How much money do you spend on your groceries each month? A report suggests that nearly five million of us spend at least 10% of our income on filling our faces. As the cost of food keeps on rising, more of us are set to miss out on our five-a-day.
Since 2008, the amount of money spent on food and drink in the UK has soared by almost a quarter (23%). However, the amount actually being eaten has fallen by 7%. Households spend just less than £3,000 on food in 2012, but it’s thought that figure will rise to £3,297 in 2013 – squeezing people’s income even further.
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Sometimes all you need is simple comfort food. This evening I have prepared a simple but delicious dish of Gnocchi, pork chops, spring greens and a cider sauce, perfect. The recipe is a quick and easy nigella classic. It only cost a mere £1.95 per portion too!
Recently I have begun catering for events as a side project. Although I’ve been doing intimate dinner parties here and there, by far and large the biggest event I have organised so far was a birthday party for 100 people in June.
My friend Emma and I began preparing a feast to remember at approximately 9 am on the day of the party. We cooked 100 Sausage Rolls, 100 spicy prawn cocktail cups, 100 beef yorkshire puddings with rocket and horseradish, 50 smoked mackerel blini’s, 100 broad bean and mint crostini’s, 100 pulled pork pies and 10 quiches with a mix of two homemade flavours: sun blush tomatoes and goats cheese, and mushroom and pancetta, phew!
For dessert we prepared strawberry shortbreads with rosewater cream and, my cousin kindly created a gorgeous cake for the birthday girl!
The evening was an absolute success and all attendees thanked myself and Emma for all our hard graft!
If you are interested in catering for any sort of event, be it a birthday party, a children’s party, a dinner party or a sunday afternoon tea, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be more than happy to arrange a spread suited to your budget.
Next month, John Lewis will be launching their own line of Nail Polishes.
I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to try the line out! The collection comprises of 12 colours. Post box red is certainly my favourite colour, such a gorgeous statement shade perfect for the British summer time.
Pick yours up in store, from the beginning of August.
Although I often spend hours in the kitchen, my favourite meals are often the least complicated. This meal below is my most requested comfort dish from friends and family, king prawn linguine. A simple mix of butter, parsley, garlic, prawns and linguine this combination creates a truly beautiful flavour.
To make, simply mix the butter and the parsley and slowly fry the two together, then, after a minute or so, add the garlic. Finally add the prawns and slowly simmer for a few minutes. Mix in with some pre-cooked linguine and a pinch of salt. Finally garnish with fresh parmesan.
Last night I made the most delicious Sesame Chicken recipe known to man. The budget friendly recipe fed 4 people. I also served the chicken with basmati rice and grated cashew nuts. Delicious!
If you are interested in recreating this super easy, crowd pleasing recipe, you can find it here.
I love London, mostly because it’s full of fun inspiring things to do.
Recently, I headed out on a Jack the Ripper tour of London, with my Dad, the excellent Blue Badge tour guide. I love seeing unusual hidden parts of London, such as the alphabet shutters above on Petticoat Lane.
To book Sean for an amazing tour of London’s most famous mystery you can email him on email@example.com.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m a busy woman. When it comes to skincare routines I don’t tend to have a vast amount of time. Washing, moisturising, primer, foundation, exhausting. So when I heard about BB Creams, I couldn’t wait to try them out.
I had heard about 3 particular brands, so I was keen to try them out. The three I tried were Garnier BB cream, Maybelline BB Cream and Superdrug own Brand BB cream.
Garnier BB cream
A thick cream which seemed to cover up a multitude of sins, this cream is one for days when your skin is feeling dehydrated, or you have one blemish too many. Be warned it is rather thick so should be applied sparingly. 6/10
Superdrug BB cream.
I have to say, for a own brand cream this really is a winner. It is a 5 in 1 BB cream which contains primer, moisturiser, a concealer and a foundation, and the shades and texture of the cream are light, allowing your skin to breathe. The only thing which disappointed me about this brand was the lack on suncream. Factor is an important element of skin care routine (I wear factor 50 every day!) so if you are claiming to be an all in one cream then SPF should really be part of the equasion. 7/10
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Maybelline has the edge when it comes to numbers. The 8 in 1 cream hydrates all day, blurs imperfections, contains an SPF 30, and complements skin tone. It is a nice colour and this one really does last all day. Light and airy, this cream also doesn’t feel so heavy on the skin. 9/10