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31 August 2014

Lazy Girl's Lemon Drizzle Cake

So you have a spare hour on a Sunday afternoon?

Well then, this recipe is the one for you! It's a lazy girl's lemon drizzle cake, lazy because it's just so easy to make.

You will need:

225g Butter
225g Caster Sugar
225g Self-Raising flour
4 eggs
Lemon Juice
Granulated sugar

What to do:

For the cake:

1. Grease your baking tin, or use greaseproof paper

2. Measure and add all your ingredients into one bowl, stir well until mixture thickens

3. Pop into oven on 180/gas mark 4 and leave to bake for 30 minutes. Keep checking and use a skewer, if your cake is cooked when you stab the cake with the skewer it should come out clean.

For the topping (my favourite part):

1. Take cake out of oven and leave to cool

2. Using a fork stab holes into the top of the cake, evenly all over.

3. Take a bowl and roughly pour 50g of granulated sugar into it, keep adding drops of lemon juice until a paste forms.

4. Pour all over the cake.

Time to eat!!

Just so easy! It's the perfect recipe for all bakers, novice and expert. I'm very much a novice at this stage but hoping to improve on this- watch out Great British Bake Off!

Let me know if you have a go at making this

26 August 2014

Being Tourists in Berlin

Berlin is a treat for all senses, we ate copious amounts of food, drank a lot and saw some amazing art. What more could you want from a place?

We couldn't have been more touristy if we tried, we may as well have had our money belts and cameras strapped to us!

Of course it would have been practically criminal to go to Berlin and not visit the Berlin wall and Checkpoint Charlie, so we headed there first.

Checkpoint Charlie is what separated Berlin into the American Sector, this is made very evident by the huge sign as soon as you reach it!

 The remaining part of the Berlin wall is on the East side of Berlin, easily reached by tram. The East has a very edgy urban vibe with people everywhere sporting creative and colourful style. I loved how relaxed the place felt. I loved the colours that were splashed everywhere we went.

The Remainder of the wall had been painted/graffitied over with various designs to combat the oppression that the wall once symbolised, the colours used in the art are amazing, so vibrant and cheerful it really does make you forgot for a second what the wall actually symbolises, a country once torn apart.

There is a lot of quirky and amazing art dotted around Berlin, everywhere we went we saw something.

Whilst there we also paid a visit to the Jewish Memorial, which is a very sobering piece of architecture built to represent the number of innocent Jewish people who were killed during the war. It was quite upsetting to see and the plain solid brick reflected the mood.

You can't miss the opportunity to snap a few photos of the Branden Berg gate and after wander over to the Berlin Cathedral and laze for an hour in the gardens.

If you want a different drinking experience to your usual bar then I recommend climbing the TV tower and having a cocktail (or beer) in the Bar 203.

And we continued to eat and drink.....

Delicious. If you are as much of a chocolate lover as I am then you definitely need to go to Ritersport and Fassbender & Rauch, they are two of the most amazing chocolatiers in Berlin. It's fair to say we spent a small fortune on chocolate here to devour on our next train journey!

I'd love to return during Oktober fest as I think the atmosphere would be electric!

Have you ever been to Oktober fest?

24 August 2014

Oh Vienna

Although we had a short and rainy stint in Vienna we still managed to encapsulate how stunning the city is.

We saw the SchonBrun Palace and also the beautiful gardens. I'm sure the grass isn't real but you aren't allowed to walk on it, so we will never know. There was something unnatural about how brightly coloured it all was, especially on such a dull and dreary morning.

It's no secret that I love animals and therefore I managed to twist the other halfs arm into taking me to the zoo. Now I know that zoos are a touchy subject and that not everyone agrees with them, but a lot of zoos are open to help conserve species that in the wild may be killed by poaching. I just love to go look at all the different animals and hope one year soon we will go to Africa for a safari (cross fingers) to see them in their natural habitat.

We also stumbled across a lovely pub when we were on the hunt for dinner called Wiener Stadtbrau, although in summer it is tempting to sit outside I would highly recommend sitting inside here, its like something out of a myth with a huge tree in the centre of the room and all lights hanging off of it, very magical. We ordered a few random dishes to share which was lovely.

My travel posts are almost at an end now, just two more to share. I hope you have enjoyed them, if not then normal posting will resume next Saturday!

21 August 2014

Slowing Down In Slovenia

If There's one place I would recommend to put on your bucket list it's Slovenia. We visited Lake Bled and it is fairytale like. There bright blue lake contrasts against the rocky mountain background, low misty clouds float by and huge green trees whistle in the breeze. It is the perfect place to slow down and relax.

After all of our travelling it was nice to be able to bring the pace down a notch and simply stroll along and admire such a beautiful view. We sat for a while just chatting away, watching people paddle in the lake.

We caught a breath taking glimpse of the sunset, the sky was burnt orange, almost as though it was on fire!

This was my favourite spot, it was practically like rock climbing to get to the top, but it was worth it just to get this amazing view,, you can see for miles over the lush landscape of bled. It was nice to feel the fresh wind on your face and perfect for people watching down below. It almost felt like you were sat on top of the world.

Of course it wouldn't be one of my travel posts if there wasn't a cake included (I know, I'm obsessed!). This is the traditional Bled cream cake, thin crumbly pastry on top with a thick sweet cream and custard middle. It was like heaven on a plate. I tempted to revisit not only for the fabulous views but to eat this all over again!

Slovenia is underrated as a travel destination in Europe but I think it has just as much to offer as the big guns; Paris and Rome. If you are an outdoorsy person you will be spoilt for choice with so many activities like tobogganing, cycling, mini golf, swimming and of course walking. You can even hire your own little rowing boat and go out to explore the little island in the middle of the lake. So I say that at some point in your life try and make a journey over to Lake Bled, I'm pretty sure you'll love it as much as I did.

Has anywhere captured your heart?
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