Marvelous (and super easy) Chocolate Mousse in 5 Simple steps:
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: A couple of hours. Overnight if possible.
Feeds: 6 people
• 1 dark chocolate slab (make sure its DARK, otherwise your mousse will be too sweet)
• 1 tin of evaporated milk (chilled overnight)
• 100 grams of marshmallows
• 250ml Cream (for whipping, and placing on top)
1 || Melt chocolate and marshmallows in 100ml of evaporated milk over very low heat on your stove.
2 || Allow to cool but not to set.
3 || Whip the rest of the evaporated milk until fluffy.
4 || Fold into chocolate mixture, pour into a bowl (or a couple of little bowls) and allow to set in fridge.
5 || Once your mousse has set and is ready to serve, whip the cream, pop it on top and crumble the flake as garnish.
I am absolutely loving this wonderful song – Beautiful Soul by the indie singer Noelle Johnson. It has such sweet, kind, loving lyrics. It brings such a smile to my face. I’m literally playing it on repeat at the moment.
Other songs I’m obsessed with, that make me feel super awesome like I could take on the world and am infinitely strong are:
Wilson Philips – Hold On
Sara Bareilles – Brave
Sixpence None the Richer – There She Goes
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
Blondie – Maria
Dess’ree – You Gotta Be
Remember this movie? I sure as hell do. I used to absolutely love watching Josie and the Pussycats and was completely convinced that I was going to be a rockstar one day. (This is true in a sense, only now I like to think of myself as a creative rockstar… hee hee!) Here’s a clip of the main song from the movie – ‘3 Small Words’ – it’s honestly still on my running playlist. The words are just absolutely adorable and completely awesome at the same time.
I’ve been a fan of Sheryl Sandberg’s ever since I first watched this fascinating talk 3 years ago. It was giving this very talk that pushed Sheryl into writing her book, ‘Lean In’, where she elaborates on the practical and very important lessons she’s learned working in Silicon Valley at some of the most successful companies in the world.
Sheryl highlights 3 very important tips for young women in a business environment, who’s intention is to remain there, climbing, as she puts it, the corporate jungle gym as opposed to the metaphorical ladder.
1|| Sit at the table.
Physically and mentally. You need to speak up in meetings, share your thoughts and opinions, risk placing yourself in the line of fire to raise peoples’ awareness at just how good a job you can do.
2|| Make your partner a real partner.
There is absolutely no time or place for a working woman in this day and age to take sole care of the home and her children. You need to share responsibilities with your partner. Childcare and home maintenance is a 50/50 job. In a perfect world, half of our women would be in board rooms and half of our men would be at home with children.
3|| Don’t leave before you leave.
Stop worrying about the future before it’s arrived. By all means, plan ahead, but women often hold themselves back from applying for jobs or working hard for promotions, because they worry that in 5 years time they might be married, or wanting to have children, when they’re not even currently dating anyone.
If you enjoy this talk, I would high;y recommend reading Sheryl’s book ‘Lean In’, a fantastic and enlightening read. Her wisdom and encouragement are incredibly fascinating.
Ooooooh, I love free stuff! Here’s 3 fun desktop wallpapers for you to celebrate Valentine’s day this week. I created them this morning – check my Instagram feed. I literally painted the watercolor, photographed it, upload and got to work in good old Photoshop.
• 1 french loaf
• cherry tomatoes
• Goats cheese
• Fresh basil leaves
• crispy shards of onion (from Woolworths)
• Black pepper and balsamic reduction to garnish
1 || Cut the french loaf into slices just over 1cm thick.
2 || Pop the slices into the toaster, set on a low, slow heat.
3 || Slice up the cherry tomatoes. Place them in a bowl, along with goats cheese, crumbling into smaller balls.
4 || Slice up the basil, to increase the flavour. Add to the tomato and cheese, and mix.
5 || Remove french loaf from the toaster, and place on a rough, textured wooden board. spoon some of the mixture onto each bruschetta.
6 || To garnish, place the crispy onions on top of each, and add a grind of black pepper.
I’ve noticed recently online that there’s been a lot of feminine finger pointing when it comes to relatable TV series and their female characters. There are fingers flying in every direction while women take sides behind their fictional favourites, defending them on blog posts, social media and alike. Sex and the City, as it has been since the show’s pilot episode in 1998, has been at the centre of many of these heated debates. Women are claiming that the lives of the characters are outlandish and untrue (well done for correctly realizing you’re watching fiction!). Articles such as these, which raise a fair point, have popped up again and again over the years. Even worse, are posts such as this, in which the writer seems to love labeling the S&TC ladies as sluts and whores. Classy. So pro-women. And then to be fair, we have the counter argument, which I’m behind.
I’m not interested in debating any of these, because everyone has the right to their own opinion. But what I am going to talk about, is the finest, most fantastic fictional character that has ever graced our television screens – Samantha Jones. Played by Kim Catrell, Samantha is the bold, confident, accomplished and totally sexy blonde in Sex and the City.
“Honey, you look back so much you should have a relationship rear-view mirror.”
She is the one character in the show who is completely entertaining and entirely relatable. Sam is the best friend we all wish we had – she tries, tests and reports back, without fail. Aside from her powerful on screen persona, Samantha also deals with numerous personal problems and issues, that make her not only relatable, but a character you can look to for responsible wisdom. She gets tested for AIDS, admits to having abortions, goes through public scrutiny, always carries her head high, owns her own company, buys property, constantly reminds the ladies that men aren’t worth obsessing over, deals with and over comes cancer, is always honest and never ditches her friends for men. She’s the first person each of them go to when they want honest advice, and she never ever judges them. Samantha kicks ass, takes no prisoners, negotiates deals, fixes problems, calls out sexism and yes, has a lot of sex.
You know what this fearless, never say never, confident, put-yourself-first attitude gets her? She ends up with the best partner out of any of them (Smith kicks Harry, Big, Aidan and Steve’s asses. I think we can all agree on that!) without even trying to find him. She’s a sex symbol that really pushes the boundaries for older (and younger) women everywhere, and is someone worth looking up to. In a society where women and sex are still topics that are seen as taboo, Samantha Jones makes them easy and funny to talk about. She is full of numerous note-worthy lines that make you laugh out loud and giggle into your wine glass, mentally parking them for when you might need them at some point in life… “I think I have monogamy. I caught it from you people.”
My favourite Samantha quotes…
From season 1, episode 1… “The right guy is an illusion! Start living your lives!”
From season 2… While she and Carrie are strolling near Central Park she says,
“Honey, relationships have been on the decline ever since women came out of the cave, looked around and thought, “this isn’t so bad!”
From season 4, episode 1… “Emotional is just code for ‘I don’t want to hire a woman.'”
Click here for a list of Samantha Jones’ 21 best lines in animated GIFs.
Yes, sometimes she says things that are wildly inappropriate, which is something I love about her, but what makes her even more relatable is the fact that every now and then we see her walls come down – she gets hurt, goes through break ups, deals with cheating boyfriends, feels lonely and hates getting older. Yet she comes out on top of all of her problems, remaining the best example of friendship out of the four S&TC characters. Sam almost never loses face, or faith… in herself.
I love things that shine. I’m like a magpie. It’s an obsession that I try and wangle into everything in life, because what’s better than something that sparkles, right? Well in that case, what could possibly be more fantastic that a full sequin blazer? Thank you Zara for making my dreams come true.
Sequin Jacket – Zara (shop on ebay here) | Pleather shorts – Zara | Ruffled black halterneck top – Edgars (old) | Toecap boots – Zoom | Sunglasses – Guess | Knot ring & Gold bow bracelet – Kate Spade | Gold chain necklace – Primark
In an age where the media is rampant with sexualised images of women, Caroline Heldman gives a fantastic talk about sexual objectification. She explains how to define it, disproves the notion that sexual objectification is empowering and also offers strategies for navigating our highly sexualized present day culture.
I wish this had been around 2 years ago when I wrote my thesis, all about the way women are portrayed in South African media. It would have been such a huge help! I’ll say it again, as I’ve said a thousand times before, I cannot stand seeing naked women, or sometimes even just sections of naked women, selling products that have nothing to do with sex. Sex does not sell to intelligent people, and if you need sex to sell your product, then it obviously isn’t very good. The way in which the media portrays women directly affects the way men think about them, and the way women think about each other, leading us to be shunted from influential positions in government, businesses and media. It is unacceptable and needs to stop.
“Girls and guys both need to stop evaluating girls by how they look, and rather evaluate them for what they do or say.” – Caroline Heldman