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Selfies out & Birkenstocks in, according to report

birksSo news comes that selfies are no longer in fashion according to a new report…

E-cigarette company Vapestick carried out a poll on 20-somethings to find out what would be the ‘cool’ trends of this year and what was totally out. 

According to dailymail.co.uk, selfies topped the list of things that are totally not cool for 2014. Selfies have been big news already this year, woth the #nomakeupselfie cancer campaign raising millions for breast cancer charities. However, it may be this kind of widespread exposure that has means people in their 20s are really not into them anymore.

Dating app Tinder came second in the list. This sees users being able to scroll through potential lovers on their phone and only contact the person if both people like each other. This was followed by dungarees, platform heels, bum bags, kale (?) and Miley Cyrus.

Meanwhile, when it came to what is totally in, according to the report, Birkenstocks took the top space. Yep, the slightly ugly and non-flattering shoes (see right) which originated in the 60’s are apparently going to be all the rage this year. This was followed in the ‘hot’ list by baking, socks and sandals (erm), Lupita Nyong’o and Voga.

I don’t know about you, but to me this list sounds very strange. I mean, since when has socks and sandals EVER been okay?

Let me know if you really think the selfie is dead and if you are going to be working some birkenstocks… 

 

Nutella Cookbook Creation #1: Orange Creme Whoopie Pies

whoopie piesSo my lovely sister Kerri got me the awesome Nutella cookbook for Christmas…

This is my first post where I am actually using it though!

Basically, I’m sure you will have guessed but this is a cookbook full of yummy treats to make, which all feature Nutella. I thought I would start from the beginning with my creations, however the first recipe was for Nutella & fruit club sandwiches, which was too easy.

The second recipe was for mini coconut Nutella palmiers, however I didn’t really fancy coconut, so on I went. Finally, third time lucky, I stumbled across the orange creme whoopie pie recipe. ‘Yes ‘ I thought, this is definitely the type of thing I am looking for.

I’ve never eaten a whoopie pie, so didn’t really know what to expect, however it looked yummy on the picture, so I was ready to give it a go!

How did I get on?

Well… I did *okay* for my first time. Basically, the recipe that I have included for you below tells you that the mixture will make 15 whoopie pies. So in my brain, I thought okay, 15 pies, means 15 spoonfuls of the mixture on the baking tray, right?

Wrong! That only makes seven (quite large) whoopie pies, when you put the two halves together. So basically, I didn’t fully read the recipe and was having a severe blonde moment (even though I’m not blonde).

So yeah, as I mentioned above, mine came out rather larger than I originally planned, which meant they were quite filling. However, they still tasted nice!

The orange creme went a bit wrong for me as well. When making it, I melted the butter, then took it off the heat before I put in the other ingredients, whereas you’re supposed to put them in whilst it is still simmering. This meant that my mixture didn’t really thicken up that well, however I just rectified this by adding in some plain flour.

Would I make it again?

Yes, I will definitely be making these whoopie pies again, because I want to see what they would be like smaller like they are actually supposed to be!

The only thing that I might do is just use chocolate or vanilla buttercream for the filling, instead of making the orange creme. I didn’t dislike the creme in the recipe, but it was very time-consuming and wasn’t really worth the wait in my opinion.

If you used your own buttercream, the whole process would be so much quicker, as the pies themselves only take 10-15 minutes to cook.

You could also just add some orange flavouring to your chocolate icing, if you still wanted an orange taste for your pies.

Could I taste the Nutella?

In all honestly, not really. However I usually slather it on or eat is straight from the jar so I’m probably immune from the taste when it is used in smaller quantities now.

It is still a nice recipe though and makes for great whoopie pies (if you get the sizing right!)

Conclusion

So yes, that was my very first baking experience with my Nutella cookbook! Not without its hiccups, but like would probably be boring if it was perfect, right?!

Let me know if you try out the recipe (included below), or if you have the Nutella cookbook too!

Until next time…

Sam x

Ingredients

Orange creme filling:

  • One orange
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • One egg
  • 75 Philadelphia-style cheese

Whoopie pies:

  • 125g plain flour
  • One teaspoon of baking powder
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 40g caster sugar
  • One egg
  • 100g nutella
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 100ml semi-skimmed milk
  • pinch of salt

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (Gas 4)

2. Make the orange creme filling. First grate the orange zest and then squeeze it’s juice into a bowl. Next melt the butter in a separate bowl over a pan of simmering water. To this, add the sugar, egg and the zest & juice. Beat this mixture, still over the heat, until it thickens. Remove this from the heat and leave to cool. After this, add in the cheese and chill the mixture for at least one hour.

3. To make the whoopie pies: Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until you have a smooth mixture. Add to this, the Nutella, the egg, cocoa powder and milk. Mix this well and then add the first flour mixture to it.

4. Place THIRTY (*winks) spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking tray covered in parchment paper (or which has been greased). Bake for 10-15 minutes. Leave this to cool and spread on the orange creme mixture when both are ready.