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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Seeing Paris’ glorious architecture and immense history in Autumn’s golden light is simply jaw-dropping.

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Aside from all of the usual things I choose to do on city breaks (eat… drink… eat…etc, etc…) I love to explore on foot. And of course, whether you like it or not, it’s only necessary to visit a few tourist spots to get them ticked off the list.

I’m not always the biggest fan of tourist-y things (cue long queues, overpriced tickets, and big crowds…), however going up the Sacre Coeur was my favourite. Yup, even more so than the Eiffel Tower.

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We were lucky that our boutique hotel was located nearby the walk to the very quirky MonteMarte, and therefore also Sacre Coeur. So we set off out of our gorgeous room off to explore…

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It is a long walk up to the Sacre Coeur, so there are lifts for those less able to walk very far – but I highly recommend walking it if you can. We set off at golden hour, and the views on the way up are magical; those golden rooftops underneath dusty pink skies just get me every time.

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In between each set of steep steps were authentic cafes and bars, that I was just dying to try…

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But with the sun setting slowly but surely, and knowing the views from the top are well worth it, we saved them for another time! Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church that boasts breath-taking 360 panoramic views of the city, offering sights of the romantic cobbled Parisian streets and its iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower.

 

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Tickets are almost half the price of many other viewing points in Paris, and they don’t let you down. So it’s good for those of us on a budget, yet who still want to make the most out of our travels.

After a long wander around Sacre Couer, our hunger took over. We’d passed Montemarte on our walk up, and since walking down is a little more pleasurable, we couldn’t wait to head back and try some French cuisine.

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This busy part of Paris is a beautiful little square, full of artists, restaurants, and bustling with energy. Not to mention the extremely tempting patisseries…
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We settled on a little restaurant outside in the square, and although the food and service did slightly disappoint, the atmosphere made up for it. The wine was good, too…

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I have been out of London for over a week now. I flew to Boston on the 12th June and have been exploring stunning New England, USA.

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I stayed with my friend and family in Westbrook Maine (near portland); and was overwhelmed by its beauty.

Untouched by tourists (really – i didnt meet anyone but americans here), this was the place to get a real authentic experience!

But look out for more posts coming soon on what really makes this place so amazing.

One of the best things about Portland is the seafood.

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This is where the Lobster Shack comes in. It was a Tuesday afternoon and the queue was out the door.

If its good enough for the locals, its good enough for me!

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Perched by some rocks on the sea, this is the perfect place for some good seafood grub.

The staff are just as friendly as the locals here (which might i add, are the friendliest people i have EVER met), and the food is even better.

It was only obligatory for me to try the famous lobster roll and a bowl of clam chowder…

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I would eat it again right now if it wasnt for the fact that it turns out i might actually be allergic to shellfish… funny story that! But it was totally worth it.

So that is my first reason to visit Portland, Maine. The seafood is pretty darn good.

Keep reading my posts for more of my travels in America, this one is a bit short and sweet but I have some more amazing things to show you from Maine, Massachusetts, New York and California coming soon.

 

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One of my favourite cakes and perfect for summer.

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“Yoghurt cake” does sound pretty strange, but believe me when I say, it’s oh so damn good.

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This light, moist cake is actually a little more healthy compared to the average cake that is full of butter. It is such an easy recipe – all you really need to measure the ingredients is the 125ml pot of sugar free yoghurt that you use in the cake anyway!

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So, let’s get started with the ingredients:

1 pot of natural and sugar free yoghurt (I used 125ml)

2 pots of self raising flour

1 pot of sugar

3 (preferably large) free-range eggs

Dash of vanilla essence

Tiny pinch of salt

Half a pot of oil (olive/vegetable/coconut oil -whichever you fancy)

 

Handful of whatever you wish your cake to be based on. I chose blueberries and a little bit of chopped white chocolate, to keep it sweet. But you could use just chocolate chips, just blackberries, raspberries… Anything!

Loaf tin or baking tin

METHOD:

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees and add your yoghurt to a mixing bowl.

Mix in the two pots of flour, one pot of sugar, and a pinch of salt. Next, mix in half a pot of the oil, some vanilla and your three eggs.

Beat this all together until you get a smooth, creamy mixture.

Pour the mix into the loaf tin or cake dish ready to be baked.

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Add your other ingredients (blueberries etc) during or after. I combined in the small amount of white chocolate to the mixture, but placed the blueberries on top as they sink just perfectly when in the oven anyway and you don’t want them sinking right to the bottom.

Now, bake for 40 minutes to an hour! Just keep an eye on it, and remove when it’s golden brown. Ta da!

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Slice it up with some tea to be proper British.

Have you seen my strawberry summer cake?

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On a cold, frosty morning, I can’t imagine anything better than hot, steaming coffee and a warm brekkie.

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On Friday, me and my friend headed into East London for a change (we live in South West London). We have a little ‘breakfast bucket list’ and Sunday in Barnsbury has definitely made it to the list.

This place truly was way too good to not share it with you…

 

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Do not be fooled by it’s location: a pretty, quaint little London street surrounded by iconic town houses. It may not be in the middle of Piccadilly Circus or Shoreditch, but this teeny café is as busy as any other central London restaurant. We arrived at 10am and had to queue and wait for about ten minutes, but the delish food we had coming for us was well worth the wait.

 

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Once sat down at the somewhat cramped, yet cosy table, we were brought water and menus. I knew straight away what to order: French Brioche Toast, Cream, Bananas and Salted Caramel. My friend opted for a savoury brekkie and had the Eggs Florentine.

 

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Looking out onto a sunny London street with a warm coffee in one hand and a forkful of caramel French toast in the other, it is probably one of the best ways to start a morning in London town.

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With a full stomach, we were ready to start the day.

Strolls around Barnsbury and this area of Islington is surprisingly pretty, especially on a sunny day. And this day, the sun had decided to show its face (although the cold, frosty air remained…)

Go to Caledonian Road Station from here and take the train one stop down towards Camden Road, where we decided to spend the rest of the day in the markets. Just remember to ‘tap in’ on your oyster card, me and my friend forgot here and got charged the maximum fare… duh.

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Perfect Fridays.

 

WHAT: Sunday, Café

WHERE: Barnsbury, Islington

WHEN: Everyday except Mondays (because who does Mondays anyway right?!)

PRICE: Small meals = £4+, decent sized meal = £9+ , Coffees = £2+

 

 

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