Archive | July, 2011

recipe#9 spaghetti bolognese a la moi

28 Jul

need:

500g sirloin mince

1 chopped onion

3/4 garlic cloves crushed

tin chopped tomatoes

few tblsp passata

glass full-bodied red wine

few mushrooms chopped

two handfuls of cherry tomatoes

handful of ripped basil

chopped aubergine

make:

fry the mince in a heated pan on low heat with olive oil

when meat is frying for a few minutes, add red wine

chop garlic and onions and add to pan

add aubergine, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes

add tin of tomatoes and passata

leave to simmer for about an hour, longer if possible

boil the water, add oil and salt, then pasta

serve the meat sauce on a bed of pasta

sprinkle some ripped basil on top

serve with some fresh warm crusty bread

oh and a huge glass of nice red wine

enjoy 🙂

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Babyshambles Albion

26 Jul

recipe #9 pasta with bacon and tomatoes: quick office lunch

19 Jul

need:

2 slices of bacon

half an onion

handful of cherry tomatoes

2 tblsp good quality olive oil

teaspoon passata

75 g-100g pasta

few pieces of chopped cooked chicken breast

(good for those on a lean high protein diet)

 

 

make:

fry the bacon in the heated oil until browned a little

add the chopped onion and cook until soft

add the halved cherry tomatoes

put on the pasta in salted boiling water with a teaspoon of olive oil

add the passata to the pan

drain pasta and add to the pan

serve with a few pieces of ripped basil

total yumfest hot or cold

because you’re worth it…my list of beauty must-haves

18 Jul

so anyone who knows me, knows that’s i’m a self confessed beauty product junkie. creams, lotions, gels, sprays, mousses, serums, tints, balms, ointments, drops…you name it i’ve tried it. so with some wise years of experience under my skin and on my skin, i’ve decided to put together a little shrine list to all those favourites i’ve been using and abusing since i first stole my mum’s oil of ulay and pond’s cold cream. i thought it would be best to start from the top and move on down…

L’oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shampoo

Revlon Professional Equave 2-Phase Leave-in Conditioner

Aveda Volumizing Hair Tonic

Pantene Pro-V Moving Volume Mousse

John Frieda Thickening Blow Dry Lotion

Clinique City Block Sheer SPF25

Kaeso Re-balancing Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser  & Mask

Origins VitaZing SPF 15 tinted moisturiser

Mac Strobe Cream


Mac Face & Body Foundation

Mac StudioFix Powder Compact

Benefit HighBeam

Estee Lauder Double Wear Shadowcremes

Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara

Rimmel Flash Eyeliner Black

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

Mac Lip Gelee in Fashion Flower

BareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Gloss in Free Will

Vaseline

Flexitol Lip Balm

Clinique All About Eyes

 

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator

San Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Garnier Bodytonic Firming Hydrating lotion

Bodyshop Body Butter

Johnson’s Baby Powder

Jason Aloe Vera Deodrant Roll-on

Garnier Mineral’s Deodrant

Arnica First-Aid bruise cream


La Roche Posay SPF 50

Lancaster Face & Body Tan Maximizer After-Sun

Essie Nail Varnish

Kaeso Pedicure everything


Noa Perfume

Perfectil 90 Day beauty treatment

Pure Simple Almond Oil for nails

Clarins Treatment Hand Cream

recipe #8 white chocolate & raspberry cheesecake

14 Jul

need:

200g crushed digestive biccies or ginger nuts

55g  melted butter

420g philadelphia cream cheese

55g caster sugar

1/2 lemon with zest and juice

350g chopped white chocolate

300ml whipped cream

250-300g raspberries

 

 

make:

crush biccies

stir in melted butter and press mixture into a greased cake tin

chill in fridge for 15 mins

whisk cheese, sugar, lemon zest and juice together

melt chocolate  and add to beated ingredients and fold in the cream

put some raspberries onto the base and pour half of the filling on top

repeat until filling is all used up and smooth the surface of the cake with a spoon

leave to chill overnight if possible

serve with fresh cream and raspberries and decorate with some lemon zest and a sprig of mint


 

to tat or not tattoo

11 Jul
INFINITY (or eternity): in ancient india and tibet, the symbol of infinity represented perfection, dualism, and the unity between male and female. more interesting though, is that in the occult, tarot is linked to magic and represents equilibrium, infinity and the balance of various forces. the uroborus (a circular serpent biting its tail) has also been found in this shape, but that’s not really important to me to be totally honest. more recently we know it as a mathematical symbol for infinity in numbers, time or space.
so now comes the tricky part. to tat or not tattoo..on my wrist or maybe the back of my neck? a bit higher than in this photo?  light brown or black? 6 months or permenant? i’m still deciding…and because i’m still deciding it’s probably not time is it? or is it?? aghhhhhh!! i’ve been thinking about this since 2006 when i went travelling with my mate chris and, since then, i’ve been so close but yet so far. and scared of the fact it’s such a COMMITMENT.  like getting married to someone that you’re not entirely sure of…but are kind of stuck with indefinetly (or until you sign the ‘divorce’ papers and get him/her/it removed).then if i start seeing loads of people with the same tattoo it becomes a kind of tramp stamp rather than something personal and meaningful. or is it still personal and meaningful to me agh??!!
i mean i DO love the meaning of this symbol AND what it has represented in the past for thousands of years and that is also stands for something hopeful for the future: “a double endlessness, eternity, recreation, a symbol of hope, forgiveness,” “the heart of the buddha shakyamuni, resignation of spirit, all happiness that humanity desires, mind, infinity, all and many.” in buddhist culture the endless knot (chang or p’an-chang) receives and forwards abundance, and is a symbol of longevity, infinity and eternity.
but with all this in mind-can i just add here, that i am NOT religious, nor am i overly spiritual-like a million or so other irish people i’m sure, i have ‘toyed’ with the idea of getting a tattoo for years (even when chinese symbols were all the rage-shudder…)…never quite sure and never quite ‘doing’….as i am hugely and giantly indecisive…
but saying all of that,  for the past while, due to a family illness, the idea of actually committing to something so permanent-that represents and depicts or ‘presents’ to everyone a ‘me’ that is balanced, serene, forgiving, hopeful, looking into a future and so on..even if this does sound a little ‘cliche’, whatever…the thought fills me with a little hope and happiness…and gives an otherwise unsure future a little stamp of my own control over my future in some way and a little stamp of an inbetween me moving forward.
mum was diagnosed with stage four terminal lung cancer in october of last year. with a prognosis or 3-6 months. she’s still alive and kicking and has somehow found her ‘balance’, not through religion, nor a tattoo (i’m not deluded!) nor anything of the sort…she has always been strong, but this is something that will knock her. although she has done really well so far, and is only quite coming to terms with the ‘terminal’ aspect of things, as we all are, i know that this will beat her…but i do feel that, at the same time, as stupid and as juvenile as this sounds..a part of her will always be here with us…
religion aside..i do believe that people don’t just disappear..they leave a mark…whatever that is, i don’t know….and part of me doesn’t want to know or think about that yet, to be honest…but the idea of longevity, infinity, recreation, hope, a view to the future…i think it’s this kind of positivity that keeps us all going at a time like this..when we really have to take each day as it comes and look to the future only in a positive way, within reason, and not just to plan and escape what’s going on at present…and i suppose for me, in my own silly little way..getting a symbol like this, on my skin, kind of freeze frames a part of that longevity and hope…
INFINITY
“this has become symbolic of the future and futurist thought, depicting eternal life, harmonious interaction between conscious and subconscious, serenity, harmony and dominion over the physical plane.

 

the sound of a sunday morning lie-in

10 Jul

there is nothing better than…

6 Jul

that first bit of spring sun on your face standing at a bus stop

passing a test

tea after a night out

melty squishy red lindt chocolate

my new leather jacket

big bear hugs

booking a trip

pressing send when you know you shouldn’t

learning something new

being totally proven wrong by someone who really knows what they are actually talking about

driving with dad and not having a shouting match

pressing the emergency button (only once)

meeting new amazing people and feeling that buzz right away

enjoying what you’re doing

joey hugs

a big ticked off to-do list

someone who makes you forget all the bad stuff

90’s dance music

smell of new books, shoes, bags…

beach day with people I love

chinese takeaway with ali and conor

being nice to nice people

online window clothes shopping with mum

impulse buying with mum

doing kid stuff that adults shouldn’t do anymore

chats about old stuff with the girls

a nice glass of wine just for me

trashy harlan coben books

adventure days doing new stuff

me days with camera, long walk and fresh air

doing something you know is right, even if it’s hard

recipe #7 yummy breakfast smoothie

6 Jul

need:

half can of low fat coconut milk

spoonful of good honey

half a glass of ice

handful of strawberries

half a banana

passionfruit

tablespoon of wheatgerm

 

 


make:

blend until smooth and enjoy