1. Is This Love | Corinne Bailey Rae
2. The Rock And The Tide | Joshua Radin
3. Brighter Days | Saint Raymond
4. Stubborn Love | The Lumineers
5. Kandi | One Eskimo
6. I Found | Amber Run
7. Hometown Glory | Adele
8. Who You Love | John Mayer + Katy Perry
9. Stay Alive | José González
10. For Your Love | Josh Record
11. Scars | James Bay
12. Winter | Nieves
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My home is not a minimalist paradise. I wish it was. I can’t describe how happy I feel when the house is clean and tidy. I just wish it stayed that way longer. I am doomed to forever be a messy person, I suppose. I like to keep surfaces as clear as possible, without them looking too stark. Everyone seems to be going crazy for succulents these days and I also have a few of these low-maintenance plants dotted around. I have these tiny ones from Ikea. They are SO cute and so far seem to be foolproof (touch wood). It’s nice to have a little greenery in my living room.
I also love having flowers at home. But as much as I like the idea of fresh flowers, they are not something I pick up on a regular basis. A bunch of fresh flowers is usually reserved for a birthday/valentine’s day level event, unlike my mum who ALWAYS has fresh flowers at her house (maybe she should be a blogger)… I’ve been looking for a pretty, cost effective and *buzz word* low-maintenance alternative and found these at OKA. I also really like the idea of using jars and bottles as vases. Always a fan of repurposing!
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I get most of my recipes off the internets these days, but nothing beats flicking through a real-life recipe book to get some culinary inspiration. I’ve been trying to introduce more vegetables into my diet and lower my intake of white carbs, and I can already see the benefits of a more nutrient-dense diet in my skin. And so my wellness kick continues! I am OBSESSED with my spiralizer (life changer), and I’m on the hunt for lots more veggie-based inspiration for my kitchen adventures. Here are a few that have caught my eye:
hemsley + hemsley
the detox kitchen bible
cut the carbs
Let me know your recommendations below!
1 DIY copper hat rack | I don’t have that many hats to hang, but I love the idea.
2 microwave chocolate cake | after two years without, we just caved and got a microwave. SO this is happening.
3 blush ballet flats | I love when they look like actually ballet shoes.
4 a guide to lesser-know NYC | reading this makes me want to visit SO much.
5 kitchen details | I want them all.
6 lip care | the prettiest lip balm I’ve ever laid eyes on.
One of the keys to a healthy diet is to eat more veggies. They are lower in sugar than fruits, but packed with vitamins and minerals. A typical dinner plate in Britain favours protein and white carbohydrates like pasta and rice, but I always make a conscious effort to include at least one portion of veg with my meals. Stir-frys are perfect for this because you can throw a variety of veggies in, and I’ve recently taken to serving Sunday roasts with mixed vegetables and greens rather than just potatoes. I’m not carb* phobic but I am trying to redress the balance on my plate to favour a mix of colourful vegetables. I’m always looking for interesting ways to do this.
Enter the spiralizer… Zucchini noodles are not a new discovery for me – I tried them a few times but they never became part of my weekly staple. I didn’t know the best way to prepare them, and using a julienne peeler was a little too long-winded for me. I only recently found out that you can turn all different types of veggies into spaghetti-like strands – butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots etc. You can also mix different vegetables together for a variety of flavours and textures. Well, this discovery changed my decision about investing in a spiralizer. The possibilities are endless – the recipes pictured above are just a few examples, but you could use spiralized veggies in any pasta or noodle dish (either replacing spaghetti altogether, or going half and half) to pack your meals with loads more veggies.
If you are in the market for a spiralizer, this is the one I use. I really like it – super quick and easy to use once you get the hang of it. I got the Hemsley + Hemsley branded one from Amazon, but it seems to be out of stock at the moment. It is made by a company called Spiralz, and they have an identical one with their own branding, which you can find here.
+by carbs here I mean the pasta, bread, and white potato versions rather than vegetables obviously!
Creamy Butternut Squash Noodles with Bacon and Spinach
Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini Spaghetti, Crispy Prosciutto and Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Parmesan Sauce
Dairy Free Tomato Cream Sauce with Spiralized Squash Noodles