Saturday, 12 February 2011

Chocolate cake for Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day just round the corner, why don’t try this fabulous and very tasty chocolate molten cake or a one-bowl brownie recipe. It is really yummy and is bound to make your loved one week in the knees. Here are two recipes so you can make them at home.

Chocolate Cake with Molten Center

You will need:
• 1/2 cup butter
• 4 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
• 2 eggs
• 2 egg yolks
• 1/4 cup white sugar
• 2 teaspoons flour

1. Preheat oven to 230 degrees C. Butter and flour four 4 ounce ramekins or custard cups.

2. Set the bowl over simmering water, heat the butter and the chocolate until chocolate is almost completely melted.

3. Beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar together until light colored and thick.

4. Beat together the melted chocolate and butter. While beating, slowly pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, then quickly beat in the flour and mix until just combined.

5. Divide the batter between the four molds and bake at 230 degrees C for 6 to 7 minutes. The centers of the cakes will still be quite soft. Invert cakes on serving plates and let sit for about 15 seconds, then unmold. Serve immediately with fresh whipped cream, yummy.

One Bowl Brownies

You will need:
• 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
• 3/4 cup butter
• 2 cups white sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl at high setting for 2 minutes or until butter is melted.

3. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts.

4. Spread in greased 13 x 9 inch tin. Bake for 35 minutes (do not overbake).

Recipes courtesy of Amy Atlas.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Want to glam-up your bathroom?

Try this ultra-chic toilet rolls from Renova. Dress your bathroom in style for a party and to surprise your guests with this luxury toilet paper. It's fashionable, sophisticated, fun and unique!

Fun, fun, fun!

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Personalised deckchairs

Planning a beach holiday? If you are fed up with beach towels and looking for something unique, this set of recycled sailcloth deck chairs might be just what you are looking for. They ooze quality when you snooze and with four laid back positions they will satisfy even the most chilled user. And can be equally used at home in the garden or on the beach.

Made from heavy duty recycled sailcloth sling sourced from an ocean going yacht, personalised with your choice of name or significant number. The sturdy wooden frame is made in the UK from durable Beech grown in managed European forests. A classic reefing line detail is positioned to allow the frame to be secured closed when carried or stored and simple coloured dots on the frame identify which bit goes where when you open it up.

And don't forget about the little ones too!

They are great for a toddler or their teddy bears to sit alongside their dad, in the garden or on the beach.

All slings are personalised in a choice of colours with the child's initial letter and name printed below in a child friendly font.The sustainable beech frame features a safety lock, the sling features our signature reefing line detail to hold the frame closed when not in use and is supplied with red, blue and black cords for further customisation.

A unique present which is bound to become a cherished possession in later life.

Width: 39cm, length: 66 cm laid flat

All available from

Monday, 22 March 2010

Personalised gift ideas

With Easter approaching fast, why not surprise your loved ones with these gorgeous personalised gifts from It is a fabulous place for hundreds of wonderfully creative, imaginative, high quality small businesses, selling thousands of gorgeous, unique, carefully made things. Things for your home, for your friends and for you. I picked only a few adorable items. Hope you like it!

Personalised egg cosy
These fab egg cosies make a fun and unusual gift for any occasion. Handmade and embroidered on both sides. An initial of your choice is appliqued on the front. The back is appliqued with either a heart of a star, where further words can be embroidered. Choose from pink, blue or cream with either red or blue trim. Fully lined to keep eggs extra cosy.

Monogrammed heart keyrings
These cute monogrammed heart keyrings are all handmade to order with a single embroidered initial on natural linen, backed with vintage ticking fabric. They are all filled with dried lavender and trimmed with a ribbon and key ring. Available in red or navy blue.

Personalised natural handmade candle with pure essential oils
Add you own message to this 100% natural hand made candles. Made from GMO free soy wax grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides and fragranced with pure essential oils. They burn for approximately 40 hours. Perfect for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, engagements, christenings, confirmations and any special occasion. Beautifully gift wrapped in stylish specially made candle box decorated with a ribbon and sprinkled with rose buds. Choose from two gorgeous pure essential oil blends: Energising -pink grapefruit, geranium and lemongrass and Relaxing -organic lavender and organic rose geranium.

Personalised wine bottle stoppers
They make an original present for any wine connoisseur, or the wine drinker who never quite finishes the bottle! They fit all wine bottles and will create an air tight stop.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

6 tips to keep your house tidy every day

To continue with the spring-cleaning spirit, here are some useful tips how to keep your house in order throughout the day.

Always make the bed: crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more tidy, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things (ie. clothes and papers!) pile up around it.

De-clutter: before you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Make it a habit for everyone in the household to do the same.

Sort the mail: take 5 minutes each day to open, read, and sort mail as soon as it lands on your doormat! Bin the junk mail. Arrange other mail into one of three in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, and filing.

Clean as you cook: instead of filling the sink with saucepans, plates and cups, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.

Wipe up spills as soon as they happen: whether it's tomato sauce on the kitchen floor or makeup on your dressing table, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you do it straight away.

Sweep the kitchen floor: every evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep or hoover the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly cleaning much faster!