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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Food | Bella's Bangin' Oreo Bites


 I have received product from Oreo for this post. It is an entry to the Foodies100 Wonderfilled recipe challenge sponsored by Oreo, which marks the launch of two exciting new flavours: Peanut Butter and Golden. The delicious new flavours are available in all major supermarkets at an RRP of £1.08. To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/oreo

I am not a bad cook, but I am a rubbish baker, I am not patient at all and in most cases end up eating the ingredients. However, my younger sister Bella is fantastic in the kitchen, and famous for her cakes. She made the one below for my 30th birthday - Roses and all! 


So when I mentioned the Wonderfilled recipe challenge she told me she had a great recipe in that we could do, which she makes with regular Oreos and everyone loves - her 'Bagin' Oreo Bites'.

please excuse the picture - they got eaten at the party before we could take a pretty one!

Ingredients

  • 2 packets of Oreos (we made to batches using the new Golden Oreos and another with Original Oreos)
  • Half a tub of  Philidelphia Cheese Light
  • Chocolate for melting (we coverd the Golden in White and the Original in Milk)

Instructions

  1. The boring part. Place Oreos in a bowl. Using a blunt instrument, like the handle of a rolling pin, crush up your Oreos into crumbs.
  2. Now time to get messy. Add in the cream cheese and mix together with your hands. It should all stick together and farm into a big ball in your hand.
  3. Just keep rollin', rollin', rollin'. Now take small amounts of the mixture and role into balls using your fingertips and place on a flast platter or plate. It may not look like it in the bowl, but the mixture goes a long way.
  4. Just chill. Place the balls in the fridge for about 30 mins.
  5. Get melting. After 30 mins take out the balls and put them to one side. Melt your chocolate, to avoid burning the chocolate I would recommend melting it in a bowl above boiling water in a pan.
  6. Dunking time. Using a spoon take a ball and drop it into the chocolate, making sure it gets coated, then place it back on the tray. 
  7. Nearly there. Place the coated Oreo bites into the fridge for another 30 minutes. When the chocolate is solid they are ready to serve.
Have you tried the new Oreos? Have you got a great recipe you could share?



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Food | Mikado Stick out your personality


I have received product from Mikado for this post. It is an entry to the Foodies100 Stick out your personality challenge sponsored by Mikado.  Mikado are unique, long & ultra-thin crunchy biscuit sticks coated with smooth milk chocolate, with one end left bare so that you don’t get sticky fingers when eating. Mikado comes in four delicious flavours: Milk, White, Daim and Choco King, and stocked in all major supermarkets at an RRP of £1.39. To find out more, visit https://www.facebook.com/Mikado.uk?fref=ts
I have a great love of film, which is probably something that I don’t express enough on my blog. At college I did Media and Film Studies and I wrote my dissertation on film ratings comparing Baise Moi, Irreversible and Ken Park, the latter of which was written by one of my favourite directors, Larry Clark.

One of the first things that really grabbed my attention at college about film was when we started looking at the mise en scene of films. I guess film noir is one of the most notorious genres for learning about these sorts of technical aspect of film, and with that comes the iconic references to Femme Fatales.

If you don’t get know the terminology, a femme fatale is a female character that is often portrayed as beautiful and dangerous. They would always have classic 1930s waves, have a killer body and more often than not be smoking a cocktail cigarette or a have a cigarette holder to add extra glamour.

This I guess is where my Stick out Personality selfie comes from. Growing up, I would spend time with my granddad; we would often watch old black and white crime films and I would love to recreate the female protagonist by ‘smoking’ a Mikado, or 20…

My love for watching these sorts of film then extended to me sharing ‘Sin City’ with my granddad (he was not as appreciative as me). Sin City for me combined two of my great passions – comic books/graphic novels and film noir and created a piece of art, the contrast of the dark scenery and the dangerous, stunning and strong female characters, with just the odd dash of bold colour, a red lip here, bold blonde hair there.

I guess the mixing of these two memories led to me adding a Femme Fatale twist to my #MikadoBy selfie as it is a huge part of my personality. Also when I eat a Mikado, in my mind I am a femme fatale smoking a long elegant cocktail cigarette.


How do you eat your Mikado sticks?

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Friday, August 21, 2015

LIFESTYLE | London Ice Bar - BRRRR It's cold in here..

 

I briefly worked in the travel sector. Whilst doing so came across an article about an ice hotel, where, if you hadn't guessed, everything is made out of ice. The idea completely intrigued me. Before I met Joe his love for Finnish music (H.I.M, Hanoi Rocks, The 69 Eyes) lead him and his friends to Helsinki in winter - we are talking 1 hours daylight, where they visited an Ice Bar, which given the temperature is not that surprising.

Fast forward a few years and Joe and I are given the opportunity to visit the London Ice Bar, a year-round bar, kept at -5c, which is renovated every September and built with ice imported from the Torne River in North Sweden.



Before entering the ice bar we sat in the 'warm bar' ready for our slot - each slot is 40 minutes long. We were then kitted out in thermal blue ponchos with an elegant white fur trim and mitten so we could hold our cocktail glasses, obviously also made out if ice.



As you can see taking pictures inside wasn't too easy due to the black light, so forgive the pictures! The cocktails they serve are rather vast and as you keep your ice glass any subsequent glasses are cheaper than the first. Joe went for the bourbon cocktails, which isn't surprising as it's his favourite spirit! I, on the other hand, inspired by the Ice Pineapple, went for the Pineapple Express followed by the Prime Mover which tasted like a warm apple pie! I'd definitely recommend it!

My Icebar experience was awesome, I feel like I have ticked off something on my mental bucket list! If you are looking for something different to do I would say do it!

Have you ever thought about visiting an icebar? Where is the weirdest place you have gone for a drink?


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