I haven't forgotten you!

Friday, 30 November 2012

I'm sorry for neglecting you, but it isn't entirely my fault.
I'm struggling with my picture quota on Blogger. Some technical thing that I'm trying to get to the bottom of, but struggling with.
So I didn't want to share any recipes until I can do the post justice and shower you guys in pictures!
Anyway, I didn't want to stay silent so I've decided to blog a couple low resolution Instagram photos that make me smile and hopefully will have the same effect on you!

True pigeon love. The more romantic stage of pigeon copulation...

My sister and I on a beach. Josie: cool, myself: sailor.

The boys last year during freshers. Stumbled across this gem the other night. What a corker.

On a boat in the middle of Garda. Loving every single moment!

Hopefully I'll get my blogging back on the road soon, but will keep posting my Insta-adventures in the mean time.
If you fancy following me on Instagram, I'm marauding under the name of ldhucks
L. xxxxx 

Essay Brownies with Fran.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Hello there world.
It's been a while since we last spoke, I've been preoccupied with the beasts that are, formative essays.
I was craving something decadent the whooole time I was writing and as soon as I'd handed in my essays last friday, I got to brainstorming: What could a busy student make that satisfies a craving for naughtiness and helps with writing essays.
Coffee chocolate essay brownies. Eureka, I know.

So I've explained the Essay Brownies, now who on earth is Fran. Well I'll tell you. Fran is a wonderful third year student at Loughborough who produces, presents, edits and generally runs the whole show at the 'A Student Experience' channel on YouTube. Interested? Click here.
She contacted me a few months ago about doing some episodes for her channel and we finally got together last weekend.
Was so excited by the whole experience I forgot to photograph as I usually do! Fran very kindly let me nab a few stills from her film.
So here we go...

For Essay Brownies you will need:
3 tablespoons ground coffe
120ml boiling water
130g plain chocolate
180g unsalted butter
175g sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
120g plain flour
100g milk chocolate

To begin, preheat your oven to 150g and line a tin with foil.
If you only have granulated coffee, don't worry. Grab a blunt utensil and grind it down to powder. For 3 tablespoons, who has the time to go out and buy it! 

Mix the coffee and boiling water together in a bowl.

Add the butter and the plain chocolate, broken into pieces.
Microwave for 3 minutes. Checking and stirring the mixture every 30-60 seconds. Once all of the ingredients have melted together, you're done microwaving. 

Gradually pour in the sugar and stir through.

And a little pinch of salt. 

Whisk in the eggs and the vanilla essence until you have a smooth mixture you might like to swim in...

Sift in the flour and gently fold in. 

If you'd like to add in any extras, do so now. I've gone for milk chocolate chunks but walnuts would work well too. 

Transfer the mixture into your prepared tin. Offer guests the bowl to lick, it's only right.
Bake for 50-55 minutes. When the brownie is ready, you'll be able to pierce it with a knife that will come out clean. 

Leave to cool for 10-20 minutes.
Stack, serve and remember to photograph!!

Happy Lottie, happy Fran. I think you'll be seeing us again. 

If you'd like to see the video (about 10 minutes of me horsing around, looking very pale) then here you are...

Enjoy, with a few shots of milk and a brownie of course.
L. xxxx

My Grandma's Soup

Monday, 5 November 2012

Apparently we can't all live of chocolate chip muffins. Disappointing I know.
But I've found an acceptable answer. Well, my Grandma gave me one and told me to eat more vegetables.
Soup. My Grandma's secret soup recipe, packed with goodness and love. I wasn't going to share it with anyone, but as it's you guys - I'll spill.

This recipe is a real warmer and fills you right up. It's also cheap as chips. Win, win, win.
For My Grandma's Soup you will need:
1x courgette
1x leek
2x large carrots. Or three smaller ones
1x tin of tomatoes
1x vegetable stock cube
Salt and pepper to taste

I've also used my Mum's home grown courgettes. If you can get your hands on an allotment find, lucky you!

Begin by chopping up your vegetables. They can be fairly chunky, so be as rough as you like - without slicing off a finger. 

Glowing healthiness. 

Whack them into a large pot and crumble in your stock cube.

Cover the vegetables with water

And add the tomatoes and mix through.

Leave to bubble away. 

Once the vegetables are soft transfer to a blender, or use one of those handy stick blenders that I hear you can get on the cheap in Aldi, if you're looking.

If you don't have a blender to hand, then you might be wise to send this link home. Who knows, a batch of soup that would see you through to January might just turn up in your next parcel...

Whizz up until smooth. Chuckle at George Foreman photo-bombing in the background. 

If you like your soup souper (see what I did there) thick, then simmer it for a while until you're happy with the consistency.
I've served mine with some freshly baked bread and the ladle ready for second helpings!

This bad boy freezes beautifully so whack any leftover in some tupperware and put in the freezer for a rainy/frantic essay writing day when you need something quick and comforting.
Who knew there was more to life than Heinz, hey?
L. xxxxx

PS: For all you frugal students like me, this warms you up so much you won't have to put the heating on. More money to spend on courgettes! Hurrah! 
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