Thursday, July 7

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes


Good Morning Sunshine! The Earth says Hello! And what a beautiful day it is to bake cakes. Usually I would consider myself an ambitious, experimental baker. I like to have a long planning process thinking of all the wonderful flavours, colours and detail. This sort of baking takes a long time and doesn't always turn out as planned. However there is nothing wrong with staying simple and making a classic cupcake!

My sister is the world's biggest white chocolate fan so as a little treat last weekend, I made her raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes. I'm more of a milk chocolate fan and blueberries trumps raspberries every time but these were pretty good! 


Using Rachel Allen's Cupcake recipe I just added some chocolate chips and raspberries.

Ingredients:
110g butter
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
140g plain flour

Method:
~ Cream butter and sugar
~ Add eggs and vanilla and combine
~ Fold in flour and some rating agent
~ Mix in chocolate chips and raspberries. Try not to make it go to mush :L

I'd recommend doubling this mixture cause you might have to share unfortunately :L


Happy Baking!

Always,
M   
xxx

Saturday, July 2

June: Book Reviews


I know I've titled this blog post "June Book Reviews" but really I should call it "JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune Book Reviews". Yes - That does mean I've only read 5 books in 5 months. Wow. A book per month. Marian - what on earth is wrong with you?!

Out of the 5 books my favourite was Asking For It. I started following the author Louise O'Neill on instagram which is how I found out about her two books. Within 48 hours I had read Asking For It. A book I would highly recommend. The most disappointing I think has to be Gone. Not that it is a bad book or anything, it just didn't live up to expectations. I know there are many people out there who ADORE these books, even with All its Creepiness! It just wasn't my cup of tea, I'm afraid.



All of a sudden everyone older than 15 just disappears. Poof! No explanation whatsoever. And now all these kids are living in a bubble like thing and life is chaotic but also a bit wonderful. It is an intriguing idea and a dream for many children out there. A world without adults, no rules, eat as much candy as you like. Partly bliss. Majorly horrifying. I was of course enthralled by the setting of this story but it was the characters that got to me. I just thought they had too much childishness and too much maturity that their qualities sometimes conflicted with who they were. There’s also this high tension like all the time that I found exhausting. I really wanted to like the book there was these niggling things that ate away at my tolerance. Also the lack of answers and explanations was frustrating but of course made me hungry for more. A huge factor in this book is the violence and sickness of some characters. I don’t know how there could be characters so evil. It’s not human. Drake didn’t have flaws, he was the devil! Imagine pure evil and then multiply it ten times. That is Drake. When I finished this book I was on the fence. As a stand alone book, I don’t think it works. So if you're going to read it, be prepared to read the whole series.





If I thought Gone was violent, then Hunger is absolutely ferocious. The character development in this book is fantastic. I found they could be very 2D in the first book but in this I began to feel like I could understand the characters on a personal level. The bubble/world is still adult-less and the reasoning behind it is terrifyingly vague. Of course chaos is crazy and the supernatural powers of people and animals creates much tension. I enjoyed this book more than the first one but it is a lot more freaky and disturbing.




Carrying on the story from the previous two, this book gets a whole lot darker but also more addictive. Characters began to shape more and even though they could be totally evil, I began to like them more. And the Title of the book had me thinking is this real, is any of it real? It twisted my mind like crazy. I enjoyed this book more than  the other two. I'm not sure why but I've gotten more "sucked" into it. There are a lot of new characters in this as well which makes the book more broader ( even though it can only get so broad - you know - with being stuck in a bubble/dome and all) I am eager to continue the story now, but also a little scared....



I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am not a crime reader. I probably never will be a crime reader. Yet this is a crime book and I rather enjoyed it. It's a little heavy on the law side. So much law lingo that I have no interest in made it difficult to read at times. It's all about revenge for an accident this guy caused many years ago. I thought I knew how it would play out. I was sure from the beginning. But there's all these twists that were just excellent and so unexpected! It was so surprising. I would definitely read another Eric Matheny book again. His plots and storytelling has something that I do enjoy. 


For a fiction novel, this story is all to real. It's traumatising and depressing which makes it even more awful that it is still relevant today. But a fantastic book that does open the eyes of people who think they understand rape and sexual assault. Everyone needs to read this so that society today will as a whole know rape as something from the past.
This was my favourite book of the year so far. I encourage people to read it but I must warn that it is not for the faint hearted. It depicts a small town in Ireland where Emma lives, goes to school, gossips and bitches with her friends, get drunk at parties and puts on her image for everyones else to see. It's also where her life gets turned upside down when the R word comes out. Rape.


Have you read any of these?
Happy Reading!!
Marian