Recipe: Coconut and Blackberry yoghurt pops

coconut blackberry yoghurt popsI was surprised to find that, after our recent heatwave, there were ripe blackberries on the bushes near where I live. I couldn’t face turning on the oven to bake a cake (and making my flat even hotter), so I decided to make some ice lollies with them instead. This isn’t really a recipe, since there’s only three ingredients, it’s more of an enthusiastic suggestion that you make these, because they are really really good.

coconut blackberry yoghurt popsYou will need

Fresh blackberries or raspberries

Coconut yogurt (I used Lancashire Farm’s low fat bio live coconut yoghurt)

Sugar or honey

Ice lolly moulds (mine are from Laura Ashley)

Method

Add a large handful of blackberries or raspberries with a splash of water to a pan. If you’re using blackberries add a teaspoon of sugar or honey. Cook on a medium heat until the fruit is soft and a syrup has formed. Allow to cool.

Add a dessert spoon of yoghurt to the lolly mould, then top with a teaspoon of the blackberry mixture. Continue alternating yoghurt and fruit and till the mound is full. Stir with a skewer to create a rippled effect. Freeze for at least three hours and enjoy!

coconut blackberry yoghurt pops

yoga for illustrators

yoga illustration emma blockThis year I did something I never thought I would, I joined the gym. As well as using the gym and pool facilities, I can attend as many yoga and pilates classes as I like. As a full-time illustrator repetitive strain injury is as real worry and yoga has been a bit of a life saver. It’s really helped with tense shoulders and achey wrists, and it’s also kept me surprisingly zen about tight deadlines and busy schedules. As an illustrator I couldn’t recommend yoga enough.

I’ve added this illustration as a print to my etsy shop, in case you need a little bit of yoga inspiration at home.

Dreaming about couture

YSL garden dress emma blockI had a little bit of spare time (it doesn’t happen often) so I decided to paint some of the things that have been lingering unfinished in my sketchbooks. I first saw this haute couture Yves Saint Laurent gown on pinterest and it immediately captured my imagination. It makes me think of Monet, summertime, gardens and fairy princesses. Can you imagine the work that went into sewing all that embellishment by hand? Truly a work of wearable art.

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