I’ve had a very food-centric week this week (even more so than usual!) I’ve had meals out with friends, family and even been baking myself to celebrate the return of the one and only Great Brisish Bake Off huzzah! Let’s have a looksie shall we….
As I said in my OOTD post on Friday, I went to a wedding last weekend (have a look HERE for a peek at what I wore). It was a beautiful day and everything was stunning – the bride, bridesmaids and even the marquee where we had the reception was gorgeous! Lots of pastel coloured paper lanterns had been hung in the tent which gave it a real dreamy feel which was so pretty.
Another day another shop! I popped into New Look on my lunch break on Monday and couldn’t resist this gorgeous Aztec-style silver and turquoise statement necklace, which was half price in the sale – a meagre £3.50! I also saw these Vans style slipper shoes and thought they were a really pretty blue colour. I’m not quite sure yet whether these are keepers or not – I do like them but am not quite sure what I’ll style them with.
On Wednesday I went to visit my friends Ayesha and Ronnie at their new (and oh so luxurious) apartment for dinner. Ayesha had cooked up an amazing American-style feast for us all – pulled pork, BBQ sauce, corn bread (one of the best things I’ve EVER eaten!), double baked potato skins, coleslaw and a spinach, ricotta and artichoke bake. Wowza! We were all absolutely stuffed when she then bought out a homemade triple chocolate and pecan brownie served with ice cream. Safe to say I rolled back home!
I won a Twitter competition with Bootea (yay) and my prize arrived this week which was exciting. I’ve won a two week’s supply of Booteawhich is a teatox diet where you have one cup of special tea in the morning and one at night and it is supposed to cleanse your system and help you lose weight. I’ve heard some really good things about this so am looking forward to trying it out. Thanks Bootea!
As I wrote on my blog on Monday, my favourite show The Great British Bake Off returned to our screens on Wednesday. In homage to Paul Hollywood et al, I thought it only right that my Throwback Thursday Instagram pic be of one of my favourite ever bakes – Pigs in a Chocolate Mudbath Hot Tub cake! I made this for my friend’s leaving party when she moved back to Australia and it was very fitting as we’d had girls weekend in the countryside in a little cottage with a hot tub the weekend before. Ooohhh soooo chocolateyyyyyy!!
On Thursday I went for dinner with my mum which was lovely as we hadn’t had a proper catch up in aaaages! A few weeks ago I won a competition with Westfield Stratford for a free dinner for 2 at their Wahaca restaurant – exciting! We went for a little browse round John Lewis first and spotted these GORGEOUS world map print cushions. How amazing are they?! I have a bit of an obsession with cushions, and maps, so this was BRILLIANT! They were £28 each so I didn’t buy any on a whim but I do have my beady eye on them! We had a really lovely evening and lots of tasty Mexican street food. I will do a full post on our Wahaca Westfield Stratford experience so won’t bang on too much here, but you can see a few pics of the deliciousness on my Instagram page. Mamma Sue also spoiled me by bringing me some lovely treats to kick start my new Great British Bake Off challenge series, which you can check out on Instagram too. A wonderful evening all round!
On Saturday I spent the day with my boyfriend and his mum and step-dad who came into London for the day. We met at London Bridge and walked down to the Tower of London to see the display of clay poppies which are being “planted” around the moat of the Tower to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. The poppies will continue to fill the moat until the 11th November, each one marking the fatality of a British soldier in the Great War. It was really spectacular and a very powerful way of remembering all those who lost their lives. I will definitely be going back in November to see the final result.
We then all walked back towards London Bridge and down the Southbank to Westminster, where we got on a boat cruise to Greenwich for dinner (I LOVE doing touristy things!) Walking down the Southbank is one of my favourite things to do in London as there is always so much going on. Yesterday there was a guy with a huge knotted, looped rope which he dipped into bubble mixture to create GIANT MASSES OF BUBBLES!!! I’m like Dory from Finding Nemo when it comes to bubbles so had to control myself a little bit, but I did get this pretty picture of bubble fun by the Millennium Bridge.
So as I’ve mentioned one million times, the first episode of the new series of The Great British Bake Off hit our screens this week. I will be baking along again (find more about that HERE) and on Saturday night set about making my signature bake – a Swiss roll ooooohhhh! I’ve never made one before and you’ll see all about how I got on in tomorrow’s post, but I was very excited to whisk egg whites for the first time (oh it’s a sad life I lead!) Everyone knows there’s only one way to check you’ve whipped them enough… and that’s to see whether you can tip them upside down over your head and not have egg on yer face! Success…thankfully!!!!