Healthy(ish) Delicious Fudge

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Hello my lovelies and welcome to my first ever recipe post! Since this blog is all about things I love and little things that make me happy I felt I just HAD to include this recipe for Lucuma Fudge. Not only do I want to share this recepie I want to share the incredible lady behind the fudge! Susan Jane White is a nutritional chef who runs an amazing blog and published a cookbook called The Extra Virgin Kitchen. It sounds very melo dramatic but I think buying her cookbook has changed my relationship with food. It’s so much more than a healthy recipe book, it changes how you think about food and also Susan proves you dont have to sacrifice amazing flavour to eat healthily. Just stop right now and go check out her website. Well maybe wait until you’ve finished reading this!

Anyway enough rambling and praising, you’ll have to go figure out how awesome she is yourself! This recipe is so simple and amazingly quick to make. It is the most delicious substitute for my chocolate cravings. I had never heard of Lucuma powder before. It comes from a fruit that is too perishable to ship to Ireland so we can only get it in powder form. It has a wonderful rich sweet taste. I buy mine from the Avoca Rathcoole, if you cant make it there try health food shops or Fallon and Byrne if you live in Dublin.

You will need: 

4 tablespoons coconut oil

8 tablespoons  ground almonds

3 tablespoons lucuma powder

2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla powder

Instructions:

Line a small container with cling film.

Melt the coconut oil over a low heat.

Once melted stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix with a fork.

It should now look like sand, taste and adjust the sweetness or saltiness to your prefrence.

Pour into the container and place in fridge for 1 hour.

Try not to eat it all at once!

 

Kerry Fashion Week Awards

IMG_4163 2Hello Darlings! I have a feeling this is going to be a long, picture heavy, adjective heavy post so grab a cup of tea and get comfy! If you remember a few weeks ago I was short listed for the Kerry Fashion Week’s Fashion Blogger of the year award. The awards night was last Friday and even though I didn’t win it was still an amazing weekend! The talented Louis O’Reilly from Style Me Curvy won, just visit her amazing blog and you’ll see why! I also want to mention how well organized the whole event was and how much effort went in to pulling it off. Everyone involved did an amazing job!  It was on in the Europe Hotel in Killarney and I couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful place to spend the weekend! It was a very glamorous evening with so many people I never dreamed I would meet, I was more than a little starstruck! To be surrounded by so many beautiful, talented people was very inspiring. I wore a dress by Needle and Thread and I felt like such a princess. I am in LOVE with this dress and all the dresses by Needle &Thread! All their dresses are hand beaded. You can buy them here.

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We spent all day Saturday recovering in the spa at the hotel. I wish I could spend every day after a night out in such a beautiful, peaceful place! We went from the steam room to the pool to the jacuzzi to the outdoor pool over and over again! The spa at the Europe Hotel really is one of a kind. And there’s a healthy spa cafe where you can eat while still dressed in your bath robe so you don’t have to interrupt your lounging for food! Then that evening we had dinner in the Panorma restaurant in the hotel. The highlight of the meal was the desert bar! There was a whole buffet of the most beautiful, mouthwatering creations I have ever seen! That evening for dinner I wore a Ted Baker dress from a few years ago and pink Ted Baker shoes (I think I have too much Ted Baker?).

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Now back to reality after such a glamorous weekend. I have a very busy week coming up in college but I’ll have another post up on Wednesday. Until then have a fabulous week!

The Merrion Art Afternoon Tea

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Hello my lovelies! I think by now you all know I love my afternoon tea! Actually I think love is an understatement! So I was delighted when my family planned a trip to the Merrion Hotel to have their Art afternoon tea. First of all lets get the important bit out of the way. What did I wear?! I continued my obsession of wearing navy! I’m wearing a new navy coat from Zara (I’m obsessed with it), dress from Whistles, my Ash boots, Louis Vuitton scarf , tights from Tights Dept and Celine handbag.

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Now on to the main event, afternoon Tea. The Merrion Hotel is beautiful, a mix of old world charm and modern art. The tea is served in the drawing room which is fabulous large room BUT I was disappointed to find our table was not nearly big enough for us and the seats were far too low. We probably would have asked to be moved to a different table if they had not all been full! Aside from this inconvenience we had a lovely afternoon.

IMG_4017 2 IMG_4042 2 IMG_4064 2 IMG_4056 2The food was delicious and plentiful. We had two boxes of leftovers to take home which I always love as a midnight snack! The stand out pieces was the last course where the chef makes sweet creations based on art found in the hotel. This is what, in my opinion elevated it from an average to a something special tea. Another hit for me were the chicken and pesto sandwiches from the first savoury course. They were delicious and we ordered a second serving! I would definitely go back again but I’ll just be sure to reserve a larger table and higher seats!

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