How to Make the Perfect London Fog

Ever heard of a London Fog latte? If you haven’t, it’s about time you tried one! Being the tea fanatic I am, I have had one too many of these delicious drinks. Back home when I had a free period from school, I’d always grab one of these at the closest coffee shop. Now that I’m in Arizona, I haven’t gotten the chance to order one anywhere, so I was very happy when I made this recipe and it worked out!

Being a lazy student, I haven’t gotten around to buying myself a frother yet, so I’ve been using the hand-mixer from the community kitchen here in residence. Yes, it is definitely not as convenient as one of those nifty frothers, but it gets the job done! So, if you are in the same situation as me and don’t have a fancy little frothing gadget, do not worry! A whisk, mixer or nothing at all will be just fine (it all tastes the same in the end anyway).

London Fog

If you follow my blog or have seen any of my other posts, you’re probably asking “Where are the photos?”. Don’t panic, I’ll explain!  I’m taking a lot of art classes right now, which I absolutely love! I also got a Wacom tablet for my birthday and wanted to do some practicing. When you put those two things together, this happens! I decided I’d do a drawing of the recipe instead! Please let me know if you like it. I had a lot of fun drawing it and thought it was a fun idea.

Here’s the full recipe!

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup steeped Earl Grey tea
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Pour the Earl Grey tea into a large mug. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Steam or heat your milk and whisk until frothy. Add it to the tea and you’re set!

This post is dedicated to my best friend Julia who I miss like crazy! I’ll be home soon Bulia and when I am, we’ll drink lattes and watch Sherlock like mad.

Happy latte making!

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Grandmom’s Chocolate Cake

Who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake?

I am one of those people that, if given the chance, will eat an entire chocolate cake. Don’t judge! It’s just some natural instinct I have…and it especially comes into play when I’m dealing with my grandmom’s chocolate cake recipe.

Chocolate CakeOkay, seriously though. Now that you’ve seen the above picture, I don’t think you can judge my obsession. It’s one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. I always get a crazy craving for this cake. True love. That’s how one could describe the relationship between me and chocolate cake.

One thing better than eating a piece (or multiple pieces) of this cake with a big glass of milk while watching TV alone in your pyjamas, is sharing it with other people! Now that I’m at university and staying in residence, I got that chance! My new friends Carissa and Allison helped me make the cake, and it was shared with basically anyone who walked by the kitchen!

If you like gooey, moist cakes, THIS recipe is for you!

You’ll need:

For the cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the frosting

  • 2/3 cup  cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round (or square) baking pans.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely (this is VERY important!). Then frost with the frosting recipe below.

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Lots of love!

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Peach Iced Tea

Summer is almost over. Plus, it’s my last day at the cottage in the valley before I head off to sunny Arizona for school. So, I thought it was necessary to post another summer drink recipe with more local fruit!

As you can probably tell, this time it’s peaches! Ever since I published my strawberry thyme lemonade recipe, I’ve been making different syrups to mix into sparkling water like CRAZY! I’m trying to force myself to drink more water…so to encourage myself I’ve been mixing sugary syrup in…does that still count?

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Homemade iced tea is actually the best. I ended up making a huge jug of this stuff, and even had a bit on earl grey to spare. This resulted in me making a London Fog (another drink I’ll have to post a recipe of some time soon).

Enough chatter! Let’s make some tea!

You’ll need:

  • 7 cups water
  • 6 earl grey tea bags (or loose tea)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Two peaches, pealed and chopped

Steep 6 cups of water with tea bags or loose tea, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

In a medium saucepan, stir together water, sugar and peaches. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and let mixture simmer until sugar is completely dissolves. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 25 minutes.

Strain peaches from syrup mixture and let cool completely before using. Store in the refrigerator.

Mix syrup into iced tea, tasting as you go along, to make sure the sweetness is just right. Serve with ice cubes and peach slices in each glass!

Hashtag it if you do it – #yourstrulyg

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Peasto Frittata with Bacon, Onion and Feta

First off, if you are reading this and haven’t seen Jamie Oliver’s new YouTube channel “FoodTube” you NEED to go check it out ASAP! (Click here). It is a fantastic channel! I have been watching it all summer and have been making all the recipes.

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This recipe for a peasto frittata is based off a video Jamie posted in July. Wondering what peasto is? It’s basically the same thing as pesto, but with peas instead (…duh). It’s incredibly easy and tastes fantastic. I might even like it more than pesto…

Of course, I needed to add some bacon to the recipe. It is truly one of my weaknesses. I also threw some onion in there. The end result was a delicious brunch which was enjoyed along side some toast and jam. If you try this out and like it (or even just like the picture ;) ) make sure you reblog, pin, share on Facebook and all that stuff!

You’ll need:

  • 6 large eggs
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly podded peas
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • 5 strips of bacon

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Place your bacon on a cooking sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes or until cooked. While the bacon is cooking, crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk together and put to one side.

Add the peas and a good pinch of salt to a pestle and mortar (or you can use a food processor for this part) and bash to a rough paste. Stir in the zest and juice of half a lemon, a good grating of Parmesan, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of pepper (you may need to do this in batches). Have a taste and add a little extra Parmesan or lemon juice, if needed.

Place a small non-stick ovenproof frying pan on medium head. Dice your onion, then add to the pan with a bit of olive oil. Cook until translucent. Turn heat to low and add cooked bacon to pan with onion.

Fold half the peas to through the egg to combine. Pour the egg mixture into the pan over the bacon and onion, then spoon little bombs of the remaining pisto on top. Stir gently for a minute or so, then scatter over the feta and grate a little more Parmesan on top, if you like it extra cheesy. Place the pan in the hot oven for about 5 minutes, or until golden and risen.

When the frittata is ready, turn it out onto a board and serve!

Yeah. I know what you’re thinking – It’s beautiful. Jamie never fails. Really. It’s crazy how amazing he is!

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Grilled Flatbread with Pesto, Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Last summer, I had a pretty fun dinner party with some of my friends. Everyone brought over a dish and we had a little potluck! I’m planning on having another one soon and I’m going to have to make this recipe for it!

Usually when I share a recipe, I say it’s “easy” or “quick”. I’ll tell the truth and say that this one does take a little bit of time, but that’s only because of the flatbread aspect and assembling. There is a bit to do, but the end result is definitely worth it.

flatbread

My family members were the lucky firsts to try this recipe out, and I think we all agreed that it is “a keeper”. Also on the table was some marinated chicken skewers and Greek salad. A wonderful summer dinner!

Recipe makes 2 flatbreads

For the pesto, you’ll need:

  • 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 pine nuts

Combine basil, garlic, cheese, olive oil and nuts in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend to a smooth paste. (Makes 2 cups)

For the flatbread, you’ll need:

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 heaped tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs or spices, such as thyme, parsley, sumac or crushed fennel seeds, optional
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

Mix your flour, salt, baking powder and herbs or spices (if using) in a large bowl, using a fork. Make a well in the centre, then pour in the olive oil and about 150ml of warm water. Use the fork to gradually bring in the flour from the edge of the bowl, and add another splash of water if it’s too dry. Once started to combine, use your hands to bring the dough together.

Dust your hands and a clean work surface with flour and knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic (5 to 10 minutes). Put the dough back into the bowl, dust it with a bit more flour, then cover and leave to relax.

Divide your dough into two balls. Dust a surface with flour, and roll both balls into long rectangular shapes. Each flatbread should be about 1cm thick.

Grease a barbecue or in a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Cook them for a few minutes on each side and check the underside – you want them to puff up with a nice bit of golden colour.

NOW, you can assemble!

You’ll need:

  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cups arugula or mixed greens
  • Half a log of goat cheese
  • Pesto

Spread a layer of pesto over both flatbreads. Top with arugula, tomato halves and goat cheese. Serve!

Post a picture with #yourstrulyg if you make this!

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Strawberry Thyme Lemonade

Summer drink time!

This recipe is dedicated to the handsome and amazing Sanford :) This guy was lucky enough to get a bottle of this tasty drink today along with some Nutella popsicles. (More yummy stuff is coming next week Sandy ;) )

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I got this recipe from ww.chezus.com

You’ll need:

  • 1 pint of strawberries, hulled
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/ cup water
  • 1 cup of fresh lemon juice, about 5 lemons
  • 3 cups of water

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  1. Place the strawberries, thyme, sugar and 1 cup of water into a saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat bring to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat to a low simmer.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  6. Strain through a fine sieve.
  7. Place the strawberry syrup, lemon juice and water into a pitcher.
  8. Stir.
  9. Serve.
  10. Enjoy

Have fun making this recipe. If you do, post a picture on twitter or instagram and use the hashtag #yourstrulyg. That’d make me so happy.

Also a shout out to the BEAUTIFUL J Morr. She’s an inspiration.

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DIY Galaxy Tie-Dye

It’s the time of year for tie-dying! Oddly enough, I’d never actually tried tie-dying before this. I’m happy to say that my first try happened to go well! I’ll be honest and let you know they didn’t turn out exactly how I pictured them (the traditional tie-dye style), but in this case, it was a good thing.

gracieMy cousin Gracie, modelling the double swirl shirt

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The trick for this pattern is to use a cotton polyester blend shirt. The dye does not sink as well into this type of shirt, leaving more white as a result.

Below are some step by step photos of how to complete this DIY. As you’ll see, I attempted to use the traditional “twisting of the shirt” technique, but it didn’t turn out perfectly in both t-shirts. The twist definitely helped to create a pattern though!

For one shirt, you’ll need:

    • 1 cotton polyester blend shirt
    • 1 tsp red powdered fabric dye
    • 1 tsp blue powdered fabric dye
    • 1 tbsp dye salt
    • 3 cups water
    • Elastic bands
    • Rubber gloves
    • 2 containers

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For the single swirl:

Pinch the middle of the folded shirt and twist, until you’ve created a ball (almost like a cinnamon bun). Secure with elastics.

Put on your rubber gloves! Mix each dye in separate containers with 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 tbsp dye salt. Cover and shake to mix.

Place your shirt ball onto a protected surface. Begin to pour your dyes over the shirt however you like. Once one side is completed, turn the shirt over and repeat on the other side. Place the shirt in a plastic bag and leave for 5 hours.

Unwrap your shirt and rinse under water until it runs clear. Wash and dry the shirt.

2For the double swirl:

Fold the shirt in half lengthwise. Repeat steps from the single swirl above.

Now go out and sport your fancy new DIY shirt! I hope you enjoy this tutorial and share it with your friends. Gracie and I had a great time making these, and it was wonderful to have her company. She’s a pretty awesome cousin. Check out her blog here.

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