Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Emma's Galaxy Chocolate Pancakes

Pancakes, who doesn't like a good pancake? Personally I love them, I think they're worth getting all hot and bothered in the kitchen for, as the end result is so yummy. Like every year, my family and I will be having pancakes for pudding on shrove Tuesday. Even at 23 I'm pretty excited about it still!
I thought I would share with you a  recipe of mine that has a twist on a traditional pancake. This recipe is pretty easy and a great way to impress family and friends. Plus I think it tastes pretty damn good, even if I do say so myself!

Galaxy pancake recipe:

What you will need:

2 extra large eggs
100g plain flour
15g coco powder
1 tsp baking powder
140 ml skimmed or whole milk
1 tsp Orange Marmalade
100g galaxy chocolate
Pinch of sea salt
A heated frying pan
A little oil
Electric or hand whisk


For the chocolate orange sause:
Melt 40g galaxy, add a little milk until you get a sause like consistency, add a teaspoon of marmalade, mix well. You can leave the marmalade out if you don't like chocolate orange. Put to one side.

For the pancakes:
Separate the eggs, keeping the whites to one side. To the egg yolks add the flour, coco, baking powder and milk, mix this until you have a smooth thick batter. Then mix in 50g chopped chocolate.

Now whisk the egg whites with the pinch of salt, until they form stiff peaks. 

Carefully mix in the egg whites into the batter, making sure that you don't over mix.

In a preheated pan add a little oil and a tablespoon of mix. I managed to get three pancakes in my pan at a time. Allow the bottom to cook before flipping over to cook the other side.

Repeat until you are out of batter, pile up on a plate, add the chocolate sause, cut up the left over chocolate and sprinkle the shavings and zest of an orange on top. If you don't fancy orange just like the sause,  leave it out. Lastly dig in! 

Are you planning on having pancakes next Tuesday? If you do make this recipe sometime, please let me know what you think!

Happy pancake day to you all! 

Emma Xx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Vintage Feathers & Bag Puss

I've been itching to get out and take outfit photos, I have about 6 drafts that couldn't be completed because of this awful weather. Luckily for me, the rain held off for twenty minutes, giving me the perfect opportunity to photograph my outfit. Yay! Although, it's back to the brick wall, I hope to have some more scenic backgrounds when the weather is better. Today's outfit is more granny chic than I'm used to, but I love it. My whole outfit apart from the belt and tights comes from charity shops. The top was brand new and has become one if my favourite blouses, I wear it a lot with dark jeans. Today I teamed it with a vintage peacock feather print maxi skirt, which is the warmest skirt I've ever worn. I love the detail at the waist too which makes the belt standout. I've been tempting the heavens by wearing my Dune shoes. I don't want to get them wet and muddy but I also feel the need to wear them. Like they're calling to me? No I'm not crazy, I promise! 

Blouse: Alex & Co - £4.99 - Charity shop
Skirt: Gerry Weber -£3 - Charity shop
Belt: Primark - £1.50
Tights: M&S - 89p - Sale
Shoes: Dune - £15 - Charity shop

While I was taking the photos, Alfie decided it was the perfect opportunity to tell me how starving he was. Whenever he asks for food he pulls his cheeks in as if to make him look smaller, but that tummy is kidding no one, my dear old bag puss! I promise he had lunch soon after! I had to add these two photos with him in! Anyone else get photo bombed by their cats?

Emma Xx

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Baker Days: letterbox cake

Cake co/ BakerDays

No, your eyes are not mistaken, you've not fallen asleep and entered the land of dreams. You did see the words letterbox and cake. And it is what you think it is. Cake, that wonderful delight, can now be sent perfectly packaged through the mail, to your door. I'm sure all cake fans will agree that this is the greatest idea since well, cake!
A box landed on my doormat not long after finalising details of my cake, inside I found a pretty and airtight tin and inside that I found my personalised cake. As you can see I choose to have a photo of pixie printed on to my cake. I think it looks fantastic. The little things make this cake even more special. Baker Days added a few more touches with love hearts and a lovely card. I think Pixie approves of her portrait!

Baker Days have a fantastic selection of themes for their cakes for every occasion, which can also be personalised. Something that I really like about this company, is that as well as a choice of vanilla, chocolate or fruit cake, there's the option of dairy free or gluten free. Something very important to a few of my friends. Prices start from £14.99, take a look (here)

Cutting my cake wasn't an easy thing to do, when I finally convinced myself to cut into it, I found a beautiful fresh vanilla sponge. I'm all for homemade, but really, this cake is delish - it's been difficult not eating it all by myself! I did share it with my Family, who enjoyed it too, they commented on how the sponge has such a lovely flavour. As you can see I had my cake as my afternoon treat with a cup of Assam tea.

I was very excited to be doing this review for Baker Days and it didn't disappoint. This cake would make a fantastic birthday surprise or valentines day treat for your loved one. Baker Days also offer next day delivery - very handy. I know I'll be ordering from them in the future.  Have you tried a letterbox cake?

Emma Xx

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Monochrome Wish List

Gingham dress by topshop £38.00 (here), Keeper of the Night necklace by Dixi £10 (here), Dot to dot bunny tee £15 by Topshop (here), Black bag by Accessorize £17 (here), Mini Skirt by New Look £17.99 (here), Keeper lace up boots at Office £70.00 (here), Polka lace trim ankle socks by Topshop (here)

I used to wear a lot of black, especially in my teens, but recent years I've found myself drawn to bright girly colours. This season I've been seeing a lot of monochrome and I'm finding that the old flame has been rekindled. Here I've picked pieces that I adore and that I think are very versatile. I must admit that I do already own this bag, I've added it as I think its amazing. It's very lightweight for its size, which is something I find to be rare these days. I hate bags that are heavy before you've put all your things in. What is the point in that? And lets face it, nearly all of us carry around everything but the kitchen sink!
A lot of these items I have recently found online and I've just fallen for them, except the bag of course and the bunny top. I've had my eye on this tee for ages, twice I've almost bought it. Why not you ask? I have no clue - especially for its price! So next time Mr bunny, you'll be mine!

I've really enjoyed making this wish list, I have no idea why its taken me so long since my last and only. I'm excited to say that I've already got items in mind for my next wish list.

I would love to know what you think of this kind of post and what's your take on monochrome is - is it a trend you're enjoying?

Happy Thursday!

Emma Xx