Sunday, 24 January 2016


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Hummus.. I adore it. 
I could happily eat bowlfuls of it on a daily basis.

Having bought so many different pots of this amazing dip, I thought I would attempt to create it myself and was quite shocked by how easy it actually is.

Once you've mastered the basic recipe, you can get a little creative. 

I like to add olives to my batch of hummus, as it gives a lovely salty taste. If I want it to be a touch sweeter, I'll occasionally add red pepper. This can either be thrown into the mixer or small pieces stirred into the finished batch to add a little crunch.


1x 400g tin of chick peas, 
4x table spoons of virgin oil, 
4x tablespoons of tahini,
Juice of half a lemon, 
1x clove of chopped garlic.

Optional extras:

Handful of coriander, 
Red pepper.


1. Drain the chickpeas from the tin, reserving a little of the water that the chickpeas are contained in. Rinse the chickpeas throughly. I find if i'm rinsing anything, it's easiest to place the item in a sieve and run the water over them.

2. Put the chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and chopped garlic into a blender. At this stage, if i'm going to add anything extra then I will, such as olives and coriander.

3. Pulse the mixture until smooth. Using the left over water from the chickpeas tin, add a little at a time until you reach the consistency that you desire.

4. Serve in a dish of your preference. If you're serving this at a party or gathering, you can decorate the mixture with paprika, a few chickpeas, coriander leaves and a dash of olive oil.

If you're already a hummus fan, then you know this delightful creation can be served with pitta strips, a quinoa salad, a halloumi and spinach wrap or just simply on its own. It can pretty much be served with anything.. Happy days!


Sunday, 17 January 2016


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Teddy coat - Missguided. Neoprene top - Misguided.  
Flare trouser - New Look concession sale (similar). 
Trainers - Adidas Stan Smith. Fur scarf - New Look.    

How is it mid-January already? How? How?
I seriously feel like Christmas came, I blinked and now we're mid way into January.
And it sure is cold. Probably a good thing i've been stocking up on all kinds of coats.

I absolutely adore this camel shearling coat from Missguided. It's super cosy and surprisingly pairs so well with a multitude of different outfits. It's a modern item with a vintage feel.

Now, i'm not really one for New Years Resolutions, as I tend to stick to them for about 5 minutes (Oops, may bad!). But what I am trying to do this year is focus more on my blog. My posting schedule, or lack thereof, is pretty non-existent. I find working full time and learning to drive on weekends, it can be quite hard to find time to put in the effort this space deserves.


With that being said. Going forward, I am hoping to post 2/3 times a week. And also give this space a little make over too.

Watch this space.

What are your plans for twenty-sixteen? 

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