Friday, 5 April 2013

combining tastes

A little while ago, I spoke about our mismatched home - we are definitely not the sort of person to stick with one style or theme, and our flat reflects that. 

Currently on our bed is this gorgeous cushion* from The White Company, paired with some rather opulent looking eastern style cushions from Spitalfields market; a perfectly suited gift from family. Along with our pink spotted Cath Kidston duvet cover, it really is mismatched! 

Our mixing of styles is the result of a combination of factors; partly due to the fact we're not people to pick one theme and go with it, we're too indecisive! But also because I have no willpower, love shopping and can't resist buying things I love... even if they don't match anything else we own! Sigh.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

mid week musings

Another simple but tasty recipe that you can whip up during in the week to use up any chicken leftover from a Sunday roast. It doesn't take too long, although does require some attention!

You will need (for two people):
150g risotto rice
Bunch of asparagus tips
Approx 1.5 litre chicken stock
1 glass white wine
Garlic (puree or cloves)
Handful frozen peas (defrosted)
Cooked chicken
1 onion

Start by frying your chopped onion in a knob of butter, with a clove of garlic finely chopped or a squeeze of puree. Once softened add the asparagus (chopped in half if you want) and the rice and stir into the butter so it's all coated. Add the wine and stir until it has reduced, then start to add the stock a small amount at a time. This does take some time and attention - keep adding the stock and stirring until the rice is cooked. It shouldn't be a squidgy mess though, the rice should still have some bite. This usually takes about 25 minutes; keep adding the stock until the rice has cooked, you may not need the entire amount.

Five minutes before the end (when you think your rice is almost ready) add the chicken and peas to warm through. The asparagus should still be al dente and not over cooked. 

Serve in warm bowls with shavings or grated parmesan to taste, and enjoy!


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

help a sista out

So after more than enough rain, cold weather and grey days, I am starting to count down the days (hours?!) until we go to Malaysia. We booked a couple of months ago now, and are going with Rich's best friend and girlfriend for two weeks of sunshine and exploring!

In June/July 2011, Kat and I went to Malaysia and Indonesia for a month... starting with KL and then the Perhentian Islands, and falling instantly in love. Since then, nothing has compared with the idyllic beaches and clear blue seas, and we're hoping to find some similar gorgeous spots this summer.
We have a few places in mind; in particular Redang and Tioman, and possibly the Perhentians again. 

I'd love to hear from you guys - have you been to anywhere in Malaysia that you loved? We fly to KL mid July and have two weeks to travel a bit, and relax a lot. I'd hoped to visit Langkawi, but have heard mixed reviews and is on the other side (west) of Malaysia. We're probably going to stick to the east coast, unless someone can convince me otherwise!

image from Pinterest, edited by me
Have seen some gorgeous pictures and read great things about Redang; it's not far from the Perhentians and looks stunning. 

image from Pinterest, edited by me
Tioman - where South Pacific was filmed (the musical geek inside shining through) and have heard so many good things... sounds like a must-visit!

Picture from our visit in 2011
And finally, the Perhentians. We only went to the small Island (Kecil), so hoping to visit the big island (Besar) this time too. 

I'd love to hear from you lovely lot - places to stay, how you got there, any hints or tips!
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