Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Brown's do London




Dress - Modcloth 
Shoes - Primark
Necklace - Etsy

The Friday before last my mother and I headed to London for a day of culture, we had booked tickets to the Wedding Dress exhibit at the the V&A, you aren't allowed to take pictures in there, but there was some truly stunning dresses. We also went to Harrods but were disappointed to find the pet department had gone. I was hoping to get Charlie a pupcake from the doggy bakery. We went to Shoe Heaven and it really was impressive. We also spent some time in the Disney section. After that we headed to Tower Hill to the see the poppy display, if you are in London, Go! It is breathe taking, really pretty, but so poignant. We finished up the day on Oxford St, we braved a busy Primark to see the queues and give up. I wanted to go to the Magnum experience in Selfridges but again there was a huge queue and i was tired by that point and didn't want to wait so just took some photos of the window displays instead. 


This dress was just perfection!


How do you store it?








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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Creamy Tomato and Meatball Pasta Bake

The start of a new academic year is approaching and Curry's are creating a student cookbook, they are  looking for the best student recipes that will form a digital cookbook aimed at new and existing students.

This is a much loved dinner in my house and something i make all the time, i like it because it is so versatile, you can add whatever veg you have lying around, you can use any pasta, if you are feeling lazy you can just buy a jar at your local supermarket. It is great to feed a family (or your house mates), or to make dinner and lunch for yourself (i would always take this cold the next day to uni and eat on my lunch break) so here is my recipe for my meatball pasta bake....



To make i use the following:
500g of pasta 
1 onion diced 
A clove of garlic 
1 litre cartoon of passata (i get one with garlic and herbs)
150ml of cream 
5 meatballs per serving (i use ikea ones but you can make your own)
Cheese - as much as you like to cover the top 
Veg - i normally use mushrooms, courgettes, sweetcorn and peas, but chuck whatever you fancy in.

Method;
1. Cook the pasta - hopefully you know how to do this
2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees 
3. Make the sauce (or use a jar and follow the instructions on that) In a saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add the passata (you could also add chopped tomatoes for texture if you wanted) salt and pepper. Bring to boil slowly and continue to boil for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 more minutes.
4. In a big dish (you want enough room to stir) pour in the sauce and add the pasta, mix well until it is all covered, add the veg and meatballs and put in the oven for 20 minutes. 
5. After the 20 minutes take it out and cover with cheese (i add a lot as i love cheese) and cook until it is golden and bubbling, this should take another 15 minutes and then eat while it is still hot and the cheese stringy. 


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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Red Dot






Dress - Joe Brown via Simply Be
Wedges  - New Look

I love this kind of cut on a dress, it just suits my body shape and really highlights my best features. Red isn't a colour that much of, but this striking little number really caught my eye, i think it will look fab with tights in the autumn. 


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