Tuesday 30 April 2019

Cheese And Chive Scones

Cheese and chive are a match made in heaven, they go hand in hand and these scones are a perfect treat. Every day I struggle on what to have for 
breakfast, I have to say I love a bacon sandwich, I’m also partial to a cheeky sausage roll from Greggs from time to time, whilst these are not great foodie eats to have on a daily basis, I really struggle on what to eat, I’m not a cereal person, I can just about manage granola and hell no to porridge! But a freshly baked scone, a cheesy one, now that’s my jam!

A scone is not only just for breakfast, it’s a great snack to enjoy any time of the day, served hot or cold and with a slither or chive butter spread on top when hot is a game changer, pressed for time this is the ultimate go-to dish that delivers total full flavour and can be made early in the morning before you head out and all you need are a few supermarket staples.

7, that’s it and that is the amount of ingredients you need to make these scones to eat on your own whilst hot out of the oven, serve up to friends and family at tea time or to score some brownie points with your colleagues, and a great after school treat for the kiddos, these cheese and chive scones are simply life changing!

Ingredients to make 12

2 cups of self raising flour
60 grams of butter
1 cup of milk
A pinch of salt
3 tbsp of finely chopped chives
1 cup of grated cheese
1 beaten egg


1. Preheat your over to 220c and pop in your muffin tray.

2. In a mixing bowl, pour in your flour, butter and salt, rub together until it forms a breadcrumb consistency

3. Make a well in the centre of your dough and pour in your milk, add your chopped chives and cheese. Using a flat cake knife, stir until it almost comes together, mine was a little wet, but don’t be put off.

4. Flour a clean surface and turn out your mixture and gently knead until dough comes together.

5. Press out your dough to about a 3cm thickness, I don't have scone cutter, but you can use a small drinking glass, or as I did, I tore off a handful size amount of dough rolled it into a ball popped into a muffin tin and brushed them with the beaten egg.

6. Place into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until light and golden on the top.

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Monday 29 April 2019

This Week's Reading List

Hey guys, this weekend we bagged ourselves some great new books to read, as you know I don’t go anywhere without a book in my bag and whilst most nights I try to Leanora, she kinda enjoys reading aloud on her own, especially when we are tucked up in bed. I’m a big advocate of getting kids to read more and step away from the iPad and other electronics, if you can’t get out to your nearest book store and pressed for time, you can get some great free ebooks to download too.

Leanora and I’s favourite book, A Patch Of Black, by Rachel Rooney and Deborah Allwright, is one of the best children’s books I’ve read in a long time, the illustration is not only beautiful and vibrant the story is wonderful too. If you have kids who do not necessarily like the dark or do not want to go to sleep, this is a story about encouraging your child not to be scared as a new adventure awaits them, this makes for the perfect bedtime book!

Chéri, a beautiful book about devouring of the flesh written Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, this books is as sensuous and passionate as her real life. A book that devoured in a mere two days, it’s about an ageing courtesan who meets a handsome playboy half her age who she is forced to give up, but the flesh wants what it wants.

Which little girl does not love unicorns, this book Ten Minutes To Bed Little Unicorn, another perfect bedtime reading, the little unicorn is reluctant to go to bed and wants to stay awake and explore, sound familiar? Well, little unicorn stresses she is not tired and gallops off it into the magical forest causing a little trouble along the way where, she meets a troll a dragon and other mythical creatures before realising she has gone too far and forgotten to get home, a little upset she makes a wish and rainbow appears helping her to guide her way back.

Deliciously Ella, Every Day may not be her latest, but it’s certainly a tasty recipe, lifestyle book. I’m finding that the older I get, my body inside is changing, of late I’ve been feeling a little bloated which is uncomfortable, to say the least, so I’m looking to change my diet and lifestyle and Ella’s book is packed with meals for every day, and perfect for the spring season. As she herself has dietary requirements to help her manage day to day, I’ve found that these recipes too help my digestive system,especially with her juices packed with ingredients such as ginger or turmeric which is great for the gut plus they packed with loads of fresh fruit and veg, plus for those looking to eat a little less meat but still want to get the fuller meatier taste sensation her dinner dishes fuelled with beans and other pulses I cannot recommend enough.

Let me know what you think of these books have you and your children read any of these? Let me know in your comments below.

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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Dining In London? Why You Must!

We’ve all had the chat, pretty much on a daily basis, for me it is probably the one of the most talked about discussions that we have in the office! Where to eat and drink in London. 

With so many restaurants, pop up’s, dining events, food markets, tv shows (my favourite, Come Dine With Me) even to those that love cooking for friends and family be it at home or a new thing which I love is, hosted dinner or brunch in a private dining rooms, we are simply spoilt for choice. I love to be adventurous and enjoy trying new dishes and cuisines from all over the world and I find that my hometown London offers that.

Honestly going out to dine in London is one of my favourite things to do here, be it on my lunch break, out and about with Leanora or friends and family, it is like each week something new and interesting is opening up on the streets here, it’s so diverse and I have to say I am quite spoilt for choice. I think for us Londoners or those that come over here for holidays, love and know that you can find a great place to eat and drink here, be it for a family get together to a reunion and catch up with friends, or those that crave a little something new  or a little bit more intimate for date night, you know that you have come to the right place!

To keep me up to date on what is new and trending and helping me find something a little different I can always be found scouring the squaremeal website for something a little different and innovative, be it a 10 piece tasting menu being offered, which does not only tickle my taste buds, but also makes for a great present for a friend. You will also find restaurants that have popped up in your local area, or if you fancy something a little further afield.

Another great source of finding something new and different is via Instagram, with restaurants and cafes all vying for the perfect instagrammable decor be it cafes with bright pink exteriors, flower walls, futuristic egg shaped toilets, to horticultural inspired eateries for people to come eat and drink and take a selfie or two, it anther great source and friendly place to start for the perfect London dining experience.

Speaking of yummy food, I’ve loads of tasty dishes that I’ve made which you can find on my recipe section here or you can also find what I’ve been whipping up on my Bloglovin page and inspo over on Pinterest, plus keep your eyes peeled and check back as I’ll be sharing a new dish this week on the blog.

I am always in the hunt for something new and interesting to try so if you know if any great spots be it new or old, I would love for you to share it with me in the comments below.

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Tuesday 16 April 2019

Why I Am Wearing Back My Glasses

That feeling of waking up in the middle of the night, grappling with your bedside lamp, hard to locate as you can barely open dry irritable eyes, all thanks to the contact lenses you were too lazy to take out, sound familiar! You! That’s me pretty me much most nights.

I’ve been blind as a bat since the age of 8 years old, where I spent most of my child and teen years looking like Penfold from Danger Mouse and now that I am in my 30's I have finally decided to embrace wearing my glasses. 

Whilst life can be a little trickier with glasses, I mean the number of times I've left them on my desk or bedside table in a mad dash can be somewhat frustrating, however I find that they are more comfortable than my contact lenses, but saying that it did take me a day or two to finally adjust back to wearing glasses again. 

With the right pair of glasses, you can feel your best, but with so many shapes and styles it can be hard to find the perfect pair, for me I say embrace them all, don't just stick to the bog standard owl, cat eye, square shapes, but be experimental and get creative, be it with colour, metal you name it. 

If you are fading it hard to find the perfect pair of sunglasses in store, you can even by your own pair and have your prescriptive lenses installed at your local opticians. If you are looking for something a little luxurious then Net-A-Porter / Net-A-Porter USA have you covered something a little more affordable then ASOS /ASOS USA have an abundance of designers stocked, they even have their own range with various affordable styles. 

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Wednesday 3 April 2019

April Wish List

Hey guys! I have had a super busy morning, last night I was feeling so lazy, I could not be bothered to hang out the washing, I literally wanted to crash as I had spent most of last night, glueing my fingers together, making Leanora's Easter hat for her parade this morning and I have to say, she looked super cute along with the other children in her class. 

I can not believe how quick this year is going and we are already in April, with the weather undecided on what it wants to do, I mean we are what day 3 in to April and we've already had sun, showers and even hail stone's, making it super tricky on deciding on what to wear, but alas it is April, and with that comes April showers!

 I've created a wish list of items, to help see us through this unpredictable month and prepare us for Spring and upcoming holidays.

1. H&M Utility Dress, honestly this is a perfect item to see us into Spring. I am a major fan of all things military and having a military dress is great for day to night, teamed with some gold jewellery and some flats you will look great from sunrise to sunset.

2. Short Sleeved Cashmere Knit, A light and airy sweater to keep you warm and looking super stylish, great worn with jeans or a silky skirt. 

3. Raffia Bag, This bag is high up on my owns list, it is perfect for holidays and if you have a little one it is large enough to fit everything in, plus look at the detail is so beautiful I've fallen in love with it. 

4. Swimwear, I am dreaming of our beach holiday this year, I am still undecided on where to go be it Greece, Spain or Italy for some fun in the sun but where I go this and Other Stories goes too. 

5. Sleeveless Lyocell Twist Knot Midi Dress, we all need a black dress, it is a classic and timepiece and a great addition to our wardrobe. I'd pair this dress with a denim jacket, some gold hoops and sandals and I am good to go and conquer the day. 

6. Black Hoop Sandals from Mango, a much needed essential for a Spring wardrobe is a good stylish pair of flats, I love the hoop design in these sandals, which are very minimalist. 

7. Light Wash Denim Jacket from H&M, every year I get a new denim jacket I have a slight obsession with them, they are great for layering and look good worn with just about anything, this is a super affordable one that I will no doubt be wanting to wear into the summer season also. 

8. Wide leg cream H&M trousers, I love a white pair of trousers, jeans too, I do not often get to wear them as I have Miss Sticky Fingers Leanora around, but I love the shape and no doubt will be packing her off to the grandparents just so that I can wear them on a night out, with the cream knit, denim jacket and sandals and raffia bag.

What Items are on your wish list this April?

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Monday 1 April 2019

Ultimate Toasted Cheese Sandwich

It is the ultimate in comfort food, all the ingredients are sitting nicely waiting for you to cook’em up and when brought all together it’s like little angels singing the perfect hymn in your mouth.
The ultimate cheese sandwich screams comfort, perfect for a weekend brekkie in bed or a little naughty mid-week treat. Hands down you know you can not beat it, it's great and damn sure it can be eaten at any time of the day, I mean cheese a naughty wedge of bread a cheeky bit of butter what’s not to love!

I love cheese, the kids love cheese, you love it, well all freaking love cheese especially melted that bubbly molten golden silky cheeses gouda goo is a thing of wonders and this bad boy is jazzed ups or perfection. 

With rain and cold weather about to grab us here on old Blighty and before you ask, no this is not an April fools joke, boy I wish it were, this toasted cheese sandwich is the perfect comfort food. Another one of my favourite comfort foods in my leftover humble chicken pot pie or my cauliflower cheese & pancetta soup, or if looking for something a little lighter but still comforting then you damn well gotta try my kale pesto pasta, after why not curl up on the sofa with a new book with my ultra tasty moon milk

This version of cheese sandwich takes no time to make at all, and it's super versatile, I'll be trying it with a different cheese and maybe knock up super fresh pesto to go with it, but for now I certainly recommend that you guys try this tonight, a great meat-free dish, this would work also wonders as an accompaniment to my gazpacho dish or served with a salad too. 

Ingredients - To make 2

4 slices of fresh bloomer bread (or bread of choice)
10 slices of Gouda cheese (or any other good melting cheese)
sprinkle of chilli flakes
2 large nobs of butter
sprig of thyme
1 clove of garlic


1. In a small pot melt butter, with grated garlic and add a sprig of thyme. 

2. whilst butter mixture is melting, heat up a frying pan with a small cube of butter to coat the frying pan. Cut your slices of bread. Once butter has melted brush over bread and then place bread brushed side down.

3. Add on top of the non buttered side of your bread 3 slices of cheese, sprinkle some of your chilli flakes on top, add the last two pieces of cheese on top, then place non brushed side down of your bread and place on top something heavy (tin of beans to press down the bread.

4. After 3/4 minutes turn over your toasted cheese sandwiches and fry on the other side. 

5. Serve immediately, works great with a side salad, or if feeling extra naughty a few slices of Proscuitto ham.


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