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Chilled Sunday Cooking | Seafood Pasta

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Absolut Juice Sprtiz coctails #SummerInABottle

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Summer Diary: Marrakesh

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One-Pan Baked Chicken & Potatoes.

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Summer Photo Diary: Magnum Pleasure Store

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Chilled Sunday Cooking | Seafood Pasta

By on September 30, 2018

I’m hoping to make this more of a segment on my channel and blog – a chilled Sunday cooking whilst having a conversation with you guys. This week I had a few friends round for some pasta & wine and as I sat down to eat (and film my outro for the video) I thought I’d answer a few of your questions in a candid Q&A.

One of the most asked questions was based my career, love life and surprisingly more popular undergarments (bras) and whilst I have a few tips and tricks of my own I was never sure if it would be suitable to share on my blog or my channel but as I inundated with questions regarding this subject of course I had to answer.

That will lead me onto a more detailed video and may have inspired a new topic on my channel, so in regards to that stay tuned for my Q&A video where I will be answering your questions in my next video, in the meantime let ‘s get to the recipe for this seafood pasta dish.

First things first….

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti – 175g (half the pack, I like to use (De Cecco Spaghetti & supermarket own brands) 
  • Cooked Scottish Mussels, 300g (For this I used, Rope-Grown Scottish Mussels with Garlic & shallot sauce).
  • Raw jumbo prawns, 1 pack
  •  Extra virgin olive oil, 4 tablespoons 
  • Any dry white wine, 200ml ( I used Gallo white Chardonnay, as it’s most affordable) 
  • Butter, 1 tablespoon
  • Tomato Puree, 2 tablespoons or 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • Garlic paste, 1 teaspoon ( I love using Gia Garlic Puree
  • Shallot, 1 
  • Bunch of Flat leaf parsley
  • Red Chillies, 2 
  • Salt & Freshly Cracked black pepper (or aromat seasoning, my ultimate fave!).
  • Pre-cook your prawns in butter for 3 minutes (alternatively 1 tablespoon oil).
  • Cook the mussels for 8-10 minutes on it’s own and set aside.
  • Boil the spaghetti in salted water for 8 minutes ( I like mine al-dente) and set aside when done.
  • In a deep pan, saute shallots (or onions), chilli, along with garlic puree for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste,salt & black pepper & stir for a few more minutes,then add the wine stir and cookdown for a few minutes 3-5 minutes. 

Add cooked prawns, mussels to the tomato/wine sauce and stir for a few more minutes. Add cooked spaghetti and little of the spaghetti water and coat in the sauce. Roughly chop fresh parsley and drizzle on top, (this should be done right at the very end).

I like taking the pan straight to the table for everyone to help themselves, the pasta is best served with some extra chilli (more parsley if you like) & olive oil. 

Enjoy (and remember have fun with it) xoxo

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Absolut Juice Sprtiz coctails #SummerInABottle

By on September 29, 2018
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I’m typing away whilst sipping on the absolut apple & ginger ale sprtiz I made earlier… The weather has been quite good so I took the opportunity to make the very most out of  it & invited friends round for cocktails & nibbles. Which included these two spritz cocktails.

As some of you know Absolut Vodka recently released 2 new limited edition juice flavours – apple & strawberry, flavours very reminiscent of summer.

Absolute Elderflower & Strawberry Spritz

  • 1 part Absolut Strawberry
  • 2 parts elderflower presse
  • Fresh strawberry slices
  • Ice 

Absolut Apple Ginger Spritz:

Me with my (Absolut) Apple & Ginger Fizz 
  • 1 Part Absolut Apple Juice 
  • 1 Part Ginger ale
  • 1 Part Ginger beer
  • Cinnamon stick (to garnish)
  • Ice

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Summer Diary: Marrakesh

By on September 28, 2018

As I was going through my phone deleting & reorganising photos, I came across my Marrakesh photos and I was instantly reminded of the bittersweet feeling I had. As some of you know, if you’ve have watched my Marrakesh experience video I shared a few experiences during the first few days of our stay & although unfortunate & deeply disturbing at the time it didn’t stop us from making the most out of our stay taking photos along the way. I also realised that I hadn’t shared a blog post about the trip so here goes…

A few friends reached out shortly after the experience and asked for some tips and advice as they were planning on visiting and this is the notes I shared:

Relaxing poolside at our Riyad (Chayma) after the most relaxing Hammam session.

Visit the markets in the old town called Medina (just make sure you’re wearing appropriate clothing)  they also have a secret garden which is super pretty and ysl garden.

Do a Hammam at Les Bains de Marrakech Morocco (it’s amazing)  is really relaxing and good for a skin, although a little on the pricier side but if you want to treat yourself I’d certainly recommend. You can also do Hammam for as little as £2 in the old town.

If you can depending on your hotel you can book yourself into a day resort like move pick hotel or hotel Pullman palmeria resort.

Try to spend as much time in the new town as well and make sure you book activities beforehand like quad biking and atlas mountain (if you’d like to visit the waterfall).

Use taxis if you don’t have transport organised and negotiate price.

Places we ate:

Lunch – Terrace De Spices (old town) you can smoke really nice rooftop.

L’addresse really good lunch spot (and ice cream)

Cafe del la poste – sit outside if you can really beautiful and the food is good.

Cafe De La Poste gave me the post 1920’s vibe.

Dinner –

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Restaurant Azar

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Dar Moha – riad but so beautiful and romantic perfect for your dinner date (tables are by the pool).

A lot of the new town has the best and modern restaurants so try and got there for dinner most times.

Club – triple 55 club  they also have a shisha rooftop bar next door by the pool and it’s really pretty

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One-Pan Baked Chicken & Potatoes.

By on September 25, 2018

This recipe is for the days when I wish to spend no longer than an hour in the kitchen . I’m sure you have those days too, particularly when the plan is to lounge around in your PJs all day in front of the TV, submerge yourself in a good book (as I have of lately) or simply want to savour every hour of your Sunday before as Monday begins.

One Pan Baked Chicken!

I cheated slightly with this recipe by using these oven ready roast potato wedges. However, you may make yours from scratch 😉 

what you’ll need:

  1. A fairly decent sized baking dish, don’t be like me and use a small/medium pan. The bigger the better to give the meat and potatoes enough room to crisp. 
  2. Chicken legs, 6 pieces
  3. Pack of oven ready potato wedges, like this
  4. Seasoning:
  • 2 maggie seasoning cubes
  • salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 chopped chilli
  • 1 chopped spring onion
  • 2 spring onions
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dried Herbs (either thyme or rosemary)  
  • 1 lemon

Wash your chicken in lemon water (1 lemon), pat dry and place in baking dish. Season with all the ingredients listed above. mix well then the oven ready potatoes. You may roast this separately if you wish, just follow packet instuctions. 

Place the chicken and potatoes in a preheated overn for 35-40 minutes. Turn chicken halfway through cooking. 

Once cooked served with roasted veggies of your choice.

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Summer Photo Diary: Magnum Pleasure Store

By on October 1, 2018

Over the weekend, I picked up a box of Magnum’s white chocolate ice cream for my evening indulge session with some take-away, wine & a few episodes of of Issa Rae’s Insecure. As I helped myself to two portions of this – the crunch of the chocolate shell followed by the creamy soft vanilla flavoured core – I was Instantly taken back to the ‘make your own ice-cream session’ at the Magnum Sloane Square pop up store. 

It was a moment of ice cream heaven as you got to customise your own Magnum Ice Cream from chocolate base to the toppings. I chose different toppings along with chocolate base, Milk, Dark or White chocolate. (white chocolate topped with a bunch of random toppings to match my dress…) how creative lol

So what was the Experience like?

It was quick, how? because I managed to pop in on my lunch break! I must say, the store was beautiful and I was a little obsessed with the brown & gold set-up as much the ice cream. I’d describe it as Instagram heaven with the perfect opportunity at every angle to take a photo including 4 special photo booths to shoot the perfect flat-lay on.

xoxo

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