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.
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!
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!
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!
In February British Clothing brand SuperDry officially launched their first cosmetics collection, and I got a sneak peek at the colourful SuperDry Beauty line back when I visited the HandPickedMedia LFW Suite.
I instantly loved the vibrant and fun packaging of their products. Like their clothing, the products are all inspired by Japan. There is neon rubber detailing (which double as wrist bands, clever!), layered cardboard boxes and stackable eye shadows with built-in magnets.
Just looking at these products makes me happy. I think the neon nail files (at only £2) are really fun and those bright neon circles are pocket mirrors – so bright you couldn’t possibly lose them in your handbag!
I got to take away some of the products from the collection to try at home and am now able to report my thoughts! My favourite SuperDry Beauty product would have to be the neon pink Kabuki brush. It’s incredibly soft and blends any powder products perfectly. Oh and it’s NEON PINK – point made?
Other items I love are their big marker pen eyeliner, which you can use to create a great long lasting thin/or thick eyeflick, and their bronzer and blushes. The bronzer and blushes come in an embossed tin, with integrated mirror and the product itself has funky crosshatch embossed detailing.
The bronzer only comes in one shade (Terracotta), which surprisingly is pretty universal. You can apply this lightly or more heavy handed, depending on your skin tone. The powder formula is soft and smooth, mainly matte with tiny shimmer particles to brighten the skin but they are subtle enough that you can still use it to contour.
There are two blushes in the SuperDry Beauty collection; Rapture Pink and Burnt Coral (£10). I’m a sucker for anything coral so it was obvious which one I was keen to try! The formula of this powder blush is smooth with a lovely satin finish and well pigmented which means a little goes a long way. Burnt coral is gorgeous, giving you a pretty glow to your cheeks.
Here a recent face of the day using some of the SuperDry Beauty collection.
I think SuperDry did great with this collection and luckily with prices ranging from £2-£20 the SuperDry Beauty range it makes it quite affordable. Products are available now in all SuperDry stores and online at www.superdry.com
Do you like the look of anything in this new beauty collection?
New restaurants open up in London all the time, but it is not that often that one is so hyped up as it was the case with the London branch of Keith McNally’s famous NYC restaurant Balthazar! When the news came out last year that it was officially coming to London, all foodie and New York lovers rejoiced; finally we’d have a real NYC institution right here in London!
Knowing that it would be fully booked as soon as it opened, I kept my eyes and ears open to find out when the phones lines would open to take bookings for the highly anticipated opening date of 18 Feb! Luckily a little birdie (from the nifty website The Nudge) told me about their phone lines secretly opening one day early, so I immediately tried my luck…which, surprise surprise, was met with a never ending engaged tone! But I persevered and I pretty much hit redial non-stop for at least 45 minutes. Then just when I was about to give up, suddenly a lovely phone operator (apparently one of 20 working that day) answered the phone! Balthazar London was by that time already pretty much ‘fully booked’ for the next 3 months but she managed to squeeze me in for a late night (9.30pm) reservation in mid March.
I was overjoyed with my success and started counting down the weeks until we could enjoy a fun night out at this famous Manhattan interpretation of a French brasserie. Well, that day came around last week and here we are smiling widely outside the brand new Balthazar London restaurant in Covent Garden!
Once inside you are greeted by one of the many waiting staff and while we waited for our table to be ready, we got ourselves a lovely bottle of wine from the buzzing bar. The interior of the London restaurant is pretty much an exact clone to its NYC original. Think plush red leather banquettes, giant scarred and brass mirrors, high ceilings, mosaic floors, antique lighting and huge flower bouquets. Balthazar is definitely all about the atmosphere; it is loud and bustling and makes you feel like you are in New York, or Paris for that matter. We didn’t feel like we were in London, that’s for sure! Balthazar in New York is known for celebrity-watching and already many celebs have been spotted at this London hot and trendy new restaurant.
Now onto the food. The large French brasserie-inspired menu covers everything from Eggs Benedict for breakfast through to the famous Balthazar Cheeseburger, the Steak Frites and there is an abundance of Fruits de Mer as well as a wide selection of classical French brasserie and bistro dishes.
After demolishing our bread basket (we were all starving by 10pm!) we decided on two lobster and black truffle risottos to share as starters. This was indulgent but absolutely delicious. Rich and creamy and with big chunks of lobster, it was a winner!
For the main event it was all about MEAT! I decided on the grilled lamb t-bone (which came with beans, merguez sausage and chantenay carrots) and others had the Balthazar signature dish; côte de boeuf to share which comes with a delicious salty roast bone marrow.
Both dishes were rich and meaty, cooked to perfection and definitely left us with very heavy and full tummies! But when the dessert menu came round we could not resist ordering a chocolate soufflé to share! There’s always room for dessert right?
This dessert was gone in a matter of SECONDS. Probably one of the best Chocolate Soufflés I’ve ever tasted. It was like a warm slightly cooked chocolate mousse that came with a dark chocolate sauce to drown the soufflé in….yummmmmmm
And here we are, a cheeky selfie in their massive mirrors, after our dining experience at Balthazar London! I have to say, as much as he food was delicious, I think Balthazar isn’t really about the foo; it’s all about the experience, the pizzaz, the service, the vibe!
I definitely can’t wait to come back to Balthazar soon to try their weekend brunch! I recommend checking out this new London restaurant, it’s bound to become an institution here as it is in New York; but good luck getting through on those busy phone lines ;)
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden
Central London, WC2B 5HZ
+44 (20) 3310 1155 www.balthazarlondon.com