Monday, 31 March 2014

Linguine alla puttanesca

One of my favourite quick dinner recipes

Recipe (for 2)

1 garlic clove
4 anchovy fillets (in a jar in oil)
shake of dried chilli flakes
tin of tomatoes - 400g
spoon full of capers
large spoon of chopped olives

150g linguine pasta (just because I like it - I think you are supposed to use spaghetti)

Cook the garlic, anchovies and chilli on a low heat til it turns into a mush and the anchovies have broken down. Add the tomatoes to the pan and simmer for 20 mins.
In the meantime cook your pasta in a large pan of salty boiling water. When the sauce is ready stir in the capers and olives and cook for another minute while you drain off the pasta. Mix and serve with a tiny squeeze of lemon, lots of black pepper and grated parmesan cheese.

I made a side salad to have with this of spinach, chopped sun dried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.

Hot, salty, spicy, delicious! What is your favourite pasta dish?


Don't mess with the chef!


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Whole lotta love

I've been eyeing up clogs online since last year when I noticed lots of bloggers were wearing gorgeous Swedish Hasbeens clogs. After a couple of months trying to find a pair my size I finally found Lotta from Stockholm. Very reasonably priced and beautiful too. I took the plunge and got a navy blue pair with a low heel. I feel so glam in my lovely Lottas! Just need to resist buying them in every colour.....


Monday, 17 March 2014

Llangollen weekend

Llangollen is a lovely town in north Wales with lots of vintage, antique and craft shops, real ale pubs, cafes, access to beautiful countryside with a river and canal, hills, rock climbing, castle ruins - basically the ideal place to spend a sunny weekend whatever you are into!
 Check out the long shop name - the shop next door sells the most delicious ice creams and waffles!
 Pretty little Caravan outside the market

 Entrance to the market
 Lovely old train station
 Pretty canal boats

Windy walk up to the castle ruins
 Castell Dinas Bran
Bridge over the river Dee
We enjoyed some real ales and REALLY good food at the Corn Mill. I had Sea Bass and bread and butter pudding - delicious!! It's just over an hours drive from Manchester - I can't wait to go back.


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring dressing

Love the relaxed styling of these spring outfits ... ideal for a walk in the hills or hang about town of a weekend. Really can't remember where I found them originally - sorry will add a credit if I find out!

Saturday, 15 March 2014


Yellow Orla Kielyesque birthday dress from

Gorgeous sisters

Tom <3

Celebrated the big 30 last weekend in Manchester. The perfect weekend - afternoon tea party with my sisters then out for dinner and cocktails with family and friends at the Rosylee in the northern quarter. Massive brunch and trip to Stockport vintage on Sunday :)

Afternoon tea spread

Homemade pom pom decorations

Stockport vintage village

Agapanthus interiors in Stockport

Another lovely sun filled shot in Agapanthus

Yes please


Lotta from Stockholm cloggs from my Mummy :)

Floor cushion from Jodi-Jo Retro and Aesops Fables illustrated book

More flowers!