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easy, peasy chocolate brownie by Lily & Mila. Read on www.karinecandicekog.com

Easy, peasy chocolate brownie

This is one of the easiest chocolate brownie recipe you will ever make! Mila and Lily did this chocolate brownie during half term alone. I put the oven on and they did the preparation alone. I love when kids bake on holidays, don’t you!? It’s a good way to keep them busy, teach them something useful while having fun and on top of it, you get to have some cake to eat afterwards and seriously…this chocolate brownie is so incredibly easy that it won’t take you no more than 15 min to prepare but it tastes DE-LI-CIOUS! As I’m intolerant to gluten (I ballooned like a whale!), we used gluten-free flour to make this chocolate brownie so I could have a little slice but you can use normal flour if you wish.

Mila’s homemade pikelets

As some of you know, we are a franco-kiwi family and while we are not spending as much time in New-Zealand as we do in France, we’ve always made a point of teaching Mila to be a freewi and to embrace both nationalities and cultures. She was doing the Haka at the age of 3 and the same way I taught her how to make crèpes (pancakes), Steve taught her how to make pikelets which she made yesterday and again this morning and they are delicious!!

VIPP Christmas styling competition

Last week, I was invited to Copenhagen to visit Vipp flagship store (which is beautifully designed) and to participate in a food styling competition with various bloggers from all around Europe.Sadly I dropped my phone in the morning of the event so I couldn’t share a lot of things on Instagram which is a real shame because there were so many cool things to show you.I teamed up with Nina from Stylizimo, Indre from M i M a, Annett from 101Woonideeën and Laura from The Sweetspot.It was hugely fun and very well organised. I found food styling quite tricky as you have to be fast and work out in advance what atmosphere you want to create.Personally I prefer creating stories with objects and eat the food but I really enjoyed the experience.Each of the three teams had five dishes to style with products from Vipp and from other Danish brands.All the images on this post are the styling our team did, which was then photographed by Anders HviidOnce we’re done, we put three gorgeous long tables together …

The Boyfriend jeans look | Outfit perfection

One look I absolutely love wearing at weekends, is the combo: boyfriend jeans + white shirt. It’s casual but add a pair of stilettos, a pristine fitted white shirt and a Clare Vivier clutch and you’re ready for brunch in Notting Hill.Two of my fav fashion sites Coggles and My-Wardrobe have some great boyfriend jeans from Diesel and Maison Scotch. It’s a look that Mandy from Hush Homewear wears very well here and Olivia Palermo too here with flat shoes and a white blazer. Sadly, flat pumps don’t really work on my short and curvy figure but what works perfectly, is the pair of leopard printed stilettos I got in the Zara sale (here on IG). I think they’re all sold out now but Debenhams and La Redoute have a decent collection in the sale. 3 useful links for you…**Fashion: My favourite look by far…option white t-shirt for the beach + pretty necklaces**Food: Steve and I had lunch at Granger & Co last Saturday in Notting Hill. It’s one of the restaurants own by Australian Chef Bill Granger. The interior design is not groundbreaking but the food is good, healthy and tasty.**Fitness: Get yours …

30-day Birkram Yoga challenge | DAY 3

How are you today!? Isn’t this weather just A-MA-ZING today!? It finally feels like Summer and a very good reason to push forward and keep focused on our goals so today is DAY 3 of my challenge and my body is feeling VERY stiff.I was told today by my yoga teacher that it was normal and that I should see my 30-day challenge as a journey, without expectations (yeah right! If I don’t lose a bit of weight, I’m going to be well pissed off) but all I need to focus on tomorrow is to turn up to the class and can do that.While my body feels very stiff, my mind is very very focused so I’m going do this…day after day.This morning I got a direct message via Twitter from someone who was thanking me for inspiring her to start eating healthily and for kicking off her weight-loss to lose 2 stones and this really made me happyI have equal admiration for the women out there who have a super fit yoga body and the years …

Gwyneth, Quinoa, banana cake & the Kale project | FOOD

After being proud of myself for making all theses healthy changes to my diet without too much of a struggle (I actually felt my new way of eating was better and tastier), I was told yesterday that I had to leave dairy out for a while which really p$$&8*d me off.Luckily I received some great advices on Twitter (thanks Tina) and Instagram and managed to find some nice alternatives so I’m all set for this week before heading off to New-York (read comments here if you want more info on alternatives).To cheer myself up, I baked this gluten-free banana cake for the second time: 300 g (10  1/2  oz)  smashed ripe banana3 free range / organic eggs60 g ( 2 oz / 2 tablespoons) raw honey or organic maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla60 g (2 oz/  1/4 cup)  macadamia nut oil or cold pressed olive oilhalf teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2  tsp baking soda ( bicarb soda) + 1 tbsp lemon juice200 g ( 2 cups/ 7  oz) ) almond meal (I still don’t have almond meal in my panty so I’ve …

Tips for a healthy, happy weekend

Hello Everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend! We escaped to the Bay of Arcachon* and stayed in our small house. I have a soft spot for this house…It’s where I broke my waters while standing on top of a ladder painting our kitchen wall (as you do!) and then I stayed there with Mila until she was old enough to keep her eyes open for the passport photo so we could head back home in the UK.  The weather was amazing like last weekend and with the beach 10 min away, it was pure bliss. The downside for me when we are in France is that I usually binge on French baguettes, pain au chocolat, biscuits and cheeses (and God knows we have heaps in France!) but this time, I was determined to stick to my healthy diet so as soon as I arrived I went to buy a 40 euros blender and plenty of fruits and vegetables to keep on track. Having been very ill recently, I made some drastic changes to my …

Awesome spicy prawn salad | Healthy eating

Yesterday Francois & I was styled & photographed a collection of prints for a client in my home so I made sure we had a healthy, filling salad at lunch time.Once recipe I have been doing for a long time (long before embarking on this healthy eating journey) was the Spicy prawn salad by Michele Cranston from her Seasonal Kitchen book. Her book and Donna Hay’s Seasons are by far my two favourite cooking books (the styling in Donna’s book is amazing) and as general rule, I’m much prefer the relaxed approach of Australian Chefs than French Chefs. I’m not much of a cook and for me, cooking is all about entertaining, having friends and enjoying good foods so I like it when it’s all relaxed, easy to make and super yummy.Oh and I almost forgot!! Here is an example of how I use cotton bags to store Mila’s things as mentioned in my post yesterday.{Spicy Prawn Salad recipe}20 cooked prawns (shrimp), peeled and deveined1 large red chilli, seeded and finely chopped (this is too hot for me so I …