Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Recipes // Prawn and chorizo paella

Prawn and chorizo paella

Paella is a hearty, comforting dish for me. Although it originates in sunny Spain, I find paella is best served on a rainy day, when you want to get comfy on the sofa in front of your favourite TV show. There are so many variations of paella, whilst the classics include seafood, chicken and chorizo, you can also easily make this dish vegetarian with lots of colourful veggies too. 

As we already had some chorizo and prawns in the fridge we stuck with these two ingredients and added red pepper, celery, peas and olives. You might think celery is an odd choice, and I was unsure of how it would work myself. However, we often add celery to spaghetti bolognese, and it works well, so we thought it may do the same in this dish. Luckily it did just that!

Paella is super easy to make and relatively quick too. It's perfect for a weekday dinner, if you are short on time. The only time consuming part is perhaps the fact you need to keep checking on it to make sure the stock doesn't disappear too quickly, and the rice is cooked properly. But I use this time to be savvy in the kitchen and clear away the mess made in prepping the vegetables and making the stock up. 

Knowing that it doesn't take too long and I love it so much, I'm not sure why we don't make this dish more often!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Kitchen Design Trends



The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house. Whether you use it for entertaining, simply to prepare food or as the main place the family hang out, there are so many things to consider when designing a new kitchen. From the colour, to practicality and the hard task of making sure that all of the appliances match, designing a new kitchen can be quite a complicated process. Here are some of the top 2016 kitchen design trends to get you feeling inspired:

Brushed Steel

Using metal accents throughout your kitchen is a really on trend look that looks set to continue. Brushed steel is available in different shades and particular popularly when used sparingly on area like taps and light switches. It’s a subtle touch which adds a more urban feel to your kitchen, looking particularly effective in areas where there are

Muted Colour Palettes

Kitchen colours are having a shake up for 2016 with much softer, muted colours becoming much more popular. Pastel shades of pale grey, pale green and soft blues really complement softer wood tones. This much more Scandinavian inspired kitchen look is replacing the high gloss super polished look that’s been in recently. An easy way to incorporate this trend without having to go all out is by switching your furniture for softer wooden styles, at Cox and Cox there’s an amazing selection.

Hanging Plants

Plants are having a real interior moment and there’s nothing like nature to instantly give your kitchen a new look. Ceramic plant pots, cacti and indoor hanging plants are all really popular and can instantly make your kitchen look really modern. Well placed in door greenery, needs to be positioned in the right place to ensure that the plants get enough sun and don’t get in the way.

Copper Accessories

One of the most popular kitchen design trends in 2016 is the return of copper. If you haven’t got any copper in your kitchen at the moment, now is the time. From copper pans hanging above the hob to copper utensil holders and cutlery, if you’re wanting to instantly update your kitchen to make it look more stylish without having to splash the cash, copper is the way forward. All of these top 2016 kitchen trends are really easy to incorporate into your home, will instantly make it look on trend and won’t cost you the earth. 

Why not try out a nice trend in your kitchen today?

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Outfit // Pinstripe navy culottes

Sweet Monday blog outfit, pinstripe culottes
Jumper - Very* // Culottes - Pull & Bear via ASOS // Mule sandals - M&S

This has got to be one of my favourite outfits at the moment. I picked up this cute, flared sleeve jumper at an event with Very recently, after immediately falling in love with it. The wide, three quarter sleeve, with it's detailed stitching style, make it quite an unusual piece. I happen to be wearing it backwards too! It naturally has a V front, but as I don't have a very big bust, I found it sat too low on me. So I decided to snip the label out and wear it the opposite way round. I love a high neck to a top, so this suits me much better. Plus the V neckline now creates a beautiful back detail. 

As soon as I laid my eyes on the jumper, I knew it would go perfectly with these navy and cream pinstriped culottes from Pull & Bear. I have tried on so many pairs of culottes over the last few months, that I've lost count, and come away with zero. I didn't have high hopes for this pair, which I bought via ASOS, either. However, much to my surprise, they fitted beautifully and are so comfortable. So much so that they almost feel like pyjamas rather than trousers. Sitting high on the waist, just how I like it, they are loose through the leg and have no fastenings, just a simple elasticated waistband. Making them the most comfortable item in my wardrobe currently. They're also perfect for this transitional period, where it's overcast but still a little humid. 

As always I've finished off this outfit with my trusted navy suede mule sandals from Marks and Spencer. Still LOVE these too! I don't want it to get too cold where I can't wear them anymore. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

London Eats // Yoobi, temaki in Soho

Yoobi, temaki, Soho London

On occasion we find ourselves in central London at the weekend, feeling hungry and trying to figure out where to head for lunch. This might sound like an easy quest, it’s central London after all, there are restaurants and cafes a plenty! However, it just so happens that lots of our Soho favourites close over the weekend as their busiest time is in the week, when everyone’s at work. In fact Soho is very sleepy on a Saturday and Sunday. If you head towards Oxford Circus and battle your way along Oxford Street, you are faced with chain establishment after chain establishment. I’m afraid Pret and Starbucks don’t do it for me. And I think I’ve exhausted the menu at my favourite cheap fast food eatery, Leon.

Whilst wondering where to go, Stew remember a place in the heart of Soho that he’d walked past many times but not stopped at, called Yoobi – London’s first temakeria. Half expecting it to be closed, we were surprised to find it open on Saturday and immediately hopped inside where we found a beautifully Japanese fused with Scandinavian inspired interior. Think clean lines, light wood, and open space.

Taking inspiration from Brazil, Yoobi pushes the sushi experience in a new direction. Their freshly made temaki rolls are made in front of your eyes with unique combinations of flavours. With three different price points, you can choose from Simple (£3.20) where you can choose from Scottish salmon, fresh wasabi tuna or cucumber. Or there’s the Special (£3.60) which includes citrus salmon (salmon, orange tobiko, avocado, chives and croutons), spicy tuna or avocado and asparagus. Or if you fancy something really unique there’s the Deluxe (£4) which is home to 20 hour cured salmon (served with Asian pear), tuna tartare (with guacamole, capers and jalapenos), or sun-kissed tomatoes (with Philadelphia and basil).

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Recipe // Thai coconut courgetti soup

Thai coconut courgetti soup

I normally find thinking of a dish for dinner quite stressful, especially when we have very little food in the house. However, sometimes I really enjoy it, particularly if we have say one ingredient left over in the fridge that needs using up. In this case it was a couple of courgettes. We hadn't used our sprializer in a while and so I really want to make courgetti but I couldn't think of what to make with it.

From simply Googling courgetti recipes, I came across this interesting Thai coconut courgetti soup idea. The colours looked amazing in the dish and the ingredients sounded great. It's not very often we cook with coconut milk or coconut cream, so it sounded good to make something a little different. The original recipe doesn't call for many vegetables, but we love to pack our food full of healthy, colourful veg. So we have added a number of other ingredients ourselves, making this recipe more unique. We also added rice, which I stirred through the soup, rather than serving on the side of. I was unsure of how this would end up tasting, but it worked perfectly. 

This is a beautiful dish! Not only does it look fantastic, but it tastes fantastic and smells fantastic too. It's a dish that appeals to all of the senses and is the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. If you like food that tastes a little indulgent but has that bite of freshness with a punchy kick, then this is the recipe for you!

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