Easy like a Sunday morning.

These Fall Cinnamon Persimmon Pancakes are a perfect morning treat in the lead up to Christmas.

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Easy, peasy, persimmon squeezy – they can be made in a matter of minutes, and are so simple you’ll probably wonder why you have never tried it before.

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Using a basic pancake recipe, adding some slices of persimmon and a sprinkle (or a dash, depending on preference) of cinnamon; voila, you have pancakes with a very wintery twist.

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Using cups and spoons only to measure the ingredients, it requires no messy weighing of all sorts:

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • One persimmon (at least)
  • Ground Cinammon
  • Maple Syrup (to serve!)

In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Make a ‘well’ in the centre and pour in the milk, oil and egg. Combine, mix and stir until smooth!

Now, slowly add as much ground cinnamon as you wish…

Slice the persimmon into thin slices (aim for no bigger than half a cm really), and heat a lightly oiled frying pan over a medium heat.

Place one slice of the persimmon in the middle of the pan and flip a couple of times for about 20 seconds maximum, before scooping one spoonful of batter onto the pan, on top of the persimmon. Brown on both sides and serve up hot with maple syrup! This recipe gave me the chance to use my mouth-watering Maple syrup from Maine…

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It’s Christmas Eve and I’m finally relaxed and in a festive mood.

The other night I decided our house wasn’t Christmasy enough (well, I needed an excuse) and thought up a way to make it even more glittery and beautiful for only two pounds. I do love a bit of house DIY, and when it’s Christmas themed what could go wrong?!

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Salt Dough Ornaments are made simply by mixing one cup of plain flour with one cup of salt and water. By mixing these three you create a dough, and with this you can create any ornaments you want. Place in the oven on 100 degrees Celsius for three hours and voila!

I bought some glittery gold spray paint (for only a pound) to cover the ornaments when they were done and I was left with some pretty cute decorations. I didn’t pierce any holes in mine to hang on the tree, as I didn’t feel they were good enough to hang everywhere! However they would look lovely in a bowl or as a centrepiece or even to place on wrapping paper. (Some of my decs were a little wobbly, as I am no artist, but I like to call it “shabby chic”…..)

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Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! <3

 

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The holidays are here!

I have felt exhausted the past week from coming home from London to my parents house, and jumping straight into more work. Because I have been so busy, I have had to squeeze in some blog-happy things to do in my (very rare) spare evenings.

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This post is all about the amazingly easy fudge I made recently. So cheap, easy and quick – it is a must do for any sweet toothed person.

Perfect for nibbling on whilst watching a Christmas movie, or even as a Christmas present.

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INGREDIENTS: (Only four!!)

White Chocolate (I used about three cups/3 family bars)

Dulce De Leche (I used a whole tin of Carnation Caramel as a slight substitute)

Milk Chocolate Chips (I used a small bag and a half)

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METHOD:

Melt all of the white chocolate in a pan over a VERY low heat. This is so it does not burn, and melts into a smooth liquid.

Mix in the Dulce De Leche/Carnation Caramel until the mixture is smooth, a beige/caramel colour and quite thick.

Pour the mixture into a dish, I used a square dish which was about 8×8 inches and it was perfect.

Smooth the top down so it is as flat as possible, and then begin to melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or over a low heat.

When fully melted, pour the chocolate over the top of the fudge mixture.

Now, this is all you have to do! The rest is a waiting game – either leave it at room temperature for a few hours (although I did not try this) or put in the fridge for about 1 hour. I prefer using the fridge.

 

TaDa! That is all you have to do. Simple. A perfect Christmas treat. Go on, treat yourself.

 

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Last weekend I walked through a wintery dream. Christmas is the perfect time to get your pals together, and as most Londoner’s (and tourists especially) know, there is no better place in the capital to get festive than Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. As a rather experienced visitor myself, here are my top things to do here…

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  1. Carousel Bar
  2. Old-School Rides (waltzers, anyone?)
  3. Bavarian Village
  4. Cirque Berserk (book online beforehand)
  5. Drink: Mulled Wine and Eat: Pancakes/Waffles and German Sausages.
  6. The Ice Kingdom (book online beforehand)

We began at the good old ‘carousel bar’. My favourite. The bar is literally a moving carousel, and you have to jump up on to a circulating platform in order to grab your drinks. The drinks definitely hit you a lot harder up there…

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This guy could give my nightmares though…

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Grabbing a cider, we then moved onto the stalls… pancakes and waffles. So many choices when it comes to food here…

Make sure to get a little crazy and dance within the crowd in the Bavarian Village to the loud live music.

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Warm up by the fires and grab some fresh food.

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Market stalls are aplenty here too, of course. View arts and crafts, to christmas decs, to food, to pretty impressive blacksmith stalls.

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I believe that to fully experience this place you will have to spend some money, either on food or some of the attractions. However, the best thing about this event is that you could still go and enjoy it completely FREE without buying anything. Just beware, your stomach will grumble within minutes of smelling those Nutella pancakes.

WHAT: Winter Wonderland

WHERE: Hyde Park, London

WHEN: Open now until 3rd January (best enjoyed during the build up to Christmas, ofc…)

PRICE: FREE ENTRY (Except for all food/drink and separate attractions)

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Winter is creeping up on us. Just a few autumnal golden leaves remain; clinging to the trees, in the same way that I am trying my hardest to hold onto the fall season for as long as possible.

However, I can’t help but love how the streets of London are already decked out in lights and Christmas trees, and the shop windows are decorated in fake snow and Christmas gifts.

Its easy to see winter as an excuse to get cosy in bed and do nothing but watch hours of Netflix. But how about doing something new with your winter days?

Here are my top 8 things to do this winter:

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1: Look out for winter-themed events on in your town or city.

London has some amazing events this year. I have so many places I want to go see, you could almost say that Winter is not long enough to squeeze them all in… (Lets be honest though, I’m British – Winter is always long enough). Be sure to check out Somerset House, The Ice Bar, The Lodge,  Le Chalet, and Once Upon a Wigwam – I plan to blog about some of these pretty amazing London winter events pretty soon so watch this space. Canary Wharf also has an ice skating rink (my wish-list this year). If you aren’t in London, think Cathedral events, Church events, local pub events, bars, galleries; even the local theatre might be putting on a winter show.

My MUST visit of all visits this christmas... Visit the Queen of Hoxton.

My MUST visit of all visits this Crimbo… The Queen of Hoxton.

2. Mulled drinks

This is a small but mighty way to make a dull, winter day brighter. It is the one time of year you can make mulled wine, cider and hot toddys. You can’t exactly sit and drink mulled wine throughout the entire year. Christmas though? Perfect. The recipe I made last year is here. Except I used a slow cooker. Or cheat and buy some ready-made here, or here.

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3. Nights in with besties.

Sometimes, there is nothing more than I love than a night in. But don’t let winter turn you into a lone recluse. Get your girls over for a wine night (mmm, glass of that mulled wine anyone?) and get merry together. Maybe throw in some wintery food too, or attempt to roast some marshmallows.

4. Explore the amazing winter markets.

My absolute favourite thing in the winter are the Christmas markets. Pretty much everyone has a Christmas market within an hours drive nowadays. Google it – you’ll be surprised! Aside from the amazing Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London (I went THREE times last year. Don’t judge me… I’ve also been once this year already), there is also an East London version with a big wheel and all sorts. Outside of the city there are plenty of cute themed winter markets! Back in the South East: Canterbury, Rochester and many more hold markets.

I have also been to the Edinburgh Markets over a year or so ago, which were small but charming. I’m sure everywhere in Britain have some – search your nearest town/city for Christmas markets – there is bound to be something nearby!

 5. Get decorating.

Christmas decs, I mean. Of course I couldn’t miss this one out. I get so (pathetically) excited about Christmas decorating every year. All I want to ever do is take over complete the interior design of the house, or wherever I am and cover it with a Christmas colour theme. I’ve already been looking at what I want to use this year for décor (I’m such a grandma it hurts). DIY decs, anyone? I’m already planning on heading home to my parents next month and turning it into a winter wonderland…

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6. View the Christmas lights.

Sometimes, one of the simplest ways of enjoying Christmas and winter is the best way. Visit your nearest city and shop, eat and stroll under the fairy lights that deck out the streets. Or, if you’re really eager – visit your local lights switch on. For my fellow Londoners, there are hundreds of must-sees. Harrods is always a must!

7. Wrap up in a cosy coat and go for a long walk.

Country walks are actually amazing in the winter – bring a hot flask of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and head out into the fresh air. I think the countryside looks amazing when everything begins to ice over and you can feel the crunch of the icy grass underneath your feet. Britain is supposed to get snow already this year – so all of you snow-lovers might get lucky!

8. Baking…

This might sound pretty dull but I love baking Christmas cakes; probably because I basically just love cake. But there are so many winter pies and cakes I want to bake and taste that it is a must do! (They go perfectly with the mulled wine, too…) Christmas cake and mulled wine is a classier way to get ‘merry’ in my opinion… That is, before my parents bring out the iced baileys ‘shots’ after too much of the foresaid-wine

 

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