All the Small Things

This week's had its ups and downs, like most; my first university fire drill seemed like a pretty interesting start to the week, up until the moment I dropped my iPhone (as I'm sure you can tell from the picture, I'm in need of a new screen - can anyone recommend a drop-in repair place in either Canterbury or London?); I finally finished 'One Day', which I had a love/hate relationship with, and started 'Looking for Alaska', which, so far, isn't quite living up to the expectations I'd had for it.
After spending far too much time studying this week (working at university, who'd have thought?), it soon picked up as my flatmates and I shared our first ever joint tequila night on Friday, shots downed whilst reminiscing over Dib Dab lollies and listening to some old-school R'n'B - No Scrubs, anyone?
By Sunday, mass lethargy had, of course, kicked in, and following a disgruntled search through my flatmates' veggie student cookbook and some serious drooling over Domino's pizza menu, we caved in and had a serious girls' night in, two huge pizzas between the three of us, and four tubs of Ben & Jerry's - some of which are still calling to me from my freezer as I type, a serious test of willpower!
The sad thing is, I hadn't even had anything to drink when that last photo was taken - I am just genuinely that naturally unphotogenic!
What's your guilty pleasure when you've had 'one of those weeks'? Food, like me? A good book? Tequila?

Changing Spots

Leopard-Print Skater Dress - Topshop, £28; Suedette Boots - H&M, £30; Leather Satchel - River Island, £70; Heart-Shaped Pendant - Forever 21, £6.It's officially impossible to take an even semi-decent outfit post in my university accommodation.

I haven't been shopping since I moved to university, not proper, full-on, clothes shopping. Something about the daunting budget and the sudden expenses of 'reading week' and the many events going on in and around town (and the odd slightly impromptu concert weekend in London) have made splurging on clothes a little more difficult, as of late.
Needless to say, I snapped, this dress being one of the many slightly reckless purchases from a weekend of clothing-centric behaviour.
I was having withdrawals, okay?
You'll be seeing most of the latest purchases around in the next couple of weeks (as part of my self-induced resolution to start posting more outfit photographs), I'm sure.

In other news...I got Florence + the Machine tickets in the pre-sale this morning (as those following my twitter will already know)! I saw her when she was touring 'Lungs' in 2009 (back before Dog Days was played everywhere, and she's amazing live, so I'm pretty excited! Is anyone else going to see her in March?

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Cookies and Cream

I got really, really lucky with my university flatmates.
Don't get me wrong, some of them make me want to scream, and one or two have, on occasion, been known to test my faith in humanity, but two of them, in particular, are probably the best friends I could have ever hope to make at uni.
One of the aspects of this new friendship I love most is, naturally, their ability, and appreciation, for baking (because, in case you hadn't noticed, it's a hobby I indulge far too much).
This weekend I made Cookies and Cream 'bark' - essentially a 'home-made' (not sure I can technically call it that as my role was predominantly assembling the thing) bar, with layers of milk and white chocolate, and crushed oreo pieces.
It's good, and I'd recommend you all make some, seeing how easy it is - my one suggestion would be to add a little dark chocolate to the mix (perhaps between the white chocolate and second layer of milk), because it can be a little sickly otherwise.
Cookies and Cream Bark:
  • 400g milk cooking/baking chocolate (not to be confused with covering chocolate, of course)
  • 200g white cooking chocolate
  • 154g (1 package) of Oreo cookies
  1. Line a baking tray with a layer of greaseproof paper. Crush the entire pack of Oreo cookies into a bowl (I just used my hands, but depending on how fine you want the chunks to be, you could always use a rolling pin etc). 
  2. Melt 200g of the milk chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot water (personally, I never use the microwave because I think it effects the taste of the chocolate, but you can do this if you prefer).
    Once melted, pour the chocolate onto the lined baking tray, spreading as evenly as possible - it doesn't have to be terribly neat, just try and get it as wide/long as you can. Crumble over a third of the crushed Oreos, and place the tray in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Whilst the first layer is setting in the freezer, melt all the white chocolate in the same way you did the milk.
    Once the first layer has set, remove the tray from the freezer and pour the white chocolate over the top; you'll have to work quite quickly so as not to melt the first layer with the warm white chocolate, so neatness isn't a concern, just try and spread it as much as possible, then add another third of the Oreo cookies to the top of this layer. Put back in the freezer for another 10-15 minutes.
  4. Melt the remaining milk chocolate, and, once the white layer has set, repeat the process of pouring/spreading the freshly melted chocolate. Sprinkle on the remaining Oreos, and return the tray to the freezer for another 15 minutes.
  5. Once completely set, grab another layer of baking parchment, and place over the top of the chocolate; holding the edges of both layers of greaseproof paper for grip, flip the entire thing upside down, and hit the underside with a rolling pin, saucepan, or any other heavy object available, so the entire thing smashes into shards.
    Once you're happy with the size of these pieces, you can sample your new-found bark-making skills, and store any leftovers in a container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
This is definitely my new go-to recipe when I need something sweet and made-for-sharing ASAP; what are your 'emergency treat' bakes?
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