Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are very moreish and you can never just stop at one. Sadly they are not vegan but they are vegetarian friendly. This recipe can make quite a few cookies depending on how big your cookie cutter is. I used the rim of a glass for mine as I couldn’t find my cutters and it did the job!

They do not take very long to make and are simple enough that they are quick and can fill your chocolate craving! I hope you enjoy making them. Let me know how your baking goes!

Ingredients:

  • 220g Plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 145g caster sugar
  • 120g salted butter
  • 1tsp vanilla, I used Madagascan vanilla for mine.
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 40g cocoa powder

Method:

Add the baking powder to the flour and the salt. Whisk it together and put this aside for a moment. Cream the butter and sugar together with either a machine whisk or a hand held whisk for 30 seconds. Pour in your vanilla and the egg, whisk.

Gently put your cocoa powder in without trying to get it everywhere and mix it all together.

Add half of the dry mix you made earlier and fold it into the wet mix. Once it has fully mixed, add in the other half.

Fold your mix into a ball, cover in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for no more than 15 mins. After that, lightly flour your surface, flatten and cut with whatever cookie cutter you desire! Be creative, don’t be boring like me and go for round *winky face*

Place on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes at 175C.

Greenie goodness

What are the benefits of a green smoothie once you get past the colour?

Dr Joanna McMillan is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, accredited practicing dietitian and former fitness instructor. She said that some of the commercial ones “are glorified fruit juices, served in enormous portions with only a little spinach to make them green.” However, if you make them at home instead and “make them with at least 70 per cent veggies, a little fruit and whatever other ingredients you want to add…then you have a fabulous nutrient rich drink”. (Source: Isย your go-to green smoothie doing you any good? A nutritionist explains.)

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Full of fiber, which lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and regulates your body’s cleansing processes. It is also it’s a tasty way to get a strong dose of fruits and veggies, which provide vital nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and potassium.

So:

  • 1 stalk of celery for your base vegetable
  • A big handful of spinach for your iron.
  • Add jucy pear in there.
  • A squeeze of lemon juice for sweetness and alkaline.
  • Then ginger for your superfoods!
  • 2 glugs of plant based milk, I chose Oat.
  • 1 banana.

Blend it all together in a blender and there ya have it! Goodness on the go!

Cover picture: https://images.app.goo.gl/g12DDCsr9cqZqUp88

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Italy 2018, Part 3

This is the 3rd part of the 3 part series. It has been really nice to look back on previous adventures and it has really made me appreciate the relative freedom we enjoyed before Coronavirus times. I cannot wait to return!

Links to part 1 and part 2 here:

Part 1: https://talithastravels.com/2021/03/26/italy-2018/

Part 2: https://talithastravels.com/2021/04/15/italy-2018-part-2/

Day 8

Monday 18th

Travels to Capri and the chair lift!

Early in the morning, we boarded the big ferry to Capri with Laura the tour guide.

Capri is seriously beautiful. When we visited, it was a bright sunny day and we could see for miles. There were next to no clouds to be found and the colour blue stretched for miles both below and above us. It is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the peninsula of Sorrento. There are many attractions on the Island, including the ruins of the Imperial Roman Villa and the Marina Piccola – the little harbour.

It took 20 mins for the ferry to glide into the harbour. Laura took us to the chair lift, (In the video above) . Here is their official website which took me ages to find lol: http://www.capriseggiovia.it/.

It was a great opportunity to see the island from a birds eye view when we got to the top! As we were on our way up though, we could see the farms below us that belonged to the people of the land. They were out there farming and digging while we were floating above them. I honestly do not know how they manage it, I would feel so self conscious knowing that tourists, who are naturally noisy when in another country so would be looking, were peering down at me (literally not figuratively.)

When we got to the bottom again, (another 13 minute chair lift), Laura took us to a little restaurant that served pastries cake and coffee. The restaurant is called: Ristorante Buca Di Bacco

Then we were taken to a beautiful garden called: Giardini di Augusto. Truly beautiful if you get to visit!

These fantastic gardens were established by a German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp in the twentieth century to build his mansion. At first the gardens were called “Krupp Gardens” but in 1918 the gardens were renamed to “Gardens of Augustus“. From these terraces that overlook the sea, you can get a 180-degree panoramic of the island of Capri because one can see Mount Solaro, the bay of Marina Piccola, and the Faraglion.

Okaaay so I know I said it would be a 3 part series buuut there is much more to talk about and I do not want to overwhelm one post. So look out for the bonus part 4!