Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recipe: Classic meatballs in tomato sauce


I ADORE eating meatballs, they are a classic in my 2 countries and I have enjoyed them since I can remember. In London I learned to eat them with tomato sauce (I used to hate tomato for so so long, I'm so glad I learnt to eat better in time) with either white rice or spaghetti. Most times I used to buy them pre-packed at Waitrose and while they were nice enough they are no close to the real deal! 

Ingredients

500gr ground beef meat
Small piece of stale bread (about a cup)
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 onion chopped
1 tsp salt
 pepper to taste

For the sauce

2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 onion chopped
1tsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
3 large tomatoes grated (Beef tomatoes are best)

Instructions

Prepare the tomato sauce first, it will make everything easier. In a large frying pan heat the olive oil, add the onion and cook over medium heat until translucent. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, sugar and oregano and cook for about 20 minutes. Set aside while you cook the meatballs.

Put the stale bread in a small bowl with water and let it soak for 10 minutes. To prepare the meatballs, in a large bowl place the ground meat and make a hole in the middle and throw in the rest of ingredients: slat, pepper, egg, parsley and onion. 
Squeeze the wet bread to remove the excess liquid and add it too. With your hands miss all well until all is well combined. 
Dampen your hands lightly and form little balls with the mixture. 
In a heavy bottomed frying pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil and cook the meatballs over medium heat until they are brown on all sides. Add the tomato sauce and cook further until they are well cooked inside/out. 

Serve on top of white boiled riced or my favorite with spaghetti!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend Wear


This winter I have decided to try and streamline my closet, which technically in my world means to be a bit more mindful with my purchases. This summer I became disappointed with my own purchase choices and now I want to try and put a bit more thought on what I go ahead and buy. The reason is mostly due to not enjoying wearing some of my clothes which makes me mad as it is an absolute waste!
The reason I'm bringing this up is this little skirt that I bought at Anthropologie years ago. I think I bought it four years ago and while it's not a skirt I wear often I still enjoy having in my closet (while most of the things I bought back then have been given away). While I don't wear it often I still love it as much as I did back when I bought it (I actually remember seeing it and loving it but thinking it was a bit too expensive, when it finally went on sale I snagged ii without a doubt).

Did you notice my frizzy hair? OOOPS!! Definitely a bad shampoo day!


Top: Zara | Skirt: Anthropologie | Shoes: Oysho 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Store your china


One thing I have been obsessed with, in the home department that is, is china storage and cabinetry. I love porcelain, silverware and antique ironstone and I adore seeing it nicely displayed. The best way to store china is in kitchen built in vitrines but I also favour dining room large vitrines if kitchen space is limited. 
The look is very shabby chic or french rustic (which I adore!), especially when the cabinets are filled to the brim with antique beauties! I always look on Ebay to see if I can find good deals on Ironstone, unfortunately there are lots to be found in the US but the postage cost to Europe is way to expensive to make these finds good deals. 

Do you store your china in any special way?


Happy weekend lovelies! Do you have any exciting plans for these upcoming days?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Cesca... chair!


I have to preface this post by saying that it's about chairs, specifically one chair and I have to say that it's definitely a chair I couldn't seat in it for long. I have this horrible habit of seating on the front legs of a chair and balancing it and this particular Cesca chair designed in the early days of the "0th Century by Marcel Breuer would be a dangerous habit for me. 
Anyway this doesn't mean I don't love the look of it hence today's post! 

This iconic chair was designed in 1928 and is still a symbol of modern design, in all of these rooms in this post it looks flawlessly integrated in the whole design of each space and blends in seamlessly not looking at all her age, lucky lady indeed! I absolutely adore the cane seat, I find extremely attractive and despite its age very very modern, it looks as good in a home, in any fabulous dining room as in any office setting that wants to be a bit more than your usual boring corporate space. 


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Skincare update


It's been more than a year since my last beauty post and while not much has changed there are a few new additions and a couple of changes to my skincare routine. 

After long thoughts I received the Clarisonic as a present but haven't used it as much as I should. I use it with the very sensitive skin brush but I'm still slightly scared that I will break out as I have read quite a bit about it. 
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear your experiences, especially if they are positive (also bad ones of course!). 


I use the Clarisonic with either the Cetaphil Cleanser that I picked in New York or the La Roche Posay Toleriane milk cleanser. Both are great for sensitive skins and the texture is light and fresh. I still use the Shu Uemura oil and the Bioderma water on a daily basis, and I recommend both, you can read my thoughts here.


While in New York I also bought the Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, I read about this product a lot before hand and most reviews were positive. I was also told it worked well with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate that I love. It has a high concentrate of Vitamin C which helps very much replenish the skin and helps fight the signs of aging. I don't use it daily, because again, I'm a bit scared of my skin being over sensitive so I can't review it 100% but so far so good. 


I also got the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion which works really well. I haven't used it lately but from past experience it works well when there is a spot or two. The Roche Posay Effaclar A.I works in a similar way. They both target punctual blemishes and are not intended to be used as moisturisers or anything similar. 

What are your new beauty products? Have you discovered something you really really love and want to share?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ideal Closet


I haven't done one of these in months, I'm sorry about that, from next week I will try to be back to normal posting. I'm off to Dusseldorf tomorrow, and this is what I would wear, well this is what will wear, with variations of course. I actually went to the Petit Bateau shop here in Barcelona and asked about this lovely bretton top (it has the prettiest back ever!) and unfortunately they don't have it here in Spain so if I decide I can't leave without it I will have to track it down somewhere else.  

What do you think? Should I try to find it or pass?


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Top: Petit Bateau (also available at Urban Outfitters) | Necklace: SHY by Sydney Evan | Lipstick: Saint Topshop | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bag: Mulberry | Perfume: Fresh | Shoes: H&M | Jean: Topshop

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Recipe: Fig jam


If you have been following along for a while you might recall that one of my first recipes last year was a brie and figs french toast. It was back when I first learned to actually eat figs! 
Figs season is almost over but I still wanted to show you this INCREDIBLY easy recipe in case you have leftover figs or maybe you are a jam lover. In any case, this one is ridiculously easy so don't fret and make it!

Ingredients

(makes a small batch - this is mainly intended for a small group breakfast or to last a few days, not to make jam for ever)

10 medium figs or 7-8 larger ones
1 cup granulated sugar (or 1/2 sugar and 1/2 good quality honey)
a few lemon drops
(you can potentially add a stick of cinnamon)

Instructions

You can either make your jam with the skin on or not. I leave it to you, it's up to what you like best, figs with skin or without! I made mine without. So I peeled them all,  put them in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat, added the sugar and a few drops of lemon and stirred for a good wile. If it's too runny you should increase the heat and if it's too gooey just lower it a bit. Be careful when you increase the heat as the jam might start bubbling and it might spill out and you might get burnt. 

Cook for about 20-30 minutes. Take off the heat, let it cool and place in a jar. When it has cooled of, place in the fridge. I don't think it can last very long so enjoy pronto!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Wear


yes, it's back to rooftop pictures (insert funny face here!), I unfortunately don't massively enjoy taking pictures in the middle of the street (terribly embarrassed!!). I wish it was a bit of a nicer setting, sorry all! Anyway, I wanted to share this super super simple outfit because I got a new style of jeans off Topshop that I had not tried before and I thought you might as well like to know how the Jamie fits. 

I was a Leigh lady, since I was introduced by WIT and my friend Eli corroborated how amazing the Leigh was I never looked back (well I did but you get the just). I kept seeing the Jamie, waist a bit higher and denim a bit thicker, and sometimes I wondered about the fit. I finally got to try it and I like it a bit better I think than the Leigh. Being a bit thicker it "sucks you in" more than the Leigh and it feels more like a jean than the legging look the Leigh gives. The higher waist doesn't  enamour me but I can handle it. 

I definitely recommend it, especially if you are looking something like the Leigh but a more wintery option. 



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Jean: Topshop | Tee: Topshop | Shoes: Birkenstock | Necklace and bracelets: Apriati


Friday, September 12, 2014

In the Bedroom


I love a good little spruce up and I absolutely adore a welcoming bedroom. The other week I spruced up a bit mom's bedroom and I couldn't not share. We added white crisp bedding from Marks & Spencer, specifically from the Keep Cool range that allows you to sleep comfortable and well... cool of course in the hotter months. This range is made from Tencel fibre which helps temperature regulation allowing for a great fresh sleep. 

I'm a rather good sleeper (I love sleeping!!) and can sleep fairly easily pretty much anywhere but there is no doubt that this set from M&S has improved my sleep quality majorly. The pillows are soft and fluffy and temperature balancing as well which is great for those mediterranean incredibly warm nights. 


I also added the most gorgeous ever cushions from Caitlin Wilson textiles. I started reading Caitlin's blog when she first moved to Dubai and have followed her since so having two of her own pieces means a lot to me and they look great pretty much anywhere! I love the gold polka dot and I think the little bows re rather delicious! They add a touch of femininity in the bedroom.  I think they would also look super cute in a girl's room!!


I also added one of my favorite pieces of art that I owe, the Robert Pereira Hind from Rise Art is made with a golden leaf and looks absolutely striking. 


Bedding c/o Marks & Spencers

Cushions c/o Caitlin Wilson

Art by Robert Pereira Hind available at Rise Art
Zara Home eye mask


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Recipe: Orzotto with bacon and asparagus


Risottos have become one of my favorite dishes to prepare (you probably know it as I share them fairly often around here!).  There was a time I wouldn't dare making such a dish and I know many are still a bit scared to tackle it but it couldn't be easier and as Nigella has said it is a bit of a therapeutic dish to make, those 20 minutes you have to stir the rice are the perfect moment to gather your thoughts. 

Anyway, over the weekend I made an orzotto, a very similar dish to the classic rice based risotto but using orzo instead. I used greek orzo (called kritharaki) handmade in my mom's village this summer with fresh eggs. 


Ingredients
(for 2 as a main)

2 cups orzo
1 onion
200 gr smoked bacon cut in small cubes
1 bunch of fresh asparagus
chicken stock (I used 1 cube in 500ml water)
1 cup of white wine
1 tbsp butter
parmesan 
salt and pepper
olive oil

Instructions

Wash and cut your asparagus in 1/2 pieces and prepare your bacon. Set aside.
Peel the onion and chop it finely. Prepare your stock by boiling your water and your cube and keep it warm. 

In a large heavy pan warm up 2 tbsp of good quality olive oil. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until translucent. 
Add the orzo and mix well until well combined with the onion and remaining oil. Add the wine and keep mixing, lower your heat. Once all the wine has been absorbed by the orzo add slowly the stock and keep stirring. Keep adding the stock until it's cooked and keep stirring all along. Add salt to taste,  it will take about 20 minutes. 
While you are cooking the orzo fry the asparagus first and when these are almost done add the bacon stripes, while cooking add salt and pepper to taste. Once cooked ad them to the orzo. Combine all the cooked ingredients. Turn off the heat and add the butter and the parmesan to taste. 


Check out my other risotto and orzotto recipes:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The bathroom elements I love


I haven't done a bathrooms post in what seems forever, remember my antique sinks post? It's been ages but normal posting after my Greek holiday is back to normal now so here goes a bathrooms post!
 Perusing Pinterest I tend to come across many types of styles I find myself loving. Same happens with the different kind of trends, I love modern, sleek bathrooms as much as I love brass features and vintage tiles! 

I love LOVE these sleek, big walk in showers, I love these big glass screens from My-Bathrooms. A big overhead shower head is a true luxury for a super relaxing shower, I actually prefer showers that baths any given day! I love the idea of adding a bit of black to the shower door. It adds masculinity and I think the look is a lot more luxurious. 


I'm also very jealous of people who have powder rooms, yes I know I'm jealous of many people then but mind you, I love a good old fashioned stylish powder room, with a fancy bold wallpaper and if at all possible even a striking chandelier! Who didn't love this Ellie Cashman wallpaper in this powder room created by Amber Interiors?


Obviously and even though I don't favour bath, I'm still a big fan of the free standing bath tube and if it's vintage and colorful, well, it's going to be even better! This green one has me actually green with envy, especially paired with that amazing vintage tile, another love in my bathroom love list!


Finally my last lust element in a bathroom at this time are all the brass elements. Can it get any better than this incredible shower? Can these taps be any more glam?


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