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The Best Cookie Recipe

The Perfect Cookie Recipe Soft in the middle but a little crunch to the outside? I have you covered for the best cookie recipe. Another day in the house in self-isolation and you are wondering what to do? Well, how about these cookies…. I made them gluten and dairy-free and they where delicious. 200g gluten-free plain white flour 100-150g soft brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon Xantham gum (only for gluten-free) Pinch of salt 50ml coconut oil (or other oil) 1 tbsp of vanilla extract 1 egg Green and Blacks cooking chocolate 2/4 a bar Method: Line baking tray with parchment and pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, xantham gum, and salt...

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Make Green Tomato Chutney

How to make Green Tomato Chutney 2 1/2 lb green tomatoes (1kg) 2 1/2 lb cooking apples (1kg) 2lb onions (900g) 6 large cloves of garlic crushed 1lb raisins (450g) 1lb 6oz soft brown sugar (625g) Pickling spices (25g) I used coriander seeds and mustard seeds 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper 2 level dessert spoons ground ginger ( I used fresh ginger) 1/2 tablespoon salt 3 pints of genuine malt vinegar (1.75 liters) How To: If you know me you will know I am a little haphazard with my cooking… but I basically did this: chopped up the tomatoes, onions, cooking apples and threw it in a big old pan. Added garlic, stirred it around. Added everything else. Leave for 3.5...

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Make Natural Jewellery Cleaner

Make natural Jewellery Cleaner There has never been a better time to have a bit of a spring clean. All those old bits of jewellery might well need a new lease of life. Here is a little natural mixture that will leave your old jewellery looking like new. Mix the juice of a lemon with some bicarbonate of soda, until it reaches a paste. Use an old soft toothbrush to brush the paste onto your jewellery. DO NOT use this on gold plated jewellery. Gold plated jewellery has a layer of gold on it which easily rubs off. This is the reason why we use solid metals rather than gold plating. Solid metals you can always clean up, gold plating...

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Travel Tips, Melbourne Australia : ZM Travels

Well it was pretty obvious to me why Melbourne has been voted the best city to live in for the past few years....  I loved hanging out there. Its got everything you need and seriously good vibes. Not to mention the coffee food and ice cream. It was awesome to hang out with some old friends, and see how their lives now work and see all their successes. Heres a few of my favourite spots while I was there.  Coffee.... well pretty much anywhere but a couple of my favourites where Dukes Coffee on Flinders Lanes and Addict on Johnson street. Doughnuts - Short Stop - it blew my mind. Ice Cream - Messina, again it blew my mind.... after living...

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In Praise of Camping Out

In Praise of Camping Out By Zoe Morton   Stirring to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, peeking one eye open to see the sun rising. For me, there is no better way to wake.   I’ve had many special mornings waking in the wilderness. Before my van, I loved to camp out. From almost being flattened by crazy hail storms to freezing to death in Yosemite with no blankets and nothing but a broken borrowed tend for shelter - camping isn’t always glamorous, but rain or shine, it always leaves you with incredible memories.   After a long trip back from Italy, I decided I needed an upgrade. A tent was great, but as a jewellery...

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Wild Swimming Guide: London, UK and more...

Our Swimming Guide… Its a heatwave here in London, 39+ degrees and everyones wondering what to do… so heres our swimming guide to cool you all down… Hampstead Heath Ponds - This is my favourite spot - especially the women’s pond - it has a very special feeling about it. Theres nothing better than jumping in with ducks. West Reservoir Centre - Stoke Newington - You need to do an open water test (Monday evenings) but once you’ve done that you can head on down. Hyde park Serpentine Lido - if your stuck in central London and need a cool off! I prefere fresh or salty water, but London also has lots of nice Lido swimming pools.. Walpole Tidal Pool...

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ZM Travels : Sri Lanka

Early in 2019 I took an adventure to Sri Lanka. First stop was Columbo to look at the Sapphires that go in your Jewellery. It was amazing to see the sustainable supply chain of the stones and ensure the process was as sustainable as it could be. You can see more about the stones here.   I then went on to the mountains, and then to the coast to host an Earring Making Workshop at a boutique hotel - The Kip Sri Lanka. (Read more from the founders of the Kip - Seddy and Phoebe here.) At the coast our great friend and amazing videographer Phoebe Galloway joined me. I met Phoebe quite a few years ago now, through the...

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Sunday Sessions: With Phoebe and Seddy Founders of The Kip Sri Lanka

We sat down with the fabulous Phoebe and Seddy, owners and co founders of The Kip Sri Lanka. Phoebe and Seddy met in Melbourne, Seddy originally from Italy and Phoebe from Australia. They decided to leave Melbourne on an adventure with dreams of setting up a dreamy boutique hotel / creative space / brunch spot in Sri Lanka, and this is what they did! The Kip is our number 1 recommendation for Sri Lanka - it embraces the slow life and is pure magic full of laugher, new friends and generally joy! ps. Their raw vegan cakes and iced cashew lattes are incredible… What was it about Sri Lanka that made you want to make the move from Melbourne? Where...

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ZM Travels : Travel Guide to Devon + Cornwall

On a beautiful sunny day, you just can’t beat the turquoise waters of Cornwall or dramatic coastlines of Devon. We may not have the best weather here in the UK, but when the sun does shine, you can’t beat the South West Coastline. After spending my whole life traveling down to Devon, and in more recent years exploring Cornwall in my van, I have come to discover some special places.   Below, in no particular order, I have outlined my favourite places, along with the places that are still on my list to visit. Cornwall Wheal Kitty Workshops, St Agnes Here you will find some of my favourite spots to hang out in Cornwall. First up - Open Surf -...

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The Vida Jewellery Collection

  At first, my trip to Sri Lanka was motivated by the desire to learn more about the sapphires I use in my bespoke jewellery. You can see the video of the stone cutting here. While mentioning to friends about my trip to Sri Lanka I got introduced to Phoebe. Phoebe owns a beautiful boutique hotel on the coast of Sri Lanka (Ahangama). This meeting materialised into my first earring making workshop in collaboration with The Kip. I mentioned this to a friend and incredible videographer over in Australia (Phoebe Galloway), and we decided it would be pretty cool if she came out and filmed the workshop and a few other bits. We filmed various projects, including the video above...

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