Friday, 28 March 2014

Food Friday | Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies

I've been wanting to make these brownies ever since I heard about them, but I never had the guts to try them until now!

SWEET POTATO CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

200g sweet potato
2 eggs
1 - 2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup honey
1/2 cup virgin olive oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of cocoa powder (you can use cacao powder too)
1/2 cup coconut flower

#1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees celsius

#2. Peel and grate the sweet potato into a bowl. Add other dry ingredients
#3. Mix together all the wet ingredients and add to dry ingredients.
#4. Bake for 30 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
#5. Leave to cool for approx. 15 minutes, then cut into pieces and try not to eat them all at once!

Overall, these turned out really well and everyone loved them! No one believed me at first, when I told them that these brownies contained the dreaded sweet potato and no flour or (refined) sugar. They had the exact same texture and density like a normal chocolate brownie, just without the guilt when I ate the rest of the batch!

Next time, I shall double the amount of honey used because they were quite bitter due to the amount of cocoa powder I used. Plus, I think that a gooey chocolate topping would be perfect, whilst the blueberry yogurt was delicious, nothing will ever replace a melted Mars bar!

Has anyone got any more suggestions for what I should bake? Preferably chocolate-themed ;)

~Hannah xx
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P.S. Let's just pretend that I posted this on Friday...okay? Okay.

Monday, 17 March 2014

What I Wore | No Place I'd Rather Be

(I have a really hairy dog, fyi)
JACKET ~ LA VERSION ORIGINALE
TOP ~ AVANT PREMIERE
JEANS ~ TOPSHOP
BOOTS ~ RED HERRING

I honestly thought I was on a roll with my blog, I had lots of ideas for posts and a new weekly feature.  And then I failed - miserably!

Life has been rather busy since I last wrote a post on anything.

There have been mock exams, coursework deadlines, oral exams and other things to deal with and so blogging took a back seat. As you can see, I haven't been very creative with what I have been wearing and seem to be alternating between jeans and leggings. I'm still in the search for the creation of a capsule-esque wardrobe and my wardrobe needs a good clear out!

On the other hand, I have been trying to write another post for my new feature 'Food Friday' but having given up sugar for Lent (as a way of kickstarting a healthier food regime), I have tried create my own sugar-free healthy recipes. As I am a massive lover of all things sweet, making cakes and biscuits without sugar has been really difficult and the food I have made, I don't feel is blog-worthy.

I promise there are some more posts to come...
(No, this never gets old!)
~Hannah xx
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Friday, 28 February 2014

Food Friday | Banana and Chocolate Chip Cake

Welcome to a new feature on my blog: Food Friday!

I've been thinking for a while that my 'Friday Fetish' posts, where I proclaim my love for an item of clothing, were feeling a bit... tired. So, to sate your appetite, I will be posting recipes, anecdotes, stories and reviews on this blog as I go on my own little gastronomic adventure. 

Today, I am writing about my new favourite recipe that I have already baked twice in the last week. It features two of my favourite things at the moment: bananas (weetabix + banana + milk = best breakfast ever!) and chocolate (because who doesn't like it?).

BANANA + CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE

125g butter
150g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
4 bananas, mashed
120g chocolate chips
190g self-raising flour
60ml milk


#1. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.
#2. Melt butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over a medium heat.
#3. Remove saucepan from heat and add the mashed bananas, mix well.
#4. Add the egg and mix well.
#5. Sift in the flour and pour in the milk.
#6. Once combined, add the chocolate chips.
#7. Pour into the prepared tin, sprinkle a tablespoon (or as much as you want) of Demerara sugar to give a crunchy topping, optional.
#8. Bake at 170 C in a regular oven or 150C for 45 minutes.
#9. Leave to cool and eat!

After trying out Catherine's recipe for SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES, I thought I'd continue my baking spree and make some banana bread because we had some over-ripe ones in the fridge. I adapted this from a recipe on the BBC GOOD FOOD WEBSITE, which only used 3 bananasand only 100g of chocolate chips. I thought chocolate chips would be a perfect addition to banana bread, which can be a bit bland on its own. 

It went down a treat! I made it in the morning and it was almost gone by the evening - to be fair, I did eat about half of it! It was so good, in fact, that we made it again the next day when we had friends over for tea.



And yes, I had to take lots of photos of it to try and show you its delicousness and I was experimenting with my camera.

Hopefully, I will have more culinary delights to share with you on here, and I hope you will join me every Friday, or so, on my cooking adventure! *puppy face* The dream would be to go on Great British Bake Off or become Mary Berry! ;)


~Hannah xx
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Monday, 24 February 2014

What's in my bag?

The question that everyone has thought at least once in their lifetime. And, if you're like me, whose aim, it seems, is to carry around as much as possible in the smallest bag possible, than it can be quite a squeeze. However, I have gradually improved my hoarding habit and these are my 'essentials'.

My beautiful bag is from ASOS. I love it! It doesn't glow in the dark but it's just the right size with a phone pouch (which just fits an iPhone 4) and a zip pocket inside. It's a shoulder bag in a classic colour which will never go out of fashion with a lovely clasp and best of all, it was a birthday present from my best friends!

 When in doubt, photograph the contents of your handbag and describe it, in detail - right?
 A rather boring SAMSONITE PURSE (I kinda wish it was THIS) but it's durable and functional with lots of little pockets for all my cards, etc. I do have a lovely purse/clutch that was a birthday present from my friends but I still haven't transferred its contents over because it's too nice and I don't want to... y'know, drop it in a puddle (it happens)!

My iPHONE 4. Definitely something that I can't live without, it's sad to think like that, but this baby seems to carry my life on it. It has calendars, emails, photos, messages and too many social media apps on it (plus Candy Crush!). I really should I also wanted to show you my rather crazy cover which I love. It's from PYLONES and I - you guessed it - bought it in Paris in January (which you can read all about, HERE!).

Varying types of ACCESSORIES always appear in my bag. Just in case. You never know when you will need a hair bobble or a bobby pin! It's also like a wheel of fortune, I can find rings and things that I thought I'd lost forever.

Here's a random fact about me - I'm asthmatic. It sucks, to be honest, but I'm just thankful that it's not affecting me too badly and it's also been improving in recent years. So, an ASTHMA PUFFER is a necessary addition, in case I, you know.. stop breathing!
I like to have some kind of STATIONARY in my bag because I always need to write down a reminder or even a blogging idea. Normally, I'm not organised enough to remember a notepad or highlighter, but I do have a pen.

A NAIL FILE is always handy and I like keeping my nails tidy. Especially, since my nails have become weaker and break easily, so it's useful for filing down corners. This one has 3 sides - one for filing, one for shaping, one for smoothing the nail edge - and is from a nail care kit from Gadi, I've been using it for about a year and it's still great for filing down my nails without ripping them (unlike the freebie one from Escentual.com)

I really love my MAYBELLINE BABY LIPS in 'Mint' as it smells nice and moisturises my lips well. The packaging is quite bold but fun and means that I can spot it easily in the murky depths of my bag!

This perfume bottle is only 10ml and a great size and shape so it fits into my bag easily. The scent is AVON LITTLE RED DRESS which smells really nice, but I'm not gonna bother trying to describe it to you because I can't!

During winter, my hands can become very dry so I always need a hand cream to help soothe and moisturise. I really like SOAP AND GLORY'S HAND FOOD because it smells divine and works well without being greasy.

You'd think from the long list above, that I wouldn't be able to fit it all into my little shoulder bag but it does fit!

What are your handbag essentials?

~Hannah xx
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