Raspberry Yogurt Loaf Cake

Simple, yet delicious… light, moist and bursting with raspberry flavour, this loaf cake will make the perfect treat for any fruit cake lover out there.

Simple, yet delicious… light, moist and bursting with raspberry flavour, this loaf cake will make the perfect treat for any fruit cake lover out there.

The idea is rather simple, sweet cake meets juicy, rather sharp tasting raspberries providing a perfect combination of flavours. Intrigued? Give it a try and I truly believe you will not be disappointed.

The recipe is a remake of my super popular Sugar-Free Blueberry Yogurt Cake but this one comes with the full-on sugar version. To turn it sugar-free simply replace 150g of sugar with 50g Natvia or another, if preferred, sugar-free alternative.

Simple, yet delicious… light, moist and bursting with raspberry flavour, this loaf cake will make the perfect treat for any fruit cake lover out there.

Ingredients:

  • 180g flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 125g raspberries
  • 100ml raspberry yogurt
  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp baking soda

Simple, yet delicious… light, moist and bursting with raspberry flavour, this loaf cake will make the perfect treat for any fruit cake lover out there.

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C fan assisted.

Lightly grease or line with a baking paper one 8” loaf tin.

Sift and mix together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

In a mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at the time and continue mixing.

Add half of your flour mixture and mix until combined, then add the remaining flour mix and the yogurt and mix by folding in until the mixture has an even texture. You are aiming for a rather thick batter like consistency.

Finally, add the raspberries and fold them gently into your batter until evenly spread.

Pour the mixture into the earlier prepared loaf tin.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50min or until golden brown and it passes the dry toothpick test.

Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for around 10-15 minutes, then remove from baking tin and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Serve and enjoy!

Simple, yet delicious… light, moist and bursting with raspberry flavour, this loaf cake will make the perfect treat for any fruit cake lover out there.

Simple, yet delicious… light, moist and bursting with raspberry flavour, this loaf cake will make the perfect treat for any fruit cake lover out there.

How To Make White Bathroom Pop

White bathrooms are one of my favourites, crisp, sleek and clean… When designed with different textures that are complementing each other then they are anything but boring! The perfect canvas to accessorise to your heart’s desire and put your mark on, but how do you make them pop. The easiest way to make a white bathroom pop is to simply add just a splash of colour, simple!

Currently, I am trying to design a final look for our downstairs wet room. At this moment the bathroom tiles are in shades of brown but they will get pained pure white… The tiles themselves are in perfect condition, their size suits the room well and they are laid perfectly, so it would be a shame to replace them… they will simply get painted over.

In addition to tiles, my bathroom consist of a lowered ceiling with LED lighting (they will stay as they are), large frameless mirror (again it will stay), a loo and finally the sink that is set into a base cabinet (this two really do need replacing)… that’s it… It’s a wet room so it is pretty basic. I don’t really want to put any additional furniture into it. The only move I have in trying to make my bathroom pop is a base cabinet as this will be the feature point in the wet room.

I picked some units which I like. They all “speak” to me and I can honestly see myself just randomly picking one and being happy with my choice but they are all different and each unit will define the final feel of my room…

This is my favourite piece and my first choice – True Oak Substructure Ossature. I am not sure why but there is something about it which feels just right. Maybe it’s the fact that it is oak and it will match a lot of other furniture’s we have in the house or maybe because it looks so warm and cosy. I truly don’t know why I love it so much.

It looks like the True Oak collection is no longer for sale at Villeroy and Boch main website but I’ve found this beautiful piece still for sale at a greatly reduced price at Super Bath store.

I am sure with a piece like this I could easily leave the rest of the wet room white and it will still look stunning.

Subway 2.0 Base Cabinet. Totally different design but extremely pleasing to my eye. This will make any bathroom much more stylish and modern looking. I really like its clean lines and defined colour. Again, having a piece like this would allow me to leave everything else white.

My third choice – Aveo New Generation Base Cabinet – is yet again different to my two previous ones. It’s totally white, which will give me white on white design. I find it a bit of a crossover between the other two. It’s modern, but not as modern as the Subway… at the same time, its curved lines and rounded sink make it feel cosy, friendly and much more accessible, bringing it closer to the True Oak design. If we go for this one, I will try to add a colour accent in the form of some colourful soap dispenser or maybe a flower pot or two placed on the window sill.

 

I really feel quite confused. All three look totally fantastic in my opinion but I can only pick one.

I would love to know what you think.

Which one is your favourite?

* This is a collaborative post.
** Picture credit: 1|2|3|4

Watermelon and Orange Cooler

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

I personally love watermelon but Mark isn’t a big lover of it… too watery, too sweet and don’t even get him started on all the pips… yet once turned into this delicious drink, he simply can’t seem to stop refilling his glass.

The idea for this drink isn’t mine. A good friend of ours told us how they would drink it all the time during the long, very hot summer months back in Turkey. They were swearing by it and its almost magical properties, so finally one day we decided to give it a try too… I am really happy we did as we can finally turn a watermelon into something we both really enjoy.

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg ripe watermelon
  • 250ml orange juice*
  • 1 lemon
  • 1tsp raw honey
  • Ice-cubes to serve

*ideally we would use freshly squeezed orange juice but alas the watermelon season doesn’t match up with the orange season and as getting out of season fruit and veggies here isn’t so easy we are using organic pure orange juice from the carton… no other realistic options.

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Method:

Peel, cube, and deseed watermelon, then pop into a high-speed blender.

Juice the lemon and add into your melon cubes.

Add the orange juice and honey.

Depending on the temperature of your ingredients, you might want to add some ice-cubes to make the drink a little cooler from the start.

Turn the blender on and blend for a minute or two on high speed.

Serve over ice with a nice straw (little paper brolly optional) and enjoy the cooling experience!

Ideally, it should be drunk as soon as blended but it will keep in the fridge for a day or two if you end up making a bigger batch… just don’t forget to give it a good stir before serving as it will tend to separate a bit.

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Do you like watermelon?

What’s your favourite way of serving it?

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

How to Maintain Your Garden Shed

A shed is typically a simple, single-storey roofed structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop.* They are super useful but like everything else, they can’t be taken for granted and need maintenance on a regular basis, as we just found out…

For years we wanted a shed. I even tried to win some a few years back, with no luck, so when we bought our new house, which comes with a shed I was over the moon… Finally, a place to store all my gardening equipment, tools and pots… perfect. Well, as it ended up, not so perfect… We took it for granted, and now, just after a year later, our shed is in serious troubles… We have a leaking roof and a warped door… lesson learned. I guess sheds do need regular maintenance like everything else… unfortunately, they will not look after themselves 🙁

So, how do you look after your shed? Well, I needed to find out so I put together a short checklist, which hopefully will allow me, and maybe you for the future, keep our sheds in a perfect condition for many years to come.

Buy a quality shed. You get what you paid for. With some things, the quality really doesn’t matter so much but a shed isn’t one of them. Sheds aren’t disposable so buy the best one you can afford, then look after it properly.

Check the structure regularly. When you are out in your garden mowing or tidying up the flower beds, it is a good idea to walk around your property and inspect the perimeter, the shed, and other structures or amenities that you own. Doing so will only take a moment of your time, but it could save you a great deal of money in the long run. Checking the structure and foundations of your shed on a regular basis will help you spot potential problems early on. For example, if you check your shed one week and it looks great, but the next week a powerful storm blew through, you can easily spot any water damage that occurred. Spotting a problem early could potentially save you a lot of money.

Waterproof the roof. If you have not done so already, waterproofing your roof is a great idea. By waterproofing your roof, you can prevent the roof of your shed from rotting and needing to be replaced every few years. In addition, waterproofing your roof will prevent any liquid from seeping into the shed itself. Keeping your shed dry and moisture free on the inside will prolong its longevity and in turn, it will keep the belonging you have stored inside in perfect condition.

Keep the floor tidy. This may seem trivial, but keeping the inside tidy as well as the floor can go a long way in helping maintain its life. By keeping the shed organized, tidy, and the floor clean, you have the ability to quickly spot any potential problems, which you will never see under a pile of clutter, so keep it clean, keep it tidy and don’t forget to sweep the floors 🙂

Repaint. After a year or two, your shiny new shed will lose its luster. You may also find that your shutters, doors or even the shed walls, in general, are not as vibrant as they once were. The elements took its beauty away but not to worry… simply invest in a tin of paint, retouch the surface and your shed will be as new.

Do you own a garden shed?

If so, how do you maintain it?

Benefits of Beets

* By Susan Conley, creator of cookthestone.com 

Beets are one of the super foods. They are an excellent source of fiber and vitamins as well as full of essential nutrients like iron, manganese, B vitamins, copper, and potassium. This article will share the benefits of incorporating beets into your diet.

Beets are one of the super foods. They are an excellent source of fiber and vitamins as well as full of essential nutrients like iron, manganese, B vitamins, copper, and potassium. This article will share the benefits of incorporating beets into your diet.

Beets won’t exactly be the first thing that comes to your mind when asked about favorite vegetables. This root vegetable may not be as well-known as carrot or squash, but only a few veggies can match up with its nutritional value.

Health benefits of beets

  1. Control blood pressure

High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart disease like stroke, heart failure, and heart attacks. Heart disease also happens to be one of the top causes of death today.

Eating beets can improve your blood pressure. Experts say this is due to the high concentration of nitrates in beets, which our bodies convert to the compound nitric oxide that relaxes and dilates the blood vessels. When this happens, the blood vessels promote improved blood circulation and consequently lower blood pressure.

There have been numerous studies backing up this claim. Some studies have also indicated that beets can lower blood pressure by as much as 10 mmHg a few hours after consumption. The positive effect on blood pressure is stronger when raw beets are eaten.

  1. Improve digestion

Like most vegetables, beets are rich in dietary fiber which has been linked to numerous health benefits such as improved digestion.

Did you know that a cup of beetroot already has 3.4 grams of fiber? That’s about 20 percent of the recommended daily value for dietary fiber!

Fiber can promote digestive health by bypassing digestion and heading straight to the colon, where it can add bulk to stool or feed gut-friendly bacteria. By getting more fiber out of your foods, you can regularly eliminate waste and lower your risks of digestive problems like constipation and inflammatory bowel disease.

Plus, fiber can also lower your risks of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

  1. Enhance your stamina

While eating beets won’t really make you into a world-class athlete, regular consumption of this root vegetable can improve your stamina and enhance your athletic performance.

This wonderful benefit of beets is believed to come from the high nitrate contents of beets. Nitrates have been associated with enhanced efficiency of mitochondria which produces energy in the cells. Numerous studies have also backed up these claims, and many elite athletes are known to incorporate beets into their diets.

One study conducted and published in 2009 showed that cyclists who drank beet juice were able to pedal up to 15 percent longer. The author of the said study says eating 3-5 beets at least two hours before an event can give an individual a boost in performance.

  1. Enhance your brain’s performance

Eating beets can make your brain work better. I suggest you eat beets before taking an exam as it could enhance cognitive function.

Again, the nitrates found in beets are responsible for this wonderful benefit. By relaxing and dilating the blood vessels, nitrates can promote increased blood flow to the brain which could lead to improved brain function.

This effect is particularly critical for senior adults because studies have shown that the body’s capacity to generate nitric oxide decreases with age.

In one study conducted in 2010, 14 participants with an average age of 74 were asked to eat a high-nitrate diet that included beet juice. They were then observed to have increased focus and attention to detail for two days afterward.

  1. Lose weight

Beets are low in calories and high in water which makes them a good food to incorporate into your weight loss diet.

But what’s intriguing is that beets also have protein and fiber despite their low-calorie content. Protein and fiber are two essential nutrients for maintaining a healthy weight.

You will also be able to lose weight when you eat more beets because the vegetable can increase the feeling of satiety and reduce your appetite.

  1. Lower your risks of cancer and other diseases

Beets contain the potent antioxidants called betalains which can lower your risks of chronic disease like cancer and heart disease. It also has betacyanin which can protect the body against carcinogens. Betacyanin is the pigment responsible for the purple hue of beets.

Conclusion

With the many health benefits of beets, we should be eating more beets as a good way to incorporate a vegetable into your diet.

There are many ways to enjoy beets. You can juice or steam it. You can also roast or pickle it. But I would suggest avoiding the boiling beets to preserve the nitrates which are water soluble. Or simply let your home blender do all the work, then you will have a perfect drink for good health after few minutes.

Besides those ideas above, there are many excellent ways to prepare beets that you can use in your daily life.

Let me know what you usually do with beets in the comment section below.

Happy cooking!

Beets are one of the super foods. They are an excellent source of fiber and vitamins as well as full of essential nutrients like iron, manganese, B vitamins, copper, and potassium. This article will share the benefits of incorporating beets into your diet./>