Brunch at the weekend is something I really look forward too! I love that you're allowed to mix breakfast and lunch, so you can sleep in, take your time getting ready after a busy week and technically you haven't been lazy enough to miss breakfast! Also 'brunch' has always sounded like a special occasion to me! I'm currently sat with Jim deciding on where to go for brunch tomorrow, (we are thinking Riding House Cafe), and he suggested I share my photos from where we went this morning to give you all a little inspiration for tomorrow! Jim and I woke up in the happiest of moods as the sun was shining. We made our way to The Good Life through the Hyde Park, which felt so summery and I got excited about all the picnics we will have there over the summer. I have mentioned The Good Life on my blog before, it's a small little cafe that does amazing fresh, healthy food. I went for the Eggs Royale on wheat-free bread. The green vegetable juices there are the best too! We then went for a lovely walk in the park and I forgot to take photos - sorry! Here are the photos of what I ate to make up for it...
Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for brunch spots in London, as I'm always looking for new places to go! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
I posted a video tutorial of how to make these brownies over on my YouTube channel last week and since then I have been sent SO many lovely photos of people making my recipe! I went to go and make them myself today for me and Jim and realised it would be really helpful to have the recipe written out on my blog for those who don't want to follow a video tutorial every time. This recipe can't be found anywhere else online as I made it up myself. Mine are in the oven right now and they smell INCREDIBLE. The best part about these brownies is they contain much healthier ingredients than a traditional brownie. They are still high in calories like a traditional brownie so definitely a treat, but they are dairy free (depending on what type of choc you use), gluten free and made using healthy fats. People get scared of coconut oil as it's high in saturated fat, but honestly guys, I have spoken to a nutritionist and he said it's a special type of saturated fat that is actually good for you! My trainer at the gym even tries to get me to eat a spoonful of coconut oil before a workout sometimes, but I find it too gross and oily on it's own! The avocado is another type of healthy fat and I use it in this recipe for a creamy texture - you don't taste it don't worry! The coconut sugar works like regular sugar apart from it's unrefined and doesn't spike your blood sugar levels like regular sugar does. I am no nutritionist, but these are just some helpful healthy facts I have learnt recently!
To make my brownies, you will need:
1/2 cup coconut oil
300g dark chocolate
2 cups coconut sugar
1 cup ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
1 mashed avocado
cap full of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Start by turning on your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Then you want to put a large saucepan over a low heat and pop in your coconut oil and chocolate. Once that's melted, turn off the heat and add in your coconut sugar, ground almonds, baking powder, avocado (make sure this is really well mashed and stirred in), vanilla extract, pinch of salt and eggs. I like to have already beaten the 3 eggs together in a cup before pouring them in. Then just pour your mixture into a tin and pop in the oven for 26 mins! When you take it out it should look cooked on top, but will still be squishy in the middle. Leave it to cool for 20 mins (if you can wait that long!) then serve with whatever you like! My top serving recommendation would be with frozen yoghurt and berries.
These are the tastiest brownies I have ever made - so rich, chocolatey and gooey! I hope you guys have fun making and eating them. Send me a photo on twitter or instagram of your finished brownies or you making them using my twitter handle @TanyaBurr and the hashtag #TanyaBurrsBrownies
Last night I attended the premiere of Godzilla. I have to say the film wasn't for me (too many monsters!), but let's be honest, one of the most interesting parts of film premieres is the fashion on the red carpet! So I thought I would do this little blog post to show you what I wore. I went for quite a casual looking white mini dress, (it felt like quite a day-time dress due to the cotton material), but I glammed it up with lots of gold for a kind of 'Golden Goddess' look. I wore gold toned makeup, accessories and shoes! I felt like the look really needed an injection of colour so I opted for 'Riding Hood' nail polish from my new line of cosmetics. (I say 'line of cosmetics', I have only launched lip gloss and nail polish so far, but I am constantly working on new products, I just don't want to release them until they are perfect so it could be another year from now!) I wore my hair in a deep side part with a braid one side, then the rest of my hair just in loose waves across my other shoulder - I am loving hair braids at the moment, I find they make any hairstyle have a pretty and boho feel to it. Here is a list of where everything is from!
I think this dress is like marmite - you either love it or you hate it! (You know they say that about marmite right?!) I personally love it as I think the crisp white cotton, simple shape and bow at the waist looks quite chic. Let me know what you think in the comments! I hope you're having a wonderful day.
Happy Saturday guys! I've been so excited about having today to chill out as it's been a busy week of filming, editing, meetings & product design. Don't get me wrong, I really love my job, but by the end of a busy week my brain is so full of constant, whirring, work related thoughts that it's important to take the time to relax. The photos below are actually from Monday morning (which was gloriously sunny) and although Jim and I both had separate plans during the day, we made time to have a coffee together in the morning and just sit on a wall in the sunshine. It was so lovely! Making time to do things like this during the week, even if it's just a quick 20 minute coffee date, really makes my day :)
I had the best Easter holiday these past four days! I just chilled out with family, read and ate. The most strenuous thing I did was hunt for Easter eggs in the garden! I'm now glued to my laptop for the day with a ton of admin work and editing to do...why can't it be "Easter Bank Holiday Tuesday"?! Anyway, I wanted to share with you guys a few snaps from my Easter weekend including hunting for eggs with the little ones and Easter-style Afternoon Tea with my friend Maddie. Hope you like the pics!