Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Fairytales : Snow White

The Most well known Version of this truly classic tale was of course released by Walt Disney and his colleagues in 1937 as their first feature length animated film with 'multi camera shots'. It was first banned in some countries when it came out as it was seen as too scary for children, It was also one of Hitler and Goebbels' favourite films.. bit disturbing don't you think? but yeah. 
This Video never fails to creep me out and make me laugh.... 

But anyway the first recorded tale of Snow White or Schneewittchen was by the famous Grimm Brothers in 1812 later than I actually expected. It did not actually have a name until 1854. 
The Grimm brothers collected folk tales from long ago 

In the tale she is only 7, there were more than 7 dwarves who actually DEMANDED her to cook and clean for them... 
In the Grimm version, the Queen orders her huntsman to take Snow White (or Snowdrop, as she is called in the first edition) into the forest, and bring back her lungs and liver as proof that he has killed her. The huntsman takes pity on Snow White, and instead brings the Queen the lungs and liver of a boar, which she eats, believing them to be Snow White’s. The Queen eventually discovers that Snow White has survived by questioning her magic mirror. She dresses in a disguise in her later attempts to kill Snow White. First, she visits the dwarfs’ house as an old peddler woman, and sells Snow White laces for a corset; but laces them too tightly, to crush her ribs and suffocate her . When that fails, she returns as a different old woman and tricks Snow White into using a poisoned comb. Finally when the comb fails to kill her, she visits again as a farmer’s wife and gives Snow White a poisoned apple. After Snow White and the Prince reveal her true nature, she is invited to their wedding, where she is forced to wear red-hot iron shoes and “dance until she dropped down dead.”
The Prince in this version does not meet her untill she is in her glass coffin and the perv decides to take the dead woman with him until the apple core shakes in her throat and THEN she wakes up . and they live happily ever after. 
The queen shocked to see snow white alive is hunted down by the dwarves and then forced to dance at snow White's wedding in RED HOT SLIPPERS and snow white laughs at this sadistically.

There is a better version of this tale on wikipedia ! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_White

As the Grimm Brothers collected folk tales it is likely that the original passed down story dates back at least till the middle ages. 
an interesting point I found was ..
. In fact, the Snow White tale was not confined to Germanic lands. In Italy, the tales of Bella Venezia and The Young Slave contain many parallels, as does the Greek story of Myrsina and the Scottish tale Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree However, the non-German tales usually depict the dwarfs as rough thugs who steal, murder, plunder, etc. but are eventually cured of their evil deeds upon seeing Snow White's beauty (even though in an Albanian version the dwarfs basically gang rape her).

The dwarves do not seem as cuddly as they did before I used to love grumpy. This reminds me of the 1997 film Snow white a tale of terror with sigourney weaver in. I like this version because it makes you pity the evil queen a bit more to how driven mad she was by the mirror and how 'liliana' or snow white felt when this new step mother moved in taking away her father's attention. It gives a greusome insight to how the dark tale might have originally been told truly revealing how mad and sadistic the queen must have became. 

Another possibility to the origin of this tale could also - like cinderella be of real life events a very likely outcome to the originality of our known bedtime stories. 
German scholar, Eckhard Sander, published Schneewittchen: Marchen oder Wahrheit? (Snow White: Is It a Fairy Tale?). Which looks into the story of Margarete von Waldeck (1553-1554), who was a countess and the alleged lover of Philip II of Spain. She was obviously married for political advance.
In goodreads.com it says
"And though Margarete was a countess, the relationship held no real political clout. Nothing could have been gained politically from their union and as a result, many have argued that Margarete was poisoned to get her out of the way. Her death at a young age, coupled with the fact that many of her contemporaries believed she had been poisoned (there is an obvious tremor in the handwriting of Margarete's final will) have convinced many that her death was in fact from poisoning. And as was the case with Snow White, Margarete allegedly had a terrible relationship with her stepmother." She also apparently was made to leave home at 16 due to her step mother and later on apparently employed young children to work in the mines as semi-slaves. 
the malnutrition attributed to a severe stunt in their growth during puberty. As a result, these workers were often ridiculed for being "poor dwarfs" who were only good for human chattel in the mines. Margarete would have certainly been aware of them since it was primarily members of her family that "employed" the "dwarfs."- IT just gets darker and darker doesn't it ! 

Margerite the slave owner herself :O
In the albanian version the main character lives with 40 dragons. Her sleep is caused by a ring. The beginning of the story has a twist, in that a teacher urges the heroine to kill her evil stepmother so that she would take her place. The origin of this tale is debated; it is likely no older than the Middle Ages. In fact there are possibly two Albanian versions of Snow White: one where her stepmother tries to kill her, and another where her two jealous sisters try to kill her. "The Jealous Sisters" is another Albanian fairy tale. In both fairy tales the death is caused by a ring.

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There are many film versions to this tale that I love 

This one is very cheesy but good still :) 

I must say I did love Snow White and the Huntsman, It was very dark and gritty giving insight into alternative versions of the tale. But 'alas' -lol very fitting in this post. I do not believe it accurate to the Grimm Story but very good all the less showing snow white as a fighter woman

Mirror Mirror was not that good but I thought it was funny and also shows snow white as a fighter. They were both released at the same time though which I find odd

Once Upon a time is also very good at portraying snow white :) 
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There wasn't that much information on this blog so I apologise but I hope you enjoyed it :) 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Did Somebody say.. PAELLA?

I decided to try and make Paella today and I must say It is rather nice :) x
Now I am not a fan of seafood (there isn't much I like really lol) So I just did a Chicken and Chorizo one but it was rather nice and I will post a seafood recipe and a vegetarian one too for those in need :)

What do we need?

  • Olive oil
  • 1 Red Pepper 
  • 1  red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 500g paella rice (if you cannot find any risotto rice also works) 
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Turmeric (saffron traditionally used but it is expensive, use saffron if you like though) 
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes, 2 chicken stock cubes 
  • A can of chopped tomatoes 
  • 8 Chicken Thighs
  • 300g Cooking Chorizo NOT SLICED (it is a spanish spicy sausage looks like pepperoni I got mine from Lidl, many deli stores sell it too) 
  • some oregano (my favourite herb)
  • salt n pepper
1. I like to cook my chicken first to make sure it is not poisonous and I like to do it on the bone so the meat is more tender and flavoursome. 
I heat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade (400 f, gas mark 6) I drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on the chicken thighs and sprinkle oregano cooking them for 45 minutes make sure the skin is crispy

2. while I am doing this I chopped the onion, garlic and peppers ever so finely (I am very fussy so..) it depends on taste but I find it is better finely chopped because the taste of the spices are more pronounced. While I was doing this I also made up the stock using 2 litres of water added and the teaspoon of turmeric I stirred and let it infuse. 

3. After the chicken is cooked I (mind your hands) took the chicken off the bone and broke it up KEEPING THE SKIN and then drizzled a tablespoon of olive oil into a large pan (i do not have a paella pan). And I sweated the onions (when they are slightly seathrough) 

4. Next I added the chopped tomatoes and let them reduce and thicken this is known as Sofrito". Then I added the chopped chicken and the juices with it.  and let it all cook and combine for a couple of minutes. 

5.  After this I added the chopped Chorizo the teaspoon of paprika and the chopped peppers. Mix around thoroughly and continue fry for few more minutes
chorizo :)

6. I then added the stock and salted it because It needs to be well salted. Stir and leave to boil for several minutes to let the flavours mix in the stock I waited untill it seemed to look a bit thicker 

7. Add the rice and mix it briefly to even out in the pan and make sure it is all below the liquid x Do not stir 

8. let it simmer for 10 minutes and then turn down the heat and let it simmer for 10 more :)  this is what mine looked like 

9. then cover with either a lid or some foil and keep cooking untill the liquid is absorbed. then leave it to rest and cool slightly

10. I like to serve mine with some lemon :) 

Here is Rick Stein's seafood version :)  
500g prepared medium-sized squid, cut into 3cm pieces
5 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
150g shallot, finely chopped
1½ red peppers, seeded and chopped into 1cm pieces
1½ green peppers, seeded and chopped into 1cm pieces
1½ tsp pimentón picante (smoked hot Spanish paprika)
225g large raw peeled prawns
500g small clams, such as carpetshell, washed
600g short-grain paella rice, such as Calasparra
1 heaped tsp loosely packed saffron strands
1.5 litres fish stock
250g large mussels, cleaned
6–8 cooked langoustines or unpeeled cooked crevettes
Alioli, to serve (optional)
Dry the squid well on kitchen paper, season with salt and set to one side. Place a 40–50cm paella pan over 2 burners on a medium heat. Add the oil and garlic and, as soon as the garlic begins to
sizzle, add the shallot and fry for 5–6 minutes until soft and sweet, turning the pan every few minutes so that everything cooks evenly.

You will need to do this throughout the cooking time. Add the red and green peppers and pimentón, and fry for 5 minutes until the peppers are just softened. Stir in the squid and stir-fry for 3–4 minutes until it becomes white and opaque.
Scatter the prawns and clams around the pan, add the rice and saffron, and stir everything together well. Add the stock and 2½ teaspoons of salt and bring to the boil, stirring briefly to redistribute the ingredients around the pan.

Leave to simmer vigorously for 6 minutes over a medium-high heat, but do not stir it any more, remembering to give the pan a turn every 2 minutes. Then reduce the heat to medium, arrange the mussels and langoustines or crevettes evenly around the pan and push them down slightly into the rice. Leave to cook for a further 14 minutes, again without stirring, by which time all the liquid will have been absorbed and the surface of the rice should be pitted with small holes.

Turn off the heat, cover the pan with a clean tea towel and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm straight from the pan – with alioli, if, like me, you love it.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/homestyle/blogs/tried-and-tasted/rick-steins-paella-party-food-20110907-1jwne.html#ixzz2RnSEaY4l

And a Vegetarian Paella
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 green and 1 red pepper,cored and diced
  • 1 cup (that's cup and not mug) of peas (frozen are fine)
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 800ml  vegetable stock
  • ground black pepper
  • 250-300g paella rice
  • chopped parsley, optional, as much as you like
Follow the recipe in a similar way to mine but skipping the meat bits and replacing them with the vegetable ones :) x

Friday, 26 April 2013

A Delicious chocolatey hot chocolate :) x (real chocaholics only)

I love chocolate!
Chocolate is one of my absolute favourite things! Next to all things weird and cat like, I would like to let you into one of my most entirely guilty pleasures ! . I am simply fed up of how unchocolatey normal hot chocolate is.. its so milky and pale and Its like a hot substance with a hint of chocolate flavouring? what is this? 
why so pale? that is not the colour of chocolate!
Chocolate instantly gives one endorphins, and if this one does not make you high (no drugs used apart from cocoa by the way :P ) then i do not know what else will!. It is such an easy recipe and depending on what is in your house at the time you can change over ingredients whenever you need. 
this is what a hot chocolate should look like!
4 rows of Cadbury's Bournville (or bitter sweet chocolate or even full on dark) 
4 teaspoons of sugar depending on taste
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (if you don't have this add another square of chocolate) In fact I use way more cocoa than this i make it extra thick! 
a splosh of cream if you like
enough hot milk or hot water to get it into 'drinking consistancy

to top? if you have whipped cream please use it !! then either sprinkle cocoa on the top or great chocolate

1. heat the milk and or water (with the cream if used) into a saucepan (wait until steam comes up and then test to see how hot you like it. 

2. turn off the heat! we do not want burnt chocolate. then add the cocoa and melt in the chocolate stirring untill purrrffect! . it may seem very dark to you but that is how it is supposed to look ! basically it should look like slightly thinner melted chocolate.

3. if you like you can then add some syrups ie golden syrup, vanilla extract, or .. more chocolate! 

4. pour it into your favourite mug and squirt on the whipped cream and dust the decoration. 

5. sip and enjoy. 
for a tamer version add milk chocolate instead of dark.

IF YOU REALLY NEED A WAKEUP CALL.. I do this all the time 
I have 6 teaspoons of cocoa powder. with 6 teaspoons of sugar NO MILK! I just add hot water that really wakes you up ! try it ! 

48 questions

Thought I would join the Bandwagon!  Stolen from @http://reid-this.blogspot.co.uk/ and @http://graceykins.blogspot.co.uk/

1. What time did you get up this morning? This morning I woke up at half 6 to make my brother pancakes for college, I like to suprise people ! But normally i wake up around half 10 ish sometimes 12 though !
2. How do you like your steak? Very rare almost mooing, I find it more tender that way. 
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?  I actually do not remember...
4. What is your favorite TV show?  I am very weird, I love kids programmes like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Downton Abbey of course and then theres the wedding and cooking channels I watch please do not ask. 

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I would love to live in either Southern France, Switzerland ,Germany orItaly, and other places like that I love fairytale lands. (as you can tell ) 
 6. What did I have for breakfast,,.. Pancakes of course I couldn't resist after making my brother some 

7. What is your favorite food? I Would love to be a vegetarian but because I have a werid hatred towards vegetables I have to eat meat.. not the best example I know.. I love Chocolate though.
8. Foods you dislike? Vegetables... Its the texture.. when chopped finely I can handle them..

9. Favorite place to eat?  Decisions decisions... I love so many forms of cuisine I cannot choose
10. Favorite dressing? simple olive oil is fine for me :)
11. What did you study at school/college? Dance, Drama , History and Geography, then in college Drama History and Politics. Now I am at uni doing History and Politics. 
12. What are your favorite clothes?  I have a girly Vintage style with lots of florals. 

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?  I want to see the world!
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?  Neither.. it depends on what is in the cup.. if it is good it should be full if not empty end of discussion. 
15. Where would you want to retire? Somewhere quiet with mountains and lakes and nature
16. Favorite time of day?  depends on the weather.
17. Where were you born?  Portsmouth,.... meh...
18. What is your favorite sport to watch?  Tennis is always good but i find Judo quite amusing to watch. 
19. What is your favorite fragrance? I like the old classic Chanel no5 but also curious by Britney Spears, I also like the smell of white musk. 
20. What is your favorite face cream?  Soap and Glory of LIz Earle
21. Favorite baby/kids products? Heinz fruit baby food pudding things soo good.. Talcum powder is great I used to puff it everywhere and say it was snowing woops.. 
22. People watcher?  I am watching you right now... 
23. Are you a morning or night person?  again depends on how much energy I have
24. Do you have any pets? I would not say they are pets but I live with 2 cat Kipper and Lily
25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?  If I do I will let you know 
26. What did you want to be when you were little? I kind of just assumed I was a princess so I didn't really think of career choices..
27. What is your favorite memory?  I remember too much to have a favourite
28. Are you a cat or dog person? definitely cats, I am afraid of some dogs but once I get to know them individually I like them 
29. Are you married?  pfffft,, no 
30. Always wear your seat belt?  Of course! safety first!
31. Been in a car accident?  No TOUCH WOOD!
32. Any pet peeves?  Ignorant people, Arrogance and getting annoyed at petty things.
33. Favorite pizza toppings?  Just cheese.. all ya need.
34. Favorite flower?  Roses are my favourite but I also love lillies, daisies and bluebells. I love all flowes though
35. Favorite ice cream? Vanilla !!! lidls vanilla especially. 
36. Favorite fast food restaurant?  I'm not a fast food person really If I had to pick It would be a good old fish and chips. 
37. Have you ever been in love? Nope x

38. From whom did you get your last email? Natalie something saying I have the chance of winning 20,000 if i sign up to a subscription no thanks. 
39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? anywhere :) x 

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?  Too many things bit of a wild one ;) x lmfao no
41. Like your job? yes i do :).

42. Broccoli?  yuck ! why eat minature trees?
43. What was your favorite vacation?   I loved disneyland paris, Italy was lovely too, and switzerland :)
44. Last person you went out to dinner with?  +Grace Turnbull  wagamamas
45. What are you listening to right now?  takeshis castle of course.
46. What is your favorite color? I like a dusty blushy pink it just suits the natural rose of the cheek :)
47. How many tattoos do you have?  Zero
48. Coffee drinker? NOOO I like tea with lots of sugar and hot chocolate!

that was fun... 
Comment and share if you dare...

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Fairy Tales- Cinderella

I grew up with fairy tales as many of you have done, but what interests me the most about them is where they came from. what possible real life events could have inspired these stories we know today, and how much of the stories we know are truth? The stories we immediately recognise are the Disney versions, which surprisingly are rather accurate, but they soften up the more gruesome origins of these great legends. 

walt disney's cinderella bibbeti bobbeti.. bibetti bobbeti BOO!
My first entry into this is Cinderella, she is the first princess that comes to mind for most little girls (why that is i do not know ) but it is a story of a girl with misfortunes who climbs up the social ladder (GOLDIGGER!) and then lives happily ever after. Or simply RAGS to Riches 

The tale is also known as The Little Glass Slipper", (FrenchCendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de VerreItalianCenerentolaGerman:Aschenputtel). More than 700 versions of the story all over the world, one in every language

Ye |Xian
It is said that the earliest datable version of the Cinderella story occurs in a Chinese book written about 850-860 AD. 'Ye Xian' "hardworking and lovely girl befriends a fish, the reincarnation of her mother, who was killed by her stepmother and sister. Ye Xian saves the bones, which are magic, and they help her dress appropriately for the New Year Festival. When she loses her slipper after being recognized by her step family, the king finds her slipper and falls in love with her" 

 But before that was a Greek version about an Egyptian girl called Rhodopis. Which means "rosy Cheeked". 
this quote courtesy of Wikipedia   when she was bathing, an eagle snatched one of her sandals from her maid and carried it to Memphis. While the king was administering justice in the open air, the eagle, when it arrived above his head, flung the sandal into his lap. The king, having been stirred both by the beautiful shape of the sandal and by the strangeness of the occurrence, sent men in all directions into the country in quest of the woman who wore the sandal. When she was found in the city of Naucratis, she was brought up to Memphis and became the wife of the king...[3][4] 
Historians like Strabo and herodotus claimed her to have actually existed living in a greek colony in ancient egypt .  came from Thrace, and was the slave of Iadmon of Samos, and a fellow-slave of Aesop. She was taken to Egypt in the time of Pharaoh Amasis, and freed there for a large sum. So could she have been the Cinderella which inspired many young girls to go to the ball? 
taken from a learning comprehension test which explains the bit at the top don't worry there are no questions!

another is a Filipino version:  "Mariang Alimango" (Mary the Crab). The ill-treated Maria wins the heart of the prince during his coming-of-age celebration, and overcomes the cruelty of her stepmother and evil stepsisters. In this version, the spirit of her dead mother reincarnates as a crab, hence the title, and serves as her "fairy godmother".

The vietnamese version is kind of gross.. 
Tấm Cám,  mistreated by both her father's co-wife and half-sister, who stole her birthright by winning a wager of fishing unjustly proposed by the stepmother. The only fish that was left to her was killed and eaten by her step-family, but its bones served as her protector and guardian, eventually leading her to be the king's bride during a festival. The protagonist however, turns into the antagonist in part two of the story, by boiling her stepsister alive and then fooling her stepmother into cannibalism by feeding her own daughter's flesh..... a bit disturbing.. i see why disney did not use that one!  

There are other versions like the arabian version similar to arabian nights and a Korean version. But there might be a limit on how much i can put on here so i do not know.

The most well known versions are  Cenerentola, Cinderella and Aschenputtel 

In Cenerentola the step mother is actually a governess (this could have inspired the 1999 novel by Gregory Maguire and the  2002 miniseries confessions of an ugly stepsister   (a very good watch) but instead of two daughters she has 6 who mistreat her. and the fairy is living in a date tree. very interesting. 
This now makes me want to talk about the novel and the mini series  confessions of an ugly step sister. which tells the story through the eyes of one of the sisters who actually were not nasty people but were actually desperate in trying to survive, and 'Clara' the Cinderella figure actually being a bit of a meanie herself as she spends a lot of time treating the sisters as beneath her.  

The Grimm version Aschenputtel is slightly closer to what we know but suprisingly not as much as later on; 
A wealthy gentleman's wife lay on her deathbed, and called her only daughter to her bedside. She asked her to remain good and kind, and told her that God would protect her. She then died and was buried. A year went by and the widower married another woman, who had two daughters of her own. They had beautiful faces and fair skin, but their hearts were cruel and wicked. The stepsisters stole the girl's fine clothes and jewels and forced her to wear rags. They banished her into the kitchen to do the worst chores, and gave her the nickname "Aschenputtel" ("Cinder-Fool".) Despite all of this the girl remained good and kind, and would always go to her mother's grave to cry and pray to God that she would see her circumstances improve
.One day, the gentleman visited a fair, promising his stepdaughters gifts of luxury. The eldest asked for beautiful dresses, while the younger for pearls and diamonds. His own daughter merely asked for the first twig to knock his hat off on the way. The gentleman went on his way, and acquires presents for his stepdaughters. While passing a forest he got a hazel twig, and gave it to his daughter. She planted the twig over her mother's grave, watered it with her tears and over the years, it grew into a glowing hazel tree. The girl would pray under it three times a day, and a white bird would always come to comfort her.The king decided to give a festival that would last for three whole days and nights, and invited all the beautiful maidens in the land to attend so that the prince could select one of them as his bride. The two sisters were also invited, but when Aschenputtel begged them to allow her to go with them into the celebration, the stepmother refused because she had no dress nor shoes to wear. When the girl insisted, the woman threw a dish of lentils into the ashes for her to pick up, guaranteeing her permission to attend the festival, and when the girl accomplished the task in less than an hour with the help of two white doves sent by her mother from Heaven, the stepmother only redoubled the task and threw down even a greater quantity of lentils. When Aschenputtel was able to accomplish it in a greater speed, not wanting to spoil her daughters' chances, the stepmother hasted away with them to the ball and left the crying stepdaughter behind.
The girl retreated to the graveyard to ask for help. The white bird dropped a white gown and silk shoes. She went to the ball, with the warning she must that she must leave before midnight. The prince danced with her, but she eluded him before midnight struck. The next evening, the girl appeared in a much grander gown of silver and silver shoes. The prince fell in love with her and danced with her for the whole evening, but when midnight came, she left again. The third evening, she appeared dressed in spun gold with slippers of gold. Now the prince was determined to keep her, and had the entire stairway smeared with pitch. Aschenputtel lost track of time, and when she ran away one of her golden slippers got stuck on that pitch. The prince proclaimed that he would marry the maiden whose foot would fit the golden slipper.
The next morning, the prince went to Aschenputtel's house and tried the slipper on the eldest stepsister. The sister was advised by her mother to cut off her toes in order to fit the slipper. While riding with the stepsister, the two doves from Heaven told the Prince that blood dripped from her foot. Appalled by her treachery, he went back again and tried the slipper on the other stepsister. She cut off part of her heel in order to get her foot in the slipper, and again the prince was fooled. While riding with her to the king's castle, the doves alerted him again about the blood on her foot. He came back to inquire about another girl. The gentleman told him that they kept a kitchen-maid in the house - omitting to mention that she was his own daughter - and the prince asked him to let her try on the slipper. The girl appeared after washing herself, and when she put on the slipper, the prince recognized her as the stranger with whom he had danced at the ball.
In the end, during Aschenputtel's wedding, as she was walking down the aisle with her stepsisters as her bridesmaids, (they had hoped to worm their way into her favour), the doves from Heaven flew down and struck the two stepsisters' eyes, one in the left and the other in the right. When the wedding came to an end, and Aschenputtel and her prince marched out of the church, the doves flew again, striking the remaining eyes of the two evil sisters blind, a punishment they had to endure for the rest of their lives.

The Perrault version however is the most famous- closest to the Disney one and the one we know today. 
which is basically the Disney one, BUT and there is a BUT, The fairy Godmother turns lizards into horses instead of mice and there are actually TWO BALLS!- my mum told me when she read the story of Cinderella she remembers her going to a ball twice. The more recent versions of the story introduce the pumpkins and the fairygodmother.

I have to say my most favourite version of this story (despite how good the Disney, Rodgers and hammerstein and the Hilary duff version are as much as many versions) is Ever After with Drew Barrymore and Angelica Huston (among other great actors) 
I really recommend a watch, it is so gritty and realistic yet so charming and lovely. It is about a girl called Danielle the story is the same (minus the pumpkins etc) but it is just so beautifully done. It also has quotes from Thomas Moore. 
search for Ever After a Cinderella story please. The music in the trailer is really cheesy but it is so good :) x 
I never get tired of watching this version . 

So here you have it my Cinderella entry :) x hope you enjoyed it. Sorry if i have not added enough I'm a bit lazy. I hope to do fairy tale entries more often because I love them so much. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Recipe for Simple Scones

Personally I love scones! and whether they rhyme with cone or Ron, I am happy to enjoy a staple part of our Great British Cuisine.  me tucking into ice cream nout to do with scones but ya know----> 

But before we can enjoy these delicious morsels smothered with jam and clotted cream one must learn how to make them... 
I am rather disappointed at how many little scones come in a pack take a look at these Waitrose ones only 4??? who do they think I am Twiggy Tree Woman??? 
EVEN THE ASDA ONES!!! now that's just not good enough for my cream tea..

Here is a simple scone recipe you only really need what is in most people's kitchens, butter,, sugar, milk and flour and eggs for glazing, then it is up to you whatever fruit or jam you want... 


  • 225g/8oz self raising flour (or the same of plain flour with a pinch of baking powder) 
  • pinch of salt
  • 55g/2oz butter or margerine
  • 50g/1oz caster sugar (i like to use alot but if you think it is too much you can skim on it ) sweetner is also an alternative if you want to be a super scrimper.
  • 150ml/5fl oz milk
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten, to glaze or a tiny bit of milk or olive oil :) 
    then any fruit, chocolate chips etc you like :) 

    Preheat the oven to Heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas mark 7. Grease a baking tray with butter and grease proof paper is always good to but if you don't have it, butter is fine. 

    Empty the flour, sugar and salt into a bowl and just shake and toss it about until its all combined.if you want fruit or whatever add it here. 

    then add the butter (make sure you're hands are clean my little mucky pups) and rub the butter into the mixture (this is in fact known as a rubbing in method). Keep going until it has a breadcrumb consistency (or that wet sandy feeling) 

    make a nice little well with the mixture and add the milk gradually mixing with your hands until it becomes a soft dough, 
    if it feels too sticky add more flour, too dry.. more milk and so on till you have the perfect soft dough. Keep tasting in case you need to add more of anything. 

    Turn onto a worktop dusted with flour and knead, then either roll with a rolling pin or pat out until the mixture is around an inch thick and all evenly sized. 

    I have a scone/cookie cutter but if you do not then you may use an old tin or ramekin. stamp as many scones as you can using it all up, (or if like me saving some to eat while the rest of the scones cook) 

    Put the scones onto a greased tin and then with either a brush or your finger tips glaze the beaten egg (or whatever) onto the scones and SHOVE EM IN THE OVEN

    bake for around 12-15 minutes or untill risen and golden. Keep checking them though in case they cook quickly or what not. 

    when done take em out, they will be crumbly at first so let them cool down slightly (but not too much :P) 

    Then serve :D x 

    I like mine with raspberry jam and Cornish clotted cream.

    It is said that with a Cornish cream tea the jam is added before the cream, so that is what i do.