Sunday, 13 October 2019

Sweet Spanish Garlicky Stew recipe


2x Sweet Potatos or Butternut Squash if Preferred
1x Bulb of Garlic
400g x Potatos
1 x Tsp Cumin
2 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Sweet/Spanish Paprika
Chopped Tomatos
Red Pepper
Lemon Juice
Cherry Tomatos

Begin by washing and peeling both the potatos and the sweet potatos. Begin by roasting the vegetables in a pan with a little oil, salt, pepper, a generous amount of lemon juice and about 5 cloves of garlic in the oven for around 30 minutes or until cooked and a little crispy on the edges. Throughout this time watch the garlic cloves are not burning, if so remove from the oven and set aside.

Whilst the veg is roasting, chop a large onion and fry in a pan with around a tbsp of oil. When beginning to go translucent add 3 cloves of crushed garlic and fry for around 30 seconds. Then add the spices and a few splashes of lemon juice. Add the roasted veg to the pan and coat them in the spices and onions. Next add the tomatoes, the vegetable stock and the chickpeas and allow to simmer for around 10 minutes.

Serves 5-6 people. I like to make it just for two and then know that I will have a lot of leftovers to freeze so on days when I am too tired to cook, I know I will have something nice waiting for me!

add chickpeas
roast potatoes with salt
add to pan
roast cherry toms, sweet potato and pepper with salt oil lemon juice and about 5 whole cloves of garlic

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Monty Bojangles 'Milky Mischief' Truffles.

Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles, Blogger, Review, Favourites
Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles
Recently, Monty Bojangles were kind enough to send me some of their Milk Chocolate 'Milky Mischief' Truffles to try and I was very excited! Although I absolutely love them, I don't tend to eat truffles very often. I always feel like they must be reserved for special occasions and eating them just on a Tuesday afternoon just because I wanted to, felt a little wrong. However... also very, very right.

As the name may indicate these are a really milky, light truffles. If you love really creamy, milky chocolate then these are for you. Being milk chocolate, they are a little sweeter, yet still manage to be really light, delicate and smooth. They also had really good mouthfeel (yes, its a horrible term, it is however correct). The outside was soft but still with a little bite and then the inside was really smooth. They melted perfectly as I sunk my teeth into them, solving all life's problems in one, delicious bite!

Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles Review, Blogger, Food Blogger
Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles
They also looked like proper truffles, handmade. Not all completely uniform and a little wonky here and there. I would however have liked them to be coated in a little more cocoa powder as they seemed a little sparse, however that is just preference.

Finally, the packaging was absolutely beautiful and felt really special! I feel like the packaging takes it from 'delicious truffles' to a really nice gift or treat for yourself. Sadly however, the box got pretty badly beaten up in transit so it was hard to get a picture that would have done it justice! I would like to point out that this isn't due to a packaging fault but an apparent addiction to stomping on my parcels my postman has developed! :|

Overall I really enjoyed the Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles and would definitely buy them again soon. At £3.50 they are actually really good value for money and would make a lovely little gift for friends and family. Available at Tesco now! :)

Take care!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Micellar Waters: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

Left to Right: Garnier Micellar Water, Superfacialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water & LO'real Skin Perfection Micellar Water.
I have been using Micellar Waters religiously for the past few years now. I was never one of the OG Bioderma Fans, importing from France but I have tried out my fair share. Here are 3 Micellar Waters that have made an impression on me, not all for good reasons. I think I will start with the 'good' and work my way down...

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water - This is definitely staple product for me. Firstly it is really gentle on both my skin and my eyes. I have fairly sensitive skin and suffer badly with acne but this stuff has never irritated my skin and has definitely helped keep it balanced oil wise. It also cleanses really well and I never have trouble removing cleansing my skin or removing makeup from my skin or from my eyes. It is also really well priced at around £4.99 (although often on sale) and lasts me a very long time. I tend to use the green cap for Combination and Sensitive Skin but also really like the original pink cap version. Overall I would highly recommend it and give it a 9/10.

LO'real Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water - Now this is technically the 'bad' but it isn't terrible. It doesn't irritate my skin but I have noticed a few more breakouts whilst using it.  The morning after I sometimes find it hasn't removed all my makeup quite as well as it should and I suspect this is the reason. I find this extra annoying considering how fast I went through it. I found myself having to use much more than the Garnier micellar water in order to feel like my skin was clean. It did an okay job at removing my eye makeup, but again not as good as the Garnier. It is also the same price but at half the size, definitely not worth it. Overall I would probably give it about a 5/10.

Superfacialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water - Now for the Ugly! I usually love the Superfacialist by Una Brennan products and their Rose Intense Moisture Mask is something I use a lot, so I was expecting great things from this micellar water. Sadly, I cannot use it. For some reason it burns my skin. I don't have any reaction to it, it doesn't even make my skin redder but it burns pretty badly and when I try to use it on my eyes it gets really bad. Again, no visible reaction, just pain. My skin is mildly sensitive, so this may contribute but my eyes are not so I have no idea why it hurts quite so badly. Despite perhaps sensibility I have come back to it a few times but it doesn't seem to get any better. Overall I give this stuff a 2/10 as it did do a good job at removing makeup but the burning is slightly hard to forgive!

Are you a Micellar Water fan? 

Let me know!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair.

Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair Review, Oil Blend, Oil Treatment
Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair.
This stuff is amazing. I am probably far too enthusiastic about it and this probably isn't the best way to start a review but goddamn, I love it!

I have been using the Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair for about a month now and been frantically recommending it to everyone I know. My hair is in such good condition, really soft and shiny and the least frizzy it has ever been. It has become a firm staple in my haircare routine!

It is a blend of around 7 different oils, including Avocado, Coconut and Grapefruit. I am not sure what it is about the blend but it works. I use about 6 or 7 drops on wet hair after my leave in conditioner. Using my fingers or my Tangle Teezer to distribute it. Most days I don't even use a styling product with it as it doesn't need it anymore. It feels really nice to use and smells amazing.  Although I mostly use it on wet hair , I do sometimes use it on dry hair to smooth out any areas that need a bit of extra attention, usually just my ends. I think the most important thing about this product it that it has really improved the condition of my hair. Days when I don't use this product I still feel the benefits, it has definitely made it healthier!

The only downside is the bottle is a little small. However you only need a few drops and even for my very long hair that is enough. I am so glad that I found this stuff and cannot wait to try more Jessicurl products in the future. I would especially recommend it for anyone, curly hair or not with damaged hair or trouble with frizz. I wish I had this product years ago!

Have you tried any Jessicurl products?

Let me know!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Etsy Homeware Wishlist.

Clockwise: LightandLadderGoldenBiscottLaurenbyDesignThePaintedPressNelliannaSquirrelyMindsPaper
I am a bit of an Etsy addict. I know, me and every other millennial with too much time on their hands. It occurred to me the other day that I have probably wasted entire days of my life, obsessively scrolling through all of the pretty things. Whilst fun, I don't think I can really argue that it is the best use of my time... So, I thought I would put all of this to some good(ish) use, and share with you guys some of the things on my wish list at the moment. If you guys like it, let me know, I would love to do these kind of posts regularly!

 I will keep this short and sweet as I think the items speak for themselves. At the top of my list is the 'Phases of the Moon' jewellery dish by The Painted Press followed closely by the Nelliana 'Origami Lampshade' to add some colour. My office is looking a little bleak at the moment desk so I have been looking at the "Watercolour Birthstone Print' by SquirrelyMindsPaper and the desk organiser by Golden Biscotti as they would make really simple but effective additions. Finally I have been admiring the 'Glitter Agate' laptop decal from LaurenbyDesign for months now and have been dropping some pretty hard hints for my birthday.

Here is a list of all the shops included! Go check them out and enjoy!


Have you got any favourite Etsy shops? 
Let me know!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Caudalie Vinosource Range & Launch.

Caudalie Vinosource range. Moisturising Sorbet for Sensitive Skin, Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin,Moisture Recovery Cream for Dry Skin, Intense Moisture Rescue Cream for Very Dry Skin.
Caudalie Vinosource range.
 Caudalie have launched their new Vinosource range! Last week I was very luck to attend the Vinosource launch in London and I am very excited to talk about the moisturisers from the range. There are 4 moisturisers, the Moisturising Sorbet for Sensitive Skin, the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin, the Moisture Recovery Cream for Dry Skin and the Intense Moisture Rescue Cream for Very Dry Skin. All of which are now out in store and online.

Caudalie Blogging Event, Vinosource Launch Party.
Such a beautiful party, roses, cotton candy & cocktails! Shame my camera died after about 10 minutes...
The range uses grape water, to sooth and hydrate skin, whilst strengthen and nourishing. It is also free from parabans, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate and animal ingredients. I have been using the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid and have been seeing some great results from it.

I have a bit of a tricky relationship with moisturisers, my skin is combination, with very oily areas but it's also very sensitive. I suffer with acne, scarring and a lot of redness, means I have to be super careful with what I use lest I face the consequences. Having such oily patches, means my makeup also likes to slide of my skin, landslide style, after only a few hours. Whilst dryness is never an issue, redness and sensitivity really are, meaning my skin does need looking after and soothing.

Caudalie Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin.
Caudalie Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin.
I give you this, rather unpleasant sounding, analysis of my skin just to demonstrate how gentle the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid really is. It is an oil free formula that helps mattify the skin but still hydrates it. I have noticed my makeup has been staying on longer since using it and also applying really smoothly. My skin has also been feeling softer and I have noticed an improvement in it's overall texture. It hasn't triggered any breakouts since using it and it has also helped keep my redness a little under control. It's also great as a little goes a long way, spreading and absorbing really nicely into the skin.

Are you a Caudalie Fan?

Let me know!


Sunday, 17 April 2016

5 Amazing Vegetarian & Vegan Blogs.

The Tofu Diaries, Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, The Post Punk Kitchen
Clockwise: The Tofu Diaries, Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, The Post Punk Kitchen x 2.
I am a vegetarian but eat about a 90% vegan diet. I love to cook, but I'm super lazy. I am also really fussy about what I eat and am very indecisive. This makes dinner time somewhat... challenging. In order to make life a little easier I have a stash of amazing vegetarian and vegan blogs that I turn too when nothing is taking my fancy and I need some inspiration!

The PPK/The Post Punk Kitchen -  Run by the wonderful Isa Chandra-Moskowitz, really is the vegan holy grail. I have all of her books and I reach for them constantly! The PPK is amazing because it has hundreds and hundreds of recipes, all different cuisines, but all equally delicious. I have been so inspired by all of Isa's recipes over the years with some of my favourites being Everyday Pad Thai & Black Bean & Quinoa Soup If you are looking to impress, then this is the place for you! Isa also writes amazing cookbooks and even though I love going online for recipes, these are worth having a hard copy of!

The Tofu Diaries/Natalie Tamara - Natalie is a gifted food photographer who makes really tasty but really healthy recipes that seriously give me the hunger. Her recipes are so easy to follow and she uses a lot of really basic ingredients that are readily available. Although simple her recipes are still inventive and I really look forward to cooking them! Natalie also writes about other things too like Travel and her site is a lovely place to spend an hour!

Oh She Glows - Oh she Glows has been a favourite of mine for a while now. Angela creates such delicious recipes that are super healthy but also manage to feel really indulgent at the same time. Angela started Oh She Glows as a way to record her recovery from an eating disorder and show the impact that food has on our lives. As someone who has been through something similar I really relate to not only her story but also her focus on feeding to body and nutrition but still enjoying the process and feeling healthy and nourished. Just take a look at her Next Level Vegan Enchiladas and try and tell me your not hungry.

Sprouted Kitchen - Two words. Food Porn. Sprouted Kitchen both makes me hungry and envious. It is such a beautiful blog, simple, clean and so well crafted! It's a vegetarian blog but they also have loads of great vegan recipes that are really veg focussed, healthy and nutritious. What I love about Sprouted Kitchen is that everything is just a little bit fancy and special but still relatively simple to cook using pretty basic ingredients!

Buzzfeed - It sounds weird but Buzzfeed are actually a deep well of Vegetarian and Vegan knowledge! They're more of a place to find other peoples recipes, rather than their own but I have found so many new blogs to follow through them! They write great themed lists, like 41 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes (not so relevant in the UK, but still delicious) and its great if you wanna try out some new recipes.

Have you got a favourite Vegetarian/Vegan Blog?

Let me know!
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