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Matcha Iced Latte

Ok so I have been hearing a lot about Matcha and it being super healthy recently, this in my mind generally makes me (and probably everyone else) think it wouldn’t taste good.  I was SO wrong.

I had Japanese `Matcha from the oriental supermarket from behind our house for a while and haven’t had a chance to try it yet so I figured why not.

I found this recipe

 

  • • 1 tsp Matcha powder

  • • 2 tsp Sugar + 2 of honey (or to suit flavour)

  • • 8 Spoons Warm Water

  • •  300ml Whole or Semi-Skimmed Milk Cold

  • • 1 matcha whisk (can always use an electric one)

How to prepare

  • Spoon the Matcha Green Tea Powder and the sugar into a mug or cup (I used a large bowl so I could mix it better)

  • Add the warm water and mix with a whisk until it is a smooth dark green and a bit frothy. Make sure there are no lumps.

  • pour milk into bowl and mix all together 

 

http://www.teapigs.co.uk/customer/pages/matcha/matcha-health-benefits << list to the health benefits of Matcha..  It is however completely and utterly yummy!

Old school methods in an internet mad world – part 1

Business Cards

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Business cards by Simon Warren via moo.com pocket portfolio

So, take my average tube journey home.. its about 40 mins long over two tube lines and two buses.  There are a lot of people between 6-7pm in London, most of them going home from work or going out.  If you have ever been in a capital city you will know what I mean but what interested me most was the amount of people who were hooked on their phones, especially now we have WIFI on the tubes.

With this in mind I pose a question to you, if we are so connected to our phones and everything is done by email and the internet do people still use business cards? If so how on earth would they stand out and would you remember them?  I mean if we are to go really deep into it we can even ask if we actually ever make none business calls anymore with phones when there is Skype and facebook chat?

The really theory is how would you react to a business card or are they only left for high flying bankers mixing in the financial district bars? I could understand at events that it would be a good idea i.e. wedding fairs but with everything done online would they be forgotten about in a wallet?

What does everyone think, are business cards dying out now we have facebook pages and status updates with regular emails or are they still a key part of marketing and sharing your work/business?

Karolina Laskowska lingerie crowd funding

So this is Karolina Laskowska https://www.facebook.com/KarolinaLaskowskaDesign

She makes some seriously amazing lingerie and is a self confessed addict, which is always great as she it shows that she is truly doing something she loves!  Her video is really sweet is as well!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fund-my-new-lingerie-collection

On her Indigogo campaign she says

‘I’ve been making lingerie for a few years now – it originally started off as sewing one-off pieces for myself and for photoshoots, well before I even had any technical lingerie knowledge.  It was in the Summer of last year that I launched my brand, opening an online shop and getting my first wholesale stockist.  I’ve had more success and support than I could have imagined.  I sew everything myself, making the lingerie to order.  As proud as I am of what I’ve achieved in this short period of time, I want to move the brand forward;  I feel that I’ve moved on, both in terms of my technical knowledge and design wise, and I want my brand to reflect that.  The new collection that I’ve been designing showcases my love of couture-quality lace and luxurious silks, without compromising on my signature design aesthetic.’

Committed to her style and her brand or what!

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Love this new photo of Sohui by Catherine Day Photography wearing a Karolina Laskowska ‘Klara’ garter!

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She goes on to explain why she needs the money and what it would go towards

‘I started this brand with no real funding and I continue to do so. Unlike so many other lingerie brands that you may be familiar with, I have absolutely no investors or savings to start with. I am still a student, and live on a student budget – everything I’ve done so far has been done out of what little money I could spare. Materials have been bought in small quantities and I’d make garments one by one in what spare time I could find.  This new collection is the result of over a year’s worth of saving and buying materials bit by bit. Whilst I’ve managed to acquire the majority of fabrics and components for the new collection (the stunning leavers laces and kimono fabrics that the whole aesthetic is based upon), there are still elements that I’m struggling to afford – things you may not even consider, such as lining fabrics, elastic trims, tags and labels.   Realistically, my funding goal isn’t enough to fund a lingerie collection but I’m determined to make it work no matter how much is raised.  I’m visiting the factory I intend to use in Poland at the end of June regardless of how this campaign goes!’

Please visit her campagin here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fund-my-new-lingerie-collection if you can donate as well that would be amazing although even spreading the word will be a great help, she really is a lovely woman who deserves all the help she can in creating what I think are truly beautiful designs.

Also imagine having her work as your wedding lingerie, now that I think would be stunning! Hope you agree and love her designs as much as I do!

Helen xx

Mini portraits – Krystal Macmillan

Krystal Macmillan is an amazingly out going Aussie who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  Her voice is seriously amazing.  I was lucky enough to do a mini shoot with her (we had a couple of hours before her class started and it was freezing!) earlier this month.  I think you have to agree she is beautiful!

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Andrew’s coffee and cinnamon muffins

 

So the lovely boyfriend made these http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/23841/coffee-muffins.aspx they certainly are a lot less sickly than mine!

They were really easy to make although the oil gives it an odd texture, I think I prefer using butter in cakes etc but im guessing thats what separates it from just cakes, im not sure. what do you think? What separates a cake from a muffin in your opinion? Also trying to work out what tea goes well with these, I seem to be on a chai fix recently so keep wanting to put it with everything.  The cinnamon black tea I have may be a good call with even more cinnamon what can go wrong? 😀

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Ingredients

Makes: 15 muffins
    • 250g plain flour
    • 75g caster sugar
    • 75g dark brown soft sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg
    • 225ml milk
    • 110ml vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Preparation method

  • Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 23 mins | Extra time: 5 mins, cooling
    1.
    Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease a muffin tin, or line with paper cases.
    2.
    In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, coffee granules, cinnamon and salt.
    3.
    In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil and vanilla. Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture until just moistened – do not overmix! Fill prepared muffin cups 3/4 full.
    4.
    Bake for 22-24 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from tin to wire racks.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 225ml milk
  • 110ml vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Dark chocolate bacon muffins

 

My friend Rosie created a facebook group about baking with a different challenge every week which all the members of the group get to vote on.  This week was muffins.

So I made Dark chocolate bacon muffins this evening. I also had a great cup of Chai with one, really adds to the flavour, the chai from Tea Palace is great, especially if you add a bit of extra cinnamon.

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I used the following recipe from the bbc food page http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/dark_chocolate_bacon_85665

The thing I realised is that its a really odd texture when eating them and they will certainly be better with frosting im sure.  Andrew is also about to make some coffee muffins which is rather cute 🙂 im hoping he doesn’t do what I did and put too much mixture into the muffin cases.  Other than that they are generally pretty good.

Ingredients

For the buttercream icing

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Crumble two-thirds of the grilled pancetta onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and cover with the melted chocolate. Allow to set before chopping into bacon chocolate chips.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and mix well.
  4. In another bowl beat the eggs, coffee, soured cream and vegetable oil until well combined, and stir this into the dry ingredients. Stir in the bacon chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon the mixture into about 20 muffin cases, bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. For the buttercream icing, whisk together the butter and icing sugar. Fold in the melted chocolate.
  7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool before piping the icing onto the cupcakes. Top with the remaining bacon pieces and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Secret dinner club – the rules

Secret dinner club

The purpose of this is to try new food and new places, pretty simple really although there are rules..

so, the rules…

1. Meals must be under £30

2. Taking in turns for choosing somewhere however if you haven’t decided on somewhere you can nominate someone else

3. Events are once a month

4. Locations are not disclosed only the nearest tube point on the morning of the event.

5. It doesn’t matter how many people go but they need to be regulars