Month: July 2016

Recipe // Goats Cheese & Red Pepper Pasta

I’m gonna put it out there before I even start this post…I’m totally aware that the only recipes I seem to be posting lately are pasta-based. I think I’ve got a problem. But pasta is amazing. It’s speedy to cook, involves cheese (which is always a winner in my book) and provides lots of variation. Penne, spaghetti, cannelloni, the list goes on. But this time I’m talkin’ about something a bit sexier – and it involves goats cheese! Goats cheese is the holy grail and anything that combines it with roasted pepper is a winner in my book – which incidentally was the combo I had in mind when creating this dish! Now I was supposed to make it with risotto rice, however I forgot to check if I had any left, which of course I didn’t, so I substituted penne instead! Ingredients 1 jar of roasted peppers 1 slab of goats cheese (yes, I do mean a slab…I like cheese!) Pasta or risotto rice – it’s completely up to you 1 leek 2 courgettes …

Food // Mozzarella & Tomato Parcels

Who doesn’t love picnic food? Or even better, a carpet picnic? Well, today’s recipe is ideal for those kinda situations and so minimal effort too! I don’t think it’s a secret around these parts that I love cheese and so this mozzarella recipe is one of my absolute fave’s. And they don’t take that long to make so you’ve plenty of time to rustle up this beetroot houmous dish while you wait…. So what do you need?  Pre-made pastry if you don’t fancy making your own ( I tend to buy it so there’s that) Mozzarella – I chose to buy a ball of it and chop up but you can opt for already grated if we’re really cutting down on time Tomato puree or tommy k Cherry tomatoes And to make these little huns of delight, it’s a bit like making a pizza. Layer the puree on each square of the pasty and add your toppings. I would even suggest chuckin’ a bit of chorizo over a couple to add a new flavour. Or …

Review // Roja Pinchos, Berry Street, Liverpool

If you’ve been out to the eat in the city recently or had a scroll through Twitter looking for someplace new to try you’ll notice that Liverpool is on the cusp of something great. With so many new restaurants and bars popping up, plus old haunts continuously reinventing their menus, now is a great time to dine. So when an invite to Roja Pinchos dropped in my inbox I couldn’t resist. After a quick snoop on the website I was sold – pinchos with a strictly Spanish theme and bottles of red & white wine to try. Located on Berry Street, which its very self is the place to be, Roja Pinchos is neatly tucked away near the Chinese arches and opposite Red Door. Inviting to the eye thanks to its clean white exterior I was kindly greeted and ushered downstairs to join the party! From what I could gather Roja Pinchos has two levels – enjoy a glass of white over a plate of manchego cheese pinchos in the afternoon. Or  head downstairs for a …

Food // Do you enjoy home cooking?

Following a catch-up with the girls earlier this week over a delicious Italian takeaway, (no that doesn’t mean just pizza, we had pasta too!) and a discussion around home cooking and preparing meals, it occurred to me that everyone had a different take on this. For me, it’s how I relax. During the week I love to rustle up a healthy-ish yet scrummy tea that stays within Slimming World guidelines. And at the weekend, I love to prepare a feast, set the table like I did last weekend in these pictures and enjoy chopping and stirring in the kitchen whilst Spotify plays and I enjoy a glass of merlot. Happiness personified! But some prefer the convenience side of cooking. Throwing together the ingredients to prepare a family meal yet without the prolonged time spent standing too close to the hob. To me, this is madness but I can appreciate it for sure. A lot goes into planning a meal – choosing what to cook, ensuring the ingredients are in the fridge, cooking, eating and then …

Life // Week in Pictures

The other half graduated and we celebrated in the sunshine with a family meal. Lovely  A trip to the farm last weekend saw me wanting to embrace my green fingers and upgrade my garden. Strawberry daiquiri’s at Red Door always go down well Lastly, doesn’t Liverpool look lovely underneath blue skies?  Let’s see how the new week fares!

Review // The Tea Makers Loose Leaf Tea

Many of us require a freshly brewed cup of tea to either start or finish the day, but my kind of proffered tea is often something a little bit different… When The Tea Makers of London got in touch, asking if I’d like to review their latest Darjeeling black teas I decided to give it a go and broaden my horizons…and I can report I was pleasantly surprised! The Tea Makers of London source new, exciting flavours to create an experience like no other. Both teas had a soft, gentle aroma and slightly golden in colour. Drank during a brief rain shower, they warmed up a dull evening and transported me to sunnier climes. I can’t wait to sample the rest of the range now! *Sponsored post by The Tea Makers who kindly gifted me the tea to sample. I didn’t receive payment & all opinions are my own, 

Recipes // Open Fajita Wrap

Here on this blog I try to showcase as many different recipes as I can, but I find it always comes back to Mexican. It’s the type of food I love to eat and enjoy in equal measures. It could be a chicken, beef or even a prawn dish but introduce soft tortilla wraps, spicy flavoursome rice and an array of perfectly spiced veggies…and I’m sold! So when I decided I was in the mood to cook on the hottest day of the year, an open fajita wrap was firmly on the menu! It’s a tried and tested recipe for me and I know I can just about rustle it up when the contents of my fridge is looking rather sorry for itself. So, what do you need? Well this is one of those recipes that can easily be adapted. If you’re veggie, swerve the meat or vegan – forget cheese. Mexican can truly be adapted for all food groups. Ingredients X2 chicken breasts (free range if you’re that way inclined) 1 red & 1 …

Life // Down On Cedar Farm

Last weekend a friend and I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather we’re being treated to and pay a visit to Cedar Farm. Located in-between Ormskirk & Preston, it’s tucked away in the countryside surrounded by fields. Perfect when you want to escape the hustle and bustle! We both enjoyed a delicious goats cheese bagel with wedges. The food was simply delicious and sitting outside in the courtyward was a lovely way to spend a Sunday. Cedar Farm has an assortment of attractions – a petting farm complete with goats and sheep, an art gallery, cutesy style shops and the cafe where we ate. I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re in the area!

Drinks // Be At One, Liverpool, Launch Party

Last week I dusted off my dancing shoes and headed to the luxurious Be At One launch party. A stylish new cocktail bar based on Seel Street; it was easy to see why this new haunt is set to become the talk of the town! Neatly tucked away on Seel Street, Be At One is wonderfully modern, full of colour and well practiced at making delicious cocktails! The interior really impressed me with a gorgeous neon sign on the wall and an amazing terrace complete with coloured stools – it’s that little attention to detail that really makes a bar stand out in my book. But onto the main event – the drinks! I had a look at the rather extensive cocktail menu – I was spoilt for choice with daiquiri’s, pina colada’s and mojitos on the menu in every flavour you could wish! However I stuck to my guns and went with my current summer favourite – an aperol spritz. Delicious! Once I’d snapped away I sat on the terrace, taking in the colour …

Review // Santa Maluco, Castle Street, Liverpool

It was supposed to be a quiet, dull Wednesday evening…but then an invite to sample Santa Maluco – a stylish pizzeria and cocktail bar located on Castle Street landed in my inbox! Nestled firmly in the L1 postal code I was excited to see what the owners of Salt Dog Slims and Santa Chupitos had to offer! Arriving at the venue, I loved the classic black exterior that really invites you in! Knowing pizza and cocktails were on the menu, my guest and I were very excited to sample the goods on offer. After a very warm welcome we took our seats at the central bar and had a nosey at the menu. The premise is, you eat per slice. Rodizo style is the name of the game here and you are given your spinner which indicates when you want the pizza to keep on comin’, if you’re taking a break or ready to try the utterly delicious dessert pizza! Comfortably seated we enjoyed a complimentary aperol and processo cocktail which went down a treat …

Food // Chicken & Leek Risotto

Lately I’ve got stuck in a rut of making the same meals so earlier this week i decided to mix it up and try a chicken  risotto. After a quick gander on the Good Food website I found relatively easy recipe. So what did I need? Ingredients Arborio rice  2 chicken breasts Red onion 1 leek Chestnut mushrooms Veg stock Salt and pepper to flavour Real Vitality coconut oil  So what do you need to do?  In one pan add your rice and a medium amount of water. Add to the heat and allow the rice to begin to cook. In a second smaller, frying pan add your chopped up veggies and chicken breast. Gently simmer in the coconut oil and allow the ingredients to brown. I absolutely adore the Real Vitality coconut oil. I picked up a huge jar and I use it every time I’m cooking. It’s so soft and perfect for both frying and roasting. I’m an official convert! Make a cup of veg stock and add to the frying pan after 7-10 …

Fashion // Swimwear Edit

Another day, another post featuring my favourite bikini I wore in Morroco.  I must admit this bikini isn’t exactly new, it’s actually been in my swimwear drawer for a few years after picking it up in Matalan a couple of years ago. I love the white leopard print design and cute turquoise detail.      I loved wearing it as it’s such a flattering shape. I also included in these shots a bottle of coconut water which I used as a body spray. There’s just something about coconut scents on holiday…  

Beauty // Holiday Essentials

I’m writing this post from the comfort of my sofa, with a small dog on my lap and Love Island catch up on the telly after spending the last 10 days in Marrakech. Morroco was everything I imagined – it was such a beautiful country, full of colour and hot hot hot! So, as I spent the majority of our holiday lay around the pool I decided to take a few snaps of the few items I couldn’t have been without!      I picked up this sequinned woven beach bag in the souks in Marrakech after spotting them on the high street before we flew.  I love to read on holiday as the rest of the year I don’t really pick up a book. And The Girl On The Train didn’t disappoint – it was the perfect holiday read!  After spending 10 days in and out of the pool a good shampoo and conditioner is a must. I picked up the Garnier Fructis range for coloured hair as I wanted my blonde to stay as …