Saturday, 31 December 2016

Cheese & Marmite Scones!

Happy New Year you lovely people!!

Friday, 2 December 2016

The Collective Dairy :: #tub4grub

You know when you hear about something special and it gives you a warm, fuzzy glow inside and makes you want to open your front door and shout, 'YES! THERE ARE RUDDY WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD'...

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

*NUT FREE* Christmas Pudding Energy Balls!

With all these scrumptious healthy desserts flying around the place containing all sorts of weird and wonderful super-ingredients, I often find myself being unable to eat most of them because the key ingredient tends to be nuts, of which I am allergic *cue pantomime 'aahh'.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Herby Parma Ham Cheesey Twists!

Well these lasted all of about 10 minutes.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sticky Marmalade Loaf :: Granny Cool

Sticky Marmalade Loaf The Betty Stamp Granny Cool

Granny Granny Cooooool, Granny Granny Coooool, I've now had this song stuck in my head all day long. And now so will you *monkey hand over mouth laughing emoji*

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Emily Victoria :: Salon, Mortlake

A million gazillion years ago when I first started The Betty Stamp, (actually it was my 2 year anniversary a week ago! I should probably bake some sort of this space), I went to visit my dear friend Emily at her brand spanking new salon in Mortlake, South West London and wrote this post about my relaxing, Christmassy experience.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Exploring Stratford Upon Avon

I have to say, hand on heart, the medieval market town of Stratford Upon Avon is one of my favourite places in England. (Not to be confused with London's more concrete version on the Central line)! Luckily for me, my Auntie & Uncle live here, so it gives me a great excuse to jump on a train out of London and into the fresh air of Shakespeare's birth place.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

3 Year Anniversary and a Victoria Sponge!

I've been treated like an absolute princess!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe The Betty Stamp

Sooo usually of a Sunday I'll write a Sunday Fitness Fix post, but this week I BAKED COOKIES INSTEAD!!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Afternoon Tea at The Black Swan, Helmsley

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Oh what a beautiful mooooorning, oh what a beautiful daaaay!

I feel like we picked this day perfectly as the final beams of Summer sun shined their shine on us in Helmsley this weekend. What a cheery little market town! Rivers, pubs, old fashioned sweet shops - that sort of vibe, ie - right up my street :)

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

William's mum had planned for us all to go for afternoon tea at The Black Swan (or the mucky duck *said in strong Yorkshire accent if you're a local*) and what a delightful tearoom it was! What made it even more special was that the waiter was SO accommodating and lovely. The grub was delicious, I actually ended up having a Pork Pie Ploughman's as for some reason I didn't fancy sweet, (very unlike me), but the afternoon tea looked scrummy and must have tasted it too as many 'mmm' sounds were murmured around the table as the rest tucked into their clotted cream, jammy scones.

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Where's Willy?

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

It was a lovely British afternoon, topped off with a glass of wine at this quaint village pub we found on the drive home. 

Where's your favourite place for afternoon tea?

Betty x

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Oliver Bonas :: Kitchen Wish List

Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp

IF I won the lottery (which would never happen because I don't even play...sooo lets say instead if a money tree grew in my garden...more likely), firstly I would build at least one gigantic window in my kitchen so that I wouldn't have to take all my bakes outside to photograph(!) and secondly, I would buy the entirety of the Oliver Bonas home section and KIT. MY. KITCHEN. OUT!

I've often left slobber on their windows so I must firstly apologise for that.

I have this picture in my mind of what my dream kitchen would look like, and with every passing Pinterest minute I seem to be adding to it like wildfire. White marble surfaces, shabby wooden cottage doors, those copper dangly giant light bulbs over a massive island!

The reality of my own tiny kitchen with zero natural light and lack of dishwasher (boo) brings me straight back down to earth with a bump on the tush.

So let us dream and drool over these pretty little pieces and hope and pray that my parents see this and buy me it all for Christmas :) :)

So, up top ^^
Copper Pineapple Goblet!
Geometric Teaspoons
Ines Cake Stand
Copper & Blue Hi Ball Cocktail Cup (need!)

Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp

Copper Recipe Stand
4 Gold Shot Tumblers! (need! although I don't like shots. Just for looking at.)
Marble Cheese Board & Knives Set

Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp

Newgate Pantry Clock
Metallic Martini Glasses! - Dreamy
Gold Confetti Carafe
White Marble & Copper Tables

Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp

Fika Hot Chocolate Mug
Citrus Salt & Pepper Shakers - so cute.
Gold Cacti Tumbler

Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp

Tropical Teaspoons!
Yellow Fika Bowl
Marble & Copper Pestle & Mortar
Mini Watermelon Salt & Pepper Shakers! (obsessed)

Thank you very much Mr Santa Claus and goodnight.

Sooooo I may have a slight obsession. I like to think it's a healthy one though as I haven't yet acted on it...

Have you guys seen the clothes sale items though? I may have accidentally bought this and this. And I really want this...but need that money tree first...

Ok it may be an unhealthy obsession.

Betty x


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sticky Cinnamon Rolls :: Speculaas Spice Company

 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls

My. Kitchen. Smells. Delightful!

I wish I had smellyvision so that I could send through the blissful cinnamon scented cloud that's wafting through my kitchen right now. 

It's. Heavenly.

And it's all thanks to a little packet of pleasure from The Speculaas Spice Company.

As soon as I tore open the envelope, the warm aroma of cinnamon filled my nostrils and I couldn't wait to set to baking a spice filled treat!

The lovely owner of The Speculaas Spice Company- Steven, kindly sent me a little bag of joy to try and I want to thank him for making my kitchen smell like CHRISTMAS! I love it! And to his Dutch grandmother who's authentic spice recipe it was. This spice mix named 'vandotsch speculaas spice mix,' ain't just your average cinnamon spice, no siree, it contains NINE organic spices including high grade cinnamon, cloves, ginger and 6 other secret spices. It's like the Beyonce of all cinnamon mixes!

I also want to give a shout out to an Instagram account I follow called emmaelviraa . She was kind enough to send me a recipe for sourdough cinnamon rolls - her's looked A-mazeballs. Unfortunately I couldn't find sourdough in my local supermarket so tried to use yeast instead but got halfway through before realising I needed a machine! SO wanted to say thank you as she translated the entire recipe (which I will use when I find sourdough!) and her Instagram is full of baked goodies! #bakinggoals. So go check her out. 

So because of my lack of machine and having never made cinnamon rolls before, I've used and adapted a recipe by Gemma at Bigger Bolder Baking which turned out deeeelicious. So let's get baking!

 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls

What you'll knead // 

(see what I did there)

500g plain flour
1 sachet/3 tsp rapid rise dried yeast 
2 tsp salt
200g milk
100 water
2 eggs
4 tbsp honey
60g melted butter

100g butter
210g light brown sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon/speculaas spice mix

110g cream cheese
120g icing sugar
55g butter
couple drops vanilla extract

What to do //

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour and yeast, then add in the salt.

In a smaller bowl mix the milk, water, honey and butter. Melt in the microwave on a low heat only until the butter is melted. Whisk in the eggs.

Combine the milk mixture with the flour mixture until no lumps remain.

Cover the bowl in cling film and a tea towel and leave snuggly to rise for 2 hours at room temperature. 

Refrigerate for at least 8 hours (I left mine overnight). It'll look a little like this...

For your cinnamon mixture, melt the butter and stir in your sugar and cinnamon/speculaas spice mix.
Heavily flour a work surface and rolling pin, turn out your dough and work into a rough ball shape for a minute. Flour the surface again and roll out the dough to about 1cm thick in a rectangular shape.

Spread your cinnamon mixture evenly without going right to the edges and carefully roll the dough starting with the longest edge.

Slice up your log with a cerated knife, approximately 5cm thick and place in a lined baking tray.

 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls

Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 30 minutes and preheat oven to 180 degrees C (fan)
Bake your rolls for about 35-40 minutes until golden brown.

For your cream cheese topping, whisk together your cream cheese, icing sugar, butter and vanilla.
When the rolls are still warm, smear over your topping with a brush and breathe in that cinnamony gloriousness!

 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls

Nom nom nom. 

I'm a cinnamon roll convert :)

Happy Sundays lovely people! If you want to justify all the cinnamon roll gorging then probs best you try out a Sunday Fitness Fix ;)

Betty x


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday Fitness Fix #4

After our trip to Krakow where I ate like a baby elephant, I've been on a bit of an exercise kick. I think I've made peace with the fact that I just cannot diet, it's physically impossible for me to look at cake and not eat it's entirety. So there's no point in even trying anymore. I will just gym more, EAT CAKE and be merry.

I've been getting some really encouraging responses from you guys on my 3 other Fitness Fix posts, so I'm hoping they're coming in handy to some of you and you might be trying out some of the workouts, even if it's just taking tit bits of exercise ideas. It's like having workout buddies across the internet!
So here was my week. William gave me a great start of week boost workout for Monday and it was so effective and simple to do, highly recommend!

MONDAY :: Gym Workout

Warm up 10 mins cross trainer with 30 sec sprint intervals every minute

30 secs Plyo box jumps
30 secs straight arm torso twists w/ 5kg plate
30 secs Bosu ball alternating one arm push ups
30 secs Kettlebell tricep extentions slowly!
Tough minute :: Mountain climbers
Repeat all 3 times.

TUESDAY :: Pilates Class :: Clapham Leisure Centre

WEDNESDAY :: TRX Strength & Conditioning Class :: CLC

3 sets of each all on TRX
x10 Pull ups
x10 Push ups
x10 each leg: Back lunge w/ knee lift

2 sets of each on TRX
20 secs mountain climbers
20 secs knee tucks
20 secs pike ups

THURSDAY :: Core Stability Class :: CLC

I really didn't feel up to going to this class this week as Wednesday had killed my arms, but it's my absolute favourite in the whole world and I'm so glad I did. It's a sort of mixture between Pilates, Body Conditioning & Ballet, everything is really slow and controlled in an intense sort of way. My body felt amazing after, still sore but it was good to get the blood pumping instead of being inactive and making my arms even stiffer!

SUNDAY :: Core Stability Class :: CLC (again :) I love it)

Happy working out everyone! If these workouts don't tickle your pickle, try and get out in the fresh air and go for a walk to get the blood pumping. Even if it is just to hunt Pokemon!

Betty x

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

A Wedding Weekend in Krakow

Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp

What a weekend! 

Krakow is hands down one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited. What a gem of a place. The sun was beaming and the main square was constantly buzzing with locals and visitors sprawled out onto the pavements in cafes and restaurants, supping cocktails and wiping plates clean of Polish stew.

Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp

We stayed in the stunning Antique Apartments and I highly recommend if you're ever visiting Krakow to stay there! Massive beams, HUGE cosy bed, a bath tub you could swim in, (which I actually forgot to use, mainly because I was too hot!) and views out onto the square below where you can watch the outdoor cinema from your balcony and be a part of the buzz. 

Antique Apartments The Betty Stamp

We were in Krakow because William's brother was getting married in the Goetz Palace(!) and I have to say, I've never ever been to a wedding like it!

The food...where do I even begin. We were fed on the hour, every hour- and I'm talking main courses. We had a 4 course dinner, then an hour later fish, then duck, then beef stew, all the while with a full on buffet and dessert spread to gorge on nibble to say, I'm the size of a baby elephant now.

The ceremony was in both Polish and English in the most gorgeous chapel, lilac bridesmaids and bows decorated the rooms and we danced until 4am with vodka fuelling us until our feet were nearly falling off. 

Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp
Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp

It was just the most beautiful day with beautiful people and an absolute FEAST for our tummies. Ps, is that not the biggest sausage you've ever seen!?

We had three days after the wedding to explore Krakow further so we headed down to the salt mines which were incredible. 135 metres underground were gigantic statues and chapels built entirely out of the salt. William did a lot of wall licking...

You can actually get married in that chapel and it only costs 5000 zloty (£1000!)

I also got to do my favourite thing abroad....visit FOREIGN SUPERMARKETS! That's utter happiness right there...

I love that I rarely post photos of myself on here and the one time I do, I post one where I look like a massive creep!

Safe to say I've been drinking smoothies and juices since returning home to detox my insides! 

Krakow treated us SO well and we're planning to return in February when it's all snowy and we can cwtch in one of the hundreds of cosy cafes. 

Has anyone been in the Winter? Any recommendations?

Enjoy your weekends!

Betty x 

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