makeover tips

How to make the perfect Christmas truffle

Give the humble chocolate truffle a Christmas makeover, with tips and tricks guaranteed to ensure your delicious treats are on everyone’s list!

1. Chocolate, meet double cream. Double cream, meet chocolate. You are a match made in truffle-dom. These are your two essential ingredients - use equal amounts of each and you can’t go wrong!

2. To make 50 truffles, you’ll need 300ml double cream and 300ml chocolate, plus 50g butter and 1tsp vanilla extract. 

3. In a pan, heat the double cream and the butter on a medium heat until the cream is just starting to simmer, then remove from the hob.

4. Meanwhile, chop up the chocolate into small pieces (the smaller the better!) using a serrated knife. 

5. Add the small chocolate pieces to the warm cream and stir continuously, adding the vanilla essence, until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is silky smooth. For a festive flavour add the zest and juice of an orange.

6. Leave the mixture in the fridge for approximately 4 hours until it has set (just enough time to put your feet up and relax!)

7. Once set, use a teaspoon to scoop out small amounts of the mixture and roll into a ball shape with your hands. This can get sticky so rub some vegetable oil on your palms first!

8. Place the truffles on a sheet of greaseproof paper and pop back in the fridge to chill. If you’re in a rush, you can put them in the freezer for 15 minutes (no longer!)

9. Ensure that at least one truffle doesn’t make it to the chilling stage as it’s your duty as chief taster to sample the goods!

10. Melt some chocolate to coat your truffles, set aside in a bowl.

11. Take the truffles out of the fridge and, using a skewer or cocktail stick, dip them one at a time into the melted chocolate, then immediately return them to the greaseproof paper. For added flavour and texture, why not dip them into bowls of chopped hazelnuts or pistachios?

12. If you don’t fancy melting any more chocolate, simply coat your truffles in cocoa powder or a pinch of cinnamon.

Summer idea…


Here’s some ideas I came up with:

  • LIGHTS…. buy old lights like lava lamps, like the picture above, galaxy lights, disco balls and such and put them all over your room. These are actually really cool looking. I just put a lava lamp in my room and I think it would be awesome to have them all over.
  • Fill glass bottles with colored water, sand, or whatever you come up with. For colored water simply add food coloring and mix in water. You can add glitter or confetti if you want. Colored water with cotton/stuffing and glitter creates a space galaxy effect (let me know if anyone would like me to post a tutorial for any of this)
  • CANDLES…. candles are fairly cheap and look really cool when you have them all over (especially when lit) I have a bunch of candles in my room all in the color scheme I have going on. Most of them are lemonade scented (mixed with something else) and they mix well together. 
  • HEADBOARD… my headboard was looking a little dull recently so i took a scarf I never wore and wove it into the grooves of my headboard. It actually looks really cool. I put errands I never wear or ones that have missing pairs on the scarf so it looks even coolor (I simply poked them into the fabric so that the ends couldn’t be seen)
  • Photographs… I have pictures all over my room. I have them on the mirror (you can use tape or just slide them between the mirror and the frame if possible) I get pictures from my social networking sites and print them at walmart. Buy a bunch of cool frames and fill them with pictures of friends and family.

anonymous asked:

What if Yukari made a beauty guru channel on YouTube and featured a new guest on his channel every day. Then one day, hey, he hasn't asked Saruhiko to star in his channel yet, so he asks him to film today's video with Yukari. What do you think would end up happening?

Yukari’s beauty channel, coming to you straight from Iwa-san’s basement. Sukuna probably had to help him set up the webcam and Hisui hacks YouTube to get Yukari’s channel extra exposure on the front page. His guest list would have to be pretty thin though, like he’s got Hisui, Sukuna, Iwa-san and the parrot and that’s about it (the coffee table alliance realizes too late that they could have known about Iwa-san’s existence all along if only they’d checked Yukari’s video about five easy steps older men can take to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and grey hair). Sukuna is really tired of getting his hair permed every other week but Hisui’s kinda fine with all the makeup tips he’s been getting, helps ease the natural zombie paleness of his complexion.

So of course when Fushimi joins jungle Yukari is super happy because he finally has a new victim comrade to experiment on. Especially since Fushimi is so pale and unhealthy, just look at his poor limp hair with no body to it whatsoever Yukari has so much work to do. He probably doesn’t ask Fushimi to guest on his beauty channel so much as he tells him, like oh Saruhiko-chan you got here just in time come sit over here for a minute while I heat up this face mask for you. Fushimi is basically like ‘there is not enough no in the world’ and then Hisui says something about how it’s nice to help your comrades out and he always enjoys Yukari’s enthusiasm and Fushimi basically has no choice because he has to keep up the whole ‘now part of jungle’ thing. (However if this is Munakata’s Cunning Plan he texts Munakata a link to Yukari’s channel, like here everything you ever needed to know about the Green clan and their base is pretty much right here if you can tear your eyes away from the fashion tips). Yukari films an entire special series entirely focused on how to turn Saruhiko-chan from a sad gloomy specimen into a creature of true beauty, Fushimi makes a mental note that Yukari will be the first one to take a knife once he defects from this place too.