Fresh Ginger Loaf Cake

I'm definitely getting into baking loaf cakes... it's because they're easy, I'm not going to lie to you. I hate recipes that use really random ingredients and bizarre shaped cake tins I don't already own! Maybe that's just me though? But anywho, this recipe formed as a result of an idiotic online food shopping mistake I made. Somehow, I managed to order myself almost 1kg of fresh ginger, completely by accident. So I froze a load, thinking I'd make a ginger cake... there are absolutely no fresh ginger cake recipes on the internet, they all use ground ginger. So after a few trial and error test runs (and lots of slightly dodgy cake as a result all eaten by my flat mates, bless them) I think I have perfected the recipe! Hope you enjoy.


200g fresh ginger
150g dark brown sugar
150g normal sugar
230ml vegetable oil
2tbsp golden syrup
300g plain flour
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground black pepper
2 eggs
2tsp baking powder
150ml boiling water

Start by peeling then grating the ginger on the chunkier side of your grater (just a heads up, it is far easier to grate frozen ginger so I recomend leaving it in the freezer overnight!). Mix sugars, oil and golden syrup in a bowl. Boil water in a saucepan, stir in the baking powder and then add to the mixture. Whisk the eggs and add to the mixture, also add the grated ginger. In another bowl mix together the rest of the dry ingredients. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Line a normal sized loaf tin (2 pounds) with butter or greaseproof paper then pour the in mixture. Bake for 1h20m at 180°c. Cover with foil if the top browns before cooked. Leave to cool before taking out of the loaf tin and you're done! 

Let me know what you think of the recipe if you try it x

St Michael's Mount and The Minack Theatre | Cornwall

I can not believe how fast three years at Falmouth University have gone by... it's scary! And I've started to panic as my leaving date approaches... meaning packing as much as possible in to my last two weeks here, including trips to St Michael's Mount and The Minack Theatre! If you're not from Cornwall/have never been you probably wont have heard of these places but they are must see when in the South West and quite beautiful so I thought I'd share some pictures from the trips with you. 


Firstly St. Michael's Mount, a tide dependant island of the coast off Marazion. On the island, which you can access by foot at low tide and for £2 on the ferry at high tide, is a beautiful castle and gardens run by the National Trust. I started by looking around the castle which was pretty interesting but mostly enjoyable for the views of the mainland and gardens! I then had a pulled pork and mint yogurt wrap in the cafe which tasted amazing followed by a long walk around the gardens. 

I'd definitley recomend going to St. Michael's Mount... to be honest I'd go back just for the wrap! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves though! 

in the castle gardens

a view of the gardens/sea from the castle


a view of Marazion from the island
                                                                                     


My second trip was to The Minack Theatre, an outdoor theatre built into a cliff face near Penzance which has spectacular views of the sea and a pretty impressive atmosphere in my opinion! I took the coastal pathway to the theatre which is a hefty walk uphill but does pass the beach you can see two pictures below. The play itself was good but I became quite distracted by seals swimming around out in the sea!! A friend I went with also saw a pod of dolphins which unfortunately I missed. 

the theatre just before the show began 


Again, I'd definitely recomend checking out The Minack Theatre even if it's just for a walk around the cliff and nearby beaches. Apparently it is also quite impressive to visit at night which I can imagine is very true. 

And that's it for today folks. Hope you enjoyed this little insight into some Cornish culture/heritage! 

My Favourite Tan Products for Summer

Being a blindingly pale legged creature, I have tried and tested a fair few gradual tan products over the years. Unfortunately for me, I have the sort of translucent skin that spontaneously turns blue/purple so (when I can be bothered!) these have become life/leg changing. I use a Superdrug tanning mitt to apply and I thoroughly exfoliate before the first layer and lightly between the others to avoid dreaded patchiness which younger teenage me seemed to be prone to. 


I much prefer the Classic Gradual Tan to the Tinted version, but being one of I'm guessing many who have barely any time to apply the stuff, the Tinted deepens the colour of my tan instantly. They both have that biscuity tan smell which I don't really mind, but many do so here is my warning! Also they're a little more expensive than other drugstore gradual tans but so much better, less streaky, a cooler colour and longer lasting. I don't mind forking out a bit more to have these over the Dove Summer Glow for example, which I have used in the past! The Bodyshop Honey Bronze is amazing, we all know! It is my everyday face bronzer but I also use it over my gradual tan for extra colour. And that is it!! So now, we just have to pray for more suitable legs out weather in England!! 

The Best English Carrot Cake Recipe!

I've been doing a lot of procrastibaking recently and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon! Obviously I'm putting off sorting out my post university life because having to be a functioning adult does not appeal. So carrot cake, the answer to my millennial girl problems. This is the best recipe I have ever used. It is packed with lots of carrot, sultanas/raisins, walnuts and topped with rich cream cheese icing! I haven't included a recipe for the cream cheese icing because there are millions out there on the internet and they are all pretty similar.


450ml vegetable oil
400g plain flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
550g sugar
5 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp mixed spice
600g grated carrot
200g chopped walnuts 
200g raisins/sultanas

Preheat the oven to 170c and grease/line two cake tins. Whisk the eggs and mix with all the other ingredients then spoon the mixture into the cake tins. Bake for approximately 1h 15mins. While the cake is baking make the cream cheese icing. Let the cake cool completely before adding the icing between the layers and on top (or make two cakes half the height like I decided to do!). You can grate orange zest over the cake and add some more walnuts to decorate if you fancy! 

My Top 5 Favourite European Cities

Obviously at 21 years of age, being well traveled, sophisticated, insightful etc. I am highly qualified to write a list on the best cities in Europe. JOKING... although I do wish I was all those things! So yes, not entirely qualified to comment on the best cities in Europe. Instead I'm going to share my favourite cities out of the ones I've been to! I am feeling incredibly wanderlust-y at the moment, I think due to being cooped up in Cornwall too long. So I'm releasing some tension in reminiscing and nostalgic post writing. Hope you enjoy and let me know what your favourite cities in Europe are so I can go and visit them!!

Paris
I first went to Paris age 13 on a school trip to see a rugby match and visit disneyland. I can't tell you what the point of this trip was but for some reason it happened... thankfully I have been back and re-experienced all there is to do in Paris (which is a lot more than rugby and disney)! I love the architecture, the art galleries and the relaxed atmosphere. It definitley is a romantic city like the stereotype suggests soo I think I'll have to find myself a boyfriend and go back! 

Salzburg
Obviously Salzburg had to make this list... I am in love with this beautiful Austrian city. The old town is magical, the river in the summer is perfect to sit by and the castle overlooking everything completes the fairy tale setting. The mountain scenery in and around Salzburg is also incredibly beautiful at all times of year. I'd definitely recommend visiting Salzburg for a chilled out/sightseeing/outdoorsy holiday.

Valencia
Hands down best city in Spain... a bit of a sweeping statement, I know but Valencia is amazing. There is so much to see/do. Castles, architecture, art galleries, nightlife and the food! It's also reasonably cheap. Valencia was potentially my favourite girls holiday ever. Very chilled, very hot, want to go back! 

London
I grew up roughly an hour outside of London so know the city pretty well. But I still want to live there one day because I'm convinced only by living in such a huge city (twice the total population of the whole of New Zealand.. wtf) will you ever be even close to knowing all its secrets!! Unfortunately it is definitely the most expensive city on this list but there are so many free things to do there, like all the museums. Don't let the prices put you off because there isn't any other city quite like London!! Biased view maybe... I don't know! 

Prague
Last but not least is Prague. Another girls holiday where I got the bare minimum amount of sleep to survive! Prague is beautiful, especially the view from the castle and despite being incredibly tired and the weather not being amazing, I loved this city. It is very gothic and grand and the beer is so so cheap, as in maximum £1 for a pint cheap which potentially adds to my fond memories of the place! 

Courgette and Lime Loaf Cake

Since my last food post typical Cornish weather has hit again... rain, of course. But I'm trooping on with my summery recipes, today a courgette and lime loaf cake! You might think this sounds a bit strange but courgette cake is definitley a thing! It's basically carrot cake, you have sultanas and walnuts but courgette and lime too. It makes a very fresh, moist, not too sweet cake which thanks to the lack of butter and minimal sugar in this recipe is pretty healthy! You could also add cream cheese icing... I still might!


2 eggs
90g soft dark brown sugar
400g courgette
1 lime
90g walnuts
140g sultanas
125ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
300g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Butter for the tin

Preheat the oven at 180c and line a 2lb loaf tin (the average size of most loaf tins) with butter and greaseproof paper. Start by whisking together the sugar, vegetable oil and eggs. Add the zest and juice from the lime. Coarsely grate the courgette and add to the mixture along with the vanilla extract. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients with the walnuts, roughly chopped. Combine the two mixtures. Cook for about an hour and 10 minutes. I squeezed a bit more lime onto each slice afterwards but I like mine super limey, so you can add more to your own taste! Hope you enjoy!