Sunday, 29 September 2013

Delicious and Healthy Courgette Soup Recipe


I hope everyone's weekend has been relaxing :) 

Soooo as mentioned in last week's post I have been craving soup, following from the Leek & Potato, I have made another one this weekend, Courgette & Pea! Soups definitely are a great and yummy way to get your daily vegetable intake. So I'd thought I'd share a recipe J and I did. 

Ingredients Used:
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
4 large courgettes, sliced
400g of peas
650ml of vegetable stock (3 stock cubes)
Olive oil
125ml crème fraiche
Salt and pepper 

Utensils Used:

Chopping board
Large saucepan
Handheld blender - other forms can be used, I just found this saves more washing

Disclaimer: there are many different ways to make this soup, this is just our interpretation - the types of ingredients, amount as well as chronological steps taken. So some of the ingredients such as onions, garlic, mint etc can be skipped - it totally depends on your preference.

1. Add a small amount of olive oil to a large saucepan, and gently fry the onions and garlic for around 2 minutes.
2. Add courgettes, mix ingredients, and sweat for 5-10 minutes, until they begin to turn as if barbecued. 
3. Add stock and bring to the boil
4. Add the peas and mint.  Gently simmer until all the ingredients are soft
5. Take off heat. Using hand blender, blend until smooth yet thick

6. Add crème fresh, salt and pepper to taste

7. And voila, your yummy home-made soup is ready!
I hope that was useful :) Take care and happy cooking!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

It's the little things #1


I thought I'd share with you all an absolutely adorable photo I found on my phone. It's the little things in life can really make a difference to your day.  For example, this morning, whilst I was walking along, this lovely old man smiled and said good morning. 

If you guys have any little things, feel free to post :)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Tiny London Adventure: first cocktail and lobster experience!


I hope you're all having a wonderful wonderful weekend! Thought I'd share with you all a little of what I got up to. 

A little crazy, but for the whole week I was craving for some Leek & Potato soup. So as it was also feeling a little chilly, but mainly because my mouth was watering like crazy from just thinking about it (haha) and because J makes delicious soups, we decided to make some for dinner. 

We were having a late lunch and drinks later, so decided to make it for dinner - in my opinion, an extremely yummy thing to come home to :) 
(May make courgette and pea soup some time next week..hmmm).
Anyway, for lunch we went to this restaurant that did burgers and lobsters for £20! London prices are insane, but I thought for London and seafood, £20 was pretty good, especially as it was only a once-in-a-while treat :) It was my first time having lobster, and it was really tasty, a bit fiddly but tasty. If you were afraid of getting your clothes messy, you could even have a bib! I didn't wear one, as I thought I'd look silly :p
After lunch we went up the One New Change to take a look at London. The weather had warmed up, the sun was out, and London looked gorgeous. 

Apparently, when One New Change was being built, Prince Charles disapproved of the construction and tried to intervene. I suppose when you're situated right next to the imposing St Paul's Cathedral, any modern building will look quite out of place, and possibly an eye-sore. But I thought the way the windows reflected the Cathedral looked rather pretty. 
It was really lovely walking around St Paul's Churchyard, although I was rather confused by the newly painted blue tree trunks...if anyone could tell me why I would be very interested! haha.
We then headed off to try my very first cocktail! The view was absolutely gorgeous. When I saw the Gherkin though, 'The Apprentice' theme tune kept playing in my head...sad I know haha. 
J had a simple beer and I had a mango and passionfruit mix. It was actually quite nice. As I'd never had anything more than a little sip of alcohol, the sudden strength of alcohol was quite a shock, but don't worry, I was very sensible and sipped it very very slowly so wasn't drunk or tipsy :)
It was lovely to see the sun set in the backdrop. Also thank god the fire was nearby, as it did turn a little chilly. So, overall it was a really wonderful day, and great first experience! But what I was looking forward to most was the soup! And I have to say, it was absolutely perfect, and I can't wait to have some more hehe :) Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone, and take care!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

You'd never have guessed!


With the arrival of Autumn, many are throwing on a lot more knits, so I thought I'd go on a hunt for some comfy knitwear, especially when one of my friends had a really cute owl on one of her jumpers...I have a soft spot for them haha. Although as a petite I find it quite difficult to find knitwear that doesn't make me look even tinier. Anyway I bought this adorable jumper below:

And you'd never guess where I got it from! Primark! The quality is actually quite good, and feels sooo soft that Primark wouldn't have crossed your mind. Granted it was slightly pricey for Primark, but when I spotted it on one of the manikins I fell in love with it straight away. The little penguin just makes me feel excited about Christmas ahhh, which is only 104 days away (a little keen I know, but I can't wait:))!! 

I also bought these shoes from Primark as well.

I don't own any pointy shoes, but I thought these one looked quite nice, although I'm not sure whether they make my feet look a little big ;p Even J, who doesn't like pointy shoes at all really liked these. I'm thinking this would look quite nice with a suit dress...but we'll see:p Anyway I hope you guys have indulged in a little shopping to prepare for the cold ... I'm making it sound far too ominous haha. But yes take care of yourselves and catch you later :)

Sunday, 8 September 2013

DIY Adjustable Knot Tutorial


I hope you're all having a great weekend - the good weather seems to be hanging on which is always lovely during the weekend :)

Here's the tutorial on how to complete the Adjustable Knot (comprising of square knots actually). Again it's probably quite self-explanatory from the photos, but I just hope the little description helps :)

Possible Tools
- Piece of thread of your choice
- Scissors
- PVA Glue 
- An untied completed bracelet.

Friday, 6 September 2013

DIY Gift Ideas #1: DIY Chevron Bracelet (or Anklet) Tutorial


I hope you're all well, and looking forward to the weekend!

I've been obsessed with DIY/Arty things, so have lately decided to make bracelets (which you can easily turn into an anklet) and share a tutorial with you guys - I hope you all find it useful :)


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