Thursday, 22 January 2015

feta, parmesan & artichoke sandwich

  • ciabatta roll
  • sliced parmesan cheese
  • sliced feta cheese
  • chopped capers or olives
  • sliced artichoke hearts (from a jar)
  • anchovies
Cut the ciabatta roll in two lengthwise, and spread both sides with margarine. Lay the parmesan first, then the capers or olives, then the artichoke hearts, feta cheese and anchovies if using. Put the other side of the roll on top, and then put in the pre-heated panini press and toast for 4 minutes.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

egg roll sushi

I'm not going to tell you how to make sushi, merely give you the substitutes for sushi using egg roll. This is vegetarian as dashi is made from sea kelp.

egg sushi

  • 1 1/4 cup of brown sushi rice
  • 4 nori sheets
  • soya sauce (for serving/dipping)
Boil the sushi rice as per usual (so all the water is soaked up). And leave to cool slightly.

To make the egg omelets (these are thin omelets rolled up):

Japanese egg roll
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons dashi stock
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce 
Whisk up above ingredients very well. Pour a bit of groundnut oil (or vegetable oil) into a frying pan and ladle some egg mixture into the pan - to form a thin layer. Then when the bottom is cooked slightly, but the top is still wet, use your wooden spatula to roll up the pancake. Cook a bit more, then transfer to a plate. Make more pancakes until you have used up your egg mixture. I cut each pancake in two lengthwise to make even thinner strips (even if I use two thin strips per sushi roll).

good vegetables are:

  • thinly sliced carrots
  • radishes cut into sticks

I tend not to put pickled ginger in.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Chanel Spring 2015 - a strong 80s vibe

chanel silver bricks dress

Overall, the Chanel Spring '15 show had a strong 80s vibe, which is odd considering the general fashion shift towards the 70s. OH GOD LISTEN TO ME - THIS IS SO BORING - GET WITH THE '10s PEOPLE!! I wasn't struck by the season's originality - which nevertheless did not stop me lusting after its gorgeous knitted wool trousers - the epitome of slouchy glamour - non? And I particularly desire this luscious tweedy top:

Chanel green wool with white stripe top and purple collar

I mean it just looks so soft and thick; and I love the crazy "heather moors" collar and cuffs.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

looking for a sequined Christmas party number - go to Virgos Lounge

I've been looking around for some sequined glamour for the party season, and I came upon the Virgos Lounge. I ordered a size 14 - for that is what I am - and this beautiful piece arrived:

sequin dress green

I love the delicate cut-outs along the neckline:

sequin dress green

And the flowers look like gemstones - though they are actually sequins.

sequin detail

A beautiful party dress with high level of beautiful detailing for around £100 - that's a fantastic thing. I do think that the next thing for Virgos Lounge to do is slightly re-think it's sizing. For a start it's sizing is too small - I am a standard size 14 - but this dress was a size too small - so I had to return it. It seems to me that this product could do really well in the 50+ market, and also that the product range would be extremely flattering to the plus-size figure. I think they could do well to extend their size-range.