Sunday, 5 July 2015

Lets Cook: Cheese and Onion Savoury Muffins

The other day I was getting ready to make some lunch and realized that we didn't really have a lot in so I decided to take what we had in the fridge and make these little beauties.
And that is the beauty of these as long as you have some eggs you can put any thing into them.
I chose to do mozzarella, red onion and cherry tomatoes.
I found that half a ball of mozzarella, half a red onion and 3 tomatoes was enough for the two eggs I had, but honestly you can just eye ball it to find the perfect amount. I also added salt, pepper and some mustard to bring out the cheese flavour - cheddar cheese would have been better to use because it has a stronger taste but I just used what I had.
Ham, bacon, spring onion, mushrooms would also be really nice in these. Just make sure you cut everything small.

The first thing I did was crack my eggs in to a bowl and whisk them so I knew how much liquid I was working with. I then cut up my other ingredients and mixed them in as well.
I lined my cupcake tray and spooned the mixture in to them until they where about 3/4 full and then baked them in the oven for 25 minutes and 180 (degrees Celsius).
These will keep for about 3 days and you can 're heat them but they are so easy I would just make them fresh,they are the perfect partner for a breakfast of crispy bacon and sausages.

Talk to you soon
Love
Livv
Xoxo

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Lets Cook: White Chocolate Cheesecake

This is a firm favourite with my family and every Christmas I end up making this. Its a super simple and easy chilled cheesecake which is the perfect thing to bring to a family gathering or a party.

Ingredients:
100g Chocolate Digestive Biscuits
50g Butter (Unsalted)
50g Caster Sugar
225g Cream Cheese
142ml Double Cream
150g White Chocolate (you can replace this with milk or dark chocolate if you would rather that)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
You will also need a 7" Loose Bottomed Cake Tin

Crush the biscuits in a large bowl and in a small saucepan, over a low heat, melt the butter before mixing it in to the crushed up biscuits.
Press this mixture into the base of cake tin and leave to chill in the fridge.
In a small sauce pan add a small amount of boiling water and then a heatproof bowl to create a Ban Marie. In this Ban Marie carefully melt the white chocolate and set aside to cool slightly.
Stir the sugar in to the cream cheese and in another bowl whip the cream and vanilla extract before gently folding it into the cheese and sugar.
Slowly pour the cooled chocolate into this cream cheese mix and fold it in.
Remove the base from the fridge and spread the cream cheese mixture over it so it is level.
Place the cheesecake in the fridge and chill it overnight before serving.
Hope you give this a go and let me know how you found it
Love
Livv
XOXO

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

John Green: The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Out Stars is the book of the moment.
With the film in the cinemas I knew I had to get it read before I came across a spoiler and with 9/10 it seems reading/talking about it Im surprised I was able to get half way through the book before finally stumbling upon an unwelcome spoiler.
So I am going to try and not include any in this post for those of you who are still reading it or who have not yet read it.

This is a fairly quick read. I found the first chapter a little slow going (in comparison to the rest of the book) but this might have just been because I was really sleepy when I started it. But once I got into this I was hooked and every free second I had I was reading this.
Although you will find it under children's books on Amazon, I would say its more teenage/young adult, aged 16 and over type read just because of the content of the book.
So as I'm sure you know this is a story is a fictional tale based on a teenage girl named Hazel Grace suffering from cancer. Hazel is very at peace with the cancer she has, she understands that one day she will die because of the cancer and throughout the story we see her trying to make sure that when the time comes for her to die she will hurt as little people as possible. Despite this and her best efforts she falls in love with Augustus Waters who manages to change her ideas about cancer and what it will do to her.
There are some very surprising twists and turns to this book which I think just makes it even more real. The impact it will leave on your life will be huge because this isn't just one of those books you can put down and move on from after you have read it, it will defiantly make you think about your outlook on life and I think it makes you a more optimistic person - John has done the best job at writing it. He has got it spot on, when your reading it you don't think your reading a fictional story you think its real.
This book is an emotional roller coaster, you will laugh, cry and maybe even fall in love.
Not going to lie I feel in love with Augustus Waters, cant wait till the day I find my own Gus.

I would give this a 10/10 because although I know the ending I would be happy to read this again and again. And I cant wait till I see the movie and I will let you know what I think about it after seeing it.
Let me know what you think of The Fault In Our Stars if you have read it
Love
Livv
XOXO

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Walk On by Any McLean

OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG
This book is A-MA-ZING

It is the first (of I hope many) books from the YouTuber Amy McLean, if you don't know who she is she does book/film reviews, TAGS, hauls and just lots of other random life videos, she is so sweet and really down to earth, not to mention completely obsessed with the poet Lord Byron who I have learn about through watching her. She also has a blog I would recomend taking a look at :)
But I digress, it is the book I am meant to be talking about not the author.
I got it on free download when Amy ran a two day promotion where you could download it free to your Amazon Kindle which of course I took advantage of.
This book is called 'Walk On' and has lovely cover of a black and white bridge, very simple but very capturing, I myself tend to go more for bright, colorful covers but I do love this one - especially that the bridge is half on the front of the book, and half on the back.

 I will admit that I was sceptical about reading this, I worried that it wouldn't be for me and that I wasn't going to enjoy it, but boy was I wrong, I flew through this on my bus rides to and from school - I actually looked forward to them so I could read it.
I don't want to give too much about the plot away but I can say that it is about an abusive relationship, and the choices that the main character Maggie has to make. (We find all this out of the blurb, don't worry no spoilers). It was so touching, and lets be honest I did tear up one or two times, I even found myself smiling at certain parts.
It is defiantly very descriptive, and I'm sure there are people who would read this and not think that it is Amy's first book, as I read I thought to myself "she is a true writer, this book is the making of something great." 

I like that there is a varying chapter length in this book, some are longer than others, because it keeps the reader interested and sometimes lots of long chapters can be too much. But even the longer ones where not too long, although I did read this on my phone so one actual page was split in to many smaller ones on my phone.

The bulk of the book is written in third person, but their are some chapters which are in first person, the thrid person ones alternated between two differnt stories, although all of these stories do link in the end and make sense - I did find this confusing to start with, but I did manage to get my head around it is actualy sort of explained on the back, so my bad for getting confused.

One of the things I loved most about this is that Amy shares her passions with us, Lord Byron of course makes an appearance, but also her feminist views sneak in briefly (with out trying to convert you, so this is done well) and her spiritualist side comes into it nicely as well. I like that she included these things because it shows that she cares about the book. 

Over all I think that this is a book well worth a read,
Although it is not sutible for younger readers, I would say 16 onwards (but that just might be me being over protective)

You can buy 'Walk On' here!!!

I would give it 9.5/10

Thankyou Amy for writting this

I hope you all enjoyed this review
Love
Livv
xoxo