Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Pound Cake - Funky Jungle's Favorite Cake Recipe

This is another very simple, but always loved dessert recipe with my family. You can whip it up in no time at all and you will have it eaten in no time at all, especially if some people have differing ideas on how large a normal slice is.

Another thing I love about this cake recipe is its versatility. And of course you know that versatility is a big pro thing in Funky Jungle Land.


Funky Jungle's favorite pound cake recipe - quick, easy, delicious & versatile || Funky Jungle


You can add any topping you want. You can add any flavour you want. You can make it marmorized by stirring in some cocoa powder after you are done preparing the dough. You can add pieces of fruit. The possibilities are endless. You can go all Gusteau on this cake!

It's not a diet cake for sure. You could possibly replace the standard flour with gluten free one.


Recipe


Ingredients


125g Flour
125g Corn or Potato Flour
200g Sugar
250g Butter
4 Eggs
Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder

Couple drops of Lemon Juice

Optional: Rum and/or Vanilla. I've also done Orange Juice in the past.

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Topping

That's really your choice. I used chocolate here, but you can just sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.


Preparation:

Leave the butter at room temperature until it is soft, then cut in small pieces and put it into a bowl. Add the sugar and Vanilin sugar and mix it well. Add one egg after the other and always stir well, it is recommended to mix the mass for about 2mins in between adding eggs. Now add the lemon juice (and rum etc if you opt for it). Mix the flours and baking powder and add them, one tablespoon at a time, always mixing well in between.

When everything is a nice yellow, fluid but not overly liquid mass, put it into a baking form that you either prepared with paper and/or with butter (I dunno, I never use the paper and it works out fine)

Bake at around 165-185° C (330 - 365°F) for 60-70mins. May need adjustment depending on oven.

Near the end of the baking time, use a thin long something (like a metal skewer needle) to poke the cake. If some of the dough still sticks, bake it some more minutes.

After baking, put it upside down on a cake rack and let it cool down. Once cooled, add the desired topping. Your creativity is the limit.

And by the way, you can find the recipe for the cookies in the picture above here.


Buon Appetito!


P.S. My father loves to eat this with jam or Nutella on top of his slice...





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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Monochrome Retro Vibes - The Perfect Little Summer Jacket

I still think that one of the most important factors for being a "successful" thrifter (or flea market goer) is that willingness to dig deep. Or maybe you could say that here too you can apply the principles of wanting it and not giving up. Case in point, this cropped wool jacket with a little label that says "Jil Sander". I am not going to bore you with the price, but sufficent to say it was very little. Very very little.

And it is the perfect little summer jacket that you throw on when things are getting more chilly as the day progresses into evening and then night. Or when you feel like rocking that sleeveless dress but it isn't quite warm enough that day.

Black dress with white polka dots, thrifted Jil Sander cropped jacket, black leggings, fringe clutch || Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog


Besides the dress, you've also seen the shoes, the bag previously.
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Penso che una delle cose più importanti per essere una risparmiatrice "di successo" (o frequentatrice dei mercatini) sia la volontà di scavare a fondo. O forse si potrebbe dire che anche qui si deve applicare la formula di "volere e non mollare". In questo caso, per l'appunto, vi mostro questa giacca corta in lana con una piccola etichetta che dice "Jil Sanders". Non voglio annoiarvi col prezzo, ma è sufficiente dire che era basso, molto molto basso.

È la perfetta giacca estiva, da indossare quando l'aria si fa un po' più fresca o quando la temperatura si abbassa un po' troppo dal pomeriggio, alla sera e fino alle ore notturne, o quando volete mettere quel vestito senza maniche, ma non fa ancora abbastanza caldo.

A parte il vestito, avete già precedentemente visto sia le scarpe che la borsa.
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Ich denke immer noch, dass einer der entscheidenden Faktoren fuer erfolgreiches Thriften (oder auf Flohmaerkten fuendig zu werden) die Bereitschaft ist sich richtig reinzuknien und durchzuwuehlen. Oder vielleicht kann man eben auch hier die fast allgemein gueltige Formel "es wollen und nicht aufgeben" anwenden. Was mich zum Punkt, beziehungsweise dieser kurzen Wolljacke bringt, bei der innen auf dem Etikett "Jil Sander" steht und fuer die ich dank Wuehlens, ich will Euch jetzt nicht mit Preisen langweilen, sehr wenig, laecherlich wenig bezahlt habe.

Ist die perfekte kleine Sommerjacke, zum drueberziehen fuer die Tage wo sich die Temperatur vom Tag zum Abend bis zur Nacht hin merklich abkuehlt. Oder es eben trotz allem nicht warm genug ist das aermellose Kleid anzuziehen. Moechte da nur an den letzten Sommer erinnern.

Ausser dem Kleid habt Ihr auch die Schuhe und die Tasche bereits auf dem Blog gesehen.








Outfit Sources:

Dress / Vestito / Kleid - Mango (old)
Jacket / Giacca / Jacke - Jil Sander Thrifted
Leggings - H&M (very old)
Shoes / Scarpe / Schuhe - Deichmann (old)
Bag / Borsa / Tasche - Urban Outfitters (old)






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Friday, 22 May 2015

Back in the City - Outfit Quickie

It's not that it is always fantastically spectacular what I'm wearing when I meet up for coffee with D., but I like to show you my outfits with different backgrounds occasionally, so you can see that I'm not just pretending to wear the stuff you see on the blog.



Sitting at the fountain, wearing pinstripe blazer, skinny jeans, sneakers | Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog

It's just that our backyard wall is so very good as background for outfit pictures, that plain neutral grey that doesn't distract, plus besides my son no one is running across the pic.

I was wearing this outfit when I bought the pants you've seen in the Sunday Outfit Post.

You've already seen these things previously on the blog. The sweater like top, the skinny jeans, the blazer, the socks and the bag.
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Non è che quello che indosso quando vado a incontrare D. per un caffè sia sempre spettacolare, ma mi piace farvi vedere i miei look davanti a sfondi diversi, proprio per dimostrare che indosso tutto ciò che vedete sul blog anche nella vita quotidiana.

Questa, tra altro, era anche la giornata dove ho comprato i pantaloni che avete visto nell'ultimo outfit.

Avete già visto tutto in precedenza. La maglietta, i jeans skinny, il blazer, le calze e la borsa.
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Es ist nicht so, dass das, was ich anhabe um mich mit D. auf einen Kaffee zu treffen immer sehr spektakulaer waere, aber mir gefaellt es Euch ab und zu mit anderen Hintergruenden zu zeigen, dass ich den Kram den ich da so vorfuehre auch wirklich trage. Unsere Hinterhofwand eignet sich nur so wunderbar, ist herrlich neutral und ausser meinem Sohn rennt mir niemand ins Bild.

Das hier hatte ich uebrigens an, als ich die Hosen, die Ihr im letzten Outfit Post gesehen habt gekauft habe.

Das andere kennt Ihr bereits. Das Oberteil, die Skinny Jeans, den Blazer, die Socken und die Tasche.


A fountain at Brescia City

white & black splash pattern top, black skinny jeans, polka dot socks, sneakers and an old fountain | Back in the City

All cool back of the bus and stuff - Funky Jungle look with back & white patterned top, black skinny jeans, puma sneakers, dotted socks




Outfit Sources

Pinstripe Blazer - Mango
Sweatshirt Top - Mango (old)
Black Skinny Jeans - Mango *exact* *more black skinny jeans*
Socks / Calze / Socken - Topshop
Sneakers - Puma
Scarf / Sciarpa / Schal - OVS
Bag / Borsa / Tasche - Urban Outfitters







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Thursday, 21 May 2015

And 5 Reasons Why I Love Online Shopping

A couple of weeks ago I talked about why I love shopping in real stores. Well today let's take a look at 5 good reasons to love online shopping.





1. You Can Dream

And live the joy of expectation. When you go into a shop, you will see something you fancy, see if it's there in your size, try it on and see right there and then whether it is or isn't for you. With online shops, you see an item you fancy, but you'll have to imagine how it will look on you and how it'll make you feel when you put it on. You'll be wishfully thinking that it will look oh so good on you.

And whilst I am waiting for the package to arrive, that wishful thinking turns into full blown Hollywood movies, my very own version of Zoolander, where I am absolutely ridiculously good looking thanks to my newly purchased garment.



And yes, Fashion Bloggers help people too!

Of course, if it ain't matching, it can be a bit of a downer, which then turns into a reason not to shop online haha. But meanwhile ... you get the pleasure of having bought something nice for yourself and the feeling of having something nice on it's way to you, which leads me to...


2. You've got Mail

I love getting things in the mail. For years I've participated in Postcrossing, a site that works like a Secret Santa for postcards. Love it. And there's just something beautiful about unpacking goods and either discovering what is in them (if it's a surprise package), or discovering whether what is in them matches your expectations and you'll really be as ridiculously good looking as Hansel & Derek when putting it on.



Right now I am right there with point 1 and 2. Waiting for my mail and hoping I'll be a viral going stunner (which would be the fashion blogger version of being Derek Zoolander) when I can finally put it on.


3. You don't have to leave the house

I know, I know. It's the contrary somewhat to what I said last time, but let's face it, real shopping takes time. Driving to the shop, browsing the shop, picking things you want to try, heading to the changing room which hopefully has no queue (good luck with that during the first sales days) and right there try on everything you picked. And while I do find it pleasurable (I know, many don't, but I like it up to a certain point) there are times when one just cannot up and go. Or maybe you live further away from the next bigger (and better) shopping accomodation (be it mall or city center). Personally it only takes me 15-20 mins to arrive in the middle of shopping, but for example my sister lives in a small village, a good 30 to 40 mins by car away from the next better option, plus she has two small children and a job that requires her to be away from home. Online Shopping is a real option for her, especially considering what a royal p.i.t.a (no not the bread) it can be to go shopping with and/or for kids.  

And yes, I realize 40mins is still ridiculous little travel time for some of you.


4. Sometimes I cannot get it locally

No matter how much I wished so, some things I simply cannot get here and neither is there an adequate substitute. Some brands & stores do not distribute their wares in Italy at all, or if they do, either only in very few selected cities or at limited product range in a selected few stores. That's when online shopping and international delivery becomes a life saver of sorts.

Additionally,  I sometimes just might want to have something people here cannot buy at the next corner (which is by the way also one of the reasons I dig thrift & fleamarket shopping). You know, we all want to be unique little snowflakes.


5. Bargains and Comparing Prices

Some shops offer online exclusive discounts and promotional codes. Some have items on sale online that aren't marked down in your local shop. You can compare prices between different retailers that stock the same brands or types of goods. Maybe what you want is actually on sale somewhere. You have an overview of the market and its offers at your finger tips, just a click or two away instead of having to drive across the city or walk across the mall


In the end, between thrift, normal retail stores and online, I'm probably at about 1/3 each for the total amount of shopping I do. Definitely prefer "real stores" when buying second hand, I do not have much experience buying second hand online, even tho there are numerous options around, but I like to actually evaluate the "very good condition " myself.



Disclaimer: Don't watch when your modesty setting is on very high, people are pulling off their underpants (hah!)







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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

April's Favorite Five - What I loved last month

My favorites from April. Basically these are the five things I've engaged with the most, in a positive way. Things and products that were a regular part of my life during the last month.





My 5 Favorite Things from the Month of April



1. #Girlboss

I realize I am late to the party, but I just now read #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, a large online fashion retailer. The book left me divided. I overall liked it, but sometimes the tone and the narrative itself made me think "bitch please". This however might come from the translation, and not actually be Amoruso's fault, as I've read her book in German. At any rate, like her style or not, there's a lot of practical, down to earth wisdom and inspiration to be gleaned from this book, from her story. Unconventionally done conventional advice. Would have wished some more in depth about some points, but overall it's been a good (and quick) read and I certainly took something away from it.


2. Marc Jacobs Skinny Logo Bangle

During the warmer months I frequently ditch the rings and opt for bracelets instead. For one because short sleeves leave a lot more room to show off pretty arm candy than long ones. And for another because when it gets really warm, my fingers start to gain half a ring size, making it at times a real drag to wear rings. Despite that, this trinket was still sort of an experiment because I used to shy away from overt displays of logo, but I think it was a full success. I've been finding to wear it A LOT. It just goes with about any kind of outfit, from more sophisticated to casual summer looks. I am actually thinking about getting it in the black & silver version too.


3. Tokyo Love & Essie "Go Ginza"

I've been tweeting and talking on Facebook about these two already. You can see me wearing the sweater in this post. And the lovely pastel pink Essie shade "Go Ginza", that reminds me of cherry blossoms, has been one of my go to shades this spring. One thing to note however, don't grab this nail polish when you are in a hurry. It'll be a disaster. Mark my words. Otherwise it's beautiful. Great light shade if you don't want to do full on white.


4. Alterra Eyeliner & Make Up Factory "Dream Eyes" Mascara

Alterra is the bio decorative cosmetics home brand of the german drug store chain Rossmann. I have this eyeliner in a beautiful metallic blue called 08 Ice. The mascara is from the brand "Make Up Factory" which I believe is in Germany only available at Mueller drugstores. No idea about other countries, sorry. I have the "Dream Eyes" mascara and am very happy with the overall effect it has on my lashes. I have used both of these a lot, I especially like to use the mascara when I know we'll be shooting outfit pics.


5. Green Asparagus

I apologize for not including it in the picture. Or maybe not. At any rate, since the end of April they've been back in stores and back on my plate at least once a week, but more often twice as one pack is enough for two meals for me and I'm pretty much the only one eating them here at Casa Funky. I love them! I also love the white ones, but the green are a lot easier to prepare if you are a little lazy like me. Most of the times, when preparing them as side dish, I stay real simple and only boil or steam them, but you can also use them for a lot of other things, like Risotto for example.



I realize that two points have actually two items, but that's because for me they go together, I've used them mostly together.


What were your favorites in April?




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