Indulge yourself in tasty treats in SW London

A short post – but we had to bring you this delightful Eton Mess with sharp raspberries and crisp, chewy meringue – the perfect after dinner treat available at No29 Power Station West 

Now is really the perfect time to start considering restaurants and small businesses that you can support once the pandemic ends, or during if they are providing a takeaway and delivery service.

Eathai… at Busaba

Whenever you visit The O2 London make sure you stop by Busaba Bangkok Thai

This is their amazing #Asian #Salmon fillet in a sweet soy and pear glaze, spring onion salad and jasmine rice… it’s melt-in-the mouth and tastes divine! They have multiple locations across London including Soho so you have absolutely no excuses not to take a trip!

Planning the future with Filofax’s sunshine bright range

☀️Busy planning the year ahead of exciting projects and ideas with Filofax ☀️

With plenty of pages all tailored to me… notes – address sections – diary – and even a plastic wallet perfect for expense receipts this is every working persons must-have planning ‘tool’… To buy or shop the whole range head to filofax.co.uk

Eating out: Tasty Crab in Battersea

🦀 These mini crab cakes with spicy alioli are so tasty! – you can grab yours from No29 Power Station West – Their food is delicious, breakfast through to dinner… if you don’t go you’re missing out! 🦀

 

Celebrate British Tomato Fortnight with these super tomato recipes…

It’s #nationaltomatofortnight and we are eating Sweet #piccolo British Tomatoes from Eric Wall Tomatoes you should taste them they’re divine!

We created this scrummy Roasted Piccolo & garlic meatball tagliatelle with these super sweet Piccolo’s – it was such a simple recipe – and we don’t do much in the way of measuring when we’re mid cook! So excuse no exact measurements on this!

We made a simple sauce (passata) with some blended Piccolo tomatoes and lightly roasted tomatoes (season with salt and pepper) we then heated this through with a couple of teaspoons of crushed garlic to taste and added some basil (you can use dried or fresh)

Whilst this was being prepped, meatballs were grilled and 2 tagliatelle nests were cooked to packed instructions too!

Finally we halved a handful of tomatoes, and sprinkled them over the top and added half a vine of extra whole ones too!

Now check out these other tasty creations below from British Tomatoes

Pasta

SEAFOOD & TOMATO PASTA

Who doesn’t love pasta and seafood? Even the new Duchess of Sussex herself (Meghan) allegedly does – so this deliciously simple dish combines the two with Great British Tomatoes!

Serves 2       Prep time: 10 minutes      Cooking: 15 minutes    Price: £9.21

3tbsp olive oil – 14p

4 British Large Vine Tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped – 76p

1 red onion, finely chopped – 22p

Few drops of balsamic vinegar

160g small scallops – £4.14

180g tagliatelle or linguine – 25p

200g cooked, peeled prawns – £2.00

2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish – 67p

6-8 British Baby Plum Tomatoes, halved – 40p

30g Parmesan cheese, finely grated – 63p

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped tomatoes and red onion and cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes, until very soft, adding a splash of water if needed. Season with salt, pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.

2 Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle or linguine in lightly salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes, until tender.

3 Add the scallops to the tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes, then add the prawns, parsley and baby plum tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until heated through.

4 Drain the pasta. Gently stir through the tomato mixture and share between two warmed serving bowls or plates. Serve, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and extra parsley.

Cook’s tip: To skin tomatoes, put them into a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave for 15-20 seconds, then drain. The skins will be easy to peel away.   

Tart

OVEN-ROASTED TOMATO, SPINACH AND MOZZARELLA TART

This gorgeous main course tart is made with filo pastry brushed with melted butter – filled with oven-roasted British vine tomatoes with wilted spinach, mozzarella and basil. It’s a simple yet super tasty summery dish!

Serves 8       Prep time: 25 minutes      Cooking: 30 minutes

Suitable for vegetarians   Price: £7.46

12 British Medium Vine Tomatoes, halved – £2.00

1tbsp olive oil – 10p

200g young spinach, washed – £1.50

270g pack filo pastry sheets, thawed if frozen – £1.50

100g butter, melted – 56p

2 x 125g balls mozzarella, sliced – £1.00

2 eggs – 30p

150ml single cream – 50p

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Basil leaves, to garnish

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Put the tomatoes into a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then cool.

2 Put the spinach into a colander and slowly pour a kettleful of boiling water over it to wilt the leaves. Leave to cool.

3 Unroll the sheets of filo pastry. Brush each one with melted butter and stack them one on top of the other on a large greased baking sheet, criss-crossing them as you layer them. Gather and scrunch the edges, bringing them together to form a border.

4 Squeeze the excess moisture from the spinach, then arrange on the tart with the tomatoes and mozzarella. Beat the eggs and single cream together and season with salt and pepper. Pour into the tart case. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set and golden. Serve, garnished with basil leaves.

Cook’s tip: It’s easy to make this tart for 4 people – simply halve the quantities and reduce the size of the tart.

Capture memories this bank holiday with Polaroid Snaptouch

The best way to remember the best moments is to capture them so they’re stuck in time ready for you to look at and reminisce at any given time.

Polaroid have taken the classic instant print to keep up with our daily lives of phone shots, and enabled their newest product The Polaroid Snaptouch to interact with your phone, so that you can auto print as usual, or save your pictures directly to your phone via bluetooth. This compact device, features so many features including a small selfie mirror to use, plus a nice large touch screen and inkless printing all in great quality for such a small device including Full HD video capability!

More detail below…

ZINK® Zero Ink technology for instantly printing photos

3.5 inch LCD touchscreen

3 color modes – black & white, color, & vintage sepia

Option to print with the Polaroid Classic Border Logo

13mp CMOS sensor

Bluetooth capability

Self timer & selfie mirror

1080p full HD video recording capability

Images & video stored on a micro SD card (up to 128GB)

We road tested this whilst on a rainy trip to Normandy, France, and it works so well, has varying light settings which help on the dreary days, and being able to share between my phone and the camera meant that I could choose my faves to feature on instagram too! Result!

So grab your friends and capture the moments to remember with Polaroid’s Snap touch, Available to buy online and in-store in a range of colours (including white, aqua, red, purple and black) at Argos for £139.99

It’s a ruby revelation… discover Prestat’s newest chocolate

It’s a #ruby revelation… Prestat give us a taste of the newest thing in chocolate – #rubychocolate

It’s naturally pink and has a mouthwatering soft berry taste It’s our #new fave! (With 46% Cocoa!) It contains no flavourings or colours either… Try the range online now!

Shop the new range online at Prestat.co.uk or in-store at John Lewis

Super snacks & Tasty toppers from Crazy Jack!

 Looking for a super #snack or a tasty #breakfast topper? Try these naturally dark, organic soft apricots – we have them on our breakfast everyday and now we only buy Crazy Jack Organic as they’re super soft, not to dry, have a wonderful flavour and don’t cost the earth!! Plus they also have other dried fruit, nuts, pulses, grains and herbs and spices too within their ranges!

Why not try out their range of recipes online at crazyjack.co.uk

Buy yours today from Supermarkets Nationwide, in all good independent health food stores, and online on Amazon & Ocado 

 

Love Steak?… Head here!

Love Steak? We visited the Paternoster chophouse in St Pauls and got this succulent flat iron steak served with garlic butter, we chose to accompany it with smooth mashed potato and buttered spinach! It was around £30 with our choice of sides which is pretty reasonable!

You definitely shouldn’t miss out! Head there today and taste some of their amazing cocktails too! (We recommend winter on a square mile! It’s passion fruit & apple!! 🍏)

😍 We are still so in love with our brows from @siandellar_permanent_makeup its nearly time for our top up! 😍 #brows #microblading #semipermanent #love #london #harleystreet #browqueen #onfleek #beauty #beautyblog #bblogger #linkinbio #gingertalks #ontheblog #instadaily #instabeauty #flatlay #instaparty #NEW #review #obsessed #makeup #beautybag #makeupbag #musthave #buynow #beautybuy #crush #swatch #productjunkie #makeupcraycray #beautybox

Be the Christmas Cracker

Fed up of tired, dry and cracked lips? Treat yourself and your guests to this fab cracker treat, brilliant for guys and girls!

Nourishing Lip Tint Trio, £29, ESPA gives you Soft, smooth, beautifully glossy lips
enhanced with a hint of seasonal
colour. ESPA’s lip treatments are
perfect for any stocking, making you
ready for every mistletoe moment.
Each Nourishing Lip Tint Trio Cracker includes:
3x 5ml – Clear, Pink and Red

Alternatively you can find these gift sets from ESPA too…

Body Shimmer Collection, £39
Enjoy soft, smooth and nourished
skin, enriched with a shimmering
bronze glow. This illuminating duo
will give skin a beautiful colour
finish; perfect as you prepare for
the party season.
Each Body Shimmer Collection
includes:
Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan,
200ml
Shimmering Dry Body Oil, 28ml 

Or you could spoil the man in your life this Christmas with ESPA’s Skincare Survival Kit. Packed full of skincare saviours designed to smooth
and hydrate, this carefully selected edit of products is the ultimate Christmas treat for those men who are DIY-shy.
ESPA Men’s Skincare Survival Kit, £40, To refresh, smooth and protect skin throughout the winter
months with these hard-working grooming essentials.
Each Men’s Skincare Survival Kit includes:
Invigorating Facewash, 50ml

Cleanse your skin morning and evening with this refreshing soap-free
face wash for men.
Energising Shower Gel, 70ml
An instantly energising bath and shower gel infused with zesty
aromas to revitalise and awaken the senses.
The Hydrator, 35ml
Give skin a lasting boost of hydration with this lightweight,
skin-quenching men’s moisturiser.
Dual-Action Shavemud, 30ml
This addictive men’s shaving cream doubles as a deep cleansing mask to
nourish skin, replace lost nutrients and prevent razor burn for an
incredibly comfortable shave. 

The 2016 ESPA Christmas Gift Collection is available now at espaskincare.com, Liberty of London and select Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and Fenwicks stores


Celebrate with Ciate


#Nationallipstickday
is one of the days us girls shouldn’t miss, whether it’s by wearing our favourite lippie or simply trying out a new bold and daring colour, we should all be getting stuck in!
This year we will be bringing you a range of products that we love, not just today, but since Wednesday we’ve been bringing you some of the newest, most gorgeous lip products!

Now excuse the ever so hilarious pout here, lips are actually closed with no attempt at a pout, it’s the new shaping I was trying out and here we go pouts galore! A shape, that we see celebs with the likes of Charlotte Crosby and the Kardashian / Jenner clan, in particular Kylie take on. Here I’ve applied Liquid Velvet lip colour in ‘

Chatterbox’ by Ciate, £17 with a line that instead of lining in an upturned arch where half the time I look like I’m part of the cast from Ab Fab (on the outer edges of the top lip) I work from the bottom edges of the top lip creating a very slight inward facing arch or downward arch giving as we see this pout! :/ I may not be the best photographer to capture how it looked non pouty, but my lips certainly look much fuller! Try it yourself and try out these new wonderful products, they shouldn’t be missed!

So refresh your lipstick wardrobe today and ramp up the colour with Ciate’s Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slick. Available in 8 new colours, this is a high coverage, long wearing and high performance pigment lip colour. With hyaluronic acid for its ultra intense lip-conditioning benefits to help lips look fuller and feel much smoother and supple! Make the most out of the innovative precision tip, which makes light work of lining and filling in lips for the precision application!

Available now, Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slick, £17, from www.ciatelondon.com