Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Spiderweb Cheesecake Recipe | Halloween

Today is another recipe day.
This recipe was inspired by Sorted Food's blackberry webbed cheesecake but I changed it a bit. Here's how I made this halloween appropriate dessert.

You will need :

  • about 250g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 80g melted butter
  • 600g cream cheese
  • 100g sugar
  • juice & zest of a lemon
  • 2 handfuls of mixed berries
  • a bit of icing sugar

First, crush the digestive biscuits and stir in the melted butter. When it's well combined, spread it at the bottom of a lined spring form tin (about Ø24cm) and flatten it using the back of a spoon or a glass. Leave in the fridge to cool while you do the rest.

Crush the mixed berries with a fork and sweeten to taste with icing sugar. Use half of the mixture and spread it onto your layer of crushed biscuits and butter. Put it back in the fridge.

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. You might want to add a bit more sugar depending on how sweet you like your cheesecake to be.

Spread the cream chese mixture onto your base (be careful not to smear red all over - try and keep it as white as possible).

Take the other half of your berry mixture and run it through a sieve to get rid of the pips. Add a little bit more icing sugar to thicken it slightly. Once you're happy with it, place it in a piping bag and draw a spiral on your cheesecake.

*The trick is to find the right pace for the right consistency. The runnier your mixture the faster you'll have to draw your spiral.

Once you have your spiral, use a toothpick and always starting from the middle draw lines to create the spider web shape.

Leave in the fridge to cool for about 3-4 hours and ENJOY !

Of course the flavours can be changed according to your taste. Sorted food made a plain cheesecake with blackberry sauce and a sponge base. I like biscuit base better and lemon is my favourite cheesecake flavour.

Maybe we could try a pumpkin swirl, on a cinnamon cheesecake with a base of speculos to make it even more halloweeny/automnal …

Do you have any favourite halloween or autumn recipes ?


Saturday, 18 October 2014

5 Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Packagings

So after reading Natalie's post about beautiful beauty products, I went through my collection to see what I owned that would deserve to sit on top of the dressing table.
As my selection was a bit different from hers I thought I would share it with you.

It is indeed very Chanel heavy. But as you can see I really like that black, sleek packaging. No wonder Marc Jacob's eye shadow palette (of course, it's the lolita) is there as well.

I also like the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector that managed to inject a bit of colour while still keeping it really classy and Dior Lip Glow for the same reason.

2 honourable mentions go to Nars and Clinique (and a sneaky third Chanel product) because they almost made the cut into the top 5. I like the mat black rubbery packaging of Nars products and how Clinique managed to keep their flower-blusher looking extra cute and simple.

I'd love to see some Bobbi Brown products in my collection because their packaging is also amazing !

What's your favourite packaging ?


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

There's a Hamster-Shaped Hole in My Heart

I'm sad ! Only pet lover can understand how hard it is to lose a fury (or non fury) ball of love.

Monday, my cat jumped on the hamster cage. It fell. The hamster came out and the cat hurt it so much that we had to put the hamster to sleep.

I have so much sadness and anger inside of me and at first I couldn't understand why.
I've never felt so heartbroken for a pet before.

I've had pets for a while now and I know very well that they come and go, it's the circle of life.

But then I realised that Tambouille (for that was her name) had only been with us for 4 months and was nowhere near being old enough to die of natural causes.
Also the incident could have been so easily avoided. Had someone not forgotten to close the door. Had the cat been outside like he usually is. Had someone realised sooner what had happened. Everything could have been so different.

But no good comes from dwelling on the past and if we could change it a lot of us would.

I also feel like I had a really special bond with this little one. She would always come out of her little house when I entered the room, she was so cute and lively and reacted to the sound of my voice.
It may sound stupid to some of you but she was more than just a hamster to me. Tambouille had a personality, a character and she was the best.

The last couple of days have been hard because it all feels very unfair but I know that I gave her the best life I could. And she'll always have her little place in my heart.

"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet" - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Zoella Beauty

I may or may not have placed a sneaky little order on feelunique when I heard that Zoella had launched her line of pamper products.

They're so cute !!! The packaging is spot on ! (pun-intended)

So I placed my order the day after the launch and the candles were already sold out (successful much ?). 2 days after the launch, 4 out of 7 product were sold out. Way to go Zoella !
I'm so happy that someone like her can have such a huge success and  I like everything I've seen from the range (also her launch party looked so dreamy !)

I ordered the guinea pig bag (as I have guinea pigs myself I couldn't not order it) and the Fizz bar (loving the idea !) and as I said I would have loved the candle but it was already sold out.

When the candle comes back in stock I may pick up the shower gel or body lotion … I'm not sure yet.

In the meantime, I can't wait to take a bath !

What do you think of her achievement ? Has anything taken up your fancy ?


Thursday, 9 October 2014

DIY Ladder Wardrobe

When I saw on Pinterest how Geneva from A Pair and A Spare had transformed a ladder into a wardrobe I knew I was going to do the same.

My wardrobe is ridiculously small but so is my room so I can’t just buy a bigger one. This looked like the perfect solution because it can be tailored to everyone’s needs.

I had the most struggle actually finding a wooden ladder that wasn’t too big or too small. In the end I found a bamboo ladder in Casa and bought two. I picked up a bamboo stick to add some steps and the pole for the hangers.
I also bought two oak planks for shoe storage and a bit of string to give it a little style.

I asked the Man to help because I wouldn’t have managed on my own. Partly because I’m not the best with a drill but also because you’ll need help to hold everything and screw at the same time.

First we measured to add 4 steps to the ladders. 1 at the bottom of each side for the second plank and 1 at the top of each side to rest the pole onto. We then screwd them in. Afterwards we screwd the planks onto the steps and finally screwd the pole. I decided to hide the screws on the pole by tying some string around it.

It took 2 hours and a half which in my opinion isn’t too bad.
At first I wanted to paint it but I actually think that I like it better that way.

All in all I’m quite happy with the result. It’s not exactly what I wanted but I’m really happy that I made it myself and it even sort of fits into my teeny tiny bedroom.

What do you think ? Are you a master of DIY or a newbie like me ?
Check out Geneva's blog for more amazing ideas !

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