September 29, 2013

black bean quesadillas with guacamole


GUACAMOLE

A SMALL HANDFUL OF CORIANDER LEAVES
A SQUEEZE FROM HALF A LIME
ONE RIPE AVACADO
ONE SMALL TOMATO
HALF A RED CHILLI

Add all of the above to a bowl and mush around to combine the flavours, easy as that. I like to add a lot of chilli as I'm a great lover food with a kick of heat. You can put red onion in too but I avoid that stuff like the plague.

Holy guacamole.

BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS

MISSION DELI MINI WRAPS
WAHACA SMOKY CHIPOTLE CHILE SAUCE
ONE CAN OF BLACK BEANS
HANDFUL OF CHEDDAR CHEESE

 First up, mash half the can of black beans, then mix with the leftover whole beans from the can.
Spread the chipotle sauce onto the tortilla, leaving an edge for it to crisp up. 
Smooth on a layer of the black bean mix.
Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese and pop another tortilla on top to create a lid.
Add a little oil to a small frying pan (smaller pans are best as they stop the cheese from melting out) and fry on both sides until golden brown.

Serve up with fresh lettuce dressed with tabasco, a dollop of sour cream and your guacamole creation.


Once you've tried these I guarantee you will become addicted, they are so good. Just leave them to cool for a couple of minutes before cutting them into triangles as otherwise you will make a right old mess.

September 24, 2013

sport chic


The cold weather is back which means my disco pants are back too. I love love love this outfit, the jumper is super soft and comfy as it's oversized and it goes perfectly with my trainer wedges. I found this beautiful yellow handbag by Fiorelli a couple of months ago for almost half price on the USC website, the handles really remind me of a CĂ©line tote. It's the perfect size and I'm now debating whether to snap up the taupe version too.

JUMPER - ZARA | AA DISCO PANTS | TRAINER WEDGES - ZARA | HANDBAG - FIORELLI

September 12, 2013

daniel wellington watch giveaway

The lovely people at Daniel Wellington have kindly sent over one of their watches for me to give to one of you lucky readers! I've been wearing mine all summer with pretty dresses and love how it goes with absolutely anything that I wear be it smart or casual. I'm so excited for one of you to win the watch as it's one of my favourite accessories and I know how a lot of you are keen to get your hands on one, and since it retails at a whopping £159 this is the perfect chance to.

The watch up for grabs it the Classic York Lady version in Rose Gold and is the exact same to the one that I own so I could be sure one of you will love it just as much as I do. If you want to check out some photos of what the watch looks like on then have a look at my review post here.


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September 09, 2013

rhubarb jam filled cupcakes

I've well and truly caught the baking bug. Every year the Great British Bake Off has the same effect on me of wanting to become a domestic goddess and whip up batches of fairy cakes in all flavours and colours. Recently my mum attempted rhubarb jam that didn't quite set, so I thought I'd use it to invent some rhubarb filled cupcakes. The rhubarb jam is very tart meaning I didn't want to overload on too much of a sweet taste so opted for a cream cheese frosting.


Once you have made a fresh batch of cupcakes allow them to cool then create deep holes using a sharp knife, but be careful not to cut all the way to the bottom. Next spoon in a small amount of rhubarb jam (recipe here) and pop the lid back on so the jam doesn't merge with the icing. I cheated and added pink food colouring to my rhubarb jam to make the cakes look extra pretty!


Once you've filled all of the cupcakes whip up some cream cheese frosting (recipe here), it's super simple to make and actually takes less time than ordinary buttercream icing. I learnt that you should allow it to set slightly in the fridge for around ten minutes or else it will be difficult to pipe into a neat shape, as you can see from my rather dodgy attempts below.


You can try this with lots of different jam and icing flavours, next I'm going to have a go with strawberry jam and regular buttercream icing which is a little less exciting but more traditional.

September 05, 2013

floral print and white lace dress


I bought this beautiful dress from a boutique shop a couple of months ago and as summer is near it's end I had to give it an outing before summery dresses are no longer an option. I can't find it anywhere online but I love it so much that I just had to use it for an outfit post, I wore it with my Chanel lookalike Fossil watch and my Zara studded sandals.

September 04, 2013

the pier hotel at harwich

If you read this post then you will know that towards the end of last week I stayed in Harwich for a couple of days, I stopped in the Pier Hotel which is located directly in front of the sea and is in the quieter part of town. There are two buildings, the main one which comprises of the lunch/drinks area downstairs, the restaurant on the middle floor and rooms on the top floor, along with the second building which houses a lounge area for hotel guests and has the most luxurious Mayflower suite on the first floor. The smaller building can be hired out for groups and parties which I think is such a great idea.


The room we stayed in had such a comfy and clean feeling that I didn't ever want to leave. The bed was without a doubt the fluffiest I have ever slept in and out of the windows was a perfect view of the sea so you could just sit with a magazine watching the boats come and go. There is free soft drinks in the mini bar and complimentary wifi too, no cutting corners here!


We watched the incredible sunset dipping under the skyline whilst getting ready for our evening meal, and once we came back from the restaurant sat and watched the twinkly lights shining over from the port.


For dinner we ate in The Harbourside Restaurant which was just down one flight of stairs from our room. Brought to our table were mini fishcakes with a creamy red pepper dip and a selection of bread rolls (including beetroot and sourdough flavours!) to nibble on whilst making our menu selections. I personally don't eat seafood so had to bypass nearly all of the menu but my mum who is a great lover of fish went for crab tacos (guacamole, chipotle dressing) to start and dover sole (lemon, bearnaise sauce) landed from the pier opposite for her main. I went for superfood salad (barrel aged feta, avacado, fresh fig and sliced beetroot) to start and summer vegetable spaghetti for my main. We shared sides of french fries, which were the best that I have ever tasted both for their fluffiness and flavour, and samphire in garlic butter which was equally as delicious. I didn't manage to get a photo of our desserts (one too many glasses of wine) but I dined on rhubarb and raspberry crumble with elderflower custard whilst she opted for a strawberry themed trio selection of cheesecake, eton mess and trifle. 

All of the food was cooked and seasoned to perfection, to put it bluntly the chef bloody well knows what he is doing. My mum commented that the dover sole was the best fish that she had ever tasted, so if you are a fan of seafood get yourself down to The Pier at Harwich, the whole menu is aimed to be locally sourced with as fresh ingredients as possible and they have a great lunch selection too. Not forgetting to mention if you pick the right time of day you will be looking out through the restaurant windows onto the sun setting across the water.


Just a quick mention to the breakfast included in the rate, I had a meat free english breakfast which was very tasty and there was also lots of fresh crossiants, cereals, juices and crusty bread on offer too.


Rates are £125 per night (Sun-Fri) to £360 for a short break (two nights, bed & breakfast and dinner) for a superior room as featured.

September 01, 2013

samphire fritters

A couple of days ago I dined on samphire in garlic butter whilst in a restaurant which was delicious so when I got home I had a look for recipes including samphire. It's a sea vegetable which grows on marshes in seaside areas, meaning that as I live in Norfolk it's easy to get hold of whilst it's in season (July-August). It's available to buy in Morrisons too if it isn't local to you but won't be from this country.


INGREDIENTS (TO SERVE 2):
SOURED CREAM AND CHIVES FOR THE DIP
1TBSP OLIVE OIL, 1 MEDIUM EGG, 25G PLAIN FLOUR AND 35ML MILK FOR BATTER
AROUND 100G SAMPHIRE
SUNFLOWER OIL TO FRY

STEP ONE: MIX THE EGG YOLK WITH THE PLAIN FLOUR THEN ADD IN THE OIL, MIX, AND SLOWLY ADD IN THE MILK THEN SEASON WITH SALT + PEPPER
STEP TWO: IN A SEPARATE BOWL WHISK THE EGG WHITE UNTIL STIFF PEAKS ARE FORMED
STEP THREE: CAREFULLY STIR THE SAMPHIRE INTO THE BATTER IN A LARGE BOWL
STEP FOUR: GENTLY FOLD THE EGG WHITE INTO THE BATTER MIXTURE
STEP FIVE: ONCE THE OIL IS PIPING HOT DROP IN THE SAMPHIRE PIECE BY PIECE AND NOT IN CLUSTERS. TURN OVER AFTER ONE MINUTE THEN LEAVE FOR A FURTHER MINUTE AND ONCE GOLDEN BROWN DRAIN ON KITCHEN PAPER
STEP SIX: SERVE WITH SOUR CREAM AND CHIVE DIP, FRESH LEMON AND A SPRINKLE OF SEA SALT

Have you ever tried samphire? let me know if you give this recipe a go!