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3 Ingredient Easy Biscoff Truffles Recipe

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Over the past few months it seems everyone has been baking a hell of a lot more than usual, when they've been able to get hold of the ingredients that is! When all the flour flew off the shelves for weeks on end, I decided to try and make some sweet treats that didn't require 15 different ingredients, 3 types of sugar and no bananas in sight. These 3 ingredient Biscoff truffles are a fail safe option for an easy dessert or sweet snack.

These little sweet treats taste just like mini Biscoff cheesecakes and really are quite delightful. They also don't take much time at all to make and the recipe is full proof! Anyone else think they look way more put together than the three ingredients required suggests? The ingredients list is rough, I just picked up packets of each thing and put them together until I got the consistency I thought was best!

Ingredients:

-Biscoff Biscuits, ~300g. Plus extra for crumbling for decoration if you wish.
-1 pack of Cream Cheese,
-200g White Chocolate

Method:

1. Crush up all the Biscoff biscuits, I used a blender to get a fine crumb suitable for these truffles. You may need to split up your biscuits into sections to get them all blended properly depending on the size of your blender, I did mine in two gos.

2. Mix the Biscoff biscuit crumbs with the cream cheese in a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to initially mix and then I found using my hands was the best way to get the right consistency with everything mixed together.

3. Roll the mixture into balls using your hands and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for about an hour until the balls have hardened.

4. Melt the white chocolate, either in the microwave or in a bowl over a saucepan of water on the hob.

5. Dip the truffles in the white chocolate, making sure to cover the whole ball. Place the balls back on the baking paper once they've been coated and sprinkle with Biscoff crumbs if you want to decorate. To get the plainer truffles without the chocolate coating, just grab a fork and dip it in the white chocolate and drizzle over the truffles.

6. Leave the truffles in the fridge to harden for about an hour. Keep refrigerated once set until they're all gone, that won't take long!

And that's it! They're so easy to make, I want to try them with Oreos next after seeing so many people make them. Have you tried making truffles before?


Independents Offering Takeaway and Delivery in Nottingham

Saturday, 21 March 2020

UPDATED: 12TH JUNE

In times like these, it's so important to support all the Nottingham independent restaurants and food vendors that rely on their monthly income to stay afloat. The Coronavirus is really hitting this country hard but the government closing all the bars and restaurants for the forseeable future, which is 100% the best thing to do, the independents all over the country are taking a massive battering. On the other hand, lots are starting to offer takeaway and delivery services that we all must take advantage of to give these places in Nottingham a helping hand.

If you're looking for something to eat, here's a guide to the places I've found so far offering collection and delivery services so far:

Doughnotts

A range of vegan and non vegan doughnuts, quite honestly the best doughnuts ever. They're also selling doughnut decorating kits on their website if you're looking for some lockdown entertainment!
Collection: Order through their web store,  keep up to date via Instagram to see weekly flavours etc.
Delivery: Via Deliveroo within 5.5 mile radius of their NG2 bakery, Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-6pm / sell out.

Oscar and Rosies

The best pizza place ever is finally back open for collection! Oscar and Rosies is my absolute go to for pizza in Nottingham. They serve a wide range of pizzas with a whole dedicated vegan menu and gluten free too.
Collection: Order online here for collection Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Homeboys

Homeboys normally trade from Notts Street Food Club, selling a range of dishes including the most amazing looking katsu curry. Offering a delivery / collection service via Fudyo, they're currently selling their own Heat at Home Grilled Cheese: Our own three cheese blend, chilli crisp, house kimchi, charred spring onion, stuffed into Notts’ finest’s Tough Mary’s sourdough'
Delivery/Collection: Order through Fudyo here for delivery and collection from Hooters options! 

Blend

If you're craving a real coffee, head to Blend and pick up a tasty pastry or cake whilst you're there! They're currently open for takeaways on hot and cold drinks, pastries, cakes and bags of coffee.
Takeaway: Weds/Thurs/Fri 8:30am-4pm, Sat/Sun 9:30am-4pm

Studio Chocolate

Delivery of brownies and chocolates, everything looks incredible and tastes it too.
Website: www.studio-chocolate.co.uk
Collection: Available Thursday and Friday, 10am-1pm. Order online through the website for collection.
Delivery: Order online through the website, available for Nottingham local delivery and UK wide too.

Filthy Vegan Takeout

For proper filthy junk food, The Filthy Vegan Takeout is your answer. Kebabs, burgers, hot dogs and mac and cheese, these guys have got it all!
Website: www.thefilthyvegan.co.uk

Collection: From 1pm everyday. Pre-order for collection via WhatsApp on 07860853675. View the menu here.

Delivery: Order through Deliveroo or Uber Eats. Also available for delivery to more postcodes via their Facebook page, check weekly for postcodes / days.


Tough Mary's Bakehouse

Bread and other tasty baked goods available for collection. Tough Mary's Bakehouse are also offering takeaway coffee now too.

Collection: It's best to preorder here but they are open for takeaway too. 9-3, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 


Prickly Pear

100% vegan and homemade burgers, sandwiches, kebabs, tacos, burritos, shakes and sides. Basically everything you could ever want. They're offering a special burger every week and to be honest, every single one has looked out of this world. Have a peek over on their Instagram, @pricklypearnottm.
Collection: Call 0115 958 1338 to order for collection 12pm-8pm. If you're after lunchtime collection (12pm-2pm) order the day before! 
Delivery: Via Deliveroo.

Annies Burger Shack

Delicious and unique handcrafted burgers and breakfast. Just go and have a look at their menu to see just how wild but tasty all of their options look, you need to try them!
Annies are offering call and collect from both their breakfast and burger menus plus drinks.
Website: anniesburgershack.com
Collection: Weds-Fri 3.30pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 2pm-9pm (Same day burger pre-orders - 12pm-2pm Wed-Sun) Call to order on 01156849944 and view the menus here


Bohns 

Burgers made with the best produce from local suppliers. Organic beef, handmade rubs and spices on locally baked bread. Vegan, veggie and gluten free options available too. Everything looks amazing! Bohns are offering takeaway collection on Saturdays currently.
Website: bohnsbestburgers.co.uk

Collection: Order via Instagram DM, @bohns_official.


The Pudding Pantry

If you're after brunch, the pudding pantry is where to go. A menu of extra sweet pancakes and tasty brunches, you all really need to go and have a look at the menu to be honest, you'll want to order!
Collection: The Sherwood Pudding Pantry is open Wednesday to Sunday, 9am-3pm for takeaway only. You can also pre order for collection via their website
Delivery: Via Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

Vegan Junk

Yasmin, from @yasminjohalx, ordered a takeaway from Vegan Junk a few days ago and oh boy it looked insane! 100% vegan burgers, kebabs, mac and cheese, vegan smores, do I need to go on?! Proper vegan junk food!
Delivery: Order via Instagram, @veganjunk1, you can also see the menu and delivery range here too.

The Vegan Pizza Co

I can't believe I'm only hearing about The Vegan Pizza Co now. You all need to go look at their Instagram, @theveganpizzaco, the pizzas look amazing and they also sell roast potatoes as a side which is just genius? I need this now.
Delivery: Order via Instagram or Facebook. You can see the menu and delivery radius over on FB or Instagram too.

Chao Chao

South East Asian restaurant in West Bridgford and Arnold offering takeaway 5-10pm daily. Chao Chao has been on my list to try for a while now, the reviews are always so high! Focusing on fresh quality ingredients and all their packaging is made with biodegradable materials to reduce their plastic use. They run all sorts of offers during the week including 2 curries for £15 on Wednesdays, so keep an eye on Instagram, @chaochaourban, for those!
Collection: 5-10pm daily from their West Bridgford and Arnold stores. You can order online here.
Delivery: Via Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

13th Element

I saw my friend Lucy got a 13th Element takeaway tonight which absolutely sold me on them! 13th Element sell 100% plant based, vegan burgers and loaded fries. If you need selling, go check out their Instagram, @13thelement_, prepare to drool.
Collection: Thursday-Sunday. Order click and collect via their website here.
Delivery: DM on Instagram for delivery options.

Cuzina

Greek tapas dishes from an authentic Greek restaurant in West Bridgeford. Gyros, salads and small plates galore.
Collection: Available Wednesday-Saturday, times vary. Head to their website and click the order online button in the top left corner for the takeaway menu.

Viva Street Food

Newly opened tapas style Indian street food in Hockley. Everything is vegetarian or vegan, they're open for call and collect or delivery via Deliveroo. You can find the menu on instagram, @viva__streetfood.
Collection: Call 0115 998 5821 to order for collection, Thursday-Sunday, 5pm-9pm.
Delivery: Via Deliveroo.

This guide will be updated as and when I get more details on collections and deliveries. Please support these independents in the months ahead to help keep them running. If you know of any more Nottingham independents offering takeaway or collection services, please let me know so I can include them!

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: For Her, Him and Home

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

this post contains gifted products marked with an * but all opinions are my own 

Is that Christmas just around the corner? Oops. I'm not going to lie, until yesterday I hadn't bought any gifts for anyone. I feel like this year has crept up on us and by tomorrow it might actually just be Christmas Day?! Anyone else? Christmas gift shopping can be a little strenuous sometimes but it doesn't need to be! I'm here to bring you ALL the goodies and tips on what to buy this year.

For Her: 


I feel like every year there are just so many amazing gifts on the market for women. I'd love to be a man having to buy for a woman, it's SO EASY! First up, World Duty Free have the most incredible selection of gifts?! I never realised they did exclusives until recently, if you're stopping through an airport soon definitely keep your eyes peeled for some absolute bargains or shop online before you fly. This Mac lip set*, including a Lip Scrub, Prep + Prime and RetroMatte Liquid Lipstick, is a great neutral gift set for the makeup lover in your life. Fragrance is a fail safe option always, if you know what they like that is! The Coach Floral Trio* is a steal, including a full size perfume, body lotion AND a mini travel size perfume too is the best gift, those mini perfumes are a godsend when travelling. For the bath lover (aka me), Sanctuary Spa have the best variety of gifts, the Decadent Delights set* caught my eye and you bet I'll be wrapping this up for myself to sit under the tree on Christmas Day.

For the non makeup / skincare / bath lover! Buckley London have some sweet jewellery gifts. The bauble gift* might just be one of my favourites, containing 3 sets of stud earrings, it really is gorgeous. p.s it comes in a box, don't worry you do not have to attempt to wrap a sphere. Phew!

If you're still looking, head to Cawligraphy's website for the most uplifting set of quotes printed on postcards / prints / flags amongst many other things! I own a few prints and a few postcards and they are all gorgeous. Books are the way to go with gifts these days to be honest, I'd be happy to wake up to lots of books under my tree. Mary Portas' Work Like A Woman* is the go to gift for all the hard working women in your life.

Other gift ideas: 

-a nice plant (this is what I want for christmas)

-a tote bag from Sighh (they're ace)

-a 2020 diary (I've just bought one from Papier!)


For Him: 

Christmas gift guide for men featuring: ralph lauren red aftershave gift set, a peter crouch book, elemis skincare, the body shop mini shampoo, 35mm film camera, tkmaxx candle
Why are men so hard to buy for? It's easy to fall back on failsafe ideas, especially when they're so fussy! My go to picks are always some sort of fragrance, this Ralph Lauren gift set went down an absolute treat this year and helped work out which ones to actually buy full size next, winner! Even though they may say you don't need anymore candles, buying one as a gift doesn't count and secretly they love them anyway, anything pumpkin related in this house please. Head to TK Maxx for the best candle related finds! A 35mm film camera or a few rolls of film is always a good idea if they're already a film photography lover, I absolutely adore shooting film, especially on holiday. Grab a few nice skincare / haircare bits they'd never pick up themselves to replace the Lynx in the shower for a while. The Body Shop minis are great or this Elemis set for the face! The latest sports book, you can't go wrong really can you? Peter Crouch has two* out if football is their thing. Lastly, chocolate is the easiest option ever, if in doubt just buy chocolate. 

Other gift ideas: 

-a vinyl of their favourite album of the year (a big YES!)

-tickets to see a film / play / gig / sports / *fill with their hobby*

-a jacket you want so you can "share" (this is the one I want)


For Home:

Christmas gift guide for the home featuring, homeware, dishoom cookbook, instax polariod on string with pegs, annie dornan smith superlove print, jo malone lime basil mandarin candle, leopard trinket statute from george asda

The home is the easiest place to shop for by far. This Superlove print by Annie Dornan Smith is one of my favourite prints ever and it would make a fantastic gift (to be honest, any of Annie's products would be an excellent idea). You can't go wrong with a Jo Malone candle can you really? Any scent is a winner. A good cookbook will go down a treat is most households but the new Dishoom cookbook* is the most beautiful book I've ever seen, way more than just a cookbook. The photography and overall structure give you an insight into Bombay, which complement the recipes perfectly. This is a must buy, when it's not in the kitchen it can be on show as a coffee table book. Little trinkets add cute details to a room without breaking the bank, this leopard statue was under £10 from ASDA! If you're really stuck or it's last minute - grab together some polaroids, string and pegs and make a decoration of lovely memories. If you don't have polaroids, you can easily print photos and do the same, it's the thought that counts anyway, right?

Happy shopping!

Here's a few other last minute gifts that caught my eye:


Books Of The Month: January

Tuesday, 5 February 2019


If you didn't know, I've started reading all the time now. Gone are the days of aimless scrolling (who am I trying to kid?), maybe they aren't quite gone but they're less intense now. Broken up with getting lost in a good book. Every month I'm going to document every book I've read and give it a little rating, hopefully this will give you recommendations to fill your year of reading. If you haven't got the bug yet, I've got a post coming soon about how I fell back in love with it, so stick around for that. Here's my year in books so far:


The House Swap - Rebecca Fleet


The idea of a house swap is terrifying in itself but this book really opens up the idea that you'd never really know who was in your home. Caroline and Francis jump at the chance of a house swap for a week away to reconnect. It seems the person they've swapped with is someone she used to know, but someone she's desperate to leave in her past.

I don't know what to say about this book. I just loved it. It twists and turns in a perfect way and you'll never guess what's coming next. I loved the thrill of the unknown with this book, you never really know what's going on until it hits you square in the face like a brick. It's wonderfully written, I read it over two days in two sittings but it's easily a book you could binge in a day without stopping. I'm already waiting for Rebecca's next release, The Second Wife, which comes out in 2020. SO LONG.

Perfect Liars - Rebecca Reid*


If you've read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty then you'll adore this book. I've been dying to read it ever since I heard about it's release and it did not disappoint. Sixteen years ago, best friends Nancy, Georgia and Lila committed a terrible crime. They have never spoken about it. But now, in their thirties, one of them wants to talk. Three woman walk into dinner, but only two will leave. This book delves into the lives of woman tied together because of their past and telling the story of what really happened that night.

Alternating chapters lead you through the story of what their big secret is, hooking you in right from the beginning. Another book that's so intense you just don't want to put down at all. The characters are relatable in so many ways but also unlikable, much like a true representation of a lot of female relationships. Do people really like the girls they were best friends with at school or are they all sticking together because of something terrible they did when they were sixteen? Who knows! A thrilling read that isn't wrapped up with a perfect ending but crime is never that perfect is it?

Perfect Liars is released on February 21st, via Transworld books.

I Owe You One - Sophie Kinsella*


Fixie Farr has to fix EVERYTHING. That's the sole theory throughout the book. The idea of an IOU is played on throughout this book, between Fixi and Sev. Taking their turns to help each other out after Fixie saved this handsome strangers laptop from a disaster in a coffee shop, Fixie never intends to call upon the favour but then Ryan, her massive teenage crush, walks in.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book to be quite honest, I read a lot of Sophie Kinsella's books when I was younger as my mum seemed to own every single one and I used to pinch them to read. I found myself relating to Fixie a lot, as someone who has tried to fix many people in the past I was nodding along all the way through and eye rolling at how similar our mistakes were! A refreshing change from all the crime / thrillers I've been reading recently and something I'd definitely recommend. An easy, uplifting and relatable read that you'll laugh along to.

I Owe You One is released on February 7th, via Transworld books.

Friend Request - Laura Marshall 


Maria Weston wants to be friends with me but Maria Weston died more than 25 years ago... A thrilling book about social media, what's not to love? I devoured Friend Request very quickly and couldn't stop reading until I knew the ending. The mean girl clique bullying leads a telling story which ends in a missing girl, no body found. Flipping between two timelines, now and then, paints the story of what happened all those years ago whilst linking the current to each part. It's claimed to be an addictive read and I can wholeheartedly agree with this, the ending is a horrible shock to the system and something I never guessed at all. Laura Marshall has slotted herself into my list of must read authors with this engrossing book.

No One You Know - Michelle Redmond*


Her sister was murdered. The killer never found, until now... All her childhood Ellie Enderlin had lived in her sister’s shadow. But then Lily was murdered and their family changed forever. When I picked this book up I was excited to race through it and find out who really murdered Ellie's sister but I found the book so hard to read. The book has the main murder storyline mixed together with two sub storylines about mathematics and coffee. It's all a bit of a jumble to read, flicking between the three is hard to follow. The mathematics is too intense, full of calculations and theorems that made my brain hurt trying to understand. I wanted to enjoy it and persevered through to the end to find out the murder story (which was actually a good twist) but I just found it a bit of a boring read. 

Killing It - Asia Mackay 


Meet Alexis Taylor. A mum returning to work after maternity leave seems simple enough, right? Not so much when you're a trained assassin trying to be home for bath and bed every night. Everyone tells her as a woman she can't do it, Alexis is on a mission to prove them all, this bad ass mum can.

This book has been sat on my TBR for a while and I've been dying to get stuck into it. It's right up my street and it didn't disappoint at all. It completely swept me off my feet of expectation, delivering one of the funniest, well written books I've read in a while. It tells an important story of woman struggling to thrive in a male dominated work place, especially just after giving birth. A sharp read, I couldn't stop turning the pages but it's completely different to any normal thriller. This one keeps you on the edge of your seat with humour thrown in to bring it back to a relatable woman in work level. LOVED IT. I cannot wait for the sequel. 

Louis & Louise - Julie Cohen*


Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives, only different by the pronunciation of a boy or a girl in the delivery room, following two different stories of how their lives play out. They both suffer one life changing night with different consequences and flee their home, only to be called back 13 years later by their dying mother. 

An originally brilliant and thought provoking book. It was confusing in a good way throughout, the alternating chapters linked by ‘Lou’ chapters tying their stories together in that moment in time really brought it all together. I’ve not read anything quite like it before but if you love Celeste NG’s books, I’d definitely recommend this. I've got Julie Cohen's 'Together' to read in the near future as I loved this one so much. 

January was a good book month, managing to read 7 books. I'm well on my way to 52 books this year, fingers crossed! What was your favourite book this month?


*CONTAINS BOOKS SENT BY PR BUT ALL REVIEWS ARE MY OWN