Early Autumn Vermicelli Stew

It feels like an absolute age since I last posted a recipe. I’m here to reassure you that my passion for food lives on and contrary to evidence displayed here is thriving more than ever. Whilst I’m making a lot of Mexican food still and there is always a steady stream of Asian inspired dishes, I’m now getting into that Autumn vibe with distinctly more hearty fare.

A sucker for pasta in all its many and varied forms, these slivers of teeny tiny vermicelli are my new obsession. Found in my favourite supermarket section (the ‘World Food’ aisle) the itty bitty shards of angel hair spaghetti are perfect for soups and stews, and work a treat in this light autumn dish.

I do feel I owe you a sweet dish after this though, so next time we’ll be getting our sugar on – vegan stylee, yeow!

ingredients

2 leeks, sliced

2 carrots, roughly chopped

1 courgette, roughly chopped

1 cup green beans, chopped small

2 cups baby leaf spinach

1 can (about 1 1/2 cups) drained and rinsed cannellini beans

1 cup vermicelli

3-4 garlic cloves

1 tbsp mixed italian herbs

1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley

1 vegetable stock cube

splash of red wine vinegar

salt and pepper

oil

method

heat a little oil in a deep pot. add the sliced leeks, some salt and allow to soften on a gentle heat for several minutes before adding the carrots. clamp on lid and cook for 5-10mins before adding the sliced garlic.

after allowing the garlic to infuse for a few minutes, add the courgette, sprinkle over the oregano, pour over the red wine vinegar and cook for a few minutes on a reasonably high heat with the lid on.

add the stock cube and cover with water from a kettle. bring to the boil and then reduce to a  simmer for 15 minutes before adding the green beans. cook for a further 10 minutes until the beans are soft.

add the cannellini beans and pasta, season and cook for several minutes more until the pasta absorbs the remaining liquid and the sauce thickens.

finally, stir through the spinach until it wilts. taste for seasoning and serve with the chopped flat leaf parsley and nutritional yeast, aka. nooch (optional but nice!).

 

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Oh so Orla Kiely

I can’t get enough of Orla Kiely and her magnificent prints. Whether it’s on clothing, kitchenware, stationary or bed linen, that retro inspired vibe works for me every time. It probably goes without saying that my meagre budget doesn’t exactly stretch to the real deal Orla Kiely range (although my Sister has a few pieces I like to borrow now and again) so her Uniqlo collection is pretty much like a God send to me.

Don’t get me wrong, the previous t-shirt/blouse collaboration was great and I wear those pieces often. However, when I got a glimpse of this recent collection, I almost did cartwheels in my living room – so many pretty things!!!

When launch day arrived I was actually working but as soon as home time hit, I bolted towards Oxford Street to get my hands on those much coveted items and I’m pleased to say I wasn’t remotely disappointed. Not only did I get the two dresses I desired, I also swooped in on a gorgeous blouse with the cutest print and shape ever….it’s already been earmarked for a future blogpost.

I wore this dress to London Fashion Week and received so many compliments – people were amazed when I told them it was from Uniqlo.

Oh, and I must mention the goodies I got along with my purchases. Namely the great tote bag, limited edition postcards (that we’re making into wall art) and the sweetest posey of flowers you ever did see. It was all so very Orla. It’s just made me love her more!

what i’m wearing…..dress/orla kiely for uniqlo…. tights/cos….boots/office….bag/zara….cardigan/vintage

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After the chaos….

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks (more?) since I last blogged. I definitely feel out of sorts and have missed you guys immensely but luckily I have a pretty good excuse for going awol. In my internet absence I have been out in the ‘real world’ getting to grips with my ongoing journey into the world of fashion journalism.

It all culminated in London Fashion Week, which officially ended on Tuesday of last week, however, as I didn’t finish work with The Daily until Friday, and have since been catching up with friends (and sleep) I’ve only just gotten around to filling you in on what I’ve been up to now.

As editorial assistant at London Fashion Week’s daily newspaper, I was at the heart of it all and what a privilege that has been. Because there is way to much to tell in one post, let me just mention a few of my highlights……

1. Working closely with magnificently talented editors, writers, photographers. Learning from the best and relishing every minute.

2. Sitting next to fashion illustrator Tanya Ling. Watching this extraordinary woman at work was a serious treat and she also happened to be super sweet and lovely.

3. Interviewing jewellery designer Imogen Belfield and photographer Marcus Dawes for the paper and blog…..you can read them here and here!

4. Writing posts for the blog was a great way for me to adapt my style to suit the voice of the paper. Invaluable experience. You can see my posts here, here and here.

5. Sitting front row at Roksanda Illincic almost blew my tiny mind. Anna Wintour also happened to be there, which was surreal. All the shows I attended were great (even if I wasn’t fond of all the collections, catwalk shows are always fun) but this one really stands out for the fashion and overall wow factor – it was held in The Savoy!

6. Meeting new friends. I encountered some wonderful people over the last few weeks and became great buds with one in particular – fun times ahead:)

So, that is just a small selection of my best fashion week moments. At the minute I’m still digesting everything and I’ll be definitely adding to that list but in the meantime I’m looking forward to getting back to my blog. I have missed this space so much – time to give it some much needed attention methinks.

 

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Canteen Lady Chic

This is my attempt at dinner lady chic – if you’ve ever watched Victoria Wood’s hilarious sitcom, you’ll know exactly what I mean. My Husband is always quietly horrified when I wear socks with sandals but that isn’t enough to stop me rocking this look with pride.

The dress was a real find and at only £3.50 it blows all my recent vintage bargains out of the water. It was nice to be able to get some wear out of it, especially as I’d accepted summer was over and had eagerly begun transitioning my wardrobe into Autumn. I may have been a wee bit hasty on that one because the weather over the past week has been nothing short of astonishing.

what i’m wearing….vintage dress/red cross charity shop….non-leather sandals/‘down to earth’ at bullfrogs….socks/topshop….vintage bag/kitts couture….earrings/camden town….

Perfect weather for sorbet, which is how we ended up in Black Vanilla in Blackheath ordering mojito sorbetto after chilling by the pond with some ducks ‘n geese. Pretty much the perfect afternoon.

 

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Fashion Week Prep!

Attending London Fashion Week?

Check.

Starting to think about outfits?

Check.

Hoping to make an impression?

Check.

Less pleasure, more work?

Check.

Ah.

Something tells me I need a reality….check.

Okay, so I can now officially confirm I will be attending London Fashion Week for not only the second time in my life but also the second time in a year. I am one very lucky and excited intern.

I might not be an old hand (yet) but having been once before means I’m at least a little bit prepared for the crazy times ahead – including braving the gauntlet of photographers at Somerset House everyday. Sound fun? I’m not so sure.

This time though, I’m not so much an attendee as an employee. That is, I’ll be working on behalf of London Fashion Week’s daily newspaper, called, well, erm, The Daily. So, we’re talking work wear not ‘heylookhowcuteiam’ wear.

Something tells me the outfit at the top might not be the most practical choice for a day in the office, although maybe I could wear it just to casually walk past the paps and then do a quick ‘superman’ style change before work!

Or perhaps I’ll just stick with my slightly more sensible choice below.

For details on the items featured, head over to Polyvore.

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Trip Down Memory Lane

Sometimes it’s nice to take a little trip down memory lane and that’s exactly what we did on Saturday when we spent the evening in Deptford and New Cross, my old university stomping ground. Kind of the equivalent to a campus, this part of London holds so many memories for me – mostly good, some not so – and it’s always nice to revisit to see how the place has changed and developed.

As we made our way from Greenwich to New Cross we stopped off at Greenwich Market for some vintage browsing, chocolate sorbet (Black Vanilla chocolate sorbet!) and photos in doorways by the side of Greenwich park where we could hear the roars from the crowds watching the paralympics. I’m gonna be so sad when all this is over.

After a few beers at The Dog and Bell in Deptford, we got some silly idea into our heads that going out for a bit clubbing might be a good idea. I can now confirm this was not a good idea. Silly, silly, old married couple. Thankfully we came out the other side relatively unscathed.

We did have the foresight to grub up beforehand and in the process discovered an amazing cafe down New Cross way called The London Particular…..they served the best kale I have ever tasted. We shared some sourdough topped with marinated mushrooms too, which was just enough to tide us over until after our disco venture when we scoffed down falafel and chips before  our short bus ride home.

Will we be back in New Cross for another night on the tiles? Probably not. Back for more kale at the particular on a quiet Sunday? Now you’re talking.

Ooomph, you know you’re ancient when kale excites you more than shots and clubbing.

 

 

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