DIY: Homemade frozen yoghurt

Frozen yoghurt is one of those amazing, heaven-sent gifts that is both delicious and relatively healthy (like dark chocolate, which is way high in iron, anaemics). At Hackney Wicked festival a few weeks back me and Al shared this heap of fro yo heaven from Moto Yogo who claim to make the best in the Spooniverse in their little carts and they may be right. (You can book them for events too – wouldn’t this be awesome at a wedding?!)

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Anyhoo, this week I find myself with loads of leftover raspberry coulis (as one does) as I really did not need to make that much for a few panna cottas (thanks, Simon Rimmer). So I thought – let’s make raspberry frozen yoghurt!

Based on the info I found on t’internets, it’s best to strain your Greek yoghurt first to get rid of any excess liquid. I used Tesco’s own low fat yoghurt and a fine sieve.20130828_122222

Then mix up your coulis with your yoghurt and a few spoons of honey. If you do not happen to have lots of raspberry coulis (and why would you?) you can stir in whatever fruits you like but **TOP TIP** freeze the fruits first as this will help them to set. Also, if you are using whole frozen fruits you may need a blender/food processor if you are not The Hulk and have super strong arms.

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Put in a tub and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Keep an eye on it. You don’t want it to turn into a block of ice. However you don’t need to keep stirring it like you do when making sorbet or ice cream.

When you’re ready to eat, take it out for a few minutes before serving. And enjoy! Safe in the knowledge that it’s basically health food. Unless you top it with a smashed up Kinder Bueno and honeycomb like us (whoops).

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DIY: Disco Nails

imageNail art is so fun and cheers me up whenever I’m tapping away at my computer. Wah Nails up in Dalston are the queens of awesome and following them on Instagram is a great feed of colourful inspiration. This is their basketweave nail pattern which – with a steady hand – is easy and fun to DIY at home.

First paint your nails a base colour – I went for Models Own Gold Rush and let it dry properly.

Then using a nail pen – I used Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black – drawn a diagonal line across your nail. Then do one or two below it parrallel, depending on how much room you have. Then do diagonal lines in the other direction below drawing horizontal lines across the top. Here is a terrible Paint image to demonstrate.
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I think this would also look good in different colourways – maybe deep blue with white? Or navy with white stripes for a nautical look?

Colour block bookcase

Recently I’ve been on a massive decluttering spree as, all being well, I will move house and north of the river soon. Plus I am totally addicted to all those hoarder shows and do not want to end up surrounded by old Metros and a collection of crap-o-la.

Part of the decluttering was around my bookcase which was full of rubbish, hiding all the loveliness beneath. Now I know some peeps probably have their books organised by alphabet or genre (or maybe chronological in a very High Fidelity way) but I think sorting by colour looks super cute.

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What do you think?

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And check out these bookcase beauties for inspiration.

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Via Design*Sponge, this is a very cool DIY project

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Love this dome library, via Freshome

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For do-able diys, you can’t beat the awesome Jenny at Little Green Notebook