17/03/2014

Teddy Bear Breads


There is something very important to me about making my food look good, and who would be able to resist these cute teddy bear breads. I am big fan of homemade bread, however I have never got around to learning how to make bread rolls so when I saw Sandra Mangas' idea to make bread rolls look like adorable little teddy bears, it gave me the push to give bread rolls a go. 

Ingredients

  • 300 g strong wheat flour
  • 1 sachet (about 5g) instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 level teaspoon salt
  • 40 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg (medium size, about 50 gr)
  • 175 ml whole milk

Directions

  1. Put the flour and yeast in a bowl and combine. Add the sugar and salt. Then pour the egg and milk into the bowl also and mix together.
  2. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead. You will feel the dough become elastic after kneading for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the butter and knead the dough for 10 -15 minutes or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny. (I found this was really hard work and definitely took a while to do)
  4. Put the dough into a lightly floured bowl and cover with a cloth.
  5. Let the dough rise in a warm place until its size doubles (1 – 1 ½ hour depending on the room temperature).
  6. Preheat oven to 400º F / 190ºC
  7. Take the dough out of the bowl, deflate it by touching lightly.
  8. Cut the dough into pieces (aprox. 16), and roll each of them into a ball - remember you will also have to leave enough to make 2 ears for each of the larger balls which can be stuck on using a bit of water.  
  9. Place them on greased tray and let them rest for a further 15 minutes before putting them into the oven.  
  10. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown
  11. Let the breads cool, draw the eyes and nose with a black edible marker, and serve inside a mug. Enjoy!

14/03/2014

Dressing Up


I may be nineteen but I still find dressing up to be something very enjoyable once in a while. I think I often still rake through my mum's old clothes to reminisce on past times when I was younger when I dressed up as fairy's or princesses in old ball gowns, and once in a while you end up finding something you would wear on a regular basis. 

I guess this outfit is really just a bit of fun, mixing this 80's puffy sleeved top with a long velvet maxi skirt. To accessorise, I completed the look with a statement pearl ring to add a modern element, and of course my favourite new Topshop heels. I also decided to do a half up half down hairstyle which is something I don't often do, but I found this faux Chanel hair clip in my jewelry box and thought it could be the perfect finishing touch. 

Do any of you still like to dress up once in a while? I would love to hear about any lost and forgotten items you rediscovered!

Clothes - All from my mum's wardrobe
Ring - Nasty Gal
Shoes - Topshop