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Hummingbird Bakery Brownies

Hummingbird Bakery brownies | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

It seems the humble chocolate brownie is experiencing something of a moment in the blogging world, as I’ve seen several delicious-looking recipe posts recently! Becca gave hers an Easter twist, and Sophie combined brownies with creme eggs – how good do they look!?

I find baking quite theraputic, particularly on Sunday evenings. It’s calming, takes my mind off the pre-Monday blues and it results in plenty of sweet 3pm treats for the week ahead. My go-to is baking a batch of The Hummingbird Bakery brownies. They’re simple to make, rich in flavour and ridiculously gooey.

My twist on the recipe uses half unsalted butter, half Stork (it’s a throwback ingredient to the days when my mum and I used bake together every weekend) and while this recipe is for traditional brownies, I sometimes like to add in broken up Kinder bars, Oreos or even peanut butter, for that sweet/salty taste.

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Hummingbird Bakery Brownies

  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 100g unsalted butter + 75g Stork
  • 325g caster sugar
  • 130g plain flower
  • 3 (medium) eggs
  • Optional extras: 6 crushed Oreos, 4 roughly chopped Kinder bars (or eggs, what with it being Easter weekend and all) or 2 table spoons of peanut butter

Preheat your oven to 170°c and line a 16in x 16in baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Put the chocolate, butter and Stork in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and leave until melted. Crack your three eggs into a separate bowl and whisk until smooth.

Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Add the flour until well incorporated and then add in the egg mixture. Use a spatula to remove any mixture clinging to the side of the bowl and stir until all mix is thick and smooth.

If you’re using any optional extras, pour half the mixture into your lined baking tray and evenly spread your Oreos, Kinder chunks or peanut butter across the brownie mix, before pouring the rest of the mixture on top.

Place in the oven. The official HB recipe says to cook for 30-35 minutes but I bake mine for 25 minutes for a gooey finish. Leave to cool completely before turning out onto a plate – paper doily optional!

These brownies are so tasty and the perfect cure to mourning the end of a four day weekend. Have you tried any Hummingbird Bakery recipes? If you have a brownie recipe you swear by let me know in the comments below.

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Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Yummy strawberries

  • Homeward bound. I went home for a family wedding (and a dentist appointment, eek!) on Friday. It was a whirlwind visit as I came back to Bristol on Saturday, but it included home-grown strawberries, celebrating with family I haven’t seen in years, wearing my vintage dress from Ears & Whiskers and trying to explain to Grandma Ship-Shape what Google is.
  • Style Bubble meets Tatty Divine. Style Bubble is one of those blogs that I keep faithfully in my Bloglovin account and check up on occasionally, but often I find the posts are either irrelevant to me or the fashion/designers out of my comfort zone. Not a bad thing, as it informs and educates, but not always easy reading. That’s why I love Friday’s post about Tatty Devine. I love the brand and the opportunity to see inside their studio – a brilliant post that’s well worth reading if you’re fans of the design duo.
Marcel Fromenti drawing from the V&A archives

Marcel Fromenti drawing from the V&A archives

  • Ballgowns at the V&A. Back in May I visited the V&A as part of my stay in London. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 was one of the museum’s standout exhibitions, and I wrote a lengthy post about it here. It tapped into my princess fantasies and I thoroughly recommend visiting it if you haven’t already done so.
  • Green fingers. My parents took me back to Bristol yesterday and spent the afternoon helping Mr Ship-Shape and I plant herbs, lavender and pepper and chilli plants in our garden. We have a habit of killing whatever planets make it through the front door, but I’m excited to see our garden starting to take shape and can’t wait to get cooking with all our produce!

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Roses shot with Diana+ Dreamer and redscale film

  • New make-up. This week I’ve been a bit lax with the whole blogging thing, but I did manage to squeeze in a review of my new lipstick, Brighton Rock, from Topshop.
  • Getting my lomo shots developed. I took my new Diana+ Dreamer on holiday and got the first roll of film developed today. I went with redscale film which I had anticipated would give a warm, orange tint to my images. This is less sunny, more night-vision googles! If any of you reading this are lomography buffs then do let me know where I went wrong : )
Roast dinner at The Cadbury

Our roast dinner at The Cadbury pub

  • Cadbury Roast dinner. This afternoon we popped out to the Cadbury in Montpelier for a roast dinner. I’ve never eaten in there before but lunch was delicious, as was the cheeky apple and sultana crumble I had for dessert. We’re off to watch Prometheus at the cinema now – looking forward to it.
  • DIY. Mr Ship-Shape and I have had quite a productive weekend working on the house. Mirrors and picture frames have been hung, the TV is now on a wall mount thingy and the place has been given a good clean. Although I’m naturally untidy, I always feel so much better when the house is clean and vaguely neat : )

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Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Private Vintage Club

  • Private Vintage Club. Glamour, excess, vintage clothes and underwear. If you couldn’t make it to this event then you can read all about it here.
  • Roast dinners. My mum used to cook a Sunday roast religiously, to the point where if we wouldn’t be home for dinner for whatever reason, she’d cook it on a Monday instead – sometimes that meant eating two roasts in seven days. I soon grew bored of this British Sunday staple, until I moved out to go to uni and only attempted to cook one once a year with my housemates. Needless to say, with ten hungover cooks they were often a bit of disaster! Now I love ’em, and Mr Ship-Shape and I have been slaving over one for the best part of this afternoon, along with attempting to make some homemade soup, before our friends arrive. So. Excited.

Marks & Spencer Diamond Jubilee tin

  • Girl on girl smack-downs. The fact that women always seem to be so down on other women isn’t what rocks my world this week, but it is a question that Fleet Street Fox poses in her shiny new column for the Mirror.
  • Decorative tins. I wish I could explain my obsession with old tins, but I just can’t. In antique shops or at car boot sales, I’m like a moth to a flame if I spot a vintage tin or tea caddy – and I don’t even drink tea! Fortunately for me, Marks & Spencers have stepped up, and I’m now the proud owner of this Diamond Jubilee tin, above. It does actually contain shortbread biscuits, but for once, this isn’t the reason I bought it : )

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Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven eight days…

Homemade shelves, complete with colour-coordinated books

  • A four day weekend? Yes please! I figured I might as well wait until today to post this week’s RTW, so I could include the Easter weekend. Last night I went to a house warming party in Newbury, ate delicious homemade chocolate cake, drank vodka and caught up with friends I haven’t seen since Christmas…
  • …and those extra two days gave me a chance to finish painting our first DIY project – the shelves! Here is one side, filled with all our books, which, yes, are colour-coded : )

  • Chocolate (and dessert). I’ve never ‘done’ Lent before, but I decided to give up dessert this year, and it wasn’t easy! I love sweet food, and have been known to plan whole meals around what’s on the dessert menu. Needless to say I was delighted to tuck into an Easter egg on Sunday morning, and a slice of cake and apple pie last night.
  • Vintage dresses and DIY. On Saturday I took some time out from fixing up our bathroom to have a bit of fun and shoot the vintage dresses I bought at Vintage Sunday last weekend. Take a look here.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let mHow did you spend your Easter? Let me know by commenting below….

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It’s a day later than usual as I spent a looong day in Birmingham for work yesterday, but here are a few fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Burberry-Prorsum A/W12

Burberry-Prorsum A/W12 - want, want, want!

  • LFW coverage. I couldn’t make it to London and although I’m gutted I missed out on the buzz of shows, style-spotting and Somerset House, I’ve had countless sources of info to ensure I haven’t missed out. Namely The LFW Daily, jewellery designer Fred Butler’s blog and the fab Disneyrollergirl.
  • Stickified Goo Goo. I’ve mentioned this Rice Krispies delight on the blog before, and I made some again as an alternative birthday cake for a friend. Making it was a bit of a disaster but my friend was chuffed to bits, hurrah!
Stickified Goo Goo

Stickified Goo Goo

  • Latin American delights. Going out to Las Iguanas for a friend’s birthday meal was awesome, and not just because we took full advantage of the 2-4-1 offer on cocktails! I got to see friends from uni that I haven’t seen in yonks, plus I discovered the best venue in Bristol for sweet potato fries*, which beats my pathetic attempts in the kitchen, hands down.
  • Longest ever run. On Tuesday I took part in Sweaty Betty’s Get Fit For Free event up on the Downs and ran just under eight miles – my longest run so far. The Bath Half is only a few weeks away now, so every mile (or almost mile) counts!

*but if you know a better venue then fess up!

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Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Eleanor Hardwick Home series

Eleanor Hardwick's 'Home' series

  • Eleanor Hardwick. Super talented teen photographer who I fell in love with when I saw her work at a Here Gallery exhibition a few years ago. I was a student at the time and parting with £80 (or around that sum) for a photograph wasn’t even remotely an option. Now Hardwick’s images sell for around £300, even further out of my league, despite being a grown-up with a wage.
  • Calling Germany. One of my bridesmaids moved to Berlin last year to follow her growing career as a freelance journalist. She reports on everything from the economy to the unrest in Syria – a world away from what I write about! It’s been ages since we spoke but on Monday we had a proper catch-up over the phone, which was lovely.
  • New blogs. Since getting back into the blogging game I’ve stumbled across so many fab blogs, including Elycia and Almost Delightful – both of which have gone straight to the top of my Bloglovin‘ list.
Yummy Valentine's Day starter Jamie Oliver's Happy Fish Pie
  • Early V Day dinner. Mr Ship-Shape and I don’t really do anything for Valentine’s Day, but we do always make a point of cooking a meal and eating it together. This is probably what happens for most of you every night, but our kitchen is so small, and our tastes so varied, that we choose to cook separately most of the time.  As he is away for work next week, we decided to make Friday our cooking date, making Jamie Oliver’s epic Happy Fish Pie from his latest cookbook. Words can only begin to express how flipping tasty it was, so here are a couple of photos to demonstrate.
  • Poladroid. Turns regular photos into a digital version of a Polaroid. Since Impossible Project film is really expensive and a bit hit and miss with it’s exposure times, this app is perfect for a instant photography fan like me. It’s another gem that I learned about by reading Almost Delightful.

What has been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below….


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