Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The White shirt


I'm all over this look this season, I love the oversized shirt look and the white and crisp feel is elegant but can be casual at the same time depending of how it is worn.

I love wearing mine with jeans and flat ballet pumps or heels, like I did here, but I think paired with black trousers makes for a very powerful look especially paired with bold red lips and nails and gold jewels!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Art of Eating Well and Recipe: Baked courgette chips


I think I first heard of the Hemsley sisters on Vogue.co.uk. These gorgeous sisters write about healthy eating and have published a book recently called The Art of Eating Well. I want to try and embrace eating better, not that I eat badly, but I want to try and introduce ingredients I wouldn't have thought about using before, like ground almond, flax seed and many other ingredients that unless you are very much into healthy eating one might not very well know what to do with them. 

The book is just as beautiful as they are, the recipes are well explained and look are not too complicated, I tend to find that healthy recipes are tedious to make and ingredients difficult to find but this is not the case here. The book is divided in categories, starting with breakfast recipes, soups, salads, meat and fish and finishing with scrumptious healthy deserts.

I got my book at Anthropologie, check it out here


On Sunday for lunch I wanted to try something to go with the main course we were eating and decided to make the baked courgette fries, oh my, how delicious were they! I eat courgette because "I have to" not because I love them but this recipe is a game changer, these chips are baked so no frying is involved and are covered in ground almond, grated parmesan and herbs which give them a scrumptious taste. 
Try them, you won't regret it!


Ingredients
(serves 2 as a side dish)

2 large courgettes
50 gr ground almond
30 gr grated parmesan
1/2 tsp dried oregano
pinch of cayenne pepper (I added black pepper instead but I think the cayenne pepper would be a better choice)
1 egg
sea salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 220º. 
Wash and dry your courgettes. Slice the ends and discard. Halve them and slice each half lengthways. Do it again until you have pieces a bit larger than your average french fries. 
Mix the ground almond, parmesan cheese, herbs and pepper and salt. Beat the egg well. 
Dip each courgette into the egg and then into the almond mix evenly.
Place each courgette in a single layer on a baking sheet and bak for 13-18 minutes, just be careful not to burn them. 
Serve hot with an extra pinch of sea salt if needed. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Which mixer?


My quest for a stand alone mixer has been a long one, not a quest per se as there are only a few choices to pick from, it's more a "need" quest. Aka, do I really need it? Can I justify it? It's obviously not a cheap purchase and if you want a good one the price spirals. I know you must all be thinking about the KitchenAid, we all do, but lately I have been considering the Kenwood Kmix stand. I have read a few reviews and blog posts that compare both and usually, technically, the Kenwood is supposed to be better. Now I know the Kitchen Aid has loyal fans out there but the same happens for the the Kenwood. So if you own either I would definitely appreciate your feedback. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn inspiration


It's still not even trench coat time here in Barcelona, it seems the warmer weather has settled well here and I have had yet no need to take out the heavier layers of clothing. My favorite weather is in between seasons, early autumn and mid-late spring, I love being able to wear a top and a cardigan or a light coat. I love layering, trench coats, winter coats that are not designed for the incredible weather in very cold climates, booties and big chunky knits and scarfs. 

A bit of inspiration today for the weather to be!


Scroll to see some of my favourite layers for this season


Via: 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Wear


Hello Monday! This outfit didn't pan out exactly as I expected it and it proves me a bit that the trainers and skirt combo is not always a win. While I don't hate it, I have loved other outfits more but I still think it's one that can work depending on the where and what. 
I got myself a new pair of New Balance trainers  from Asos burgundy which I had loved and lusted over since last year and could never find my size. They will work well with lots of other colours like black and navy and I'm sure they will be a wardrobe staple for many seasons to come. I hope wearing trainers for non sport outings never goes out of trend, and if it does I will still wear them non stop! 



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Skirt: H&M | Top: from a local shop in Barcelona | Cardigan: Mango | Shoes: New Balance


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Recipe: Marble Cake


This cake is a childhood favorite of many, I'm sure. It's a swirl of colours and flavours, a mixture of a moist yellow cake and a chocolate explosion. It only requires a few simple ingredients, you probably have everything already in your kitchen pantry or cupboards and it is very simple to make. It's simplicity makes it a great cake to make with the little ones, they will especially like creating the swirls at the end. 

I followed this recipe on the BBC website. 

Ingredients

225 gr unsalted softened butter
225 gr caster sugar
4 eggs
225 gr self-raising flour
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp good quality cocoa powder

Instructions

Heat oven to 170ºc. Prepare your cake pan by greasing it with butter. 
if you have a food processor or a stand alone mixer you can just mix all the ingredients together except the cocoa powder. 
I use a hand mixer firstly I mixed the butter and sugar together until well creamy. Add the 4 eggs one at a time, mix well between each egg. Add the flour, milk and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly until all is well combined. 
Divide the mixture between two bowls. In one of the mixtures add your cocoa and mix well. 

Now is where the fun is coming. Take 2 spoons and one at a time dollop the chocolate ad vanilla mixes in the pan. Make sure the whole of your pan is well covered. Keep dolloping (is that even a word?) until both mixtures are finished. Tap the bottom of your pan in your work surface to avoid having air bubbles that will create trouble when baking. Take a skewer  and swirl around to have a fun effect when you cut your cake. 

Bake for 45-50 minutes. 


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