From The Archive: 2012

A year of fewer questionable outfit choices, I finally found my blogging groove in 2012, and here you can find some favourite pieces, band interviews as they first appeared and a lot of hats too...

Lifestyle Recipes

Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is you

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8304205013/” title=”IMG_6434p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8076/8304205013_304803772f_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6434p”></a><br><a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8304205013/” title=”IMG_6434p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8076/8304205013_304803772f_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6434p”></a><br>If there’s one thing to get you in the festive mood, then in my opinion- it’s a good ‘ol kitchen sesh. Baking gingerbread houses especially (or cheating and just decorating one, but you know…) If you me want to get all Nigella on you, than the fragrances of the ginger and cinnamon are certainly one thing to get you excited (and then pretending the icing sugar is snow is another…) but this is certainly a Christmas cracker. So, if you fancy making a tasty treat that looks equally aesthetically amazing then look no further (recipe taken from Baking Mad’s <a href=”http://www.bakingmad.com/ideas/christmas”>Christmas baking recipes</a> <a href=”http://www.bakingmad.com/recipes/biscuits/gingerbread-house”>here</a>)
<br><br><i><b>You will need-</i></b><br>- 350g Plain white flour<br> – 1 tsp Bicarbonate Of Soda<br> – 2 tsp Ground ginger<br> – 125g Butter<br>- 175g Light Muscovado Sugar <br>- 1 Egg<br> – 4 tbsp Golden syrup <br> – 1 tsp Ground cinnamon<br>- Cut out template from the recipe <a href=”http://www.bakingmad.com/recipes/biscuits/gingerbread-house”>here</a><br>- A cup of <a href=”http://shop.twinings.co.uk/shop/chai.html”>chai tea</a> to assist your baking!<br><br><b><i>To decorate-</i></b><br>- 1/2 Egg Whites<br> – 500g Icing Sugar<br>- A dash of lemon juice<br>- Various jellies/sprinkles/fun for decorating<br><br>
<i>Preheat the oven to 180Β°C/160Β°C Fan/ 350Β°F, Gas 4. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. </i><br><br><a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8304206505/” title=”IMG_6365p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8304206505_5a272d2ee9_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6365p”></a>1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Rub in the butter and then stir in the sugar. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, and then add to the flour and mix to make a dough. Leave to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8304206335/” title=”IMG_6369p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8304206335_79992e3e22_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6369p”></a>2. Lightly flour a surface and roll out the gingerbread to Β½ cm thick. Cut out the sections using the templates, and pop gingerbread onto the baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool!
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8305254124/” title=”IMG_6370p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8224/8305254124_9b04e721a0_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6370p”></a>3. Put the egg whites in a large bowl, and sift in the icing sugar. Put in some elbow grease and stir to make a thick, smooth icing and add lemon juice for added stickiness. Spoon some of the icing into a piping bag.
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8305253876/” title=”IMG_6372p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8305253876_5308231347_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”426″ alt=”IMG_6372p”></a>4. Pipe generous lines of icing along the wall edges (or spoon), and join the walls together!
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8305253678/” title=”IMG_6373p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8305253678_aa4301efb9_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6373p”></a>5. Once dry, repeat the icing with the roof sections and allow to dry for half an hour or so!
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8305253482/” title=”IMG_6374p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8305253482_bb1ba9ccf2_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6374p”></a>6. Decorate your house with lots of colourful sweets, sprinkles, jellies (and maybe cute fairytale people) to make it look like a real Christmassy North Pole house!
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8305253234/” title=”IMG_6390p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8305253234_77cd64cb43_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6390p”></a>7. Team the gingerbread with some cosy <a href=”http://shop.twinings.co.uk/shop/christmas-tea-gifts.html”>Christmas tea</a>- Will Ferrell and Hugh Grant entirely optional.<br><a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/60505760@N06/8304206707/” title=”IMG_6350p by What Olivia Did, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8304206707_41db031776_z.jpg” width=”640″ height=”427″ alt=”IMG_6350p”></a><br>Wishing you all the most wonderful Christmas tomorrow, I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, family, and good food!<br><br>x<br><br>

 

 

P.S Check out Baking mad for <a href=”http://www.bakingmad.com/recipes/cupcake-recipe”>cupcake recipes</a>, festive and new years nibbles and much more!

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