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a teenager's take on food, photography and everything in between


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Hunger Games Themed Food: Quote Cookies

Alright, I’m not going to lie. As a teenage girl, I couldn’t help but succumb to the latest film craze sweeping our nations – The Hunger Games. Having thoroughly enjoyed the series; a tale of 24 children fighting to the death on a yearly basis, as punishment for the 12 districts who rebelled against the dictating ‘Capitol’ in a dystopian society – I stood in anticipation of the impending film release. Funnily enough, ‘The Hunger Games’ which would be more appropriately named ‘The Death Games’, seeing as the possibility of starvation is rarely mentioned; I stumbled upon this wonderful site – Fictional Food – where the blogger recreates the few foods that do appear in the novels.

The girl (cookie) on fire!

Crystal, the blogger and owner of the site, has a particular recipe aptly named ‘Sweethearts’ – the endearing term an often drunk character gives to the main protagonist – which are really just good old sugar cookies. Following the recipe, which admittedly, I used a conversion table for, I spent quite a long time kneading the incredible amount of dough this mix produces (Please be warned: It does make a hell of a lot!) but it was worth it. The fun and creative part was the engraving of letters into the dough. Using a kit I found tucked away in the back of a cupboard, I cut each one out in a circular shape and then dubbed it with a word. Continue reading


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Mushroom Risotto

It’s officially my favourite Italian dish since Pizza Hut started making stuffed crusts.

Garnish and go!

Risotto, risotto, risotto… where to start? After hearing how nice it was from a friend, I journeyed through the web to find a recipe for it. After settling on BBC Good Food, as I usually do – I’m happy to entrust myself with a site that blatantly refers to their brilliance in the name – I bought the ingredients, rolled my sleeves up and started cooking.

Last week, I finally got round to that job I’ve been avoiding for months now. Sorting out all my kitchen clutter. Admit it, it’s part of human nature – especially mine – to hate tidying up. But when I discovered a circular pastry cutter in the back of my cupboard, I can honestly say, hand on heart, that there was a light bulb above my head as I studied it.  Continue reading


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Even more cupcakes!

Oh, how I do love cupcakes – particularly chocolate. I’ve been cooking them more and more often ever since my friends and I started up Manger Monday – the day of the week where I bring my baked goods to school for them (and every other kid who runs up and steals a cookie!). I probably shouldn’t open the lid of the tin in the locker room, when it’s full of hormonal teenage girls, sweaty and starving from sport; but it’s a sacrifice I put up with.

Iced and ready to eat!

I’ve haven’t attached the recipe, as you’ll find it in many other posts and it is undeniably simple – but after managing to ice a few to a high standard I was pleased with, I went all out on the photography, setting out plates, napkins and even cutlery, moving and adjusting items before finally taking lots of snaps with my camera. So here are my top three. Continue reading


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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Tomato and basil are, in my opinion, a jaw dropping combination, used in many sauces and salads. It is made even better when you add mozzarella to it; then adding some leaves like rocket to make the salad ‘Caprese’. So many have assumed that the combination originates from the isle of Capri, just off the coast of Naples. Tomato and basil are a very famous duo, much like other timeless classics such as lemon and thyme, pork and apple or even chocolate and vanilla.

My Bruschetta (Pronounced Brusketta)

So this is Bruschetta; that wonderful array of herb and fruity flavours on a rustic loaf. It just screams the words ‘Italian’ and ‘Mediterranean’. Yet, I didn’t make mine in the way you usually would. This is a quick fix for a snack or meal – as I speak I’m munching on a piece – but could additionally be upgraded into a wonderful plate of appetizers, by adding further ingredients and preparing the dish with a different method. Therefore, if you want to make it using the more traditional style of using the skins of much larger tomatoes, click here for a particularly good recipe for it. Continue reading


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50 shades of blue… (Cupcakes)

Looking at the title and image, you may be wondering two things. Firstly, what do cupcakes have to do with the best-selling but quite inappropriate novel by E. L. James? And secondly, what is a cupcake doing in a teacup? 

A real teacake!

I’m going to answer both. Today, whilst shopping, I found a packet of Dr Oetker’s food colouring gels and thought they would be a better answer to my cry for colour than the old fashioned sour tasting liquids. The packet said that it would take 12 or so drops to make the perfect dark blue I wanted. It lied. After going through at least fifty shades of blue and using all the azure gel; I was left with this mockery of navy. I soon cheered up, as to my delight, I found a lovely treasure of my Grandmother’s and decided it would serve as a nice holder for all of my cakes.  Continue reading


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Lancashire Cheese and Ham Tart

This is my return from my evil lair – where I spent months watching films, feeling uninspired, revising for exams and even baking cupcakes. I hope to commit a lot more to the site over the next few months and stay more on top of things. 

Loyal to my county!

First things first, I was born in Grimsby. Which I think (hope) is in Lancashire. My geographical skill level is incredibly low. So I am entitled to a rant on how amazing this town and its cheese is. I’ve also visited Holland at least once every year. The amount of cheese they consume is equal the amount of tea we drink. I know. Shocking. So you can tell I like cheese. And with my birth town producing such excellent produce, I knew I had to try and bake with it.

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Pear Surprise

Surprise! It’s pear surprise! Actually, it’s just pear halves with cream and chocolate sauce and nuts and ice cream. Surprise! Wrong. The real surprise is that a dessert, even easier to make than jelly and ice cream can taste so yummy. When people say the simple things in life are the ones that count, they really do mean it.

Closer look

Ice cream tastes good with fruit. Stat. Fruit tastes good with cream. Stat. Chocolate tastes good with nuts. Stat. I think you get the idea. This pudding could’ve and was probably made up by a child. So you need to keep with the theme and just shove it all into a tall sundae glass, and chuck some sauce on, letting it ooze and drip down the side. I bet you’re salivating now. I know I am. Continue reading