Recipe: Banoffee Pie

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One of my all-time favourite desserts is banoffee pie, it’s also my favourite Häagen Dazs flavour. So, it seemed only fitting for banoffee pie to be the second dessert recipe that I share. This is my sister’s recipe – she adds a layer of chocolate ganache to the biscuit base and it is heavenly.

Ingredients:

200g Tennis biscuits

125g melted butter

500ml cream

160g Cadbury’s Top Deck chocolate (2 slabs)

360g Treat caramel (or you can make your own)

4 bananas

Method:

  • Place the biscuits into a plastic ziplock packet and smash them with a rolling pin until they have formed a fine dust. The finer the better. Add this to a bowl.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave and then add it to the crushed biscuits.
  • Mix the biscuits and butter together. Once fully mixed, add this to the pie dish that you would like to serve the dessert in. With your fingers, press on the mixture to create the base of the pie – don’t forget to create edges for the pie! Then, cover the dish in cling wrap and place the base in the fridge for 30 mins.
  • While the base is in the fridge make the chocolate ganache. Most recipes use dark chocolate but I though Top Deck would work better with this particular dessert. Break up the chocolate slabs into individual pieces and add this to a glass bowl. Bring 150ml of cream to a boil and then add this to the pieces of chocolate. Mix until the chocolate is fully melted. Add the ganache to the base and put back into the fridge for about 2 hours in order for the ganache to set.
  • Once the ganache has set, add the caramel, then the chopped bananas and then whip up the rest of the cream to add as the final topping. Remember to only add the bananas and cream just before serving – you want the bananas to be and taste as fresh as possible.

 

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Living in Gray Scale

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I try to implement more colour into my wardrobe, I really do. But when black, white and grey look so good; it’s hard to look anywhere else. White-on-white is always and quick and easy go-to and I like to break it up with a few black touches, otherwise I fear I may look like a bit of a snowball.

Also, I have been living in this coat ever since I got it. If you want to splurge on a coat I would suggest oversized in a heartbeat – it allows for layering and adds an interesting shape to any ensemble.

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What I Wore:

Coat: Trenery

Shirt: Topshop

Jeans: Mr Price

Shoes: Birkenstocks

Backpack: Urban Outfitters

Sport Luxe

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Lately, and for quite a while now, I have been obsessed with anything that is sport-related – in terms of fashion of course. I never thought I would see the day where I wore sneakers for anything but exercise. I always fully and wholeheartedly believed that such attire was strictly reserved for airports and theme parks, but even in those places I always considered it unacceptable. But I am a changed woman. Today I find sneakers, numbered shirts, baseball caps and college football jerseys actually rather chic. And now, this means that people can achieve acceptable comfort in fashion.

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What I Wore:

Coat: Forever New

Shirt: Topshop

Leather Jeans: Cotton On

Sneakers: New Balance (from The Office)

Bag: Country Road

 

Recipe: White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If you know anything about me you will know this – I am the Dessert Queen. Not in the sense that I am the queen of making them, although I do often attempt to, but rather because, if I could, I would have a dessert after every single meal – even breakfast. Unfortunately, my wallet and my tummy can’t afford it.

But, since dessert is such a passion of mine I thought I would share my favourite recipes from time to time. So, here’s to the first.

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Ingredients:

½ cup castor sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 slabs of white chocolate chopped into small pieces

Method:

Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Mix sugars, butter, vanilla essence and egg in a large bowl.
Stir in the flour and baking soda.
Then, stir in the chocolate chips.
Place 1 tablespoon of dough onto a greased tray. Should make about 10-12.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly and then enjoy!

I always lie to have my cookies as a cookie sandwich – two cookies with a scoop of my favourite ice cream in between!

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The Classics

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If you are going to invest in any pieces I would always suggest investing in fashion’s classics. The black boot, the white shirt, a great pair of jeans. My wardrobe is built on these classic pieces. These are items that build the foundation of your closet for years to come so you may as well splurge on them.

But, sometimes you are lucky enough not to have to splurge but still gain the pleasure of a timeless lasting item, like this Mr Price hat. Classic pieces can be affordable too, you just need to know where to look.

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What I Wore:

Shirt: Zara

Jeans: Forever New

Boots: Country Road

Backpack: Urban Outfitters

Hat: Mr Price

 

A Dark Affair

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I have been looking for a charcoal coat for some time now and I just want to say a huge thank you to Trenery for the 70% sale that allowed me to buy this beauty. It checks all the boxes: furry, oversized and dark grey!

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What I Wore:

Grey trench: Trenery

Black shirt: Topshop

Skinnies: Woolworths

Heels: Woolworths

Bag: Mango

The Freckle in Chamonix

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This little town brought back so many memories for me. When I was 15 I went to Chamonix on a school french tour. Basically the cutest town I have ever visited. This is what you need to do…

1) Take a cable cart up Mont Blanc. It is extremely expensive, maybe only for me because of the exchange rate, but it is most certainly worth it. My sister and I went up on the perfect day so do try and control the weather patterns when you decide to go up.

2) Visit the Ice Cave museum.

3) Go to one of the many restaurants that offer cheese fondue and indulge in all the gooey goodness.

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The Freckle in Versailles

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While in Paris, I spent a day in Versailles – you could actually do with two days there but I didn’t have the time. I would definitely suggest getting a ticket that allows you to see everything – the main palace, the gardens, Marie Antoinette’s abode, etc. Although, to be truthful, I was rather underwhelmed by Marie Antoinette’s home – especially seeing it after the grand palace. Nonetheless, it’s incredible to see. Last bit of advice – try go at a time of the year when the fountain shows are on. The fountain shows are out of this world – I watched the same one 5 times.

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The Freckle in Paris

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As ridiculous as it may sounds, Paris stirs up something magical inside of me – there is no other place I have visited that has the same effect on me, not even New York. I really hope to live there for a while at some point in my life. But enough about my dreams, here are my recommendations for anyone who is visiting Paris in the near future.

1) You need to go to Angelina, just outside the Louvre, and indulge in a pastry – or five. There is always a queue to sit down so I would suggest buying a pastry from their pastry bar section and taking it to eat in the park opposite the patisserie – in fact, I would suggest that even if there was no queue. Pastries to try are their famous mont blanc, the classic bourbon millefeuille and the sainte honoré.

2) Of course you will go to Notre Dame because it is exquisite, but do not miss out on a chapel that is just down the road from it – Saint Chapelle. The inside of this chapel can only be described as breathtaking. So, do yourself a favour. (pictures 8 and 14 below)

3) Walk up the Arc de Triomphe – yes it is an intense walk, but your butt will thank you later. And so will your eyes. The Eiffel Tower is such an iconic piece of Paris and I personally want to see it when looking from a bird’s eye view of the magical city. I have been up both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and the view from the latter definitely trumps.

4) The view from the top of the Centre Pompidou is also one you don’t want to miss. It is spectacular. And, while you’re there, indulge in the largest collection of modern art in the world.

5) While I wouldn’t suggest going up the Eiffel Tower, I would suggest having a pancake underneath it – in the park just opposite the tower. It will be the best pancake you will ever have, and not because of the taste.

6) Eat french onion soup.

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The Freckle In Amsterdam

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Here are a few memories from my few days in Amsterdam. It was a trip full of art, somewhat dodgy food and too much canal-picture taking. Though Amsterdam be but little, she is fierce – basically there is a lot to do in this little city! Here are some of my recommendations:

1) The Anne Frank House. It is a humbling and eye-opening experience.

2) The Rijksmuseum. It holds the finest Dutch Art and an incredibly chic cafe inside. But, I would skip the cafe and head for the soft serve in the square just outside the museum. Best soft serve I have ever had.

3) Picnic it up in Vondelpark.

4) Have lunch/dinner at the Mata Hari restaurant in the red light district. After lunch go have waffles in the Nieuwmarkt square – make tummy space!

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