Sunday, 29 March 2015

YUMMY MARSHMALLOWY BISCUITY THINGS


Catchy title right? 

The other day I made these wonderfully sickly marshmallow biscuit fingers and they were too good not to share. OK, so the photo doesn't exactly do them much that much justice - not a disaster but definitely taste better than they look. In the words of my housemate, 'they just smell like they are bad for you'...and they are. So, a slightly delayed disclaimer: do not read whilst dieting / attempting to kick the sugar addiction. For those living on the wild side, here's all you need:

350g  Digestive Biscuits
125g Plain Chocolate
225g Butter
25g Caster Sugar
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp Honey
55g Mini Mashmallows
100g White Chocolate Chips 


If I'm honest I didn't really stick to the measurements. Whilst I would like to claim that it's because I'm such an excellent chef it's more likely because I didn't check how much I actually needed before I popped off to the shop. (P.S. this post if not sponsored by Tesco but if they're offering...). It all seemed to work out so don't panic if you're a couple of mini marshmallows down - though it's definitely a case of the more the merrier in my eyes. 

The first step is to break the digestives in to small pieces. By all means go with the recipe recommendation of attacking them with a rolling pin but breaking them by hand (due to lack of rolling pin) seemed to work just fine for me. 


Next, melt the dark chocolate (broken in to pieces), butter, sugar, cocoa powder and honey together in a saucepan until, well, it looks how you imagine such a chocolately mixture should look and your kitchen smells like some sort of chocolate heaven, then remove from the heat to cool. 

Once your mixture is slightly cool (sidenote: that was what they called me in high school) add in your crushed biscuits, marshmallows and chocolate chips and mix well.


The next stage is where it could all wrong. Not because there is another particularly complicated step in the recipe but because it's the stage that involves practicing self-restraint. Try, if you can, fighting the urge to now take your saucepan of goodness over to your sofa (or bed, I dont judge) and spoon feeding yourself the mixture until your stomach is in turmoil. Instead the 'recipe' *rolls eyes* says you should turn the mixture in to a square baking tin (or lasagna dish if your are improvising like myself) and leave to set for 2-3 hours. Yes, 2-3 hours! That's stupidly long to go without so allow yourself a snack or three until the time comes. 


I added a few more marshmallows and chocolate chips to the top for aesthetic (and greed) reasons. Once it feels hard to the touch just simply cut your square of chocolate gloriousness in to fingers and serve (to yourself and/or a friend).

And there you have it, wonderfully sickening anti-diet Marshmallowy Biscuity Treats.

Disclaimer: I am in no way a baking/cooking expert, please consult an actual recipe and do not contact me should you develop any form of food poisoning. I have no money for you to sue me for.

Enjoy!

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Monday, 9 March 2015

IT'S MOTHER'S DAY ON SUNDAY

Just a little reminder. It's less than a week away until Mother's Day and some of you may be starting to panic about what you should be buying your loving mother for the big day. I know everyone has their own traditions, but it always seems like a bit of a tricky one. I'm pretty sure it used to just be flowers and chocolates but now that myself and my sister are "adults" with "jobs" I think a little more is expected.
In the past few days I've heard the phrase 'I have no idea what to get my mum for Mother's Day' more than just a couple of times so here's a couple of things I found that may give you a little inspiration - no matter what your budget.



Now of course it's not all about the tangible gifts on Mother's Day. As soppy as it might sound all your mum really wants is to spend some time with you - no matter how many times she hints about that new bag she's seen. Whether that's a spa day out, afternoon tea or simply having her breakfast ready for her just don't forget to show her some love.



What are your Mother's Day plans? Do you have any special traditions? 



Monday, 2 March 2015

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES


Oh look who has finally decided to write something on here. It's me. Back with some February faves. I know, original right? Here goes...

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off
I don't care how sad this is for a 22 year-old, I love it. I love regular bake off, I love celebrity bake off. I quite honestly can not get enough bake off. And hey, just watching it means I'm helping a good cause doesn't it? OK, maybe not quite.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
I won't bore you to death on this one  - I've done that already in a whole blog post I dedicated to it here. You lucky gal (i'm assuming gal).

GOSH Forever Lip Shine in Baby Baby
GOSH's answer to the Clinique chubby stick . It's the same principle but a more skinny than chubby which I actually think make it a lot easier to apply. The lip shines come out pretty glossy, hence the name, but are still pigmented which is good. There's ten shades in total but being a fan of a light pink lip Baby Baby is my ideal shade.

essence Colour & Go Nail Polish in 174 Purple Sugar
Nail wise I keep finding myself reaching for essence colour & go in Purple Sugar. It reminds me of Essie Splash of grenadine - a fave of beauty blogger Essie Button. She has great taste so I knew I was on to a winner when I found this shade. It's perfect for those on a budget which of course I always am.

Nasty Gal by Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso is kick-ass. I didn't know much about Nasty Gal before I read this book. I just knew it as an online store not that it was the result of ex-shoplifter Sophia selling vintage clothing on eBay to pay the bills. If you have ever thought about working for yourself or owning your own business I would definitely recommend. Sassy and inspiring independent woman vibes all round. You go girl! *finger snaps*

What have you been loving this month?