Saturday, 22 April 2017

Keeping It Hygge With A Floor Lamp

A friend recently introduced me to Hygge (pronounced hue- guh), a Danish word meaning being present in a special moment. It involves the little things you do to make you feel cosy,  and enliven your spirits.  In as much as I wouldn't be adopting a new lifestyle, I noticed that there were bits that  i could incorporate into my daily activities, a sort of escapism from all the busyness.
For me its going to be a kind of mindfulness, of calm, of candles, of home spas and of movie nights with the family.
Okay so  what has mindfulness  got to do with this post? Well, I wanted to create  a space in my home where anyone could relax to read a book, watch a movie, or just take a short nap, I intended it to be a calm and peaceful area with soft throws, cushions and subtle colours.
As i always say, you dont need to break the bank to make changes in the home, so my frugal self revamped an old floor lamp to help me achieve the look I was going for. I literally put two coats of gold spray paint on my old lamp and  then changed the shade to something modern that also matched the cushion.
Hopefully,  you find this post inspirational,  either to try Hygge or to do simple DIYS that can brighten up your home this spring.
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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Semolina Pancakes with Maple And Nutmeg Roasted Plantain (VEGAN)

Hiya,today i chanced upon this wonderful recipe and i felt it will be selfish not to share it. The following post is by BINTU.   Original post HERE
Pancake day / shrove Tuesday recipe idea – semolina pancakes topped with maple and nutmeg roasted plantains.

"I think I told you before how much we eat pancakes in this house right? But incase you missed it – we eat them A LOT. Three times a week minimum. So I am always looking for ways to jazz up our pancakes and move away that some same old same old. Enter these semolina pancakes topped with maple and nutmeg roasted plantain. A fusion of Moroccan and Sierra Leonean cuisines." BINTU

These light spongy semolina pancakes, calledbeghrir, are apparently very popular breakfast food in Morocco. The yeasty batter is easy to whip up in a blender after which, you have all the fun waiting to see it bubble up to double its size before frying the pancakes. These unique pancakes are full of hundreds of holes, which are the perfect vessel for carrying a whole load of different flavours both sweet and savoury.

The maple roasted nutmegy plantains, on the other hand, were one of my staple Sierra Leone style breakfasts. The nutmeg and plantain flavours really complement each other and are enhanced when caramelized with the maple syrup. Finger-licking good.

A word about these plantains – they need to be served warm. Do feel free to prepare them before hand and simple warm them up in the oven before serving.

These semolina pancakes topped with maple and nutmeg roasted plantain are also dairy free, refined sugar free and suitable for vegans. I have got your back with the perfect breakfast or snack (and film night suppers when watching Casablanca).

So here is how to make semolina pancakes, topped with maple and nutmeg roasted plantain.


50 mins


45 mins


1 hour 35 mins

Author: Recipes From A Pantry

Recipe type: Breakfast

Cuisine: African

Serves: 4-6


For the semolina pancakes
400g (14oz) fine semolina
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 tsp dried fast acting
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
750 ml (3 cups) lukewarm water
For the maple roasted plantains:2 plantains, peeled and cut into cubes
1.5 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp ground nutmeg
3 tbsp maple syrup


1. Place only the pancakes into a blender and blend for about 30 secs until it forms a smooth batter.
2. Pour the pancake batter into a bowl, cover and keep in a warm place for about 45 mins until it has doubled in size and is frothy.
3. Preheat the oven to fan-assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4 and lightly oil a lined baking tray.
4. Add the plantain cubes, oil, nutmeg and salt into a bowl and mix until the plantains are well coated.
5. Transfer the plantain cubes to the baking tray place in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 mins or until done.
 6. Make sure to turn the plantain cubes half way through cooking.
7. When done take the plantains out of the oven, mix in the maple syrup and return to the oven for a further 6 mins.
8. Peheat a frying pan over medium heat, lightly brush on a bit of oil using a silicon brush and add ladles of the batter to the frying pan.
9. Cook the pancakes for about 2 mins till bubble appear on the top of the pancakes, then turn them over and cook for a further 2 mins until they are cooked through and golden.
10. Repeat with eh remaining batter until all the pancakes are cooked.
Serve the pancakes topped with the plantains and drizzled with extra maple syrup.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Hello dearies, today, I am starting a new DIY series. Just really simple ideas to spruce up your home on a budget.
I love me some aromatics. There is nothing as off putting as entering your home and being greeted with an awful scent. Nice smelling homes are so welcoming and relaxing. I love candles, wax burners, incense, plug in scents and all, but I chanced upon this DIY and I felt the need to share with you all. Its probably the simplest DIY project everrrrr! Three simple steps. Hope this inspires you.
As usual, kindly Follow this blog HERE and also leave me a comment down below.
 smooches, Marianne 

  1. Container with a narrow entrance.
  2. Bamboo skewers.
  3. A carrier oil of your choice. You could also use baby oil.
  4. Essential oil(s) of your choice.
 Pour the carrier oil into your container and put about 25 drops of essential oils into it. Put the bamboo skewers into the container and that's basically it!

I used almond oil as my carrier oil and since I have a selection of essential oils, I combined a few to achieve some wintery scents.
For this one, I combined  cut grass and nutmeg& orange essential oils.

This is my favourite, its sandalwood and winter berry.
As well as making your home smell lovely, Reed diffusers can be used for decorative purposes. You will literally be killing two birds with one stone.( a bad saying, who wants to kill something that pretty huh?, but forgive me ;) 


Friday, 13 January 2017


Today's post is  sponsored by Aisle Style, an online store that specialises in the retail of Evening Dresses, Wedding Dresses, Prom Dresses Bridesmaid Dresses  and dresses for special events.
One great thing about this company  is that they give you the option to choose from an array of fabric colours and also tailors the outfits to your needs. They are known for providing quality service at a reasonable price.
 I have put a few photos on here to give you a sneak peek of the gorgeous  pieces on the website. Click on hyperlinks to send you directly to the website. They shop word wide so you don't have to

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017


  • Happy new year everyone,2016 was truly a great year. I thought my first post this year will be my Christmas Party outfit post because this year we are going to stay fabulous right? fabulous in our work, school, marriage or whatever you guys are into. Lets make this year count in a positive way. Stay motivated and blessed everyone. Love you all for the support you give my blog. Hopefully all of y'all who just come on here just to read and are not subscribed will add it to your 2017 resolution to follow (;  my blog. Just be nice and click HERE to follow. Also leave a comment below and suggest topics for me to blog about.  Smooches, Marianne

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016


Its Christmas and nothing should stop you from having a good time. Not even a food allergy or perhaps a healthy eating journey! 
This is a sponsored by the TESCO  bringing to you the gluten free range from Tesco. They sent me loads of food to try #trieditforfree. This year, Tesco has added to its party food range, a 'Christmas Free From' range, My favourite was the iced fruit cake slides. They were absolutely divine! 
I was quite sceptical before trying because we all know how food alternatives taste like. But from a fussy eater to you, they were equally delicious. 
Personally, I did not think that the food tasted any different from the regular ones with gluten. 
This range includes treats just for indulging, Christmas staples as well as party food. The treats they sent me included tesco finest free form salted caramel cake, iced fruit cake slices, truffles, pastry cases, pies and gravy.
I totally recommend every single bit of item I tried. As you already know, tesco is a brand you can trust and are also affordable.
I will give the products in the range a big 9/10 
Smooches Mariànne 

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Holiday Season Lookbook

Hello dearies. Hope you are all doing great and looking  forward to  Christmas.  Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. 
Here are a few outfits I put together. Hope it they inspire someone.
Smooches, Mariànne
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