{nom} Plenty...

Yesterday was totally lovely wasn't it? I didn't actually get to enjoy much of the sun as I was at work - but it didn't matter, knowing the sun is out is enough to set me up for the day!

This sudden burst of sunshine inspired me to do a little post on the humble vegetable, well the many, many humble vegetables in season right now. 

I've always been a big fan of fruit and veg - I can't get enough of the stuff - but when the boy and I started getting really into Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's "River Cottage Veg" it inspired us to also go veggie for the summer. Not because we object to eating meat but because, as Hugh put it, people tend to rely on a slab of meat to flavour a dish. When you take that meat away, you're forced to experiment with flavours and be more adventurous with your veg and your spices!

So as I had this weekend off I took the opportunity to have a flick through our new favourite book and choose a few recipes to throw together for my lovely lad on his return home from work, and here's what I made...

The recipes above are all from Yotam Ottolenghi's book 'Plenty'. Yotam isn't a vegetarian himself, like Hugh {and us} but shares the view that vegetarian dishes need not be dull and uninspirational as they often are.
This is Yotam's book by the way...sweet front cover as well I think!

Anyway, the plate above contains sweet potato cakes {super nom}, wild coconut rice, breakfast radishes and a marinated cucumber and onion salad {heaven literally}. The recipes are all pretty straight forward, but honestly, the flavours were phenomenal, so on that success story we shall be producing many, many more meals from this inspirational book in the weeks to come.

In summary then - getting your 5-a-day can be super easy and incredibly tasty and I would encourage every one of you meat lovers out there to at least try and commit to cutting out some meat and shoe horning in every imaginable kind of vegetable or piece of fruit you can get your hands on this summer because as soon as winter comes - it'll be back to parsnips and potatoes and mark my words, you'll be missing the abundant supply of fresh produce we have available right now!

Apologies for the very wordy blog today...I promise a less wordy offering tomorrow :)

xo.



{moroccan travel} our mini adventure...

Hello!

As I'm sure all of you are aware, I have just returned from a short break to the wonderfully culture-filled capital of Morocco - Marrakech! Bing and I decided we ought to get away somewhere warm this summer, even if for just 4 nights {and warm it certainly was!}.

Apologies for the fairly small number or Souk photos compared to pool side shots...as you can probably guess we did spend most of our time attempting to catch some rays - well I did. Bing turned super tanned like Malibu Barbie...I have, unfortunately remained Casper white, perhaps a shade closer to the colour of living beings! With the temperature reaching 50 Degrees {120 Fahrenheit!} I must admit I did retreat to the shade a fair bit!

We started at Gatwick North Terminal, having left the house at the disgustingly early hour of 1.30am! Jamie Oliver has just opened a restaurant in the terminal so to say we sprinted there at 6am is an understatement. Bing had the Full Monty - it looked literally insanely good, and I had a fresh pink grapefruit juice and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and tatty scones - it was totally nom!
Safety first!
Yes window seat!
Looking pretty hot already!
 {hello!} The pool was dreamy
 View from our room at night!
 Entering the Souk - cheeky little look from that gent in the van!
 Wish these dates were ripe...
 This little man was collecting all of the used orange skins from the millions of fresh orange juice stalls
{SO nom nom nom and only 4 Dirham that's 30p!}
 We didn't brave a ride on one of these - the horses were pretty stinky, and they looked pretty over worked :(
 On our way to the Medina
So much spice!
I don't think I've ever had a more bizarre spa experience! Loved the cringey typography though!
 This face mask burned so much we literally kept it on for like 30 seconds...
 This was the life...
Trying to rock a fringe despite the insane humidity.
Homeward bound...

Marrakech is a wonderfully diverse and actually really safe city, I would definitely vouch for it to anyone considering a short, hot, city break. A good deal can be had in the markets, there is an amazing wealth of spices, jewellery and hand made leather and wooden goods. Food is really inexpensive and the tagines are out of this world, also it's super cheap for a glass of orange juice squeezed right before your eyes! A word for the wise though - don't drink the tap water, or have ice in drinks and be careful with fresh fruit - no one likes a dicky tummy on holiday eh? Our hotel was apparently 5* and to be honest it was really nice and clean and the staff were great but it certainly didn't feel like European or US 5* more like 3* or 4*.

I must say thanks to the ever lovely Bing Bong, she kindly allowed me to steal her iPhone 4S every five seconds as I've managed to scratch the camera on my phone to oblivion!

All in all we had the most wonderful time, just enough to relax and unwind and not long enough to get bored or antsy. Such a shame the weather back home has been so miserable - but {wahey!} to sunshine next week - bring it on!

xo.



{colour ways} Magical Morocco

Inspired by all of the wonderful colours of Marrakech's Souk (market), today's colour ways takes on a very Moroccan Twist. Here is my little short list of what to take//wear//buy in Morocco.
{clockwise from left}
//. Moroccan Oil :
Perfect for taming those over sun exposed and pool crispified ends!

//. Kaftan Dress :
Gorgeous lightweight floaty dress from ASOS, great for the insanely hot weather and pretty modest too {we wore maxi dresses into the city out of respect, but this does cover the shoulders and come the the knee}.

//. Carpe Diem Journal :
I love this 'Seize the Day' Journal. It's made for reflecting and planning your big ideas whilst lounging by the pool.

//. Tagine :
You need to tuck into a traditional meat//fish//veggie tagine if you visit Morocco, slow cooked, heavily spiced and full of fruit - they are super delish!

//. Leather Pouf :
These come in all different colours of died leather. They're hand made and just gorgeous. I didn't get one this time but next time I most definitely will!

//. Spice Cones {via here} :
These are gorgeous bursts of colour all over the Souk - the smell is amazing and the sellers are such characters!

//. YSL Ring :
I've lusted after this ring for what feels like forever! Gold, Silver and Turquoise are everywhere you look in the markets. I didn't see any Yves Saint Laurent rings, but I did have to rein in my desire to buy handfuls of the gorgeous hand made jewellery like a magpie!

Tomorrow I'll be posting a little more about my short break in Africa - it's crazy to think you can now just pop over to Africa for a few days for very few pennies!

xo.





seeing green..

..in a good way!

Our whole flat is like a little oasis at the moment and soon it'll be like a jungle, I can't wait. Last year we moved into our gorgeous apartment - our lounge and kitchen are joined and follow a huge semi-circular curve with 8 floor-to-ceiling lovely south facing windows, it's pretty lovely! 

So last summer one of my friends recommended a company called Rocket Gardens, who grow organic fruit, veg and herbs from seed and when they are big enough they sent them to you all beautifully packed. We grew lettuces, tomatoes, beans, beetroot, spinach, spring onions, chillies, all sorts...it was great but there were things we loved and wished we'd had more of and things that we didn't really like - so this year I decided to get stuck right in and grow lots of lovely plants from seed! I'm on my way to having pointed sweet peppers, bell peppers, red chillies, caribbean chillies, strawberries and 9 different types of tomatoes...it is literally super exciting times here!

Anyway, I thought I'd share some little pictures I took yesterday of all of the green I have around me right now!













Definitely recommend getting growing to everyone, who says you did a big garden to grow vegetables eh?

xo.

{colour ways} Feeling Minty.

As you can possibly tell from this website and the shop I am partial to a little bit of mint...I thought I'd share some of the deliciously minty things I've been recently lusting over!

{clockwise from left} //. Green spotted blouse: Republic //. Marvis Toothpaste: Amazon //. Mint Jeans: Topshop //. Nail Varnish: Topshop //. MT Washi Tape: Etsy //. Shower Gel: Boots //. UrbanEars Headphones: Available at UrbanOutfitters

xo.