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Food and travel blog of London photographer Charlotte Hu.

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A Visual Ode To Food, Travel & People

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble

Charlotte Hu

I don't really do Valentine's Day, but I'll take any excuse for a indulgent dessert. On a cold mid-February night, what could be better than a warm and bubbly crumble? Over on Instagram, I asked whether you prefer vanilla ice cream or custard. I think ice cream marginally won in the end (with "both" as a popular choice too), but I've always been a custard gal.

Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe | Skillet & Shutterbug
Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe | Skillet & Shutterbug
Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe | Skillet & Shutterbug

300g rhubarb
80g sugar
200g pears
140g self-raising flour
85g butter
30g dark brown sugar

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Chop 300g rhubarb into inch-long pieces and simmer with 80g sugar on low heat for 5 mins. Peel and cut 200g pears into bite-size chunks and add to the rhubarb for another 5 minutes. Tip the fruit mix into a baking dish.

Rub 140g self-raising flour with 85g cold butter and 30g dark brown sugar together with fingers until the texture forms a crumble. Cover the rhubarb and pear mix with the crumble and bake for 30 mins. Serve with custard or vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe | Skillet & Shutterbug
Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe | Skillet & Shutterbug
Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe | Skillet & Shutterbug
Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe | Skillet & Shutterbug

Women's March on London

Charlotte Hu

I don't know what I was expecting as I made my way to Grosvenor Square. The air was biting cold and the sky was icy blue to match. I knew the Women's March, a rally led by women but welcoming all participants, would be big... In fact, big didn't quite cover it.

Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug

Women, men and children quickly filled the square in front of the US Embassy. Despite the numerous (and witty) digs at Trump's many failings, the overall atmosphere was positive, and the movement was clearly about much more than just him. People wanted to show they would fight for the rights they felt were under threat – reproductive rights, immigration, gender equality, LGBTQ rights... hell, just basic human rights.

Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug
Women's March on London | Skillet & Shutterbug

As I marched, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude. The 100,000-strong crowd was a living, breathing security blanket. I felt protected knowing there were decent people here and all across the world. People who shared my fears for our collective future, but were clearly not going to stop fighting for each other. Today was a milestone, for sure, but we're nowhere near the finish line.

Quick and Easy Popcorn Toppings

Charlotte Hu

There are a few methods to making popcorn at home, but my favourite is the classic – on the stove. Melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a pot with a large base. Place 3 kernels of corn in the oil, cover and wait until all 3 have popped. Quickly take off the stove, add ⅓ cup of kernels to form one layer in the pot and leave covered for 30 seconds before transferring the pot back onto a low heat. This time, leave the lid slightly ajar. After a minute or so, all of the kernels should begin popping in quick succession... this is the satisfying bit for me!

Then comes the fun of experimenting with flavours. Below I'm sharing two savoury and two sweet options. What will you choose?

Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug

Chilli & Lime Popcorn

3 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp cayenne chilli powder
1 lime
Pinch of salt

In a saucepan on a low heat, mix 3 tsp coconut with 1 tsp chilli powder and the juice of 1 lime. Stir gently for 1 minute. Drizzle over the popcorn, add a pinch of salt and toss to coat evenly.

Chilli & Lime Popcorn | Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug

Vanilla & Coconut Popcorn

3 tbsp desiccated coconut
3 tsp coconut oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Preheat your oven to 160ºC. Spread 3 tbsp of desiccated coconut into a thin layer on a baking tray, and toast for 5 minutes. In a saucepan on a low heat, mix 3 tsp coconut oil with ½ tsp vanilla extract and take off heat once melted. Drizzle over the popcorn, add a pinch of salt and toss along with the toasted coconut to coat evenly.

Vanilla & Coconut Popcorn | Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug

Peanut Butter Popcorn

3 tsp coconut oil
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp coconut sugar
4 tbsp smooth peanut butter
Pinch of salt

In a saucepan on a low heat, mix 3 tsp coconut oil with 3 tbsp honey and 2 tsp coconut sugar. Stir gently for a few minutes until melted then add the peanut butter, breaking down until smooth. Drizzle over the popcorn, add a pinch of salt and toss to coat evenly.

Peanut Butter Popcorn | Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug

Garlic & Parmesan Popcorn

3 tsp coconut oil
2 cloves garlic
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Pinch of salt
Black pepper

In a saucepan on a low heat, add 2 smashed cloves of garlic to 3 tsp coconut oil. After a few minutes, when the garlic is fragrant, remove the cloves. Drizzle over the popcorn along with the grated Parmesan and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly.

Garlic & Parmesan Popcorn | Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug

What is this 'portion control' you speak of?

Garlic & Parmesan Popcorn | Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug
Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug
Peanut Butter Popcorn | Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug
Vanilla & Coconut Popcorn | Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug
Chilli & Lime Popcorn | Quick and Easy Homemade Popcorn Recipes | Skillet & Shutterbug