Showing posts from April, 2015

Bicester Village Bank Holiday

Being a working girl, the two things I look forward to are weekends and Bank Holidays!

The last bank holiday, I went to Bicester Village (and nope I still can't say it right). For those who haven't heard of it, it is well-known place for designer outlets with discounted prices. Unfortunately, none of those discounts matched what I had in mind..

As it was a bank holiday, I think everyone had the same idea, so there was quite a long queue when it came to parking and so following anyone who walked near a car became the fastest method for finding a space!

After finding an empty space, it was time to go shopping!
There's lots of shops including, Armani, Pandora and Dior, where I found some lovely little black boots. Sadly, the price tag was a third of my month's salary but it was fun pretending to be rich for that small fraction :p

Shopping/Window shopping made me hungry, but there were only a few places to choose from:
Villandry Grand CafĂ© - has a great variety of dishesJamie Ol…

Surprise Chantilly Cake

I'm known for baking cakes when a birthday is around the corner - apart from my brother-in-law who demands I bake every weekend!

Now I'm not a fan of cream cakes but my boyfriend and his family are, so I decided to create a cake in the style of Patisserie Valerie but using simple ingredients.
I did some sketching and planning beforehand as I was making something I've never tried before and didn't have a recipe to follow.  The cake is made from vanilla and chocolate Victoria sponge, with Chantilly cream and slices of strawberries, a white chocolate topping and decorated with dark chocolate dipped strawberries oh and sponge fingers. I haven't thought of a name for the cake so suggestions are welcome :)

Here's the full recipe below :)
Cake 150g self-raising flour, sifted 150g soft butter 150g sugar  3 eggs 1.5 level tsps of baking powder 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted 1 tsp vanilla essence
Strawberry Chantilly Cream Filling 250ml double cream 200g of strawberries 1 tbsp of vani…

Truc Vert - Mayfair

After being given a £50 voucher and asked to write a review on Truc Vert, I was so excited to be treated to a delicious dinner, courtesy of Zomato :)
Walking in, I was automatically greeted by a friendly waitress who revealed we had walked in to the wrong restaurant, when she couldn't find our booking! Oops! But apparently it happens quite a lot :p Next door, Truc Vert awaited. I was pleased to find that they had reserved two tables for me so I could choose which one I would like :) I decided to take the one by the window with the large candle. Little did I know it gets a bit chilly in that area and the table was rather wobbly..
I'd definitely recommend the apple and pear juice, it has a sweet and subtle taste. But if you're looking for a sharp but refreshing drink then the apple and elderflower juicewould do nicely. 
None of the starters seemed to excite me so I decided to go for just the Duo of Duck, whilst my boyfriend went for the Lamb Cutlet. We were given a complimentary …

Chocolatey Things

Happy Easter everyone! Hands up if you're going to be (or have been) eating lots of chocolate this bank holiday weekend :p
I've been spoilt with two dairy-free Easter eggs from my boyfriend. So if you're looking for an alternative try M&S or Hotel Chocolat, where they use almond powder instead of milk :)

For those seeking a chocolate-filled post, you've come to the right place! From vegan desserts to peanut butter doughnuts, here are some of my favourite places to go to :)
I can usually be tempted by anything that contains chocolate. I try and be good - and by good I mean eat something that doesn't contain egg or dairy (as I am allergic to those) but I can't seem to say no when it comes to it..
Recently I tried the new Reese's Peanut Butter Krispy Kreme donut and it was goooood. Great for those PB and chocolate lovers. 

However, with the weather being really sunny in Camden, I found myself at Cookies and Scream buying a vegan chocolate salted caramel mousse,…