Woah! It's been a while hasn't it? We are well and truly back, with a new blog design, hence the beautiful Take That song. So before we start bombarding you with posts we thought we'd give you a little update on what's been going on around here. Lets start with some good (*bloody fantastic) news, Laura finally has her appointment to go to the M.E clinic! After 4 long years it's about time, but hopefully it'll be helpful and we'll be updating you throughout the whole process. This appointment has come at the right time, Laura's gone quite a bit downhill and she's really struggling with the tiniest of things so me and our dogs are on full snuggle alert.
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We've had our new car for about a month now (meet Reginald the 1st) and he's been looking after us a treat. It's really handy having a little car so i can pop out to do little errands in no time at all. He took us to Bournemouth for our anniversary and he's run to get Izzy on many occasion which she loves, Car = Laura.
This is another joke sent by our lovely friend with M.E to try to cheer Laura up, bless her. It did make us chuckle. Three men went to Hell. On arrival, the Devil says "You have come to
Hell and now you must choose to spend eternity in room one, two, or
three." He then opens the door to the three rooms. Room one was filled
with men standing on their heads on a hard wooden floor. Room two was
filled with men standing on their heads on a concrete floor. Room three
had just a few men standing up to their knees in manure and drinking
coffee. The men thought for a while and decided to go with Room three as
it was less crowded and at least they could drink coffee. They entered
the door and as it closed behind them the Devil said "Okay men, coffee
break's over- back on your heads".
We've been bad, very bad bloggers. But, we are back and we're going to be smacking you straight in the face with all of our exciting blog posts coming soon. So, on to the bake... If you've watched The Great British Bake Off final (and saw that the lovely Francis won!) then you will now know that decoration is the key, after all we do eat with our eyes. This week we've got a little Halloween treat to share with you from Laura's mum and it's all about the icing, although spooky cookie cutters come in handy.
These are so easy to make and are so great to make with little brothers/sisters or children. All you need is a basic shortbread recipe, some cookie cutters (you could use a knife and go freehand) and water icing. Delicious.
I know we're a little late posting this, but oh my golly gosh this weeks bake is lovely! It's a combination of flavours that we love and we love them even more together. I present to you... Coconut & Cinnamon Banana Bread! I can hear your screams of delight from here. It came from this lovely blog one of Laura's regular blogs to read. Have a look at this.
Laura says it's the best banana bread that has ever touched her lips, what could go wrong with warm cinnamon, sweet coconut and gooey bananas aye? It's super moist, hitting you in the face with the yummy combination of flavours. To be completely honest i really don't know what else to say other than it's absolutely perfect and will be remade many, many times over.
We would just like to say sorry for the lack of posts lately, Laura's been really poorly and we're getting a new blog design which we can't wait to show you! It will be worth it, promise. But back to the bake... To be totally honest, this is our most unsuccessful bake, but we still wanted to show you as with a few tweaks it could be great. The bake is Pull-apart Pistachio and Chilli Bread. bread from Chop It Like It's Hot.
Laura wasn't particularly keen on the taste of the bread although she said it smells lush! Unfortunatly not much of it got eaten, it just wasn't amazing, even for me. Still, if you like a peppery taste and something nice to dip in soups, it's not a bad way to go. Also, don't be afraid to cook it for longer than the recipe says, i cooked it for double the time and they were still a little doughy inside. So overall, not our favorite bake, it's up to you to try it or not!
Have you been watching the Great British Bake Off? Well, if you haven't we're demanding you sit down right this second and catch up. This is a time when we want.. no, need taste-a-vision. Laura's been a fan since the first series and she won me round with her charm! So her Nan bought her The Great British Bake Off: Everyday book and it's got some amazing recipes from Paul, Mary and this years bakers. This week we thought it was only fair to try out one of those delicious recipes and give you a sneak peak into the book.
So, up for our scrutiny is.. Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake. Laura obviously loves it, she's really low at the minute but this is really good because it's easy to eat and goes down a treat. Me on the other hand.. I wasn't as big of a fan. I don't know if i mucked up the recipe somewhere down the line, but the texture was a little doughy and not the the light fluffy cake i was expecting. Flavour was good though! The recipe is down below if you want to give it a whirl yourself.
20.5cm tin greased and base-lined
225g unsalted butter, softened
Finely grated zest of 1 medium unwaxed lemon
225g caster sugar
4 medium free-range eggs (or the egg substitute equivalent)
100g ground almonds
100g self-raising flour
2 tablespoons poppyseeds
icing sugar, for dusting
Method: 1. Heat your oven to 180c/350f/gas 4. Put the sfot butter into a large mixing bowl, add the leom zest and beat with an electric mixer for a minute until creamy. (If you are using a hand-held mixer, set the bowl on a damp cloth so it doesn't wobble.) 2. Gradually beat in the sugar, a couple of tablespoonfuls at a time. Once all the sugar has been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then bear for a further 2-3 minutes until the mixture looks paler in colour and lighter in mixture. 3. Put the eggs in a small bowl and beat with a fork, just to mix. Gradually add to the sugar mixture (roughly a tablespoonful at a time), beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl from time to time. To prevent the mixture from curdling add a tablespoon of ground almonds with each of the last 2 add fold initions of beaten egg. 4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once again, then sift the rest of the ground almonds and the flour over the egg mixture. Carefully and thoroughly fold them in using a large metal sppon. When you can no longer see and streaks of flour add the poppyseeds and gently fold in. 5. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly. Place in the heated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and the top springs back when gently pressed in the centre. 6. Set the tin on a wire rack. Carefully run a round-bladed knife around the sponge to loosen it from the tin. Once cold remove the sponge from the tin and dust with icing sugar. Store in an airtight container and eat within 5 days.
September has a rather large amount of film reviews because we forgot to fill you in with August's goodies, oops! So because of that we're only going to write a quick summary of each films and what we would mark it out of 10.
This a cut above the rest in the rom-com scene, and those of you who don't know, we have a bit of a hatred for rom-com films... So this is a big compliment! It's easy to watch and has a lot of humor, so good for a duvet day.
Magic.....Magic....Magic...Magic...Magic...No, really, it is. Give it a watch.
Not the best, Nuff said. If there's absolutely nothing else on, then by all means give it a go. But Mark Wahlberg films have been lacking substance lately, boo.
This has a very good story line, just when you think it's all going to be hunky dory BAM a new twist. Oh, and there's zombies which makes a bloody good watch.
I think everyone's guessed by now we love a good superhero, and boy does this deliver. If i'm being super critical i would have liked just a tad more actual Iron Man but it's cool to delve into Tony Stark a little more.
This film's a great twist on the ol' vampire story, really freshening it up and a mile away from twilight. But then nothing really stands out and makes you go 'Wow'. Laura liked the back story and how they incorporated it in the film.
What shall we say? This film's a true mind fuck, and hard to imagine it was pretty much a true story. If any of you are into psychology (Laura) or want to know how the Milgram experiment works in real life, then this film's for you.
We're normally pretty good at guessing how films go, but this one has lots of twisty turns that kept us guessing. We don't want to give too much away so just go watch it.
To be honest, this wasn't great but it was watchable for a late night with sweeties. We wouldn't recommend you rush out and get yourself a copy, but if it comes your way then go for it.
This film was no where near as bad as the ratings suggested. Cool concept with lots of hacking and slashing, the perfect afternoon film for us.
This is a great film, in fact, it's now at the top of Laura's favorite films list. Billy Connolly adds a real warmth and a lot of giggles. It's also cool to know that all the supporting cast had true connections to the opera.
One of the closest translations from cover to screen that we've seen. If Laura hadn't explained at the start it could have been a little confusing, just try to look past the cheesiness. A very good concept.
Not all is what it seems. If you're feeling very tired, keep away from this movie, Laura can vouch for that! It dragged a little and didn't really blow our minds.
Another film based on a true story, all about a paralysed man who goes to see a sex surrogate to find out about the sexual side of life. Those of you who are a bit prude, move on. But those of you wanting a movie full of heart, should definitely give it a try.
We weren't that impressed with this film to be honest. There's plenty more and many better action films out there that will quench your thirst.
The rating are all wrong for this one! We thought it was a bloody good film and Gerard Butler plays the hero very well. Has plenty of action and left us sitting on the edge of our seats.
They really do make the Star Trek films well, very good just like the first. This one had a lot more heart but no numbing of the action, thank god! And who doesn't love Spock?!
This sails straight into our film cupboard. A very well thought out look into the gangsters life in the 40's. Plenty of slick action and beautiful clothing.
Our top 3 movies of the past couple of months are: