December 08, 2016

LAST MINUTE STOCKING FILLERS FOR UNDER £10


If you are anything like me you will still be doing your Christmas shopping!! Every year I promise myself that I will be super organised and have everythjing sorted by early November, however this is never the case and I'm left stuck with what to buy that awkward distant relative that I never see who's choosing to show their face this Christmas, battling with huge fucking crowds and quite frankly hating every minute of what is meant to be an enjoyable thing. 
The answer to all our woes is online shopping, we still have time to order before the big day and I've piled together 12 items from ASOS under £10 for those stockings that still aren't quite full enough, those awkward to buy for people or the person you've been given for the office secret santa who you quite frankly cannot stand.

If you too are struggling like me I hope this helps out and saves you from stressing out.

Thank me later

December 07, 2016

BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW '16

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Apologies for being a tad MIA lately, it's been a hectic couple of weeks for me however aside from the massive work overload I managed to squeeze in a trip to my favourite show of the year,The BBC Good Food Show
I was extremely lucky to receive a press pass this year which I was (and still am) extremely grateful for, never did I think I'd be wearing a press pass to my favourite weekend out, lets just say it made me feel like a pro haha. Awaiting you is a very picture heavy post featuring some of the amazing stalls and brands that attended this year,I wanted to include everyone's stalls but this post would be far too long nonetheless,with a bit of luck it will still leave your mouth watering, Enjoy.
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Are you ready....the man himself.... Mr Paul Hollywood on the BBC Good Food Stage, needless to say I got a little starstruck, not going to lie. Other Celeb guests included THE QUEEN(Mary Berry) ,The Hairy Bikers, James Martin,Nadiya Hussain and more.
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Oh and I couldn't forget cooking lessons with Yo!Sushi
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We couldn't leave the show without picking up a few bottles of Gin from our favourite brands
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The BBC Good Food Show is a truly awesome day out, I've been attending for years and highly recommend it if you love food and drink. They hold Events all over the UK throughout the year check HERE to find an event near you. 
I'm already looking forward to the S/S 17 show. A Must visit and the ultimate experience for all you foodies out there.

Have you attended The BBC Good Food Show Before? Did you love it as much as me?


November 29, 2016

THE 5 FACE MASKS YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE

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If you treat yourself to anything this Christmas or are stuck for a special gift for the ladies (Or men) in your life, look no further. The Body Shop's Superfood face masks are perfect for popping under the tree and a surefire hint of luxury for a holiday pamper sesh,with five gorgeous products to choose from you will be spoilt for choice.

HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL GLOW MASK
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CLAIMS TO : Leave skin healthy-looking with a youthful glow by releasing impurities and toxins.

DOES: Exactly that!! My Skin feels amazing after using this mask,it leaves it feeling like it's had a good thorough clean.I don't usually opt for clay masks as I have dry skin and find they tend to leave my skin feeling too tight,however this does exactly the opposite.IN LOVE!!

ETHIOPIAN HONEY NOURISHING MASK
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CLAIMS TO: Leave skin feeling soft,nourished and replenished.

DOES: Just what it says on the tin. This is my favourite from the collection,in fact I have used almost half the pot already,my skin drinks this up like there's no tomorrow and is left so supple,a lovely mask for a quick,cheeky mid-week pamper.

AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGISING MASK
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CLAIMS TO: Recharge tired and stressed skin.

DOES: Disguises the fact i've had numerous Gins the night before!! Seriously,if you need a pick me up after a night on the town or a week of indulging over the Christmas period then this is the mask for you,under eye bags no more!!

CHINESE GINSENG & RICE CLARIFYING MASK
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CLAIMS TO: Remove Dullness and Unevenness for skin that needs intensive treatment.

DOES: Just that!! Dullness in skin effects most of us at some point,especially over the colder months,this mask is certainly a miracle product,I've used it a few times since it landed on my door step and haven't been disappointed,my skin is so much brighter and is definitely more even in texture. A BIG thumbs up from me.

BRITISH ROSE PLUMPING MASK
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CLAIMS TO:Quench and re-plump skin to reveal a dewy glow.

DOES: All of the above! If you want skin that is instantly hydrated,soothed and toned then this one is for you. Paul and I smothered this on our faces after getting off a flight last week and we both felt instantly refreshed, also the smell is incredible, i'm not usually a fan of rose scented products as they can smell so false but this is like strolling through a rose garden, it's beautiful.


So there you have it, a round up of the Superfood masks from The Body Shop, I cannot fault any of them, it's very rare you try so many products from the same line and like them all, obviously I have a few stand out favourites being the Ethiopian Honey,British Rose and Chinese Ginseng,but overall I love them all and highly recommend them.

Will you try any of these? If you do, be sure to use the code "19805" for 40% Off


November 27, 2016

KATECOOKS: SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES

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On the odd occasion we like to indulge, particularly around this time of year, and why the hell not? There’s nothing quite like sitting down with a cup of tea, a magazine and a tasty treat. My personal favorite are my salted caramel brownies, oozing with sticky goodness and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a brownie?  If you are a chocoholic like myself you need to make these.

BROWNIE MIX
95g Cocoa Powder
300g White Sugar
2 Eggs
170g Unsalted Butter
70g Cup of Plain Flour (Sifted)
1 TSP Vanilla Bean Paste
Handful of Milk Chocolate Chunks

SALTED CARAMEL
110g Granulated Sugar
85g Unsalted Butter
110ml Double Cream
1 TSP Sea Salt
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For The Salted Caramel

1. In a saucepan, heat the sugar for around 5 minutes, don’t stir until it has started to melt and then just enough to keep everything evenly cooking thereafter. You should end up with an amber liquid, when this happens remove from the heat and stir in your butter, it will bubble like crazy, just keep stirring. Use a whisk to combine the Sugar and Butter this will take a couple of minutes just bare with it until completely combined.

2. While still off the heat pour in the double cream and sea salt. Depending on how salty you want it is up to you, be careful when tasting though as its like molten rock and will burn you if not careful. Place back on the hob for a few seconds to warm through, stirring the whole time. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

For The Brownie Mix

1. Preheat oven to 160degrees (In fan Oven) and line an 8"x 12" baking tray with parchment paper.

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2. In a pan melt the butter. Stir in sugar, eggs, Salt and vanilla bean paste, fold in he sifted flour and Cocoa powder. Once combined sprinkle in your chocolate chunks and gently fold through.
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3. Pour half the brownie batter into your lined baking tray, making sure it’s to the edges. Pour half your salted caramel over the brownie batter making sure it doesn’t go to the edges of the pan, I kept mine about an inch from the edge otherwise it will leak out and burn whilst cooking. Spoon the rest of the brownie batter over the top, sealing in the caramel. Take remaining caramel and drizzle over the top to create any pattern you wish.
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4. Bake for roughly 30-40mins. Remove from oven and allow to cool down completely. Cut into squares and enjoy. Best served with a steaming hot cup of tea.
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ENJOY!!

Photography and Recipe by Kate-Louise