Goodbye Razorfish…

After two fantastic years working with great people and equally fantastic brands at Razorfish, I’ve decided it’s time for me to move in-house.

The idea of going in-house has been something I have been toying with for a while and after a lot of thought, I’m finally going to make the jump.

One of the things I’ve noticed about choosing to go in-house is that you know when it’s the perfect time when you met the right brand for you.

For me, I found this when I met an energy brand called Ovo Energy.  Unlike the personas I would have expected from an energy brand, Ovo Energy were refreshingly warm, friendly and fun. (Words I never thought I’d say about an energy brand!)

So on Monday 10th February, I will start my new role as a Community Manager for Ovo Energy! 🙂

Hello my name is..

*If you work for Ovo Energy and you are based in their London office, feel free to pop by my desk and say hello! (I don’t bite. Honest!) 🙂

*If you work for Ovo Energy and you are based in their Bristol office, I shall see you when I pop up for a meeting. (Feel free to rescue me if I look a bit lost wandering around the office looking for the kitchen/bathroom/way out) 🙂

Sharon x

Baking: Honeycomb recipe

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This weekend I decided to surprise my friend with a batch of home made Honeycomb (or ‘Hokey Pokey’ if you are referring to it by its Cornish name). 🙂

Despite being a pretty experienced baker, I actually had to take two attempts at making this as I found that the instructions found on the BBC Food website didn’t deliver the results I was expecting. (It produced honeycomb which was okay but it went rock hard within a day and it lacked the distinctive crunch you would find when biting into the honeycomb found in a Crunchie bar)

So to help everyone out, here is my edited recipe with tips to help you achieve your perfect batch of honeycomb! 🙂

 

Honeycomb recipe:

100g or Half a cup of Caster sugar

2 Forks of Golden syrup (Either scoop it out of the tin twice or roughly cover a fork using your squeezy bottle twice)

1 Teaspoon of Bicarbonate soda (This is the magic ingredient)

Butter (For greasing your tray or tin)

 

Required tools:

1 Large sauce pan

1 Fork

1 Teaspoon

1 Cup of cold water

1 Baking tray or tin (You would need to lightly grease your chosen tray or tin)

1 Kettle full of boiling hot water

1 Chopping board

1 Sharp knife or hammer

 

Instructions: 

1. Speed is key when melting sugar so make sure that you have all of your ingredients measured and your tools ready.

 

2. Mix the sugar and syrup together in the pan until it has all clumped together.

Tip: Make sure you do this away from the heat!

 

3. Place on a low heat on use use your fork to mix the mixture together until it starts to bubble and melt.

 

4. Keep mixing until the mixture turns from a light honey colour to darker more maple syrup shade.

Tip: It takes between 5-10 minutes to achieve this shade so be patient and keep stirring!

 

5. When it starts to look darker in colour, it’s time to do the test! Use the handle of your spoon and dip a tiny part of the handle into your mixture. Dip your sample into your cup of cold water. You would either hear the mixture *crack* in the water or you will find that after dipping it into the water you can literally bite the mixture of the handle with a nice crunch.

Tip: As sugar burns quickly I’d recommend taking it off the heat whilst you test your sample.

I personally couldn’t hear the crack in the water so I choose to bite my sample from the spoon handle. I found that if the sugar wasn’t hot enough it was a toffee like texture so I returned it to the heat and continued mixing and then retested it with a fresh spoon handle until I got my desired ‘Crunch’.    

If you prefer you can use a sugar thermometer- The ideal temperature would be 160 Celsius.

 

6. Time to start the magic! Stir in one teaspoon of bicarbonate soda into the mixture.

Tip: Mix it together quickly but don’t over mix the mixture as you will beat the the signature bubbles out of it.

 

7. Pour your hot bubbly mixture into your greased tin or tray.

Tip: As tempting as it is you need to resit the urge to poke or level out your mixture once it hits the tray/tin as your will lose the signature bubbles! (I’m speaking from experience. It’s not a pretty sight)

 

8. Pour your boiled water into your pan as soon as you have tipped out your mixture. (Trust me you’ll thank me later as sugar is tough to remove once set!)

 

9. Leave to set for 1 to 2 hours at room temperature

 

10. Tip your honeycomb from the tin/tray onto your board and use you sharp knife or hammer to break it into small pieces and store in an air tight container.

 

11. Enjoy your honeycomb! 🙂

 

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Sharon x

* I’m holding the honeycomb with chopstick as I wanted to show the bubbles without touching the product as this is a gift for a friend. 🙂

Review: Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Hotel

Two of my favorite things in the world has to be  tea and cakes. So when my best friend’s birthday came round I decided to use this as the perfect excuse to have Afternoon Tea.

In London alone, there are hundreds of different Afternoon Tea locations which vary from super expensive, unusual or designed to meet a particular need e.g. Gluten free Afternoon tea.

I decided to go down the unusual side route and booked a Mad Hatter’s themed Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel.

Prices start from £38 per person for the basic package (No champagne) to £58 per person. (This package includes a glass of Thienot Rose NV Champagne)

The thing I loved the most about this Afternoon Tea was the attention to detail. Each of the items on table, from the tableware to the food itself was very carefully selected and followed the Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter’s tea party theme.

When we were seated at our table, we were presented a tray of herbal teas which came in tiny little bottles. Each of the bottles had a ribbon tied around it which highlighted the flavour within. There were even sugar cubes hidden inside a musical box. (Nice touch)

*The flavors inside the bottles were Strawberries and Cream and Rhubarb and Custard, Apple Pie and Chocolate Chip*

(For the record I didn’t try the tea in the bottles as I opted just for just a regular tea so couldn’t tell you what they were like)

Once we had chosen our tea, we were presented with menu which was hidden inside a book. This gave us an idea of what treats we would with our afternoon tea.

Like traditional Afternoon Teas there were sandwiches and cakes on offer. Unlike traditional Afternoon Tea, the cakes were presented with a twist.

On the menu there were carrot shaped meringues, mushroom shaped marshmallows, a clock shaped Victoria sponge cake, a ‘melting’ mango cheesecake (this burst when you put your fork in it), a chocolate cup filled with a matcha green tea and white chocolate mousse and a ‘Drink Me’ potion which contained three different flavours*.

*Sadly I can’t remember what those flavors were as I was too eager to eat my chocolate cup. 😦

Alongside the cakes and sandwiches there was also sweet, savory scones and a Wonderland Jelly. (Wonderland Jelly is jelly which comes in three different flavors; Green Apple, Blackcurrant and Strawberry)

If your looking to do an Afternoon Tea then I would defiently recommend this however I would suggest that you go with an empty stomach as there is a lot to eat! 😀

http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/uk/london/oxford-street/sanderson-hotel/

If you are looking for more Afternoon Tea options than I would recommend visiting the Afternoon Tea website.

If you are looking for other unusual things to do in London I would recommend taking a peek at my top 23 unusual things to do in London list.

Sharon x

Twenty three unique and wonderful things to do in London :-)

To celebrate the second anniversary since I met my boyfriend, I decided to make a book which shows all of the unique things to do in London as my present to him.

In this book, I created a list which shows unusual activities to do in London, unique cinemas to visit and cool places to eat in.

As I was making this book (I had to make it in the office as I didn’t want him to see me making it) I received a lot of interest from friends so decided to share this list online. 🙂

Unusual things to do in London:

Clue Quest: (A real life escape game for three to five people.)

HintHunt: (Nicknamed the ‘Crystal Maze of London’ it is an escape game for three to five people).

Urban Golf

Street Art London

Ice Bar

 Bounce (Ping Pong themed bar where you can have a drink and play a game of ping pong with friends)

Unique cinemas to visit in London:

Edible cinema

Film Club Sunday at Soho Hotel

Prince Charles Cinema

The Aubin Cinema

Rooftop film club

Electric Cinema (Blog post coming soon)

Hot tub Cinema

Cool places to eat in London:

Garlic & Shots

Duck & Waffle

Diner by Heston Blumenthal

Faulty Towers- The dining experience

Afternoon tea at the Shard

St John (Famous for it’s ‘nose to tail’ menu)

Madd (Mango themed cafe with free access to retro games at the back)

Dans Le Noir

Inamo   (Blog post about my visit here)

Mad Hatters afternoon tea (Blog post about my visit here)

Do you know an unusual place in London which hasn’t been featured on this list? If so then let me know and as I’d love to add it to this list) 🙂

Sharon x

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(Photo inside Bounce)