Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves

Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves – recipe

Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves
Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves

It’s Maundy Thursday today, the day before Good Friday.  This year is going by fast, just think it will be April next week. The weather is still cold, so before we enjoy all those chocolate Easter eggs, perhaps we can indulge in something with includes a healthy combination of fruit and nuts … ahem!

Coconut and lime drizzle mini loaves

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup golden vanilla caster sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp coconut or almond extract

plus vegetable oil of greasing the pans

For the lime drizzle:

  • 1/2 lime, juice and zest (a whole small key lime would be great if you can get hold of one)
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • warm water, recently boiled

Method:

For the mini loaves

  1. Preheat the oven Gas mark 4/350 F.
  2. Prep 8 mini loaf tins, greasing  well with the vegetable oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together and then set aside.
  4. In a jug or small bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together until just mixed.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the loaf tins, and bake in the oven for 40 mins, until  well risen and golden brown on top.

Test with a skewer to ensure the loaves are fully baked.  If the skewer doesn’t come out clean, bake for another 5 -10 minutes.

If the skewer comes out clean, remove the loaves from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes. Then remove the loaves from the tins and continue to cool on a wire rack.

For the lime drizzle

Simply combine all the ingredients together and pour equal amounts over the mini loaves, while they are still warm.  Leave for a few minutes before enjoying with a nice cup of tea.

Fashion Show, Atlas Gallery – review

 

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William Klein – Men + Mina + Simone, PIazza di Spagna, Rome 1960

Picture Source: http://www.atlasgallery.com/atlas.php

If you  have a spare 1/2 hour this week, and haven’t had the opportunity yet to visit the Fashion Show – 60 years of Fashion Photography exhibition at the Atlas Gallery, get your skates on, as it is due to end on the 24th of this month.

And it would be a shame to miss it, because it’s a delightful exhibition of fashion photography, featuring the work of high profile photographers, including Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst and Lillian Bassman.

Photo source https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2229315001/Gallery_Front__1_.jpg
Atlas Gallery Photo source https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2229315001/Gallery_Front__1_.jpg

Atlas Gallery is located in smart Marylebone, not too far from Baker Street Station, with an atmosphere that’s welcoming, relaxed, surprisingly spacious and ideal for anyone interested in fashion, photography, history or simply like spending time looking at beautiful pictures by famous photographers in close proximity.

I also have to mention how kind, helpful and polite the receptionist was when we visited, sadly a rarity in many other similar establishments.

With space on the lower level of the gallery to sit down with friends to chat, and the opportunity to use the impressive collection of reference books provided on the upper floor, this is a must for any arts student, or those with a passing interest in this art form.

I had a wonderful time at the Atlas Gallery, and highly recommend going to visit this unique exhibition, before it ends on Thursday.

Rating 8 out of 10

 

First day of Spring, equinox

Spring Time!

Hello everyone,

First day of Spring, equinox
Sunday 20th March 2016, first day of spring

Hope today has brought you a ray of sunshine on this first day of Spring.  And about time too!  Although, as typical, I’m currently suffering from a cold, so I won’t be venturing out anytime soon.  Instead I thought it would be a good opportunity to review my plans for the Spring season.

mood board spring 2016
Champagne with a Twist Spring 2016 mood board

Above is a mood board I have created, highlighting the themes and colours I hope to use, not only for my Spring wardrobe sewing, but also in my home decor.  Over the next few days, I will be posting more recipes, DIY and sewing projects – including a video special, in celebration of the new season.

What are your favourite Pantone Spring colours for 2016? Have you any DIY plans? Let me know.

Thanks for reading!

 

Coleslaw apple and celeriac

Apple and Celeriac Salad – recipe

Hello,

It has been a busy week here at Champers Towers – my aim to get healthier in 2016 is going well, and to prove it here is a really healthy alternative to the traditional coleslaw,  apple and celeriac salad.

Coleslaw apple and celeriac
Apple and Celeriac Salad

Apple and Celeriac Salad – recipe

Ingredients:

  • ½ small celeriac, peeled
  • 1 apple, cored
  • 1/4 whole cucumber, quartered lengthways, then sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • juice ½ lemon
  • handful of pumpkin seeds

Method:

  1. Cut the celeriac and apple into thin julienne strips. Place in a bowl with the sliced cucumber and chives.
  2. In a separate dish, combine the oil, mustard and lemon juice.
  3. Stir the dressing in with the celeriac and apple mix.
  4. Chill for at least 30 minutes before sprinkling with pumpkin seeds, then serve.

Serve as you would coleslaw, or eat on it’s own with a slice of bread.  Try my Bajan Beer Bread recipe, it’s quick to make and yummy!

Let me know if you try this recipe, I would love to hear how you made it.

Thanks for reading, see you soon 🙂

Mini coconut bread loaves

Mini Coconut Loaves – Recipe

Hello,

Mini coconut bread loaves
Mini Coconut Loaves

Hope you are enjoying today – it’s currently nice and sunny outside, so of course I’m staying indoors sewing – as one does!

As promised yesterday, here is the recipe for Mini Coconut Loaves.  It’s a quick and simple recipe, ideal for a tea time treat.

Mini Coconut Loaves

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup golden vanilla caster sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp coconut or almond extract

plus vegetable oil for greasing the pans

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven Gas mark 4/350 F.
  2. Prep 8 mini loaf tins, greasing  well with the vegetable oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together and then set aside.
  4. In a jug or small bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together until just combined.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the loaf tins, and bake in the oven for 40 mins, until  well risen and golden brown on top.

Test with a skewer to ensure the loaves are fully baked.  If the skewer doesn’t come out clean, bake for another 5 -10 minutes.

If the skewer comes out clean, remove the loaves from the oven and allow to cool in their tins for 5-10 minutes. Then remove the loaves from the tins and place on a wire rack to completely cool.

Enjoy the loaves with your favourite hot drink.

Don’t forget to comment and subscribe – and please let me know if you try this recipe.

Thanks for reading.

Recipe for Bajan Beer Brea

Bajan Beer Bread – Recipe

Hello,

Recipe for Bajan Beer Brea
Bajan Beer Bread – recipe

In between sewing projects, I have been baking up a storm. On Thursday I made mini coconut loaves (recipe posted on tomorrow), and yesterday I made these mini Bajan beer bread loaves.

I am creating a series of recipes using coconut oil as one of the ingredients. I also happened to have a bottle of Barbadian Beer in the cupboard, as you do. 4 ingredients, all with a link to Barbados, hence the name Bajan Beer Bread.  That and I like the alliteration.

Quick to make, and only 4 ingredients, you can whip these up and serve them in time for lunch.

Bajan Beer Bread – recipe

Ingredients:

  • 375g self-raising flour
  • 3 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 330ml bottle of Banks beer (or your favourite brew if you cant get hold of Banks)
  • coconut oil for greasing the pans and glazing

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line 8 mini loaf tins, then set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sieve in the flour and sugar.
  4. Pour over the beer flour mix and stir quickly and thoroughly.
  5. Spoon the batter into each tin.  2 full dessert spoons per tin should suffice.
  6. Dab a little coconut oil on top of each of the loaves to self glaze. You can brush the top of the loaves with melted coconut, for a more even glaze if you prefer.
  7. Put the mini loaf tins onto a baking sheet and place on the top shelf of the oven.
  8. Bake for about 45-55 mins, until the top of the loaves are golden brown. The bottom of each loaf should make a hollow sound then tapped.

You can enjoy these mini loaves with cheese, as part of a ploughman’s lunch or on their own with a little coconut oil.

I shall be making another version of this bread soon, so stay tuned.

What do you think about this recipe? If you try it, please let me know how it went, I would love to hear from you.

Don’t forget to look in tomorrow for the mini Coconut loaf recipe and please like, subscribe and comment in the box below.

Thanks for reading.

Quote Fridays by champagnetwist.wordpress.com

Quote Friday

Hello,

I’m starting a new weekly series, based on quotes which mean a great deal to me.  For the first post I have chosen Dr Maya Angelo’s famous butterfly quote, as I think it has some resonance with many people.

Quote Fridays by champagnetwist.wordpress.com
Dr Maya Angelou butterfly quote

What do you think about the quote? What’s your favourite quote? Please comment below.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

 

I’m on Instagram

Hello,

Instagram

Just a short announcement – I’m finally on Instagram!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions included reorganising my social media, and as part of that goal, I wanted to get on the Instagram bus.

After following loads of advice from my friends, I took the plunge and I’m now fully engaged.

I would be very grateful if you would join me at @champagne_twist, and share your photos, comments and suggestions. Please use #champerstea so I can find you.

Thanks for reading.