Little Nan’s has a club!

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A cocktail club and not a rave. Can you imagine your nana cutting shapes?…(maybe)

Little update to say that Little Nan’s Bar (Deptford) has now opened up to the beautiful public (us) another splendourful cocktail establishment for us to drink and socialize! I prayed that there would be another wonderful drinking haven and now we got it, which is situated in Brockley (the other side…so next to LESOCO aka Lewisham College).

Upstairs at the Talbot, 2 Tyrwhitt Road, Brockley, SE4 1QG London, United Kingdom

Upstairs at the Talbot, 2 Tyrwhitt Road, Brockley, SE4 1QG London, United Kingdom

Please do visit the Facebook page Little Nan’s Cocktail Club, attend the grand opening today from 5pm-11pm and join the club!

 

Happy clubin’ and cocktalin’!

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Perfect Chocolate Cake

Simple title for a simple recipe.

I can’t believe I haven’t put this up yet because this is a basic however it isn’t as easy as a chocolate cake may seem. Yes it’s just chocolate cake but the texture is key! Not doughy, not dry, not too crumbly and not wet…you want it moist, airy and yummy for seconds not sickly to stop. Well shut the hell up and let’s bake!

Sweety rating: Medium (go for more!)

Difficulty: ♥

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 230g Butter (softened)
  • 230g Sugar (caster or granulated)
  • 4 eggs (trust me it’s 4 so don’t put in 2/3 thinking 4 is madness)
  • 180g Self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder (not hot chocolate I mean the baking kind)
  • 1 level tspn baking powder (don’t ask “what’s the point of self-raising then”)

For the filling and topping:

  • 350g Icing sugar
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 100g butter (softened)
  • A dash of milk to mix (depending how creamy you like your buttercream)

Decorations:

  • You can put whatever you like on top as long as it’s not meat, paper or animals as I won’t allow this as it is wrong to eat paper, chocolate covered cats and sweet meats…sorry to go there.

Equipment:

  • Electric/ hand-held mixer or just your inner strength with a wooden spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sieve
  • Large metal spoon
  • Metal skewer for testing cakes
  • 2 x 20cm round metal cake tins (for sandwich cakes) which are greased with butter and lined with parchment/greaseproof baking paper
  • Hawk eyes to watch that cake!

 Preheat oven at 180 (gas mark 5)

Cream butter and sugar till it's light and fluffy...

Cream butter and sugar till it’s light and fluffy…

...add eggs one at a time and mix.

…add eggs one at a time and mix.

Mix Cocoa, baking powder and flour together...

Mix Cocoa, baking powder and flour together…

...and sieve them into the wet stuff. Now with a metal spoon fold mixture GENTLEY like a figure of 8...

…and sieve them into the wet stuff. Now with a metal spoon fold mixture GENTLY like a figure of 8…

...till it looks creamy like this.

…till it looks creamy like this.

Spoon the mixture equally into the tins (I floured my tins as I ran out of parchment paper)...

Spoon the mixture equally into the tins (I floured my tins as I ran out of parchment paper)…

...and give the tin a little shake so the tin looks filledbut whatever you do please DON'T BANG THE AIR OUT!

…and give the tin a little shake so the tin looks filled but whatever you do please DON’T BANG THE AIR OUT!

Once baked and checked with your metal skewer you can place it to cool on a wire rack. When it's completely cooled you can ice it up. Place the butter in a bowl, sieve the Cocoa and Icing powder in the bowl and electric mix (add milk if nessercry). Spead the buttercream on one layer and sandwich the halves together and finish off with a buttercream topping. Decotate if you want.

Once baked and checked with your metal skewer you can place it to cool on a wire rack. When it’s completely cooled you can ice it up. Place the butter in a bowl, sieve the Cocoa and Icing powder in the bowl and electric mix (add milk if ness.). Spread the buttercream on one layer and sandwich the halves together and finish off with a buttercream topping. Decorate if you want.

Ta Da! A Perfect Chocolate cake! Enjoy! x

Ta Da! A Perfect Chocolate cake! Enjoy! x

Sorry about the photography but I got my camera back!!! Yaaaaaayyy!

Hope you enjoy making this as much as I did eating it!

 

Happy Baking!

Pinterest Interest #12

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If it weren’t a obv trend last year then it’s very clear now that more and more African/Caribbean/African American women are going natural (no not nude), natural hair. Weave/extention, Lace (etc) is a costly beauty regiment that women of colour tend to go thought to achieve their hair to become beautiful, fashionable and manageable. Now I believe women of colour have come to a time rebelling against the social norm of what’s “right” and going back to black, back to natural, back to their roots! No more long seating in the salon chair, no more expensiveness on hair and less of the pain. I am one of those women who have taken off the Brazilian piece and opted for my own and with a little oil, maintenance and a lot of love and care our hair will be as supreme as the Supremes! So why not be like every other women and have my own hair out because really…are we just growing our natural hair just for the sake of growing to the point we reach our golden years till we won’t care? In that case whats the point of having long strong grey locks when you can wear your strong lovely hair NOW!…

…and so what if you’re not great with natural? If it goes a little pear shaped just cornrow, pop on a wig and go again!

 

Here’s some the natural mistresses of beauty I pinned along the week (and some style ideas/tips too).

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And I save my personal fav till last…my Q.U.E.E.N!

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Don’t be afraid to rock your natural beauty!

Happy Pinning your pins!

Black Magic – Tyra Banks by Thom Kerr for Black Magazine

Wonderful…can’t say no more. x

A Stairway To Fashion

www.astairwaytofashion.com Black Magic – Tyra Banks by Thom Kerr for Black Magazine

She is 41 and fabulous – Tyra Banks, one of the world’s most recognisable women stars on the cover of the Black Magazine. With a successful modelling career behind her she is the first African-American model that appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated  and GQ, and the founder of the Next Top Model franchise, making her a top reference for models worldwide, in 59 countries.

About her beginning in modelling : “To be honest, I wasn’t attracted to the fashion industry, the fashion industry found me. I was discovered on a school bench the first day of high school by a fellow student. I thought I was far too awkward and gawky to ever be associated with modeling but it was actually those qualities that launched my early career. Once I was in the…

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What happened to Lele?…

This is me all week *sob sob*.

This is me all week *sob sob*.

HiLo!

My blog posts have been oh so non-existent recently only because I am ill…how did it start I hear you not ask but insist I tell you like some poor sorry and unorganized YouTuber…

I had plans to  do a lil tie-dye How To with you since the last time I posted I was trending #Festival but I go caught up in the excitement of going to see The Electric Lady Janelle Monae in London. And so I had a wonderful time singing my heart and throat out, dancing till my feet ache and forever SCREAMING my love for her especially as Monae crowd surfed, popped silver streamers and had a pillow fight commanding all her fans to go LOW to the floor literally…She is awesome because even from Circle seated way up top I could STILL feel the love. It really was an experience!

So as soon as I stop screaming I had a sore throat which kicked off the whole illness (that and my bedroom window constantly being open all night due to me bunking with a guest for two weeks...make the guess feel welcome Ma says…HA!)

So now I’m feeling a touch better by the day I felt bad leaving my healthy non-ill readers in a wonder. Whilst I’ve been in bed i’ve…

  • Been drenched head to toe in Bay Rum
  • Drinking Honey and Lemon
  • Taken children’s medicine
  • Drinking water
  • Had a fever
  • Had a dream about breaking big rocks into little rocks and getting into little rocks and making them smaller (I was not drugged)
  • Coughing up green stuff
  • Sneezing the water I drank back up
  • Thinking about my personal style and wondering if I should change
  • Thinking about if CCAVC and if it’s really my passion, if I love it anymore and if I should shut down my blog and start a fashion trend blog
  • Thinking about starting a fashion trend blog for plus size women of the UK
  • Had a dream about stealing clothes
  • Window shopping
  • Bought two trousers
  • Thought about my personal style some more (Ma doesn’t like the change it’s had one me)
  • Had a banging headache
  • Watched some old vintage movies
  • Love CCAVC all over again…almost a year and wonderful followers (love can’t be dismissed so easily)
  • Thinking about my hair
  • Thinking about a fashion blog
  • Thinking whether or not if I should spend £9,000+ on a 2-3 baking course to get my own cafe or just do what the armatures do
  • Farted

So If you was in wonder don’t be anymore coz I’ve pretty much covered it!

Happy Healing!

Trendin’ Tuesdays: #festival

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Yes another year another festival so I’m just going to show you some of my fashion festival favs because…I have a craft in mind. Don’t worry my next post on this will be longer.

DIY accessory...self explanitory

DIY accessory…kinda self explanatory

So chic n easy

So chic n easy, effortless

Even curves can go festival too

Even curves can go festival too

ummmm....interesting look.

ummmm….interesting look.

And do you remember my Rose Crown DIY? A great look for this sorta thing.

So if you gotta look the part and got a festival comin’ up or just feel like dressing 70’s hippie chic rather than just Hipster Geek then stay posted!

#festival #lelelovesfestival

Happy Trendin’

Easy cheesy Chocolate Cheesecake

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Now don’t think this recipe IS cheesy, it’s just a play on words kinda thing and for those cheesecake virgins like I out there I’m pleased to let you know that this dessert (desert?) taste NOTHING like cheese or any hints of cheddar! Prepare to be pleasantly surprised…it’s easy too!

Lets make a scrummy Chocolate Cheesecake!

Sweety rating: medium (go for seconds and thirds!)

ingredients:

  • 400g Chocolate or Chocolate chip Digestive biscuits (crushed)
  • 150g Butter (melted)
  • 110g Caster Sugar
  • 200ml double cream (whipped)
  • 250g Chocolate (plain or dark, melted and cooled)
  • 1 tblspn heap Cocoa powder
  • 250g Mascarpone cream cheese

 

Equipment:

  • Elecrtic mixer
  • Bowl
  • Loose bottomed cake tin 7″ wide/2″ deep
  • Wooden spoon

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Crush those biscuits...

Crush those biscuits…

...add the melted butter and 1 tblspn of caster sugar (from your measured 110g) and mix.

…add the melted butter and 1 tblspn of caster sugar (from your measured 110g) and mix.

Once a crumby clumpy mess, press into your tin and fridge it!

Once a crummy clumpy mess, press into your tin and fridge it!

Next you melt that chocolate over a pan of hot water that's if you chocolate isn't melted already then cool it...

Next you melt that chocolate over a pan of hot water that’s if you chocolate isn’t melted already then cool it…

...whilst it's cooling whip that double cream into a soft peak...

…whilst it’s cooling whip that double cream into a soft peak…

...add both double whipped cream and cooled chocolate with your Cocoa powder and fold...

…add both double whipped cream and cooled chocolate with your Cocoa powder and fold…

...till well incoraprated.

…till well incorporated.

Beat the cheese and sugar together. Now add the chocolate mixture to the sugar cheese mixture and...

Beat the cheese and sugar together. Now add the chocolate mixture to the sugar cheese mixture and…

...fold again!

…fold again!

Take your tin from the fridge, fill up the biscuit base evenlly and set inn the fridge for an hour then remove from fridge to freezer for 30mins or till the chocolate is set.

Take your tin from the fridge, fill up the biscuit base evenly and set in the fridge for an hour then remove from fridge to freezer for 30 mins or till the chocolate is set.

Once set decorate however you choose will chocolate shaving and/or Cocoa powder and serve! Ta Da! Your Easy Cheesy Chocolate Cheesecake! Enjoy! x

Once set carefully remove the tin and decorate however you choose will chocolate shaving and/or Cocoa powder and serve! Ta Da! Your Easy Cheesy Chocolate Cheesecake! Enjoy! x

Hope you liked it! I did!

 

Happy Baking!