What Emmy Bakes: Blueberry and Apple Eggless Loaf

In between applying for jobs so that I can progress in my Charity Legal career and preparing for my last exam I still find that I have a lack of structure in my life. This has enabled my nurturing side to fully unleash itself and boy I am not complaining about it!!

Over the past few weeks, I have cooked numerous dishes and yummy treats.

After a few too many compliments and words of encouragement I decided I shall try and blog more about the what I make.

Blueberry and apple eggless loaf

The recipe is so simple and all in all it took around 45 minutes to bake and 20 minutes to prep.

I measure in cups.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of oil

1 cup of soy milk

2 cups of plain flour

1tsp of baking powder

1tsp of bicarbonate soda

1 large cooking apple

5 generous tsp of 100% blueberry jam – feel free to add real blueberries

1 1/2 cup of brown sugar

Directions:

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Pre heat the over to 180 degrees

Grease pan you are planning to place the loaf in by spreading a small amount of cooking oil around it

Mix sugar and oil in mixing bowl, then add chopped apples and blueberry jam

Afterwards add flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda

Slowly mix the milk, oil and vanilla essence to the mixture

Place the mixture into the greased pan and place in the oven

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes and dip a knife or something similar to check that no the mixture has fully baked

Once baked leave the cake to cool for half an hour before eating and sharing with friends!

Enjoy!

Excuse the plate… Bona appetit!

The Crunchy Rolling Life

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Compassion UK/Rend Collective

On my 20th Birthday, I went to see Rend Collective play live. It was planned to be just a fun, small way to celebrate my birthday. I did not expect to end up making any lifelong commitments!

Rend Collective took some time out of their set to talk about Compassion UK. A Christian organisation with a heart for eliminating children from poverty. The organisation encourage people to sponsor a child for £25 a month. The monies will help that child afford educational opportunities, including literacy and life skills training; health care and health education; and, if required, supplemental nutrition. The children who are sponsored are the most neediest and come from all different walks of life. Once you have sponsored a child, you get to build a relationship and get to know more about the child by writing them letters.

I was deeply motivated to sponsor a child after the talk and decided to quit my gym, and put the money I spent on my membership towards providing a better life to a young girl in Nicaragua.

2 years on and I do not regret the commitment I made to my sponsor child. As a young person, it is so easy to make excuses about not having money, although we some how manage to spend so much on silly, pointless, self orientated things.

I am greatly passionate about this organisation and how they are changing the lives of so many young children all over the world. It is incredibly important that every child reaches their full potential and unfortunately not every body has a start in life that enables them to easily do so. It is organisations and charities like Compassion UK that enable children to build up the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world and their communities.

I hope you feel encouraged to make a commitment to a cause that is close to your heart and will help positively change the world!

xoxo,

The Crunchy Rolling Life

Junior Lawyers Division Annual Conference 2015

On 18th April 2015 I attended the Junior Lawyers Division Conference. I attended on the basis of networking and learning more about the life of a young person in the legal profession. It was a full day event from 9.45am till 5pm.

Although it was a bit pricey (tickets were around £70 excluding VAT), boy I impressed. There were law graduates, LPC students such as myself, paralegals, trainee solicitors and solicitors who had up to five years post-qualification experience in attendance.

The central point of the conference was in the beautiful Law Society common room. If I had not gone there for the purpose of networking with other legal professions I definitely would have snapped a few photos to show you all how beautiful the place is!

The day consisted of keynote speeches from the Junior Lawyers committee, practical networking sessions and networking opportunities.

Speakers

The speeches that stood out to me were those from Felipe Alviar-Baquero who is a lawyer and a previous candidate on the show the Apprentice. It was great to here him speak outside television. He is a very wise and compassionate man who spends a lot of time advocating and raising money for those struggling in South America. He advised us looking to become lawyers to think seriously about if it what we really want to do, and to use our time effectively. its is not necessarily all about the money but how many lives you can impact with the opportunities given to you. I wholly agreed with what he was saying, I thought it was sweet and very true.

Rupert Vernalls who is CEO and founder of Stratology, which is an online resource for busy professionals focusing on the best way to run a business and even provides an MBA course for those interested in gaining another qualification that they can schedule around their lives.  It was interesting to learn some fundamental basics of a business, the internal, general and industrial analysis that needs to take place, why business is important for law and some preliminaries about their website.

Caroline Goyder was probably my favourite speaker of the evening, just because her talk was completely unexpected. Goyder is a vocal coach, trainer, speaker, author of Gravitas and Oxbridge graduate. As a person who grew up with lawyers as parents, she understands how busy and stressful life can get for those within the legal profession, she took us through a range of speaking and breathing exercises and talked to use about the importance of confidence.

Networking

I was truly blessed during my time at the conference, I sat with two trainee lawyers from Farrer and Co, one of the UKs leading Charity firms and also the Queen of England’s firm. I was also sitting with a paralegal from Russell-Cooke Solicitors, another well known firm that specialises in Charity law. It was great to talk to them about my interest in charity law, hear them discuss their experiences whilst on a charity seat and gain advice from them on applications.

There was only really one tip: apply, apply, APPLY oh and also to not fear rejection.

I was also able to get my CV checked by a trainee solicitor from the co-operative legal services. She was lovely and promised to get me in touch with those she knew in the charity sector and thosw who were working in the legal department of charities.

Overall

I would really encourage those who are interested in progressing in their legal journey to attend the Junior Lawyer conference, despite it being very expensive you are fed both physically and mentally.

xoxo

The Crunchy Rolling Life

On Purpose networking event

On Monday I had the privilege of attending my first Charity Networking event.

Career networking events are a great way to learn more about the profession you want to go into and a fantastic opportunity to meet with new people who are either:

– Already working for the Company or workplace you are interested in or;

– In your position

On Purpose is an organisation that runs one year placements for adults who have decided that they want a career that aims to make a positive difference to society.

Although I knew I was too inexperienced to apply to the programme (they tend to take on adults who have 5-6 years work experience). I found the networking event very insightful, I learnt a lot about social enterprise and got to meet some very interesting people who were all passionate about changing society. I met two lawyers who had left the legal profession to take on new challenges, one had just got a job as at Cancer Research and another was planning on applying for the On Purpose placement.

My favourite things about the whole experience was the fact we got to meet the CEO of On Purpose, Tom Rippin. It was great to ask him questions about the scheme and other general comments about working in social enterprise.

I also liked the fact that the event took place in fair-trade bar and café called Fairly square, the first fair-trade bar in London and also a start-up business because it showed that On Purpose are actively supporting and promoting meaningful businesses.

xoxo

The Crunchy Rolling Life