Saturday, 22 November 2014

Recent Eco Purchases.

Coconut Bird Feeder.
During cold times of the year, the birds need a little helping hand.
This is made of completely natural materials, it is bio-degradable and refillable!

James White Fine Pressed Juices.
Organic, pure juice.

Super Food Shopping.
Everything from coconut sugar to Soba noodles.

Energizer Reusable Batteries.
A new investment so that I am no longer disposing of old batteries, much cheaper in the long run too!

Eco Lunch Set.
BPA & toxic-free stainless steel drink bottle, with light and durable glass lunch container.

Cloth Bag.
Can carry it everywhere in my regular bag and use it for shopping, no need for plastic bags.

Snapea Crisps.
My mother brought these back from America for me. Low fat, low salt, high fibre crisp snack, made entirely from green peas. They tasted really good!

Feel Good Drinks.
My favourite new find, just fruit and water with no added sugar, no additives or preservatives. Delicious and not overly sweet, but still counts as one of your five a day. Also only 8.8g of naturally occurring fruit sugar per bottle, unlike brands like Volvic Flavoured Water which is 27.5g and Drench Water which is 46g, a whopping 55% of your daily sugar intake into a bottle of water, of all things! I love their Cloudy Lemon and Orange & Mango flavours.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Quorn Chicken Sesame Seed Stir Fry.

100g purple sprouting broccoli
2tsp coconut oil
1/2 garlic clove, chopped finely
1 medium sized onion, chopped
100g Quorn chicken pieces, defrosted
4 mushrooms, sliced
pinch of chilli powder
pinch of ginger powder
1tbsp lemon juice
1tbsn nut butter
2 tbsp sesame seeds
300g cooked Udon noodles
3tbsp soy sauce

Stir-fries are a regular dish for me, I make them often with mushrooms and cashews, sometimes buckwheat noodles, something Udon. I don't often cook with Quorn chicken but I really wanted to make a satay chicken style dish with sesame seeds. This was one of these recipes that I tried a few attempts before getting right, but the end result hit the spot.

Place the purple sprouting broccoli in boiling water and cook for 5-7mins, then drain and set aside.

In a wok, place the coconut oil, garlic and onion and fry off for a couple minutes until fragrant. Next add a tablespoon of water along with the Quorn chicken pieces, mushrooms, chilli, ginger and lemon juice. Fry for another minute or two before adding the nut butter and sesame seeds and stirring to coat evenly. Lastly add the Udon noodles, broccoli and soy sauce and stir well, frying for around 7-10 minutes until the Quorn chicken is slightly browned, if it dries out then add a little more water.

Serves 2

Steph & Aaron's Autumn Wedding.
Silk Wedding Photography:
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Wedding Facebook Page.

Julia & Lee's Wedding at Chelsea Registry Hall.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Elements of my home.

Interiors are a personal passion of mine, it doesn't matter if I am selecting paint samples or looking through book imagery, I just love a beautiful home and I can spend a lot of the day thinking about the perfect house. This can vary from a French apartment within a tall building, with high ceilings and a Juliet balcony covered in flowers to a small Colonial house in America, painted white with a front porch and surrounded by trees. Sometimes I crave living in a thatch cottage in the English countryside with a vegetable garden, other times it's a Georgian town house in a small town with a local market.
I have lived in my current apartment within a victorian town house for over six years now and in that time it has been a working project of mine, adjusting little elements as my style grows and changes. I wanted to take a series of photographs to share that, and shot my home in early spring, but it was only more recently I got around to placing them here - since then little parts had changed. So the images are a mixture of bright spring photographs, contrasted with shadowy, autumnal ones.

I picked out certain things I love about it to talk about.

In my bedroom, I have a stack of old books that belonged to my grandfather. My bed was something I was given. It has been sanded down and repainted to look distressed. The large frame is a photograph by Irving Penn, one of my favourite photographers. I have an old wooden trunk which was a gift from my mother. The bedroom is a mushroom & lavender colour scheme. I have some Moroccan sheets from Zara home and some fresh white ones with charcoal linen pillow cases.

In my kitchen, I like to grow fresh herbs like basil, I have a small selection of wooden chopping boards and jars of dried goods. My breakfast table is an old one I was given and I have four black Victorian Bentwood chairs that I rescued from a Cafe that was closing down. I have a black console table with a large black mirror from Ikea and a black Victorian coat stand, which I bought online. The flowers are a combination of things I grow in the garden, buy from my local farmers market or have dried myself.

My living room is painted french grey on one wall and has a sort of grey-blue-black colour scheme.
I collect French posters & postcards, I have six framed on walls around my home, including one I bought in a French vineyard during a trip. I have a wooden screen which is hand painted by furniture designer Steven Shell. The cushions are linen and along with the throws, are from Ikea.

Our guest room is also my partners office. We have a beautiful white day bed and an old cabinet that belonged to my grandmother that I restored. Just outside I have a large mirror leaning against the wall in the corridor that I previously bought and repainted, as well as a distressed, framed world map.

Houndstooth coat, distressed Zara jeans, black studded bag, white Zara blouse & pointed court heel.