We all know what Wednesdays mean, right? Of course I am talking about the excitement of another installment of Great British Bake Off! So in the spirit of all things GBBO I thought I would share a little typical British baking recipe. You can’t get more British than a good scone with jam and cream along side a cuppa, right? Apologies to those from across the waters who have no idea what I am talking about! Anyway wherever you are from I encourage you to try this fab recipe and release your inner british-ness…?
225g self-raising flour
25g caster sugar
Firstly, pre-heat your oven to 220C/Gas mark 7.
Then, mix the flour and butter.
Then, add in the sugar and milk until a soft dough is formed.
On a floured surface, knead the dough and roll out to around a 2cm thickness.
Using a cutter, cut out scones until the dough is used up.
Then place on a lined baking tray.
Brush a little bit of milk over the tops of the scones.
Then bake for 15 minutes until risen and a golden colour.
Are you a fan of scones?
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The Royal Ascot is a huge summer event in the UK. If you are unfamiliar with the event itself, it is a horse racing event which dates back into the 18th century. As the name suggests it is also an important calender event for the Royal family with several members including the Queen making an appearance. Now fast forward to the 21st century aka today and the event is still making headlines. Although not particularly for the horse racing itself. The style and dress code is a major part of the event. Having a link with the royal family, the event is very formal with a strict dress code ensuring everybody is dressed in an appropriate manner. However the dress code is slowly dying with many females choosing a rather less than appropriate attire. Every year sees a media frenzy of the many outfits worn to the event with many tabloids trying to ridicule many of the racing-goers on their choice of clothing.
Now you are probably wondering where on earth I am going with this… Well basically Farfetch.com
who are a luxury online retailer have launched a campaign called Unfollow
. The campaign with the tag line ‘For Fashion lovers, not followers’ is expressing individuality and rather than following trends its all about those who break the rules and show their creative side. As part of the campaign I got involved with the Re-write the Royal Ascot Dress Code competition. As part of this, I created a look of items from Farfetch which would be suitable for the Royal Ascot although a look which ties in with the unfollow campaign expressing individuality and something fresh. So here is what I put together …
Rather than going with obvious dress look I went with a skirt and body suit combo. The Pop Cph sheer detail body has a slight risqué factor to it with the sheer detailing however with long sleeves and a high rounded neckline there is nothing too offensive for the Royal Ascot. I then went for the MSGM printed A-line skirt which is a mid-length skirt cutting off just above the ankles. I am so in love with the vivid print of this skirt. Paired with the black body suit, it allows the bold colourful skirt to make a statement. To flow with the splash of yellow from the skirt I added some equally bright accessories. I added this uber pretty Givenchy yellow envelope style clutch which I love and also a little bit of British from the amazing designer Charlotte Olympia which is these adorable ankle strap pumps. Of course last but not least a fancy piece of head-wear is a must to the races. I added this beautiful cherry blossom pillbox hat from Piers Atkinson which is simple but makes a statement.
What do you think of this outfit?
Wimbledon tennis tournament in London has just started and one thing its famous for is its typically British strawberries and cream. If you are planning on watching the games this week and next or maybe just fancy something sweet for the summer sun then this recipe is perfect for you. As well as strawberries and cream, Eton Mess combines this with meringue to create a irresistible quick dessert.
Ingredients (for 4)
450g strawberries chopped
300ml double cream
4 meringue nests
Instructions (15 mins)
Chop 100g of the strawberries and press through a fine sieve using the back of a wooden spoon, to make a smooth purée. Set aside.
Quarter or roughly chop the rest of the strawberries. Whip the cream in a large bowl to soft peaks. Break the meringue nests into small pieces then gently and lightly fold into the cream with the chopped strawberries.
Divide between 4 small bowls and serve each one drizzled with the strawberry purée.
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Well as its the Queen’s diamond jubilee this weekend many stores are stocking up on all union jack stuff aswell as many British designers playing a part in making Britain’s name shout out loud this weekend. Below are a few pieces inspired by the Union Jack design so enjoy and if you’re British feel proud! 🙂 P.S Hover over images for price and shop and please remember to follow on twitter @4everfash , there is a lack of followers .. your help would be much appreciated and if you want to leave any feedback on the blog please feel free . Credit to ASOS.com and Net-a-Porter.com for images.