Autumn

September 16, 2013

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I really do love this time of year… I love when seasons change and I love that I can really enjoy this one!

We did have an amazing summer but mostly it was too hot for me to make the most of it, whereas the cooler temperatures are heaven to me. I am also on maternity leave now, so can enjoy lie ins with porridge and tea which is beyond amazing… I am making the most of this quiet time while I can.

I am going out to lunch today and then I might go sit in a park with a hot coffee and enjoy the sunshine… it’s a beautiful day in Bristol!

ASOS Autumn Wishes

September 12, 2013

So September is here…  and I am looking forward to adding some cosy pieces to my wardrobe!

My wishlist on ASOS is growing, I love that you can save your favourites and make a shopping list.

I would like some cosy hats, I often live in beanies in the winter, and I love this one;

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And I really want a smarter hat too… I am thinking a big wide brimmed hat would be great to style up casual coats… this one is perfect

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I have so many summer scarves now, I have been using them to dress my bump but I will need a big thick wool one. I get ill if it’s cold and I don’t cover my neck!

I love this one  (it would be great with a leather jacket)

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And I love this out-size scarf

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I have been coveting a leather jacket  from Whistles for EVER. This one is currently top of the list.

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I would also really like a casual varsity for the warmer transitional months since I don’t have to worry about being smart for a little while.

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I will also stock up on a few cosy knits… you cannot have enough of these!

This one from Ted Baker would be great with some chunky boots and skinny jeans for when I want to be really cosy and covered…

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And this one from Whistles so I can feel on trend and a little dressed up on those days when more effort is needed…

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I cannot wait for the day that I can put on a little dress again… my birthday is in a few months and I am hoping I’ll have a chance to put one on!

This one from French Connection is super cute…

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And I really want a wrap dress, also from French Connection having been told they are super flattering…

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And skirts… I have missed wearing skirts so much…

Love this one from Whistles, totally my style.

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And this flippy number would be great with thick tights and my much loved leather jacket!

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I definitely want some chunky boots… or some knee highs… I am trying to work out which will get the most wear.

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Or something more like this

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I know for a fact I don’t need new jeans… but I also cannot wait to be back into normal jeans!

Shopping will begin again in earnest… first I need to have this baby and get active again.

I am so getting into my cooking stride again, having no kitchen and being busy for a while followed by autumn arriving I admit I was thrown, still hanging on to summer with easy salads.

Last week when I had some friends over I dived into the new produce arriving in my local stores…

Instead of a starter when I have people over I like to serve nibbles… it takes the pressure off in that I don’t have to make lots of things plus if dinner runs late people don’t go hungry.

I served some really bright green olives, sourdough bread, mozzarella and some beautiful figs.

Before the main event and my new favourite thing… risotto!

You need;
2 pints stock (chicken, or vegetable) note that if you don’t have fresh buy the best cubes you can find
2 tbsp olive oil
knob of butter
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
½ head celery, trimmed and finely chopped
400g risotto rice
2 wine glasses dry white wine
1 small butternut squash, cut into bite sized cubes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
70g butter + more for sage leaves
handful of fresh sage
115g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
150g mascarpone cheese to serve

So…

1. You need to roast the squash pieces first, peel and cut your squash and put in the oven for 30-40 minutes, coat in a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat the stock.

3. Put the oil and butter in a saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook very slowly for about 15 minutes without colouring… This is called a soffrito. You want everything to go translucent.

4. Then add the rice and very briefly lightly fry until the edges go a little translucent. Add the wine and keep stirring – it will smell fantastic.

5. Once the wine has cooked into the rice, add your first ladle of hot stock and a good pinch of salt. Turn down the heat to a simmer so the rice doesn’t cook too quickly on the outside.

6. Keep adding ladlefuls of stock, stirring and massaging the creamy starch out of the rice, allowing each ladleful to be absorbed before adding the next. This will take around 15 minutes.

7. Taste the rice to check if it’s cooked. If not, carry on adding stock until the rice is soft but with a slight bite.

8. When the rice is nearly cooked, and just before you add the final ladleful of stock, stir in the butternut squash. Remove from the heat and add the butter, and parmesan.

Season now to your taste…

Put a lid on the pan and allow to sit for 2 minutes so it gets all creamy. Meanwhile quickly heat up a big knob of butter and fry your sage leaves until it starts to brown.

Serve your risotto with the sage leaves on top and add a cool dollop of mascarpone on top, let it melt into the hot rice… its amazing trust me.

I served this with a beautiful kale salad, which I will have to share with you soon!

 And my second favourite thing about having friends to dinner? Leftovers! Figs and mozzarella and honey. Yum.

Simple Pleasures… Jumpers

September 20, 2012

Autumn is coming…


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I can’t say I was happy about the chill in the air at first, summer hasn’t exactly been very present this year.

I think, to get me excited about the change in season we need to go shopping and stock up on warm clothing…

I do love a big thick knit, there’s nothing like feeling cosy walking in the fresh autumn air…

Lets go on a little ASOS spree.

This amazing tomato red jumper dress is just like the lovely one above… even better it has a zip on the back. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of that look, thank you Victoria Beckham…

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I never stray from my usual style, it never lasts… so I will be looking for a warm striped jumper.

This Jaeger one looks perfect… 


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I absolutely adore peplums, they look cute as hell, hide a big lunch and make me feel fancy too.

This pale pink one would be great for looking smart but keeping warm in my freezing office and would look great with everything making dark mornings easy…


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This grungy number would be great for downtime, getting dressed up I’d go full on rocky with smokey eyes, skin-tight black skinnies and my highest heels, staying casual I’d wear with thick woolen leggings and high tops for a fun Sunday roast outfit… 


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Okay now I am getting excited… I do love changes in seasons and Summer to Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year.

Autumn

October 6, 2011

Today was the perfect Autumn day, sunny and crisp and cold enough to put a coat and scarf on.

I love it, my favourite time of year is when the seasons change from to another.

Autumn makes me look forward to getting cosy at home, with big mug of hot chocolate… I stock up on posh stuff and mini marshmallows so I can have a little treat after a long wet walk home.

There really is no better time to drink a mug of the sweetest drink than after you’ve been hurled about by wind and rain on your way home.

It’s also time to change the way we eat, gone are cereal, salads, sandwiches and BBQ food and in are porridge, hot soup, stews and best of all pie! Autumn is definitely pie season.

I want to make this very American pie from 101 Cookbooks, a spiced pumpkin pie!

But most of all I look forward to the change in fashion, getting my winter boots out, my wool-lined boots for walking to work and wellington boots for those especially wet days, big warm coats, soft scarves, hats and gloves.

Today was the first day I could put a warm coat on and not be too hot by the time I got to warm, there was a nice crisp breeze, I put on some music stopped into work in the sunshine and actually saw some little girls kicking up the leaves on the floor.

I love it.