Showing posts from 2016

Christmas Cakes: Cinnamon Spiced Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

With only one week to go until Christmas Day, I'm already dreaming of all the delicious food I'm going to be making (and eating) over the festive holidays. So much so that today, I whipped up a batch of these lovely cinnamon spiced cupcakes with cream cheese frosting to fill my home with a bit of Christmas Spirit.

This year, I've taken on the responsibility of cooking Christmas dinner for 20 at my boyfriend's family home. It will be the first time that I've actually cooked Christmas dinner (or cooked for that many people at once) and I'm rather looking forward to it.

The kitchen has become one of my favourite places over the last few years so I can't wait to spend the final days of 2016 cooking up a storm with a gin and tonic in hand. Armed with a fridge full of tasty, traditional Christmas foods, I can't wait to get my fabulously tacky Christmas apron on and put on a spiffingly-good spread!

What I'm most looking forward to is doing Christmas dinne…

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Cacao And Coconut Sugar Brownies

I don't know anyone who doesn't like a chocolate brownie. 
And rightly so. If I'm craving a decadent, gooey, chocolatey treat, a brownie hits the spot every time. Whatever the occasion, a brownie always rises up to it. Satisfaction guaranteed. The perfect pick-me-up. Well - almost perfect.

I'm not going to beat around the bush here; brownies are hardly recognised for their nutritional value. Sure, they may provide us with a few moments of pure unadulterated pleasure but they're not great for our guts. So, today I thought I'd spend the day making healthy brownies. Healthy body, healthy mind and all that.

And it turns out, brownies don't have to be bad for you. There are so many recipe variations out there that are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free or made with beetroot or sweet potato or ground nuts... That's one of the things that I love about them; there are a million different ways to make a brownie and they all taste as fabulous as the next.

Me, Myself and I: Sinensis Chinese Herbal Facial

I've never been 100% happy with my naked skin. 
My complexion is overly pink and slightly oily, often blotchy, sometimes blemished with a few enlarged pores and - even at 25 - I still get spots. As much as I try to protect my face from Life, it's not always possible and bearing the brunt of the environment every day, I can understand why my skin sometimes needs a little extra TLC.
There are so many internal and external factors that affect our skin's condition: sunshine, wind, diet, cosmetics, hormones, temperature, air pollution, materials, alcohol, stress and stubble (kiss rash is a real thing, you know). There's not one day that goes by where our faces are not put under some sort of pressure. 365 days a year; that's a whole lot of pressure. 

So once in a while, it can only be beneficial that we seek professional help to keep our skin in check.