Billingsgate Market | Tour & Festive Breakfast

Something really amazing happened this week - I got up at 5:45am. Only joking, I was invited to attend a tour of the historic Billingsgate Market and a festive breakfast hosted by the onsite Billingsgate Seafood School. Excitement overload.

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

I made sure to have a good nights sleep before hand knowing how much I favour the snooze button these days but I made it on time - sort of - at 6:45am for the tour of the market to begin. We were welcomed by CJ - the CEO of the Seafood School, which offers a range of courses to everyone from chefs in training to the general public. Pretty cool.

We were then asked to put on a white coat each and the tour began with our excellent guide Barry. Barry offered so much information about the market, the history and its present day to day runnings. I never thought I'd been oooing and aahing about fish, but I can safely say I was and still am completely and utterly captivated by the market.

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

Barry told us that although trading starts at 4am, the market really starts to come alive at 10pm each night when all of the lorries start arriving to each be thoroughly checked against the market's extremely high standards for quality. It's so clear to see how much the quality and freshness of the fish are of the utmost importance at this market. Some of the fish we saw had come all the way from the Indian Ocean and was under 2 days old. Mind = blown. At one point Barry held up a trout that was still in rigor mortis, which he explained happens a few hours after the fish is taken out of the water, and lasts for up to 6-8 hours after that. That's how fresh the fish is there.

We were told that there is up to 150 species of fish sold at the market, including fresh, frozen and cold and hot smoked fish and seafood. We got to try some hot smoked mackerel, which at that time in the morning was a little hard to stomach for me personally, but still tasty. We also had the opportunity to try some jellied eels - but I (unsurprisingly) passed up the opportunity.

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

After an hour of looking round the market, we were taken upstairs for our gourmet festive breakfast which started with a glass of champers - obviously went down a lot easier than the smoked fish at 8am - and some information about the seafood school. CJ gave us some good ideas for how to use fish at Christmas as well, which included a whole salmon fillet with a 'festive' crust to be baked in the oven as a centre piece for the table. Such a fab idea.

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

We were then taken in for breakfast where I enjoyed a lovely smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast with some brioche toast I believe. It really was delicious and the other dishes, including a smoked salmon kedgeree and haddock benedict royale, looked equally as delicious. Needless to say all the fish served had come from the market downstairs which makes it extra awesome.

I absolutely loved the market and now know where to get my fish if I ever host a dinner party - unbelievable value for the freshest fish, it really is no wonder why all the top restaurants in London get their fish there.

Billingsgate Market Tour & Festive Breakfast

The Seafood School is offering the luxury festive breakfast in the run up to Christmas which you can experience for £35 - As part of the breakfast you get an informal introduction to fish from CJ, who with years of experience behind her, will go through a number of delicious and different recipes from Christmas Day lunch to Christmas party canapés. For an extra £10 you can arrive an hour earlier for the tour of the market - which for me was the absolute highlight of my visit and is the real gem of this offering.

The Seafood School are also offering Gift Certificates for their range of courses, a really great present for any foodie wanting to learn more about how to use fish and seafood in the kitchen.

Kopi by Café Direct

It is a well known fact that I am a tea drinker, through and through. Tea is always there for you, consistent and unfaltering in the warmth and comfort it can bring. And until a few months a go I'd always had a love/hate relationship with coffee. I go through stages of enjoying lattes and more specifically vanilla lattes, but really when you think about it, it's not really coffee, is it? It's more milk and flavouring than anything else. 

I always thought the taste of coffee left, well, much to be desired. But now I can safely say that is down to the fact I hadn't actually taken the time or effort to find out what I actually liked. But on top of that, to me there aren't many smells that beat the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans - and that was something I liked before I started drinking coffee 'properly'. It really just feels like a big warm hug - the same way a good cup of tea does.

A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to sample some coffee by a company called Kopi. Kopi, by their own admission, is a premium monthly coffee subscription service. First of all, I have to say that I think coffee subscription services are, without doubt, ingenious. Kopi send you a 250g packet of freshly roasted coffee (they claim the beans will have been roasted within 12 days of the coffee reaching you), to a location of your choice, for example work or home, either in a whole bean form or  pre-ground for your convenience for £7.95 a packet. The package comes in a letterbox friendly packet - which is obviously of the utmost importance, you don't want to be waiting for a convenient time to run to collect your coffee from the post office.

If you're a real coffee buff, or looking to expand your knowledge Kopi's service is great because they hand-pick the coffee beans from their favourite locations (my packet there contains ground beans from Kenya) and provide you with loads of information about why this coffee is superior. What I think is even more interesting about this service is that they can change up your order for you each time so you can try different coffees without having to think about it - Kopi does all the thinking for you whilst giving you all the control. There is flexibility around your subscription, if you've got a backlog of coffee in your cupboard, no probs just let them know and you won't receive any coffee for a month or so.

So what about the coffee itself? I really liked it, it was strong and bold with a very rich flavour. To be honest, the smell of the ground beans would have been enough for me but I guess to give it a fair trial I had to try it right? Included in the pack I received was a teeny tiny sample of dark chocolate from Divine - a fair-trade chocolate company, which Kopi had sent to show how well the coffee would go with dark chocolate. A nice touch I thought. And thinking further ahead than just having this coffee as a drink, I think this particular coffee would go really well in a coffee and chocolate cake because of it's intensity.

An all-round thumbs up from me for coffee subscriptions - allowing me to enjoy different types of coffee without standing in the supermarket like a lemon trying to work out which type to buy. And to actually enjoy the coffee too? Well I think I'm a convert.

Weekend Brunch Ideas #2

Another weekend, another brunch of eggs, mushrooms and some form of bread.

This is actually my take on the Mcdonald's McMuffin - a breakfast choice that has sorted me out on many a morning, more than I'd probably care to mention. It's actually so much more satisfying and delicious to make your own though - plus you know exactly what is in it and you don't get all of that stringy bacon fat (gross) getting in your way. It's most probably cheaper too, as well as being much less effort to go all the way to a McDonalds when all you really want is to be in your pyjamas, watching the Eastenders omnibus. Just me? Oh...

The only way this brunch could potentially be better is with a homemade English muffin, but ain't no body got time for that - especially on a fuzzy-headed morning. The bacon is beautifully crispy, the egg cooked through (none of that horrible egg bogey) and the mushrooms a very welcome addition.

Homemade Egg & Bacon McMuffin

What You Need:
An English Muffin
An Egg
2 rashers of smoked streaky bacon (smoked all the way baby)
3-4 chestnut mushrooms

What You Need To Do:
Place your bacon under the grill on a medium heat and let it cook for about 5-10 mins, turning over half way through
Slice your muffin in half, place in the toaster but don't toast just yet
Slice your mushrooms, put a frying pan on medium-high heat drizzle in a little oil (I like to use coconut oil) and put the mushrooms in
After a couple of minutes, start toasting your muffin, you only want it lightly toasted
Keep the mushrooms in the pan but move to one side and crack the egg into the pan being careful not to burst the yolk
When the muffin is toasted, butter it (Mean Girls reference anyone?) or not, depending on your preference
When the bacon is the right side of crispy, turn off the grill 
When your egg is looking cooked, you need to flip it - WARNING this takes practice and is as close to an art form you will find in the kitchen (truth) 
The egg needs to be flipped without you bursting the yolk, to ensure the top of the fried egg is cooked Let the egg cook on it's front for about 3 seconds, carefully flip back over and place onto your muffin,  along with the crispy bacon and mushrooms

I always have ketchup on mine, but obviously that is optional.

Enjoy with a big mug of tea!

What's For Lunch Today? Dixie Union | Rupert St, Soho

It's been a very fitness-centric week. This week will be the first week I have been to bootcamp twice... AND I actually *ran* home from work last night. Yep, 5.3 miles straight - no stopping. Impressed? I sure am.

Anyway, because I've been so active I really felt like indulging in a delicious lunch. I wandered down to the Rupert St Market in hope of being able to get some food from Yogiyo, but alas, no such luck. I couldn't really be bothered to go searching any further so I stopped at the Dixie Union stall for the first time - which I must say usually has a long queue of lunch-time revellers hungry for their fill of pulled pork, but not today. I blame how ABSOLUTELY freezing cold it is outside. Genuinely feels about zero degrees out there.

So I opted for their only choice, the 24hr pulled pork burger with slaw and bbq sauce - with a little hot sauce for good measure and eagerly skipped back to the office burger in hand.

And yes, it lives up to the expectation the picture here portrays. Melt in the mouth pork with a few crispy bits for good measure and packed full of flavour. Interestingly enough, I normally steer well clear of anything 'bbq' related, I just don't normally like the taste... it's smokey but it's sweet - too much for my simple brain to handle and enjoy. But I have to say in this combination I liked it. The burger as a whole is delicious.

My only slight qualm would be that I'd personally like to have the bun toasted to keep some of the warmth and add another textural dimension to the meal, but that's just me. And the only other teeny tiny thing is the price (I know, I know, I mention it pretty much every time, get used to it already Ala...). I could stomach a £6 lunch for sure and I could certainly stomach a £6 burger in a restaurant but from a market stall... I just don't know, I think if it was £5 it would probably take the sting off but I know a lot of people won't be bothered about spending that much.

Anyway price aside, the burger was delicious and if you're in the mood for pulled pork, Dixie Union is your stall.

Tough Love | Jessie Ware

It's been a while since I did a music related post, so here's a review for an album that I've really been enjoying recently. I've no doubt you're already aware of this album due to the overwhelming radio coverage the lead single has had in recent weeks, it's Jessie Ware's sophomore album, Tough Love.

What can I say about Jessie Ware... Voice of an actual angel? Effortlessly cool? Down to earth? The list could go on. I amazingly managed to get tickets to see her perform at the iTunes festival in September and although I'd known of her music and listen to occasionally for a couple of years, I have to say I wasn't a huge fan. I liked her first album Devotion for sure, but I just never really took the time to properly listen.

But when she started singing at that gig, it was like a huge smack-in-the-face type of musical awakening. She is awesome. She sang flawlessly and gave a bit of banter whilst she was up on stage - what a lady. So I knew I had to get the new album after hearing it being performed so beautifully that evening.

There's a theme running throughout the album, you can guess by the title, it's love. First off, a lot of the lyrics on the album, in fact all of the lyrics are very love-centric and almost at times, a bit gushy. Now I enjoy a love song as much as the next person but at times throughout the album for me it gets a little too much. But that's not to detract, in any way, from the beauty of Jessie's words - much like another female artist's sophomore album *cough Back To Black - Amy Winehouse cough* Jessie is laying herself out completely through this album, granted the comparison can't be taken too seriously as the context of each album's subject is different in so many ways. 

But I like the grit and the honesty, I personally think it shows a maturity and development of an artist.

Tough Love's sound is a lot more soulful than Jessie's first album - this could be due to the strong and powerful vocals displayed on the tracks, and that's certainly not a bad thing, but I still feel like the album portrays her signature 'ambient but upbeat and still a bit alternative' sound - in a round about way. In reality, this album leans a lot closer towards the mainstream sound than Devotion, but if by that you understand it to be just another 'middle-of-the-road' type album that we'll all forget in a couple of months - you'd be mistaken.

My standout tracks from the album are You & I (Forever), Kind Of...Sometimes...Maybe, and the lead single track Say You Love Me, but all of the tracks are beautiful in their own right. I have to also mention there are some gems on the deluxe version of the album - which I was unaware of until my friend enlightened me, I'm very glad she did.

I'd thoroughly recommend a listen of this album, it's easy listening in all the right ways with some power behind it - you won't be disappointed.

The [ Not-So Guilty ] Macaroni Cheese

Is there such a thing? A non-guilty macaroni cheese? Not in my eyes, unless you want to sacrifice the ultimate of cheesy-carby goodness of comfort food. But I think you *can* make it not as guilty by adding in actual healthy goodness.

I've been craving macaroni cheese for a good few weeks so when there were no leftovers in the fridge come Sunday, it was my chance to get the ingredients in. I think I even woke up thinking about macaroni cheese, but also adding in some veggie extras. Cauliflower cheese is a pretty standard side dish really so I thought why not add in some of it's green sibling and an injection of some super-food, kale. I realise I'm kind of attempting to reinvent the wheel here but I came up with in my head so that counts as my own right?

What's even more amazing about this dish is that it was SUPER fuss-free and easy to make. And if I need to convince you how amazing this dish is even more, I have one word for you... cheese.

Macaroni Cheese
Serves 4

What You Need:
A small knob of butter
1 large onion
3 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp plain flour
600ml milk
200g mature cheddar cheese
1 heaped tsp wholegrain mustard
salt & pepper
Half a cauliflower
Half a broccoli
100g kale
250g macaroni pasta

What You Need To Do:
Preheat your oven to 150c (fan)
Chop the onions and grate the garlic
Melt the knob of butter in a small-medium sized saucepan on a low-medium heat and add the onions and garlic
Let the onions sweat and turn translucent (takes about 5-10 mins) turn the heat right down and add the flour
Coat the onions with the flour well
Add the milk and turn the heat on the pan up again
Let the milk absorb the flour and when it seems thicker (there shouldn't be any lumps) add the cheese and mix
When the cheese has melted add the mustard and season to taste (don't add too much salt as the cheese sauce will already be quite salty)
Let it thicken slowly on a low heat, keep stirring every minute or so to avoid it forming a skin
Start boiling your pasta
After a couple of minutes put the kale, cauliflower and broccoli in a pan of boiling water for a few minutes to soften the veggies and drain
When the pasta is almost cooked, take it off the heat and drain
Put the vegetables and pasta into an oven proof dish and mix together evenly distributing across the dish
Then pour in the cheese sauce and mix again to get an even distribution
Grate a little bit more cheese on top 
Cover with tin foil and put into the oven for 25 mins
After 25 mins, take the foil off the dish and cook for a further 30-35 mins
When the food is brown and crispy on top and the cheese is bubbly it is ready to go
Serve and enjoy!

White Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cupcakes

I haven't been able to get the white chocolate and salted caramel combo out of my head since reading this post by Emily when we were all baking our little hearts out during the Great British Bake Off. And let's be honest, now you've been made aware of this heavenly partnering, you probably won't be able to resist either.

And do you know what? After all the baking I did for my bake-off bake along, I thought it would be nice to take things back to basics, y'know go back to where it all started - cupcakes. Although I used to be quite interested in baking as a child, it sort of dropped off when I was a teenager, until I was at uni with more free hours than I knew what to do with. I didn't have much money (or skill) so I started baking cupcakes - which my housemates really liked. It was a new way to procrastinate but also learn new skills. 

I have to say, I've come a long way since then but I still really enjoy making cupcakes because people in general really love them and I really enjoy working on my piping skills. I also think cupcakes are an easy way of experimenting with flavours and allow you to be quite creative.

Whats even cooler is now I'm a more confident baker, I'm experimenting more with the structure of the cake, for example, these cakes used light brown sugar instead of the usual caster, because I wanted a stronger flavour to go with the caramel, but I also think the sugar has helped the cakes come out fluffier and lighter - which is never a bad thing. 

White Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Makes 12

150g light brown sugar
150g unsalted butter or soft margarine
3 medium eggs
150g self-raising flour
1 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

White Chocolate Icing:
100g white Chocolate
100g unsalted butter - softened
300g icing sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

suggest this is pre-made

What You Need To Do
Preheat the oven to 170c (fan oven)
Cream together the fat and the sugar until pale and fluffy
Add one egg, mix well then add some flour and mix again, keep going until you've added all the eggs and the flour, make sure the batter is mixed well and smooth
Add the milk and the vanilla extract, give it one final mix
Divide into 12 cupcake cases in a prepared deep cupcake tin
Place in the oven and bake for 20 mins or until a light golden brown colour
Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 mins then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely

Whilst the cakes are cooling you can get started on the icing
Place the chocolate broken into pieces, into a bain marie and slowly melt the chocolate, when it is melted set to one side
Mix together the softened butter and icing sugar with the milk and vanilla extract, make sure the mixture is smooth by beating well
Add the cooled but still melted chocolate
Leave to cool
Get a piping bag and star piping nozzle (I use the Wilton 1M), fill the piping bag and pipe swirls onto your cakes starting from the outside make a circle in and upwards
Then when you're happy, drizzle your salted caramel over the top of the cakes

Make a cup of tea/coffee (optional) and enjoy!

This Last Week #5

There's actually been quite a lot happening round these parts over the last few weeks, despite the last weekend having a completely lazy last-weekend-before-payday kinda vibe to it, whilst ploughing through the second series of Breaking Bad. We are hooked. Anyway, looking back here's what has happened:

Would you judge me if I told you we went to Five Guys twice... in one week? Part of me is filled with shame, the other filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Seamus and I decided to go out for lunch a few weekends ago, and I finally managed to persuade him to go to Patty & Bun, but obviously when we got there, there was a huge queue, and with it being around 2pm already we decided to hot foot it to Covent Garden and indulge in a familiar favourite. The second time came the following Thursday on our day off, we met my sister at Westfield White City before heading back home to go to a family wedding the next day.

I would just like to point out that on the Thursday, I did actually go to bootcamp before the trip to Five Guys, so it's not as bad as it seems... right? RIGHT?

The main reason we went to Westfield was however, to visit Boots (Westfield White City Boots is amazing and huge btw) because Wah Nails were doing free manicures with any purchase. I saw the advert in instagram the day before and with a wedding to go to, I let my sister know and it was a done deal. I bought the shade pictured on my nails, a matte dark blue (my dress was mustard, see below) which I can't currently remember the name of but will update if I remember to do so. So I had that colour painted on, with a gold shimmer 'fade' effect on my ring finger nail - it was very understated and actually looked quite classy, so I was really pleased with it.

If you read This Particular regularly, you'll already have seen this picture from a previous post but I wanted to include it here because I loves it *insert heart eye emoji here* ! It was a gorgeous day and I'm so pleased with my choice of dress, I felt so comfortable but still a bit glam. I think this is probably the only yellow thing in my wardrobe but it has become one of my favourites. But I love the picture because it's nice.

Do you know how difficult it is to find fireworks in central London? Honestly for the lack of advertising, I actually forgot it was Bonfire Night last wednesday until the afternoon. I searched high and low and then found some fireworks in my local supermarket, because you can't NOT have sparklers on bonfire night, I'm sure you'll agree! They are the most fun. Although, I'll always remember when I was about 4-5 years old, we were out in the garden watching fireworks and holding sparklers - my mum had got me this lovely (and probably really cute) winter coat, which I decided to put my sparkler to and burn down the front...! After the initial shock and making sure I was ok, I don't think my mum was best pleased about me ruining a new coat, but still we can laugh about it now, or at least I can!

We had a birthday in the office last week too, and although I brought in cakes on the same day, totally coincidentally, a huge box of cakes was sent in from a friend of the birthday girl. Chocolate, Raspberry and Red Velvet cakes, all thoroughly enjoyed and devoured by all. I love office birthdays!

And on Friday I went to one of my favourite stalls on the Berwick St market for lunch, Savage Salads. I was in a very indecisive mood and was actually just floating around soho looking for inspiration. The queue for this place is normally at least 20 people long, but when I saw there were only a couple of people in the queue I jumped in. The salad was good rocket fuel for later when I went to the 19.50 class at Barry's Bootcamp - one of my favourites, led by Faisal Abdalla and with a live DJ. I pushed myself hard and was pleased with my performance, I can see myself improving week on week, it really is amazing.

But after the class, my legs literally felt like jelly and I think if I'd have fallen down the escalators on the tube it probably would have hurt less. I'm still hobbling around but I guess that's a sign of a good work out? Even if it renders me almost useless for the rest of the week.

And then the weekend. This weekend was one of the most lazy I've had in a while, but was very welcome. On Saturday we got up, went to the shop and bought everything we would need for the weekend, put our dinner in the slow cooker and got down to business with Breaking Bad. We basically just sat in front of the box and watched copious amounts of tv whilst eating and eating and eating. Then on Sunday we got our act together and gave the flat a DEEP clean, like seriously good-for-the-soul kinda clean and the above picture was the result. I even went to Primark quickly and picked up a few nesty things including the tea lights (although not the holders), a laundry bin for our towels and some new tea towels - I KNOW I live an exciting life! But still it's these little things that make a rented space feel a little more homey.

What have you all been up to?!

Weekend Brunch Ideas #1

I don't really know why I've never thought to post anything like this before because either every Saturday or Sunday (or both), Seamus and like to have a bit of an indulgent breakfast... or by the time we end up actually eating after having copious amounts of tea (and biscuits) in bed it's more like brunch.

These meals never really stretch to a full fry up because our weekend brunches are normally made out of whatever is left in the fridge from the previous week, with only one staple ingredient week to week - eggs. It's a good way to use things up and experiment in the kitchen, without going all out for a full-on meal.

For a not-so-lazy Sunday morning - we cleaned the flat from top to bottom, which definitely meant a brunch was on the cards - we opted for scrambled egg on toast with garlicy, buttery chestnut mushrooms. Just yum.

The eggs pictured are a little over how we normally have them, but I have to admit I took my eye off the ball - still it tasted great. I realise this is relatively straight forward but I love reading blog posts for quick and easy yet delicious recipes so the recipe is as follows :)

Scrambled Eggs on Toast with Garlic Butter Mushrooms
Serves 2

What You Need:
2 slices of your favourite bread - we used the Super Seeded Loaf from M&S
4 eggs
A splash of milk (or cream if you have it)
Worcestershire sauce
Tobasco sauce
Salt & Pepper
5-6 chestnut mushrooms
5 cloves of garlic
A knob of butter

What You Need To Do:
Chop up your mushrooms
Put them in a small saucepan with a lid with the butter and garlic cloves (some whole and some slightly crushed is good)
Put the saucepan on a low-medium heat with the lid on and leave to do it's magic for 5 mins
Keep shaking the saucepan with the lid on to mix up the garlic and mushrooms, making sure none have stuck to the bottom
When the mushrooms have released the juices, turn the heat down and take off the lid, leave to thicken
In the meantime, toast your bread to your own preference
Mix the eggs, milk, a splash of worcestershire sauce, a few drops of tobasco and the salt and pepper 
Put a small frying pan on medium heat and melt in a little butter covering the bottom of the pan
Add the egg mixture and scramble the eggs
Take the mushrooms off the heat
Butter your toast
When the eggs are successfully scrambled, serve on top of the toast then add the mushrooms on top
We also eat the garlic cloves because they're good for you and not strong after being cooked
Eat and enjoy :)

A great way to start a weekend day, I'm sure you'll agree!

Just Some Gooey Salted Caramel Brownies

That got your attention didn't it? Because who can resist a gooey brownie... with salted caramel in it? Not me.

I feel like brownies can be somewhat controversial, or at least very personal. Everyone likes brownies, but in a different way. Some people like cake brownies, some like gooey, some like them as a dessert, some as a snack. I for one really love my brownies to be gooey and fudgey, the type that glues your mouth together. Yep.

I got it into my head that one way to make brownies as gooey as possible is to add moisture... and in that case moisture comes in a salted caramel form. I have to be honest, you can't really distinctly taste the caramel in these, but I don't think you can with any brownies really, but maybe that's just me. So even though you don't get the flavour, you get the gooey moisture and that's good enough for me.

Let me tell you, there are A LOT of brownie recipes on the internet, like serious amounts, but the one I decided to take inspiration from is this one. However I have altered the recipe to suit my own preferences  :)

Trust me these brownies are GORGEOUS and were a massive hit with the boy. They also kept really well, I forgot to package them away whilst we went away for the weekend so they stayed out on the kitchen counter top and were still just as gooey when we came back on Sunday.

Anyway, recipe is as follows below !

What You Need
115g unsalted butter
230g dark chocolate 70% cocoa solids at least
200g light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
120g plain flour
100g white chocolate chips
Half a jar of salted caramel

What You Need To Do
Preheat your oven to 170c (fan) and prepare your deep brownie tin with baking parchment
Melt your chocolate and butter on a low heat, leave to cool
Mix the butter and chocolate in with the sugar
When full incorporated, add the eggs, mixing well after each egg is added
Fold in the sieved plain flour and cocoa powder and mix well
Then the salted caramel and vanilla extract, again mix well
And finally add the chocolate chips making sure they are well mixed and evenly distributed
Pour the mixture into your prepared tin
Place in the oven to bake for 30-35 mins

Remove from the oven, leave to cool (optional) and enjoy!

Let me know if you do give these a try :)

Another Wedding Outfit

On Friday I attended the wonderful wedding of my cousin and as the last wedding I attended was in the full-swing of the summer heat-wave, a totally different climate, that called for a new outfit.

I'm not one for not recycling outfits, but if you remember, the dress I wore to the last wedding was very summery and not really appropriate in anyway for a chilly last-day-of-October wedding. Or so we thought. The weather really held out and when we emerged from the church we all noted how *warm* it was outside. Definitely lucked out on that one.

The day was truly wonderful and we all had such a lovely time seeing family and enjoying the day that had been so well thought out.

Anyway, here's a picture of what I wore for the wedding (with my gorgeous assistant/boyfriend):