Monday, 21 May 2018

SCANDI BLOSSOM

  Dress / & Other Stories
Boots / Vagabond
Bag / Zara

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

SUMMER IN SPRING

STELLA
Scarf / Zara
Sunglasses / Zara
Dress / Zara
Boots / Mango
Bag / Zara

Tee / Profeshhhh
Trousers / The Cords
Sunglasses / Zara
Shoes / Saucony

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

CITY FLOWER






Dress / Zara
Boots / Vagabond
Sunglasses / Zara

Thursday, 10 May 2018

RED & YELLOW

Beret / Topshop
Tee / Profesh
Skirt / ASOS
Boots / Vagabond

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

FANCY FARE WITHOUT THE SNOBBERY @ PIDGIN

 I am usually no big fan of haute cuisine dining, the sort of Michelin starred food served over several (unsatisfyingly) small courses, often within a very intimidating environment, Pidgin however is different. For one it is located in the middle of Hackney and could easily be mistaken for the many hipster neighbourhood brunch places that have sprung up in the area in recent years, with its minimal, cosy, there are only 30 covers, and slightly shabby chic interior. But don’t be fooled by first appearances. This place was voted by many, including the Guardian, as the best restaurant around and I find it hard to disagree. I mean it isn’t a place I will casually go to on a random Friday, the set menu is £49 without wine (which starts at a very reasonable £22 a bottle), which isn’t exactly what I spend on a normal dinner out BUT here it is SO worth it. The set menu changes every week which means you will never have the same dining experience more than once, and they are more than happy to adjust their modern European menu to suit vegetarian and pescatarian needs.


Rather than feeling a little awkward and out of place when the waiter went on to explain the complex dishes served, like I had experienced at other fine dining joints, here there was a casual and welcoming vibe that made us feel at ease even when what appeared in front of us was far from average. Simple ingredients were elevated to something truly special and unforgettable (a plate of carrot, lime peanut, lemongrass and ricotta may have sounded simple on paper but utterly blew our minds), with every flavour fine-tuned to perfection. Yes, there were quite a few courses but these were spaced out well and never appeared too small so that we left utterly satisfied (helped by our waiter topping us up throughout the meal with their outstanding bread and butter). It isn’t easy to secure a reservation here, in fact we only got one by committing to a late Friday night dinner at 9:30pm here, but waiting a few weeks to get a spot is hundred percent worth the effort. 

Take someone you want to impress to Pidgin or take yourself if you want to truly treat your taste buds. Pidgin is one of a kind that everyone needs to have tried.



Monday, 7 May 2018

PROUD EUROPEAN

Trousers / Monki
Shoes / Vagabond

Thursday, 3 May 2018

PATCH-WORKED


Dress / Zara
Bag / Zara
Boots / Vagabond

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

My Favourite Pasta Bakes

I have been somewhat obsessed with finding the perfect pasta bake lately, it being the perfect meal to feed a crowd on a Sunday, all prepped and ready to go into the oven just as your guests arrive so that all that is left to do after a couple of drinks is to pop it for a couple of minutes before enjoying the fruits of your labour! Below two recent favourites, one a little more traditionally Italian, with ready made gnocchi and a fresh tomato sauce at it's core, and one that is a little more experimental, fusing the classic pasta bake with Mexican flavours which may sound odd but turned pretty darn tasty!

Hope you try at least one of them and let me know what you think! Both have been firmly added to my recipe repertoire!!

BAKED GNOCCHI WITH TOMATOES AND MOZZARELLA

SERVES 3-4 (more like 3)
· 500g store-bought gnocchi 
· 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
· 2 thinly sliced shallots 
· 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 
· 1 tablespoon tomato paste 
· 1/2 tsp. salt 
· 1/2 tsp. black pepper 
· 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 
· 2 cups fresh cherry tomatoes 
· 1 tin crushed tomatoes 
· 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
· 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 
· 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 
· 1 tablespoon heavy cream 
· 240g fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius. 
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While the water is coming to a boil, make the sauce. Add the gnocchi and cook according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced shallots and cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste, salt, black pepper and nutmeg, cooking for about 30 seconds more. Add the cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat. Stir in the fresh herbs, heavy cream and the cooked gnocchi.
  4. Transfer about half of the gnocchi/tomato mixture to your prepared oven safe dish. Top with about half of the torn mozzarella cheese. Then add the remaining gnocchi/tomato mixture and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Transfer the dish to your pre-heated oven and cook for 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove the baked gnocchi from your oven and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Top with additional fresh herbs, if desired. 
Best served with a refreshing Aperol Spritz of course!

ONE-POT ENCHILADA PASTA

SERVES 4
Ingredients
500g pasta (I used Barillag gluten free fusilli)
2 jars of ready made enchilada sauce (El Paso does a great one)
1 can of refried beans
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 cup of vegetable broth
1 big tin of sweetcorn
3/4 can of black beans (drained + rinsed)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
120g grated cheese (I used cheddar)
TOP WITH...
Sour Cream
Fresh coriander and chopped spring onion
Chopped Tomato
Finely Diced JalapeƱo

Serve with lime wedges for a burst of citrus flavour and freshly made guacamole on the side!
  1. Preheat oven too 175 degrees celsius. 
  2. To make the sauce combine your enchilada sauce and refried beans in a large saucepan and whisk together to mix well. This unsuspecting combo amps up the flavor, adds luscious thickness, and boosts the protein/fiber content of your zest red enchilada sauce.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, and chickapea pasta.
  4. Bring to a boil, then add corn and black beans (as much as you'd like!) and season with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cover and reduce heat to low/simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer to to glass baking dish and cook your pasta. Drain your pasta and mix everything together in the baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle cheese on top and transfer everyything to the oven for about 10 minutes or until hot and melty! 
  8. Top with all your favourite toppings and enjoy! 

Monday, 30 April 2018

CHINA TANG


Sunglasses / Zara
Top + Skirt / Zara
Bag / Zara
Earrings / & Other Stories

Thursday, 26 April 2018

SQUARED


Dress / ASOS
Shirt / New Look
Sunglasses / Zara

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

NEW MODERN

Jacket / Pull & Bear
Shirt / New Look
Cords / The Cords
Trainers / Nike