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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies🍪 🎃

It is that time of year that Pumpkin Spice becomes part of our autumnal food intake and I came across this recipe on Delish's website and gave them a go! They were super delicious so I thought I would share the recipe over here to share it with you! Disclaimer that this recipe is from Delish and not my own I'm just sharing it over here because so many people liked them I thought I'd find an easier way to share it! I've also converted the measurements into grams to make it easier for myself and UK readers!



INGREDIENTS

  • 280g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 170g pumpkin purée
  • large egg
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 350g semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 190°c and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer*, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract until combined, then add flour mixture. Beat on low until no raw flour appears, then fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  4. Scoop 1” balls onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart, and bake until puffed up and golden around edges, about 12 minutes.
*I used my Kitchenaid to make the cookie dough rather than a hand mixer and then used a wooden spoon to hold in the chocolate chips


Lush Spooktacular Halloween 2019

Its that time of year where Lush releases all of it's amazing new seasonal goodies, so of course it's time for me to pick up the new Halloween bits for this year! I was kindly invited to a pre-launch at my local store so I got to see the collection the night before it was released but I went back and purchased the new collection myself the next day! Some of my previous favourites like the Monsters Ball and Bewitched have returned again this year (see my post on them here) but I thought I would show you what's new!



The first thing I picked up really intrigued me was the Boo Shower Slime. This thick black sparkly slime is surprisingly scented like the Christmas favourite snow fairy! You simply have to scoop it out and slather it on in the shower and it smooths and cleanses with the bamboo stem extract and cornflower. I'm really excited to get using this after trying it out in the store on my hands!



The second thing I picked up was the one I was most excited to try! Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub! Anyone that knows me knows that pumpkin spice is my weakness so the fact I can have it as a lip scrub is amazing. With a comforting mix of clove bud oil, ginger oleoresin and cinnamon powder its brings all the autumnal feels and the pumpkin butter and jojoba oil soften as the caster sugar buffs away any dry skin in the colder months!



This little Punkin Pumpkin Bath Bomb is another new addition for this year. If you are wanting a warming pumpkin, cinnamon and with a citrus kick scented soak this will be your go to! I do find this has a fresher softer scent so if your not into the really strong lush scents this will be a good one to try. He also glows in the dark so watch out for him in the night!  



And finally the Mercury Retrograde Bath Bomb is a new addition to Lush this year. This is a new scent and it certainly packs a punch. With Sicilian Lemon oil and stimulating Ginger oil it will lift your senses and refresh your body. Even though it is citrusy it still has that comforting warmth coming from cinnamon leaf oil to keep you in the autumnal spirit. The coarse sea salt also helps cleanse and soften your skin which is the perfect pairing with the antibacterial properties of the ginger and antimicrobial buchu oil. This is not just a pretty bath bomb it really has some good skin benefits built in so I'm looking forward to trying this out!

So that's the end of my little round up of the new halloween Lush goodies! Let me know if you have tried any of these out as well!

Sweet Dreams At The University Arms

A few weeks ago I decided to check into the University Arms* in Cambridge. The hotel was celebrating its 1st Birthday since it reopened last year so it seemed fitting that I should pay it a visit with the room prices being on offer! Having visited the restaurant Parkers Tavern in the hotel on multiple occasions it made me want to have the full experience of staying and dining at the hotel.



University Arms Cambridge was reborn in 2018 by architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki, offering 192 rooms and suites. The style is undeniably British. Classic Edwardian interiors are combined with bespoke, leather-padded writing desks, low ottomans and tiered chandeliers in playful colours and rooms full of natural light. We stayed in one of the Cosy rooms on the 6th floor of the Hotel. 



The colour scheme and attention to detail of the rooms creates a peaceful and relaxing space to wind down in after a busy day. It makes it the perfect retreat from the busy city without travelling out of it! My personal favourite part of the room was the ensuite, it couldn't have been more dreamy. With heated floors and fluffy bathrobes I was sold from first sight. The Dr Harris Perfumers toiletries smelt amazing and I wish you could buy them because I need that shower gel at home! Not forgetting to mention the marble surfaces and touches of gold.












After settling into our room we headed downstairs to Parkers Tavern to grab some dinner and a cocktail. We both decided to try out Tristan's Classic British Beef Spaghetti Bolognese and finished off with our own ice cream sundaes we customised to the final flourish. If you want to see more on my thoughts of Parker’s Tavern you can see a dedicated post to it a few months back on my blog!




After settling in after some cocktails in the bar we resided to bed, well fed and super relaxed. Though the thought of breakfast made me want morning to come around quicker! The breakfast set up was filled with so many yummy options I didn’t get many good photos of it. There were baskets filled with glorious pastries and bread for toast, on the other counter was a continental selection with cold meats and cheeses and the condiments for yoghurts and toast. We also had the option of hot buffet items under these food warmers, again I didn't manage to take my photos as I was too busy enjoying all the amazing food 😅.



After breakfast we sadly had to check out, I really didn't want to leave. We had such a lovely stay I will definitely be returning at some point! I must say that the breakfast was very kindly gifted by the Parkers Tavern team as they'd seen me posting about my stay but the rest of our stay we paid for!  

Cambridge Foodies Festival 2019

A few weeks ago I was very kindly invited along to the Foodies Festival in Cambridge. They are traveling around the UK so I would definitely recommend following on socials to see where they are heading to next. I went over three days as they kindly gifted me VIP tickets so I could explore their culinary delights. On the Thursday we were invited to an Influencer event sponsored by Just Eat and Mateus Rosé. It was so nice seeing so many familiar faces as well as some new ones!



On my first trip to the festival when it opened on the Friday I made a beeline straight for the Churros from Love Churros. Served from the back of a converted horse box these Instagram worthy sugary goodies were worth the stop! You can find them in London and pop ups so keep you eye out!



My dad who joined me on my trip took a big liking to a brewery called Small Beer Brew Co., which he discovered during one of the tasting sessions at the drinks theatre. They specialise in brewing beer that solely produces small beer 0.5-2.8% ABV. They were serving pints from the back of their Mini Bar which I thought seemed very fitting! Their brewery is based in South Bermondsey so if you are near by go check them out! 



Next up I visited my friends at Pasta Evangelist  who were serving up delicious pasta at the festival and showcasing their service. They are predominately a company that specialises if delivering pasta to homes across the UK to prepare with sauces and garnishes that all come along side the fresh pasta. You may have seen my post on them before when I ordered from them here. I devoured the Beef Shin Ragù with Tagliatelle. During my time at the festival they always seemed to be going down a storm!



The next day my first foodie find was The Meat Men. These guys know their meat, they were serving up steak in buns and let me tell you this was the best steak in a bun I think I'll ever have in my life! My sirloin was cooked to absolute perfection and I could have easily gone for seconds. If you have the chance to try their produce then do!



I followed my steak with a Duck Platter from Crispy Duck Rotisserie, which consisted of julienne cucumber, spring onion topped with crispy duck and house hoisin sauce all served with twice cooked duck fat chips. A few people with me also had the crispy duck wraps and really enjoyed them too! 



To end on a sweet note I went for a Lotus Biscuit Rolled Ice Cream from Sweet N Delish. Watching them being made is super mesmerising and I could watch them all day, but mine didn't hang around long as it nearly in the 30s and super sunny!



The Foodies Festival is heading to Edinburgh next on the 2nd-4th August! You can still get tickets here! I'm so grateful to have gotten to experience the festival and was kindly gifted the tickets.

*AD Gifted tickets but all the food at the event was paid for myself

Hola Las Iguanas

On Tuesday I was kindly invited to go and check out the  Las Iguanas on the Quayside in Cambridge new makeover. I hadn't been a quite a few years so it was a nice way to go and try the restaurant again!





















The positioning of the restaurant gives it the perfect view across the river to watch all the punts going by. The outdoor seating at the front of the restaurant is also great for any après work drinks during the summer months (especially with 2for1 cocktails!). There are so many drink options from cocktails, mocktails, beer and wine. I tried the Pink Guava Colada which was Malibu, Funkin guava, blackcurrant, coconut and pineapple. My friend Immy tried out the Raspberry Cooler mocktail, which was Funkin raspberry, bottlegreen elderflower and soda.

 

The food menu is broken down into different Latin American countries with so many different types of dishes to choose from. For my main course I went for the Marinated Steak Strip Fajita Stack which  consisted of their special mix of spices, onions & peppers. With guacamole, grated cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, roasted tomato salsa & soft wheat tortillas. I really like the options you get with having dishes you assemble yourself making it more of an experience. Immy went for the Gaucho Steak which is a 10oz sirloin steak sprinkled with ancho chilli salt, served with smoky herb chimichurri, Argentine-style roasted sweetcorn puree and she chose curly fries. 


 

After demolishing the main courses that were so delicious we moved onto the desserts. Again there were too many good options so we picked two and split them! We ordered six Churros which came with with chocolate ganache or dulce de leche and Brownie, Cookie & Ice Cream which was Warm gooey chocolate brownie pieces, vanilla ice cream & a dulce de leche cookie sandwich.



I often find the desserts can not always be the best in certain cuisines but Las Iguanas have nailed that course. All of our pudding was super delicious and could have eaten it all over again straight after we finished! The churros were so light and the chocolate dipping sauce was so moreish. I might go back soon just to have them again! 

Thank you again to the lovely team at Las Iguanas for a lovely evening! AD (It was kindly gifted) I'll definitely be back for more Churros and to try more of the cocktail menu!

Dining at Parkers Tavern



A few weeks ago I dined at Parkers Tavern in the University Arms Hotel. Courtesy of me finding one of Tristan Welch's PT Easter egg hunt which won me dinner for two and one of his fabulous Easter eggs! I've been to the restaurant two times before but this was the first time I'd indulged in three courses and cocktails.We started off with a Bloomsbury Boozer The Bloomsbury Set was a formidable group of writers, academics and intellectuals who met at Cambridge during their boozy student days. Made up of The Botanist gin, elderflower cordial, lemon, raspberries, raspberry foam. For starters I had the Tempura Purple Sprouting Broccoli  and Debs my dinner guest had the Spring Truffle Risotto.  They were certainly generous portions for starters. Thew drizzle of honey, cider vinegar and black pepper really gave a new level of flavour to the broccoli that I never would have thought of. 


















For our main courses it was a tough decision with so many tasty looking options to choose from. I went for the Roasted Lamb Rump served with garlic and rosemary fondant potatoes. The lamb was so melt in the mouth and cooked to perfection. It came served with a flavoursome sauce and some greenery which just brought it all together to create a beautiful dish. I had previously had their Sunday roast beef and that was also cooked perfectly so if you are a meat fan like me you are in for a treat here.



For dessert I couldn't resist the Valrhona Dark Chocolate bar and Debs had the Rice Pudding Soufflé. I'm not usually one for dark chocolate but the balance between chocolate and salted caramel ganache just lifted the dessert and was so rich and moreish. Debs impressive soufflé came accompanied by raspberry ripple ice cream and certainly didn't last long so I can imagine it was also delicious.



Aside from the food the decor of the building is super swish with a fluid sense of old and new, of a classic brasserie full of marble, pewter and shades of Cambridge blue. I have to add that the bathroom is also very instagrammable with minimalist tiling and a different audio book in the background. If your in Cambridge you must stop by, even if just for a coffee because its such a wonderful atmosphere to be in.


Revlon PhotoReady Candid Collection

I'm always on the lookout for new products hitting the beauty shelves, especially on my hunt for the best base products. I was watching This Morning with Sunday Times Beauty Director, Sarah Jossel  mention the new Revlon Photoready Candid Anti-Pollution Foundation * as a good under £10 new product and decided to investigate further. When I went to pick it up from the shop I also picked up the Revlon Photoready Candid Anti-Pollution Concealer *, they also had Revlon Photoready Candid Anti-Pollution Setting Powder* which I decided not to pick up as I'm not much of a setting powder gal. The setting powder was available in three shades; Translucent, Deep and Medium, which I thought was good that they had options.



The Revlon Photoready Candid Anti-Pollution Foundation * comes in 31 shades which I think for a high street brand is good going, including a variety of different tones and shades with different undertones. It is a natural-finish medium coverage foundation that feels very weightless on your skin. It boasts a skin-protecting formulation that blends anti-pollution, antioxidant and anti-blue light ingredients, preventing further signs of fatigue and dullness. Also it claims it feels better without: oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and harsh fragrances.



The Revlon Photoready Candid Anti-Pollution Concealer with medium coverage (available in 18 shades) camouflages dark circles and puff, with a jolt of caffeine to help wake up tired skin. Like the foundation its formula includes a protective antioxidant, along with anti-pollution and anti-blue-light ingredients and feels better without: oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, or harsh fragrances—making it ideal for delicate under eye skin and a great concealer for sensitive skin! It also has a really nice flexible doe-foot applicator which makes it so easy to apply, I find blending with either a brush or my fingers is super simple. 













Here is a quick picture of me using the foundation and concealer. It was super easy to use and I think it looks really natural. I used shade 250 Vanilla foundation and shade 010 Vanilla concealer. If I had gone online I may have ordered a different shade foundation but I went for the closest match that was available in the store I bought it. It is certainly a buildable formula as you can see I did not use much to cover my face in the picture, but I could add more coverage if I wanted. 


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