Lazy lunch yesterday - smooshed an avocado onto a slice of chestnut bread from Paris Baguette. Washed it all down with some chilled sauvignon blanc. So good and lunch all done in less than a minute
Had a pseudo day-off from work today, so cooked for my family! Dad is a real carnivore so decided to cook this pork belly curry udon. Used the House Brand curry block and this was ridiculously easy.
In the pot..
This is what I did.
Add the sliced pork belly to a clean and dry pan and fry off til lightly browned. Add a diced onion and carrots and fry til fragrant. Add enough water to cover everything and cook over a lower simmer.
About 20 minutes before everything is cooked, turn the heat off and dissolve the curry block in the cooking broth. Turn the heat back on and cook for about 15 minutes. Bring the curry up to a boil and add the green beans and udon.
Here is what it looks like when served up -
Dad’s massive portion with lots of meat
My dantier portion
Creamy baked pasta topped with mozzarella! Here is how I did it!
1. Boil the pasta according to the package instructions before draining it and running it under some tap water to stop the cooking process. Tip everything into a large baking dish.
2. To a non-stick pan, add some bacon ladons (I used about 300g) and fry them off.
3. Add 3 large sliced leeks and fry until soft. Season with salt and pepper at this stage.
4. Turn the heat down and add 600ml (!) of double cream. Simmer gently until the cream has been reduced by half.
5. Check for seasoning before pouring the sauce into the pan with the pasta. Stir everything through.
6. Top liberally with grated mozzerella and stick it into a 190°C oven for 25 minutes.
Really unhealthy but really delicious!
Did these nails ages ago but only found time to post about them today! Decided to use multiple colors to create crazy multi-colored polka dotted nails!
Used these nail polishes
From L - R, Barry M’s NP66, Nails Inc’s Royal Botanical Gardens, Nails Inc’s Kensington Palace Gardens, Collection 2000’s Mint Mojo, 17’s Fairy Cake and one of Claire’s Magnetix series.
Applied two layers of each of the colours first and allowed them to dry completely before applying the white dots using a nail dotter! Really pretty!
Jumping on the bandwagon here by getting butterbeer from Starbucks. This is just a toffee nut frappuccino with extra caramel syrup added. I think I might have got it slightly wrong though - it’s supposed to be a creme frappucino base but I needed the caffeine. My sister loved it but I thought it was horrifically sweet. Such a disappointment :(
10 minute lunch. Soba noodles and sliced cucumbers tossed in a vinaigrette made using gochujang, black vinegar, soy, grated garlic and sesame oil. Really messy as i mixed it all togethre in the same bowl but really yummy
Made a pork belly stew for the family today. Used gochujang, chili powder, apples, garlic, onions and soy. Really yummy!
Did my nails again a couple of days ago. My base color is Maybelline’s Atomic Violine, a really pretty deep glittery royal purple and the sequin nail polish is from Revlon. Got the Maybelline nail polish ages ago - I’m not even sure if they have discontinued it by now!
This glittery and opulent nail look is perfect for Diwali which is just around the corner!
Cooked a vegetarian meal for my family yesterday! Chilled soba noodles with a ginger tahini dressing, steamed asparagus and spinach and some hard boiled eggs on the side.
The recipe for the noodles can be found here - http://www.whatscookinggoodlooking.com/whats-cooking-good-looking/2013/3/5/soba-noodles-ginger-tahini-with-crispy-kale-shallots-romaine.html
Substituted vinegar for the lemon juice in the recipe. I can only say that tahini is one of the best things in the world.
Did these really cute polka dotted nails ages ago, decided to blog about them to keep my poor little tumblr alive.
Used the following nail polishes
The mint green one is just a random cheap one i got at Boots and Barry M is pretty cheap too. I absolutely love cheap nail polishes. I know the entire world’s raving about OPI but they are really rather expensive and that limits my fun with different nail designs and colors. That said, sometimes using a relatively expensive nail polish has its own benefits. They are smoother to apply and dry up/cake up less easily.
Anyway this is what I did. First,I did two nice smooth coats of the mint green nail polish and just hung around waiting for them to dry completely. I’m terribly impatient so I have quite a lot of quick-dry polishes.
I then used a nail dotter to do the little white dots. If you don’t have a nail dotter, you can just use a rounded end of a bobby pin or a toothpick which has a rounded end. Just dip it into the white nail polish and do a few confident dots on your nails. How you choose to do your dots is completely up to you! When the dots are completely dry, put on a layer of topcoat to give it a little shine and to make sure it lasts a little longer.
And this is what it looks like! Very cute and very very cath kidston-ish.
The cuticles are really messy but I find that after a day or so it neatens itself up.
My sister would like you to know that she’s currently waving some pizza crust in my face while I’m blogging. The gall of that girl.
Anyway, hope you like these nails! :)