Improvising a mix between recipes: Snickerdoodles + Almond Butter Spice.

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Some things I learned tonight:

1. There is nothing better than the smell of vanilla extract. 

2. Don’t be afraid to improvise with baking, it is just cookies after all. And I’m pretty sure I just discovered a new secret ingredient to making cookies light and fluffy… (it’s adding a tablespoon of yogurt!)   

3. Cautiously move forward and taste test along the way to help make the final product better.

4. My oven doesn’t work properly with the heat settings.

5. When the recipe says only make the dough balls 1 inch wide because they will expand…. trust the recipe and don’t make them larger.

6. Julia Child was right: “With enough butter, anything is good.”

7. Raw cookie dough batter is 100% better than the final baked version.

8. Loud pop music helps the dough and energy of the room rise.

9. If you’re wearing glasses … keep your face away from the oven door when you first open it.

10. Put the dough in the fridge to chill in between cooking separate batches.

The two recipes I referenced to create my own:

1. Snickerdoodles

2. Almond Spice Cookies

Happy Monday! And get creatively baking! 

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Latest Shoreditch Discovery – SLATE coffee shop

This afternoon I re-visited Slate – probably one of the smallest coffee shops in East London.

The address: 96 Curtain Road, London EC2 
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The menu includes everything for a green power smoothies to salmon/avocado muffins… easy to see why I love this place! I had a flat white (which they call a flattie), but with coconut soy milk since today is one of my vegan-inspired days.
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My rating of Slate (1-5 scale):
Prices – 3 (a bit pricy – 2.80 for a latte – but absolutely delicious and the food is well priced)
Customer Service – 5 (the baristas behind the counter are absolutely lovely)
Wifi – YES
Ability to Work: 1 (there are only 8-10 small seats inside)
Charm: 4 (the decorations and graffiti on the wall provides a lovely shoreditch atmosphere)
Overall: 4 
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And my favourite thing about Slate is it’s genius business strategy with card payments. YES, there is a 5 pound card minimum. BUT, you can buy a coffee for yourself in advance to make the card minimum. So last weekend, I paid for 2 coffees… and got to drink one of them today! I think it’s a brilliant coffee shop model and the names on the wall also add to it’s cozy atmosphere.
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Some Allpress coffee and chilled time to brainstorm on Sunday? YES PLEASE.

Pukka Detox Tea, Chill Music, and a Sketchbook are the ideal Saturday night.

Desk **Quick observation sketch of what my desk looked like at 21:46 last night.  On a side note, my website was having difficulty with the gallery portion. Luckily, my magical IT guy (cough cough my dad) was able to fix it! So although it hasn’t been updated with new artwork… at least the old stuff is still available to view. My personal favourite is the figure drawings and oil paintings. I miss life drawing and hope to pick it up again this semester. The University of London Union do classes on Wednesdays from 18:30 to 21:30, so I’m going to motivate myself to go after work! Until then… here’s the current stuff: Figure Drawings.  And some Oil Paintings while we’re at it!

What’s your definition of Home?

What's your definition of Home?

Let’s face it…. coffee shops are like a third home for me. I use the word ‘ home’ pretty liberally in terms of locations and countries. But after three years, I really do feel like London is my home. And no place more than The Fleet Street Press – a coffee shop near the Strand Campus of King’s College London and the Maughan Library on Chancery Lane. That coffee shop has seen multiple essays develop; it has kept so many secrets; it has fed me brownies and chickpea spinach soup. I even knew this coffee shop when it was called Get Coffee (Let’s go to ‘get coffee’ … clever right?) and the same Italian barista that has worked there for the past 3 years. A bleak Tuesday, three years ago, I saw this small coffee shop offering a ‘Monkey Mocha’. I was intrigued by the name and discovered a chocolate/banana/orange creation in this perfect house of wifi and bathroom access. Since that day, I have never looked back. It will always be one of my FAVOURITE coffee shops in London.

Check out their website: http://www.thefleetstreetpress.com

They also have a twitter with their daily clever coffee-board sayings!

ARTIST JOURNAL. a little film.

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I made a new short animated film about my sketchbook (and voila a quick poster design!). Watch the video on Youtube: HERE. 

I would like to formally apologise if the video does not work in your region. I’m having issues with the third party content of the song. Therefore, I’m trying to get an original cover of the song to re-upload it with original music (to avoid copyright infringements on Youtube). 

But please let me know what you think! I would love to hear your comments, concerns, opinions, etc.