Monday, 9 March 2015

Feta and Peach Salad Recipe

Here's a super quick and easy tangy salad. The sweet juiciness of the peaches really works against the sharp saltiness of the feta.



Ingredients
Mixed salad leaves (your choice but I like something including rocket for an extra peppery hit)
1 ripe peach otherwise use canned peaches slices
100g feta
3 bocconcini
small bunch of mint leaves
1-2 tbsp olive oil
juice from half a lemon
ground salt and pepper to taste

1. Add mixed leaves to a bowl.
2. Roughly chop the peach, feta, bocconcini and mint and add to the mixed leaves.
3. Add olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
4. Toss all ingredients and serve!


Tip: For extra saltiness and crunch sprinkle some crushed salted peanuts over the top of this salad!

What are your favourite salty sweet combinations?

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Braid + Bow: Hair Tutorial

I "rediscovered" this pretty purple scarf when I should have been sorting through some packing and really wanted to do something with it. I came up with this super easy but very pretty look (oops, the packing and sorting fell by the way side...!).



You will need:
a couple of hair ties to secure the top and bottom of your braid
1 light weight scarf
a tiny bit of co-ordination (if not, ask a friend to braid your hair for you!)

Tie your hair back into a low pony tail (either at the nape of your neck or to the side - I chose to the side). Thread a long, light weight scarf through the hair tie and pull scarf through so that you have two even sections of scarf threaded through. Section your pony tail including a piece of scarf with a section of hair and braid either in a usual braid or in a twist braid. Tie  your braid at the bottom with the ends of the scarf or otherwise secure the end of your braid with another hair tie.

My hair is curly and layered so a braid is never going to be overly smooth unless I am super finicky and careful whilst plaiting. With this look, I couldn't be bothered with sleek and smooth, sometimes mess is best!

Let me know if you have any quick and simple braid tips or tricks by leaving a comment below!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Fattoush Salad Recipe

I first tried fattoush salad while I was on a trip to Dubai. It is absolutely delicious and packed full of Middle Eastern / Mediteranean flavours. I absolutely adored it and recreated it at home for the first time about a week ago.

Here's a snap shot of my efforts. Crisp, fresh and so, so easy to make (just a keep an eye whilst preparing the bread, you'll see what I mean below)!


Recipe

Bread Croutons:
Pita bread (2 small) cut into crouton sized pieces or whatever you fancy (rough and chunky suits me! Remember this is also know as a "bread salad" so don't be stingy! What harm did fried bread ever do to anyone?!)
Olive oil for pan frying the pita pieces

Salad:
1 cucumber (diced)
3/4 cup mint (chopped)
3/4 cup parsley (chopped)
2 very large tomatoes (diced)
olive oil (for frying pita bread and making the dressing)
feta (to crumble through)
red onion (half a large red onion, finely diced)

Dressing:
2 tbsp olive oil or to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice or to taste
1 garlic clove finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions:

1. Chop pita bread into your crouton pieces. Heat up a pan with about 1 tbsp of olive oil and fry bread pieces until golden brown. I foolishly got a bit distracted with something else and my lovely first batch of croutons got burnt to a crisp. Keep an eye on things and avoid the tantrum! Not that I had one... ok, maybe I did. At least the smoke detector didn't go off.

2. When croutons are ready, pop onto a plate topped with a paper towel to drain off.

3. Combine the diced and chopped tomato, cucumber, mint, parsley, red onion.

4. Prepare the dressing by mixing 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon and finely chopped garlic. Chuck into the salad and mix through.

5. Add the croutons to the dressed salad and mixed through. Add crumbled feta and salt and pepper to taste.

If you aren't going to serve the salad for a while then keep the bread pieces aside until you are ready to serve. No one likes soggy bits. Erm....

I really enjoyed this salad rough and chunky, rough and ready and I wasn't too fussed with getting things perfectly prepared and the result was just fab! A definite crowd pleaser. Enjoy with grilled meats and rice and or just the meat and perhaps some tzatziki type dip!



Do let me know if you try this recipe out. Enjoy!

PS. Authentic recipes call for sumac (which adds a bitterness to the salad dressing). I couldn't find any at my local supermarket so do let me know if you add this to your dressing or manage to source this! (However, I thought this salad was just as delicious without it!)