COLOUR INSPO

YVES KLEIN BLUE.
A pop of colour to brighten up these freezing winter days (I know we're at the end of March but I refuse to say it's spring until i see some proper sunshine and feel some warmth on my skin!).  Blue is by no means my favourite colour, however there is just something stunning about this deep blue ultramarine inspired hue.








All images from here & here.

ZIMMERMAN SWIM

The images from the Zimmerman swim 2013 / 14 collection are beautiful.  The actual swimwear is brilliant with pieces show casing ruffles, floral patterns, bright colours and meticulous attention to detail.  Summer holidays are starting to be booked (I'm going to Mexico! woo hoo!) and this collection has me itching to get in a bikini, preferably one of these!  From the simplest white ruffle to the intricate one-piece design, Zimmerman is once again showing its a force to be reckoned with when it comes to swimwear.







Images from here.

HAWKSMOOR

Birthdays in my family equals a big splash out dinner somewhere.  There's nothing I love more than to get a tad dressed up and fill my belly with delicious goodness.  As much as I love cooking, sometimes it's nice to fork out some hard earned cash for food that is simply beyond anything I can whip up in the kitchen.  Hawksmoor labels itself as having 'the best steaks in London' pretty bold statement to make don't you think?  There were high expectations for this restaurant and the boyf and I were indeed expecting to eat the best steak in London, and boy did we get more than we bargained for.  We were both off the alcohol so ordered an Apple and Mint Swizzler each.  These were insanely refreshing and later in the evening turned out to be a welcome cleanliness to cut through the richness of the meat.  For starters we chose the fried Queenies with tartare sauce and the Tamworth belly ribs.  The Queenies (scallops in batter) were served as a generous portion in a perfect crispy batter with a not too tart tartare sauce.  The ribs were out of this world.  The quality of the pork was perfection and the dark, smoky barbecue sauce left me yearning for more.  For our main, we opted for the Porterhouse to share, a stonking 900g steak as all of the smaller cuts had been sold. The meat was unreal.  Cooked medium, it had just the right amount of pinkness without it being too rare  along with a salty charred flavour from the grill which left your mouth watering.  The meat was so soft you almost couldn't cut it and the phrase melt-in-the-mouth does not do this steak justice. Accompanied by creamed spinach, triple cooked chips and a buttery Bearnaise sauce, this was one of the best meals I've ever had.











LEMON & POPPYSEED LOAF

I love a good loaf.  Everything from a savoury blue cheese and bacon to a sweet lemon and poppy seed.  This loaf makes the perfect tea time snack, lunch time snack... any time snack!  The result is golden brown goodness (if a little bit darker, I quite like burnt bits!) which is perfectly moist, zesty and simply delicious.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest of 2 lemons
2 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

Directions:
Butter the bottom and sides of a loaf pan.  Line the bottom of the pan with a piece of parchment or wax paper.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and poppy seeds .
In another bowl beat the butter until softened. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time.  Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture (in three additions) and milk (in two additions) alternately.  Mix until combined. 
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon.  Bake for about 50 to60 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.













CRUNCHY COURGETTE FRIES

Sometimes you need to eat healthy foods (have you seen all the burger bars I've been visiting lately?!).  Healthy food disguised as bad food takes the edge off of it because you know, sometimes clean eating is painful.  This however, is clean eating at it's best.  These panko covered courgette fries have the perfect amount of crunch, are baked not fried so they're instantly better for you and when dunked into your favourite low fat mayo or sweet chilli sauce are divine.  I used two courgettes and ended up eating nearly the whole batch to myself.  They are insanely moreish and you don't end up realising how many you're putting away! 








o    1/4 cup plain  flour
o    2 eggs
o    2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
o    Pepper
o    1/2 tsp garlic salt
o    1/4 tsp paprika
o    2 courgettes , cut into 4-5-inch sticks


1.       Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.      Place flour in a large freezer bag.
3.      Whisk eggs with 2 tbsp water and place in a shallow bowl.
4.      Place Panko, pepper, garlic salt, and paprika in a shallow bowl and mix to combine.
5.       Place courgettes in the bag with the flour and shake until well coated. Dip the courgettes into the egg and then into the panko, turning to coat well.
6.      Place breaded courgettes on the baking sheet.
7.       Bake 18-20 minutes, until golden brown.












PATTY & BUN

I can't stop going out for burgers.  I don't know whats wrong with me.  I've never really been super into burgers, I usually prefer chicken but something has come over me of late and I've turned into a burger eating monster.  Nothing seems to make me happier at the moment then discovering new great burger joints in town with friends who can appreciate them as much, if not more, than me.  Last week's adventure was to Patty & Bun on James street. Well, I almost don't know where to begin.  The delicious juicy burger, the wonderful salty fries or the best, yes, the BEST chicken wings I have ever eaten in my life... and I've tried out a LOT of  chicken wings.  I went for the Smokey Robinson burger: Beef patty, cheese, tomato, lettuce, caramelised onions, bacon, ketchup and smokey mayo all in a sweet brioche bun.  The beef was full of flavour, the caramelised onions gave the perfect amount of sweetness and the smokey mayo did things to me that I can't write on here.  Khat opted for the Ari Gold burger which is brilliantly named for all you entourage fans and has the same contents as mine minus the bacon and onions.  Now the wings, oh the wings.  I'd heard rumours about these chicken wings, that they were the best on the block and I thought to myself, 'just how good can chicken wings be?'  THIS GOOD.  The dark sticky sauce is sweet but the smokiness is on another level.  The incredibly tender meat falls away from the bone as soon as it touches your lips which you will not be able to stop licking.  Even if you don't like burgers, or even fries, promise me you'll go to Patty & Bun just to try these chicken wings... promise!  Now get ready for some serious food porn.


A queue this long at 6:00pm on a weeknight has to be good right?


The burgers come wrapped in wax paper sealed with handy stickers naming your burger.
Khat thoroughly enjoying one of the heavenly wings
My Smokey Robinson burger. Just look at that cheese
Trying to be civilised and take small mouthfuls
I mean....







PFW ROUND UP

Paris as a city captures my heart like no other and the same goes when it's time for fashion week.  Let's face it, the designers that show at Paris fashion week are the best.  All the big guns in the industry choose to show there for a reason.  The best deserves the best.  Here is a round up of my favourite looks from what I thought were the best shows in Paris.  Now, if only I could get on the front row next year...

The newly named Saint Laurent didn't get rave reviews but there's just  something about a fur coat and knickers
Theatrical splendor from Alexander McQueen
Dusty pink elegance at Miu Miu
Chic perfection from Hermes
The sequined dipped coats at Louis Vuitton left me for dead
THAT cape at Elie Saab
Romance from Valentino
Cara at Chanel, tough meets feminine
THOSE boots at Chanel deserved a close-up