Sweet Summer Recipes!

I love sweet treats and summer is the perfect time to bust out some delicious recipes to try out. So, I decided to show you guys my favourite summer recipes, that you can try out, or get inspiration from.

1.No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Pots

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2.Blueberry Macaroons

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3.Passionfruit and white chocolate mousse

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4. No-Bake Mint Chocolate Lasagna Dessert Recipe

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5. Peach and raspberry iceblockspeach-and-raspberry-iceblocks-438_l.jpg

6.Vanilla bean & salted caramel semifreddo

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7.No-Bake Strawberry Chocolate Tart

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8.Frozen Yogurt Coconut Pops

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9.Ice Cream-Cookie Cake

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10.Choose-a-Fruit Fool

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I hope you enjoy these delicious summer treats I have listed above. They are pretty simple recipes, that are super refreshing and leaves you floating in summer vibes!

x.hipster

 

Easter DIY: Easy Easter cupcakes

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Although I might be a little late to the easter festivities, with the 4 day weekend, I’m sure there is time to make cupcakes right?

Without further ado, here are 4 easy easter cupcakes that you can do this easter without spending a lot of money.

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Here are a f ew ideas of what you can do with these simple ingredients.

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  Chocolate Decorations:

  1. Melt your white chocolate in a bowl over simmering water until melted.
  2. Split the melted chocolate into 3 different containers (orange, green and leave one white).                                              * found that using gel colours with water as an ingredient made the white chocolate seize and become fondant like which was unexpected but worked in my favour for moulding into eggs or even carrots.
  3. Using baking paper pipe or shape your carrots.
    1. For water based (my food colouring)- roll a ball and using scissors cut two lines to form three ‘leaves. Place them using your fingers (see image below).
    2. Oil based- Pipe your leaves
  4. (optional) using a black writing icing you can draw in the details.
  5. Put in the fridge to set.

Watercolour egg: 

This egg shows that you can find a lot of ways to make decorations without the need for any special materials. Remember that ‘egg’ sleeping mask that I spoke about a few months back? I kept the packaging and washed it.

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  1. Drop a few drops of gel food colouring onto the packaging.
  2. Pour  the melted white chocolate onto the mould.
  3. Place in the fridge for a 5 minutes
  4. Push on the mould and pop the chocolate egg out. Avoid touching the “water-coloured” side of the egg.

To save this post for being too long, I didn’t write the how I made each individual cupcake but, if there is anything you want to know how to make please let me know and I will post it here 🙂

Happy Easter!

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Double Chocolate Cookies

So, I woke up today feeling inspired to bake something and one of my favourite sweet treat are cookies (which you probably know from my previous blog post). Plus, I was running low of cookies in my cookie jar. So, it was a perfect to bake some cookies and I thought I would share it with you.

This recipe is super delicious, the cookies are fudgy and rich, with a gooey inside, and it’s also super simple to make!

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Serves:20 delicious cookies

Ingredients:

½ cup Soften Butter

¾ cup White Sugar

-1 Large egg

-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

-1 cup All Purpose Flour

-⅓ cup Cocoa Butter

-⅓ teaspoon Baking Soda

teaspoon Salt

-1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

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Method:

-Preheat the oven to 175 degree Celsius

-Beat the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy

-Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until the mixture well blended and add the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

-Scoop half to one tablespoon of mixture onto a baking sheet (on a tray)

-Bake for around 10 minutes.

-Let it cool and transfer it on a wire rack

-And indulge!

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So, that is the recipe, it is one of my favourite cookie recipes, it is super delicious and perfect for anyone who loves chocolate or sweet treats. Please give it a try, it is definitely worth it.

x.hipster

 

 

February Favourites: Updated

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I may be a little late with the favourites but, better late than never. This month I have three beauty favourites and two food favourites.

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The Maybelline instant age rewind concealer

Price: £15.62 (for 2)

I have been using this concealer for the past year and a bit and have been loving how full the coverage is. The formula is super smooth and applies amazingly easily under the eyes with the sponge provided. Many people have said they don’t like the sponge, however,  I think that the sponge allows just enough of the product to spread evenly onto the skin without tugging on the skin. The shade I went for is the brightening shade. It has a rosy pink undertone which I find really brightens the under-eyes and is great as highlight. It isn’t a shade that can be bought in UK drug stores but can be bought online through amazon or ebay.

One of the cons about this is probably the fact that in flash photography it isn’t the best as the bright colour seems to reflect and leave a the under-eyes looking a little bit white. For me, I don’t take a lot of photos so it is fine for just everyday wear.  However, I have found with fuller coverage foundation and blending this can be solved. In addition, I must agree with some reviews that the idea of a sponge although is very practical and the hygiene of this can be brought to question. Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 3.38.53 am

Yves Rocher Riche Creme Beauty elixir

Price: £32  bought for: £13.40

 

 

I have mentioned this product a few times on the blog and finally I had the chance to actually use it after saving up. I have been using this product religiously every night after showers,  before I head out and just before bed. The great thing about this product is probably the fact that it is a multipurpose product. I use it all over my body at night in conjunction with my body lotion. I find that sometimes my skin is extrememly dry and lotion doesn’t cut it and it leaves my skin dry and itchy.

 

I used this oil everywhere, hair, body and face. I will do a full review on these but so far I have been loving this elixir. Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 3.37.06 am

VITASOY Chocolate soy milk

Price: £9.87

Vitasoy is a probably one of the most iconic HK  drinks that you can buy at a local seven-eleven or a consignment store in Hong  but is relatively expensive and hard to get a hold of in the UK, unless you travel to china town. I bought these off amazon and with the student amazon prime package they delivered it the very next day. The box came with 12 in total at around £8 way… more expensive than the ones you can get in Hong Kong.

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Meiji Hello Panda biscuits 

Price: £1 (for 4)

There is a little backstory to this monthly foodie favourite. It is hard in my area to get international snacks or snacks that remind me of home. I was excited to see that my local poundland stocked these hello pandas and for such an affordable price. It was a pound for four of these boxes and no I didn’t just buy one, I bought two lots of them.

These panda cookies have a crunchy biscuit outer shell with chocolate cream filled centre. The thing I don’t like about these biscuits is the over packaging of these boxes, the biscuit packet only fills up half of this box! The rest… air, a missed opportunity to fill it up with pandas 🙂

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The Face Shop- Calendula

My skin has been super sensitive these past few weeks, I found that the sides of my nose are especially dry and itchy, as well as the rest of my skin coming off as flakey. I decided to take a break from my regular skincare routine and began incorporating the Calendula softening emulsion before bed and immediately my skin felt soothed and moisturised.

The Face Shop Calendula line is especially good for soothing irritated skin. The emulsion is a milky white consistency that feels really smooth and watery on the skin, it has a cool quality to it making it very refreshing to apply after a warm shower.

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Healthy Food Haul

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At the beginning of the year I decided to set myself the goal of ‘being healthier’. I must admit that although many have marked that down on their resolutions, there are only a few people that I know who have actually done it. I want to start a new type of post or category, if you will, on this blog about making that resolution come true. Stay tuned on Wednesday to find out what I mean… Can you guess what it is?

For those who don’t like fitness, health or lifestyle related posts, there will still be beauty, skincare etc. posts still going up on the blog.

This week on the weekly shop I decided to experiment with my diet, starting with clean shelves, open mind and my resolutions glaring into my soul. I really want to get back into cooking and trying out a few recipes that I claimed I “didn’t have time” to do. Lets be honest, I can make time.

With a grocery list in hand here is what I got:

Suede, Salmon &  Plaice, Sweet potatoes, lemons, eggs, apple sauce, yogurt, mushrooms, asparagus, peppers, honey, baking soda, cocoa, bread crumbs and spring onion.

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p.s. to my sister ‘the hipster’. “its going to happen”

10 cookie recipes to try!

I will be honest, cookies are my kryptonite. I love desserts, but cookies are the best of the best. So, if you are a lover of cookies, like I am, here are my favourite recipes that you should definitely check out.

1.Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Mint and chocolate are my two favourite things!

2.Aunt Maggie’s Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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3.Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

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4.Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies

Hassle-Free CookiesI have tried a similar recipe to this, and it is incredible, you have to try it!

5.Totally Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Who wouldn’t love a double chocolate cookie, double the richness and the deliciousness!

6.Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Shortbread

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7.The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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To be honest my favourite type of cookies are the original chocolate chip cookies. I exceptionally love the soft kind, because they’re gooey and delicious, I can’t resist.

8. KISSES Triple Chocolate Blossoms Recipe

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9.Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

ImageGenA mixture of saltiness and sweetness is just incredible, and if you have tried, you’ll know.

10. Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

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So, I hope you enjoy them and try them out. Each recipe is different from one and another, so there is something for everyone! Happy baking!

x.hipster

Dessert Pizza | Valentines day & A Challenge

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The Challenge & Valentines day

vegas.com is challenging me to come up with a pizza inspired by one of their Las Vegas Hotels or casinos! This was an exciting opportunity for us to get our hands dirty and come up with a pizza recipe.

What hotel did we choose? we chose the Flamingo
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 in Las vegas, the  bright pink logo and design was perfect not only as a challenge to us to come up with an idea but went really well with Valentines day! Ok we are not ones to celebrate Valentines day but its hard to ignore the bright pink balloons, cardboard heart cutouts and awkward tension in the air.

For this pizza we wanted it to be fun and whimsical like the hotel and sweet like Valentines day so…. TADA we came up with a dessert pizza!

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Step 1 : Use half of the pizza dough recipe. Follow the steps on box and allow your dough to rise for 30 mins.

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Step 2 ❤❤: After rising, oil a plate or baking tray and roll your dough until it forms a circle (or a heart if you are feeling super cheesy ;)). Place the dough onto the baking tray or plate, poke a few holes using a fork onto the base and bake for until golden brown, around 15-18 minutes.

Step 3 ❤❤Allow the pizza base to cool down. When the dough is cool, if you haven’t already finished eating all the marshmallows, lay them out onto the base and microwave for 20 seconds at a time until they are a little puffed. Keep an eye on them as you don’t want to completely lose their form.

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Step 4 ❤❤While the marshmallows cool a bit cut your strawberries into hearts and peaches into cubes… this is a labour of love, seriously. Place the strawberry hearts where ever you please as well as little cubes of peach.

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Step 5 ❤❤Sprinkle some pistachios onto the pizza for that pop of green, but this is totally optional, chocolate chips could work too 🙂

Step 6 ❤❤❤: Because there are a few gaps between the marshmallows and the corners of the dough, fill them up with strawberry jam acting as the the “sauce”. Serve and eat 🙂

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You can leave the pizza just like that but I wanted to see if I could really incorporate the hotel’s iconic lotus entrance onto the pizza, so with a stencil made out of paper I decided to place this on top the pizza and sprinkle chocolate powder on top and outline the logo of the hotel onto it. What do you think? You can obvious cater the stencil to different images such as your “lovers” face? or another heart? Oh yeah get all sorts of cheesy up in there 🙂

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Hope you liked this easy dessert recipe!

x. Foodie