Minttusuklaa fudge -Mint Chocolate Fudge recipe

Lupailin herkullista fudge (toffee) reseptiä. Töissä eräs kollegoistani toi töihin mitä ihaninta fudgea joten kysyin reseptiä ja tein fudgea, kun kaverit tulivat kylään muutama viikonloppu sitten. Oli kyllä herkullista ja päätin, että teen toistekin. Vaikka taloutemme on melkoisen maidoton ja munaton nykyään, teen aina ajoittain poikkeuksia ja tässä yksi niistä. Lisäksi resepti on niin helppo ja nopea, että se sopii juuri täydellisesti tällaisen kiireisen äidin elämään. Ennen reseptiä halusin postata muutaman kuvan aivan ihanasta mekosta jonka ostin. Mekko on 100% silkkiä ja niin mukava päällä. Se on yhdestä lempikaupostani täällä nimeltä Trenery.

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Resepti:

100g voita

395g (1 purkki) kondensoitua maitoa

2 1/2dl ruskeaa sokeria (ei fariinia vaan ruskeaa sokeria)

2rkl vaalea leivontasiirappia

180g tummaa suklaata

1 tl piparminttuesanssia

1.Laita voi, kondensoitu maito, sokeri ja vaalea siirappi kattilaan. Kuumenna (ei kiehuta) ja keitä noin 10-15min kunnes seos sakenee toffeeksi.

2. Kun seos on paksua, lisää nopeasti suklaa ja piparminttu seokseen. Sekoita tasaisksi ja laita leivinpaperilla vuorattuun astiaan.

3. Anna jäähtyä ja kovettua jääkaapissa n. 2h.

4. Tarjoile! On herkullista kahvin kanssa pienenä herkullisena jälkiruokana.

I promised a recipe of the amazing mint chocolate fudge. It is super simple and quick but tastes heavenly. In fact the perfect dessert after the BBQ when people are not very hungry but carve for something small for dessert. I served this when we had the Footy Grand Final party. Everyone loved it! Above a couple of photos of my recent purchase from Trenery, a maxi dress, 100% silk and feels fantastic. Perfect for hot Melbourne summer days.

100 butter

2tbs golden syrup

395g condensed milk

1 1/3 brown sugar

180g dark chocolate

1tsp peppermint essence

1.Put butter, condensed milk, golden syrup and brown sugar into the sauce pan and cook (do not boil) for 10-15min until the mixture thickens.

2. When the mixture is thick add chocolate and peppermint essence and mix until smooth.

3. When the mixture is thick and smooth pour it into the tray covered in baking paper. Put the tray into the fridge and let it sit for 2h until ready for serving.

4. Yum!

Back to Singapore for a bit…

Like I mentioned before Singapore was amazing. So amazing that I could imagine to live there at some point of our lives. I love the smell and feel of tropical air believe it or not, I don’t have Polar Circle genes for some reason. I loved the humidity in t the air and the burning heat. As Singapore was so great I would like to share some tips here.

Accommodation first. There are plenty of options of course and pretty high end like everything in Singapore. We stayed in a lovely one bedroom apartment in Pan Pacific. With our allergic child hotel rooms just won’t work for us as we need to be able to cook all the meals for her so it is always a lot more planning involved when traveling. Pan Pacific was fantastic. Super child friendly, modern Scandi decor, amazing aircon, great breakfast, infinity pool on the 21st floor and the perfect location. View to the harbour was stunning!

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We stayed near the Arab quarter. It is a cool, artsy and stylish area. Lots of small boutiques and bars. If I did not have a child I would have been going out there every evening. Jazz bars and middle eastern cuisine! Fantastic.

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One must do thing in Singapore is the Raffles hotel. Like I mentioned in my previous post this is a colonial hotel, super fancy, great courtyard for drinks. Drinks are super expensive but the place is worth a visit. Most of the people are there drinking Singapore sling cocktails as they are the Singapore classic. As I am not a big fan of cocktails I ordered some white wine.

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We met Santa there too, which our daughter loved. She got even a decorated gingerbread as a gift but could not obviously eat it as it had all the deadly ingredients in it.

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Another great place is a water park for toddlers and kids. It is in the area called Gardens by the Bay. The whole area is a huge tropical garden, super impressive and extremely child friendly! Our daughter did not want to leave this water fountain park as you can imagine.

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You get also amazing views of the Singapore landmark Marina Bay Sands hotel. My husband was looking for us to stay there but they only had hotel rooms not apartments so did not work for us this time. It is an architectural miracle as you can see in the pictures above and below. The big boat like structure stays on the three poles that consist the hotel -unreal! It is huge too!

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Beneath this Marina Bay Sands there is a huge shopping mall that is worth visiting. All the luxury brands are represented including a three floor Chanel store: men’s fashion, women’s fashion and make up all in separate floors!

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We ate lots of quick noodles in the malls during this trip and they were better than any noodles in the best noodle bars in London or elsewhere I have been to. One evening I had this phenomenally good vegetarian dry noodle dish. It was so tasty that I went and ordered it again on the next day! I know, quite boring of me but it was too good to leave as one off thing…

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Today we head to Brisbane city and I hope to take some beautiful shots of the town and the river. I hope you have a great day too!

Snake prints and shades of grey – Käärmeprinttejä ja harmaan sävyjä

Within the past month I have fallen in love with the grey snake printed clothes that I recently bought. I often laugh at myself. When I find something super nice I wear it all the time until I get bored of looking the same every day, same applies to jewellery. I carried so many clothes with me to Finland but when I found the perfect ”snake shirt” I pretty much wore it as much as I could.

I have two different snake printed shirts, both of them I actually bought in Finland. The one is more like a top without sleeves, perfect under the jacket or for warm Autumn days, the other is a see through long sleeve shirt, super comfortable and relaxed. I like to combine those shirts either with other shades of grey, peachy pink or white.

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In Finland I wore the see through shirt with white pants. I quite like the combination, in general I think grey and white go so well together. I am not normally very fond of grey but with white, peachy light pink or different shades of grey it looks more like me.

Back in London I wore the snake printed top with a grey jacket and black jeans skirt.

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I also found perfect autumn shoes during my trip to Finland.

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I love the golden studs, kind of a sophisticated cowgirl look! Works with jeans or with skirts!

I also got my nails done with greyish navy blue colour as it seems to be the perfect dark shade for this Autumn, it goes well with anything really. I have previously advertised Loreta Jag in Knightbridge that is an amazing beauty salon. The problem with Loreta Jag for me is that it is totally on the other side of the town and so far to go to in the weekday evenings so recently I have been going to the place nearby Swiss Care. I have two favourite ladies doing my nails there, they do great job and quite quickly too. Loreta Jag is more of a luxury visit as they do one hour full manicure included in the package whereas at Swiss Care I only go for Shellac and some quick manicure. I always go for Shellac (CND) instead of Gelish. I know it is quite personal what suits for you better. I have felt that Shellac stays better on my nails and seems not to cause too much damage on the surface of the nail.

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I cannot wait for the weekend. My husband and I have a date, a proper date. Our nanny will come to look after our daughter whilst we can actually have some couple’s time. As London Restaurant Festival is on I booked for us one of the festival menus in L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is has one Michelin star, it is a multi award winning place and one of the London West End hot spot. Before leaving London I wanted to check out this French restaurant. As the restaurant festival is on you get great deals so I booked us a three course late lunch with matching wines. I cannot wait for eating there. The place has gotten fantastic reviews all over the place. I will post everything about it as soon as I can. Hopefully they allow to take photos of the dishes, some places in London won’t.

Talk to you soon! Have a great Wednesday afternoon!

Banana Republic Marimekko Collection and Yellow Jacket

So long, so sorry.  I really struggle to find time for my blog at the moment. Work is hectic and my baby at the stage of walking and running everywhere which keeps me busy! I had to post this one outfit though. Banana Republic launched a collection with Marimekko -Finnish iconic brand- and as soon as I saw couple of items I had to get them. Almost everything was sold out online but I ran to the store on Regent Street and manage to get what I wanted! One of the purchases was these lovely trousers Marimekko ”Kivi” print.  In addition to Marimekko I have been looking at this yellow jacket in Zara for almost a month now and today I decided I need it, well I didn’t really needed but I wanted it 🙂

We had a wonderful family day in Notting Hill today. Our baby is so sweet and lovely these days and I can warm heartedly say I enjoy every moment of motherhood at the moment. I guess that is why I struggle to find time for my blog as I feel like spending every moment with my little sweetheart. I promise I try to soon get back here with some good recipes. Here some pics of my outfit today.

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How beautiful is High Street Kensington and Notting Hill area! One of my favourite parts of London. We found a fantastic pub in Kensington area by the way. It is called Windsor Castle -I recommend it  to everyone. Really high quality food, amazing beer garden and impressive wine selection.

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Have a relaxing weekend!

White, camel and navy – Valkoista, kamelia ja sinistä

I love white trousers. I think they spice up the look with blonde hair without many accessories. In London they are however very tricky. It rains a lot all year long so by wearing white you always take a risk of getting rained (and mud) on!

Here is an outfit that I really like, very casual, smart but brightens up the day with white, camel and navy combination. The white bird necklace is my absolute favourite. I bought it in a small design store in Shoreditch.

When I was younger I remember trying to wear as skinny clothes as possible to show my figure. Now it makes me laugh a lot -how silly- as I do prefer a bit more wider cuts these days that do not reveal my body line inch by inch. I still love skinny trousers but with them I think looser shirts look a lot better than too giving ones. This shirt is one of my new favourite and was also a find in sales. It is from the store called Sting.

I have recommended Sting store you before and I do think it is a great one. It has a lot of American street style but also very feminine clothes with unique cuts and unusual features on them. Check it out if you can they have a store at least in London and in Belgium, Germany and Netherlands.

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Have a great day! It has been a sunny and Spring like morning here!

Cardigan, cardigan..-Neuletakki, neuletakki

I promised to post some outfit photos as I got very excited about my shopping from Boxing Day sales. It has been exceptionally warm here in England this winter and quite sunny too. After visiting Finland over the Christmas period at the darkest time of the year -this year without snow even- I realised how much lighter it is here and how much less clothes you can actually wear when going outside. When trying this cloth combination on I suddenly noticed I have not even worn these lovely classic black boots all winter as it has been too warm for boots. Sad as I do love these boots!

The older I get the more important the quality of clothes gets. This applies particularly to cardigans and jumpers. I cannot wear bad quality knits anymore, they tickle me, don’t breath or end up being full of knots after one wash. The feel of the knit against the skin is so important. I was very happy to find this cardigan. It has nice small feature laces in front and on the sleeves, the colour is soft beige and the material pleases the skin. I got a bit shocked though when I read from the label that it has rabbit hair in it -yikes- but so be it. Feels soft and lovely anyway!

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PS. You can also see my new phone in the photos. I made a leap to the dark side. I gave up using Apple. I tried Nokia Windows phone in the meantime and was not happy at all so here it is the new Google Nexus 5…and it is awesome! I know it is mainly for geeky boys but hey I can be pretty geeky at times. This phone functions so smoothly, it is actually programmed amazingly well and allows all kind of customisation which I like. The camera is fantastic, you can watch HD movies on it, large variety of apps available with all the newest functionality, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram apps just great and what I like the most it is purely Google based -maps, mail, notes everything so no more hassle to synchronise mail, notes, pics, music etc. All backed up to Google drive. Sorry about the selling speech but this phone is just fantastic! So if you are looking for a new phone have a look at this one, I recommend.

Casual chic -Jokapäiväisen tyylikästä

I will be soon back to work. The other week I went through all my clothes and it made me slightly sad. All the lovely clothes were too big and not even a little bit but well over one or two sizes too big. I know, a woman should not complain about her weight loss so I won’t but it is slightly disappointing that all my nice clothes that I have invested in are sitting in the wardrobe useless at the moment.  Being so I ended up shopping a little bit during the past few weeks. I wanted to find casual chic, something that I could wear at work when I don’t have client meetings and I don’t have to have my ”business clothes” on.

I found  a lovely brown casual suit jacket and trendy beige shirt with the golden band on it ( I have been actually looking for a shirt like this for ages!!!). Both from the fantastic fashion outlet on Upper Street in London. This outlet is great as it sells mainly French labels so everything in the store fits me like a dream. For some reason French sizes and measurements just fit me, I hardly ever find anything in England. I bought also black skinny trousers from River Island and nice well fitting classic leather high heels from Eram in Belgium last weekend. Eram is fantastic, I think it is also originally French. Their shoes are good quality and fit perfectly if you have rather small and narrow feet. If I run I buy Adidas -French as well-  as they are the only runners that are narrow enough for my feet. I could not praise French clothing more. I have to say that it is one thing I miss in my exchange student year, it was so wonderful to have all the French clothing and shoe stores available all that time. Still one of my all time favourites is Promod that luckily has finally landed in Helsinki but we are still waiting for it here in the UK. Debenhams sells some lines of the Promod but still it it would be fantastic to have their actual store here in London.

My next blog post will be a recipe, but until then I hope my fashion and travelling posts have been interesting to read!

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Palaan pian takaisin töihin. Pari viikkoa sitten kävin läpi vaatekaappiani ja tulin hieman surulliseksi. Kaikki ihanat vaatteeni ovat isoja eivätkä vain vähän vaan useamman koon. Tiedän, naisen ei pitäisi valittaa painon putoamisesta, siispä en sitä tee, mutta on kyllä harmillista, että kasa ihania vaatteita nököttää vaatekaapissani täysin käyttämättä. Siispä olen viime viikkoina tehnyt hieman ostoksia, jotta vaatekaapissani olisi edes jotain sopivaa päälle laitettavaa. Tavoitteenani oli löytää arkisen tyylikkäitä vaatteita, joita voisin käyttää myös töissä silloin kun ei ole asiakastapaamisia ja voin kulkea ilman ”bisnesvaatteitani”.

Löysin ihanan ruskearuudullisen jakun seka beigen kultakaularenkaalla koristetun paidan (olen etsinyt tälläista paitaa jo pitkään!!). Molemmat löysin mahtavasta merkkivaate outletista Uppers Streetiltä Lontoosta. Kyseinen outlet myy etupäässä ranskalaisia vaatteita, joten lähes kaikki liikkeestä löytyvä istui minulle kuin valettu. Jostain kumman syystä ranskalaiset koot ja vaatteiden leikkaus sopii vartalolleni. Löydän hyvin harvoin mitään Englannista ja siksi ostoskelenkin useimmiten matkustellessamme Keski-Eurooppaan. Mustat skinny malliset housut ostin River Islandsta ja ihanat klassiset mustat nahkaiset korkkarit Eram liikkeestä Belgiasta. Eram on tietääkseni ranskalainen alun alkujaan. Kengät ovat hyvälaatuisia ja istuvat aivan uskomattoman hyvin mikäli jalan malli on pieni ja kapea. Sama mikä pätee vaatteisiin pätee minulla myös kenkiin, ainoastaa Adidaksen (ranskalainen sekin) juoksukengät istuvat jalkaani, muut ovat liian leveitä lestiltään, niin paljon kuin unelmoinkin Asicsista ne eivät jalkaani sovi. En voisi ylistää enempää ranskalaisia vaatteita ja kenkiä (alusvaatteista puhumattakaan!) , ne ovat vain niin hyviä kaikin puolin. Ranskalaisten vaatteiden ja kenkien shoppailu on ehkä asia (jota ruoan jälkeen) kaipaan eniten vaihto-oppilasvuodessani Ranskassa. Kaikkien aikojen suosikkini on Promod. Helsinkiin se on jo onneksi rantautunut, mutta täällä Briteissä yhä odotamme liikkeen saapumista. Debenhams myy joitakin Promodin vaatteita, mutta itsenäistä Promodin liikettä ei Lontoosta valitettavasti löydy.

Ensi postaukseni onkin sitte ruokaohje. Toivottavasti olette nauttineet matkustus- ja muotipostauksista. Siihen saakka moi! 🙂

Leather and Fur -Nahkaa ja turkista

I had a relaxing Belgium holiday at the weekend about which I will tell you in my next blog post! I have awesome traveling tips as we went to such wonderful places!

The winter is definitely arriving in the UK too, it was very chilly this morning and our house feels a lot colder than before. Unlike many Finns I like cold houses, I find them much more refreshing and I sleep better. I love to wrap myself into winter clothes and put my funny house socks on. Today I thought I will dress up very warmly as it takes time to get used to the cold temperatures after the long and warm summer. I bought quite a nice pairs of leather pants last spring but haven’t had a chance to wear them much yet. They are a bit baggy due to my weight loss but with the belt I manage to make them look like they fit. This was my funny wintery outfit  today 🙂 I love the vest, I bought it from The Sting last year. My leather trousers are from Asos.

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Minulla oli ihana loma Belgiassa viikonloppuna. Kirjoitan siitä seuraavassa blogipostauksessani, sillä minulla on liuta ihania matkustustippeja jaettavana!

Talvi on viimein saapunut Lontooseen, on kylmempää niin talossa kuin ulkona. Niinpä päätin pukeutua tänään super lämpimästi ja laitoin viime keväänä ostamani nahkahousut jalkaan. Ne roikkuvat jonkin verran painoni pudottua roimasti, mutta vyöllä saan ne näyttämään siltä kuin ne istuisivat täydellisesti. Housut ovat Asosista ja liivi The Sting liikkeen viime vuoden mallistosta. Aluksi kauhistuin nahkan ja turkiksen yhdistelmää, mutta tovin sitä peilistä katseltuani totesin, että look on aika kiva 🙂

Parisian chic -Pariisilaista tyyliä

One day the other week I just got the feeling that my wardrobe is full of boring mama clothes, practical shirts and flat shoes. I thought I needed something a bit more elegant and stylish. So I went for shopping with my little baby girl. She is usually a good shopping buddy -I need to teach her the enjoyment of fashion straight from birth 🙂

I guess after turning to 30 last summer I started to feel that I really have to pay more attention to my clothes. I wish to look elegant and classic not girly. I already get asked IDs every time I buy a bottle of wine here in the UK. I also get told by older English ladies how to take care of my baby. This happens everywhere I go whether being on the bus, on the street or in the store.  Usually they are commenting on my baby’s clothes saying how my baby is ”overheating” and has too many clothes on. Personally I know this is a cultural difference. As a Finn I want to dress my baby warmly so that she has a lovely cuddly warm layer on her to sleep better. Brits are a bit different with their babies . The babies here have no gloves and their noses are always runny, this was in fact noted in one Finnish article lately. There is no right way of doing things but with the baby dressing I am a Finn from top to toes. Anyway, I think I get so many advice due to my baby face. Those elder British ladies probably think ”oh poor young girl with the baby and does not know what to do with her”… so maybe it is time for change.

My favourite high street stores in London are River Island and Banana Republic. They have stylish and well fitting clothes. If I want to buy nice looking but super comfortable shoes I will always go for Clarks or Nine West.

Toissa viikolla tuli yksi päivä vain sellainen olo, että vaatekaappini on ainoastaan täynnä tylsiä ja käytännöllisiä äiti-vaatteita ja lättäkenkiä (tietenkään tämä ei ole koko totuus, mutta oikeuttaa ostoksille). Aloin kaipaamaan jotakin eleganttia ja tyylikkäämpää vaatekaappini (ja itseni) koristeeksi. Niinpä lähdin shoppailemaan vauvani kanssa. Hän on yleensä hyvä shoppailukaveri -täytyyhän tytär opettaa alusta saakka muodin maailmaan :)!

Viime kesänä kolmekymmentä täytettyäni alkoi tuntua, että minun tulisi kiinnittää hitusen enemmän huomiota vaatetukseeni. Haluan elegantimpaa ja klassisempaa Paris street style tyyliä tyttömäisten vaatteiden sijaan. Britanniassa viinipulloa ostaessani minulta aina kysytään henkiöllisyystodistus. Lisäksi meninpä sitten kauppaan, kahvilaan tai bussiin, vanhat englantialaisrouvat alkavat neuvoa minulle vauvanhoitoa. Yleensä he varoittelevat vauvani ”ylikuumenemisesta” sillä tyttäreni on puettu lämpimästi. Täällähän lapset kulkevat ilman lämpökerrastoa pakkasellakin, hanskoista ei ole puhettakaan ja lasten nenät valuvat valtoimenaan. kuten eräässä suomalaisessa artikkelissa lähiaikoina todettiin. Puen vauvani lämpimästi, mutta tämä ei johdu siitä etten tietäisi kuinka hoitaa lastani, olen vain päästä jalkopäihin suomalainen ja haluan lapseni olevan lämmin en paleleva. Kulttuuriero tässä asiassa on vain hyvin räikeä.  Joka tapauksessa luulen, että syy näiden brittirouvien asioihini puuttumiseen ovat lapsenkasvoni. Rouvat luultavasti voivottelevat mielessään kuinka tuo poloinen tytön hupakko tuskin tietää lapsenhoidosta ripaustakaan ja kaipaa neuvoja. Ehkä siis tyylini on aika muuttua. Tyttömäisestä olemuksestani huolimatta olen silti hyvin kauhistunut kuinka täällä niin hanakasti kommentoidaan toisten äitiyttä ja lastenhoitoa, Suomessa se olisi merkki tahdittomuudesta ja tiettyjen yksityisyyden rajojen ylittämisesta. Kulttuuriero, se se on.

Päätin siis suunnata ostoksille ja hankkia jotain klassista. Suosikki high street kauppani ovat River Island ja Banana Republic. Niistä löytyy aina tyylikkäitä perusvaatteita. Kenkien suhteen päädyn usein joko Clarkseihin tai Nine Westiin, sillä ne ovat tyylikkäitä mutta aina mukavia jaloissa.

I ended up buying nice shirts from Banana Republic:
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Ostin muutaman kauniin paidan Banana Republicista.

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I also bought a few pairs of nice new shoes.

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Ja muutaman parin kenkiä….

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I was very happy what I found and so was my shopping buddy!

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Minulla oli iloinen shoppailukaveri mukana, joka vahti ostoksiani silmä kovana 🙂

Seuraavaa shoppailukertaa odotellessa…