12 May 2014

Food || Spiced Baked Eggs

Sings at the top of my voice! 

"How do you like your eggs in the morning?  I like mine with a kiss, boiled or fried i`m satisfied as long as I get my kiss"

Sorry about that just couldn't help myself to a bit of Deano on this Monday morning.

It`s Monday and the weekend is a distant memory. Well it will soon be back around again and this recipe is perfecto for a lazy weekend brunch. It packs so much flavour.

Carnivores don't fret you won`t miss the meat at all. There is so much going on and so many flavours you will be licking the plate clean. 

You will be needing: 

3 free range or organic eggs.
70g mushrooms
Half a red onion sliced thinly 
Smoked paprika 
Dried coriander 
3 sliced garlic cloves
Tin of tinned tomatoes 
Salt and pepper 
Olive oil.


1) Fry the mushrooms, onions and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil on the hob and on a low heat for 10-12 minutes. Add a tablespoon of smoked paprika, coriander powder and cumin.

2) Add tinned tomatoes and salt and pepper and simmer on low for 10 minutes. 

3) Crack 3 eggs on top of the mix and then cook on the hob for a further 8 minutes with the lid on. You want the eggs to be cooked but still a little runny. Garnish with parsley.

4) Serve with a tortilla, bagel what ever takes your fancy. I served with a mixed salad and some feta cheese. 

This recipe serves 3 people, just add more eggs if you are feeding more people.

You could also add Parma ham on top or fry some pancetta with the mushrooms and onions if you really, really need some meat. Add chilli flakes if you want to add an extra spicy kick.

What do you think? Will you try?


10 May 2014

Beauty || Review || Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in "Ole Flamingo"

I had seen a couple of YouTube gurus rave about the new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Lipsticks, the colour " Ole Flamingo" just looked like It should be sitting on my make-up stand already! With it being compared to dupes of the YSL Rouge Per Couture lip stains I felt I was needing it in my life A----SAP!!

Bang, the order was placed and the next day it landed on my desk!  Oh and what a gorgeous bit of cerise pink it is. It's bold and bright and well pretty much has my name written all over it!


08 May 2014

Food || Mexican Chicken Lettuce Trays!

Gathering family and friends round for food and feeding them up is one of my favourite past times. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I love how It brings everyone together to settle down and get their munch on, whilst having a good gab and a laugh.

With Summer (yes Summer I said, not that it feels like we are EVER going to see the sun anytime soon) and the idea of squeezing into a bikini just around the corner eeeeeek most of my friends are on diets moaning about their weight! (Oh yes, and me too)  So this weekend when it came to food, not wanting to be blamed for any pesky weight gains, I decided to keep the food as low fat as possible. But never, ever jeopardising the flavour.

The idea for these little delights just sprung into my head one night (don't you just love when that happens?) and they was a hit. I LOVE Mexico and hope to travel back one day (plus the Doritos Mexican themed adverts are just bloody marvellous) The cuisine incorporates all the flavours and ingredients I love!  

This is my version of the "taco" dish minus the taco shell.

Mexican Chicken served in Gem Lettuce Trays

400g diced Chicken breast
Smoked Paprika
3 crushed Garlic cloves
2 Lemons or Limes
Salt and Pepper
Gem lettuce (around 25 leaves will serve 6 people)
1 Avocado
Dried Thyme  
5 tablespoons of Sweetcorn
10 Cherry Tomato's diced small.
Tomato salsa
Sour cream
Fresh Parsley to garnish


Dice the chicken breast into small bite size strips. Squeeze a full lemon over the chicken, a tablespoon of smoked paprika, three crushed garlic cloves, tablespoon of dried thyme and salt and pepper mix up well and leave to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.

Separate the gem lettuce leaves, wash and put to one side. 
Just before you fry the chicken. Cube an avocado, dice cherry tomatoes and mix in the sweetcorn. Squeeze some lemon over, season and put to one side.
Fry chicken in a little olive oil until it's crispy and golden. Around 10 minutes. Load a tablespoon of the chicken into the Gem lettuce tray and then spoon some of the avocado mix over the chicken. Carry on until all lettuce trays are loaded. Dollop a teaspoon of salsa and sour cream in each tray. Garnish with parsley or coriander and lemon wedges and da,daaaaa (jazz hands) it's done.
All my friends tried and LOVED them! I served with sweet potato wedges some dips and some bread for the non dieting ladies! A beautiful colourful and tasty dish as we are moving into the summer months,and one that you won't feel guilty about devouring. Result. 

Will you give these a try?


06 May 2014

Beauty || Clarins Teint Haute Tenue Everlasting Foundation

So if you read this blog regularly you will know I am a BIG Clarins lover- but more so their skincare. I hadn't really tried anything from their make-up range, the odd lip glosses and mascaras that were part of any free gifts I received. I had never went and bought anything from their make-up range as I always got so carried away with their skincare. I didn't even dare venture into the make-up part ,scared my debit card may explode at any given time.

I have developed a bit of a foundation obsession and browsing online picking up my regular Clarins essentials I stumbled across this foundation. The claims were big.

Clarins state: "This foundation offers 15 hours of impeccable coverage and total comfort. Formulated with a "high-fidelity system," a light, invisible veil sets your foundation, leaving it looking perfectly even, and gives a long-lasting wear. Clarins exclusive Light-Optimising Complex instantly captures, diffuses and magnifies light. Fine lines and small imperfections are visibly minimised and the complexion appears even and radiant"

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