Wednesday, 16 September 2015

'Before I Sail' Wishlist

The Betty Stamp is going into re vamp mode, I'm setting sail on the big blue for 5 months and will have zero access to my kitchen :( Boo hiss boo. BUT before I / you get my / your knickers in a twist, I'm going to be travelling and exploring the delicious delicacies of Mexico, Hawaii, Peru, Tonga, Samoa, NZ, Oz, Bali, Java, you name it, and I plan on snapping and stealing recipes from these stunning countries to share with you beautiful people.

I have 12 days left in the UK …. 12! (AH) so am trying to cram as much in as possible, splitting my time between family in Somerset, William in Leeds and friends in London. So much to do! So I thought I'd have a wishlist brain storm as you might like to take part in some of these shenanigans too!

Kiss Me Kate
To watch William in Opera North's Kiss Me Kate. If it's half as incredible as Carousel last year, I know I will be sobbing. One of my favourite things to do = watch William perform. He's magical and mesmerising (not that I'm bias…)

Birthday Cake
Baking my brother the best birthday cake he ever did see! And snuggling with my family for an entire weekend before I say some teary goodbyes.

La Boheme ENO
I'm gutted I'll miss this but if you've never been to the London Coliseum nor heard any Puccini then this is your Winter ticket. You only need listen to the recorded clips on the website to fall in love with the stunning voices of Corinne Winters & Zach Borichevsky. I'm currently sat in Costa plugged in, covered in goose bumps. Plus their new contemporary version is in English - you have no excuses!

Harry Potter World
My brother's birthday present to me - boy does he know me well. The thought of going next week is filling me with so much childish giddiness I can hardly contain myself. To wear a lightning bolt on my head or not to wear a lightning bolt on my head…that is the question…

I plan on watching as many series on Neflix as physically possible before I venture into the land of zero wifi and foreign lands. Orange is the New Black is ticked off, Mr Selfridge and Sons of Anarchy are next on my list. Hand me the popcorn!

Bikini Shopping
Pretty self explanatory…I haven't worn a bikini yet this year, (hello crash diet). I started my collection with this block one from River Island and I loooove it. Thank you and grassy ass River Island.

Happy hump day all! Let me know if there's any adventures you think I should cram into my list.

Betty x

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

'Made With Love by Betty' Gingerbread Biscuits

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

Gosh and golly I have MISSED my kitchen!

What makes it even more the sweeter is that my new flatmate is an OCD cleaner and has rearranged all my cupboards so that they make sense! Thanking you kindly new flatmate.

I have been waiting months to use my new rolling pin which, as you can see is the bee's knees! (Thank you Scout and Megan <3) You can find these babies on Not On The High Street

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

Dare I say it...the weather is turning and I need to cram in as much comfort food as possible before I set sail again to scorching countries. I'm going to be missing winter and cold Christmas' again which means missing out on my favourite belly warming foods. You can't get much more wintery than cinnamon & ginger, so here are my 'slightly early' Gingerbread men & heart biscuits made with love :)

What You'll Need //

220g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
75g butter/margarine
75g soft brown sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup

Makes approx 22 depending on cutter size

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

Oh...these 3 got stuck together so I had to eat them all in one go...

What to do //

Preheat oven to 160 degrees and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper
Sift flour, baking powder, salt, ginger and cinnamon into a mixing bowl.
In a saucepan on a low heat, warm the butter, sugar and syrup until all melted.
Pour the heated liquid into the mixing bowl and mix well to form a soft dough.

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

Lightly dust a clean surface with flour, knead dough lightly and roll out to about 3mm thick.

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

Cut into shapes and and bake in oven for 12 minutes.

Tip: Don't be fooled if they don't feel hard when they come out the oven, it's the syrup in them. Leave them to cool and they will harden.

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Gingerbread Men Recipe

Happy biscuiting!

Don't forget your cuppa for dunking :)

Betty x

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