do I do again??’ They were brilliant! // 6. The space, our goodie bag and the decorations. Especially the flowers by Hattie from That Flower Shop were just stunning!
Check out some more fun Instragram snapshots from the weekend by searching for the hashtag #blogshoplondon. Is PhotoShop something you’d like to learn? Well, check out iheartblogshop.com to see if Bri and Angela are coming to a city near you any time soon!