Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Recipe: Oats and walnuts bars


I was never a big cereal person, as I child I don't remember eating cereals for breakfast, I don't like milk that much so eating cereal was always a sort of a problem. As a young adult I tried giving cereal a go trying all sorts of different types, from the Special K to Cheerios but that didn't stick long either. I much prefer a piece of bread in the morning or biscuits or anything else really. I did like a few cereal bars, not all, but have tried them too thinking they were/are a good mid afternoon/morning snack. And now the moment has arrived where I gave these bars a home go. They are super easy to make and taste one thousand times better than the store bought and are obviously a bot healthier as you know what go into them. 

This version today are a bit fatty I won't lie, the recipe calls for quite a bit of butter, next type I will try something a bit lighter as I'm sure it can work just as well. Bear that in mind when you make them, if you want a delicious and won't mind about the butter then by all means MAKE THIS, if not, try it with 60 gr of good quality butter, that's what I will do next time!

Ingredients

300 gr oats
130 gr brown sugar
240 gr butter (I KNOW!!)
100 gr honey
100 gr chopped walnuts
90 gr self raising flour
zest of 1 lemon
70 gr raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
50 gr white chocolate 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 160ÂșC.
Line a 20x20cm square baking pan with parchment paper. 
In a shallow pan, cook over low heat the sugar, butter, honey and a pinch of salt, until the butter is melted and you start seeing bubbles foaming. 
Remove from heat. 
Combine oats, flour, lemon zest and cinnamon in a bowl. Add this mixture to the other mixture and mix well until all is well combined. 
Transfer the mixture to the pan and make sure you press it with your hands so it is well tight in the pan.
Place in the oven and cook for about 45-50 minutes until it turns a light golden colour. 

Let it cool. You need to let it cool completely before cutting it. 

Once it has cooled off completely prepare your chocolate, melt it in the microwave or in a pan using the bain-marie technique. Use a spoon and pour the melted chocolate over it making nice (or not!) lines all over it. 

Let the chocolate harden completely and cut it in bars.  

To save it, you can wrap your bars individually in cling paper and save them in the fridge.


Original recipe come from Greek Chef Akis Petretzikis' cooking site

Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekend Wear


The sun is shining and finally the weather is finally warming up which means less layers, less coats and lighter wraps. The other day while at Zara I grabbed this leather jacket that I had been eyeing for a while. It's perfect for the in-between season weather and can be dressed down or up easily. 
I actually bought my other leather jacket from Zara many years ago and have enjoyed it very much and have received many compliments for it so I hope this one turns out to be as good as the old one I have. Fingers crossed! 
I'm sharing a lovely recipe tomorrow, stay tuned!


Wearing

Jeans: Topshop Leigh | Top: Zara | Jacket: Zara | Shoes: Clarks (black here)| Sunglasses: Ray Ban



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Anine Bing's style


One of the features I love the most on Vogue is the Seven Days, Seven looks (or something like that) they do where they feature a nicely dressed (usually) well know lady who shares her daily looks for seven days, pretty straight forward. Vogue.es does it too and they recently featured Anine Bing. The go-to outfits of this californian based danish designer are just like the pieces of her own fashion line: effortlessly chic, I know it sounds like such a clichĂ© but it is what it is. Neutrals, stripes, good quality pieces that can withstand the pass of time without going out of fashion in a second. Just like every woman needs in her closet. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recipe: Double Chocolate Truffles


These little chocolate truffles are perfect as a scrumptious companion to your after lunch coffee, you know which one I mean right? Or as a small indulgence mid afternoon when you crave something sweet. Or in the middle of the night when you wake up starving and need something quick. Anyhow, these little chocolate truffles are perfect any time any moment. They are not a light treat or anything like that, I won't pretend but these are the real deal. 

Ingredients (makes about 25)

200 ml single cream
200gr dark chocolate
200gr milk chocolate 
70 gr chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

Cut your chocolate in small pieces and melt in the microwave or over bain-marie. Stir so it doesn't stick in the pan. Once well melted add the cream and continue stirring until all is well mixed together. 
Place in a bowl and in the fridge for about 2 hours, make sure your mixture doesn't solidify completely, you want to be able to make little balls with your hands. 
Take the chocolate mixture off the fridge and make little balls with your hands, roll them though the sprinkles and cover them thoroughly. Save in the fridge and enjoy as you please. Or put some in a little box and gift them with a little bow.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekend Wear


Another Monday has arrived lovelies, I hope you had a great first weekend of Spring. Here in Barcelona we didn't really feel it as is but I'm sure we will have a lovely basking sunshine pretty soon, it happens every year!
Anyhow, I for once got my all-white coat out, I love the oversized shape and that it is 50% wool so it's pretty warm still. I wear it with my daily uniform, jeans, sweater and biker boots, a big chunky scarf and a big bag, how predictable have I become ;-)
Yesterday I went to see with my little goddaughter, her sister and their mum, Cinderella and oh my how cute is it! I truly recommend it, it's obviously a fairytale story/movie so expect lots fairy dust, tulle gowns, tinny waists (I know!!), mouses that turn into horses and so on but it is definitely a nice way to spend a couple of hours especially if you have kids around you (or feel like a young princess yourself, I know I do sometimes!)


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Coat: Zara | Jeans: Mango | Sweater: Topshop | Boots: Zara | Scarf: Zara | Bag: Michael Kors


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ideal Closet


This bright yellow sweater could cheer up pretty much anyone at any moment don't you think? I think bright colours are absolutely fantastic and can make a simple outfit stand up alone at any rate. This rather simple combo of jeans, sweater and trainers is immediately lifted up by the brightness of the sweater and the cute/fun accessories, this Ralph Lauren bucket bag is just on trend and the blue colour makes it a bold choice. Pick your accessories carefully, they can make or break.

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