I’m wrapping up all the things I’ve been loving this past two months in one video! I’m talking ASOS purchases, books, podcasts, YouTube, skincare and more! What have you been loving this month?
Did you know you can now find out what form your Patronus would take on Pottermore? I thought it would be fun to take you on my journey of discovery.
I’ve recently listened to two fantastic audio books through Bolinda’s BorrowBox app! So here I am chatting about This House of Grief by Helen Garner and The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss. I’d love to hear if you’ve read either of these books – they’re both extremely thought provoking and moving so let’s chat about them in the comments!
My last week has revolved around books (even more than usual!). So I whipped out my camera and filmed the highlights to share with you guys. We have National Bookshop Day in Australia, Jake Knight’s book launch and the Hachette Roadshow in Melbourne. I hope you enjoy this video – let me know how your week has been, I’d love to hear from you!
Genre: Contemporary fiction/thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
I have a fab range of new and upcoming books to chat to you all about today! Stay tuned until the end of the video where I have two bookish announcements! As always, you can find all the links to the books I mention below the video. I hope you enjoy the video, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you do!
It’s time to wrap up everything I’ve been loving during the month of July (with the exception of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which I loved with all of my heart on the very last day of July). This month I have a great range of products, artwork, experiences, food, magazines and books to chat about, all of which are linked below!
Today’s blog post is all about celebrating a new release book by Caroline Beecham, Maggie’s Kitchen. I thought the best way to introduce this historical fiction title was to get in the kitchen and bake one of the delicious recipes that are listed at the back of the book! While flicking through the recipes, the Chocolate Birthday Cake caught my eye (as chocolate often does) and I wanted to test out the beetroot addition to this recipe!
Watch me as I bake a Chocolate Birthday Cake while telling you a little bit about the story behind Caroline Beecham’s brand new historical fiction novel, Maggie’s Kitchen.
As I said earlier, Maggie’s Kitchen includes a list of war-time recipes in the back, so readers are able to bake a few of the main character’s favourite recipes! If you specifically want to bake the Chocolate Birthday Cake, here’s what you’ll need:
Few drops of vanilla extract
1 tbsp golden syrup
140g/5oz self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
30g/1oz Bournville cocoa
1/2 a cup of milk
1 cup of grated beetroot
Icing sugar for decoration on top
Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla extract and warmed golden syrup. In a separate bowl, sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa. Gradually add eggs to the creamed mixture, beating well between each addition. Then slowly add the flour mixture stirring in enough milk to bind the ingredients. Gently fold in beetroot. Pour the cake batter into a greased cake tin and bake for 25 minutes. Test with a metal skewer to check it is cooked. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Sprinkle icing sugar on top once the cake is cool. Enjoy!
Find out more about Maggie’s Kitchen: www.maggieskitchennovel.com
Contact the author: @CarolineBeecham
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Find out what everyone else is saying about Maggie’s Kitchen by following the blog tour! Details below:
The 2016 BookTube-A-Thon is over! Sad times. I’m really happy with the books I’ve read and my progress throughout the week. If you didn’t see my TBR video where I set my challenges and planned my books for the week, you can catch up with it here. Then, come back and watch the following video where I chat you through which books I did read with some spontaneous books in between!