Delicious banana bread

Banana bread is a classic favourite, it is appropriate for almost  any occasion and you can eat it however you like, with butter, honey, chocolate. You can’t really go wrong.

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You will need:

-4 Ripe bananas

-1/3 Cup of butter

-1 Beaten egg

-1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)

-1 teaspoon of baking soda

-1 small pinch of salt

-3/4 cup of white sugar

-1 1/2 cups of flour

Method:

  1. Beat egg and add pinch of salt to it
  2. Pre-Heat oven to 175°C
  3. Melt the butter in microwave for 20 seconds, add to egg
  4. Add everything else in and mix until blended but not too smooth
  5. Grease a small loaf pan with butter and add mixture.
  6. Leave bread in oven for 30 minutes to an hour or until the bread is golden brown on the outside and spongy inside

Little Ana x

The easiest, most indulgent fudgy brownies.

Brownies, Little Ana©

Now we all know that brownies aren’t the healthiest food but they are definitely the perfect occasional pick me up that we all need every now and then. The best thing about them is that they are so easily done and modified, you can add and take away ingredients according to your own preference. This recipe is one I have taken from Jamie Oliver’s website, however I have modified it slightly to my liking.

Ingredients: 

– good quality dark chocolate 250g

– 200g unsalted butter

– 4 large eggs

– brown sugar 150g, the original recipe uses 300g but I found this to be far too much

– 1 teaspoon of baking powder

– 3tbsp of dedicated coconut

– 1 pinch of salt

– 65g of plain flour

– 80g of cocoa powder

Method:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in bowl over boiling water
  3. Mix the dry ingredients
  4. Beat the 4 eggs until foamy
  5. Stir the dry ingredients with the chocolate and butter
  6. Slowly mix the eggs with the rest of the ingredients so that they don’t scramble
  7. Pour the mix into a greased up container (preferably with butter) and place it in the oven for about 20 minutes
  8. Bare in mind that you don’t want the brownie to be completely cooked
  9. Once out of the oven let it cool for about 10-15 minutes
  10. ENJOY!

Little Ana x

5 School books you should read again!

1) The Colour Purple, Alice Walker:

A modern classic on oppression, sexism, segregation, inner struggle, religion and strength. Definitely not a novel for the light hearted, it is raw and powerful, but also a beautiful heart-felt story of a young vulnerable girl who through the years becomes a thick skinned strong woman due to her struggle. Although the novel is definitely one hard to read, I believe it is one important to read in order to understand the uncensored side of a horrifying side of history.

2) The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger:

A very popular novel read in most schools in secondary education, when I had to read this one in class I found it painfully mundane and hated it. A year later I had a long train ride and decided to give it another go, I finished it in that one train ride and saw parts of it that I wasn’t able to see when being forced to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it to my surprise. This novel is a great insight into the mind of a  mentally troubled teenager who has suffered great loss, his way of looking at life is to say the least depressing, especially for someone so young.

3) Dracula, Bram Stoker: 

A thrilling read with a classy edge, a more educated, refined and much much older version of the Twilight Saga. No, the main characters do not fall in love with the vampire and no, the idea of a bloodthirsty vampire is NOT glorified. I thoroughly enjoyed the Twilight Saga at a younger age but as an English Literature student I craved an intriguing story with vampires (because I can still like that stuff) which had more of an intellectual edge to it. Most of the novel is written in epistolary which is probably my favourite part of it as you get a glimpse of every single one of the characters inner most thoughts and connect with them on a more personal level.

4) Frankenstein, Mary Shelley:

Having read this at the age of 13 in school I missed out on the vitality of this novel, the philosophical and moral issues addressed. This is not only another thrilling Sci-Fi read but also a beautifully written, descriptive book which strangely enough you will be able to relate to more than you could possibly imagine. It is relatively short book which will trigger a wide range of emotions. Although written a long long time ago, many of the issues are very much relevant to this day and it is definitely a fantastic thought provoking book.

5) The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini:

Again, I read this at an age probably too young and naive to appreciate this book. A book about two young friends who are extremely close, almost like siblings which are separated by tragedy. The writer, Khaled Hosseini tells a beautiful tale of betrayal, forgiveness and regret, with many lessons to be learnt from this book.

Breaded goat’s cheese tortilla wrap! #LittleAnasWrap

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Hi guys, here is a VERY simple recipe which was an improvisation of the few things I could find in my fridge. This recipe is rich in taste and makes the perfect light lunch or snack 🙂

Recipe

4 slices of round goats cheese

1/2 cup of bread crumbs

1/2 cup of white flour

1/2 an avocado

1 tomato

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tortilla wrap

1 beaten egg

Hummus

Preparation:

  1. In a bowl of flour flip the goats cheese slices until both sides are fully covered in flour
  2. Then inside a bowl of beaten egg flip them until covered, once thats done submerge them in a bowl or plate of breadcrumbs until the slices are fully covered
  3. Add oil to pan on middle heat, place the cheese slices carefully in the pan and flip over when the crumbs are a golden colour.
  4. Spread hummus, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado inside tortilla wrap then place the goats cheese inside
  5. ENJOY! x

My mini travel essentials

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Travel Beauty, Little Ana©

Travelling means limiting your beauty essentials to 100ml, hmph… This can always be a challenge but over the past few months I have put together a few ‘travel sized’ beauty items which have completely changed my beauty routine whilst travelling.

Hopefully these will help you find some great products which you can take on holiday instead of having to leave your favourites at home.

Products:

1)  Maybelline ‘The Falsies Mascara’ – It isn’t too hard to find a small mascara tube but this one is my all time favourite mascara so I take it with me everywhere I go.

2) Primark Eyelash Curler – This eyelash curler is the perfect size for travelling and it was very affordable (around two pounds)

3) Eyeliner – This is just a normal liquid eyeliner which I bought at a supermarket but any liquid eyeliner should be small enough for travel.

4) L’Occitane – Fleur d’Or Acacia Body Milk: This is an amazing body milk, it moisturises deeply and smells wonderful which is perfect after a flight or a long day of travelling where your skin gets dry and horrible.

5) L’Occitane Creme De Douche As most of the L’Occitane products, the quality is gorgeous and the smell is very subtle and natural which is also comforting when applying products to your skin.

6) L’Occitane Hand Creams As well as your body and face, your hands also need taking care of when dry. These hand creams are very rich in moisture and have some amazing scents. The bigger pink one is a rose one and it really does smell like roses but it is not an overwhelming smell, it is very subtle and relaxing. The smaller bottle is a plain cocoa butter one and I find this one a bit more moisturising and the smell resembles a vanilla scent which is also very lovely.

7) L’Occitane Creme Divine This is a very very rich facial moisturiser, I like to apply this after a plane ride or at night but I find it a bit too heavy for daywear, my face is combination so it just makes my face oily during the day, it might be different for dry skin. The great thing about this cream is that you only need a tiny bit on your face and it will feel super soft.

8) Benefit, The POREfessional primer – I got this tiny little bottle in a magazine, I wouldn’t personally buy it because of the price but it is a really good product and it instantly hides your pores.

9) BP – When travelling I seem to get a lot of blemishes, this along with the next product really helps to reduce them or prevent.

10) Tisserand Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick – Again, this product really helps tame my blemishes and reduce their size, the packaging is very travel friendly and super easy to apply with a wand.

11) Primark Tweezers – Last but not least, tweezers! these tweezers came in a two pack from Primark and they were probably around 1 pound or 2.

Hope this was helpful! 

Little Ana x

*This post is not sponsored

Little wonders that I found in ‘Alice’s Shop’, Oxford

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Purchases, Little Ana©

I recently visited the very well known city of Oxford in the UK, needless to say it was one of the most beautiful places I have been to.

The streets are full of life but are not stressful, there is a certain ‘calm’ to the city, the oxygen feels fresh and the architecture is flawless. You can definitely feel the history and culture that inhabits the streets of Oxford, as of course it is home to some of the most intellectually rich people in the world.

As well as its academic accomplishments, Oxford is the home to one of the worlds most loved literary master pieces, ‘Alice In Wonderland’. Whilst visiting the beautiful gardens of The Christ Church college, I spotted a very cute, quaint shop across the street. This shop is called ‘Alice’s Shop’ and it is a small shop dedicated fully to Alice In Wonderland, selling everything from vintage books and art to miniature Alice In Wonderland figurines.

The shop was packed with people who were as in love with the shop as I was. I managed to buy a few little treasures from this shop:

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The White Rabbit Postcard, Little Ana©
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How Alice Grew Tall, Little Ana©
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Alice Collectors Pin, Little Ana©
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The White Rabbit Pin, Little Ana©

Coconut and carrot balls

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Coconut &Carrot balls, Little Ana©

This recipe is so easy to make and surprisingly delicious, great for an event or a little treat if you’re feeling peckish, the recipe is from my vegetarian E-book which I will hopefully publish soon.

Ingredients:

– 500g of peeled carrots

– 44g Sugar (optional)

– 1tsp. sultanas (optional)

– 50g of grated coconut

– ½ tsp of cream or condensed milk

Preparation:

– Boil carrots until soft, leave them to cool

– Once cool,  place in a bowl with coconut

– Add condensed milk and sultanas then mix together with fork or in blender softly until it becomes a mix

– Once it becomes a mix, press them with washed hands and roll them until they become small balls (size of your choice)

– Leave in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes to an hour for better taste

Enjoy! 

Little Ana x