TAP Coffee – No. 26 Rathbone Place

“Life seems so am/pm. But really, it’s not all as balanced as that…” ― Jarod Kintz,  A Zebra is the Piano of the Animal KingdomTAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London

Cakes and coffee hit:

The door is wide open

Hey there, No. 26 -

How did you know

You’d be the place

We couldn’t resist?

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London Cakes Counter and SaladsInstant love: The time has come around again for you to eat your screens.

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London cakes mini tartsFirst up: one of the things I liked most about this (almost) Charlotte Street gem was the friendliness of the staff.

Even though in most coffee shops, the air is calm and the service is nice enough – a lot of Londoners can probably relate to finding the majority of places to be quite hasty and cold in the way they have to ‘welcome’ you in…

Even though I spend a lot of time ordering Mochas and eyeing up cakes in new locations on repeat, I confess that I still get *those* awkward moments of unease when trying somewhere new.

I mean, sometimes, it doesn’t matter how good the cakes look or how much space is available for you to sit inside if the staff can’t just ‘let you be’… You ready or what? (Say their expressions) – Forced greetings. Chop, chop. Next! Then you’ve got to worry about finding a seat. Pressure much?! And then you feel your mind gulping and going fffiiiiizzzzzzzzz. It can’t just be me?!

But at no. 26, the process is completely different. Everything about this place is beyond warm – it is welcoming. Despite its minimalistic design and plain white walls, you are sucked in and made to feel right at home straight away – the open door really makes a difference (though this is my subconscious speaking). There is something incredibly warm in here.

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London InteriorThe baristas are then happy to let you gawk at the display for as long as you like; they treat you as more than just another customer. I can’t explain it? They speak to you differently here, and it isn’t just a front they get paid to do. There is an effortlessness about their vibe which is what makes it so hard to explain. No. 26 has hired genuinely nice people who smile even when they aren’t serving and you’ve dropped crumbs everywhere like the worst customer ever (shout out to the girl with really long strawberry-blonde ish hair).

Oh, and this is probably a *good* time to mention that the quality of their coffee is really something too. The mocha is a thick, a heavenly blend of chocolate and smooth roast. Full bodied. Decadent but delicate; it’s rich and frothy-creamy, but not in the sickly sort of way.  The coffee and hot chocolate here are like… equal strength in perfect balance, strong – but not bitter; this one is dark and truly real. Love! I go back for two.

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London Coffee MochaWe arrived at about 11:30am, and it was pretty quiet. By 12pm everything deadened a little bit more, which seemed a little contradictory, but no complaints. Come 1:20pm though, the tables are filled and the place has become progressively more packed with chunky sandwiches and upbeat chit chat. By 2, everything’s back to being all mellow and chill.

 

No. 26 definitely appears to be a local hotspot that has made one heck of a sweet name for itself. Jessie and I had only wandered over to this side of Tottenham Court Road after the sister branch – 114, was too full for us to sit. Heading over to this end was the best (and tastiest) decision of the day.

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London sandwich TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London odyessieThe staffs were also happy for us snap away – “we love photographs!” they say.

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TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road LondonWhen I had finally chosen something to nibble on, an equally indecisive business man and his friend walked in and joined the queue behind me. Then we made light conversation about how difficult it is to choose a bake here. Even the customers are nice, I thought to myself. In the end, they vouched for the butter-cream filled sponge cake…

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London sponge cake buttercream vanilla…but I copied Jessie and opted for the chocolate loaf that seemed like it would do the Mocha justice, (it did).

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London chocolate loaf cake bananaThe barista had dropped in a line about how the chocolate loaf was her firm favourite and promisingly “moist”. In the end it wasn’t all that moist, but it was still damn good. Though there were brownies too:

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London brownies baked freshAlso, I didn’t think the frosting was generous enough for the frosting addict that = me…but Jessie said the sweetness of it was perfectly on point, although we both would have preferred a little more moisture. It’s the kind of cake you can indulge in without having to admit to; perfect for those morning ‘coffee-and-cake-kind-of-dates’; A light chocolate fix – a bread. Not a dessert. That’s why they call it loaf ;)

Did I mention the double chocolate chip cookies yet?

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London double chocolate chip cookiesAnd judging from everyone else’s lunch, soups are popular and the salads are leafy and huge. I spy walnuts and squash.

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London Walnut Salads TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London butternut squash saladNo 26: A gem, though not quite hidden; people know about it – and with good reason too. So go-go-go for your morning brews + complimentary Wi-Fi access that is scrawled out onto this chained canister… I like.

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London free wifiFinally, the last reason why you should go here is because their cutlery is fit for princes/princesses (see the pics), and they basically serve their beverages with the prettiest spoons I’ve ever picked up (see the mocha above). The deal is so sealed.

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London cake counter

TAP Coffee shop – No. 26 Rathbone Place Soho Tottenham Court Road London bike shop

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Wild and Wood Coffee – New Oxford Street, Holborn

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn

Shuffling feet and gentle clanking, the coffee grinds away. How do you describe sound? This place oozes instant charm.

Old school tunes hum from a muffled radio somewhere up high. Everything feels festive. The benches and table-tops remind me of church pews, they are castle like and rustic and there are postcards + newspaper cuttings tacked to the wall. Customers here are transported to a faraway place from last century or the one before…

Is this where they found their flat whites behind the scenes of ‘A Christmas Carol’? I’m half expecting a fat man with a white beard to push open the door and lays eyes on those delectable Sally Clarke’s mince pies welcoming him in so early in November. Magical is an understatement. This can’t be Holborn…

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn Mince Pies

The windows are fully condensed. You can read words about their coffee written in white paint on the windows back-to-front from the inside. The glass looks like it’s frosted with snow. It’s so warm inside. It feels like Christmas Eve.

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn bakewell tartDistraction: There are cakes in the window. They are huge. Carrot and orange, the frosted kind, sandwiched with 2 layers – my first temptation.

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn carrot and orange cakeNo, no – must try something new. Bakewell tart, slices of sponge, and blueberry buns…

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn tarts

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, HolbornApple and almond tart? Oh my god. Yes and yes three times over.

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn apple and almond tart cakeIt’s basically an apple soaked Madeira cake with a firm crust and pronounced fruity filling; superbly moist and sour sweet. It is dense but fluffy, and crumbles finely. Perfect as it is, I reckon they could totally milk this and charge an optional extra for a heap of clotted cream, custard or some ice cream – the kind of things nobody could/should ever say no to. I also notice that the carrot and orange sunshine cake is GF. There is also a sign indicating some Amaretto cheesecake. Hello.

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn sally clarke cheesecake Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn sally clarke brownies chocolateThere are some nice seats right by the window, and sandwiches waiting to be grilled. They want you for lunch.

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn sandwiches, lunchIt’s so easy to while away time here, plus the blonde girl who works here has the greatest Australian accent ever and she asks hey how you going to every new arrival. The place is also pretty tiny – a strict table sharing principle operates here. Many people have shared my pew but none of them have stayed long (Turns out they are actually real church pews!). Lots of others grab and go, there is new traffic by the minute. Meanwhile, I get half an essay done – the flat white made me do it.

I also learned from one girl opposite me that they don’t do anything sans dairy. No soy, no decaf. She is offered black coffee or tea. She chooses peppermint. Plus, they only accept cash so no cards. But Wild and Wood is 6 years old now, and they let you sit in and drink off church pews – so they can get away with this. A man comes up to the counter to pay, he says thanks for the best coffee I’ve had in 40 years. Go figure (Monmouth served here).

Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn flat white coffeeAt this point, I’m pretty sure I have apple and almond crumbs in my hair and, oh my: Ashton Kutcher’s twin has just walked in. It’s time to leave and second-glance those £3.70 Cronuts on display. I speak to the owner on the way out – he lets me take photos and I say I really can’t wait for the Christmas décor to go up –  he adds that they may just be bringing in some panettone next month too. Definitely returning.

London Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn cronuts Wild and Wood Coffee - New Oxford Street, Holborn cronuts londonOn my way back to uni, I realize I completely missed my Spanish class. Oops. And then Rowan Atkinson walked past, which pretty much sealed my ending to 2014 because I just saw the real Mr. Bean – in Bloomsbury!!!

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…or just sit in for some seriously good quality coffee and a slice of cake <3

Does anyone else know of any hidden gems? How easily can you crack on with work/writing in coffee shops? I used to only be able to study in the library or somewhere quiet, but the situation is the total opposite now!

Have a great week x

 

Continental Stores Espresso – Bloomsbury

Minimalism – there’s just something about it.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

Something which makes people wanna sip inside

Do you take

Oak and oats or

Avocado and egg

on multi-grain toast?

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury Avocado and Eggs on toast

Yum.

Celebrate mornings

Grab a friend

Over cake and brekky:

“Millionaire’s shortbread”  

With roasted blends.

Swirly milk

White walls

Bakes by big windows

And of course,

“That carroty-thing with frosting”

plus 2 forks:

 Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury  carrot cake

Continental Stores Espresso is a minimalist coffee shop and cakes stop right by Tavistock Place.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

 

No more than a 15 minute walk away from big sister “Store Street Espresso”, CS has stuck to their ethos and spread their house “Square Mile” blend coffee across to their other end of Bloomsbury.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

At CS, this brewed and honest goodness is served to you with the same kind of spacious intimacy that has long made the big sis so popular amongst students, tourists, and business-folk alike. Head to the back for some peace and quiet, or stay by the fore for window benches and bakes-galore. The day me and Jessie visited was the first day they were serving their all-new Millionaires shortbread slice.

One word: Beautiful; thick gooey caramel with…a hint of healthy? I could taste something like date. It was lovely, although I never did get to find out what was in it. The staff said ‘chocolate’. I said fair enough.

Millionaires shortbread Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

Cakes are a staple here; pastries too. Order brunch or stay for lunch – since the sandwiches, soups and French toast will be calling out for you. Bring your laptop and arrive before noon to grab a seat (CS is far smaller than their sister-ship branch), but have trying to tear yourself away: Drinking coffee here is a form of meditation in itself.

UCL students: This place is a conveniently close call to procrastinate, and makes for the perfect post-lecture escape.

The store is tranquil, airy, fresh, cosy, and friendly; you get the impression that its quality over quantity. I’d say it is, and rightly so.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury

The final verdict is: We cannot wait to come back. CS, you have lured us with your space and bright simple charm.

Continental Stores Espresso - Bloomsbury Cappucino

See you soon!

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences…I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars – GF + Vegan

“My mind aches with a thousand stories. All variations threaded with shreds of truth.”― Truth Devour, Unrequited

3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - GF + Vegan

I remember when I was writing up the post for these die-worthy, buttery, chocolate chip-crazed ‘real’ cookie dough bars, and I said something along the lines of “I will never be one of those vegan cookie dough fanatics – like, ever” … But I am going to completely retreat on my words. These amazing vegan-friendly cookie dough bars are the ultimate exception to the regular, butter-laden rule. I am still love-struck by their friendly chocolate-chip infused deceit.

And oh, maybe I twisted things a little. Sure, these vegan cookie dough bars are 3 ingredients…that is,  if you aren’t planning on using any extra honey, vanilla, sea salt, and cinnamon etc…The bulk of these fudgy bars though, really is made up of 3 key ingredients: Dates, peanut butter and, of course: chocolate chips. But my white lie doesn’t really matter, since once you’ve become hooked on first bite, the rest is history…and you will secretly rejoice at how (dangerously) easy they are to re-make batch after batch one-hundred-and-one times over:

3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - GF + Vegan

I genuinely couldn’t believe how well these turned out. Alright, so they aren’t *the real thing*…AKA the whippy type of cookie dough that sticks to your big wooden spoon and the edges of the bowl – but they are pretty damn close as far as vegan food goes! Honestly, if you are a lover of peanut butter and the general bad boys in life, then these vegan cookie dough bars are ingeniously simple to make, and impossible to not love. They also freeze well too! – Which means that cookie dough and chocolate chip on the menu for breakfast = perfectly acceptable. Yay.

(Serves 12-16):

  • 2 C stoned + compressed dates (I used a 375g bag for the whole recipe)
  • 1 C creamy peanut butter (crunchy is perfectly fine too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey/maple syrup/agave nectar/rice syrup (don’t add too much or the dough will be quite wet and have a greasy feel to it)
  • 2 C dark chocolate chips
  • Sprinkle of sea salt + Cinnamon

You basically just need to put everything into a food processor and blitz until it’s thick, creamy and press-able into a 11 x 7 baking tray. Chill/freeze until firm, before cutting + devouring. Yup… it really is that simple.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - GF + Vegan

#ICantEven

None of us in this household are vegan. However, when the younger bro tried a piece, he couldn’t even guess that it was vegan – success! He just described them as being “really peanut buttery”  – “they taste like cookie dough but I know it’s probably not because you asked me first”…Fair enough.

However, I think there may have been a slight misunderstanding on his behalf…

Bro: “How can they be vegan if they have milk in it?”

Me: “Erm, there is no milk in them….”

Bro: “But peanut butter has milk in it”

Me: “????”

Bro: “Like butter…peanut butter…its dairy…duhhhh”

Me: *Face-palm*.

I couldn’t even. It’s in moments like these where I can’t believe that we are actually related. He was so matter-of-fact and ever so serious about the whole thing too.  So ha… *that* awkward moment when you’re completely wrong, Max. All of your pbj’s to this day have been nothing but jam covered, lactose-free lies ;)… Sorry to break it to ya bro.

This week has flown, once again! Even my dad has said how all of his colleagues at work keep talking about how weirdly fast time has been passing recently. Where is it even going?! I’ve had a pretty productive past week. Apparently the decision to tackle coursework + essay preparation head-on is a good one, but getting the ball rolling in the first place is always the hardest bit! Although, I did spend one particular evening in  the library pondering for way too long over something really pointless which I read and couldn’t quite get rid of. Here’s a quick geographic chicken/egg scenario for you to ponder on…

Do us (humans)…

a) Cry because we are sad?

Or,

b) Feel sad because we are crying?

It’s quite an interesting question when you think about it! This book was basically trying to get to grips with the way that the environment affects human emotion in different ways. Like here: why do cry? Why does our body give into this reflex? Do feelings precede or proceed emotion? (Given that emotion is something which is inflicted on us – e.g. pain, whereas feelings are weighed and basically cultivated within ourselves- e.g. guilt). Needless to say, I got completely mind boggled and unnecessarily distracted for a good half an hour – which in all fairness, sees like perfectly productive procrastination if anything else. What do you think though?

All in all, definitely do give these bars a go! They are pretty much based on the most basic recipe that there is for vegan cookie dough. Ratios are switch-up-able too, so you don’t strictly need an entire cup of peanut butter if you’d actually prefer a stickier/chewier bar. (I will admit, my peanut butter ratios tend to cater for the most hard-core of addicts). So it’s totally your call! They are pretty healthy as far as treats go, and choc-full of protein too. And they taste like cookie dough. I also can’t wait to try out a bunch of different topping/filler combinations. What do you think would go? Triple chocolate chip? Cocoa cookie-dough…? Hm.

And does anybody have any tried + tested vegan frosting recipes? I was so tempted to just slather on a buttercream topping (in the name of aesthetics, ofc) but decided that this post would be a lot more popular if I resisted haha… And they were definitely plenty enough by themselves!

Have a great week everybody!

What are your top tips for being productive and getting stuff done?

And what are you most looking forward to this week?

Tash x

 

Weekly Musings #2 – Southbank Christmas Market

“I slept in castles and fell in love because I was taught to dream…” – Taylor Swift

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…It really is!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #1

Sometimes, all you need to get that tingly festive feeling is just one sparkly evening with one of your besties; surrounded by a sea fairy lights, warm pretty colours, and a mountain of caramel/Baileys/Tiramisu flavoured fudge (These exist. I kid you not – keep scrolling) and oh, let’s not forget something hot chocolate-y and warm…

So, did somebody say Christmas Market?!

“Clustered along the riverbank, the market’s wooden chalets are filled with festive food, drink, gifts and treats…”

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2

Oh London stop showing off, you.

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #1

To the Southbank we go! This was honestly the nicest possible way to finish off a long, hard day spent slaving 4 hours in the library on a single statistics task that should really have only taken half the time it did…

Have you ever felt like somebody was pushing a pair of chopsticks into your temples as hard as is humanly possible for 3 hours non-stop? Your computer is frozen because the software you need is being a sloth? Not to mention that you’ve lost all of your work 3 times, and you’ve had to redo everything twice that amount anyway because step no. 2 keeps being wrong?! Well that, precisely, = statistics to someone who can’t deal with numbers (ME); headaches and mind boggling hell, surrounded by people who managed to finish everything 2 hours ago. Man, I was so grateful for Joanna and fudge mountains and Southbank yesterday evening… Geography degrees are mean.

Tashiana Langley Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2

We actually visited this same market last year when we were out for Joanna’s birthday, but I didn’t even bring my camera?! I was kicking myself for ages afterwards, since it is so ridiculously beautiful. Although yesterday was only the 2nd day of trade so not everything had been set up yet, we were really keen for some escapism!

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We also randomly ran into some old guy somewhere amidst this amazing forest that was sparkly Christmas trees. He must have been like, 70? And we didn’t know him…but for some reason, he was utterly adamant that he was going to get us a photo together.  So yeah, around 10 whole minutes later, following much camera fiddling + *what should have been* a couple of photos later, he waves goodbye and we check the camera to realize that…he didn’t even manage to take a single photograph. 10 entire minutes…really?! But honestly, the whole experience was so hilarious that we didn’t even care! We didn’t have the heart to break it to him. Old people can be too loveable for their own good (Below is a picture of the tree we were hoping to get a picture in front of – pretty, right?)

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Joanna also announced that she had been abstaining from Costa Coffee for the whole month so far so that she could share her first Christmas coffee with me. If that’s not cute, then I don’t know what is! <3 (Here she is):

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 Mirror reflections

“One Black Forest Latte and one Brownie Hot chocolate please” =  the  happiest moment of the day!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 Tashiana Langley

In case you were wondering, warm, milky, and rich hot chocolate = perfect for fudge dippage. DO IT!

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And right now, I’m pretty much under the impression that this pretty stretch of the Thames is only going to get even more beautiful as the month goes and Christmas begins to settle in a little more heavily! (If that’s even possible)

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 Waterloo bridge sunset

And if these photos alone can’t push you into making a visit to Southbank Christmas market this season, then maybe the giant chocolate fountains, French burgers, churro stalls + crepe stands that we spotted down there will?! There are so many cute little nick-knacks and wonderful opportunities for festive photos in the sea of shimmery lights, so go go go!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 pancakes nutella

The market is open from 10am-9pm every day, and it’s only going to get busier as the month goes on! Visiting in the evening when it’s dark is highly recommended also.  Find yourself some coffee or hot chocolate straight away to keep your hands warm as you walk around (A trick we learnt last year), and just inhale the amazing sweet wafts floating out of each passing stall! It’s a lovely evening out, and there are plenty of places around to walk to/eat at if you’re still hungry to explore. Leicester sq is 8-10 minutes over the bridge and the Southbank centre has so many warm and cosy cafes and restaurants. What are you waiting for?! Merry premature Christmas!!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2

And P.S. Good luck resisting the fudge mountain…you can’t.

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 peanut butter fudge stall

41 days to go!

Is anyone going to be in London this month?! Have you got the Christmas feeling yet? And while we’re here: do you like Taylor swift’s new song Blank Space too?! I am so hooked and I can’t even explain why. I’ve loved this girl since her Tim McGraw days – so even if she has moved from burning pictures to being a psycho, fairy-tale princess, she cannot produce a bad piece of music IMO! #TEAMTAYLOR

You know how much I love to hear what’s on your mind in the comments. Have a great week guys!

“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that one girl who never backed down…” Taylor Swift

Tash xo

Weekly Musings #1 – London, Leaves, and Fireworks.

“Hope makes a good breakfast. Eat plenty of it.”― Ian Fleming, From Russia With Love

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, with so much to do and so little time. I am still convinced that someone in the sky is playing around with the buttons on the ‘remote’ to life…Weekly Musings #1 - London, Leaves, and Fireworks.

But as the city begins to quieten down and evenings turn mellower, leaves rustle around in the parks and streets, and everything really does get just that little bit more sparkly…

Autumn has been WAY too beautiful this week! Snap happy. All of the leaves are so colourful. Me and Kristi were saying only yesterday… fall truly is a colour of its own!

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Also, is it a thing to enjoy walking around graveyards from time to time? They’re so peaceful and pretty.

Weekly Musings #1 - London, Leaves, and Fireworks.

College reading week has finally come to an end too… just don’t ask me how much reading I’ve actually done; because photo shoots have been plentiful and procrastination has been high…

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I had the best ending to this week with my lovely geography buddy – Jessie. After an amazing breakfast at Canteen London over the Southbank, we took the “long way” back to Uni. Apparently the secret to productive afternoons in the library is long breezy walks and runny yolks. #notetoself #Eggscellence.

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Being lucky enough to study at such a central university just off of Oxford Street; I really shouldn’t be taken the city for granted – but it’s so hard not to get consumed by these looming piles of work! It’s too easy to forget just how beautiful London can be at this time of the year. There is so much out there to see and do.

So HEY: Highlight of the fortnight – Fireworks anyone? The Lord Mayors fireworks from Blackfriars Bridge last night were beautiful! The rain was torrential though…there were inch high streams of water flowing down the street. Once the fireworks were over, the road transformed into one huge, static sea of people who were all trying to squish their way back into the station. Everything got wet. Absolutely everything.

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And as crazy as they have been, the past few weeks have still been fun! A while ago, a few of us foodies went post-double-lecture burger spotting at one of the Friday food markets behind Leicester square and then Calvin + I headed off to capture some chilled out street photography before it got dark. How amazing does this food look?!

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I also really love this photograph that was taken on the backstreets of Soho, from the warmth of the shop exterior to the expression on the guys face; this is definitely one of my favourites so far! – They must have been tourists, right? ;)

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There is also something so ridiculously cosy about coffee shops + windows + people + lights. *melts* I can’t even.

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I wish I could have a hot chocolate and marshmallows and an all day ticket to watch the world go by…

Weekly Musings #1 - London, Leaves, and Fireworks.  Street Photography Cafe Lights Tashiana Langley Soho Weekly Musings #1 - London, Leaves, and Fireworks.  Street Photography Cafe Lights Tashiana Langley Soho

Pretty please can someone just send over some dark chocolate and tell the best friend to come back home for a day? (Okay, so in all fairness…she actually did. And then I went and wasted 2 hours of that precious time by making her wait for 2 hours for me in a train station) Love you forever, Em!

Finally, I am currently really enjoying the idea of regularly doing these ‘musing’ themed posts! I always seem to collect so many pictures over the course of a fortnight and never really do much with them, so I figured this would be a nice little outlet to pin them up on + to rant a little (a lot) about everything. A lot of blogs tend to favour them, so giving it go seems like a nice idea. But what do you guys think? Sorry for the photo bombardment – decision has never been my strong point ;)

Is anything special scheduled for you this week? What’s the prettiest place near to you at this time of the year?

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Love Tash xo

Streusel topped Apple & Ginger Caramel Spice Cake

“I live in my own little world, but its okay. They know me here.” ― Lauren Myracle

This spiced apple caramel cake is absurdly moist and superbly spicy. There is no treat more warming on a cold day than the combination of fresh apples with cinnamon and ginger under a heap of buttery golden (cheats) caramel…

Streusel topped Apple & Ginger Caramel Spice Cake

And although this cake doesn’t fear all of the *real* ingredients (it doesn’t escape the butter), it is in fact, relatively healthy. The addition of apple sauce in the cake batter means that the grease factor is cut by almost half, whilst the oat overload in the super-crunchy streusel speaks for itself. And also, just for today, we can pretend that brown sugar counts as a wholegrain. Yep. This cake has it all.

Vegetable oil is used inside since it makes everything a million times more moist, meaning that this cake will still taste fresh even after a whole week has passed by (although I challenge you to make it last that long…)

And oh, apologies to anyone who saw this deliciousness debut on IG over a month ago…Procrastination got the better of me. You can stop craving it now ;) :

Streusel topped Apple & Ginger Caramel Spice Cake

For the Apple cake:

  • 5 C flour
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ C vegetable oil
  • ¼ C white sugar
  • ¾ C dark brown sugar
  • ½ C apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ C chopped walnuts

For the apples:

  • 2 medium-large apples, chopped/diced/grated
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon + Mixed spice

For the oat streusel:

  • 2 C oats
  • ¼ C flour
  • 5 C brown sugar (You may want to stop at 1C and then add more if necessary)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ C cold + cubed salted butter.

Cheats caramel Sauce: (feel free to use your own recipe if you aren’t  a complete lazybones like me…)

  • 1 x can of carnation caramel
  • ¼ C butter, melted.
  1. Preheat oven to 180/350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking tray
  2. First, mix together all of the sugar + spiced needed for chopped apples, set aside.
  3. Cake: Mix together all dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl, mix the vegetable oil, sugars, eggs, apple sauce, salt, and vanilla. Combine the mixed wet ingredients with the mixed dry. Add the chopped apples.
  4. Now prepare the streusel: In a medium bowl, combine the 2C oats and 1/4C flour with 1.5 C brown sugar. Add the cinnamon. Cut in ½ C butter with a pastry blender (or you can use your hands) until the mixture is crumbly.
  5. Pour cake batter into the prepared tray, top with the streusel and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the filling is set. Leave to cool.
  6. For the caramel sauce: Mix the melted butter into the can of condensed caramel. When you want to serve, just warm it up and let it go all melty! It is super silky and dangerously addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

After a long week of procrastination, I finally managed to knock out a couple of essays and made the final touches to that yucky coursework (ugh) #hastalavistababy. I’ve also finally come to terms with my weird study pattern…There really isn’t much point in forcing yourself to work in a window of time where you are bound to be distracted, planning is key, and free time needs to be enjoyed outside of these windows without the guilt! Ever since I’ve just come to accept that I can’t concentrate on anything for more than 45 minutes at a time, stuff has magically seemed to have gotten done! Better yet, it feels both productive and lenient at the same time…

The first week of November was also dotted with a bunch of really cute photo-shoots that some friends and I couldn’t resist (coming soon!). I’ve also got lots of (mainly chocolate-chip cookie-themed) recipes coming soon too! Apparently cravings explode under stress. I’ve also been sitting in the dark for 3 days straight because the builders next door have erected scaffolding right outside my window = #notfab #crazycookielady.

Finally, please know that the OCD part of me is also cringing at having to post these cake bars up one whole month down the line….Some of you might have noticed that the photo quality of my last 3 posts or so has been slightly better than the rest. Basically, I got a new lens about a fortnight ago (I could gush forever about this 1.8/55mm) – but these caramel apple bars were taken with the bog-standard 18-55mm I had been using prior to this special delivery. I really can’t deal with this kind of inconsistency, but these cake bars are too good to abandon! So forgive me, please. Just know that only your taste buds will be able to do this spiced caramel apple cake justice! Aside from being utterly divine and is the perfect way to both end fall, and start winter…Surely you must be convinced by now?

Streusel topped Apple & Ginger Caramel Spice Cake

It’s so hard to believe that Halloween is over and November is well under way – it’s 6 Mondays until Christmas I believe?! Woah. Like SLOW DOWN 2014 – I still have pumpkin recipes pending!

On that note, have a great week everyone! What are you looking most forward to this month?! Tell me below!

“The fireworks always fade too soon” ~ Passenger, Month of Sundays

Tash xox

 

Glazed Cheesecake Chocolate Fudge Brownies (The only brownie recipe you will ever need again, ever).

“Peach gold and pumpkin orange, honey yellow and winy amber, apple red and plum violet. Luminous within their leafy shapes; on our streets and our fields and on our faces. Everything was resplendent with the pyrotechnics of a new autumn…” ― Thomas Ligotti, The Nightmare Factory

This is a post about brownies.

Glazed Cheesecake Chocolate Fudge Brownies (The only brownie recipe you will ever need again, ever).  These are incredibly fudgy, moist, gooey, molten, and intensely RICH!! <3

I’m talking thick and fudgy cheesecake brownies – The kind of brownies topped with a super creamy vanilla cheesecake, and marbled with the thickest + world’s most perfect chocolate swirls…Yep. Now they are what I actually had in mind…

But they didn’t happen. And neither did these, or these. Ow.

But hey, THESE DID:

Glazed Cheesecake Chocolate Fudge Brownies (The only brownie recipe you will ever need again, ever).  These are incredibly fudgy, moist, gooey, molten, and intensely RICH!! <3

Don’t you just love *that* awkward moment when you’ve promised your study group pretty looking, swirly cheesecake brownies, but the cheesecake part of it decides to arrive looking like an egg washed sheet?! Er.

Whilst part of me is still a bit upset at the cheesecake brownie that could have been, the other half of me couldn’t care less. Why? Because hands down, the recipe for the world’s chunkiest, fudgiest and most decadent brownie in the world has just been discovered. This is absolutely monumental, guys.

Like,

#icanteven

Glazed Cheesecake Chocolate Fudge Brownies (The only brownie recipe you will ever need again, ever).  These are incredibly fudgy, moist, gooey, molten, and intensely RICH!! <3

I tried to come up with a half creative instagram hashtag for these things whilst they were still fresh out of the oven, but #icouldnoteven.

Glazed Cheesecake Chocolate Fudge Brownies (The only brownie recipe you will ever need again, ever).  These are incredibly fudgy, moist, gooey, molten, and intensely RICH!! <3

As much as I would have liked to share with you the secret to properly swirled cheesecake delight, I can’t because I really do suck at baking-decor. I can bake however. I can share with you the brownies that will seduce anyone via their intense, chocolate filled fudgy bliss. (Never judge a brownie by its overcooked cheesecake)

If you only want the brownies, then go ahead and make them, but if you do want to try out the cheesecake layer – I would recommended checking the oven at about 30 minutes in. I only took the first look at mine when the 45 minutes were already up, so it was too late to save them from tanning. The layer provides an extra layer of silky vanilla, which magically enhances the brownie – even if it doesn’t look as amazing as any other cheesecake brownie should!

The worlds-greatest-ever brownies ever  (like, ever).

  • 1 C Salted butter, melted.
  • 2 ½ C white sugar
  • 5 C flour
  • 1 ¼ C cocoa powder
  • 2 C dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 x tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs (or 4 if they’re really small like mine were).

“Cheese-cake”

  • 250g/8oz cream cheese
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks.
  • One of the recipes I included above used 1/3 C double cream here also. Although I opted out of this, it would probably make a good + creamy addition.
  1. Cream the butter and the sugar, add the vanilla (the bowl will smell amazing…)
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix the wet with the dry. Throw in the chocolate chips, and add the egg to bind the mixture.
  4. Pour the fudgy goodness into a 9 x 13 baking tray lined with parchment.
  5. Combine all of the cheesecake ingredients into a bowl + mix well.
  6. Make trenches in the chocolate brownie mixture and pour the cheesecake into it, swirling it with a knife as you go.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, checking it at around 30 mins to check that the top hasn’t over-browned (ahem).

Glazed Cheesecake Chocolate Fudge Brownies (The only brownie recipe you will ever need again, ever).  These are incredibly fudgy, moist, gooey, molten, and intensely RICH!! <3

It is ridiculously hard to not eat the entire tray. I recommend keeping a group of foodie friends on permanent standby for bakes like these…<3

Is this a good time to drop in 3 other random things I’ve learnt this week?

  • Note to self: Buying more cocoa powder in advance before it runs out mid-brownie sesh would be a great idea.
  • Strange men who video you reading on the London underground exist. And they are
  • Procrastination doesn’t seem to be solving anything.

And ooh, Happy Halloween everyone! Are you making anything pumpkin-filled and amazing?!  I still have some pumpkin cookies to share with you once chocolate-chip stuffed things like brownies and chickpea cookies stop jumping the blog line. It’s also only 8 Sundays until Christmas!! And like August + October, November is one of those funny 5-week long months. I am really excited about seeing all of the Christmas lights turn on throughout central London throughout next month; there is nothing more iconic about Christmas in London than the overhead sight of Oxford Street being lit up by lanterns and reindeer lights –we’re in definitely photo-spree season.

TGIF! Have a great week!

Tash x

“Is that what you see in my eyes, that you know nothing about me?”
“Nothing is written in your eyes”. I replied.
“It is written in my eyes and i see the reflection in yours”

― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies (can be VF)

“When it’s all said and done you can walk instead of run, because no matter what you’ll never be alone…” — Compass, Lady Antebellum

Every once in a while, I actually take pride in being (sort of) healthy…

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

I’m sure a lot of you food bloggers can relate to me here when I say that sometimes, it gets to the point where we are having so much fun whipping up all things butter, cream, and super sweet…that our diets become seriously ‘unvaried’ and sorrowfully fruit/veggie-less (unless you happen to be baking a lot of carrot cakes or something apple-filled and pumpkin-y…)

I mean, after one week of hardcore recipe creation I actually begin to crave vegetables and realize that I haven’t sat down for anything proper for days straight. Taste testing our creations (a lot) can be pretty filling and so sometimes, we just don’t have the appetite for lunch or dinner.  Or maybe this is just me? Anyone who manages to squeeze in baking + blogging + cooking + life + their waistline needs to share their secret in the comments below!

Either way, it’s so refreshing to be able to have a tray filled with something light, wholesome, and nutritious that doesn’t leave you hanging in a continuous state of sugar coma… as lovely as that feeling after a successful bake can be). It’s also so great to have a tray of *what looks like cookie dough bars*… but are actually healthy, protein filled crack snacks (they’re addictive too). You basically have a legitimate reason for saving the entire tray for yourself ;) And if anybody tries to tell you: no, then just use this no-more-words-needed hash-tag against them… #flourless. Oh yes.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

Has anybody noticed how this post comes immediately after these Monster Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies? It seemed appropriate ;)

Although these bars aren’t the same cookies that you grew up craving, they are cookie-like and cookie-enough to satisfy your chocolate chip addiction. Like this, you can actually eat a cookie or three for breakfast, since they won’t sit around heavily in the bottom of your stomach as you fight off *that* sugar headache for the next hour. They are like energy bars only sans the weird protein powders and sticky dates:

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

Top tip: make sure to cut yourself a square whilst they are still hot out of the oven. Sure, you might burn off the roof of your mouth but oh.my.god. The chocolate chips are all melty and the inside is still all gooey and brown-sugary style soft…and just…*melts*.

The recipe I’m going to give you is the recipe that I made myself, although this recipe can just be adapted in many, many ways. For example, if you can’t eat oats then just leave them out. (I mentioned in my last post how I’ve been craving nothing but oats recently and this is STILL going on…). The original recipes that I adapted from (here and here) actually didn’t call for any eggs, but I added egg anyway because why not. They turned out perfectly! I’m not sure how fluffy they would have been without the egg, but the egg definitely serves to make it moister and more cookie-like and let’s face it, all of the best cookies you’ve ever eaten have used eggs.  So if you’re vegan, then just omit the yolky stuff and make sure to use baking powder in addition to baking soda. Also, the banana wasn’t really necessary either. I just happened to have 2 neglected bananas that were so brown that they were threatening a fly invasion, so into the food processor they went. If you are one of those successful people who manages to eat every banana before they expire and don’t have any on hand: then just add an extra 1/2C of brown sugar, or 1/3 C honey – and keep doing your thing because you will go far in life.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

The element of this recipe is ensuring that you have the can of chickpeas, the peanut butter, the sugar, and the baking soda – after this, you can just add whatever to them!

  • 1 x can of chickpeas – drained + rinsed
  • 1 x C oats
  • ¾ C peanut butter
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 x C chocolate chips
  • 1 x tbsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 x egg

This has been my favourite recipe to write up – it’s SO SIMPLE. The steps don’t even need numbering. How ridiculous is this for steps? :

  1. Put everything except the egg into a food processor and blitz until smooth and cookie-dough like and delicious. When all is done, add the egg and mix with a spoon (not the blitzer).

Bake in a tray at 180*/350* for 20-25 minutes, and you are DONE!

They are the best thing since real cookie dough.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf). Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough Blondies – Soft, moist, crumbly and perfect with the melted chocolate chips! A healthy alternative to buttery cookie dough heaven! Gluten free (gf) + flourless + can be made vegan (vf).

The quote at the top today is actually lyrics. I am currently obsessed with ‘Compass’ by Lady Antebellum. I have no idea why my playlist involves them on repeat every.single.autumn – but I’m not complaining! There must be something in the air.

Have a great week! x

Cookie Dough Sandwich Monster Cookies

“If you find it all too painful, then move all books and papers away from the desk and write from the heart. It may be messy and need lots of rewriting, but at least for a while, you will get something on paper as your creativity breaks through…” — Karen O’Reilly 

These great big friendly giants aren’t called cookie monsters for nothing…

Cookie Monster Cookies - Half Peanut butter, Half Triple Chocolate Chip with Cookie Dough Frosting Filling

I’ll admit, when I set out to make these I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to make. I vaguely remember feeling torn between cookie dough chocolate cupcakes, (something rich and simply fudgy), or just a good old, soft and chewy peanut butter cookie…But realistically, I also knew that all I really wanted was just one extra large bowl of frosting. I kind of figured out that anything I did make would end up with frosting slathered all over it anyway…

Indecision can be so tough, but what an amazing blur Project Frosting turned out to be…

Cookie Monster Cookies - Half Peanut butter, Half Triple Chocolate Chip with Cookie Dough Frosting Filling

I mean, is it ever possible to go OTT on cookies?

The answer = apparently so No. Never. 

Although, the final product was supremely decadent to say the least…Surely this must be what the end of the world looks like; crumbling towers of monster cookies? Cuz I’m sooooooo up for that.

Cookie Monster Cookies - Half Peanut butter, Half Triple Chocolate Chip with Cookie Dough Frosting Filling

They came out huge (Looks like I still haven’t mastered the art of cookie scooping) – but nonetheless warm and soft and fudgy and generally fan-tabulous  ajdakfjdkfj.

Truthfully, I was actually pretty sad about having to actually bake these! – Particularly the chocolate half – the cocoa chip cookie dough was INSANE; we’re talking like, a-knee-deep-bowl-of-pure-chocolate- fudge here. It was ridiculously thick, chocolaty, incredibly rich and super buttery…the density of it was simply out of this world. I am still day dreaming about it. Frankly, it’s worth ‘making’ a batch of these cookies just so you can witness (and devour) the incredibleness of this chocolate cookie dough for yourself! They were the best soft + chewy triple chocolate chip cookies EVER! I can’t even begin to imagine how divine these would taste with a scoop or three of vanilla or cookie dough ice cream?! *Lovestruck* jsdsjfsjkef

…I truly am my own worst enemy.

The cookie dough filling was also one of the best ideas of this year so far. It was dreamily thick and perfectly whippy; a spreadable heaven.

Cookie Monster Cookies - Half Peanut butter, Half Triple Chocolate Chip with Cookie Dough Frosting Filling

Join the dark side and master the art of monster cookies!

Warning:  Cravings may persist.

Peanut butter cookie

  • ½ C softened salted butter
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C white sugar
  • ½ C flour
  • ¾ C peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp baking soda

Triple chocolate cocoa cookie

  • ½ C softened butter
  • ½ C white sugar
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 1 C flour
  • ½ C + tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 L egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 x C white chocolate chunks.
  • 1 x C dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp baking soda.
  1. The method is the same for the each of the cookies, start by creaming together the softened butter (+ peanut butter), sugar, and vanilla. Add the egg last.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together, before combining the wet with the dry, incorporating thoroughly. Add the milk. You should have 2 pretty thick cookie bowls of dough.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes before taking equal handfuls of each mix at a time, shaping into balls, and baking at 180*/350 * for 8-12 minutes.

Cookie dough frosting filler

  • ½ C butter
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • ½ C icing sugar
  • 1 C flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 x tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ C heavy cream (more as needed).
  • 1 C chocolate chips.

Using a whisker/hand held stand mixer, cream the butter with the brown sugar first, before adding the icing sugar gradually. Add the flour, vanilla + salt next; the dough will be very thick + heavy until you add the cream. You might want to chill the dough for a bit, but otherwise, spread the dough between the cookies and sandwich away!

Cookie Monster Cookies - Half Peanut butter, Half Triple Chocolate Chip with Cookie Dough Frosting Filling

It’s hard to believe that I actually made these monsters way back in September (muaha they’ve been hidden from you for that long, sorrrrry) …does anyone else have this ridiculously chaotic routine of making stuff/editing photos/putting it away to do *later* before darting to and from all of the responsibilities + items that have been lingering on the to-do list for way longer than they should have been? It would be nice to know that I’m not alone on this guilty little procrastination ritual; I can’t even remember the last time where I didn’t feel like I was constantly having to play catch up with everything that needs to get done round here…

The past week has been crazy – mentally draining as well as plain out tiring. I only wish I had more time to blog and bake! I totally under estimated how hard 2nd year of university would be. I am drowning in new responsibilities, books that need to be read and essays that haven’t been done…Don’t even go all dissertation and scary careers stuff on me. #sonotready.

The top quote is something I (ironically) read whilst scanning a library book for essay content ideas, but it seriously helped me to push myself and just get on with everything as best as possible when everything was beginning to pile up this week, considering that all I seem to want to do is just bake, photographs, edit, eat, and repeat.

If anything, it feels refreshingly weird being able to write freely on here. I keep driving myself crazy by checking the little word counter down on the bottom left, paranoid that some kind of cookie monster policeman will shout at me if I go over the maximum count. And then of course, I snap out of essay mode; landing softly back into the delightful world of chocolate chip, buttery goodness as I remember just how much I love writing about food and how cookie monsters will someday save the world…Hopefully I’ve cleared enough down this week to get back into the swing of sugar, spice and all things nice next week…The baking addiction has been tortured for long enough.

Have a fabulous weekend guys! Tash xo