Garlicky Butter Bean Toast Topper

 

Ah, bread. Or more specifically… ah, toast. It’s a mainstay in most people’s kitchens and nothing says comfort food like beans on toast. At least, if you live in the UK anyway. Right now I am in desperate need of comfort but because I’m ever conscious of providing myself with a healthy alternative I eschewed the usually sugar-ridden tinned variety for this garlicky butter bean option instead.

 

Possibly the most generously proportioned of all the beans (can you think of a larger variety?) the humble butter bean does not feature heavily in my weekly menu. I am currently questioning my reasoning on this one but I think it goes back to my childhood and being made to eat them in a weird chipolata and butter bean casserole at a friends house. It was not good. In fact, it pretty much scarred me for life. Hence the lack of butter beans in my diet.

 

However, I’m pleased to report that my prior butter bean blanket ban is about to change and it’s all thanks to this simple toast topper that has quite literally transformed my once unfavorably biased butter bean stance into one of total obsession. As I type this I’m thinking about all the ways I can use them in future, and yes, one may just include a homemade ‘Heinz Baked Bean’ rip-off complete with colossal butter bean inclusion… what can I say, I loves me some beans on toast.

 

So eager was I to get this in my gob I may have spent very little time and effort getting ‘the perfect shot’ – I usually try not to be so starving hungry when photographing food but today I totally failed. I paired it with some dense rye bread that went perfectly with the creaminess of the butter beans. I also may have slathered it (as in the toast) in marmite too. Gotta get ‘dem B Vitamins! Ideal brunch fodder, or in my case lunch, this easy recipe is the perfect way to let those beans shine whilst packing in your daily protein – I promise I don’t always view my food in terms of nutritional value.

 

Any other butter bean phobes out there? May I kindly urge you to try this before ruling them out of your life completely? Just in case you’re tempted, here’s how you make ’em.

 

 

what you’ll need

1 380g carton cooked butter beans

1 large spring onion

4 large chestnut mushrooms

handful of young spinach

3 cloves of garlic

olive oil

salt and pepper

flat leaf parsley

 

what you’ll do

heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a small skillet.

 

finely chop the spring onion and add to the pan. gently cook over a medium for several minutes before adding the sliced mushrooms. season and sweat for several more minutes.

 

finely mince the garlic and add to the pan. let the flavours infuse for a few minutes.

 

drain and rinse the butter beans and add to the pan. season generously and heat through, stirring thoroughly so the ingredients are fully combined.

 

lastly add the spinach and let it gently wilt before adding a little more salt and pepper.

 

serve hot with some roughly chopped flat leaf parsley and sliced scallions.

 

 

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Etsy Sneaky Peaky

I’ve rather neglected my little etsy shop of late. After I sold all the main items, I kinda let it slide until it recently expired. I can be the master of procrastination at times. But I’m back on the case now and have listed a few cute dresses that should suit a wide variety of retro tastes – sixties through to eighties in a range of styles and shapes…any takers?

I’m hoping I will get my etsy shop properly restocked in the next few weeks, as it’s still looking a wee bit bare. Now that we are transitioning into the Autumn months, I’ll be aiming to get more fall friendly garments up there soon. Ach, who am I kidding, it’ll happen when it happens;)

Speaking of vintage finds, whilst I was out and about in East London yesterday (actually, I was getting a haircut but more on that in my next post) I came across a great little vintage store on Curtain Road called Paper Dress Vintage – know it? Not only do they sell an incredible selection of vintage clothes (rails of pretty dresses and skirts), they also serve coffee (nice) and cocktails (even better). Vintage and alcohol? Now that really is a lethal combination!

Anyway, if you are ever in this neck of the woods I highly recommend you pop in, it is definitely worth a visit. I’m just sorry I was so low on funds (haircuts are expensive) or else I would’ve happily laid down some cash for a dozen dresses I spied. And, if you find yourself on etsy anytime soon, why not mosey on over to MY ETSY SHOP……..:)

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Picnic Quinoa Salad

This is my final post for Sublime under the guise of online coordinator. In some ways I can’t believe how quickly these last few months have flown but I also know it’s time to move on. I thought it only to appropriate to end how I began – with a recipe – and like most of my recipes, this one is to the point, requires very few ingredients and tastes, well, good.

Here’s the recipe…..!

And, if you’re wondering why the recipes have been rather scarce on the blog lately, it’s not because I’ve been boycotting the kitchen. Quite the opposite in fact. Although, I can’t deny it’s been refreshing not to feel obliged to photograph every other meal. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few ideas up my sleeve and most of them are definitely blog worthy. Some of them may have been inspired by a recent bout of foodnetwork mania but who’s telling;) I now have a little bit of time on my hands before my next internship begins and I’ll be making use of it by getting back to my recipe roots.

I even managed to update my etsy shop and listed a couple of very chic vintage dresses – why not have a peek for yourself…..VINTAGE DRESSES THIS WAY!

 

 

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Trinkets and Treasures…

I love to nest. For someone who has pretty much never spent more than a year in any one place I have become very adept at making my surroundings my own very quickly.

With that said, I’m always on a mission to de-clutter and simplify my life. Stuff smothers me. And even though I love vintage collectibles, I never buy anything that doesn’t have a use. Ornaments don’t really have a place in my home – evil dust gatherers – but I do love prints and pictures and am currently filling my walls with an assortment of images that make me smile.

My home reflects me, which means it’s not perfect. Some of it is a little confused, some of it not quite sorted, some of it is exactly the way the way I want it.

You might be wondering what’s the deal with the freaky jewellery hand stand…..it’s not exactly my style. It was actually getting chucked out by my neighbour and I’d been on the lookout for a stand so thought what the hey, I’ll make it work. It might’ve scared the bejeezus out of me the first night it sat on my dresser.

My belt hook has been with me for years, yeeeaaarrrrrssss. Seriously, since I was like fourteen. I like her.

Oh, and my scarves. My scarves! I’m a sucker for a pretty vintage scarf (you know that already) and I definitely do have too many so I’m considering popping a few on etsy. Speaking of which, I’m really happy with how my etsy shop is progressing – I need to urgently re-stock though……

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My Etsy Shop!

I’ve currently got a chocolate banana loaf in the oven (recipe tomorrow), so whilst I have a minute or two (or forty) let me tell you more about my etsy shop. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you the hard sell on anything – I am a terrible saleswoman even though I did receive 99% on my mystery guest shopper test when I worked at Harrods and even then I got awarded most marks for being ‘not too pushy’. So, yes.

Anyway, I’m really excited about my shop for several reasons.

1. I have a lot of clothes that I’ve collected and kept throughout the years in the hope that one day I could impart them onto someone else who will love them just as much I do.

2. I’m not selling anything I haven’t worn with pride in the past, which is why everything for sale has the PeaSoup mark of approval – I’m sure that means a lot to you;) But really, this is not a clear out. I would quite happily hold on to each and every item and am sure I would wear all of it again at some point but my Husband has made me see reason (I HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF), which is how and why I have decided upon an etsy shop.

3. Ebay has never held much appeal for me as a seller. The times I’ve listed stuff on the site it has invariably fallen on my Husband to do the dirty work. Etsy, however, is a completely different story. It feels like a community and is a joy to use – in fact, it has made me think I might one day like to open up a bricks and mortar shop full of clothing and collectibles of my choosing. Oh, the joy of being surrounded by pretty things and transferring that passion to each person who walks through the door. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Of course, coming from a family with a history in retail (my Mum ran a successful gift store for many years and a boutique before that) I realise it’s not all fun and games so I have my reservations too.

Am I rambling?

Should I stop now?

Okay, one last thing. The banana bread is now out of the oven and looks, well, erm, pretty darn amazing. Hurry up and cool so I can have a slice. With peanut butter. Essential. Nom.

Oh and don’t forget – to view all the items in full (I was teasing you with some of these shots – maybe I’m not such a bad saleswoman…..) hop over to my PeaSoupSells shop at Etsy.

 

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