Triple Chocolate Cookies


Hey everyone, how was your weekend?

Anybody else find something so relaxing about baking? Folding the ingredients into one and watching the bakes rise into soft, warm puddings. I have been baking pretty frequently since lockdown – most of you will have already seen my bakes if you follow me on Instagram. Over the weekend, I decided to make some triple chocolate cookies which I first found years and years ago when I used to watch Tanya Burr when she shared the recipe! When I baked these at the weekend, I received a lot of messages about how to make them and so I decided to post the recipe on here!

(oh and believe me when I say these cookies are the chocolatiest, softest and gooiest cookies you will ever make – they’re so good to eat, especially when they’re warm! The chocolate chunks delicately melt in the mouth as the chocolate cookie crumbles – they’re just delicious!)

You will need:

200g butter, 300g caster sugar, 1 egg, 275g self-raising flour, 75g cocoa powder, a bar of Cadburys milk chocolate, a bar of white chocolate and a baking tray

Method:

Put the oven on 200ᵒC. Soften the butter and mix it with the sugar. Add the egg and mix again. Then sift the flour and the cocoa powder. The mixture will not be runny – it should be relatively ‘firm’ and easy to mould! (Shown in the images below.) Then, break the chocolate bars into smaller pieces (I usually just half the segments so the chocolate pieces are quite big.) Mix and voila! Roll the mixture into balls, flatten them slightly once they’re on the baking tray and pop them in the oven for literally 7-9 minutes! They don’t look ready as soon as they’re out the oven but don’t be fooled!

So, there’s the recipe! It’s super simple and it makes the most delicious cookies – I swear by them! It’s pretty flexible too, you can add whatever chocolate bars you like, however, I do just stick to the standard Cadburys and white milky bar.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and let me know how you get on with the cookies, I’d love to see how they turn out!

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Somewhat Perfect xxx

Homemade Banana Bread


Hi guys, how are you doing? I hope you are all safe and well.

From spending all this time at home, I have begun to appreciate the comforting scent of a freshly baked cake straight out the oven. Baking has always been a hobby of mine – there’s something so satisfying about turning a buttery, sugary mixture into a fluffy sponge of goodness. Last week, I was passing time and decided to bake a banana bread. I followed an old recipe from ‘River Cottage,’ but I altered it a little bit. It turned out super delicious and so I thought I’d share it with you!

You need:
100g unsalted butter (I used salted and it was fine!)
125g light brown sugar
2 eggs
2/3 ripe bananas
100/125g raisins/apricots/chocolate (anything you fancy, really!) – measurements are quite general for this because, in my opinion, it’s up to you how much filling you want to put in. I used raisins as we didn’t have any apricots in
200g self-raising flour
Lemon/orange (for the zest – not essential!)

Method:
Method is super simple!
Begin by mixing the butter (softened) and sugar in a bowl to form a creamy mixture. Then, crack the eggs into the bowl and mix again. Then, mash the banana’s into a paste and also add them into the mixture. Follow this by adding the raisins/apricots/chocolate (whichever filling you prefer) and mix well. Then, grate the lemon or orange zest into the bowl and mix! Then, it’s time to sift the flour and mix again. Pour the batter into a prepared tin and place in the oven for about 50 minutes (keep an eye on it though) on 160ᵒC.

Its really easy and it’s absolutely delicious – I’ve used the same recipe since I was young, and it’s never failed me!

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Somewhat Perfect xxx

Vegan Pancake Recipe


Hey guys! How are you doing today?

The rain here has plummeted down constantly this week, falling from the grey clouds and spitting on the ground – not ideal! However, we can’t forget that Pancake Day is soon approaching! A few months ago, I tried out a vegan pancake recipe and I absolutely loved it. From the powdery flour to the sugary vanilla extract, this recipe requires minimal ingredients and is super easy to make! So, today I thought I would share it with you! I don’t know about you, but nothing feels better than sipping a hot cup of tea under a soft blanket on a cold Sunday evening. So, get cosy and I hope you enjoy the post!

I’m pretty sure I found this recipe on the BBC website, but there are plenty of other vegan pancake recipes on the internet! All you need is:

300g self-raising flour, 1tsp baking powder, 1 or 2 tbsp sugar, vanilla extract, some cooking oil, 400g plant-based milk (I used oat milk), a mixing bowl, whisk/spoon and a frying pan!
I added 2 tbsp of sugar because I wanted them sweet!
Canola oil and light olive oil are good to use!

Throw them into a mixing bowl and give the mixture a whisk to create a smooth batter! Once smoothened and thick, scoop a portion of the mixture onto the frying pan, wait a few minutes and flip! It’s so satisfying to hear the mixture sizzle, as the creamy batter turns to golden baked circles of fluffiness.

To decorate, I drizzled the pancakes with maple syrup, pleasantly watching the syrupy liquid glaze over the freshly baked batch. I also sliced a fresh banana which added extra flavour (as well as adding a healthy twist!) But obviously there’s plenty of alternative options such as lemon, sugar, strawberries and chocolate (if you aren’t vegan) etc!

I hope you enjoyed reading and let me know how you get on with your pancakes! Have a fantastic week and a great Pancake Day!

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Somewhat Perfect xxx

Tips on Healthy Eating (and brownies!)


Hello everyone, happy Tuesday!

I am currently sat by my desk, surrounded by the twinkling fairy lights in my room. Outside, a grey blanket of clouds has threatened rain all day, so it’s been a cosy stay-in day for me finishing some Uni work. What have you been up to?

So far this year, I have aimed to eat more healthily. I haven’t eaten meat, I’m drinking more water and I’m slowly introducing plant-based meals and ingredients into my diet. It’s great so far – I’m already feeling the health benefits from this diet change and it’s only been a week! Have any of you decided to eat more healthy this year, or are you aiming to at any point?

I really fancied a sweet treat today, so I decided to take inspiration from ‘Deliciously Ella’ and I followed her brownie recipe. From the coconut sugar to the buckwheat flour, all the ingredients were plant-based. I was really unsure what the outcome would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised. They didn’t only look good, but they tasted delicious too, with a soft, gooey centre. Although you can tell a slight difference between these and ‘normal’ brownies, they still taste good and they’re a much healthier option!

The ingredients used were: coconut sugar, buckwheat flour, bicarbonate of soda, coconut oil, chia seeds, almond milk and some melted dark chocolate to drizzle on top! It can be quite confusing when working with unfamiliar ingredients, which is why I find baking from a recipe book so much easier!

There is so much evidence out there regarding the profound benefits of a good diet. It’s proven to improve mental health, physical health, energy levels, memory…the list is endless. It can be difficult at first to suddenly switch diets, so I find slowly introducing new meals/ingredients/healthier alternatives is the best way in order to switch diets without feeling too put off or overwhelmed!  

My favourite recipe books so far are ‘Eat Smart’ and ‘Deliciously Ella’s’ range. They include original, healthy recipe’s which are easy to make and super tasty too! So, if you’re looking for some healthy, animal-free recipe inspiration, have a look at those and see what you think!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post. It’s a little different but I hope it helps!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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The Season To Give


Hello lovely people,

How are you all today? Sorry that I haven’t posted in a while – I’ve been super busy celebrating birthdays and sorting out Christmas checklists! As mid-December has finally arrived, it’s safe to say we certainly are in the midst of the festive season! We are seeing more colourful sparkling lights dress our streets as adorned Christmas trees dazzle the windows of family homes.

Not only is this a time of year full of love and festivity, but it’s also a wonderful time to give. Today I want to suggest some idea’s

  1. Donate/give to charity
    – although this time of year is wonderful for many of us, we can’t forget about those who may struggle. For many people, this time of year can be lonely and sad. Donating a gift or some money to those who are less fortunate not only builds a sense of community and love but will also brighten someone else’s day.
  2. Send out Christmas cards
    – sending Christmas cards and greetings is the perfect way to make others happy and let people know you are thinking of them during the festive season. I’ve found that sending e-cards is not only fun and efficient, but it also helps save the planet as it all can be done digitally, without paper. I recommend using ‘Paperless Post’ – they provide an endless array of different designs for cards, invitations and greetings (with a choice to customize your own) for all occasions! It’s such a perfect way to connect with people, especially during such a wonderful, festive time of year. If you fancy creating an e-card and sending a Christmas card (or any other) to send to someone you love, click on this link: https://www.paperlesspost.com
  3. Treat your neighbours to some festive goods
    This reminds me of my childhood. When I was younger, I was constantly immersing myself in the kitchen, baking all sorts of cookies, gingerbread and cakes. I then neatly presented them onto a plate and gave them to my neighbours! It’s a great way of giving during this time of year, and it’s also cheap if you are on a budget!

There’s a few suggestions of mine of how to give this Christmas! It feels so rewarding being able to give to others and make someone else smile.

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Doing Something You Love


Hey guys! How is everyone today?

Look at this gingerbread house I made yesterday! It took four hours of dedication and creativity, but it was so worth it and was so much fun! (the penguin-looking snowmen were not intentional).

Christmas song lyrics joyfully filled the room as the adorned gingerbread house came together. The crushed hard-boiled sweets melted in the oven to create the stain-glass window as the smell of freshly baked gingerbread suffused the kitchen. Piping the pieces so precisely, a frosty image of fallen snow was created, with wispy icicles that hung delicately from the roof. Bursts of colour populated the the gingerbread to what eventually became a candy house.

Today I want to talk about being kind to yourself by doing something you enjoy/love. As Christmas approaches, it’s a time where our minds are often busy thinking about other people, so we often forget to ‘check in’ with ourselves. I’ve felt myself feeling rather stressed and overwhelmed with work and deadlines recently, and after speaking to my friends, they feel just the same.

So, I decided to take an afternoon off to do something I loved. I met up with a friend and together we decided to design and make our own gingerbread house. It was the perfect way to mentally unwind as well as implement some Christmas spirit into the day! I left my phone in my room as we preceded with our handiwork in the kitchen. With undivided attention, it was so therapeutic to completely engage in an activity that I loved with no distractions. No buzzes, no worries about work – just some essential, quality time to recharge and relax.

It’s so good for our wellbeing to reward yourself with some time off by doing something you enjoy. After reading this post, take some time this week to do something you love. Whether it’s baking, cooking, painting, going for a walk, going to the gym, walking your dog, reading, doing a sport or drawing. Utilise this time to switch off from your busy schedules and absorb in an activity which will bring you happiness. You deserve it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! Let me know what activity you’re going to do this week and I hope you have a lovely rest of your day.

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx