Mostly Lovin': I Quit Sugar by Sara Wilson

Mostly Lovin': I Quit Sugar by Sara Wilson!

I Quit Sugar & Jelly Tots!

It has taken me quite some time to get round to reviewing this particular book. Not through any gaping lack of spare time but rather it was more a question of tactical delay. I don’t have a distinctly sweet-tooth, I’m generally more prone to devouring salty treats in mere moments! However, every now and then, a girl needs some sugar and I was hoping this book would help me tackle those moments.

One of the characteristics which originally drew me to this book was that it was an actual 8 week program – a sugar detox as it were. Wilson fully expects that you may fall off the wagon but this is expected and is not the end of the world, you simply continue on with the best of intentions. What I found especially helpful was the “getting prepared” section which details how to stock-up your larder to avoid sugary mishaps. Having read the book from cover-to-cover I am now more attuned as to how to read food labels. If I want to have some sugar I will but I don’t like having sugary substances covertly piped into condiments and the like simply because the manufacturer believes the public can’t cope without a particular level of fructose.

I found some of the savoury recipes a little stade but in that respect Wilson in no way suggests she has any culinary expertise, the book is simply an insight into her positive experience of quitting sugar and how she went about it. So, if quitting or simply cutting back on the white stuff is something you want to do, this is definitely a great place to start!

Spring Fragrance: Roger Gallet Bois D’Orange

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Firm Favourite

Quick Lunch: Warm Lentil Salad

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This is one of my all time favourite quick healthy lunches which can be easily transported for a filling lunch-on-the-run. Cook some puy or green lentils but make sure you do not over cook them as it is nice to retain some bite. Once cooked, drain and sauté with a table spoon of olive or rapeseed oil, half a clove of garlic, fresh thyme (or dried), sliced red bell pepper. Take off the heat after about two minutes. You are literally just warming through the ingredients and getting rid of the raw garlic taste. Add a tablespoon of good balsamic vinegar and season to taste, add some torn goats cheese or feta. Great as a stand alone dish or with fish, this is a super healthy yet filling meal. Jouir! x

Sunday Treats: Petit Salé

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Petit Plate pour Moi

Ingredients:
Boned half belly of pork or belly slices if need be
salt
bouquet garni of fresh parsley bay thyme
some small onions
carrots
celery
Puy lentils

Salt the pork for at least four hours, or overnight. You need to cover meat liberally and set aside in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.

Wash the salt off. Pat the meat dry. Place it skin side down in a heavy pan and cover with cold water, add the bouquet garni, and simmer for 50 minutes.

Turn the meat. I like to saute my onions, carrot, celery, bay leaves and herbs and a little good pancetta whilst the pork is simmering. Yes, I know this is a departure from the purist methodology but each to their own. Once the pork has begun to soften I then incorporate the pork and it’s cooking liqueur to the pan of sauteed veg along with the puy lentils to finish off cooking. Traditionally you should also throw in some smoked sausage here but I am not particularly a fan. Serve with some good bread and and even better wine. x

Mostly Lovin': Lara Melchior Jewellery

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Image Courtesy Vogue.fr

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Every now and then jewellery designer comes along that really peeks my interest. As you know, I developed a love of jewellery rather late in the day but the type of adornment that peeks my interest tends to have that “I made this myself” feel. Lara Melchior is just such a designer. Original, instantly covet-able with a lovingly hand-made feel, Melchior’s designs are simply one of a kind. Melchior has been super-altruistic and designed an affordable line for super-fashion-forward Scandinavian brand Stories.com. Look into it mes amis! Bisous.

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”Lara

Preparing for a “Clean Eating” Week

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Mostly Lovin': Modern Muse

A Little Taster...

A Little Taster…

Mostly Lovin': Afternoon at Leith Hill

One Big Step at a Time!

One Big Step at a Time!

A View of the County & Beyond

A View of the County & Beyond

This weekend I spent the afternoon tracking up to Leith Hill Tower a wonderful 17th Century attraction beloved of the Victorians who by all accounts loved a good picnic. It’s a wonderful place to visit if you want to get your heart pumping as unlike many attractions there is a steep 400 meter hike up to the top of the hill but once there you can reward yourself with a steaming pot of tea and some homemade cake. Now what could be better than that on a misty Saturday afternoon?

Leith Hill Tower

Leith Hill Tower

“The Last Smoke” by Garance Doré

"The Last Smoke"

“The Last Smoke”

I am so in love with my new print by illustrator and fellow blogger extrodinare Garance Doré. I ordered this print from the studio in New York last year but it has taken until now to actually unwrap it. We still have a multitude of renovations to complete before I can display the piece properly but it doesn’t hurt dream in the meantime… x

Mostly Lovin': The 7/8 Pant

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The Perfect Pant

Have I ever told you about my obsession with the 7/8’s pant? No, OK allow me to continue if you will. The 7/8 pant rests comfortably on the knuckle of the ankle and is tapered to give an elegant yet perfectly wearable fit. Think Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”. I have a pair in crisp black, day-time blue, business like grey but now I am looking to add some more colour into the mix for some day-to-night glamour. Paired with sneakers or heals, a loose tank top or silk blouse, you simply cannot go wrong. Look into it mes amis. Bisous.

Paul & Joe

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Audrey Hepburn – Image Courtesy MGM