Blue songs are like tattoos

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Dress: Lavish Alice 

I spent the long weekend in Amsterdam and landed to the bumpy reality of a suitcase full of dirty laundry and a dead houseplant. In a bid to avoid the worst of the bank holiday night blues, I overdressed for a wander around Greenwich in this gorgeous sky-blue Lavish Alice dress (which I’d been saving and saving for the next sunny day but turns out looks just as pretty in rain and hail…).

Hope you all has a lovely Easter weekend! And chins up, it’s only a four day week!

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Palmiers

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Palmiers, elephant ears, Schweineohren, cœur de France…whatever you call them, these sugar laced puff pastry bites make for the perfect mid-afternoon treat. Sweet and crisp on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside. And best of all? They’re surprisingly easy to make! I’ve made my own puff pastry here, but you could just as easily use ready rolled pastry…no one need ever know!

You will need:

250 g plain four, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 175 g butter

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1. Sift plain flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in 60 g of the butter until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. 2. Add 100 ml of water and bring the mixture together to form a soft and elastic dough. Chill in fridge for 15 mins. 3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it forms a large rectangular shape. 4. Dot the rest of your butter over two thirds of the dough, then fold over the unbuttered side.

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5. Fold the dough over again, turn the dough over and roll over again. Chill in fridge for a further 15 mins. 6. Repeat the rolling and folding process three more times, chilling in fridge in between each turn. 7. Roll the ends of the rectangular sheet until they meet in the middle. 8. Cut into thin slices, sprinkle generously with sugar and bake at 180 c until golden.

Enjoy! 

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earning my stripes

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I’m fickle, I plead woman’s prerogative far too often and I like sticking my finger in all the sartorial pies. But in recent weeks I’ve been abandoning the rest of my wardrobe and have found myself reaching for this jumper time and time again. The lightweight blend of this jumper mean that I’ve been avoiding that dreaded jumper on, jumper off (jumper back on) situation. I think I’ve found the perfect transition piece and love the little somethin’ somethin’ of the colour block, the stripes and the dipped curve hem. And hey, if it’s good enough for Mila Kunis….

the week, in food

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1. courgetti and meatballs

2. honey chipotle chicken bowls from how sweet it is via cider with rosie 

3. avocado toast

4. the best scones (even if i do saw so myself) via mary berry, of course

It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

 

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It’s not very often that menswear will feature on these pages but when New Look got in touch offering me the chance to treat my other (better) half, I jumped at the chance! After all, this is the boy who takes all my blog photos and who patiently waits whilst I take photos of every meal before tucking in (albeit accompanied with the odd eye-roll here or there). Besides which, I did quite enjoy standing on the other side of the camera and I’m pretty sure he’ll let me have one or two of those chocolates….

From the horses mouth – these chinos really are the most versatile of wardrobe staples; easy to dress up or down (perfect casual Friday attire), not too skinny but perfectly fitted and great for this transition weather!

All in all, I have me a very happy boyfriend. Thanks New Look!

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But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back

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Coat: H&M | Top: ASOS (similar here) | Jeans: Topshop | Trainers: Nike Air Force | Sunglasses: House of Harlow

After flicking longingly through magazines, scrolling fervently down countless websites and clicking through blog after blog, I finally gave in and satisfied my oversized, cocoon shaped longings. Just in time for Spring to come a knockin’ of course. Typical. That’s what I get for being so darn late to every sartorial party…

Pancakes, 2 Ways

Frying pans at the ready, Pancake Day is just around the corner.

This is how we enjoyed ours. How will you be flippin’ and stackin’ yours?

Blueberry and Ricotta Hotcakes

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On my search for the perfect pancake recipe, I came across this description by the original domestic goddess herself, Nigella:

If you imagine the flavour of cheesecake combined with a texture that’s best, if wordily, described as a kind of souffléd griddle cake, you’re somewhere near getting the measure of these…

Sold. To the salivating lady at the back.

Ingredients

250 grams ricotta cheese
125 ml semi skimmed milk
2 large eggs 100 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
200 grams of blueberries

Method

I can’t pretend to take any credit for this one. Find the recipe here. Because the mixture is quite a bit thicker than your average pancake batter, I found these worked better on a lower heat but cooked for longer. I also added blueberries to the batter which worked deliciously. Oh, and definitely don’t attempt flipping these…

American Pancakes with Bacon and Maple Syrup

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Pancake Day wouldn’t be Pancake Day without a stack of fluffy, light American pancakes. So because we’re indecisive (read, greedy) we had these as well.

Ingredients

2 large eggs
115 grams plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
140 ml milk
1 pinch salt
bacon
maple syrup

Method

Some recipes call for you to split your dry ingredients from the wet ones or for you to separate your egg yolks from your egg whites but I like to just whisk everything together whilst the bacon is sizzling under the grill and the butter is melting in the pan. Pour in a small amount of batter into the pan and cook until bubbles erupt on the surface. Flip and cook until golden on the other side. Douse generously in maple syrup.

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