Blueberry and Olive Oil Cake | Jamie Oliver's Torta di Nada

After having this cake in Jamie Oliver's Bluewater restaurant I had to make it at home for my family because it was soooo delicious and I couldn't forget about it! So I googled the recipe which it turns out is from Jamie's Italy cookbook (note to self; get that cookbook!) and I made it! I found the mixture was really thick, maybe because the eggs I used weren't big enough. So I added roughly 50mls extra milk, stirring as I went until it was less thick but still pretty gloopy. However the cake came out kind of weird anyway? Really doughy, does anyone have any tips for me for next time I make it? Maybe more baking powder or should I not have added the extra milk?

UPDATE: just realised my baking powder is out of date... I should really check things like this!

4 eggs
250g sugar
180g melted unsalted butter
115ml olive oil
155ml milk
1tsp vanilla extract 
400g plain flour
1.5tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Zest 2 lemons
Zest 2 Oranges
600g fresh blueberries

Begin by preheating your oven to 175°c and greasing your 25cm cake tin *PRO TIP which my grandma taught me today, after greasing with butter thinly cover with flour to stop the butter making the base of the cake greasy*. 

Beat the eggs and sugar together then add the butter, olive oil, milk and vanilla extract. Get all the lumps out if possible, this took me ages because I forgot to melt the butter... Then sift in the flour baking powder and salt. Lastly stir in the zests. The recipe then says to leave the mixture to stand for 10mins, I don't know why but I did what I was told! 

Stir in roughly a quarter of the blueberries to the batter and then pour into your tin. Pop in the oven for 15mins the take out and scatter the rest of the blueberries over the top and gently push them into the cake. I used a masher to push them all in a little quicker and it seemed to work fine. Then bake for another 35mins. Cover in tinfoil if it starts to brown too much on top, I had to leave my cake in for about another 10 mins. 

Once cool serve with cream, drizzled honey and more orange zest. At the restaurant the cream was sort of half whipped. As I've said... it was delicious. Hopefully my next attempt will come out a little better. Let me know if you try making it at home! And as I said if you have any tips for making a lighter, fluffy cake let me know! 

New In Fresh India Recipe Book

Another addition to my ever growing cookbook collection! But this is one I am super excited about. Fresh India by Meera Sodah is (obviously) an Indian cookbook, however Meera grew up in Britain so she and her mum adapted a lot of traditional dishes to include local and seasonal produce that probably wouldn't be found in normal Indian cuisine. How cool is that? I can't wait to try out some of these recipes as they look amazing. I have actually read the whole cookbook because Meera tells great stories, is really insightful and shares so much knowledge on things from nutrition to family life. I really enjoyed it.

My January + February Reads

Surprisingly I have managed to keep to my two books a month goal so far this year (in fact I am actually ahead, writing this mid Feb to schedule post while I am away!). It's a bit of a mixed bag; two collections of poetry by Rupi Kaur, Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks and Mythos by Stephen Fry. I don't usually post about what I've been reading but I thought some of you might enjoy a little more detail on what I thought of these book as I noticed reading was on lots of peoples new year goals too!

1+2. Milk and Honey & The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
What Rupi Kaur expresses in half these poems is translated so well I felt her emotion too when reading, even when I hadn't personally experienced the same emotion before. And then I found the other half so spot on, relatable and comforting to read, like it was good to know someone else out there has thought/thinks/felt/feels that way too. Hopefully that makes sense! Regardless, I loved both collections and think they're beautiful, enlightening and empowering, what more could you want? 

3. Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is one of my favourite ever actors. I love his desert island discs, the films he's been in and just him generally so was obviously super excited to read this collection of short stories. And I did enjoy most of them, his personality and idiolect clearly came across which I enjoyed. I think The Past is Important to Us and A Special Weekend were my two favorites.

4. Mythos by Stephen Fry
This was by far my favourite book of the lot. I've always loved Greek Mythology so may be biased but I think Fry has done an amazing job of telling the stories he chose to include in Mythos. He is so thoughtful in what he includes in the footnotes and his personality and passion for the subject is palpable when reading. His re-tellings are funny, by no means conventional but still manage to perfectly convey the meaning/lesson behind each myth. I'd 100% recommend this one if you want to learn about the beginnings of Greek Mythology. 

Instagram Update

First Instagram update I have posted in so long and why you ask... tbh I have no idea except maybe that I haven't uploaded very frequently on there recently. In fact seven of these pictures were taken in New Zealand so that's well before the start of 2018! The first picture I posted when I got back was of the sunset over Hastings Pier, how beautiful are those colours? I love blue and orange together in photography. There is also a picture there from my recent trip to Copenhagen and one from my most recent trip to Belfast which you can read about on here if you like, I've linked each post! Also I will just mention that selfie is the only one I took in the whole of 2017... strange right, I don't know how that happened! 

Three of My Favourite Vegan Breakfasts

Breakfast has never been my favourite meal of the day and in the past I've definitely been guilty of skipping. But as part of my new year attempted health kick I've become a little more adventurous so I thought I'd share some of my favourite vegan breakfasts with you. Now, I am not actually vegan, however I've found eating two vegan meals a day (breakfast and lunch) has made me feel a lot less bloated and unintentionally led to me losing a bit of body fat. Also, I try to follow these breakfasts with a sliced apple or orange and a green tea (my caffeine for the day!). When I wake up I always have a pint of water too. 

I love to top these with a variety of fruit and nuts, walnuts being my favourite! I actually first had these pancakes in a cafe which then inspired me to research a recipe and make my own. FYI, if I'm having maple syrup on the pancakes then I wont bother adding the teaspoon of caster sugar Jamie adds. 

2. Good Old Fashioned Porridge
This is a super quick breakfast which I only really have when I've completely run out of time in the mornings. I sprinkle a few pumpkin seeds/whatever seeds I have to hand and drizzle with maple syrup (although in this picture it is actually honey). I use water unless I have oat/soya milk in the house. 

3. Vamped Up Porridge Using Deliciously Ella Granola/Muesli 
My go to, day to day breakfast. I combine my oats (usually quaker 2min quick oats because I'm lazy!) with a generous helping of Deliciously Ella Granola or Muesli and a mixture of seeds. The Deliciously Ella mixes add texture and sweetness to the porridge, plus more nuts/coconut/raisins etc.  Once they're cooked I add a chopped banana and will sometimes stir in some cinnamon, blueberries and/or maple syrup. 

Bobbi Brown Haul

I have been meaning to share this haul for weeks... but absolutely uselessly of me, I repeatedly forgot I'd already taken the pictures and instead kept posting something else. Nevermind, at least it's not a January favourites or anything particularly relevant to last month! So, in this mini haul I have two Bobbi Brown products. One I quite like and one I'm not a huge fan of.... The concealer is lovely, applied with fingers to warm it up a little I'd compare it to MAC Studio Finish. I need to try both together to work out which I prefer, I think the colour of this one is perfect for me though. The Shimmer Brick, I was so excited for because everyone loves them (late to the bandwagon I know). But I never find myself reaching to use this, it's too glittery for me. Maybe I'm just too in love with my Charlotte Tilbury one to be a fair judge?