Sparkles & Scribbles

I decided to brush up my makeup skills, not that they are great otherwise but I thought its a good thing to know. Definitely handy for someone who can’t even draw a straight line with an eye liner without drawing a few squiggles around the eye- get it right on the third attempt and I’ll consider it a good day.

So I booked myself an appointment with the lovely Bianca at Bobbi Brown Fenwick. She was brilliant and drew magical strokes with a wave of her wand in just a few minutes. However something that should have taken 20 minutes ended up taking a little longer as I pestered away with my questions and made her take pictures of each step so that I could try this at home.

Bobbi Brown is my absolute favorite and 90% of the products I use are from them. My fascination started from a lipstick called ‘true pink’ – a colour I adore.

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We started off with some cleansing, toning and moisturizing. The hydrating eye cream is a new addition to my kit as previously I wasn’t really sold on the idea of applying an eye cream but it really does make a difference, especially during the cold when the skin dries up a lot more rapidly.

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I like the stick as it allows you to decide how much coverage you want depending on the time of the day. I use natural no. 4.

Now for the eyes……

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Eyes are the hardest but Bianca made it sound like a cake walk, I am hoping I can do something similar this weekend. So we used a brown base color and topped it up with a little bit of sparkle. A fine line along the edge followed by a bit of smudging to create a slightly smokey eye. Nothing too dark, just how I like it.

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Don’t forget the eye corrector and concealer specially when you are going on a night out. It brightens up the under eye and lifts up the whole look. All this time I have been avoiding these products as I felt they take up too much time but genuinely they do make a world of a difference. They still haven’t made it to my day makeup routine but I will be spending those extra 2 minutes in the evening from now on thanks to the lovely make up artists at Bobbi Brown.

We used cocoa, all spice and rich brown shadows and a gel eyeliner in black to create this look.

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Who doesn’t like a bit of shimmer. The famous BB shimmer brick in brown tones works as a great bronzer highlighter.

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I am not very experimental when it comes to the lips and cheeks. I like to stick to pinks and nudes so this time we went for the nude peach blush and a pink beige lip color.

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I loved my look and was really pleased with the lesson. The Bobbi Brown artists have successfully taught me some simple techniques and added a sparkle to my scribbles .

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This had to be paired with one of my favorite dresses. Photo and artwork credit to A and his app.

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More on the look and and night out tomorrow……

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Dover Sole with Chilli Parsley Butter & Baked Kale

Super kicked with this recipe. I was so pleased with the final result and had a big smile towards the end of the meal. It was quick and tasted delicious, we could have had a bit more but I only bought two fillets. Will just have to wait until next time, which won’t be very long from now.

Started of by making the butter mix.

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Roughly chop a small bunch of parsley and make sure the chili is cut into tiny squares.

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Cut two small blocks of unsalted butter for two fillets.

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Put the chili and parsley into the bowl with a small squeeze of lemon.

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Add 1/2 tsp of paprika and adjust the flavor after giving it a good mix.

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Have a lick and see if you are happy with the taste, if not add some more lemon and paprika. If you have the time and patience you can keep it in the fridge for an hour, if not just use it like this. I didn’t have the patience as we were very hungry after a long day at work.

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Season the fish on both sides.

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Place it on a pan with a few drops of olive oil. Don’t add too much as you are going to cook it in butter. Remember to keep the flame on medium.

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Add the beautiful chili parsley butter.

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Let it sizzle……..

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Turn the fish over after 4 minutes and add more butter if you like. Depending on the thickness of the fish it should take about 4-5 minutes on each side.

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While the fish is cooking, season the kale and drizzle some olive oil over it.

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Keep it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 150°C fan and do keep a watchful eye on it as you only want the edges to become crispy and not burn.

If you want you can sprinkle some parmesan over it once its roasted. Its entirely up to you.

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Here go my January goals. I am allowed to cheat a bit, what do you think?

 

Chicken Kebabs with Harissa Yogurt

This recipe makes for a perfect mid-week supper. Its quick, fresh and healthy. Definitely fits into the January lean and green goals, as I like to call them. No resolutions for me please. I am not sure if I have ever managed to fulfill any new year resolution till date. So this year I decided to set some goals- lets see how that goes.

Now coming back to my kebabs. I took inspiration from a mix of Indian and Mediterranean flavors that are freshly put together in my kitchen and served with some super easy and fresh harissa yogurt.

This will serve 2 very hungry people and 4 not so hungry guests.

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Take 4 chicken thighs and cut them into rough chunks.

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Chop 1 white onion, 3 cloves of garlic, tiny piece of ginger and a bunch or coriander.

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Throw everything into a grinder and add 1 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper.

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Next up 1 tsp of coriander powder.

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Finally a tiny amount of chili powder.

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Quick tip- adding olive makes it a finer chicken mince.

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I prefer this sort of a shape and size but you can make them smaller to serve as an appetizer or larger to make a grilled chicken burger.

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Add a little bit of olive oil to a large frying pan and cook until brown. Approximately 4-5 minutes on each side should do the job.

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Make sure you cook them over a low to medium flame so that they don’t burn.

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For the harissa yogurt take 1 cup of yogurt, 1tsp salt, 1 tsp harissa paste and mix them all together. Next up, squeeze half a lemon into the mixture and tadaaa….ready to do.

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I served mine with some spinach and beetroot salad and wholemeal pita.

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And of course my favorite diptyque candle to add to the sensory pleasure.

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Fancied a little chicken pita. I like mine salad heavy what about you ?!

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Daddy in town usually means lots of eating out. I have been saving up going to this restaurant for a while now and we finally made it last weekend. We were lucky enough to get a reservation only because they haven’t done a massive PR launch yet, but I highly recommend calling up before as it’s soon going to be one of the highlight restaurants of 2016.

Estiatoria Milos is on St James’s and you just don’t know what to expect behind those closed doors. It took me by surprise. It almost felt like I had been transported to another land – possibly somewhere in Greece or maybe even New York. It was the perfect combination of sexy and relaxed www.milos.co/restaurants

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That door did lead to some really good looking people and even better food and wine.

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We all dunked into the dips as soon as they were put on the table and the bowls were wiped out before you could say Greek Yogurt! The red pepper and feta was the first one down.

Next up we were taken to the market place and had to choose our meat, fish and veg.

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We went for the red snapper, a few lamb chops and a mix of the bright and beautiful vegetables.

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Goes without saying that we couldn’t have left without ordering the family favorite, a portion of crispy fried squid.

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The Greek salad was so fresh that it almost seemed like someone had gone and plucked the tomatoes and cucumbers from my grandma’s garden.

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Tender juicy lamb chops simply grilled. I like mine medium to well.

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The fish wasn’t the prettiest dish but it was up there with its flavour. Milos doesn’t believe in too much spice or flavouring-  they just want you to experience each ingredient in its organic form. The snapper was also grilled with salt and served with olive oil, lemon and some capers.

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There’s always space for some dessert. Try as I might-  I just cant seem to remember the name of this dessert but its a cross between a cake and a baklava, I am not sure if I am making any sense but you have to try it even if you don’t have a sweet tooth. We also ordered yogurt with fruit and flower compote and that’s the one I am going to try and replicate at home. The rose and honey compote was divine.

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I couldn’t help but post another picture of the peppers, aren’t they just absolutely stunning. Please go and try Milos for peppers sake.