24 Nov 2013

SC#34 | Courgette and spinach frittata

More Abel & Cole stuff yay! In my box were a few courgettes and the LARGEST bunch of spinach I have ever seen. I figured all green things must fit well together... and would taste good with a bit of eggy protein... and cheese... hence the frittata! It was actually the first I made, and I'll be adding it to my lost of staples as it is a very good lunch box option, and tastes good both hot and cold.

Courgette and spinach frittata
Serves 4
- 2 courgettes
- a big bunch of spinach (it's difficult to know how to measure spinach...)
- half an onion
- 5 eggs
- cheese such as cheddar or gruyère, quantity to your liking
- salt and pepper
- nutmeg
- herbes de provence or italian herbs

First, preheat your oven to 180°C. rince and slice your courgettes and boil them in salted water until soft (10-15 mn.) While you do that, rince, drain and tear your spinach leaves in edible-sized pieces.

Once the courgettes are done, drain them and fry them in a pan on medium heat with a little oil and onions for a few minutes. Add the spinach and cook, mixing often, until the spinach has wilted.

In the meantime, mix your eggs with salt, pepper, nutmeg, herbs and half the cheese. Once the vegetables are done, transfer them to a greased ovenproof dish. Pour in the eggmix until it about covers your vegetables. Top with the rest of the cheese and cook in the oven until set and golden on top (check often, but it took about twenty minutes for me.)

Eat warm or let cool out to have as a packed lunch... Mostly, enjoy it!

15 Nov 2013

SC#33 | The Greatest Mash Ever and Spicy Roasted Veg with Abel & Cole

So you know I like food. But, confession, I've been pretty lame on the food plan recently. As I mentioned a few days ago, I've had maaaaany a takeaway recently, eaten my fair share of pizzas and sandwiches (yum yum chicken bacon avocado) and probably devoured my weight in crisps — thus making me heavier; ahh, the infinite circle of crisp eating.

Fast forward to the weekend I decide to be healthy, go to the gym twice and order my first ever Abel & Cole box. Don't know Abel & Cole? They're an organic food delivery company: they pack up tasty veg and fruit from their partner farmers every week and drop off boxes of goodness on your doorstep. Bonus: they are actually a full-on online food shop, where you can order everything from bread to dairy, meat, washing up liquid and Christmas food hampers.

I got a free box thanks to my good mate Claudia. (Befriend food lovers, fellow food lovers! They'll treat you well.) Here are some of the stuff I did with it!

The Greatest Mash Ever, No Kidding (recipe pretty much taken from the Abel & Cole cookbook)
Serves 4-5
- 10 small to medium potatoes
- half a green cabbage
- Dijon mustard
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- butter
- half a lemon
- some form of liquid dairy

Peel and chop your 'tatoes and boil them in salted water until soft. While they're bubbling, rince and slice up your cabbage. Fry it in a little olive oil, season and add the lemon juice.
When the potatoes are done, drain then mash them with a knob of butter, milk to your liking, salt and pepper and a tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Add the cabbage in and serve!

Spicy roasted veg
Serves 4 as a side, 2 as a main
- 1 romanesco cauliflower
- 1 courgette
- 3-4 carrots
- 2-3 medium potatoes
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- half a lemon
- olive oil
- chilli flakes
- piment d'Espelette (or similar mild-but-flavoursome chilli powder)
- salt and pepper

Preheat the oven on 180°C. Peel the potatoes and carrots, chop 'em. Chop the garlic cloves into big chunks. Cut up the romanesco cauli in little florets (little enough to eat.) For the courgettes, I use my mum's technique of only peeling stripes off because, yes, it looks cool (but don't forget to rince it!) Place all that on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and the lemon juice, season and add spices to your liking.
Roast for 30-45 minutes, mixing the veg a few times, and I suggest serving them with couscous or quinoa topped with pomegranate seeds!

Ready, set, and cook! Will see you soon for more ad-veg-tures... hehe x

11 Nov 2013

The Culture Feature | August/September/October 2013

Wooo, once again here's three months of culture stuff in one! I haven't actually watched or read much new things recently, as all I have time for in a week really is an episode of Grey's Anatomy and Parks and Recreation each. Still, here are a few bits I enjoyed during my late summer. Once again, let me know if you follow my advice, and if you liked any of those! 

TV | House of Cards
Oh, man, do I wish the first season of House of Cards had been longer... I am not into politics, so wasn't too sure I'd get into it, but this is one of the perfectly finished shows I've ever watched. Exceptional directing (hello David Fincher!), spotless cast with Robin Wright whom I more than ever aspire to be like, and Kevin Spacey... How do I explain Kevin Spacey? His performance is remarkable, especially since he has the particular task of playing the only character who interacts with the audience. He displays the perfect balance of trustworthiness and dodginess that I associate with politicians. And the cinematography is an absolute gem. If all this doesn't convince you, I loved how it explores the shady ways of politics and breaks the fourth wall. I am PSYCHED for season two!

TV The Tunnel
I've only just started watching The Tunnel, and am still confused about it all, BUT a few things I really enjoy and here's why you should watch it: it is a show BOTH in English and French. How cool is that?! I started watching it with my boyfriend as a "culture bonding" activity but really, I just enjoy being able to understand everything and not him. Also, it has Clémence Poesy, and she's awesome. Watch if you like hearing people speak French, enjoy crime/cop fiction and apocalypto-religious serial killers.

MOVIES Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Chose this doc on a whim because it had some great reviews on Reddit, and I'm glad I did, for it was really different from what I usually watch. This documentary follows Jiro Ono, a sushi master who owns a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo. It's hard to describe how I felt... This movie really conveys the passion and art that goes into Jiro's sushi making, as well as a very serious sense of duty. Foodies with love it but I think everyone would get hooked... if only on trying to understand the very mysterious Jiro.

MOVIES The Godfather
Yes I know, absolute classic, why hadn't I watched it before, I'm a disgrace, etc. Better late than never, eh? Well, despite my initial reluctance about a long-*ss movie about people with Italian accents killing each other (what I thought it would be), I really enjoyed it... But it was what I thought it'd be! Still, it's such a beast of a movie, and is entertaining, gripping and challenges your idea of family. A must-watch. Have watched the second and am ready for the third!

OTHERS Spamalot
Here's a special one for you, a musical! A while ago, I went to see Spamalot with the man after 1) he insisted a lot and 2) we found very cheap tickets. I do love myself a bit of the Holy Grail, and got quite excited... and it was HILARIOUS. It's the best of the Holy Grail, with music, excellent anti-French jokes, terrific contemporary references and an overwhelming feeling of general happiness and old-school fun. Go go go!

7 Nov 2013

Life lately...

Phew, the past few weeks/months haven't been easy! Hence the absence of posts... I want to try to get back into this blog a little, and find the occasional hour to write a post or two, but do I have to dig to find such time!

Since the last time... I started a new job that is fun and well paid (yay!), lived through the first half-term of third year — with difficulties, ordered many a takeaway, had a visit from my mum and dad, bought the perfect winter boots, went to Cadbury World (and decided I would never live in Birmingham,) carved my first ever pumpkin, made litres of soup and batch after batch of chocolate biscotti, spent many an hour sitting on the floor of the Wired Radio studio, wrote a billion stories for East London Lines and even got commissioned for my first ever freelance journalism work! Look out for my name/face/words in the January issue of Company...

Here are a few snaps from all this for you to peer over while I go write a few more posts. See you soon x





Chocolate biscotti. / Vampire Weekend at the iTunes Festival. / Shake Shack! / The best burger in London, MotherFlipper's candy bacon burger / Took my parents to the Breakfast Club / Pumpkin carving, cake eating and wine drinking / Our take on Tuco's burritos for the finale of Breaking Bad / IT'S BACK!