26/06/2016

How To: None Bake Oreo Cheesecake


Finally, a How To post, right? Well, let me just get this out the way - I am one of them people who just wing it and hope for the best. Alright, when I first made it, I followed some instructions but over the years, I just think I remember and just start throwing things together!

To be honest, it's simple enough but I'm just saying I don't follow spoons or cups measurements, I do the finger licking taste test haha as long as it taste good, right? Forgetting about the calories and all ;)

Ingredients:

- 2 packets of Oreos
- 3 tubs of cream cheese
- Icing sugar
- Butter
- Mini Oreos (for decoration)
- Nutella (for decoration)

Instructions:

Oreo base:

1. Using 1 and a half packets of Oreos, seperate the cookies into a sealable bag and the cream part into a small bowl to use later.

2. With all the cookie parts in the sealable bag, close bag and crush the cookies until fine, or what to your preference (the finer it is, the easier it'll mould together to make your base)

3. Combine oreo crumbs with melted butter and flatten at the bottom of your chosen tin

4. Set in the fridge for 20 minuets or until you've finished doing the cream cheese filling haha 

Cream cheese filling

1. In a mixing bowl, combine all cream cheese, along with the cream middle part from the Oreo

2. Sift in icing sugar, to your taste

3. Break in quarters the remaining full Oreos and combine

4. Pour mixture onto your refrigerated Oreo base, to set in the fridge for 2 hours 

Decoration:

1. Use mini Oreos on corners, of course decorate as you please

2. We added Nutella lines and drips for decoration too

3. Take lots of Instagram pictures, post and enjoy! 😁
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How To: Jasmine Rice with Prawns, Mushrooms & Pak Choi


For dinner, we decided to cook for the whole house - we loved the dish that James' mum made for us last time we was there and hoped to recreate it just as well. This dish didn't take long to cook, as long as your ingredients are prepped.

I would like to believe I made an alright job as my grandma approved and she is very precise of how things should be cooked and taste. So I'm proud of myself to be honest.

 Of course this isn't our own recipe, the ingredients and instructions listed below have been copied from the book (although I can't remember which book)

Ingredients:

- 250g (9oz) jasmine rice
- 50g (2oz) of butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
- 200g (7oz) mushrooms, sliced
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- Ginger, peeled and finely grated
- 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
- A dash of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco)
- 1 tablespoon of light muscovoado sugar
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, plus extra for frying 
- 350g (12oz) raw, peeled king prawns
- Juice of half a lemon
- 250g (9oz) pal choi, chopped into large pieces
- Salt and black pepper

Instructions:

1. Cook the rice in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain and rinse under cold running water to cool down completely before leaving it to stand in a large sive on a cool place for an hour to dry out

2. Melt half the bitter in a large frying pan or wok over a high heat. Add the onion and fry, stirring regularly for about 5 minutes until soft but not browned. Increase the heat to high, add the red pepper with the mushrooms, garlic and ginger and dry for 3-4 minutes. Top the cooked rice and fry for a couple of minutes until the rice is hot.

3. Mix the soy sauce in a small bowl with the Tabasco, sugar and seame oil. Pour over the rice mixture and toss together over the heat, then set aside and keep warm on a pan. 

4. Heat another frying pan until hot. Add the remaining buyer, then dry the prawns on a high heat for 3-4 minutes until pink and cooked through. Squeeze over the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper before adding to the rice mixture. 

5. Spoon the rice mixture into a hot serving dish. Heat a little extra oil on the second frying pan (no need to wash), add the oak choi and cook over a high heat for a minute until wilted, then season with salt and pepper and are he in a line along the middle of the rice mixture. Serve immediately. 

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Date Night: Dinner @ The Rum Kitchen, Soho & The Comedy Store


Friday night was date night and with date night we try to always do something different each time. So there was no better way than to try a new cuisine and watch some live stand up comedy. With wanting to do something different, it proved to be quite difficult trying to book something that afternoon as everything was either fully booked, didn't stay open late enough, or was just too expensive! But we got the perfect result in the end! 

The Comedy Store is in Piccadilly so we headed to nearby Soho to a place called Kingly Court. It was here where we went to Dirty Bones a couple of weeks back and there was loads of restaurants to choose from. 

We didn't know where we wanted to go but settled on The Rum Kitchen as we have never had Caribbean food together before, and the menu was pretty enticing! The Jerk Chicken bowl was recommended to us by our waitress, but to be fair, I think we had already decided on it ourselves - it was a really good choice! So many flavours from the pineapple and chills, along with the dips and sides of plantain and sweet potato. It was like a part in our mouth - a very spicy one!


The service was good and the atmosphere was obsoletely buzzing with it being Friday night. I think we've said this before but we're like two old Granny's when it comes to loud restaurants! We like to hear what the other is saying without having to shout! The music was very loud but I guess they can't help that they're so popular!

So after here we took the ten minute walk to The Comedy Store. Jessica had never been to any type of comedy show and I've only been to one's in big arenas, so it was a new experience for both of us. The late show didn't start until 11pm and lasted around two hours. We were really surprised it wasn't that busy, it was maybe around half full. The tickets were great value as Jessica's ticket was £14 and my student ticket was just £7. Being a bit sceptical going into it as to how good the comedians would be - it made it even better by the fact that all of the commedians were actually pretty good! They obviously had no shortage of material - it was the day after leaving the EU!

We were just glad we didn't sit on the front row - they took a battering of abuse/banter! Next time we might have the guts to do it - maybe haha! We recommend here for a date and we can imagine it would be good to come with a group of friends! It was great value and great entertainment for a solid two hours! 

Food: ★★★


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23/06/2016

How We Survived a 'Long Distance' Relationship

As some of you may know, before we lived together in London, we begun our relationship in a somewhat long distance status - I quote and say somewhat to this 'long distance' because to some, it may not be long distance and we know it not like we're on other sides of the world, but nevertheless in different cities. James originally from Chester, moved to Sheffield for university and I, Jessica born and raised in London - that is a total distance of (approximately) 166 miles from London to Sheffield, and just a little bit more to Chester, although both journeys to and from are just over 2 hours one way, and we would only see each other for the weekend every other week - I don't know about you, but it's a lot harder than you think. 

We're not claiming to be any type of relationship gurus, this is just what we believed that worked for us - some may just be complete cliches, as well as personal choices.


Communication.

Communication is the most important aspect in any relationship, especially long distance. James and I would constantly be texting throughout the day, within reason of knowing each other's schedule. Every morning we'll send send each other a “Good morning” text, followed by messages in between, letting each know what's going on to avoid that horrible feeling of the unknown. Before the day ends, we would give another call, FaceTime or back back in the day when we used to Skype because James didn't have an iPhone, update each other with our days and sleep in the phone, it became a habit and it's actually very comforting to know they're on the other end. 

Even when we don’t have much to say, the regular messages and updates, helps us feel involved with each other’s day. 

Trust.

A relationship is nothing without trust. Long distance can make some people go crazy and have you wondering what you partner is up to. Who are they with? Why aren’t they texting me back? Why aren’t they picking up their phone? If you’re constantly asking these questions then you’re already falling to the ground. The more you question your partner, the more they feel they can't share or want to share with you. As a result, your partner may become distant and you might find yourself turning into a crazy person (which lets be honest, I already am)

To avoid all this chaos you have to trust your partner is doing exactly what they say they’re doing and vice versa. Trust and communication are just as equally important. 


Don't lose yourself. 

This is so important. They you can't expect someone to love you if you don't love yourself first. This of course doesn't just apply to long distance relationships, but in all relationships.

You will have to occupy your time when you’re away from your other half because time can be so slow! Some people are so dependent on their partner to fill their spare time and once you realize that person is miles away, you’ll get bored. Make plans with your friends, go out for a drink, dinner or just work like I do, which I still do anyway, as well as having your alone time at home in a book or watching - or whatever helps you fill your time.  If you start to have a lot of time on your hands you will find yourself always wanting to talk to your partner and they might find that annoying, especially if their busy filling their own time.

Planning.

Call me crazy, but I am OCD when it comes to planning, it is in my nature, in my blood - so this was something that didn't struggle with us. As mentioned previously, we arranged to see each other every two weeks, purely because it sounded like a bearable amount of time away from each other, as well as the minor elements in between, like travel expenses.

You could only imagine how much we've spent on travel costs, although we did have many methods in saving money, which we did a post here, and one which includes booking 12 weeks in advance, that's was a big changer.

As well as to keep up with each other's schedule when not together, but also to balance and help organise when we could see each other and what we will be doing, I researched for a couples app, which we still use today (for blogging and YouTube scheduling, as well as personal events) called 'Avocado', life changing and super useful!


Prepare to sacrifice. 

Due to only be able to see each other every other weekend, we had to make personal sacrifices to be with each other - friends and families birthday celebrations and let's face it, everything pretty much happens on a weekend but in the most none negative way, we had to sacrifice that time with others to be together - we alternated and compromised with dates, but some things are just enviable, especially when things are planned last minute and these train tickets had already been bought 3 months prior.

Long distance relationships require extra attention, extra money, just extra everything. It’s going to be challenging at times, but overcoming these challenges will make your relationship stronger!


Now we're living together and we won't lie and say we don't have our rough days, but who doesn't - true love doesn't dies. It's amazing what you'll do for the person you love, and no matter the distance or circumstance, if you're meant to be together, you'll be together.

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21/06/2016

Dinner @ Spaghetti House - Westfield, London

Lasagne pasticciate - home made beef lasagne, béchamel sauce and gran padano - £11.75 

Incoming text from Jessica in the middle of the afternoon asking if I want to see Conjuring 2 tonight -  yeah sure! I never find films scary, but oh how tonight was different! Anyway, on to that in a bit!

I met her and Charlyn after work at Westfield for some dinner beforehand, and after wanting to come here before last weeks cinema trip to see Money Monster, our time had come for some spaghetti - well, Lasagne actually.

Tagliatelle al salmone - fresh egg pasta, kiln smoked salmon, cream baby spinach and silicon fennel seeds - £13.95

It was pretty quiet for Westfield standards tonight, so the waiters and waitresses obviously didn't have much to do - we were asked if we would like to order drinks by three different workers, and if everything was okay a fair few times too! It could be good customer service or a bit annoying - I'm not quite sure! Although definitely much better than waiting and not being asked at all! The food was great!

Bruschetta avocado - crushed avocado, egg, sundried tomato, sunflower seeds and lemon dressing - £5.50

Timing worked out great to get to the cinema across the road at West 12 for the film at 7.55. Hands down, the scariest film I've ever seen! If you like horror films, it comes recommended by me! Especially knowing it is based on a true story and based in London, I felt like I was holding my breath for the whole two hours! We won't ruin the story - just go and see it!

Food: ★★★


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Lifestyle: Four Fun Facts Tag


Recently, we've been looking for new blogs and talking to new people via Twitter and we thought we'd share the love in looking through people's blogs and commenting on our favourites - we came across Sarah's post here and thought we'd give it ago! 


This is a fun tag, where there are 15 sets of questions with 4 answers for each. I know usually this is set out for one person, but since there's two of us, we've spilt the answers in two and/or our answers are joint! We hope you enjoy! 

Four Nicknames People Call Me:
1. Jam Jam - Jessica
2. Princess - Jessica
3. Baker - James
4. Bakey - James

Four Jobs I’ve Had:
1.  Sales assistant - Jessica
2.  Events organiser - Jessica
3. Waiter - James
4.  Marketing assistant - James

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once:
1. Shrek
2. School of rock
3. Zombieland - Jessica
4. Home alone - Jessica

Four Disney Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once:
1. Frozen - Jessica
2. High school musical
3. Toy story 
4. Cars - James

Four Books Or Authors I’d Recommend:
1. The girl on the train
2. Looking for Alaska, John Green - Jessica
3. Road Dahl - James
4. Henry Winter - James

Four Places I’ve Lived:
1. London - Jessica
2. Chester - James
3. Sheffield - James
4. London - James

Four Places I’ve Visited:
1. Barcelona
2. Florence - James
3. Australia - Jessica
4. Paris

Four Things I’d Rather Be Doing Right Now:
1. Sleeping
2. Eating a big slice of cake
3. Watching a movie
4. Twitter

Four foods I Don’t Like:
1. Black pudding - Jessica 
2. Brussels sprouts - Jessica
3. Kiwi - James
4. Humous - James

Four Favourite foods:
1. Creamy mashed potato
2. Mushrooms
3. Fish Pie
4. Steak

Four Shows I Watch:
1. Orange is the new black - Jessica
2. Orphan black - Jessica
3. The Apprentice - James
4. Dragons Den - James

Four Things I’m Looking Forward To This Year:
1. Anniversary holiday
2. Olympics - James
3. Christmas
4. More foodie/travel adventures

Four Things I’m Always Saying:
1. I'm sleepy
2. I'm hungry
3. Can we eat now?
4. What are we having for dinner?

Four Youtubers You Should Watch (clickable):

Four Twitter Accounts You Need To Follow (clickable):
4. @lanirae18

Please feel free to do this tag yourself, we'd love to see your answers! Leave your links/answers below!

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20/06/2016

Dinner @ Flat Iron, Shoreditch - London

The Flat Iron Steak, served with house leaf salad - £10
Dripping cooked chips - £2.50
Creamed spinach - £3


It's Monday afternoon and you receive an email calling out for FREE STEAK! Would you even have a second thought? No, well yes if there's an England football match - but FREE steak, right around James' work from 6PM - why the heck not, right?

Let's start from the beginning, there's a new Flat Iron that opened in Shoreditch today and they are giving away their steak and a side for FREE! We've here once before, not too long ago actually and it was great - worth the money and all! So of course we had to jump at the chance of it being free!

As James stood far far far back in the line, as he waited for me, Jessica (as I finish work later and had to travel 45 minuets to get there), we though we'd at least be near enough by the time I got there.

Oh how we were wrong, just about half way from where James originally started when I got there, but we felt we should stick it out. They did hand out a free cocktail to all and a bag of popcorn, which I guess was good enough.

We were about 6 tables away from being seated but it was getting close to the 8 PM kick off... should we stay or should we go? I don't know about you, but James had been standing in that line for about 2 hours and I about an hour and a bit, I wasn't going to waste that and nor was I going to sit during a match starving - a hungry Jessica is not a happy Jessica.

James must love me more than football or should I say he loves food more than football because we stayed and since we were so close to the door - we connected to their wifi and James watched the football in the line, to when we sat down and ate - I won't complain, he had the best of both worlds and I got my free steak!

We ordered two more extra sides and that's all we paid for! 2 steaks and 4 sides, all for £6.75 (inc. service charge) not bad ey!

We then of course proceeded to a some what empty bar called Hoxton 7 to finish the game - would have had a drink or two but we just wasn't feeling it, so a coke it was. It was a lovely spontaneous evening, although a very long one!

Food: ★★★★


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19/06/2016

Date Night: Cinema & Dinner @ Carluccio's & 'Money Monster' @Westfield, London

Spaghetti carbonara - £9.25

So this week's date night was nice and simple, a trip to the cinema and dinner out. Back at the start of our relationship, we seemed to always be in the cinema, mainly because I, James hardly ever watched a film - and I had a lot of catching up to do! So now, whenever we go a month or so without going, we feel obliged. But of course, we won't go if there's nothing we don't fancy, but luckily, this film called 'Money Monster' looked great from it's trailer, so that was our decision made!

I don't want to turn this post into a film review, but all i'll say is, if you like a bit of tension and action, i'm sure you'll love it - as did we! The movie started at 8.05pm which worked out just nicely as Jessica had an appointment to get her phone screen repaired. However there was no time to eat a proper meal, so it was just some Five Guys chips until after the movie.

Venison tortellini - £9.50

This bit was undecided so we walked along the outside part of Westfield and chose one of the restaurants that were still open at this time - it was about 10.30pm. Although i've been a couple of times, Jessica had never been to Carluccio's and we both fancied some pasta. I personally think it's really great for what is quite a large chain. The atmosphere was just right, and the service was spot on! Our waiter was so enthusiastic and you could tell he genuinely enjoyed his job!

Jessica chose one of her favourites, Spaghetti Carbonara whilst I had the Vension Tortellini, and hey, why not have a cheeky beer and wine each?! We bumped into Rochelle and Joseph just before our movie and they were heading to the cinema too. Again, time was on our side as when we finished our meal, there movie finished so we got a lift from Joseph home.

It was a great date night and we cannot wait for the next, whatever it may be!

Food: ★★★★


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18/06/2016

Review: Psychic Monkey, Ken & Jesse's Cookies


As we were browsing Twitter a couple of weeks ago, we found a company called Psychic Monkey. We have since been privileged to have been sent samples from Ken & Jesse's cookies, which is also part of their family business. 

As a blog we have never worked with another company before, and we were very excited to do so! So first, a little background on the company...

'Psychic Monkey is a delivery service specializing in only the tastiest of treats.' The gap in the market they have identified is the lack of late night delivery of tasty treats such as cookies, and to be fair, I can't argue with that! I'd love to have some cookies delivered to me late at night! 

We regularly conversed with Palina (a co-founder of Psychic Monkey) over email and she was very friendly and apologised sympathetically over the cookies taking a while to arrive, which we will allow considering they are still in the founding stages as a company.



Our cookies were hand delivered to our door, although unfortunately I was beaten to the door so we didn't get to meet them! They were presented in a small black carrier bag with their logo on. As you can see from the photo they looked very enticing once the bag was opened up, and we couldn't wait to taste them! 

We received the 24 mini assorted cookies which included a number of different types of cookies, from white chocolate to peanut butter - the latter being Jessica's favourite, and milk chocolate being my personal fave! 

With the cookies, they also included their branded take-away paper bags, which came in handy when establishing what cookies are who's, and I guess sharing them with others haha 

The cookies were nicely shaped and tasty - although we thought the flavour could've been stronger. They were chewy and moist in the best way possible, those are our favourite type of cookies!

Overall, they were very enjoyable and we believe the concept of the Psychic Monkey company has great promise! We would love to try out their cookie sandwich and would very much like to continue to work with them in the future!

Go check out their website for more details and follow them on Instagram & Twitter. 

Twitter: @psychicmonkeyy
Instagram: @monkeypsychic

*Contains PR samples - views and photos are our own



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15/06/2016

How To: Hello Kitty Cake Pops


I know, I know, this isn't a fair How To if you haven't got a Hello Kitty cake pop maker, but it's way too cute to not share! We bought this cake pop maker from Lakeland and it was a BARGAIN - you can buy it here, if it's still on sale (this is not sponsored)

It includes:

- 20 Cake pop sticks
- Hello Kitty pink & white dotted ribbon
- Instruction booklet (some recipes, which we listed some below)


There are other cake pop makers out there, if you are not a fan of Hello Kitty, the standard round cake pops maker or even the less expensive, cake pop moulds from Poundland works just as good.

Unfortunately, they didn't come out as planned and as you can see (below) we had a few trial and errors. We will be attempting more on the near future - practice makes perfect right? Although they do taste great, if we do say so ourselves (we made vanilla ones, recipe and more below)


As mentioned, we will also be making them again but with more decorations etc.

Each recipe below makes approximately 24 cake pops

Vanilla Cake Pops

- 125g softened butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 125g self raising flour
- 2 tbsp milk

Instructions:

1. Beat together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, until light and fluffy.
2. Add one egg at a time and beat after each addition until fully incorporated, add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Sift the flour into the mixture and add the milk and beat until the mixture is smooth.

Chocolate Cake Pops

- 125g softened butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 100g self raising flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp milk

Instructions:

1. Beat together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, until light and fluffy.
2. Add one egg at a time and beat after each addition until fully incorporated. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and add the milk. Beat until the mixture is smooth and throughly combined.

Red Velvet Cake Pops

- 115g softened butter
- 115g caster sugar
- 60 ml soured cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. red food clouring
- 115g self raising flour
- 1 tsp. cocoa

Instructions:

1. Beat together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, until light and fluffy.
2. in a jug, gently blend the soured cream, vanilla extract, egg and the red food colouring paste, then gradually add to the butter mixture with 1 tbsp pf sieved flour, beating well after each addition.
3. Sift the remaining flour and cocoa into the bowl and stir well until combined.

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12/06/2016

Date Night: The Perfect Garden Picnic



It's in the name really, for Date Night this week, I, Jessica thought it was time to add some home creativity for Date Night. As most people would have their picnic in the park, I thought there no better way to have a nice picnic in our very small front garden. 

Since it's "summer" in the UK, we thought it was that time of the year to put up the gazebo for that shade from when the suns too hot and let's face it, a shield for that unexpected rain and you're not exactly ready to stop the party.



Originally, I wanted to add fairy lights around the gazebo, but it was still very light out but now you have the idea, you could always do so. Of course we had a shared blanket, see if you was in a park could you add your own fairy lights? Cute candles? Use the house wifi to snuggle and watch a film? To have the comfort of knowing your toilet is a minute away? And still be able to enjoy the natures of your own plants and flowers - Oh the joys and benefits right?

From our previous dinner shop in the new M&S simply foods, the day before, we decided to get a somewhat afternoon tea inspired picnic treats, along with some Pimms and lemon, as well as making a few baking bits myself, which I will link below!



M&S bought goodies:

- 2 classic selection sandwiches, BLT, prawn mayo and smoked ham & mustard  mayo (cut in half, again)
- Bistro and Italian style baby leaf salad with avocado (drizzled with olive oil)
- 9 mini afternoon tea fairy cakes
- 4 classic dip selection, sour cream & chive, thousand island, onion & garlic and cheese and chive (served with cut cucumber and yellow pepper sticks)
- 2 scotch eggs
- 6 mini millionaires shortbread
- 3 cans of Pimm's served in a job of strawberries
- Packet of four cheese and red onion combo mix

Home baked goodies:


We hope you enjoyed this post, as much as I enjoyed creating it. Let us know in the comments below what your favourite picnic treats?

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11/06/2016

Spontaneous Day Trip to Brighton, UK



So let's go back to last night... once we had our date night picnic, we headed inside to finish our film, and watched a couple of others before we realised it had got super late! It was around 2.30 when we decided that we should have a day out and go to Brighton!

We woke up at 8, left the house at 9 and left London Bridge station at 10 past 10, arriving in Brighton an hour later. First stop was the beach as we were scared the sun wouldn't last - the weather was forecast to be hot but not that sunny, but we were lucky enough that it turned out to be glorious for most of the day (it rained just a tad). 


You can't go to Brighton and not go to the pier so that's where we went next. Jessica won a fish teddy and I was tantalisingly close to winning another massive Panda - watch our vlog which will be up on Monday to see how we did it! 

Despite James' new efforts to eat healthily, fish and chips is another order of the day whilst you're at the seaside, so this was our lunch which we also had on the pier! A cheeky seagull had a cheeky swipe at Jessica's fish! Hilarious! 


Next up was a stroll around the lanes but to be honest, we ended up mostly in shops which you could find anywhere - I bought some sunglasses from Jack Wills, and Jessica bought a GoPro memory card from Jessops, along with some stuff from Boots. 

Earlier in the day we had spotted a cute looking place called Scoop & Crumb, so walked back when we fancied some coffee and cake. It's known for it's ice cream, but having had some at the start of the day, cake was what we chose instead! That sticky toffee cake was beautiful! We have been missing out coffee since we left Sheffield, so a regular latte for James it was, and Jessica's slightly different white hot chocolate was also lovely! 


After another quick chill on the beach, we made our way back to the station for 5.30. James has an important date in front of the tv for the England game tonight, so Jessica is taking the opportunity to visit some family. 

We should definitely have these spontaneous trips more often! Considering Brighton is only an hour away and only cost us £14 for both of our return tickets, it's a great summers day out that doesn't need to break the bank! 


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10/06/2016

How To: Puff Pastry Treats


It's Date Night and we've decided on something a little different - full Date Night post will be up on Sunday.

This would honestly be the most simplist thing we've ever made, took no longer than 15 minutes and can be as less or more ingredients as you like.

Please find below how we made them - enjoy! :)

Ingredients:

- Puff pastry
- Nutella
- Strawberries
- Bananas
- Whipped cream

Instructions:

1. Pre heat your oven to 220 degrees and cut your puff pastry into your required shapes (make sure to cut in pairs as it works as a sandwich)

2. Place them on a baking paper and place on a tray and leave to raise for 10 minutes

3. Once done, place one upside down and cover the base with Nutella and put strawberries/bananas in place (we added a spray of whipped cream with the strawberries) and add another puff pastry on top and drizzle with Nutella 

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09/06/2016

Dinner @ London

Steak and avocado salad

Today was a big day... the day we took our first trip to the new M&S Simply Food that opened down the road! They must've knew I was coming to live here! We met straight there after work and got everything we needed for this meal, and also food for tomorrow.

This recipe was on Tasty just a few days ago, and it seems anything with the word avocado in we seem to make these days... clearly! It was super delicious and perfect to eat outside on a summer's evening.

Ingredients:


1 pound sirloin steak

Salt & pepper
2 tablespoons oil
2 bags of mixed salad
2 hard-boiled eggs, halved
1 avocado, sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons caesar dressing
Hanf full of crutons

Instructions:


1. Salt and pepper the steak on both sides, being sure to rub in the seasoning, we added some garlic and mixed herbs too.

2. Heat the oil in a pan over high heat until slightly smoking.
3. Sear the steak for about 2 minutes per side, then rest it on a cutting board for 10 minutes.

4. Slice the steak.
5. In your pre-made bowls of combined salad, eggs, avocados, croutons and tomatoes - place your steak on top and add the dressing as you wish.





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Lifestyle: 25 Food Questions Tag

A few days ago, we discussed about creating a Food Question Tag, but I knew there would be one floating around that would have better questions than we would have come up with - so as one would, we Google'd it and we found one!

As a couple food blog, we decided to answer separately, as you can imagine, we actually do like different things, but some may answer as one. Please do answer as you wish.

We wanted to do this and hope to get to know you foodie bloggers and you none-food bloggers - we have added a bonus question at the end, a question which we, Food & Baker, are asking, if you do choose to participate and wish to tag others, we would like to start something new in asking you to change the bonus question to your own and hopefully create a cycle.


1. What's your favourite breakfast?
Jessica - I don't really eat breakfast (I know what kind of a foodie am I) but when we do, anything with avocado will do it for me!

James - Now I am a breakfast person - the day hasn't started properly without food! If I have some time on my hands, scrambled egg and smoked salmon on toast is great!




2. How do you drink your coffee?
Jessica - 2 sugars and milky

James - 1 sugar and just a drop of milk

3. What's on your favourite sandwich?
Jessica - Prawn and mayonnaise OR salmon and cream cheese.

James - Anything with chicken!

4. Soup or Salad?
Jessica - This is hard, depends on what meal of the day it is, I usually crave both at different times - soup is just like a hug in the inside and salad is for when I know I've eaten way too much for life and I just need to lighten it up a bit.

James - Soup soup soup! I don't get salad haha




5. What's your favourite cookbook?
Jessica - I don't own any, but have used some in the past of James'

James - My slow cooker books from Lakeland are great and been a great source of inspiration! 

6. No more sweets or no more hearty foods?
Jessica - You'd be surprised to know I'm not exactly a sweet fan and we're all about hearty foods!

James - No more sweets! I actually agree with Jessica on this one!

7. What's your favourite Cuisine?
Jessica - Oh Italian, you can't beat a classic pasta dish!

James - Yep, meant to be together after all!

8. What's your favourite food movie?
Jessica - Ratatouille 

James - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (if that counts?)

9. What's your most guilty pleasure?
Jessica - OMG crisps, you don't even understand - I could honestly eat 40 packets in one sitting!

James - Chocolate!

10. What's your greatest inspiration source?
Jessica - Pinterest 

James - Is it sad to say BBC Good Food?

11. Cooking at home or going out for dinner?
Jessica - We are a sucker for anything, you might tell from the blog that it's going out, but we do enjoy cooking together

James - If I could go out for meals all the time I would




12. High end or low profile?
Jessica - High end is always a luxury but nothing beats an independent coffee shop or eatery 

James - No way of choosing, there has to be a good mix!

13. What's your favourite restaurant?
Jessica - I don't think I have one, but if I had to pick one, I think I would say Vapianos

James - Piccolino 

14. I do my grocery shopping at:
It varies: Tesco, Iceland and M&S


15. The tastiest food I've ever eaten was:
Jessica - That I will answer once I've eaten everything in the world!

James - Impossible question 

16. What's your favourite cocktail?
Jessica - Long Island iced tea, I do love me a splash of tequila ;)


James - Something with strawberry in, and without amaretto - if I wanted Calpol I would have some

17. Coffee with George Clooney or Heston Blumenthal?
Jessica - Will all you foodies kill me if I ask who's Heston Blumenthal? 

James - How the heck doesn't she know who Heston is? What a legend - Heston all day!

18. What should not be missing in your kitchen?
Oh well, NO ONE SHOULD TOUCH OUR KITCHEN FOR ANYTHING TO BE MISSING, ha joking...

19. What's your favourite snack?
Jessica -  I wouldn't say I snack but if I had to pick anything but crisps, I would say dried apricots.

James - Hula Hoops

20. What's on your pizza?
Jessica - Mmmm jalapeños, olives, some sort of meat, bbq base - anything else is just a bonus

James - Every type of meat possible!

21. What food do you really dislike?
Jessica - I pretty much eat everything, except brussel sprouts and black pudding (it's not that I don't like it, I would just prefer not to eat them)

James - Kiwi's just shouldn't exist in this world

22. What's your favourite food blog?
It is biased if we said each others ;)
But in all seriousness, there are many we have yet to discover and in all different specialities, but at the moment we're loving baking ones as we'd want to start baking a bit more (we may do a separate post on our favourite blogs in the near future - food and none food related)

23. What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
We wouldn't call it weird in a bad way because it was actually very tasty, but weird in the sense that we thought we wouldn't actually eat it - snails.




24. What's on your food bucket list?
We've got a long list (to make and restaurants), maybe we'll post that in a separate post? Let us know in the comments below!

25. I couldn't live without:
Jessica - POTATO

James - Water

BONUS question:
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jessica - MASHED POTATO (sorry these answers from me are becoming repetitive)

James - Fish pie - it suits every type of mood

We really hope you enjoyed reading our answers to these questions, please feel free to copy and paste them and answer them yourselves, do tag us or comment below your answers/link, we'd love to read them all and get to know you more on the topic we all know and love!
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