Here's another recipe I created for the most incredible foodie brand, BigFish Brand. They source and fillet beautiful salmon and trout form Scotland and Norway which is then delivered fresh to Grimsby. The brand boasts a wide range of flavours and products which you store in the freezer, ready for dinner.
The beauty with these delicious fillets of fish, is the fact that you can throw them in the microwave and they're ready in under 4 minutes, or you can bake and combine into your favourite recipe. This super simple Thai curry boasts a traditional recipe that just swaps out the chicken for salmon or trout!
I have no shame in telling you how much I love Charlotte Tilbury. Every product I've tried, I've loved and I'm sure every product I haven't tried, I'll love!
My first introduction to the brand was through my friend Dan, who at the time was working at Net-A-Porter. It had just come into stock - I think we're going back to around 2013 and he'd sent home Charlotte's K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink and a matching lip gloss, and this was only the beginning for my love of this brand...
The quest to find a recipe for the perfect gluten free sponge is an ongoing challenge for anyone living a gluten free diet or life with celiac disease. Adding as much moisture to the sponge as you can, with out letting it fall to pieces is the key to a great bake, and whilst this coffee and walnut cake recipe calls for all of the traditional ingredients needed for gluten free sponge, the addition of rapeseed oil ensures it's beautiful moist whilst holding it's form under the lashings of buttercream.
After arriving in my late 20's a couple of years back, my drive towards certain scents has changed, and the same can be said for my attention to skincare. I've always been a sucker for roses, they're the closest flower I can get to a peony all year round, but adding a little rose into your beauty regime is the perfect treat for your skin and even your senses!
I'll put my hands up and admit that I still don't put any moisturiser anywhere other than my face and hair, (supped up hair masks and coconut oil counts right?) unless I'm travelling somewhere at either end of the temperature scale. My work days are 16-hours-a-day and 7 days a week, so it's all of the essentials which make their way onto my beauty shelf. This post features just a few of my favourite beauty buys of the moment, that will help transform your skin ready for spring.
I'm not sure why, but it's taken me until my 30's and spending the best part of 4 years with my partner who spends his life in the professional kitchen to discover the ease cooking soups at home. As much as I love to cook (when time allows) I've always been a soup from a carton kind of girl.
I'd always though that an abundance of ingredients and a messy kitchen with gadgets galore were called for, but apparently not! Whilst we're lucky enough to have an industrial blender at home, which is mostly used for morning smoothies, you can apply this recipe to any high street blender, handheld or stationary.
Whilst this isn't the entire contents of my beauty bag come travelling, these are my 5 go to beauty products which come with me everywhere and help to cure a multitude of sins.
If travelling with hand luggage, save up miniatures and samples from previous beauty buys, and to keep your weight allowance down, and more personally out of laziness, purchase necessities such as shampoo, conditioner and body spray from the airport drugstore.
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....
This super simple festive recipe calls for no more than 3 main ingredients and a few essentials. This is my favourite kind of recipe as it requires very little skill or equipment, which can only mean less washing up! Whilst I'm never going to swap my Christmas Day turkey dinner for anything but, this delicious healthy festive dish, is perfect for a lazy mid-week supper.
Something that I did learn from my peers, was the importance of looking after your skin, body and insides no matter how old you are. Whilst I'm not a massive gym-goer, I'm an advocate of living a well balanced life, and hitting the big 3-0 in a few months, this is definitely a mentality I'll to be taking forward.
It literally takes no energy other than a little research to get your skincare game into check. I have a few boxes to be ticked when it comes to what goes on my face, and ultimately it's down to texture and finish. My skin falls into the normal - oily category and moving into this time of the year it's definitely more oily/ shiny than normal, but can still feel a little dry, especially after a night of heavy makeup and powerful makeup removers before going to bed.
This month Glossy Box offers its subscribers 5 full sized beauty products to play with. Minus the blusher, but that's only because I'm more of a bronze & highlight girl, this has to be my favourite monthly subscription box to date.
For anyone looking to subscribe to a beauty box, my advice it to do some research prior to tapping in those card details and clicking the confirm button. Whilst I rave monthly about this pink box, it might not be for you and there's plenty of other options out there. The best way to get to the bottom of which box is for you, is to search on instagram using #GlossyBoxUK (add other box name to #) or to search for the brand on Facebook and see what the box brands subscribers are saying each month!
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.
I decided to take the plunge and strip out sugars and bad fats for a small period, just to help reset all of my functionality buttons. I won't go into too much detail in this post, but I wanted to share this amazing recipe for a super boosted green smoothie, which is my new get up and go cocktail. It might look pretty rank to those who don't follow any health or food bloggers, and hurl at the sight of anything that's this green, but please trust me, it tastes bloody delicious! In fact, it tastes like a McDonalds Banana Milkshake, but only contains 230 calories and will boost up your energy levels to get through the morning.
Whether city breaks or hot beaches are you thing, here's a quick-fire list of just some of the spots perfect for last minute bookings and flights in June. June is the perfect time to cut your flight time short and head to more local destinations, enjoying the mid 20's heat and pre-summer holiday rush...
A marble and gold bar cart-worthy bottle of gin has just launched itself in a handful of farm-shops, bars and restaurants. Pin Gin is Lincolnshire's very first and only handcrafted distilled gin in the whole of the county. For those that don't know, Lincolnshire is pretty much the county the world forgot and headed straight to Yorkshire for all of the fabulous things it's tourism board and historical city has to offer. For those passing through, Lincolnshire is mostly fields with pops of towns and small villages dotted around the North, East, South and West of the County.
I vowed that 2017 would be the year which I start to take my skincare routine a little more seriously, as the road to 30 is less than a year away, and it's a well known fact that skin doesn't get any younger.
After taking a break from spending copious amounts of money on makeup and skincare when I lived in London a few years ago, in January I decided to take the plunge and commit to a beauty box or two. I was fed up of my non-adventours beauty shelves looking bare and running out of shampoo and conditioner mid-shower...
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.
I caved into the Birchbox trend a few months ago back in January in a bid to fill my bathroom shelf with some new and exciting beauty products. I'd managed to mess up my details for the first month so unfortunately didn't receive it. With Birchbox you can sign up for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or a year, with the bigger your subscription, the bigger the saving! I've subscribed for 6 months just to see what all of the fuss is about and to get a feel for the different products you receive each month.
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!
Our flights threw our first few hours in Italy into limbo, and our first afternoon was a bit of a blur spent mostly catching up on the days sleep that we'd lost. The following morning, we open then balcony doors, and we're in Tuscan paradise, nothing but the rolling green hills of Italy and the villa used as Maximus's home in Ridley Scott's Gladiator in the far distance. The prospect of spending 4 days doing nothing more than relaxing in our soft robes, provided by Adler, slippers and swimwear is pretty welcoming...