A book worm and foodie, studying English Literature at the University of Glasgow, writing about food, books and travel while aspiring to be a writer.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Fancy Chorizo and Feta Macaroni

It's chore day. Time to tidy my room, return my jacket - sob and generally just sort my life out.
So my recipe from last night is a fond memory of the past; comfort food in it's most indulgent form.

P.S my hunt continues for another amazing jacket before summer, if anyone has any suggestions for good clothing sites I would love it if you left them in a comment!

This is my own version of a recipe which I think was in the food section of the Guardian, which I will probably post some other time because it's delicious. My adaptation was one of those recipes that you make
up as you go along and as a result it's much more exciting when it turns out to be worth sharing.

The ingredients are a bit more 'gourmet' than normal, but if you shop in the right places they aren't extortionate. If you are fond of macaroni cheese, but want to make something a bit more special to impress your friends or parents, this is for you.

Ingredients - To serve two with a bit leftover


  • 1 block of feta cheese (I can't remember what the weight is but it's the normal pack size from Tesco)
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • half a tin of chopped tomatoes (you could use a whole tin, I just happened to have half of one in my fridge..) 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • half a chorizo sausage (or as much/little as you like) chopped into cubes
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Pasta
  • A dash of hot sauce or chilli powder, or alternatively a fresh red chilli
  • pepper, to season
  1. Boil a large kettle of water in preparation for cooking the pasta. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry your garlic until it softens - you don't want it to brown. If you are using a fresh chilli, you want to chop it and add it at this point too.
  2. Then, add your chorizo to the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes. Once you have done this, add your chopped tomatoes and fry for another 3 mins. 
  3. Once you have done this you want to crumble the block of feta into the sauce and add the parmesan also. Stir to combine and the feta will gradually melt. 
  4. Boil your pasta
  5. Once the cheeses have melted, your sauce is finished apart from adding ground black pepper to season and I used hot sauce to give it a kick of chilli. If your sauce is looking a little thick, add a tbsp of milk, however this is macaroni cheese so thick is good.
  6. When you pasta is done drain it, and add it to the sauce pan, stirring to coat the pasta in the sauce. 
Done! It takes less time than simple macaroni cheese and is a hell of a lot more impressive, but just as indulgent. Definitely one of my favourite comfort food recipes.

My chore-day outfit consists of my absolute favourite and hardest-working shirt, from Urban Outfitters, which I'm not entirely sure I could live without, paired with my equally sturdy DMs. Oh, and a new hairstyle




Night in on my own tonight, so I'm tempted to try this new COOK shop on Great Western Road which is meant to make really good, healthy ready meals.
If I give in to my laziness, I'll be sure to let you know how worth it it was! 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

How to make your favourite burger.

At the end of my last post I was headed out to SubClub for what I presumed was going to be a fairly standard night out, not so.

Being led to believe we were taking a detour to buy a ticket for my friend Gordon, who didn't have one as of yet, we set off in George Square direction to meet the guy he was buying it from. Little did I know, this was all an elaborate plan everyone was in on excluding me, which became apparent when I noticed my best friend and her boyfriend (who I have not seen since before Christmas) sitting on the steps of the George Square Premier Inn.

......sdfioeirhmtpsfijsdfnh.

Chloe lives in Preston and Jack in Aberdeenshire, which doesn't make seeing them very easy. Them and my amazing boyfriend had been planning this for weeks to surprise me. Amazing, amazing surprise. Also, quite the relief, as Chloe has stopped responding to my Facebook messages to the point where it was slightly concerning..

I have had an amazing weekend, which did consist of an amazing night at SubClub (that much was true) then a lazy catch-up day yesterday. We also ended up in what was maybe the worst pub I have ever been in, enduring a gut-churningly bad karaoke rendition of 'Run' by Snow Patrol, while we drank our one drink as fast as humanly possible (pub in question is pictured above, NOT recommended).
The moral of the story is that I have amazing friends, whom I love very much.
I would also like to say Happy Mother's Day to my lovely Mum Alison, who I can't be with today, which I will be more than making up for with many lovely baked treats when I go home next week, love you Mum.

Today's recipe was cooked last night and as someone who's favourite thing in life is a good burger, I have to say it is one of my favourites so far.
Burgers; cheap, easy to make and (although I am a little biased) often much better than the ones you pay £9.00 for in a restaurant. They are also remarkably healthy if you make them with fresh ingredients.

The ingredients for this make two large burgers and are as follows;


For the Burger -
  • 260g of good-quality beef mince (you can use lamb mince if you prefer, and adding a bit of mint to the mixture makes an amazing flavour combination).
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 2 tablespoons of Cheddar cheese, or Parmesan, and more to garnish
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Toppings - 

  • Two rolls, whatever kind are your favourite
  • Cheese, again to your preference
  • 1 small onion, sliced into strips.
  • Tomato
  • Sauces 
(The toppings are based upon what I used, but can of course be personalised to your taste with whatever variations you fancy/have in the fridge; most things go well on a burger.) 
  1. This first step is a bit hands-on, so if you don't like handling raw meat I would suggest using (clean) rubber gloves, or just a spoon, however your hands will always be more thorough. In a bowl combine the mince with the egg, garlic and 2tbsp of cheese until it is evenly mixed through and forms one ball of mince. Note; the 2 cloves of garlic make the burgers quite garlic-y, which I enjoy. If you want a more subtle flavour, opt for just one clove. 
  2. Next, half the ball of mince and shape each half into two patties, about an inch thick each. 
  3. Heat up the oil in a large frying pan, on a medium-high heat. Add the burgers,  spaced apart. They need to fry for about 3-4 mins on each side to begin with. Don't be concerned about how brown they are when you turn them over, they aren't burnt, this is just what happens when cooked in a pan. If you are a bit worried, just turn down the heat a bit. 
  4. Once they have cooked for 3-4 mins on each side, you just want to keep flipping them until the juice that runs out of them is clear, but they still feel tender on the inside. Of course, you want to cook them to preference; if you like your burger rare then make sure there is still a bit of pink on the inside, if not wait until they are visibly cooked all the way through and firmer to the touch. 
  5. During the last 3-4 minutes that your burgers are in the pan, you want to surround them with your sliced up onion. This allows the onion to cook in the juices from the burger and makes them taste amazing. 
  6. All you have to do now is serve it how you like! With bun, without, with whatever sauces and toppings you prefer, viola! Easy, cheap (if you get mince from Lidl) and amazingly tasty. Definitely hearty fare to recover from a few nights out in a row.
    My toppings include cheddar, mayo, tomato sauce, fresh tomato and the lovely meaty onions. 


The only thing which has slightly dampened my amazing weekend has been the ripping of my gorgeous new jacket, which I have to admit was not the best-made garment in the world. I will be returning it and might exchange it for a new one, but for the price I don't feel the quality was high enough. If it rips again I will have to get my money back, sniff. 

Oh well, on the bright side it means I can go internet shopping again, yay! 

I hope you have all had as lovely a weekend as I have and remember, treat your mothers! If you have neglected your duties as a child, any of my previous recipes would make a lovely surprise dinner, or look to the lemon and poppyseed cake recipe for an elegant afternoon tea! 


Friday, 28 March 2014

Saved by the Crepe

The end of the university term has nearly been the end of me. 

On Wednesday, it was bingo at the Hillhead Bookclub (see previous post if you haven't been and you will (hopefully) be convinced to visit) which proved not as successful as last time, where I won a delicious free meal for two, but still exciting because I won a cocktail. 
I know it's not really possible but there is no denying the facts; I am good at bingo. 

It's worth going if you want a night out with an element of competition. Taking place on the last Wednesday of every month, the prizes aren't to be sniffed at either. The free meal is the prize of the first round, a crate of beer the prize of round two and the grand finale, round three, is a whopping £500. Which, when it's free to pay as long as you get a round, is worth heading down for. Plus, if you're inventive, the host Rich T Bizzkit might just rap for you. 

Then last night into this morning, me and my Uni pals celebrated the end of first year at the Glasgow uni union. 
Pints of fun = not so fun in the morning. 
I don't really know what is in a pint of fun, but given it's luminous orange colour and adictively-chemical taste, I'd rather not ask. 

So, safe to say that there has not been the greatest amount of cooking over the last couple of days. Unless you count pasta with tomato sauce and grated cheese, which I don't. 
Seeing as it is hard to do a review of a whiskey and coke, or a pint of fun, my saving grace today comes from one of the yummiest forms of food that will make your hangover manageable. Surprisingly, the crepe. 

Right at the top of Byres Road, next to Oran Moar, there is a godsend of a place called Crepe-a-Croissant. There are four in Glasgow, the other three at St. Enoch Square, Hope Street and Ashley street.  As the name suggests, their main attraction are the crepes and croissants. 
Think not of a stall which relies only on sugar and lemon, or nutella to spice things up (although if they tickle your fancy they are, of course, available) but instead of a huge range or sweet, savoury and vegetarian fillings. They also do paninis, speciality breads, bagels, amazing baked potatoes and homemade soup. 

My own personal favourites are the chicken pesto and emmental crepe, challenged by today's discovery of the vegetarian chilli con carne and cheese. Heaven in a pancake. 


They do a student discount, the prices are reasonable and the portions are big. The Byres Road branch is also open till midnight Sunday-Thursday and until 1am on Friday and Saturday, which means getting chips and cheese can be replaced by something a lot healthier and a lot tastier after a night in the pub. A place to add to the list of restaurants I WILL eat everything on the menu in before my graduation.

Another exciting culinary discovery comes in the small form of the Graze box, my first of which came yesterday to immense excitement. In it, I got apple and cinnamon flapjacks, a mixture of pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and dark chocolate, herby crackers and lovely little tomato baguettes with a BBQ relish, all yummy. I'm still undecided if I'm going to cancel my account now that I have to pay for them, but I quite like the excitement of a little box of snacks appearing every week. It's like snack Santa. 



Tonight, we are going to SubClub for a night of boogie courtesy of Richy Ahmed so no amazing dinner is on the cards, however I just took some mince out the freezer and will be writing about easy-to-make burgers or something similar in the next couple of days, fear not! 


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Sunshine and Sandwiches

So here is the post which contains a little bit of the beauty that is Glasgow in the sunshine.

From the way me and my friend Lauren jumped out of bed yesterday, you would not have guessed how much we had been snacking and/or drinking the night before. However, as most Scots will know, no matter what the circumstances, no matter how cold the wind-chill, when it is sunny you GET OUTSIDE. Fast, whilst there is still some Vitamin D to be had.

So, after as short a time in university that we could comfortably get away with, we got some nuts, got a milkshake and headed to the botanics.
There is a wonderful little cafe just off of Byres Road called Atrium which has over a hundred different flavours of milkshake. If you like milkshakes, it feels like being in Honeydukes and it's always difficult to stop yourself from getting the one you had last time because it was so good.
However, one of my favourite things to do when I find a place I like is to try and work my way through the entire menu, sad, I know. But every single one I've had (3, I think) has been as good, if not better than the last.

Photo credit for this blog goes to Lauren and her big fancy camera.

Armed with a skinny Cookie Dough milkshake and Lauren with an Irish Cream one, we set off in search of squirrels.
Anyone who is Facebook friends with me will know that this was not my first encounter with the squirrels in the Botanic Gardens, nor will it be my last. I love them, I don't think they are dirty, I think they are adorable. If they want to climb on my knee, they can definitely be my friend.
Normally they are pretty friendly, but today they were being quite shy with only a couple turning up and not being their balshy selves. Maybe it was the sun, but it was probably the pigeons.
Don't even get me started on pigeons.
Making friends with a lovely little blue tit made up for the pigeons, though.
After we had fed our two shy squirrels as many dry roasted peanuts as they could gather, not to mention thrown a great many more to try and distract the pigeons, we decided to go and get some food.

We ended up, somewhat inevitably, at Hillhead Bookclub. My second home. Infact, I'm going tomorrow night to play bingo (not as decrepit as it sounds).
I love the Bookclub. If any friends are visiting, that's where I will take them first. It's a restaurant/bar, which plays good music, is decorated like the home of my dreams and serves it's cocktails in teacups. What's not to love?

As well as amazing cocktails (the strawberry gin or vodka mojitos are legendary and only £3), the food is also quite lovely. I've been for dinner a few times and everything I've had has been yummy, plus, with nothing on the dinner menu costing over a tenner and nothing on the lunch one over five pounds, it's not going to break the bank. Unless you eat there everyday. Which is tempting. Oh, and you can also buy gramophones full of book club punch; there has never before been a more glamorous way to get smashed.
Whoever writes the signs is funny, too. 

For my lunch I had what is quite possibly the best sandwich in the world. The pulled brisket beef sandwich, with horseradish mayo and swiss cheese. Just let that sink in.

It's even better than it sounds and the fact that it's almost impossible to pick up just adds to it's beauty; you feel like you have earned every bite that hasn't ended up on your lap.

Admittedly, I've given it more than it's fair share of tries. Everything else on the menu is/looks divine too though, with a great vegetarian section, homemade soup and quirky little menu quips to keep you entertained.
Just one quick drink anybody?
All I can really say is that I have no bad words about Hillhead Bookclub. None. At all. If they would let me live there, I probably would. With a pingpong table in one corner and retro video games and comfy sofas in the other, I would be well entertained.

I mean, any place called a book club, who's cocktail menus are printed on bookmarks, is going to be my favourite any day of the week.
If you're in the West End of Glasgow, it is my first recommendation, just off of Byres Road.

My only advice; perhaps don't take your slightly deaf dad. The louder-than-pizza-express music doesn't make for the best of conversation, unless you want to shout.


Monday, 24 March 2014

Sunshine and the Wonder of Quorn.

Sunshine.
For two days in a row now - I know, TWO DAYS!  - it has been sunny in Glasgow. 
Yesterday the sunshine initiated an impromptu mini-roadtrip out to Mugdock Country park which is b-e-a-utiful on a sunny day. It did actually snow for about 15 minutes, but a bit of compromise is to be expected. 

We layered up and walked and walked, until hunger drove us home to leftover pasta bake (which improves with age by the way).  Definitely a day for stealing your boyfriend's cosiest cardigan, which he sadly wouldn't let me keep. I think he sensed how attached I was getting... 
And today was spent with my lovely friend Lauren trying to feed squirrels and avoid pigeons, photos of which will probably be the feature of tomorrow's post. 
However, whilst the sun has done wonders for my freckles and happiness, it has somewhat hindered my cooking; only because I have been eating leftovers from last week though! So I'm going to post a recipe which I had in the bank for a day like today, when the contents of my fridge probably won't amount to anything inspirational - hey, it happens to the best of us. Even my mum. 

Orange and Lemon Chicken (Made with Quorn)

Now, I know I've sung it's praises before and I know I will again but I love quorn. I LOVE quorn. It's cheap and tasty and better for you than meat. I am basically a vegetarian, apart from beef and occasionally when we I eat out. But free-range chicken is ridiculously expensive and I am morally against buying anything else. Not that I really mind. Quorn is GREAT. 

Anyway, love-in over. 

Ingredients - 
  • As much quorn as you and co. will eat (or, two skinless chicken breasts will probably serve 2-4, appetite dependent) 
  • 1 red chilli
  • A peeled and grated, 3inch piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into strips
  • 5 spring onions, finely sliced
  • juice and zest of 1 orange
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of soya sauce
  • rice or noodles to serve
This is really easy to make, it has a lot of healthy, colourful and fragrant lovely ingredients. Whether you make it with chicken or quorn it is super healthy and tasty. 

  1. First step, prep all your veg and spices and put everything (apart from the quorn and the red pepper), including the lemon and orange juice and soya sauce in a large bowl and mix it all together. I have extra dark soya sauce which is why this is so dark, but normal sauce will be lighter and slightly less strong in flavour.
  2. If you are using chicken, you want to cut it into strips and add it to the marinade and leave for 1hr-2hrs to soak up all the lovely flavours. 
  3. Chicken style pieces of quorn normally come frozen. So, you want to pan fry them in a tiny bit of oil until they are defrosted. Then, let them cool. Once they are cool, add them to the marinade mixture. Another beauty of quorn is that it soaks up flavour in an instant, so you will only need to leave it for fifteen minutes! 
  4. Then, the frying part. Heat your frying pan until it's really hot and add the quorn and all the juices. It will spit a bit so stand back! Add your sliced pepper at this point too. 
  5. Fry it off until it is all sizzling and the juices have reduced a bit. Serve on a bed of rice or noodles and viola! 
Easy as anything, healthy and tasty and it will last a couple days if you have any leftover.
As with any stir fry, feel free to add any veg you fancy, or even do it with strips of beef if you want, although lemon and orange go particularly well with chicken/chicken-style quorn! 

Now, I'm off to go and do a sun dance in the hope it comes out tomorrow too. 
Jacket hasn't come yet, sad. 





Saturday, 22 March 2014

Cake Day!

For the first time in ages today I decided to bake something.
I used to bake almost twice a week when I lived back at home, we were never without a cake and it was something I used to do with friends for fun (I swear, I'm not 65). I never really appreciated how great my mum's fully stocked baking cupboard was until I moved away. Baking is EXPENSIVE.

However, at the beginning of the university year I baked a lemon and poppyseed cake, so I had most of the ingredients anyway and I today felt like the day; i.e. I couldn't be bothered doing anything, but I knew if I sat around I would feel like a lemon. So instead, the lemon inside me was made into cake.

So after getting up some time in the very late morning I inhaled the spring air and walked over to mine to collect my scales and ingredients. During which, or course, the 'spring air' turned into torrential downpour. After optimistically leaving my umbrella behind my parka was turned from light kaki to decidedly hunter green with dampness.
It doesn't matter though; in Glasgow everyone has a mutual appreciation for the 'drowned-rat' look, infact, it's almost a fashion statement. And if you're dry you just look downright weird. I did think I would have shaken my pre-christmas cold by March though. Not so.

My cake recipe comes from the holy bible itself.
That is to say, the Great British Bake-off 'Everyday' book. The book consists of classic recipes for bread, muffins, cakes etc to more exotic challenging exotic stuff. For anyone who watched the last series of GBBO as religiously as I did, it also has baker's recipes from the show as well as the showstopper challenges from Mary and Paul. LOVE.

Ingredients-

  • 225g unsalted, softened butter
  • finely grated zest of one unwaxed lemon
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs, room temp
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2tbsp poppy-seeds
  • icing sugar, for dusting
You will also need a cake tin. The book says to use: 1 x 20.5 spring clip tin. A spring clip means the bottom comes out, it will have a clip at the side. You need to grease it with butter or marge and line the bottom with some baking parchment, which just means the bottom is covered so the cake doesn't stick. 

Because I've made this before I had all the staples and only had to buy a lemon and some almonds. Don't be afraid to splash out the first time if you love baking/eating cake. 

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade/350 fahrenheit/gas mark 4. Put the butter and lemon in a large bowl and beat until it's creamy. If you're lucky enough to have an electric mixer it will only take a minute. If, like me, you're not, then work those arms baby. 
  2. Then beat in the sugar a tbsp full at a time and once it's all been added, scrape down the bowl and beat again until the mixture looks pale in colour and lighter. This might take a while if you're doing it manually, but hey, it's a work out and you're going to be eating cake later. Get on with it. 
  3. Beat the eggs in a small, separate bowl, until they are combined. Add them slowly to the butter mixture, again a spoonful at a time will do. Scrape down the sides after a few spoons so it's combining well. To stop the mixture from curdling add a couple of spoons of almonds when you're nearly out of egg. (TIP: mine did end up looking a little split, but when you add the flour later it turns out fine don't worry, just add the eggs slowly.)
  4. Scrape down the bowl again and then sift in the almonds and the flour, carefully and slowly
    folding them in as you go. Folding is basically just slowly turning the mixture over itself with the spoon so that everything is incorporated without over-mixing. 
  5. Pour the mixture into the tin and smooth the top. Put it in the oven and bake for 45-50 mins, or until it is golden brown and the top springs back when you gently press it in the centre. 
  6. Place the tin on a wire rack to cool, running a round-tip knife slowly around the edge to loosen it. Then unclip it and leave to cool until cold, when you can take it out the tin and off the base and dust with icing sugar. Done! 

If you can, keep it in an airtight container, if not, eat it fast. Also, remember to take the paper off of the bottom before you eat it, not so tasty.

If you want to get creative with your icing sugar like I have, just cut a stencil out of paper and place it on the cake before you dust.
Well Fed & Well Read, first bake!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Easy Peasy Pasta Bake

First off let me (not) apologise for this being the first recipe I've posted that hasn't been made completely from scratch.
It's nearing the end of the month and everyone getting student finance is starting to feel the pinch, me included. So, in terms of dinner, I would rather use the rations in the cupboard and spend a few quid on fresh fruit and veg than live off of knock-off super noodles for the next week.. 

The fact that tonights meal cost probably under two quid also makes the fact that I splashed out on this today (sorry mum) a teensie wee tiny bit better. 

Look at it. Ahhhhhhhh. I am so excited. AND it's totally and completely justifiable by the fact that it is waterproof and err.. shiny. Plus, I handed in my last first year uni assignment today (scary) so I deserve a treat.. going to stop now, but at least you all know I have my priorities in order. 
No regrets. 



So this recipe is even easier than normal, but with a few simple and cheap updates it can be and was really really tasty. 

The sauce I used was a cheap tomato and bacon pasta bake sauce, from Aldi (I think). To which I added; 

  • One chopped pepper
  • Half of a chopped (large) onion
  • A few handfuls of grated cheddar
  • Three rashers of bacon
  • Two slices of bread, grated into breadcrumbs 
  • A tablespoon of olive oil
  • Pasta
  • Sauce
1. The first thing you want to do is grill your bacon. Put it on a wire rack in a baking tray under the grill and turn after about seven mins. Cook it to your preference. Personally, I like mine nearly cremated so I cook it until crispy and then crumble it to make a crispy bacon topping. If you like it less well done, you can mix it through before you bake the dish and if you are veggie or just don't like bacon, mushrooms or tuna would work just as well. The beauty of a dish like this is that you can pretty much chuck in anything you fancy, or have kicking about.

2. Soften the onion and pepper in the oil until the onion has gone ever so slightly translucent. They will cook more during the baking, so you don't want them browning. 

3. While your doing this, boil your pasta. You can make more than you and whoever you are eating with will eat tonight and have it the next day for lunch. It won't even need reheated. 

4. When the pasta is cooked, and your bacon is done, pour the pasta into a large baking dish. Mix the peppers and onions through and then the jar of sauce and a few handfuls of cheese. Once it's mixed well, you can cover it in more cheese, then your crispy bacon and breadcrumbs. A good alternative to breadcrumbs if you're feeling really lazy are ready salted crisps, my mum puts them on her pasta bakes all the time and it's delicious. 

5. Finally, put it in your oven at about 150-200 centigrade for a fan oven. It will take about ten, fifteen minutes to bake through, or just wait until the cheese on top is melted and golden and it's bubbling and piping hot.

Done! Told you it was easy. Granted, I used a pre-prepared sauce but hey, I'm willing to bet that even Nigella whips one out now and again on a lazy day. If you want to make your own sauce it's easy enough and I will probably post a recipe in the future, but this meal is perfectly tasty, filling and most importantly, cheap. 


Before

After
Now, lets all just take one last look at how glorious this is before I go.. 


Eeeeeeeeeee! 


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Hangover wishlist.

Evening all.

Today is not a day for cooking. Nor is it a day for putting together an amazing outfit. Instead, today has been all about being hungover, trying to crank my brain so I can finish an essay and lounging about not opening the curtains because I just don't want to.

Today is perfectly embodied by the fact that this morning I found the mail basket and hall full of weetabix that I can only assume someone lovingly posted through the door last night... thanks xox.

Last night was brilliant. The gig was amazing, afterwards my first ever visit to a Weatherspoons was probably too enthusiastic and then extended to Nice N Sleazy's where we ended up meeting the band members and being embarrassingly gushy and getting a picture (Oscar Cash, we <3 you) as well as having one too many skittle bombs. Feeling it today my friends.

So instead of the usual recipe or review or bubbliness about cuisine I'm gonna do a primarily fashion blog. Looking and lusting at pretty things will make me feel less slumpy.

Just to paint a mental image I'm sitting eating a large bag of bacon rasher crisps dunked in cream cheese, ew, you don't need a picture of that. Or, incidentally, the deep fried hamburger I accidentally bought on a drunken whim last night. I can still smell it.

Don't.
Ever.
                                Get one.

So here are the things I am lusting over at the moment, an insight if you will into my fantasy lookbook.

H&M's upcoming Conscious Exclusive range, which drops on the tenth of april, looks like it's going to be amazing. I adore the ethereal floaty whites, bring on summer.


Next winter I'm definitely going to be investing in a new winter coat, my old faithful is a bit out of date and a bit scruffy. Something along the lines of the Whitepepper from Oh My Love.

Asos
Acaia
For the first time in years I'm going on a couple of sun-worship holidays this summer, and that means one thing; swimwear. Acacia swimwear is totally and completely out of any sort of budget I have, but this bikini is beautiful and definitely the sort of thing I'm looking for. Asos have some lovely and slightly more in budget alternatives though.

Asos
The onset of spring weather is making me incredibly excited for festivals and holidays and being able to buy summer clothes and dig out my old favourites that remain buried at the back in the wardrobe for most of the year.
Topshop

The whole Folklore collection that Topshop have in at the moment is what I want to be wearing come sunnier days, in particular all the print trousers and shirts.




Topshop

Anyhow, I could probably go on and on and on about all the things on my wish list right now, but I have just realised how starving I am and I still need to conclude this essay, blaaah. So for today that's it. I'm salivating for sunshine so I can start dressing pretty and light.

Leftover chilli baked potatoes for dinner. Perfect hangover fodder.