I think most people would agree, but breakfast is one of those meals I could eat all day every day. Give me avocado on toast for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a side of sweet maple syrup pancakes with an array of toppings on the side! I’m even a sucker for all-day smoothies. Breakfast is much more fun than any other meal in the day, and having a sweet tooth makes breakfast basically an all-day-dessert.
After going back to the original references and inspiration we’d gathered for this room, we ended up going for the Farrow and Ball Pitch Black, and decided that if the worst was it didn’t work, we could always try another, after all it’s just paint! This colour couldn’t have been more perfect.
The dining room is super bright, so the blackness of the paint doesn’t really darken the room until evening, and even then it adds a real richness and regales to the room.
My late teens and early twenties were spent sipping on glasses of Malbec or Rioja (we’re just talking wine, as there was a lot of tequila and cocktails too!) thanks to my mum’s taste for red wine. There’s always be a bottle handed around at the dinner table, so that was my preference. I wasn’t really educated in wine on any level, so white had always tasted acidic or too sweet - Black Tower was a fave!
After meeting Steve, who has a pretentious palette for little else other than Chablis, Sancere or Lauren Perrier rosé (check my empty bank balance please!) I was a white wine convert. My step over into the food and hospitality industry from fashion, quickly broadened my taste and understanding of wines. Now I’m not a wine buff, and even my Wine Merchant only claims to know around 2% of what there is to know about wine, my senses quickly developed a like for a much larger range of vino’s…
Let's not kid ourselves, we're all guilty of hoarding clothes that either don't suit or fit us, and beauty products which are well beyond their best and will probably never touch your fingertips again. However that nagging "maybe" that's telling you quite the opposite is cluttering up not only our wardrobe and drawers, but minds too!
There's a lot to be said for the benefits of having a good old clear out, but why not adapt the same mentality we can apply to gutting our our wardrobes to our skincare and makeup drawer too.
Last year Lydia teamed up with Cult Beauty to curate a box that epitomises her skincare regime, leaving her skin glowing on a daily basis. Only in the past couple of years, probably since hitting my 30’s have I jumped on the glowy bandwagon. Up until recently, and pretty much thanks to social media, glowy skin had always been about highlighters and gloss, but as you start to see your skin slowly age and retract, you start to understand the benefits of a good glow-enhancing product with a little science behind it’s ingredients, and the benefits it can have on your skin.
Millen’s Cult Beauty Box features her all time favourite By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Serum, which is available in three shades, Tata Harpers illuminating moisturiser, Alpha H’s liquid gold, Omorovicza’s foaming cleanser, Indie Lee’s Lotion CoQ-10 and Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil.
These super cute animal and egg shaped biscuits are the perfect treat for Easter weekend. Made with the most simple of shortbread recipes and decorated with crushed mini eggs, sprinkles and melted chocolate, they're perfect to make with even the messiest of bakers!
These delicious pastel, sweet, cream-filled fingers are perfect for any summer picnic or party. Lavender can be slightly overpowering, but when used in the right quantities and combined with sweet cream, it's beautifully light and florally. It grows in abundance in our garden and regularly features in cocktails and recipes throughout summer.
My love affair for native Swede, Ben Gotham began 5 years ago when my friend Dan had clasped my hand and dragged me over to the Byredo counter in Liberty. I remember this moment quite distinctly as it's one of only two time's that I've fallen in love at first sight (or in this case, first whiff)...
This dessert is nothing short of centrepiece worth when it comes to dinner parties. Meringue done well, is one of the simplest dessert basis to create, with nothing needed other than sugar and egg whites! If you've a lover of any thing dark and chocolatey, then give this recipe a shot. If you're not a chocolate or cherry fan, play around with the cream and toppings to create your flavour heaven. For a summer alternative, try pistachio's, elderflower and raspberries...
This is such a simple recipe for the most delicious mice pies, packed full of Christmas flavours. Whilst the pastry calls for plain flour, this can be swapped for gluten free plain flour to make them ceoliac-friendly.
Optional, but best served with mulled wine, slithers of freshly sliced orange and cinnamon sticks.
A good gingerbread man is well worth the time it takes to fiddle about with fancy icing and its Nordic vibes. I love everything and anything Christmas, and occasionally, just occasionally I get to play around with festive-type props early on in the year, depending on what jobs I'm working on. These gingerbread cookies were created for an editorial piece I was commissioned to create for the December issue of a magazine, but it wasn't the first, nor was it the last time I spent hours playing around with royal icing and these deliciously winter-spiced biscuits....
We stayed in the St Georges quarter, a stone throw away and bedroom window view from the famous Moulin Rouge. Pose outside for a quick snap, but the main street full of sex shops can be avoided in a hop skip and a step towards the Sacré-Cœur. With streets full of quaint french buildings and cobbled streets, you’ll find boutiques for everything, including those all expected Parisian vintage shops. The streets are full of authentic restaurants, and of course that all essential Irish Bar! Whether you’re the healthy Brit abroad, juice shops are on most corners, or you're looking for a weekend escape with your head in several glasses of french wine, this quarter of paris has streets full of those essential non-tourist jaunts for watching the world go by whilst sipping on your favourite tipple.
For some growing up, family car journeys would take you to the south of France, but for us, it was a 2 hour flight to unspoilt, idyllic Menorca. It was the first holiday abroad we’d ever had, as long-haul flights and two younger brothers wouldn’t last more than a couple of hours on a plane without upsetting every other passenger in hearing distance! It’s the perfect family holiday destination and perfect for visiting between May and October. Outside its hottest months of July and Augusts, all of the Balearics are perfect for activity-filled holidays, with plenty to see and do for couples and families alike.
A tasty supper dish, quick to make using pre-prepared puff pastry.
You can use frozen or fresh pastry for this dish. If using frozen, defrost overnight in the fridge beforehand or in the microwave according to the packet instructions. BigFish Brand salmon fillets do not require defrosting before cooking and can be used in this recipe straight from the freezer...
Tiramisu is pretty much the best tasting trifle of them all. Coffee, cream and booze and you have one of the most simplest, yet delicious Italian desserts. A Tiramisu is traditionally a simple layering of a cream and mascarpone concoction, soaked coffee and Marsala lady fingers, and grated chocolate or sifted cocoa powder. I prefer my sponge with a little more texture, so soak for a little time as possible.
Pappardelle has to be one of my favourite forms of pasta. It has substance and is a great base to build delicate flavours on. Mushrooms & parmesan may not sound too fancy, but seasoned well and reduced in thick cream, it's a delicious and earthly flavour combination, perfect for the autumn months. I love the simplicity of this dish, but play around with its flavours by adding lemon zest or basil...
Rhubarb is pretty much available all year round here in the UK, thanks to growers producing forced rhubarb which is more well known for coming from Yorkshire. The rhubarb is grown in dark pots, which helps to create a warmer and rhubarb-grow-friendly climate.
The tartness of the rhubarb is paired perfectly with sweetness of the strawberries, which are just starting to come into season. All combined with a crumbly sweet pastry and lashings of homemade custard, this hearty dessert will take you back to summers of the past.
Sardinia was a holiday I first enjoyed young, a holiday I totally unappreciated the islands true beauty and only took advantage of the hot summer days and a memory of an indulgent orange flavoured chocolate dessert at a restaurant I can't even remember the location of, let alone the name. Head back a few matured years later and Sardinia is an island that's love at first sight (at least first sight in my twenties).
BigFish Brand is a local, Grimsby based company that specialise in Frozen Salmon. Whilst there's always scientific arguments whether fresh or frozen ingredients are best, I love the convenience of healthy frozen food, especially ingredients and meals which is already portioned.
BigFish Brand suggests to poach, bake or zap (in the microwave) to cook each of their deliciously flavoured fillets. I personally prefer to microwave, as it's ready in 4 minutes, and when your hungry cooking on the run, 4 minutes is no excuse not to eat healthily! This Thai Salmon Salad recipe, is one which I created for BigFish Brand. It's super simple and quick to throw together, perfect for a picnic or a family summertime dinner!