5 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Blog Giveaway

Blog Giveaway

Blog Giveaway

So as promised here is a little giveaway to say thank you for reading and supporting my blog. I know there's a few of you who have been around since the start. 

It's not much but just a few little things that I've picked up. One lucky winner will win:

"It's the little things" print -  from Alabaster

Geometric notebook

Vanilla coffee syrup

Gingerbread coffee syrup

Ampersand mug

Garnier tissue mask (these are amazing!)

Collected winter recipes cook book.

To win all you need to do is enter the rafflecopter form below. 

The giveaway ends at midnight on the 31st January so be quick!

It's been great fun this week posting everyday and celebrating 5 years of blogging. Here's to the next 5 years!

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Homemade Custard Cremes - Throwback Thursday

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Homemade Custard Cremes

Homemade Custard Cremes

In the penultimate birthday week blog post, I thought that I would re-create one of my recipes. I went for the custard cremes I made back in 2013. My husband loves custard cremes so this naturally was my first choice. The recipe isn't difficult to make but there are a few parts to it so make sure you read the recipe in advance before making.

I've really been enjoying my blog birthday week but creating five posts instead of three has left me rather busy, but it's been great fun and I'm definitely going to do it every year from now on. 

I didn't change a single thing about the biscuit recipe which is great because it means I got it right first time round. I did however change the shape of the biscuit and didn't add the sesame seeds this time. I would like to point out to die hard custard creme fans (like my husband) this doesn't taste exactly the same as the shop bough version. I think it tastes much better! 

Homemade Custard Cremes

Homemade Custard Cremes

Custard Cremes

- Makes 9 -

Vanilla biscuit dough (click here for the recipe)

100g white chocolate

80ml double cream

20g butter

Chop up the chocolate into small chunks and place in a bowl.

Heat the cream and the butter in a pan, do not let it boil.

Pour the cream and butter over the chocolate and leave to stand for a couple of minutes.

Stir carefully until the chocolate has melted. Leave to thicken (mine took around an hour)

Cook your biscuits while your waiting for your ganache to set.

Once the biscuits have cooled and the ganache has set assemble your posh custard creams. Finish with icing sugar. (Everything looks better with icing sugar)

Homemade Custard Cremes

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These Little Tips Will Help You To Wow Your Friends With Your Cooking

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

If you enjoy cooking, it’s only natural for you to want to impress your friends and loved ones. You may already be a confident chef, but these little tips will help you to further enhance your dishes and wow your friends! Take a look and see what you can use:

Set The Scene
The first thing you want to do is set the scene. Yes, this might not seem like it has much to do with the food, but it can make a difference to your guest’s experience of the food. You can help to set the scene by using music, candles, and showing off your good hosting skills. You can even make sure your pets are out the way, which your guests may appreciate if they have an allergy or a phobia. Or, you know, they just don’t want a hungry dog salivating by them for the duration of their meal.  

Make Sure Your Presentation Is Spot On
One way to really wow your guests with your cooking, is to make sure your presentation is spot on. Using white plates is a great way to really show off the colors of your food and make it stand out on the plate. The plate shouldn’t look too full with food, but it shouldn’t look empty either. Don’t worry about symmetry, as asymmetrical dishes often look better. Mixing different textures and colors work well too. Experiment and see what you think looks good. Serving your sauces on the side rather than on the dish is another good idea.


Pair Your Food With The Right Beverage
Pairing your food with the right beverage shouldn’t be ignored. It really does matter. What you drink can have a huge impact on the flavor of the food you’re serving. How about making a coffee with your espresso gear and serving with cake or cookies? Different wines work well with different dishes too, such as fish and other meats. Usually, reading the bottle will give you a clue.

Use Fresh Vegetables And Herbs
Fresh vegetables and herbs are more colorful and flavorful than frozen or canned. It’s really easy to grow your own so you always have a fresh supply!

Add Something Different
Try adding something to your dish that your guests may not expect. How about using sliced apple in salad? It tastes delicious with the likes of goats cheese, pickled onions, and beetroot!  


Pay Attention To The Finer Details
Paying attention to the finer details of your dish is crucial. Swap regular table salt for sea salt. Be generous with it! Also, using quality utensils can make a difference to the texture and presentation.

Lemon or Plain White Vinegar Can Make All The Difference
If you think your dish is lacking a little in flavor and excitement, adding acid can transform a dish. By adding a squeeze of lemon or vinegar to a soup, salad, or another kind of dish, you can enhance the flavors and make it dance on your guest’s tastebuds!

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