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Gluten free chocolate chip pumpkin cookies

How to Make: Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe

It’s that time of the year again! The leaves have changed their colour, the weather is cooler and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Lattes, cakes, cocktails…name it! Of course, it was only natural to bring you a cookie version of your favourite autumn drink too. Whether you want to celebrate the autumn season or are after some Thanksgiving dessert ideas, I have the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe for you. Trust me, you’re going to want to make them ASAP!

Bursting with flavour, these gluten free chocolate chip pumpkin cookies are fluffy, soft and absolutely delicious. My easy pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe combines basic pantry ingredients with warm spices. The best thing? It only requires a few minutes in the oven so you’ll be done in no time. Plus, the warm smell of baked spiced pumpkin cookies will stay in your kitchen for days!

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Best pastries and desserts in Paris

Our best desserts in Paris post is here! I’ve finally managed to go through our pictures from our quick Parisian Valentine’s weekend trip in February. You know, there’s been a lot going on since then… I’m sure loads of you already share our love for sweet treats. So it won’t come as a surprise that, once again, I bring you a food related post! May I interest you in the delicious French pastries in Paris that we indulged on? Let me tell you, French patisserie is waaaaay more than just your typical (yet delicious) croissants and pain au raisins. That’s a breakfast I’m definitely up to have every-single-day (if it was not for the amount of butter, anyway). In this case, however, we took advantage of the French capital and went in search of the crème de la crème of Parisian desserts.

So to sum up, here are a handful of my favourite spots for the best pastries in Paris (and other yummy treats) you should try. Continue Reading “Best pastries and desserts in Paris”

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Best brunches in Hackney to get your brunch fix

Let me start by saying this – I can’t say no to a good avocado on toast with poached eggs on top. I know, it’s such a millennial thing, isn’t it? But sometimes the good things in life come in the form of ripe and ready avocado mash. After several successful and failed attempts at making poached eggs myself (the trick is in the white wine vinegar, they say), I can say I’m really excited about going out for brunch again. The Covid-19 pandemic and self-isolation rules clearly haven’t decreased my love for food. Now, Hackney is one of the best places to get brunch in London. So I thought I’d throw in a post with some the best brunches in Hackney that I’m most looking forward to going to once they reopen.

Note: check each place beforehand to see their current Covid-19 measures.

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Chocolate Guinness cake slice

How to Make: Chocolate Guinness cake recipe

It’s no secret that one of my favourite things to do is to bake (apart from travelling, of course). With St Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought it was only appropriate to bring the Irish spirit to my kitchen in the form of a cake. And what’s more Irish than Guinness beer?

This dark chocolate Guinness cake recipe is a mix of Nigella Lawson’s original recipe and Garrett McCord’s lovely additions of dark brown sugar and cream cheese topping. I’ve changed it a little bit by using double cream and lemon juice for a tangier flavour. This highlights the richness of the cocoa and beery sponge perfectly, making it the best Guinness cake recipe possible. This cake is dark, moist, delicious and easy to bake and it’s perfect for fighting the afternoon munchies!

If you’re looking for the ultimate pint of Guinness in the shape of a cake, you’ve come to the right place…

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Sliced easy banana bread with chocolate chips on a chopping board

How to make: Banana bread with chocolate chips recipe

This easy chocolate chip banana bread recipe has been a weekend ritual for the last few months and it’s safe to say I’m still as addicted to it as I was on the first day. I can’t take any credit here, sadly, as this is also one of Sam’s mum’s great bakes (who else?). But I thought I’d share what, in my humble opinion, might just be the best banana bread recipe!

Made with wholemeal flour (just opt for gluten-free flour to make it a gluten-free banana bread) and with a delicious nutty caramel flavour, this homemade banana loaf is fluffy and stays moist for days. It makes for pretty tasty comfort food that goes perfectly with a cuppa. Trust me, your friends and family will love this chocolate chip banana bread (if you’re willing to share, that is!).  The best bit? You can also experiment with fillings such as walnuts or different chocolate chips for a fun twist with extra flavour! Because sometimes all you need is a good (thick) slice of banana bread, right?

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Sweet Little Things, Bath flower wall

Sweet Little Things, Bath | REVIEW

On our recent trip to Bath, Sam and I had time to squeeze in a visit to Sweet Little Things and sample their delicious cakes (one of my favourite things, as you certainly know by now). We’d heard loads of wonderful things about the charming décor and their reliably tasty dishes from Sam’s sis (who recently graduated from Bath University, yay!) and we were both really excited to grab a seat.

And the cute café was every bit as gorgeous as we’d expected. A stone’s throw from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, Sweet Little Things is the perfect central food spot when playing tourist. With an idyllic floral setting and a delicious selection of sweet treats, afternoon tea and brunch options, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Just try not to drool all over your keyboard while reading my Sweet Little Things review, you’ve been warned!

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Homemade protein bars with oats

How to Make: Homemade protein bars with oats and cinnamon recipe

After several posts of incredibly delicious brunch and out-of-this-world Dutch apple pie, it seemed only fair I brought you a healthy recipe. Judging by all of my food posts, you’re probably well aware that I’m a sweet tooth kind of girl. Although I’ve recently rekindled my love for pilates and improved my daily exercise routine and diet considerably, truth is I often find myself craving sweet treats after a workout. Maintaining a healthy diet can be tricky – especially when it comes to choosing snacks that will keep us both satisfied and healthy. Let me just say that the temptation is real.

Protein bars seem to do the trick and help you get through to the end of the day. However, I’ve found that store bought protein bars aren’t only pricey, but they tend to be calorific and quite surprisingly, aren’t always that nutritious. They often come packed with processed and unnatural ingredients including sugars, additives and preservatives which isn’t what your body needs to be happy. Therefore, I’ve decided to share my newfound love – these easy and healthy homemade protein bars! They’re tasty, filling and have no added sugar as their rich sweetness comes from the natural sugars found in dates. And the best bit? These are no-bake protein bars so require no baking at all! Can this get any better?

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