International Chocolate Day

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Somehow managed to miss the holiday in an official capacity but luckily had this Tony’s treat on hand to celebrate!

Not only are these bars some of the best chocolate you’ve ever had they’re slave labour free!

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We’re nearly two weeks into this heatwave and I’m suffering. These cold brew coffees are keeping me going though.

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I’ve replaced my morning coffee, usually made hot in my french press, with one of these. I’ve also started having one mid afternoon to cool down and help beat the mid afternoon sweaty slump.

How do you beat the heat?

I can’t be fashionable everyday. Today I had a load of errands to run and honestly I was not feeling myself. I’ve been suffering through this record breaking pollen counts. Allergies are awful and I HAVE SO MANY!

The scarf was a practical edition; trying to keep pollen out of my hair and sun off my face. It ended up being the centre of the outfit and earning me a few strange looks from passersby while I was out and about running errands.

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Outfit details:

  • Scarf, fake Louis Vuitton, thrifted.
  • T shirt, Emporio Armani tshirt, thrifted.
  • Dungarees, Liz Claiborne, Depop.
  • Leather Vans.
  • Sunglasses, Juicy Couture, TKMaxx
  • Bag, Juicy Couture, TKMaxx
  • Makeup to match the scarf; Nyx purple eyeliner w/ Rimmel Purple Mascara

 

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Strawberry season is one of my absolute favourites. I try my best to shop and eat food in season, and try to source as much as my food as locally as possible. At the moment we’re coming up to the end of British Strawberry season and I’ve been averaging a punnet(sometimes two) a day.

Decided to do a little photo shoot because these berries were as beautiful as they were tasty. Taken on my kitchen table with some cute vintage coffee mugs from my local charity shops.

 

 

Had a spectacular time shooting Shahira who runs AfroGlory. Such an inspiring person and I joy to photograph!

Trying to stick to my ‘Bake once a Week’ resolution. I missed last week, had too much on my plate and bad brain* got took up all my down time.

This week I wanted fruit to be the star of the show(since last bake was chocolate chip cookies). I also wanted to use an ingredient that was in season. Had to go with rhubarb.

Rhubarb is super nostalgic for me, my maternal grandfather grew a large patch in his back garden. His partner Beverly would make jams and pies and crisps and crumbles to feed the grandchildren and the neighbours.

I’ve been homesick lately. Summer in the city always gets me down. I’m an island girl and I miss the sea and the wilds most this time of year. I’ve also been reflecting on mortality, family relations, and legacy. So this bake was reflective of that.

I had never had a CRUMBLE until I moved to the UK. It was one of the first desserts I remember being served by my inlaws. I grew up on CRISPS which are essentially the same but with an crispy oat topping instead rather than the crumbly crumble topping.

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Recipe:

COMPOTE/FRUIT FILLING

  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp cornflour
  • 450g strawberries
  • 450g rhubarb
  1. Preheat oven to 75F / 190C / Gas Mark 5
  2. Cut your fruit into chunks, I like mine big and rustic, and place in a bowl.
  3. Remember the fruit will soften and disintegrate when you cook it so bigger pieces make for better mouthfeel and be more substantial.
  4. Add lemon juice, sugar, black pepper, and cornflower to fruit and toss gently.
  5. Place fruit into a saucepan and heat on medium-low until fruit softens and sauce thickens.
  6. Pour compote into baking tray.

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CRUMBLE:

  • 120g plain flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 60g unsalted butter or margarine at room temperature, cut into pieces
  1. Throw everything into a bowl and using a fork mash it all together until you get that lovely crumble.
  2. Scoop crumb topping onto the compote.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crumble is golden brown.

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Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream or custard.

 

 

 

Went through my personal library and pulled a few ‘feminist’ books and books made into films for props.

Have you got a ‘feminist’ MUST READ list?