Home-made Shakshuka

Hey everyone,

I hope everyone’s having a wonderful Friday and ready for the weekend!

I’m back with another post for you guys, something a little different, perfect for some weekend cooking! Since I’ve had more time on my hands due to finishing university, a couple of days ago my boyfriend and I decided to cook something fun.

We made our own Shakshuka, which is something we never made before, as it takes time. We followed a random recipe we found online and it was super straight forward and just….yummyyyy.

I mean just looking at the pics makes me crave it again ha… I am such a massive Shakshuka fan. I mean its mixed vegetables with herbs and spices and protein from the eggs; perfect combo if you ask me and also quite light and overall just AMAZING.

We put olive oil and onion in a pan for a bit before then started added 2 finely chopped peppers; green and red and left it to cook for a bit. In the meantime we started adding garlic powder, ground coriander, some chilli, smoked paprika, black pepper and then added some chopped tomatoes and then 3/4 can of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice. When the veggies look like they’ve been cooked enough with a spoon make a little space and at the same time crack the egg into the space. We put 3 eggs but put as many as you wish, leave it until the egg white starts cooking, pop some fresh mint and basil inside too and then pop it in the oven for around 15 mins more.

You can also top it with some cheese for example, goats cheese or feta. Due to not being able to eat lactose I didn’t and just had the guacamole we made on the side but my boyfriend said it tastes amazing with the soft cheese.

Hope you enjoyed this and get sometime to make Shakshuka too!

Love,

Laura xx

Uni: Over & Out

Hey everyone,

First things first, I finally finished my fashion management course at London College of Fashion and I’m S U P E R happy. As a ‘first post back’, I decided to share what I did the day I finished as it was such an amazing feeling and I felt so relaxed for the first time in a while. I know I haven’t been posting but I’m back with a lot of content to share with you guys.

I went to this cafe which i’d actually been to before, however, not with my boyfriend as the places I pick are normally too healthy for him… he likes his meat and big portions haha

The place is called Daisy Green in Marble Arch and they have many similar chain cafe’s with slightly different names. My boyfriend agreed to come and actually liked it. I love their food, as they’re all healthy but they still have ‘comfort’ food too. On top of that the place itself is really colourful and cute with lovely pink roses all around the outside. I got their Shakshuka which has 2 fried eggs hidden inside and my boyfriend got ‘the bondi’ which had poached eggs, a sausage and more as you can see in the pics. Both plates also had charcoal bread too. Definitely a place I would recommend and I definitely want to try its other ‘sister’ cafes around London!

Since i’ve been getting little sleep ahead of my dissertation deadline, I just wanted to wear something comfy so I wore my mom jeans (Topshop) as they’re really big on me, comfy and are easy to combine. I paired them with a blue striped shirt (H&M) with a denim jacket (Stradivarius) and white platform trainers (Alexander McQueen). I also added some pictures with a different blouse on top (Zara) which i tied up at the front, just to show you a different style.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and the whole post and i’ll see you soon on my next one.

Love,

Laura xxx

21 already..whaatt?!

Hey Everyone,

Last week, (on Feb 23) I turned 21! So I thought I would write a little bit about what I did and who I spent my birthday with.

BUT first of all, omg I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M 21 ALREADY!! I still feel 19 to be honest…

I should really start getting on top of things and being a bit more responsible, I mean I finish uni in around 3 months… OH oh…Time to decide what I really want to do with my life?..

Ok, jokes aside – It has been a hell of a bumpy ride and a tough year. Final year at uni isn’t easy, along with some other events that occurred, some of which I previously talked about. However, throughout this year I have certainly realised that I am super blessed to be surrounded with people who truly care.

ANYWAYS back onto the birthday (3-day birthday) talk…

FEB 22nd

My boyfriend had organised a dinner for my birthday, as he wanted to take my family and I out to dinner and the night before my birthday was the only day everyone could make it. We went to the OXO Tower, which is a place he knows I love. I think the atmosphere is so nice there with the loveliest and most incredible of views looking onto the river Thames. In the evening you can see all the different lights from the bridge, boats and the city, which makes it truly gorgeous. The food was also amazing and even though it is a luxury restaurant I wouldn’t say its overpriced for what you get (ambience too).

My boyfriend then surprised me with an early birthday present as he wanted to give it to me with everyone there which was so special. He got me the Marmot Gucci bag you can see in the photos, which I had been wanting to get for a while… so you can only imagine the smile on my face when I opened it!

FEB 23rd

Even though people tend to think, “oh you’re turning 21, you need to do something big”, to be completely honest I don’t get it. Yes, its big in America maybe because you can legally drink finally.. but in London… not a big deal. As I get older i’ve realised I much more enjoy spending time with family and closest friends, rather than partying with everyone I know…

Ok back on track now… sorry i get very easily side tracked as you can see..

I spent my actual birthday with my boyfriend. We went for brunch to my favourite place, Egg break in Notting hill and then did a bit of shopping in Knightsbridge and then went for crepes in this cute place I had never been to before in Covent garden called Mamies.

In the evening I went to my parents home to have a family dinner and birthday cake.

(sorry about some of the pics, I didn’t feel like bringing a camera around on my birthday)

FEB 24th

I spent this day celebrating my birthday with my closest friends, having brunch because I can’t get enough of brunch food. However, I realised my favourite brunch places don’t take bookings especially on the weekend and didn’t want to queue before so I ended up cooking brunch in my new flat. Honestly, it was the best decision I made because we had no time limit, it was so chilled and got the chance to properly talk with everyone.

Even though I didn’t do anything crazy for my birthday, I enjoyed every single minute of it more than any other and I couldn’t have been happier!

I hope you enjoyed this post and i’m sorry for making it SO long but I really wanted to share everything with you guys! (and still want to in the future!)

OK, BYE for now.

Lots of love,

Laura xx

Pre-Xmas lunch

Heyy everyone,

I’m going to write a slighty longer post this time as I have been a little more MIA this time as I have had a lot to study, alongside festive season duties… and with more festivities, I don’t know how much more time I will have to write.

Since all my relatives live in Italy we always spend Christmas there with them, so a lot of my presents usually are cute small things from London as they appreciate those little things more rather than something big you can get anywhere, or even nice clothes from shops that they don’t have in Italy. However, I also think it is the thought and effort that counts, who else agrees?

My boyfriend and I decided to have a pre christmas lunch together since I was going to Italy and he was staying in London. We went to an Italian restaurant, Il Tetto (which means ‘the roof’), which of course, was on the roof of Selfridges. We went as online it looked super festive, which it was, with all the lights and decorations and looked adorable. See for yourself in the photos.

We were super lucky because I forgot to book, so we just went and attempted our luck. We were seated after 20 minutes which was great. The place was really beautiful, we were also lucky with the weather as it was sunny, which made the window seats we had really bright and warm. The food of course, was also really tasty, although, I have to say, the service wasn’t too great. I had the salmon with beans and my boyfriend had the burger (I swear thats all he eats ha), both really good, however, the burger was a bit small for the price… at least in my boyfriends opinion, i’m not really a burger person, so i’m not really sure.

After having eaten we went outside on the terrace to look at the view, sit in the huts for a while and take some pics 😀 which was lovely and relaxing.

Outfit details:
Coat: Canada Goose
Bag: Givenchy
Boots: Zara – Also previously styled here
Jumper & Skirt: Zara (last year)

Anyways I hope everyones enjoying the weekend and festivities, along with the scrumptious food to come 😀

Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

Lots of Love,

Laura xxx

 

Eating out

Hey guys,

I’m backk, i’m REALLY SORRY for being M.I.A again, but I had deadlines coming up, so was super stressed and studying all day everyday…. fun, right?!

Anyways, back to the post. As some of you may know I am really into fitness and following a healthy, balanced and nutritional regime, so, I thought I would touch on this topic a bit. I was having brunch with a friend the other day and the topic of eating outside came up. Talking about how it is hard to keep up with a healthy lifestyle if you enjoy eating outside a lot with friends that don’t really care. However, i believe that it is much easier than people think and people tend to over think everything.. I do it too!

My boyfriend loves burger and pizzas of course, so he drags me out for those (often enough). I normally always find something I can eat.. and believe me.. those who know me know that I am a VERY picky human when it comes to my food. The other day we went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which you would assume isn’t a very ‘healthy’ – style restaurant. Although they do have salad options, they can still be quite boring. However they also have bun free burgers as well as veggie options. I had a bun-free veggie kale falafel ‘burger’ with the side of salad instead… which at the end is a salad really…

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But hey I found it tastier than the other salad options looked and definitely more filing. So it was a win-win situation really.

Either way, I definitely want to say that even though I got a salad, it is perfectly normal to enjoy yourself every-so-often and get what you really fancy, if that is a burger… then go right ahead, why not?! I’m not saying that, that gives you the excuse to go eat fast-food at every meal or binge but it’s also important not to deprive yourself of the foods you like.

Here are some more photos of other days I go out to eat either with friends or with my boyfriend.

This post was slightly different to my usual post, so I hope you enjoyed it and let me know what you think 🙂

Love

Laura xx

Lunch at Borough Market

Hello everyone,

I’m back and i’m going to talk about the mini ‘adventure’ I had around London when my cousin visited from Italy. Due to both my parents being Italian, all my relatives live in Italy and my family and I go to Italy more than they come down. So, of course i’m always super excited when they come to visit.

During the 4 days she was here we did a lot of shopping, walking around London through all the parks, ate lots of good food, and also ended up at Borough Market, which I had actually never been to. Oh and of course I took her clubbing. A little party never hurt… am I right? 😉

London view from near Borough Market

The market was actually so pretty and had some amazing food with a huge variety to choose from. There was Thai, Indian, English, Mexican, Chinese… you name it. I found a nice little Vegan stall which had vegan burgers and salad bowls, which is kind of my version of ‘food heaven’ so of course I ended up getting the salad bowl and I can tell you this… it was definitely 100% worth it! My cousin on the other hand got a nice Indian plate which I must admit was also so tempting.

Vegan Salad Bowl

Having had lunch we continued to look at all the stalls and came across one selling nut butters and found turmeric and maple cashew butter. I am aware it sounds weird but I absolutely L O V E nut butters and I can’t get enough of turmeric either. I was initially slightly skeptical about it but after being convinced to try it…DAMN…

And then I get asked where all my money goes… to little 8£ jars of nut butter… whoops?

If you ever find yourself near London Bridge go have a walk through Borough Market and pick up some tasty goods too. It will be totally worth it, I promise. Food is always a good idea 😉

Hope everyone’s having a great start to the weekend 😀

Love

Laura xxx

Dinner at the OXO Tower

Heyy everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I’ve had a bit of a stressful week but i’m going to write a short review post for now but will be posting something longer sooner. I went for dinner at the OXO Tower the other night with my boyfriend and thought I would just share what I thought about the food there.

To begin, we shared a starter which was goats cheese wrapped in butternut squash with figs. This was my favourite plate, it was delicious and looked so pretty.

For the main, I had duck whereas my boyfriend had lamb. I am not a big fan of lamb so would always recommend the duck but if you like lamb it was still tasty and the sides made the plate look very vibrant and much prettier than mine.

Now, for the desert, we both aren’t that big of fans of sweet things and much prefer savoury so we shared a desert, (although we did end up picking the desert that was meant for 2 people anyways). We had the mixed berry soufflé, and wasn’t too impressed by it although It did look stunning, i’ll give them that! However, both my boyfriend and I found it a bit too sweet for our taste buds and I ended up just eating all the mixed berries on the side.

I really enjoyed the food there as well as the ambience and the view. They have a wonderful terrace which looks onto the river thames and St Paul’s cathedral. Since it was dark when we went you could see all the lights from the city and boats which made the view so much more special.

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Outfit details:

Top: Zara

Trousers: Zara

Boots: Zara

Jacket: Pinko

Bag: Balenciaga

I had a lovely time there and I would highly recommend anyone to try this restaurant.  Hope you enjoyed this post.

Love,

Laura xxx

Vegan Cookies

 

Hey everyone,

Hope everyone is having a great September. I had some spare time on my hands due to being ill and bored at home for a few days (thanks to London Fashion Week), so decided to do some baking. I love baking but never really get round to doing it. As some of you may know already, I love to eat healthy (90% of the time, at least) and due to having a very sensitive stomach, I don’t eat much gluten or dairy products either.

I took the recipe idea from ‘the best 5 ingredient cookie’ recipe on Deliciously Ella’s website as I love her recipes and always use hers as inspiration for when I cook. Since chestnut season is finally starting (and of course I LOVE chestnuts) I wanted to include some of those in my cookies. So I made a few with and some without as well as adding raw dark chocolate pieces into some too.

They were really fun to make and superrr easy. It was my first time making them so I was a little scared as to how they would turn out and to share it with everyone… but I was actually happily surprised at how they turned out so decided why not. They may not be the best looking cookies.. but they sure did taste good so I’m happy 😀

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The ingredients:

1 cup of ground almonds
1/2 cup of ground chestnuts
12 medjool dates (soaked in water for 5 mins)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
3 tablespoons almond milk
2 cubes of raw dark chocolate cut into small pieces

Method: 
pre-heat the oven at 180c, fan setting. 
Place all the ingredients (- the choco chips) in a food processor and whizz until it sticks all together and looks like cookie dough.
Add some chocolate chips, raisins or whatever you may fancy (I actually preferred the plain ones without any chocolate). 
Then create cookie shapes and just stick them into the oven for roughly 15 mins.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Lots of Love,

Laura xxx

Brunch in Notting Hill

Hey again!
Coming back from a trip in Spain to a bunch of uni work and applications to get done was not fun. So I decided to ease back into the week with brunch at my favourite spot in Notting Hill. So Monday I went to Farm girl with Anna as she had never been.
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I ordered the oven baked eggs and added some chicken while Anna had the Açai Bowl and some scrambled eggs. To drink she had the cute dog Chai latte while I went for the Blue Butterfly Matcha with almond milk. I took that one because (besides my obsession with the colour baby blue lately) it was the only latte I hadn’t tried at Farm Girl… Oh and I definitely think I found my new favourite. 😀

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Notting Hill is one of my favourite places in London especially to enjoy a coffee or have brunch, which is why I decided to add some of my other favourite spots in the area.
I love the food at Granger & co. as well as the ambience however, it is a chain and there are many in London, so wouldn’t necessarily go to Notting Hill to go there… I would rather go to Farm girl or one of these..

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Jusu Brothers
Just Brothers is definitely one to try, their interior is so cute and they have a wide variety of amazing juices and guilt-free sweet treats. I do find it a little pricey for what they give you however I still love it and would definitely give it a try if you haven’t already.
Farmacy
This place also has amazing vegetarian and vegan bowls, however I must admit that I’ve never gotten round to actually going… but I’ve only heard good things about it and pictures from Instagram look mouth-watering! So I REALLY need to go soon.
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I like 202 because the menu has a little bit of everything and a lot of my friends find some of my choices too healthy. Their plates are simple and full of flavour and you’re bound to find something you like. It also has a cute boutique downstairs which I always like to have a browse after having eaten.
If you are in London you should definitely give these places a try!
Love,
Laura xx