Sunday, 6 April 2014

Steal Her Style - Kylie Minogue

If you were watching The Voice this week, you couldn’t fail to be wow wow wow wowed by Kylie’s drop dead gorgeous gold number.  We can’t all be as beautifully perfect, tiny, slim and dinky doo as Miss Minogue, but we can wear gold dresses and still look fabulous!

Hers was Stella McCartney, priced £3125.

Ours is M & S.  Not as slinky but just as dinky.

Scoop Neck Jacquard Prom Belted Dress, £89, Marks and Spencer.


Sunday, 30 March 2014

Cocktail of the week - Champagne Limoncello

With Easter just a hop around the corner, you’ll no doubt be planning get togethers with families and friends and perhaps wondering what to serve to make your bash go with a zing and swing.  We are over spoiled with recipes at Christmas but when it comes to Easter, it’s the same old same old.  It’s always about the lamb and the chocolate eggs, and while I like tradition and all that goes with that, I like to put my own twist on things, do things a bit differently and add a bit of interest and “oh my goodness what was that?”, so this Easter, I’m serving up these for friends and anyone else who hops by!


8 (3 x ½ inch) lemon rind strips
8 tablespoons Limoncello
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 bottle Champagne/Cava/Prosecco – whatever fits your budget


1.     Roll up each stip of lemon rind and place 1 into each of the eight champagne flutes
2.     Add 1 tablespoon liqeur an ½ teaspoon juice to each glass
3.     Serve immediately

Lemoniscious.  Like Springtime in a glass!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

New take on a comfort classic!

So I've been writing about all things food and cocktails and having parties and doing all that whilst working full pelt at around 200 miles an hour.

I'm surprised my oven even knows who I am, but it does and I have a bundle of great things to share.

When I do a party, I do a proper party.  None of this, rocking up with a bottle and sitting having a natter.  Nope.  Parties should be fabulous.  If they're nothing but fabulous, it's just drinking wine with a bunch of mates.  So...all the stuff from the party later including recipes, choons, and a details of a fabulous new party within a party that one of my gorgeous friends has started in my next party post.

In the meantime, if you're feeling a bit like your tummy needs a wee hug today, throw one of these together with a cup of tea, or a glass of wine if it's been that kind of day and give yourself a big pat on the back.  It's hump day - the rest of the week is all easy down the hill!

Grilled cheese

The humble cheese toastie.  Images of pre-greasing the insides of a Breville toaster to prevent burning stickyness and still producing something that looks like it was hurled out of a volcano spring to mind.

With Restaurant magazine reporting that the toastie was one its top menu trends for 2014, I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about and why.  As if I needed to, I’m a piglet for a toastie!

The cheese toastie has to be the ultimate in comfort food (unless you are eating a toastie similar to the one I had a couple of weeks ago which I don’t think even had any cheese in it…just a lot of toastiness…) and done well, this is proper old time classic of a winner!

There are some simple things you can put a new twist on and it’s great or even better than great, and some things you can’t.  Beef bourginon, leave as is, cheese toastie – let’s play!

So here’s a cheese toastie with a bit of a difference.  This is what was voted one of London’s Best Sandwiches in the Food Network’s journey through sandwich land, served up by Kappacasein in Borough Market.

Recreate at home using my recipe for one hungry person!

80g good cheddar, grated
20g Gruyere cheese, grated
2 slices of sourdough bread
2 tsp of finely chopped red onion, leek and crushed garlic

Assemble the sandwich and place it in a hot, lightly greased griddle pan (if you don’t have a panini toaster), place a frying pan on top and weigh down with a couple of cans.

Cook for about three minutes until crust starts to brown and the cheese melts through the pores of the bread.  Flip a couple of times so it cooks evenly, make sure you don’t overcook.


Monday, 17 March 2014

Steal her style - Olivia Palermo

The floral bomber jacket.  It’s been everywhere since Queen of Style (sorry…Baking), Mary Berry threw a trendy curveball with her floral bomber on The Great British Bake Off.  The little flowery number from Zara sold out within a week and the jackets went up on Ebay for £200.  

No sign of floral bomber fever disappearing anytime soon now with Olivia Palermo rocking the look at Paris Fashion week a couple of weeks ago (we love the jacket, and the boyfriend…).  We can’t have one but we can have the other, sort of.  Hers is Valentino and the lovely Johannes Huebl.

Mine is Mango, £59.99 and er, not an international model but you know what Olivia, I'm pretty happy with what I’ve got!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Recipe of the week - Quesedillas

This is our Saturday night, ‘Ant and Dec’ kinda meal.  It is one of my absolute favourite snacks and I love making it because it’s so, supereasy and it gets wolfed down instantly, unlike some of my other creations.  It’s also a fabby snack to serve to friends with a glass of wine, but always, always be prepared to cook more!  This ten minute wonder goes down a storm.  If I have time and patience, I make my own guacamole and salsa.  If not, I just slide it from the supermarket shelf straight into my trolley and nobody seems to notice.

Chicken Quesedillas

Serves 4
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

4 chicken breasts
8 tortillas
Jar of roasted red peppers
4 good handfuls of grated cheese
4 spring onions finely sliced
Sour cream
Bunch of coriander

Roast the chicken breasts in the oven with a little olive oil
Spread a thin layer of sour cream over the tortilla
Follow by a dollop of guacamole and spread around
Throw on some red peppers
Cut the chicken into thin slices and spread over the tortilla
Scatter a handful of cheese on the top
Pop on your other tortilla
Heat in the oven until you see some bubbly cheese oozing out
Cut into six pieces

Repeat four times and try not to eat as you repeat..!

On the side?  Uno blob of guacamole, a little squidge of sour cream and a spoonful of Saturday night salsa!

Ahi esta! 

Quatro quesadilla!