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I’ve fallen in love with this pizza! Seriously, it’s one of the best I’ve ever had! While I was online grocery shopping a while back, I saw it on offer & I’m like YES PLEASE since Pizza is my ultimate junk food addiction & I love Hot Sauce!

I haven’t seen the pizza since so I hope it wasn’t a Limited Edition thing from Tabasco as I’m dying to buy it again (or just create it at home!)

Aaaaah Pizza *homer drool*

Regular visitors to my blog will remember that I was sent a variety of chocolate from Chocolate & Love to review way back at the beginning of the year. It proved a hit & with part of the chocolate, I created the most amazing dark chocolate cupcakes.

So when I was approached & asked to sample some more chocolate, once again I decided that if anyone, I shall suffer in the name of experimentation & test all this chocolate so no one has to suffer 😉 Chocolate and Love is an online chocolate boutique with a collection of the finest chocolates created by award-winning brands and chocolatiers from around the world. Their website is full of a variety of different chocolate ranging from organic to gluten & sugar free. Buying it online, they deliver straight to your door & also have an amazing Chocolate Club where every month you are delivered a range of chocolates to taste, my idea of heaven.

I was sent a few bars of Coffee Affair & Crushed Diamond & couldn’t wait to try them. I love coffee, in fact I’m addicted to the stuff. I loved the creamy texture of Coffee Affair, the little hint of coffee & even though it was a dark chocolate, wasn’t bitter at all. It was my favourite of the two & if anything I’d want more of a coffee taste from it. The Crushed Diamond bar tasted like a Dime bar, except it was dark chocolate with little nuggets of chocolate in it instead. I like this one as well, it hard to fault it, it’s a tad bit bitter but it’s to be expected with dark chocolate.

After tasting 1/2 the bars, I decided to put the rest to good use & like I did the last time, bake something using the chocolate. This chocolate is perfect for baking as well since it’s a high quality product. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to bake, then it hit me, create my all time favourite desert. The French Fondant au Chocolat *screams of joy* as well as mini dark chocolate cupcakes. It was instant love as soon as I smelt the finished product & it tasted even better, especially with the little hint of coffee coming through 😀

& now you can enjoy it as well 😉

Fondant au Chocolat Ingredients:
129 Butter
125g Dark Chocolate
175g Sugar
A Pinch of Salt
2 Eggs
70g Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
50g Chopped Walnuts
Icing Sugar

Method:
Melt the butter and chocolate over a low heat and blend well. Cool to hand temperature, then add the sugar and salt and cream everything with a hand mixer.

Preheat the oven to 180c. Beat the eggs one at a time into the butter & chocolate mixture. Mix the flour and baking powder, sieve and fold into the chocolate mixture, then add the chopped walnuts.

Grease a springform tin. Pour in the cake mixture and bake for approx 25mins. The cake should remain slightly runny inside. Leave to cool and serve decorated with icing sugar and some walnuts. Cut into slices, serve on it’s own, with ice cream & squirty cream… enjoy <3 [gallery columns="5"]

My favourite lights are back again in Royal Exchange Square in Merchant City <3 Glasgow ends up looking so pretty with fairy lights! I'm a sucker for them, wish they'd stay up all year round! My favourite thing this season? Sitting in Starbucks with my Christmas cup, watching the lights twinkle away 😀

My favourite people over at Fuel my Blog contacted me a few months ago asking if I wanted to try out a box of male grooming products from Men Are Useless, now naturally, I’m a girl. But, I decided to pimp out my dad & get him to try some products for me. As a suprising shock to me, he even decided to brave it & model the products while I take photos of him for the good of the cause *claps my hands*

Men Are Useless is a company based in the UK which delivers male grooming essentials via the letterbox starting from £9.99, with no contractual commitment. The main aim of the company is to stop men being useless, because frankly, they are at times, aren’t they? They have memories like a goldfish & need women to pick up the pieces & keep them on the straight & narrow. As the website says, men will now have “more time to play out, fight sharks, catch baddies, build dens, practice wheelies and hit the heights they deserve” as they can order the boxes themselves & never have to worry (plus get brownie points from women, for a change!) ;).

The beauty of Men Are Useless? You can shop like a man in under 10 minutes without actually needing to leave your house & having to put up with all those busy shops. You select the box that you’d like, order online, sit back & wait for it to be delivered monthly to you. You never need to worry about running out of razors & looking like a cave man, scaring the ladies with your bad B.O if you can’t find any deodrant/shower-gel. Instead, you can instead sit infront of the sofa with a face-mask on, watching the football & drinking beer while you make yourself pretty (plus never having to admit you use one!).

I was sent ‘The Works Box’ priced at £15.99 a month (includes P&P) which included a King of Shaves Azor Razor with Spare Blade, a King of Shaves Shaving Creme(50ml), a bottle of Original Source Hair and Shower Gel (250ml), a Bionsen Deodorant Stick & a Moose Head Face Pack. When I recieved the box through the letterbox, I opened the box to check what goodies were in store for my dad. I instantly fell in love with the little pack of Love Hearts on the side (which was meant for the postman, but ended up in my belly!), but honestly, I loved the packaging. The box was well wrapped, loved the letter that is included & the rest of the sweets which were included along with the products (which I nabbed!). My only disapointment was the fact that the shower gel leaked a little over the box but it wasn’t a huge biggie.

Now it was time to test the products. My dad first tried the King of Shaves Shaving Creme which he found wasn’t as foamy as he would have liked but it did the job it was served for. He loved the spearmint fresh smell of it which is great for early morning starts waking you up. Next up was the King of Shaves Azor Razor, unfortunately he wasn’t a fan of this at all. It started with trying to get the plastic protector off (it took FOREVER!), then the rubber blade protectors were in the way, my dad thought his shave wasn’t close enough & had to keep touching his face to see if it did actually shave. In the end, he said that his current Gillette Mach 3 was better suited for him & would only use this razor again if he didn’t have any other. When it came to the Original Source Hair and Shower Gel & Bionsen Deodorant Stick, he loved the smell of the shower gel which was extremely refreshing however not so foamy but did like it a lot & the Deodorant was great.

The ultimate for us though? The Moose Head Face Pack. It brought my mom & I into fits of laughter caking it onto my dad’s face, having him model it for photos & of course watch him try to talk when it was getting harder on his skin. When putting it on his skin, the coverage was amazing, it got tight on his skin & not rock hard as some Face Pack’s can do, his skin did feel softer after using it but found it a pain in the ass trying to get it all off afterwards.

I have never laughed so hard in my life testing these products with my dad, watching his facial expressions & him actually allowing me to take photos of him AND allowing me to post them on my blog, so a huge thank you to him for that <3 I love the overall concept which Men Are Useless have came up with, it’s handy, select some great products (& can include others if you are looking for something specific), posts everywhere in the UK as well as the EU and BFPO’s, ideal for gifts & is great value for money. I only wish they could create a similar box for women so I can get the benefit of it (especially since I shop like a man!)

Now for the LOL’s, my dad is awesome! :hug:

I’ve been exactly 1 month and 10 days since I’ve blogged. A little longer than expected, I had no time to sit & manually move over 6 years worth of blog to my new web host due to my crazy ass job. So, what better time to do it than during my 5 day vacation!

What can I say, it’s been about frikin time! You’ll also notice that my blog is now under ananyah.COM and not under /blog anymore, so please please update your bookmarks & RSS feeds. If you wanna be lazy, that’s cool, I cater for all. I’ve added a page re-direct script to aim here from now on if you cannot be bothered to edit anything. See, I love you all!

I have A LOT to catch up on, tons to blog, lots of geeky topics to write about, recipes to post, photos to share, you’ll be pretty much sick of me in about a weeks time. But, secretly I know you all love stalking me. Right? I mean who wouldn’t :cute:

Onwards & Upwards…