Saturday, 25 April 2015

Silk and Lace



Most bloggers are hoarders at heart, we love to collect and amass mountains of shoes, beauty products, handbags and clothes. My personal downfall is lingerie, if I want to treat myself, I treat myself to a new underwear set or a silk dressing gown, there's just something about a new set that makes me happy. This has however, resulted in me owning a ridiculous amount of bras, but never mind!

I always bang on about how important it is to have a good foundation under your clothes (see here and here for just a couple of examples of my posts around a well fitting bra) but that doesn't mean that you have to forgo style or sexiness, whatever your size. Pour Moi? is one of my favourite stores for lingerie that isn't too expensive, plus, they actually stock my size which is a bonus!

The most recent addition to my collection is the Treasure set, a non-padded bra in a beautiful light grey shade with black lace detailing. There is also a cute key on the bow in the centre of the bra as well on the matching knickers, I love little details like that! I generally spend weekend evenings i underwear and an over sized shirt, it is the ultimate comfy outfit! When we snapped these shots I was wearing my Pour Moi? Treasure bra, a white shirt from Mango and my Links of London earrings.

Where has all the lovely weather gone by the way? I'm just about to head into Manchester and am not prepared to be rained on!

Pour Moi kindly sent me a set to review, but all opinions are very much my own.
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Healthy Cherry Cheesecake Recipe


When I'm on a health kick, the thing I miss most is dessert. I adore cake, in all of its forms, from brownies and blondies to pancakes and cheesecake. But I also like to try to eat healthily and not become increasingly rotund due to cake inhalation.

I love finding low fat alternatives to the sweet treats I love and this healthy cherry cheesecake recipe is my current favourite, it's creamy and delicious but light and low fat. It feels indulgent without being too bad for you, perfect!


Ingredients

25g butter, melted
140g Amaretti biscuits, crushed
3 sheets leaf gelatine
zest and juice 1 orange
2 x 250g tubs Quark (I love quark!)
250g tub ricotta
2 tsp vanilla extract
100g icing sugar

For the topping

400g fresh cherries, stoned
5 tbsp cherry jam
1 tbsp cornflour

Top tip: Buy a big bag of amaretti biscuits so there's lots of left over to snack on while the cheesecake is setting, tee hee!


Method

This low fat cheesecake is really simple to make and doesn't need any baking, but there are quite a few steps that you need to get right!

1. Line the sides of a 20cm round loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment or cling film. Stir the butter into two thirds of the biscuit crumbs, and reserve the rest. Sprinkle the buttery crumbs over the base of the tin and press down. Soak the gelatine in cold water for 5-10 mins until soft.

2. Warm the orange juice in a small pan or the microwave until almost boiling. Squeeze the gelatine of excess water, then stir into the juice to dissolve.

3. Beat the quark, ricotta, vanilla and icing sugar together with an electric whisk until really smooth. Then, with the beaters still running, pour in the juice mixture and beat to combine. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the crumbs and smooth the top. Cover with cling film and chill for at least four hours or overnight if you're not as impatient as me!

4. To make the topping, put the cherries in a pan with the orange zest and 100ml water. Cook, covered, for 15 mins until the cherries are softened. Put one-third of the cherries in a bowl and mash with a potato masher to give you a chunky compote. Return to the pan, add the jam, cornflour and 2 tbsp water, and mix to combine. Cook until thickened and saucy – if the sauce is too dry, add a splash more water. Cool to room temperature.

5. Just before serving, carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin and peel off the parchment. Scatter over the remaining biscuit crumbs and some cherry sauce. Serve in slices with the remaining cherry sauce alongside. YUM.


If you try out this recipe, I'd love to see the finished result, so tweet me a photo if you do!

You can find more recipes like this over on the BBC Good Food Show site, plus you can save 20% off tickets to the show in June with the code 1MV3, Mary Berry, Antonio Carluccio and John Torode will all be cooking live on stage too!
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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Silver and Tulle



Even though these photos were only taken a couple of weeks ago, it feels like a lifetime! The Man's brother Tom married the lovely Sarah at St. Pancras Station in London in a beautiful ceremony on the Eurostar platform surrounded by friends and family. We then all boarded the Eurostar and made our way to Brussels for the reception, is that not the best idea for a wedding you've ever heard? Sarah's dress was particularly beautiful, if I were here I would have worn it every day on my honeymoon!

Whilst the bride and groom were otherwise engaged chatting to family and friends, I pinched the photographer Sam to take a few shots of my outfit because, well it would be rude not to! If you read my blog regularly, you will have probably seen me umming and ahhing about whether to get this dress from Coast or not, I obviously did in the end and I adore it! Now I just need an excuse to wear it again... Though I might just wear it around Manchester pretending to be Carrie Bradshaw.

I accessorised the dress with beautiful silver jewellery thanks to the lovely people at Links of London who rescued me at the last minute, I wore the amazing Narrative silver ring* (which you can have engraved too!) and silver silk bracelet*. I also wore a pair of silver drop earrings*, but I'll show them properly in a post coming soon.

The shoes were an absolute steal, I found them for just £10 in TK Maxx while we were in Glasgow, dream! And the bag I picked up very last minute from Fiorelli, thank goodness for next day delivery...

It was an absolutely incredible wedding, I kind of want it to happen all over again but I'm sure looking at Sam's photos of the day will take me back! Thank you to the lovely Sam for taking a few snaps of me, you can see more of her work here.
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