Food & Drink, Uncategorized

Raisin Flapjack

Easiest flapjack recipe you will ever need and pretty fool proof.

I have to hide this after I’ve made it because it just weirdly disappeared otherwise. I think we have elves!

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So here’s the recipe:

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 200g porridge oats
  • a good pinch of salt (optional)
  • 80g of Sultanas (exchange for nuts or apricots etc… if preferred)

Grease a 20cm square tin with butter and set aside. Preheat the oven to 150 C/ 300 F/ Gas Mark 2

Melt the butter in a pan with the sugar and the golden syrup.

When melted take off the heat and add the porridge oats, salt and raisins.

When everything has been incorporated put into the tin and using a spoon pack it down well.

Bake for around 25-30 mins until golden brown. After 5 mins of cooling score the flapjacks into the size you like (big pieces for me!) When cooled completely remove from tin and place on some kitchen roll for a few minutes to remove excess butter then store in an airtight tin.

Happy Eating!!

 

Food & Drink

Pass me the coffee!

I absolutely love my coffee! I couldn’t possibly function daily without it. It’s definitely my go to drink. I rarely drink other hot drinks other than the odd cup of tea but i really have to be in the mood for that. If i’m out it’s generally a Latte or a Flat White and usually always either Starbucks or Caffe Nero (Costa is just way too weak).

Usually in a morning i reach for the easiest which is Nescafe Azera. Before this i used to use the instant granules but since i started to use this i could never have a normal coffee again. This is the middle ground. Has the instant coffee hit and doesn’t taste dissimilar to a filter coffee.20170714_162055

Today whilst shopping in Asda i spotted some new coffee (well new to me!) and as it was only £2.50 i thought if i didn’t like it then i hadn’t wasted an exorbitant amount of cash. Well no, no thank you Asda. It’s way to bitter and harsh for my liking. On first appearance it looks like a filter coffee but does disperse well in water. It left a really horrible taste in my mouth so that will be resigned to the cupboard as a backup to my back up if ever i run out (in other words it’ll still be there in a couple of years).

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Throughout the day it’s filter coffee for me these days. I only used to make it about once every weeks but since coming back from the States where it’s the staple drink (and they always seem to get it right!) i have found myself making some if not every day then every other day. My go to blend is the House Blend from Starbucks. I love it. It’s a smooth, rich taste and you don’t need too much for a nice deep cuppa. I don’t actually like it too strong but it’s easy to add a bit of water if you’ve added too much coffee. I used to use a cafetiere but these days i use my trusty peculator, it’s just really easy.

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Occasionally if i really want filter coffee but i’m pressed for time i’ll get out my drip feeder. This means i can get a good cup of coffee but fairly quickly.

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Right, time to take 10 minutes to sit with a bit of TV and this beaut before i have to make dinner!
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Kitchen Revamp

Back at the beginning of the year i decided i wanted a new kitchen. I love a good project and so in February i began looking around for kitchens and builders (who knew it would be so difficult!!

Here are some pictures of what my kitchen looked like. Many people have said it looks nice but it wasn’t very functional and there was very little storage. We found that even with a kitchen table we rarely used it, we just didn’t like being in there.

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I found my Builder, got many Kitchen quotes and eventually went with Howdens Joinery to supply my kitchen and work would commence in March and finish in April. It was hell for a few weeks, we had to live on takeaways (oh woe is me!) but i couldn’t be happier. Its taken me until the beginning of this month to actually finish things off like painting and having blinds fitted but honestly it’s my favourite room in the house!
So here is the transformation, i hope you enjoy looking at the pictures.

During construction

Kitchen – Howdens, Greenwich Gloss Slate Grey
Mugs – Starbucks You Are Here collection
Clock and Placemats – Debenhams 
Wall Letters – Hobbycraft
Small Flower Jar, wooden board, porcelain ‘Hello’ and large and small yellow vases – Next
Prints – Printed from online
Bar Stools – Dunelm