No Bake Caramel Cheesecake

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I have to confess, I’m not much of a dessert lover – shock horror I know! I do occasionally enjoy the odd desert but I’m more of a savoury person. That being said one desert I choose when I do fancy something sweet is cheesecake.

As part of the Provamel recipe challenge I was looking for a way to incorporate yoghurt into a desert recipe and what better way than to make a no bake caramel cheesecake, delicious and easy to make – my kind of dessert!  The recipe gives a lovely crunchy base, delicious smooth caramel and a light but sweet mousse filling. I was really impressed with how the cheesecakes turned out, they look really good and taste amazing, even if I do say so myself! They are quick to make but look great so make the perfect dinner party dessert.

You could also try replacing the caramel with chocolate, strawberry or raspberry sauce if caramel doesn’t take your fancy. I will be trying the strawberry version the next time I give these a go.

This recipe needs to be made in ramekins or a glass as the filling does not set solid like a normal cheesecake.

Ingredients

Base

  • Digestive biscuits (crushed into crumbs)
  • Butter (unsalted) 50g melted

Filling

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  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark brown soft sugar
  • 397g can of condensed milk

Directions

The first step is to make the cheesecake base. Put your chosen biscuits in a sandwich bag and seal shut, using a rolling pin lightly bash the biscuits until they turn to a crumb consistency. Combine the biscuit crumbs and 50g of melted butter in a bowl, once the biscuits and butter have been mixed together put equal amounts of biscuit into the ramekins and press firmly to create your cheesecake base.

The next step is to make the caramel. Melt the butter and sugar in a non-stick pan at a low heat stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to the boil for around a minute stirring constantly until the consistency turns to a thick caramel and the colour is golden. Spoon a layer of caramel into each ramekin and chill.

Step 3 is to make the filling. Combine 250g of cream cheese with 150ml of yoghurt and a couple of drops of vanilla essence if desired. Mix until the consistency is smooth and creamy then spoon the mixture into the ramekins and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Finally grate some chocolate over the cheesecakes, serve and enjoy!

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By |September 29th, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Blog Makeover & The New Piercing

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You might have noticed things are looking a lot different on the blog. I have been wanting to change things around for a while now and finally managed to find the time to make the changes I wanted over the last couple of weeks.

It would have been done sooner, however the hard drive on my laptop failed which put things on hold and ended up with me taking it to bits, thankfully it was an easy fix but it was a pain none the less. These things are sent to try us right?!

I still have a few things to add and edit to get it exactly how I want it but I really like it, it’s a much cleaner design than the last one and I’m glad I made the change. If you know of any must have plugins or widgets do let me know!

Now on to my new piercing.. Last week I randomly came across a picture of a piercing I had never seen before, it looked really nice and after seeing it I really wanted to have it done. I did some research and found out it’s called a surface tragus piercing. It looks really nice, if a little painful!

After having a look at a few different pictures and researching how the piercing was done, including watching a few YouTube videos (maybe not the best idea) I decided to get it done the next time I went into town.

A few days later I went on a girly shopping trip with my mum and sister which gave me the perfect opportunity to head to the shop and get it done. When I got there I was umming and ahhing whether to get it done or whether to get the normal tragus piercing. In the end I decided to have a think about it and go back later in the day when I had made a decision.

After we had finished shopping I went back to the shop and decided to get the tragus piercing rather than the surface piercing. The surface tragus piercing goes through the skin on the face rather than the ear which seems more permanent and not as easy to hide if it scars etc.

I mentioned to the piercer (is that the technical name? lol) that I was thinking about the surface tragus but had changed my mind. He said the surface piercings don’t last very long in many cases and are prone to rejection so a decision well made I think.

It was a really quick process and I was in and out in about 5 minutes. He cleaned my ear, marked the spot to pierce with a pen, the clamp was then placed on my ear which didn’t hurt (I heard the clamp was supposed to hurt), the piercing was then done which hurt but it was over in seconds and wasn’t painful enough to make me flinch or anything.

It stung slightly for a few hours afterwards, similar to how a cat scratch feels and was slightly tender for the first couple of days but has been fine since, unless I forget it’s there and accidentally knock it which I have done a couple of times now – ouch!

I was surprised when he said I shouldn’t change the stud for 16-18 weeks – must be patient! I’m planning to get a small ring to see how that looks but I do like the stud so I might keep that, I’m not really sure yet.

Annoyingly. I didn’t think about what side I slept on before getting it done and when I went to bed that night realised I couldn’t sleep on my left side like normal as it was a bit tender. The discomfort has since settled down and I can sleep on either side now which is much better.

I really wish I had video’d getting the piercing to show you all but I’m not getting it done again just to get a video ha ha!

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By |September 28th, 2014|Categories: Fashion and Beauty|Tags: |0 Comments

Chicken Tikka Masala

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I was recently set a challenge by Provamel to create some winter warming recipes using their range of yoghurts. I’m not going to say I’m the best cook (I’m most definitely not) but I do enjoy cooking things when I get the change. I decided to make Tikka Masala for the first part of the challenge and use the Provamel No Sugar yogurt.

If you want to give the recipe a go the details are all below.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red chilli (with or without seeds)
  • 4 garlic gloves (crushed)
  • 1tsp Cummin
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 3cm root ginger (grated)
  • 5 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200g natural yoghurt (I used Provamel Natural Free From Sugar)

 

Directions

The first step is to create the marinade for the chicken. Combine the yoghurt, lime juice and 2 tbsp of tikka curry powder in a bowl and mix. Add seasoning if desired. Put the chicken into the marinade and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight if you are preparing the meal in advance.

The next step is making the tikka sauce. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan and add the chopped onion, fry for around 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped red chilli, ginger, cumin, cinnamon and 2 tbsp of tikka curry powder and fry for around 1-2 minutes. Add 300ml of water and 5 tbsp of tomato puree, bring to the boil then simmer for around 10-15 minutes.

Grill the chicken on a medium heat for around 10-15 minutes, until thoroughly cooked. When the chicken is fully cooked add to the tikka sauce, stir and serve.

I really enjoyed the Tikka Masala and will definitely be making it again in the near future. It was full of flavour and had a good kick to it but it wasn’t too hot, a definite must try if you like curries.

 

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By |September 27th, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Perk Up Your Summer – Week Four

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Long overdue is week four’s Perk Up Your Summer mystery box.

If you have followed my Perk Up Your Summer week one, week two and week three’s posts you’ll know that the lovely people over at Perk!er have been sending me a mystery box each week to help me enjoy summer a little bit more and the boxes certainly did that.

Week fours box was a bit of a blast form the past, something that is a great game to play as a family or with friends, you can get a bit twisted though. It was of course Twister which is a fantastic, fun family game that’s sure to cause lots of laughs.

Of course my nephew spotted the game straight away and wanted to play, he had never seen Twister before and was bursting to play it. He had a great time twisting himself into lots of funny positions, as did I and he thought it was hilarious when either of us got stuck or fell over – which happened quite a lot!

I have really enjoyed playing Twister, it has made an appearance on several occasions now and never fails to get everyone involved and enjoying themselves. As well as having been great fun throughout summer I’m sure we will be playing it throughout winter too.

As well as the fun twister game I was sent a selection of delicious Perk!er snacks. I recieved some delicious Rocky Road snack bars and my favourite Tiffin bars – Mmmm.

When I first started the Perk up Your Summer Campaign I had the false belief that healthier foods meant less taste. This is certainly not the case with Perk!er, I have tried the porridge and snack bars and both of those products are full of flavour.

A huge thank you to Perk!er for sending the mystery boxes as it’s been a fun and exciting four weeks waiting for the parcel to arrive and then being able to enjoy the content.

If you would like to find out more about the Perk!er brand and the delicious Gluten free products they have to offer take a look at their website here.

By |September 11th, 2014|Categories: Home and Lifestyle, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Home Office Inspiration

Home Office Inspiration

If you have read my £50 Bedroom makeover on a budget post you will know I was originally thinking about creating a home office space, in the end my plans changed at the last minute so I have yet to create a home office but it’s something that is very much still in the pipeline. I have a lot of office, furniture, decoration and stationary ideas bookmarked for inspiration so I though I would put together a post with some home office inspiration and ideas.

I love light furniture, especially if the room is dark as it brightens it up. The desk pictured above is from Ikea and looks amazing with the trestle legs, this is the type of desk I would love to have in my home office. What’s great about it is you can mix and match the table tops and legs to get a table that is as unique and exactly as you want it.

I have seen quite a few chairs I like (the quirkier the better) and at the moment it’s a pretty close call between the clear throne chair and the colourful tub style chairs. At the moment I’m leaning more towards the tub chairs as I think they look smart and you can add a pop of colour to a room by picking a colourful chair such as the one pictured above. The chairs aren’t cheap but they definitely add something special to a room, I will be trying to pick one up on offer as I love a bargain.

I always end up with lots of random bits of paper with ideas, notes or lists on them and they end up all over the house along with things I really should file away and keep safe, so a small-ish filing cabinet is something I will be looking to invest in when I create my home office space. I’m not the most organised person but I think this would definitely help, either that or it would end up filled with junk. It would look great either way!

I saw a gorgeous sheepskin rug the last time I was in Ikea and was so close to buying it, but at the time I had other priorities so I left it at the shop. I’m kicking myself now and really want to get my hands on one for my home office, not for the floor but for draping over the chair as I think it looks really nice like that.

Rather than curtains which I find can block out a lot of the light I would prefer to have a blind in my office that can be retracted during the day and used when necessary. VELUX Blinds offer a great range of blinds in many different colours and designs, there are even energy efficient blinds available which I think is incredible and something I will definitely consider when looking for a blind.

I don’t really know what type of plant I would like in my office, to be honest I’m not a keen gardener and I don’t know much about plants. I cut the grass and that’s the extent of my gardening skills but there was an interesting article recently that said having a plant in the office can increase productivity by 15% and I’m all for that!

As for decorative items, I would like to have a candle on the desk or nearby as I like the relaxing effect they have and also the lovely scents they give off. I would also like a pinboard and calendar of some sort to help me keep organised and keep things neat. I have a few different ideas to brighten up the walls but I’m not 100% sure yet on what I’m going to do, I think it might be a put it on the wall and see how it all looks together job.

Thankfully I have already painted the room so it looks bright and fresh so that’s one job off the list, now I just have to decide on the products I want and set it all up. I’m really excited about it and will let you all know how I get on and show you what it looks like when it’s finished.

Do you have a home office or are you thinking about creating one?

By |September 8th, 2014|Categories: Home and Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments