Archive | December, 2012

An eager attempt at baking

We are so happy to have our new 'Food' section up and running that we've decided to try and test as many recipe's as possible and share with you our successes and misfortunes.  Here is my (not so impressive) attempt at baking a fantastic recipe: Spiced Oatmeal Cookies, captured by me and my trusted companion.. iPhone.

Ingredients

First step, cream shortening and brown sugar in a bowl.  (For the shortening, you can use half a cup of butter and half a cup of margarine)

Then, add the eggs & milk and mix well.

Next combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

This is where I went slightly wrong and decided to add a large amount of dried coconut flakes - why not be adventurous I thought..

Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture.

Fold over until it looks something like this:

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Finally, use a spoon to drop small balls of the mixture on to a greased baking tray, keeping them approximately 2 inches apart from each other.

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Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until done. 

You should end up with a couple dozen cookies depending on how large or small you'd like them.  They should look like this!

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The extra coconut that I added made the cookies a little bit dry, so the lesson of the moment is to follow the recipe exactly!  Other than that they were great cookies - the batter tastes pretty awesome as well.. just saying.

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Epic photos of the week


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kids on a horse

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kissing lion

amazing horse

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Must have: Cambridge Satchel

An old classic turned into a modern phenomenon!  It's not just the satchels that we're obsessing over, it's the branding and the whole story behind this company.  If you haven't had a chance to hear about how The Cambridge Satchel Company came about then have a look at the video below and see Julie's journey.  She makes it look so easy!

These Cambridge Satchel's are the perfect mix of a usable classic handbag mixed with cool colours and great craftsmanship.  We're very excited about the fact that bright coloured handbags are around and about.. we're suckers for bright coloured accessories and what an awesome way to brighten up a dull winters day!

Loved by bloggers and fashionistas all over the world, Julie's humble idea has exploded in the fashion industry and is pouring all over our social media pages.  And we say all the more power to you!  We're inspired and hope to achieve half the success that Julie has.

Love The Cambridge Satchel company?  Let us know which colour you're saving for 🙂

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I love Jamie Oliver

It's official, Jamie Oliver is a genius for the reason that he has actually made me a good cook!  Granted I have step by step instructions in front of me detailing how to concoct such awesome meals, but alas that has never stopped me from ruining a fair few dinner times.  I was recently given a recipe book as a gift (possibly a hint to improve my cuisine skills) that has changed my life, that book was Jamie's 15 minute meals.  I believe Jamie has also made other books such as Jamie's 30 minute meals, however none have been as appealing as the 15 minute miracles.  This is probably because his 15 minute recipes generally take me at least an hour so any longer recipes and I'd surely be in the kitchen for days.. not so appealing.

These are a few that have been a success:

My personal favourite so far has probably got to be the aptly named "Sticky Kicking Chicken":

Let us know if you have a go at any recipes, we'd love to hear of your successes and mishaps!

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A Magical Parade

In November 2012, the streets of Knightsbridge witnessed a truly spectacular event.  The collaboration of Disney and Harrods was highly anticipated in the months approaching the event.  Londonites and visitors alike lined the streets outside of Harrods, poised and ready to witness the unveiling of the Christmas windows.  Here's a little preview:

Quivering in the cold, we grabbed some meatball soup and warmed our bellies while we waited for the show to start.  And woe, was it a show.  All of a sudden, Disney music started blaring out all around the streets and then, despite all of the traffic on Brompton road, a glowing Cinderella carriage appeared being pulled by six beautiful white horses.

(Alas, I wasn't in the best position for photo taking)

From the carriage emerged a very real Cinderella and the Fairy God Mother.  Their looks and mannerisms were un-canny.

After the show, I realised that my cheeks were hurting because I was grinning so much throughout.  I guess I still have a soft spot for Disney...  Who doesn't right!?

The night ended with a bang...

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Capturing December: Our Photos

We have accepted the challenge and have leapt into it with full force!  Here's a gallery that we'll be updating with our daily December photos.

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Capturing December

Upon a daily peruse of fun things on the ever eternal world of the internet, I stumbled upon this Photo-a-day challenge put together by A Content Housewife.  The idea is to follow some key words each day and blog, Instagram, Pinterest or Tweet it on the net with the hashtag #ACHdecember.  Being a huge artsy photo enthusiast, it took less than a second for me to fall in love with the idea.  Are you up for the challenge?  Join us in capturing the month of December.

We're a little late so we'll be catching up in due time.  Keep a look out!  We'll be posting our photos on Twitter @LittleWingMag & Instagram @LittleWingMag

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