Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Florals For Spring? Groundbreaking.

No word of a lie, the sun was shining down on the beautiful seaside town that is Whitley Bay (my home) and a part from the occasional coastal wind it was warm as well. Oh my god, I was so excited I nearly had a litter of kittens! Bye bye oversized woollens and hello bright tops. Just to give you a first look into my spring/summer wardrobe here’s what I wore for 6th form today (sorry for the dirty mirror shot, my house is getting decorated and everything is covered in dust).   

Charity Shop Top
H&M Scarf
River Island Leggings
White Low Top Converse
Marc by Marc Jacobs Necklace  

For 6th form I am usually so tired in the mornings I just chuck on anything I can find that doesn’t make me look like a potato or a bag lady but this morning the sun gave me a little more energy to raid my cupboard to find this little top I purchased last summer from a charity shop. I love it because it’s so bright it cheers me up and it is floaty so it’s comfy to wear when stuck in a library revising. However my energy/time ran out there to find anything nice to go with it, so I just chucked on a pair of black leggings, a brightly patterned scarf and legged it out of the door wearing my trusty converse (I also grabbed my leather jacket just in case it got cold). The necklace I am wearing which you can’t really see because the fro is in the way; is actually one of my favourites! I got it when I was on holiday in Cape Cod; they make a silver and gold version of the same necklace (which I think I may do a post on) so me and my sister got one in each colour as a sort of friendship/sisterhood thing. Cute I know. Makeup and hair wise nothing was going on as I stayed up well past my bed time last night catching up on Made in Chelsea and didn’t have time to think about what was going on with the face or fro…I am not morning girl. 

Well I hope it was sunny where you were and you were able to whip out your favourite spring gear, if so please tell me or show me! I love having a nosey at what people are wearing. Happy Tuesday kittens, Love Hann xx

Monday, 29 April 2013

Pasta 'n' Sauce Healthy Meal Shake Up

A recipe for a meal that is quick, healthy and fills you up; bullshit you say? Nope it’s true!  Here’s a dish that can be whipped up in about 20 minutes, is full of healthy vegetables and fills you up for the activities of the day a head. And all it starts with is a packet of Batchelors Pasta ‘n’ Sauce. 
1)      Choose whatever flavour of Past ‘n’ Sauce that tickles your fancy (I went for the cheese, leek and ham flavour) and make as directed on the back of the packet. You can pick these up at most supermarkets quite cheaply but I get mine from B&M Bargains for an even cheaper price, favourite shop ever!  

2)      As the pasta is cooking choose what vegetables you would like to add; I would recommend adding onions and peppers as there crunchy texture will go nicely against the softer texture of the pasta. From there you can add whatever you desire; I went for a massive mushroom as they are one of my favourite foods.

3)      Cut up your chosen vegetable to a size you enjoy then add to the cook pasta ‘n’ sauce and leave to simmer. If you have a bit of extra time you could fry the vegetables before adding to pasta to make them a little softer. 
 4)      As the mixture simmers you can add some extra seasoning. What I use is the Lazy Garlic and Lazy Chili from the Very Lazy range. I love these because they are ready to use in an instant, literally all you do is add as much as you want to what you are cooking then you’re done! You can get these is most supermarkets as well, they are usually hiding in the section where all of the herbs and spices are. As a garlic fiend I always have a jar of the stuff in my fridge.

 5)      Continue to simmer until the vegetables are soft (or not if you prefer then a little crispier) and then serve! I find a packet with the added trimmings can serve about 3 as part of a main meal or 2 as a meal on its own or even if you want it just for 1 you can save the rest and once it has cooled down put in the fridge in and save for another occasion (I often do this if I need a packed lunch for the next day). Then boom you’re done! Add any other seasoning as you desire then enjoy. 

If you want to be a bit more adventurous you don’t have to just add vegetables to shake up your pasta, you can add various meats or fish as well. Just make sure, if they are not already, that any meat or fish being added is cooked through before being added to the pasta. Some other things I have tried are by adding cooked prawns, bacon, chicken, tuna and much more. The possibilities are endless! 

So I hope you found this little recipe helpful and if you have any questions or any cooking tips for me please leave comments below! Happy Monday! 
Hann xx