Sunday, 17 April 2016

Cherry oat cookies

This is not a cookie for the health concious, it is buttery, soft, chewy and indulgent. I'd like to say these are healthy because they have cherries in them but that would be a lie. I'm still on a health kick, but every now and again I just want to stuff my face with cookies and that's okay. We're all about the balance, you see.


3 oz (75 g) plain flour

1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of soda (Baking soda)
2 oz (50 g) cherries, chopped
1/3 cup (65 g) caster sugar
3 oz (75 g) rolled oats
8 tbsp / 4 oz (112 g) butter
1 tbsp golden syrup (substitute light corn syrup)
1 tbsp milk

I'm using Spelt flour but you can use any plain flour you like, Spelt flour digests easier in the stomach than its standard equivalent, its healthier for you but its not gluten free.

Pre-heat the oven to 150 Celsius. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl.

Add the sugar, cherries and rolled oats to the bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Put the butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds or until melted, and add the golden syrup. Add the liquid to the flour mix and stir.

Chill the dough in the fridge for 5 - 10 minutes and then scoop into tiny blobs onto a baking sheet. This is easiest to do by using two spoons.

Do NOT use foil or the cookies will stick to it, I didn't have any baking sheets and I could not be bothered to wash the tray, hence why I am using foil like a lazy unprepared so and so.

Bake in the oven for 20 -25 minutes depending on your oven, I cooked mine for 30.

The cherries will dye the dough purple/green and they may look terrible but trust me, they will taste amazing. This is an easy and quick recipe that really satisfies the sweet tooth, They will last 3 - 5 days (honestly though, cookies don't make it through the day in this house) The cookies are soft and will fall apart if you don't leave them to cool after taking them out of the oven, so be patient!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Weekly Inspirations

Around the web:

The Michalak's

I can't believe I haven't talked about this powerhouse vlogging duo before. I have never seen vlogging to this professional and creative scale. This couple takes us on their adventures and captures incredible footage from GoPro's, helmet cam's, selfie sticks, even drones! showing us sweeping mountain backdrops from 30 feet in the air, underwater footage, impressive time lapses, and much more. the result is a beautiful 30 minute half documentary half mini film type video. The music choices, the camera angles, everything about their set up is stunning.


Reasons to stay alive

This was a short but inspiring read. I don't usually go for non-fiction reads, but this starkly honest title caught my attention. This gives a frank and personal insight into what its like to have depression and anxiety, the daily struggles, the stigmas, and the ways you can get through to the other side of it. I found this was much more informative and uplifting than heartbreaking, which I didn't expect. I think this should be required reading for all, if just to shatter all the stigma's out there about mental health.

The Joker: Death of the family

I don't read many graphic novels, but I saw this lying on a table at Comic Con and I just couldn't resist. I'm actually much more of a Marvel fan but the Joker has always been a fascinating character to me, his story is so dark and complex. In this story the Joker shows his cunning brilliance and the deepest depths of his madness and cruelty, I didn't know just how sick a person he was until I read this! Great appearances from Batgirl, Catwoman, Nightwing, Harley Quinn and Teen Titans. Also, the illustrations are phenomenal.

Funny Girl

This one I didn't enjoy so much, I like to try all genres out, even when I know they aren't for me. This started out strong, a novel about a girl who wins a beauty pageant, but all she really wants to do is be a comedian. So far so good, but then it progresses into a fame hungry, beauty obsessed, shallow world with next to no emotional revelations/breakthroughs for the characters. I know a lot of people liked this one, but it just wasn't for me,

Neil Gaiman Neverwhere

This was fantastic! after I finally read Coraline, I had high hopes for Neverwhere and I wasn't disappointed. This is set in modern day London, but there also exists in this world an older, peasant version of London, underground (literally, right under London) and this world is commanded by rats and magic is free flowing and abundant. This was fantastically written and kept me interested and needing to know what happened next from the first page to the last.

The Stranger

If you're interested in Existentialism, or if you just like short, weird books then this one is for you. Its based around a man who finds out his mother has just died. He shows almost no emotion at the funeral or towards anything at all really. He comments on the outside world, other characters, his surroundings, but he never looks inward, its almost like he's an emotion-less shell. I won't spoil the whole plot but, he does something criminal, and through this act you can really tell that he feels there is no point to life, or anything. Interesting read.


Django Unchained

Would you believe I haven't seen this? I watched it the other night and then a couple days later watched it again - and I never do that - so it must have been pretty damn incredible. I love the setting, a harsh and bloody part of the south, the slave trade is widespread, and Django through the course of the film becomes the most unique, infamous slave that was ever known. Interesting fact - in the scene where DeCaprio slams his fist on the table, he actually broke that wine glass in real life and that is his own blood, he was so in character that he carried on with the scene; now that's professionalism. If you do watch it - and you should - be warned, there is a lot of violence and disturbing scenes.


I'm not going to lie, I mostly watched this because Dane Dehann and Robbert Pattinson are in it and they are FIT. Anyway, its actually an okay story. Dehann plays James Dean and shows a short period of his life, just before he rises to fame. If you like James Dean then I would watch it, otherwise it was pretty forgettable for me.



I remember the film Limitless coming out and being obsessed with it, what a brilliant concept? taking one pill and suddenly having access to all those unused areas of your brain, achieving your fullest potential. In the TV adaptation of the film Bradley Cooper (who stars in the film) makes several appearances, it centres around a man who works for the FBI - with the power of the drug DMZ he becomes the smartest person on earth, at least for the 12 hours that the drug has effect on him. This is brilliant, action packed, well thought out story line, just watch it!

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