What a blast this trip was! Admittedly, Danny and I were a bit apprehensive about travelling to Greece, we’d read so many amazing reviews and seen so many amazing photographs, but it wasn’t right up there on the list of places for us to travel. In the end we were both pleasantly surprised and at some points even blown away by the breath-taking views discovered, adventures explored and the humble, colourful culture Greece cultivates.
We stayed in a beautiful little hotel in Tsilivi, not the most luxurious and expensive place to stay, but that’s not what we were looking for; We were seeking a location that was best for travel, and that’s exactly what Tsilivi provided! From Zakynthos, to Kefalonia, to Navagio, we had our route all mapped and planned out for our little adventure riding through the hillsides and city streets on the back of our scooter ped.
Our days consisted of sunkissed afternoons turtle spotting in Kefalonia, sailing over to shipwrecked islands with pure white sand in Navagio, jumping off the side of boats into the crystal clear ocean, experimenting with new flavours and foods at traditional Greek restaurants, stopping and taking in picturesque views whilst cruising on our motorped, discovering clay baths amongst the stones and rocks of secluded beaches, rowing boats through and under ancient and magical caves, and most importantly, creating those special moments together that will last a life time. Because what is travel without the memories and life experience you will forever carry afterwards?
As the saying goes; “Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spring has nearly sprung and what a better way to get into the spirit of it by making a spring-inspired, rose decorated, apple pie?
On a rainy Sunday afternoon me and my sister decided to take it upon ourselves to do a little home baking. Which let me just clarify now, later led to me taking full responsibility for the pie on my own with little help from my pet kitty sox snooping around all of the ingredients! Alas, I got really into this recipe and found it so fun to create! The roses give it such a beautiful touch and the pie isn’t too difficult to make; also, it’s super delish which is always an absolute must!
Hope this tutorial helps and inspires some of you as much as it did with me! Happy Baking!
What you’ll need:
For the filling: 5 Bramley apples, 140g Caster Sugar, 3 tbsp’s of Plain Flour and 1/2 a tsp of cinnamon.
For the pastry: 350g Plain Flour, 225g Butter, 50g Caster Sugar and 2 eggs.
For the apple roses: 5 Red Apples thinly sliced, 6 tbsp’s of Granulated Sugar, and 1 tsp of cinnamon.
Core, peel and chop the apples into chunky slices, place onto paper towels and cover until needed.
Now to get started on the pastry; Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until it reaches a creamy consistency. Crack in one of your eggs, and mix again. (Not to worry if your mixture now looks a bit like scrambled eggs, this is completely normal!)
Now with the same mixture, gradually fold in the 350g of flour with a wooden spoon until it reaches a doughy consistency, at which you can work and knead it with your hands. Finish by rolling the dough into a ball, wrapping in cling-film and chill in the fridge for 45mins.
After the pastry has chilled, unwrap and cut into three thirds; mould together two of these thirds for the base of the pie, while the remaining third will be used for the lid. Now roll out the pastry for the base of the pie, and line your pie dish with the pastry once it’s to fitting size, leaving a slight overhang around the edges. Roll out the remaining pastry for the lid of the pie and place aside until needed.
Using your pie filling ingredients, mix together the 140g caster sugar, 3 tablespoons of flour and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour your previously cut apple slices into this mixture and toss around until fully coated.
Place the coated apple slices into your pastry based dish, brushing a little water around the pastry rim. Finish by laying the pastry lid you rolled out over the pie, pressing the edges together to seal. Now cut a few small slashes into the top centre of the pie, as this will help the steam to escape whilst the pie is cooking. Brush with egg white using your last remaining egg and sprinkle with caster sugar to finish. Place aside and cover until needed.
Now the best part; Using your ingredients for the apple roses, mix together the 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl. Pour into a large non-stick frying pan, and heat until the mixture just starts to melt. Place the red apple slices on top and sizzle without flipping for around 1minute or just until they start to wilt.
After the apple slices are slightly wilted and soft, transfer them onto a large plate, tray etc, Caramelised side-up. Leave to cool for around 5-10mins.
Time to get creative; Start off with a smaller slice of apple as the bud, and tightly roll slices of the caramelised apple around the bud layering and wrapping to form a delicate and edible rose. I used the technique of pinning through tooth picks to keep them in place while making the others which also comes in handy; just remember to take them out before you bake the pie!
Arrange the apple roses on top of your pie once you’ve finished creating them all, forming whatever shape you like. I’ve gone for a simple circle but you can decorate it however you like; whether it be a heart, a pattern or the same look as mine, it’s up to you! Bake in the oven for 45mins and leave to cool for 5-10mins. Serve with cream and enjoy! xo
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!” – Robin Williams.
My most loved season is soon approaching and I’m feeling really inspired to put together some thoughts and ideas! Saying this, my vision so far being a touch of boho chic with a vibe of sun-kissed afternoons under cherry blossoms, sipping on homemade margaritas sounds like a plan already! Here’s just some of the photos I discovered to bring that vision to life.
There’s no place quite like London at Christmas, for the magical & festive spirit that’s in the air & the twinkling pretty lights that fill the city with colour, here are just some of my favourite photos over the past couple of weeks that I captured in moment!
In other news, I haven’t really had much time to blog over the past couple of weeks, what with it being Christmas & all I’ve been super busy! But thought I would sit down with a glass of mulled wine, cosy on up under my favourite blanket & do a little posting! Next up will be the last of my present wrapping & then try & get an early night! (The life of an insomniac for you).
One week left to go, Merry Christmas! xoxox
Okay so Sketch, is hands down, without doubt one of the most unique, beautiful & charming restaurants/bars I’ve ever been to.. Amazing food! As you can see we got the afternoon tea which was basically a variety of little cakes, sandwiches & sweets, which was so funny because we had no idea what to expect in terms of taste so just watching my boyfriends reaction to what was tried, (he is such a picky eater, so this was pure gold) was hilarious! But seriously, anyone who decides to visit Central London; this place is an absolute must! Just the interior design alone is so breathtaking, quirky & fun. Definitely plan on taking another trip there soon as there’s more than just one room to choose from to wine & dine in!
Couldn’t have asked for a better start to my 21st Birthday. :)
Sketch, London website: http://sketch.uk.com
Purple tone dip-dye dress: River Island.
Live music, Pimm’s & shisha under a candyfloss coloured sunset; Dreamy!
Green Aztec Playsuit with pompom detailing – Beginning Boutique, Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo – Boots Cosmetics, Hawaiian Print Wrap Skirt with leather band – Beginning Boutique,
Had so much fun with this! I decided this year rather than doing the typical carve your pumpkin decoration, to think a bit more “out of the box”, pull my sleeves up, & get my hands messy (or very glittery for this matter!) Happy Halloween xoxox
All pumpkins were bought from your standard local supermarket, including the little baby one which I just love & couldn’t quite bare to leave behind, so cute! & on the walk home after venturing out in the cold for a shop, I decided to pick out some pretty Autumn leaves that I could use for any decorating purposes, turns out they came in handy after all! I also digged out my paints & brushes that I keep in one too many boxes of arts&crafts (yes you read that right, I think I may have a problem!)
Music up, creative mode on, & I’m well in my element of carving, painting & glittering up these pretty little creations. Quite proud of the final outcome actually, & it was all surprisingly easy! Everyone loved them & I couldn’t have had a lovelier Halloweekend spent with family.
Looking forward to next years now! My mind is overflowing with ideas already..
It’s that time of year again, when overdosing on candy & dressing head to toe in glitter is deemed acceptable behaviour. My favourite time of year!
Yet I still have no set plans as of yet, What is this?! Usually I have a whole array of adventures tucked away up my sleeve & just ready to set loose. Alas, the options as it stands for now are either spending the Halloween weekend over in Oxford to party with friends, or stay in London exploring somewhere spook’tacular like London Dungeons or Fright Night. Decisions, decisions..
Eitherway, I’ve got way more important things to worry about for now, the question that lies on the surface of all girls lips.. What do I wear?!
BOO! Half-faced sugar candy skull, Halloween ’12.
Last year was definitely my favourite to date in choice of Halloween make-up. Received so many compliments & questions! There were even a few who replicated & re-worked this look by using the photos as a guideline. Considering maybe doing a tutorial for this on here? Hmmmmm..
As for this year, I think I might just go all out & take a little bit of everything from here, there & everywhere! Cute lace cat ears with an x-ray vision dress? Skin-tight disco pant jumpsuit with sparkly devil horns? Just have fun with it! & ofcourse not forgetting plenty of glitter/ blood/dark make-up for the full effect.. Meow!
Some ideas I picked up to get inspired, browsing online & created on Polyvore!
Flower and Pearl Cat Ears – ASOS, £12.00. Morton Skull – ZGallerie, £9.25. Halloween Unitard with Bat Print – ASOS, £38.00. St Martins Grace-Tu Black Tutu – VanMildert, £32.00. X-Ray Skeleton Bodycon Dress – Topshop, £29.00. Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo Set – ASOS, £25.00. MAC ‘Indulge’ Lipstick – MAC Cosmetics, £9.28.
What a better way to unwind at the end of an eventful weekend..?
Autumn is most definitely in full-swing over here in London! & on a rainy Sunday afternoon me & my boyfriend Daniel decided to fully embrace it after taking a beautiful Autumnal walk through the woods together, huddled under a giant umbrella whilst pouring with rain (still didn’t stop us!), spotting deer & acorn collecting. Too bad Danny is apparently petrified of deer haha!!
Later we went on to Starbucks & indulged in their Fall selection of goodies! For me, the salted caramel mocha, & Dan, the pumpkin spice latte, cinnamon rolls were a must for the both of us!
Finished by a cosy night in warming by the fireplace & watching movies.
It is nice to sometimes just stop & appreciate the little things in life, quality time spent with the ones you love most is one of them for me!