Friday, 29 April 2016

My room in Instagram form.

Cuyana has quickly become my favourite brand. I was recently lucky enough to be able visit their store in Abbot Kinney, Venice Beach during my LA trip. Their ‘Fewer, Better’ motto doesn’t work so well when I want to buy everything they sell. During my last trip to America I was able to order their cosmetic travel set in black, tablet case in grey, classic tote in black and passport holder in stone. This time I bought myself another classic tote, in pastel pink, their weekend bag in dove and wallet in petrol blue. Having spoken to lovely woman in their store, she informed me they had plans to start shipping to the UK this year, which will probably not be good for my bank balance.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Recent Instagrams; lucie_eleanor

Chocolate Cinnamon Buns.

500g strong white bread flour
1 egg
2tbsp brown sugar
150ml milk
150ml warm water
1tspn salt
25g butter
1 sachet of yeast

25g butter, melted
100g chocolate melted with a splash of milk
3tspn cinnamon

Over Easter I made some chocolate cinnamon buns which I have just got around to sharing.
Place all of your dough ingredients in a bread maker and set to dough setting. Once complete, remove from bread maker and knock back.  Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a floured surface so that it is a 1/2 inch thick square. Spread the butter over the rolled out dough, then the chocolate; sprinkle the cinnamon evenly across the dough. Start pulling up one edge of the dough and rolling forward, keep rolling the dough evenly until you have a log shape. Then using a knife, slice through the dough into sections about 2 1/2 inches thick, each of these will make one bun. Grease a cake tin and place each bun in with the swirl facing upwards. You can pack the buns in so they are touching but not overly tight. Leave to prove for approximately 1/2 hr.  Place them in a preheated oven at 190C for about 15mins, remove and make sure they are cooked, and that the tops are slightly browned. Allow to cool before eating.

Smart Wear.
Another springtime outfit, good for meeting with clients. My white Zara shirt, staple fitted black jeans, Prince of Wales check blazer also from Zara, paired with brown ankle boots, black Cuyana tote, latte nail polish and reading glasses.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Four healthy dinner recipes.

In January I put together six healthy lunchtime salad dishes, now I have four of my favourite staple dinners to share.

Fried eggs, sweet potato mash with fried pak choi, roast cherry tomatoes and avocado, season with salt and pepper.

Gnocchi, fried asparagus & mushroom, mozzarella cheese and avocado, season with salt and pepper.

Quorn chicken oven baked with spinach and ricotta cheese, top with some grated mozzarella and paprika, sweet potato fries cooked without oil, fried pak choi and avocado, season with salt and pepper.

Savoury brown flour pancakes topped with flakey roasted salmon, mushrooms and a cream cheese sauce, made with a little milk flour, lemon pepper and feta cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, salad and avocado, season with salt and pepper.

Iced biscuits decorated with edible pansies and dried rose petals.