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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”

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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Singl-end Garnethill interior

Singl-end Garnethill, the best brunch in Glasgow | REVIEW

I’ve said it before but when it comes to brunch, it’s absolutely no secret that I’m a pretty big fan. After doing a bit of digging for the best brunch in Glasgow (where we recently stayed for a long weekend), we came across Singl-end and what was a serious calling of delicious vegetarian and vegan meals and freshly baked loaves – all under one roof! Naturally, we wasted approximately zero minutes in heading to the Singl-end Garnethill. Before we knew it, we had a table for two ready to give us the energy we needed for our little explore around the city.

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Winkel 43 apple pie

Winkel 43, the best Dutch apple pie in Amsterdam | REVIEW

Having not visited Amsterdam in over a year (I know, what was I thinking?), I was extremely excited to go back to one of my favourite cities in Europe for a quick weekend escape, especially in prime time spring. Although our main purpose was to finally see the vivid tulip fields at Keukeunhof, we couldn’t resist revisiting some of our favourite corners in the Dutch capital.

We’d heard loads of wonderful things about Winkel 43 and its delicious Dutch apple pie (appeltaart) on our first visit and it quickly began a favourite brunch spot of ours. Naturally when good food is involved, I didn’t even need to drag Sam into starting our day with some traditional Dutch pastries. Trust me, it’s hard not to go back once you try their homemade apple pie!

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Conservatory Archives, Hackney inside

Conservatory Archives, Hackney – A trendy plant shop with a hidden treat

If you know me well, you know I’m someone that’s pretty keen on the idea of shopping for plants, especially when this means adding personal touches to your home and making it feel more…homely. Adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to different spots of the house is always exciting and has an incredible effect on not only the decoration and feel of our little London flat, but on our everyday mood.

Our house is slowly starting to look like a jungle and most of our plants are now having little plant babies! I get a little extra excited when I notice them growing a little leaf, so imagine how happy and proud I feel when they’re creating babies of their own! Funnily enough, I feel like I’m now at a point in my life where I’m legitimately playing grown ups. Being the plant lady that I am and needing some extra pots, it was only a matter of time before Sam and I headed up to Lower Clapton, where a new Conservatory Archives plant shop had recently opened.

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