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