Strawberry Love 🍓❤️🍓❤️

I just love love strawberry! Especially when it is in season in the summer and nothing can get better than a classic British strawberry and cream dessert! 😋

When I visited the Silver Darling in Aberdeen earlier in the week, I was very inspired by its strawberry tasting platter, so I decided to do my take on it last night. This strawberry dessert platter was composed of a strawberry & mint sorbet, eggless meringue (made from aquafaba), strawberry shortbread (coloured and filled with dried strawberries), strawberry jelly cubes, fresh strawberry coulis, whipped cream, and last but not least, a strawberry-mint vodka cocktail shot! 🍸😉

We might have gotten a little carried away on the alcohol! 😂

Don’t You Want to Be a Kid Again?

These times in quarantine had really allowed me to sit down and reflect on a lot of things in my life. I do believe sometimes we do take things too easily for granted. I am even thankful just being able to sit on my bed now and watch TV most days. 😂 Lately, I have been in touch with my inner child self again and started picking up things I enjoyed doing when I was a kid, whether games or animations. I do miss those times back then. Sometimes, it’s just easier to be young and worry-free, don’t you think? ❤️

When I was younger, one of the things I was absolutely obsessed with was dinosaurs. 🦖🦕🦖🦕 (I am sure many of you here might feel the same as me! 😂) Literally any TV/movies/documentaries/books about dinosaurs I will be on it! (Disney’s Dinosaur back in 2000 was one of my favourite movies back then! 🎥 Don’t know how many of you remember that film? 🤔) And for any dinosaur fans out there, here is my Jurassic volcano chocolate cake surrounded with shortbread biscuit dinosaurs! 🌋🌴 Also gave me a chance to do my favourite caramel sugar work. 😉

And now I am enjoying sugar like every other child! 🤣🤣

Would You Like an Adventure Now? 🐶

As Peter Pan once asked, ‘Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?’☕️ I certainly like to explore new places, but obviously with the coronavirus pandemic, things have to be put on hold. With the extension of the lockdown announced (which I very much approve of), I do wonder how long it will take for the days to go back to ‘normal’ again? As much as I want to go back outside, I do find it surprising and also upsetting that a handful of people are still ignoring the social distancing guidelines and going out regardless.😕 I appreciate that many are struggling with their mental health at the moment. For me, keeping myself busy with things I enjoy and taking time to relax is the best way to stay sane in these difficult times.

I remember, when I was a child, I used to be able to play games and reenact many ‘little adventures’ with the toys that I had – could literally do that for hours until I was all tired out! 😂 So sometimes I wonder what has changed for me as an adult? Have I become more of a realist, more materialistic, or just simply lacking in imagination? I guess it is true what people say– when you are younger, happiness was such a simple thing. I always say as a person grows, you learn. However, maybe this is something adult me can learn from my childhood self. Life can certainly be very simple but happy at the same time.❤️

Since last week, I have been taking part in the Lockdown Bake Club event on Instagram, which is overseen by Bake Off star Briony Williams. (I really encourage for you all to go and check it out there!☺️ Jt was just so much fun! And to see my painting cake unexpectedly ended up winning was a happy surprise. Not that I am showing off haha…!😂) This week’s theme was biscuit building. To be honest, anything such construction-based is really out of my comfort zone. However, feeling a bit inspired by my ‘little adventure’ thoughts, I thought I will give it a go. (I was also running kind of low on ingredients, so I decided to take a more monochromatic approach.) The biscuits I used were shortbreads and decorated with buttercream, icing and colours.

Blue shed by the golden city 🌊🌊
Heading out to adventure 🐶

Given biscuit building is not my strength, I was quite pleased about how it turned out. 😂 If you are interested, go and check out #lockdownbakeclub on Instagram! There are so many beautiful bakes there that are blowing my mind! ❤️❤️