Hot Air Balloon Diary | Design Trend | Cloud Nine Lifestyle

Vintage Hot Air Balloon Prints

I can’t be the only one to admit that I am rather obsessed with hot air balloons. There is something nostalgic and whimsical about them. They conjure up memories of blue skies and summer picnics in the park. I’ve never actually been in a hot air balloon of course, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting…

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Unemployment: Riding out the Storm

Unemployment is not easy; trying to find a job in a world were everyone that you’re up against is just like you (good grades at school, degree, internships under the belt) leaves you feeling utterly helpless. The daily barrage of rejection emails, meaningless job titles and refusals to provide feedback can result in the appearance of…

Blueberry, Banana and Cinnamon Muffins

These muffins are an adaptation of Lorraine Pascale’s Raspberry Muffins, found in her fantastic book Home Cooking Made Easy. As an aside, I absolutely love this book, and would recommend it to anyone; the instructions are clear and incredibly helpful and the flavour combinations are delicious. I am a huge fan of the Pascale.  However, because I…

Banana Loaf | Recipe | Cloud Nine

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf Recipe

This method has been adapted from a Mary Berry recipe given to me by a friend a long time ago. So long ago, that I can’t remember which friend gave it to me, and have no idea from which of Mary’s many books it hails. Nevertheless, it is one of my favourite things to bake,…

The Emperor of the Traybake: Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Chocolate brownies are a sort of urbane comfort food. There is something so sophisticated about their deep brown colour and rich velvety taste. They certainly reign supreme as the emperor of traybakes, and are accorded much respect in my household.  The perfect brownie should have a thin, crumbly crust on top, and underneath should be soft…

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Bright and Colourful Prints for the Kitchen

As a lover of colour, print, and pattern, I strive to implement these aspects of design in all parts of my home. Currently, it is the turn of the kitchen. Over recent months, I have been adding to my rather plain and ordinary white kitchenware, gradually bringing in more outgoing and interesting pieces. For example,…

How to Make Perfect Pesto

Pesto has become so popular in recent years that there is seemingly no end to the different varieties on offer in supermarkets. In fact, the pesto shelf is an impressive spectacle, lined with small jars radiating an cheery spectrum of colours. From the emerald green basil options, through to the bold red tomato and pepper…

Fruit Salad | Lunch Hack | Cloud Nine

Mid-Week Lunch Hack: the humble fruit salad

Mid-week lunches are invariably either dull, and consist of cheese sandwiches and an apple, or are frightfully expensive. Spending anywhere up to £5 a day on food really adds up. Of course, a hummus and falafel wrap from the staff canteen or local cafe is a delight, but sadly not an affordable – and regular…