Key lime pie 'cheese' cake

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It's Saturday and I have sweet on my mind and this cheese-less key lime cake ticks the boxes. For the base of it I make my hobnob recipe which you can find here but for ease I have also listed the ingredients below

Crust

4oz rolled oats
4oz self-raising flour
4 oz dairy-free butter or margarine
4 oz demerara sugar (or caster/granulated demera just adds an extra crunch)
1/2 tbsp golden syrup or maple
1 tbsp hot water


Filling

1 cup raw cashews (soaked 4-6 hours or overnight) 
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3-4 large limes (1 tbsp zest and 1/2 cup juice)
1/3 cup maple syrup

Method

First preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and grease a tart tin.
To make the base follow the instructions for my hob nob recipe
Mould the biscuit dough into the tin and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, once cooked remove and allow to cool. Once cooled loosen the base from the tray this will make it easier to slice into and remove once consuming. 

Add all of the filling ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed until creamy and smooth. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime zest/juice for more a tarter taste or more maple syrup for added sweetness.
Pour filling on top of the biscuit base, topping with a bit more lime zest for decoration.

Freeze for 2-4 hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer for 10-15 minutes to thaw before serving. 


Recipe found on Minimalist Baker and slightly adapted.
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Paint the town pink at Tonight Josephine

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Can I hear a TGIF. Whilst tonight I may not be painting the town red or in fact pink like the title suggests, Tonight Josephine is definitely high up on my recommendation list of where to go and sip on a coupe of prosecco.

When an email from Time Out London flew into my inbox boasting a new bar on the scene with it's neon, mirrored ceilings, bubble gum pink everythang and with some serious Miami Vice type vibes. I knew I had to visit ASAP. Last month my sassy friend Amelia and I went along to experience it all for ourselves and to indulge in a cocktail or two. We were even savvy enough to find a free voucher on their website for a free cocktailjust sign up and get it straight to your inbox.


Tonight Josephine is convenient located at Waterloo and in perfect stumbling distance just opposite the train station. The first sign that greets you as you reach the bar is a pink A board boasting 'Why the f*ck can't I have fun all the time?' and you know from here on out that it's all going to be a sweeeet night. Anoter tip make sure your phone is charged for all the neon photo opportunities, the 'Lady Garden' sign being one of my favs. 

We booked a table and even on a Monday evening - although not overly busy, all the tables were taken. Why not view the cocktail list and plan your visit to the sassiest little bar around. I had the love potion no.10 and it was very tasty, containing gin, strawberry, lemon, pineapple and a dash of prosecco. I have the 'no time for napoleon'  in mind for my next visit...





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but first coffee

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I really do love a leisurely morning spent in a coffee shop ideally with a relaxed vibe and interesting interior to feel inspired over. I like doing this solo on my Friday day off and taking some me time to read my book, make my many lists and plans or simply to daydream over a flat white. I equally love to spend some quality time with my Mum when we get the chance or a catch up with a friend and chew the fat.



Pattern Coffee
Kings Cross has quickly become one of my favorite places to hang out at both day and night. Further down Caledonian road and opposite VX the vegan food shop you will find this very chilled out coffee shop with as you would imagine from the name of it colorful art and patterns on the wall. Perfect for a solo trip with a book or notepad in tow to while away some time and just take it all in with a flat white.

Find Pattern at 82 Caledonian Road
Nearest Tube station: Kings Cross
Open from 7.30am - 7pm


Half Cup
Another fun and arty coffee shop in Kings Cross not far from Pattern,  why not pop by for another caffeine boost (or a mint tea to stop those coffee palpitations) whilst in the area? The walls are also adorned with colorful beautifully painted art.

Find Half Cup at 100-102 Judd St
Nearest tube station: Kings Cross

Open from 8am–7pm


In my opinion one of the best galleries in the city is the Victoria and Albert museum. Full of fashion, art, Jewels and various other points of interest. It was only recently that I discovered this particularly grand looking cafe. I've sat in the garden various times sipping on an earl gray but on this occasion I decided to check out what was in the other building and this beautiful space is what greeted me.

Nearest tube station: South Kensington
Open from 10am - 5.45pm



Morty & Bobs
Tucked away on the overground line in Hackney this plant oasis and creative space called Morty & Bobs lives. I took my Mum for a cuppa here and we remarked how friendly the staff were and how the food looked very tasty as well.

Find Morty & Bobs at 2nd Floor, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street
Nearest station: London Fields
Open from 9am-5pm



Host Cafe
Set in a historic church near St Pauls. Host cafe has a very calming feeling as soon as I entered it feels like a a great reflective spot to sit in and a pot of tea which will only set you back £2.50. They also serve up little cream teas and I even spotted vegan cookies. I saw a poster for yoga classes on a Thursday morning - which could be ideal if you work nearby or just so happen to be an early bird.

Find Host Cafe at St Mary Aldermary Church

Nearest tube station: St Pauls
Open from 7.30 - 4.30pm during the week


Aida
You've probably spotted Aida's pretty in pink rose latte art all over your Instagram feed BUT not only are they super pretty but actually tasted delicious so winning all round on this occasion.

Find Aida at 133 Shoreditch High Street
Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street

Open from 10.30-7pm 


Zedels Brasserie
I've visited Zedels a couple of times for dinner (mainly consisting of french fries and champagne for me) it's Paris, it's America , it's 1920s and its amazing. I love it here. Matt and I made a pit stop visit here for a caffeine boost before a day of doing a lot of walking in town and fitting lots in.

Find Zedels at 20 Sherwood St
Nearest tube station: Piccadily 
Open from 11.30am- 12am



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