Autumn Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Easy pumpkin pie recipeNothing quite says autumn like homemade pumpkin pie and, as much as I’m sorry to see the end of summer and the long, carefree days, this is one of my absolute favourite seasons of the year! It’s not always easy celebrating Halloween in France since it’s never been much of a tradition here but I always make sure I have some spooky decorations around the house and this year I found some great window stickers and jack-o-lanterns from Lidl as well as some cute little fall vegetables from the farmer’s market. Despite being with a very French man, my festive obsession seems to have rubbed off on him and we even have an annual pumpkin carving tradition which inspired me to make a delicious pumpkin pie! It’s simple to make and so delicious so if you’re in the mood for a little autumn treat, follow this easy recipe for the perfect fall dessert!

Ingredients:

750g fresh pumpkin (peeled and cut into large chunks)
1 roll of fresh pastry
140g of sugar
1/2 tsp of grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp of cinammon (and a little extra for decorating)
2 large eggs
25g melted butter
175ml of milk
1 tsp of icing sugar

Method:

First, peel the pumpkin, remove seeds and cut up into large chunks. Place the chunks into a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil before covering with a lid and leaving to simmer for 15 minutes.

Whilst the pumpkin is being cooked, heat the over to 180C, place the pastry in a loose-bottomed tarte tin covered with non-stick paper and place in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the crust is slightly golden.

Tip: if you prick the pastry with a fork before heating, this will prevent the base from rising too much.

Remove the pastry and allow to cool. Meanwhile, drain the pumpkin pieces and mash them until you have a smooth puree. In a seperate bowl, mix the sugar, nutmeg and cinammon and then stir in the milk and beaten eggs. Add the pumpkin puree and stir until you have an even mixture.

Pour the mixture into the pastry shell and place in the centre of the oven for 10 mintues. Reduce oven heat to 180C and leave for another 40 minutes until the filling has set.

Remove the pie, leave to cool, and then dust with icing sugar and a pinch more cinammon before serving. For a little extra indulgence, add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or freshly whipped cream!

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Limited Edition Stella McCartney x Breast Cancer Awareness

Stella McCartney Breast Cancer Awareness Kate Moss Limited Edition OctoberPhoto: stellamccartney.com

As you know, the month of October is all about Breast Cancer Awareness and their signature pink products. Basically, this means that whilst world-famous landmarks are turning pink in honour of the charity, many brands are creating their own pink products, with a percentage of the price being donated to the cause, in some cases even 100%!

Whilst ideally, I feel donations should really be more about the cause itself rather than a shopping excuse, pink products have helped to raise a great deal for the foundation and who’s to say donating can’t be a little bit of fun too? Just be sure to check that your item is a legitimate pink ribbon product and not just a mere marketing ploy!

From special edition Clinique Great Cause Moisturizers and pink shades of Bobbi Brown lipgloss to One Hope Chardonnay, there are plenty of options available but my absolute favourite is this Stella McCartney exclusive neon pink bra as modelled by Kate Moss… the design even incorporate the little pink ribbon details on the straps!

Limited Edition Gemma Relaxing Balconnet Bra, £50 (‘Designed to raise awareness and increase support, with a percentage of the profits aiding the Linda McCartney Centre‘.)

Eiffel Tower Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Paris Breast Cancer Awareness Eiffel Tower Pink October

Tonight, the 7th of October 2014, the Eiffel Tower was lit in pink for the very first time to honor the start of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Paris.  Earlier this week, Liz Hurley switched on the pink lights of the Empire State Building and over the next few days, several famous landmarks will also turn pink for the charity including The Colosseum in Rome, The Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, The Burj Al Arab in Dubai and The Peninsula in Hong Kong.

Find out how you can help locally by clicking on the image below and look out for all the fun pink products on sale with a percentage being donated to the cause!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ciate Haute House Nail Polish

Ciate Haute House sale

This week I was lucky enough to receive the beautiful Ciate Haute House collection of mini nail polishes which includes 5 shades in Fashion Week metallics! With deep autumnal tones of aubergine, plum and petrol, each colour has been created using the brand’s new rich ink formula which translates to smoother application and a perfect shine which looks glossy and luxurious before you even apply a top coat. In fact I actually wore mine here without a top coat at all and you can already see the shine.

Being darker shades, the collection has only just launched to correspond with autumn/winter and whilst the full set would normally cost around £22, I’ve actually found a little private sale on at the moment with European flash sales giant, vente-privee! From today, you can shop a selection of Ciate‘s best-loved polishes as well as some adorable gift sets and collections including Haute House, Beach House (a summer equivalent) and the brand’s incredible Nail Lab which is, as the name rather suggest, a complete kit of nail art creativity for customising your own polishes.

Find out all about the sale which will only last a few days on the vente-privee website, it’s free to register and you’ll instantly have access to a whole universe of discount shopping… it’s very addictive though so you have been warned!

Ciate Flash Sale on vente-privee from the 1st of October to the 6th of October.

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Stella McCartney x CANON Limited Edition Collaboration

Stella McCartney x Canon

Yet again, London Fashion Week has been one full of stunning designs, outrageous outfits and exciting announcements and not least is this very unique and unexpected collaboration between one of my hero designers, Stella McCartney, and Canon UK.

The limited edition camera bag has been named after Stella’s mother, Linda, and there will only be 1000 bags available exclusively to London’s Selfridges and Harrods.  Unfortunately, for those hoping to snag just the super cute bowling-style bag, it does come as part of a set including the white Canon EOS 100D for a not-too-unreasonable cost of £1,200. Well hey, unique style comes at a price… and it does double up as a designer handbag!

The collaboration was revealed on Sunday night at the 2014 London Stella McCartney Green Carpet Collection, a certified sustainable event co-hosted by the crème de la crème in fashion, Livia Firth, Natalie Massenet, Stella McCartney and Anna Wintour.

The Stella McCartney x Canon UK bag will be available from November 2014.

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