Table Settings Spring/Summer/Winter

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

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Some time ago I had the pleasurable task to join in a small project for The Conran Shop and create a table setting for one of their London Stores. And I have been wanting to share some of my visions for  casually elegant table sets. Hope you like it and comment which one is your favourite concept.
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Peanut butter coconut balls

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

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Another essential snack for picnics, parties or before gym fuel!



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Supper -succulent Pheasant Sauce with soy, miring & ginger

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A healthy portion is determined on how big you feel your stomach is and not your hungry eye.
So let's get to it. Another tastefulness from my kitchen with love to you:

Serves 4
Preparation 20 minutes
Cooking 10-12 minutes 
( so if you have a summer soare and you want to impress your guests, the quicker the better)

Ingredients


  • 1 medium egg white
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hen pheasant breasts, boned, skinned, sinew removed and cut into 2cm cubes ( send your men  on a hunt either in the open wild or to the shop for that hen)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 50g fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 4 pak choi, roughly shredded
  • 4 table spoons soy sauce ( or any alternative you can find)
Preparation

  1. Put the egg white into large bowl and break up slightly with a whisk. Add sesame oil, cornflour, salt and pepper and mix well.
  2. Add cubed pheasant meat and mix well. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Once thereat is rested, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a wok until smoking. Drain the meat well and fry in small batches for 1-2 minutes just to seal the meat. remove from the pan and keep warm.
  4. Wipe out the wok, then heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil until smoking. Add the ginger and onion and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the pak choi and wilt slightly, then return the pheasant to the wok. Add the miring and soy sauce and cook only briefly to bring all the flavours and textures together - do not overcook!
  6. Check the seasoning and serve straight away.




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Plum Clafoutis or some guilty summer pleasures

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I really want to share this yummy recipe as it is one of the few new experiments I have tried out this summer and I swear it is deliciously tasty. And if you feel too guilty like me you can always go sweat it out in the gym afterwards. To be honest I find home made pies and cookies much healthier than the ones sold in shops.
Hope you enjoy this one!

Serves 4-6
Prepare 15 minutes ( yes! only 15 min to prep..wow)
Cook 45 minutes ( where you can read a book, chill out in the garden with a glass of wine or simply work out)

Ingredients


  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150ml milk
  • 100ml double cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 30g plain flour
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 1tbsp light brown soft sugar ( tip: I use that as a lip scrub too )
  • 6 large plums
  • 1 1/2 tsp allspice
  • double cream ( to serve)
  • icing sugar (to dust)

Preparation

  1. Heat the oven to 180 C. In a blender, whizz together the vanilla, milk, double cream, eggs, caster sugar, flour and a pinch of salt. Set aside for 20 minutes or so to allow the flour to swell in the liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, grease a wide, shallow 1.25 - litre ovenproof dish with butter. Sprinkle in the brown sugar. Halve and stone the plums and spread evenly in the dish. Sprinkle with the allspice and turn to coat, ending with the plums cut side down. Roast for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and immediately  pour over the batter. Cook in the middle of the oven for 30-35 minutes, until risen and golden. Serve hot, with spoonfuls of double cream and a dusting of icing sugar.
Bon Apetit!


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Perfume picks

Saturday, 22 June 2019

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As a perfume addict and appreciator I have tried many many perfumes through the years in search of that One special scent that could suit me perfectly. But I have come to think that  there is not only one that can define or capture me. As We constantly change and go through different moods and phases in life and so our perfumes should. So without further a due here are some of the scents that got me and stayed on my vanity shelf.
 Dahlia Divin is the latest edition and I will be adding it on my list!





  • Burberry London
  • Rituals Nuit De Marrakesh 
  • Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto
  • Ralph Lauren Glamourous
  • Cacharel Noa
  • Ralph Lauren Romance
  • Victoria's Secret Love
  • Chloe Classic
  • Rosie Jane Leila Lou
  • Givenchy Dahlia Divin




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Why Cold Showers are super healthy

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

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You might have heard that cold showers are healthy but still can't take the plunge in to testing that out?
Well, hopefully the information bellow will be a solid reason for you to finally try and see what the 'fuss' is all about.



So , lets start with some of the many benefits:


- promotes fat loss 

Yes, simply pouring ice cold water to the body can help cut weight. Cool showers activate brown fat, which generates heat around the body, according to Menprovement. The increased activity of the “good fat” burns calories to keep the body warm. Research showed that cold temperatures can boost brown fat by 15 times higher than the normal amount.
- improves immunity
A study in England showed that regular cold showers trigger an increase in the metabolic speed rate and the amount of white blood cells in the body, which then help fight diseases.
- gives better circulation
An improved circulation means better overall cardiovascular health. Among the benefits of taking cold showers is a good blood flow. It allows the blood to rush down to organs to stay warm.
- drains lymphatic system
Cold showers help boost the activity of the lymphatic system, which works to carry out waste from cells. This then reduces the risk of infections.
- promotes emotional resilience
study by NCBY ( The National Center for Biotechnology) shows that cold showers can help develop a nervous system that is resilient to stress. The effort alone serves as a small form of oxidative stress, which the body would adapt overtime and teach the brain to prepare for stress. 
- lowers stress and depression
As the brain learns how to deal with stressful situations, cold showers could also help cut the levels of uric acid and boost glutathione in the blood, which help reduce stress. Cold showers have been found to relieve symptoms of depression by stimulating “the blue spot” on the brain that releases noradrenaline, a chemical which plays a role in alleviating depression.
- increases testosterone levels
For men, even a small amount of heat can affect the DNA, RNA and protein synthesis in the testes. One study found that 15 minutes of increased heat in rat testes led to a significant decrease in testosterone. Which then suggested that cold temperatures could reverse the effect
- improves fertility
Cold showers have been found to boost sperm count and increase fertility. Researchers said that it could also reverse the effects of hot baths that have been considered to be an effective male contraceptive.In a previous experiment, men who took a half hour of hot bath every other day for three weeks became infertile for six months.
- faster muscle recovery
2009 study showed that an ice bath after intense training improves circulation and helps remove some lactic acid, which could speed up the body’s recovery.
- enhances skin and hair
The benefits of taking a cold shower not only give better health, but also make people look better. Ice cold water can help reduce the risk of losing too many natural oils on the skin and hair, according to dermatologist Jessica Krant.  It also helps make the hair appear shiny and strengthens their grip to the scalp. 
- better sleep at night
A 10-minute ice bath could help people get incredible sleep at night, according to a book titled “The Four Hour Body.” The book states that taking a cold shower gives elephant tranquilizer-like effect that will put you straight to bed.
And before I summarise,  let's have a look at 'The Four Hour Body' by Timothy Ferris, shall we?


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Roasted sweet potatoes and veggies

Monday, 29 April 2019

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Ingredients

1 Sweet Potatoes or Butternut Squash ( Peeled )
2 Tbsp olive oil
700g Unsalted butter
230g pack sprouting brocoli (purple), thick stems
halved lenght-ways
10g flat leaf parsley leaves ( roughly chopped)
1 halved lemon
30g roasted salted almonds ( or any other nut),
roughly chopped



Prep


Preheat the oven to 200˚C Cut the sweet potatoes or squash into 1cm-thick slices or cubes, put in a roasting tin and toss with the olive oil; season by your liking. I would Usually put whatever my nose likes on the moment. Cut ¹⁄ ³ of the butter into cubes and scatter over. Cover tightly with foil and roast for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and roast for another 10-15 minutes until golden.



When the sweet potatoes/squash are almost done, cook the broccoli in boiling salted water for 4-5 minutes, until just tender. Drain thoroughly; set to one side. Melt the remaining butter in a pan over a low heat. Stir in the parsley and season. Transfer to a bowl and add the lemon halves to the panflesh-side down. Turn up the heat and fry briefly until slightly charred.


Arrange the vegetables on a plate, scattered with the almonds and the
butter drizzled over. Serve with the charred lemon halves alongside for squeezing.

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