Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pea pistachio pesto pasta

For some weird reason I was craving peas for lunch, maybe it has something to do with the vibrant green colour they have. I never have peas any other way than by themselves as a side with dinner, I wanted to try something different and pea pistachio pesto pasta it was.
Peas are underrated and should be used more often, especially this summer. I think my next pea adventure will be pea soup.


Serves 2

Half a packet spaghetti pasta
1 1/2 cups  frozen peas
2 cloves  garlic
200 grams pistachios
100 grams parmesan cheese
Olive oil

Bring a pan of slightly salty water to the boil and add the peas, cook until they are just done, set aside.
Cook pasta al dente in a pan of salty water. 
Whilst the pasta is cooking, grate the parmesan cheese finely and de-shell the pistachios.
Add the parmesan cheese, pistachios, garlic, 1 cup of the peas and a drizzle of oil into a food processor or use a stick blender, blend until the ingredients are smooth.
Fry the scallops for a minute (or two depending on the size) on each side in a frying pan. 
Drain the pasta but keep a cup of the pasta water,  the water will help the pesto cling to the pasta.
Back in the pan, add the water, scallops, excess peas and the pea pesto, stir together and serve.
Top with some finely grated parmesan cheese. 

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Friday, September 21, 2012

Leather lapel

I must apologize for my lack of posts lately, sorry!

Here are a couple of pics of what I have been wearing a lot of lately.
It took me a while to find a blazer that I like the look of on me, but I found it in Glassons. 
The leather lapel makes it easy to dress down with some jeans and a pair of flats.

Pixie with my homemade clutch

Blazer: Glassons
Jeans: Lee Riders
Brouges: Cotton On

I am going to spend the weekend catching up with friends, some who are visiting from overseas, exciting!
I hope you all have a great weekend.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sunday wants

What better to do on a cloudy Sunday than some internet shopping, in my case browsing. I am in love with all of the items below, totally swooning.  
Bone ring by Deadly Ponies

Hawk ring by Deadly Ponies
Mr Croc Tote by Deadly Ponies
Orange tube by Balenciaga

Blazer with spikes on the shoulder by Zara

Metal heel court shoe by Zara

Skull shirt by Zara

Flower print trousers by Zara

Double fabric blazer by Zara
The flower print trousers from Zara are amazing, they look so comfortable, I think I might have to buy them eeek!

I have been looking at the blog Four Eyes over the last few days, it is a great blog for those of you in NZ to follow. It gives a real insight into what people are wearing in New Zealand.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Twilight fog

I love a foggy day, it is my favourite weather to photograph in, it gives an image such a mysterious spooky feel.

I always look forward to my hair appointments and my new hair colour is why, I decided to give dip dying a go and I have to say I love it!

Hair colour by: Ronda Siaki of NSPYRE RED hair design
Necklace: Lovisa
Cardigan: Wholesale dress

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Peanut butter cupcakes

Inspired by Whittakers new peanut butter chocolate, I wanted to incorporate these ingredients to make cupcakes. At first I was going to simply make a chocolate cupcake and place a dollop of peanut butter in the centre but I came across this recipe on the Bakers Royale website and I decided to give it a go.
It is an easy recipe to follow and they are not to time consuming to make, I enjoyed baking these last Sunday. 

I grated Whittaker's dark ghana chocolate on top for extra colour and flavour 
These cupcakes are so good, I recommend you give them a go, they are very rich and moist.

I seem to have bad luck with piping bags and this batch of cupcakes was no exception, I ended up using a spatula to smooth the icing on top, I think the rustic messy look suits the flavours in these cupcakes anyway.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Likes

Dusty pink lips

Put your favourite lipstick on, then apply some white or light eyeshadow

Oreo olallieberry chocolate layer cake

This cake is too great for words, I have to make this!!

White trestle desk

I love the simplistic look and I think this desk would be perfect to put my computer on

Helmut Newton 

Helmut Newton is one of my favourite photographers, he was known as a controversial photographer because of his provocative images, which I haven't showed here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Winter is upon us

I bought a wooly jumper from Wild Pair a couple of weeks ago and I have been wearing it religiously ever since. I need to invest in a few more big jumpers to get me through this chilly season. I'm in love with this mullet style jumper because it keeps my bum warm and the different cut transforms a simple outfit into something a bit more interesting.

Wooly jumper: Wild Pair
Scarf: Red Current
Leggings: Glassons
Boots:Wild Pair

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fridays hair and beauty inspiration

I love how clean and simple this look is, yet it's different and intriguing 

I'm still loving the bold lip colours, they brighten a dull day.
Accompanied with strong eyeliner to make your eyes pop.

I'm looking forward to the day when my hair is this long

When I got my hair died blonde, my hairdresser suggested putting a purple rinse through it. I agreed and my hair turned out the colour on the right, I have to admit I was pretty suprised because I didn't know what to expect. The rinse only lasted a few days and my hair colour changed constantly as it began to fade, at one point it was the colour on the left. By the time I got used to the colour and really liked it, it was gone :(
Seeing the photos below are convincing me to try this again. What do you think?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fridays wants and inspiration

Aqua blazer from Asos
Sequined top from Asos

Leather studded jacket from Zara
Shoulder studded blouse from Zara


Fluro knit from Topshop

 Asparagus wrapped in bacon yum
Cute DIY pom poms 
My dream library
I have been collecting frames to create a wall like this  
A great way of making the most of empty space

A oversized fluro jumper with a leather studded jacket would definitely brighten up my winter,
whilst sitting in that library reading a book with the fire on and a hot cup of tea!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Potato rosti, beef, parsnip puree and scallops

I was thinking about going out for lunch a couple of weekends ago, but I decided to save some money and make a yummy lunch for the bf and I.
 I had been inspired from watching the cooking shows on channel 1 that morning, they without a doubt suck me in every Saturday.
I made potato rostis, parsnip puree, beef and scallops.


Serves 2

2 large potatoes
2 parsnips
2 rib eye steaks
A few scallops
chilli paste
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
salt and pepper to season

Pre-heat oven to 180Âșc

Peel and grate your potatoes, squeeze the grated potatoes to remove the moisture, leave in a bowl for 10 minutes. Squeeze potatoes again, place back in the bowl add egg and season with salt and pepper, mix.
Pick up potatoes and flatten on a chopping board. Use a cookie cutter to create a round shape, top up the cutter until the potatoes reach the top and press down, you want the potatoes to be compact.

Heat a frying pan on the stove with some butter add the potato rostis cook on both sides until browned, once both sides are brown place in the oven for 20 minutes.

Peel and chop the parsnips, place in a saucepan with the milk, 30g of butter, some chilli paste (depending on your spice tolerance) and salt and pepper. Simmer until the parsnips are soft leave on a low heat.

Heat a skillet on the stove on a high heat, you want the pan really hot add some butter just before you put the steak in the pan, cook on both sides for 2 minutes (depending on how you like your steak cooked)

Heat a frying pan on the stove on med heat with some butter to cook the scallops on, they will take about 30seconds-1minute on each side (depending on the size of your scallops)

Put your parsnip mix in a blender and blend until smooth, a stick blender would also work really well.

I also made a tiny bit of runny gravy to pour over the meal.


Now i'm off to bed to read a book, it's bloody freezing!