Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Insta-life #2

My latest adventures from the last few weeks documented through instagram.

Top Row: 1) A lovely day trip to Bath with my family on the way back from Devon. I love it there so much.
2) My signature dish- smoked salmon and spinach quiche- if you would like to see the recipe in a post let me know!
3) My friend Victoria and I in Laduree in Covent Garden. I didn't even know there were Laduree's over in England so when Victoria suggested it I didn't object. Such a nice setting and really impressively decorated. We didn't want to leave!

Middle Row: 1) My cheeky cake in Laduree with a rose petal on top.
2) After waiting months for it to come out, Reiss and I went and saw Ryan Gosling's latest film. We had really mixed feelings about it after, it was good BUT they could have made it a lot better.
3) Spent a lovely few days at Reiss' relaxing and exploring a lovely village near him with an amazing tea room (noticing the pattern of everything I have done recently revolving around food yet?!).

Bottom Row: 1) and 2) The latest outfit post on my blog and making the most of the sunshine.
3) Last night was spent with my sleepy cat Ted on my lap and watching the last episode of Broadchurch.


Monday, 15 April 2013

"Morning white mist came across the plain, blue skies and rain"

Blouse and shoes: Primark. Jeans: Jack Wills. 

Finally a spot of sunshine! To celebrate I bought this cute blouse (which reminds me of a plate pattern, anyone else agree?!) and these shoes which I thought were a bit more exciting than the average pair of flats.

I'm enjoying being back at home for a while and relaxing before I need to start my revision for my exam next month. With a cheeky trip to London for the rest of the week on Wednesday I'll be sure to keep my camera on me and hopefully snap some more outfit photos.

Have you been enjoying the sunshine and being able to finally wear your spring clothes?


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Baking: Home-made pizza recipe

For me, there is no comparison between home-made pizzas and shop bought ones. The humble home-made pizza is a firm favourite amongst my family. My dad definitely holds the pizza making crown but my sister and I are determined to give him some competition! This is our trusty recipe we follow for a delicious home-made pizza.

What you will need to make two pizza bases:
  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1 tea-spoon of fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tea-spoon of salt
  • 350ml tepid water
  • 2 table-spoons of olive oil

  1. Sieve the flour into a bowl, then add the yeast and salt.
  2. Make a well in the flour and add water and olive oil.
  3. Now for the messy bit- use your hands to mix it all together until it goes into a smooth elastic dough.
  4. Once smooth take the dough out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and knead for ten minutes.
  5. Shape into a round ball and put back into mixing bowl, cover with cling film, leave in a warm place for an hour (e.g. airing cupboard, near radiator, hot plate).
  6. When you return to the dough it should have risen, now turn it out of the bowl, cut in half (as the mixture you have made is for 2 pizzas), knead both for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Using a floured rolling pin roll out the dough until about 1cm thick, and place on two baking trays. 
  8. Spread passata over the two pizza bases (you really don't need too much), sprinkle over mixed herbs/oregano. Add crumbled mozzarella and then add your toppings of choice...we used mushrooms, olives, ham and peppers.
  9. Grate over some more cheese if you like your pizzas cheesy!
  10. Pop in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with a side salad or home-made potato wedges and enjoy! xxx