Sunday, 26 December 2010

December: My month in photos.

From top to bottom:
The Christmas Market in Lille, France.
Roue Royale, Lille Grande Place
Decorations Stall
Sweets/Candy Stall

Outside X Factor Studios, Konnie Huq. I did actually see more interesting people, like Rihanna and Simon Cowell, I was just rubbish with my camera and kept forgetting to take any photos.

One of my best friends Reem and I, at her Christmas themed Birthday Party.

Christmas Presents:
My sister, Senni, got me a VOGUE subscription.
My grandmother, got me a Citizen Watch.
My mother, got me an Osprey London handbag.
Among various others :)

Hope you all had a peaceful Christmas and a wonderful New Year (which I still don't have plans for!) 
Lots of love, Jenni

Monday, 29 November 2010

Advent Calendar.

Christmas is without doubt my very favourite time of year, I love everything to do with it! Lets start with advent. Since I've been young, every year, rather than having a shop bought calendar with a chocolate for each day, there has been a riddle of some sort, which will lead to a small present hidden somewhere in my house. My mother always claimed it was the 'elves' that made it. Sadly, those 'elves' had the same handwriting as she did. This year, apparently, me and my sisters are far too old for that. So I decided I'd make myself an advent calendar, with a gingerbread biscuit for each day.

700g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g butter
350g soft brown sugar
2 egg
8 tbsp Golden Syrup

Heat the syrup, sugar and spices. Add butter to hot mixture and let it melt, stirring occasionally. Allow the mixture to cool. Add the eggs, flour, and soda, and carefully mix, making sure there are no air bubbles. Let the dough stand for the night in a cool place.
Preheat the oven to 200 °. Cover a surface in flour, and roll out the dough into a 3-4 mm thick circular shape.

 Cut the dough into various shapes using cookie/pastry cutters. Bake the gingerbread for 7-10 minutes, depending on their thickness. Keep an eye on them as they can go from golden to black in a matter of minutes. Let them cool and ice. I then drew up what I wanted each biscuit to look like, it makes icing a lot easier!

Personally, I tend to use ready made icing for details, purely for simplicity and less mess. But, you can mix 125g icing sugar with one egg and a few drops of lemon juice, to make a more viscous icing which is easier to decorate with.

I know there are only a few days until advent starts, but hopefully some of you will take inspiration and make your own gingerbread advent calendar!

Love Jenni xxx

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Pippa Whitaker.

She's completely crazy at times, her claws hurt like a bitch, she chews my fingers like no tomorrow, but she's so adorable none of that even matters.

Jenni xx

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The Girl with the Flask.

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I live on tea and coffee. I have awfully stained teeth because of this, but, its just too good.

I was waiting at the bus station and a girl, who was maybe 18 or so, comes up to me, and our conversation went a little like this:

Girl: 'Excuse me, girl with flask, why do I always, and I mean really often see you in Kingston, with a flask? I mean, I saw you last Tuesday, here, with a flask, on Saturday, with a flask, and now, today, with a flask.'
Me (being super weirded out): 'Err, I like hot beverages,'
Girl: 'Fair do's' - and walks off.

This does just confirm how much I love tea, and coffee. A lot.

Also, if you take your own flask to Starbucks, you get 25p discount for helping the planet. I personally mainly only drink English Breakfast- its got to be Yorkshire Tea, and Peppermint tea, but I'll drink any coffee with open arms!

'The flask'. Bodum, £12, John Lewis

I also got a little kitten, her name is Pippa and she is 12 weeks old and is just the cutest thing in the whole world. Now blogger isn't letting me upload any more photos, so I can't show you her! I will definitely in my next post!

Jenni ♥

Sunday, 17 October 2010


This morning, I raided my mothers scarf collection. I didn't know this before, but she has kept every scarf she has ever owned. As she has moved cross-country and sea, she could never keep any clothes or antiques as it would just be too much to move with, so, they had been abandoned over time. She did however keep scarves, she has pashminas, shrugs, wooly scarves, silk scarves, bandanas, you name it, she has it.

So, this morning, I felt they needed to see daylight again. I took seven, my mother will never see those seven scarves again.

Also, over a month ago, I bought a bird cage from Kempton Market for only £15, it is still not in place as there is very little space in my 7ft by 5'3ft room. Its puny, and unbearable.

At school for French GCSE, we are going to the Lille Christmas Market on 2/3 December, I am so excited, and am wondering whether anyone has been before? The website is in french, but I used google toolbar to help me translate some parts,

Jenni ♥

Monday, 4 October 2010

Eat Pray Love.

Firstly, sorry my blogger hasn't been working the past couple of weeks so I haven't been able to post.

I went to see Eat Pray Love. with my best friend Evie a few weeks ago, and I fell in love. As a start I just have to say that Julia Roberts is my favourite actress ever, and slowly I have been watching every movie in which she stars. Her role playing Liz Gilbert in Eat Pray Love didn't fail to keep up to the high standards she sets herself. 

Liz Gilbert, a married New York writer realises how her life has no purpose and how her marriage is escalating into something she prayed would not come. After a difficult divorce, she decides she wants to travel, to lead her life to a new place. So, she jets of on an around-the-world tour to 'find herself'.
She first goes to Rome, to Eat, then to India to Pray, and finally to Bali, where she finds Love.

Its an amazing film, based on a true story and will not fail to make you feel good. I heavily recommend it!

Jenni ♥

Monday, 13 September 2010


I started making shortbread long ago, I think the first time I made it was as a gift for my mum, for mothers day, I think? I don't know where I got it from its just kinda always been in my head. Anyway, I love this recipe, it so easy!


100g Plain Flour
100g Cornflour or Barley Flour
100g Butter
60g Caster Suger- I use Golden, purely by preference.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a baking/cookie tray with greaseproof paper.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using your fingers. At first they will form soft breadcrumbs, but after a while, a dough will be formed.

Knead the dough into a smooth ball and gently press and roll it into a round shape, about 1cm thick. 
Cut shapes from the dough using pastry cutters and place on the prefered backing tray. Using a fork or a scewer pierce the shortbread to form patterns on the surface.

Place in the oven and back for 20-25 minutes or until light golden and firm to the touch.

Jenni ♥