22.05.17

Le Weekend: Nina Food

http://ninafood.com/blog/

I am absolutely loving this book by Chef and high-end caterer Antonia Parker! As you may know, I have a strong connection to the South of France so was instantly drawn to this book. I am happy to report that I have not been disappointed. The recipes are refreshingly simple yet classically French in provenance.

Those requiring a little more hands on instruction should head to Nina’s YouTube channel for wonderful recipes filmed in equally beautiful locations.

Mostly Lovin’: My Black Hair

There’s an old adage that we truly only appreciate something when it is no longer attainable, this I have learnt much to my chagrin is most certainly true. Take for example my black hair (and by black I do not mean the texture or the style) but merely the beautiful jet with which it sits.

When I was growing up, I would often bemoan the fact that as a black girl I could generally only have jet black hair. This struck me as being somewhat default in nature and I wanted to be more individualistic shall we say…

Now as a woman of a certain age I can truly say that I both miss and yearn for my unequivocally jet hair. No compromise, no shades of grey, just beautiful black hair. Try to look up a synonym for the word “black” and you are met with terms such as “murky” “obscure” “gloomy”…this was not my jet black hair. It was uncompromising, strong but most importantly it was I now realise quite simply the essence of me.

Homemade Soda Bread

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Flax-Seed Soda Bread

Every now and then I wake with an overpowering desire for warm, buttered bread. Most of the time I can take or leave bread but on these rare occasions I like to knock up a batch of my hearty soda bread. When I say my soda bread I do of course mean Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for a no kneed bread.
I like to make a few minor adjustments to the recipe by adding a hefty table spoon of flax-seed to the mix and supplementing the wholemeal flour for organic Splet flour. Enjoy!

To make you will need:

350 grams plain flour, plus extra for dusting
150 grams wholemeal flour or Spelt Flour
1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar or Stevia
450 ml buttermilk (if you can’t find butter milk just squeeze a lemon into 450 ml of milk and leave to stand before adding)

Sun Days…

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Edward Enninful for British Vogue

Image Courtesy W Magazine

As you may know British Vogue has announced its first male editor-in-chief as Edward Enninful. I for one am incredibly proud and excited to see just where this visionary takes the magazine.
As we tip our hats and bid a fond farewell to Alexandra Shulman I would like to say well done British Vogue for innovating beyond the page.

Mostly Lovin’: A Porridge Breakfast

Porridge with Flax-Seed & Flaked Almonds

Let’s be honest, I have to be in the mood for porridge. The recipe must be indulgent with not a hint of the prison breakfast gruel my beloved (if somewhat overly pragmatic) father attempted to serve us in my youth.

These days I demand only the best for my oaty goodness! I like to add a tablespoon of flax-seed to the mix together with ground or flaked almonds to up the protein hit. I love the creamy flavour almond milk imparts. Now here is the very important bit… do not be tempted to microwave your oats! Not only does this nullify the health benefits, it also fails to produce the creamy texture slowly heating on the stove will impart.

As a final flourish I like to drizzle with untreated honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I’m fairly certain they don’t serve this at Belmarsh! Bisous.

Mostly Lovin’: Foreo Luna Play Sonic Facial Cleanser

Small but perfectly formed

So I have just started using the Foreo Luna Play mini sonic facial cleanser in my evening cleansing routine. Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure as to just what the benefits are of using a sonic cleanser but I will say the gentle pulsing sensation on the face at the end of a long day is a little treat I have come to savour. Gently moving the LUNA Play in circular motions over my face for 1 minute whilst swilling mouthwash is when I have some of my best ideas!

Instructions suggest using both morning and evening but at this stage I prefer not to overwork my skin and will see how my complexion fares over the coming weeks. I will let you know how I get on. Would you recommend a sonic cleanser and if so why? x

Mostly Lovin’: Five Guys Burger & Fries

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“I’m just so Happy!”

Mostly Lovin’: SJP Stash

Hands Off Mitches!

When I was in my twenties I wore the perfume Black Cashmere by Donna Karan. Warm, spicy and vastly unusual, in retrospect I can appreciate this fragrance was way too grown up for me at that particular stage in my life.

Now, as a woman of a certain age – I find I gravitate to largely unisex fragrances. Lucky for me Sarah Jessica Parker – SJP has just released Stash and I have to say…I am in love with this scent!

The earthy fusion of cedarwood atlas, vetiver (I am obsessed with vetiver!), and pistachio with the musk of bergamot serves to create a seamless fragrance which is both sensual and unexpected on both men and women alike.

I have taken to dousing myself in it an hour or so before leaving the house by which time it has soaked into my skin to create a fragrance akin to clean summer skin. Conversely, I think Stash may be more of a winter fragrance but I would be interested to know your thoughts. xx