New blog address!

In haste I changed my blog address from girlheartfood.wordpress.com to minnybrioche.wordpress.com and didn’t really think too much about it! Now I’ve had a few days to think about it I should have planned it better and maybe post something on my blog to inform my few loyal readers beforehand!

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Posing Hasbeen!

After being inspired by a twitter friend, Vicky from The Owl and Accordion I decided to try my luck and enter the Style-Is competition. To enter you have to take a photo of yourself in an outfit that is either sustainable, vintage, second hand, upcycled or something made locally. In return you could win £100 of vouchers to spend in Spartoo, a footwear company.

I knew I’d be able to come up with something as I tend to shop a lot in charity shops and vintage stores, plus I make my own things when I have the time. I did however have a hard time in deciding what to wear, but I knew I wanted to pose in my new Hasbeens, so the task was to dress around them! I was originally going to wear my charity shop vintage M&S faux fur-coat on top of the dress but I decided against it. Although the fur would not be out of place considering the chilly weather we’ve been having, I wanted a spring look, so chose an old jacket from River Island bought in sale. I like to try and get away with clashing print on print!

Now onto the outfit, here I am rocking sustainable style for the @style__is Fashion Bloggers Competition:

Outfit
My outfit consisted of: Jacket from River Island (sale), Bally handbag from Charity Shop, Sandals from Swedish Hasbeens, Dress made by my own fair hands 2 years ago!

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Me with Ziggy sleeping by my feet.

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Me posing to the side so you can see my hair-clip I made.

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Me having a rest!

I’d like to see your outfits if you enter! 🙂

Definitely not a has-been!

20130421-151304.jpgA few weeks ago we took a mini break to London to celebrate our 13 years of being together anniversary. We spent part of our time over in East London wandering the shops and I spotted some Swedish Hasbeens in the window of an empty unused shop. I blurted out to my husband how much I loved the brand and was startled when a lady replied back, “come back Thursday, we’re opening then!”. It was then I realised that the lady was setting up the window display and probably setting up shop for the brand, though I’m not sure if its just a pop-up shop. The advice from the lady was no use to me as we were leaving before Thursday so we just said goodbye and crossed over the road to wander a bit more. When we reached the other side I noticed some Hasbeens in a shoe shop called Author, I had to pop inside to have a look! My husband persuaded me to treat myself so I did and bought my very first pair, he even helped me decide on the colour! I’ve been eyeing up Hasbeens for a few years now but never got any as the only way to purchase them was online, which is expensive as they are a Swedish brand. Now you can get your hands on them here in the UK, which is great because it works out cheaper then buying them online, even though online they do free delivery to the UK! It goes to show how weak the pound is.

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After having had these Hasbeens for two weeks I have finally been able to wear them out yesterday! I can see myself wanting more of these clogs and who knows I may try other brands! I’ve had a search online and think the clogs from Lotta look cute too, and even more so when the price of them are a lot cheaper than the Swedish Hasbeens. They seem to be a smaller brand and based in London so I guess it’s good to support the little guys and keep the pound in the UK!

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My take on bulgogi!

These past few days I have been craving Korean cuisine as I’ve been addicted to watching Korean Masterchef! It’s really interesting to see what food they come up with and unsurprisingly there’s a lot of Korean and Asian influences! I’ve become less interested in the British version. Last year two Korean ladies I met through work cooked some delicious beef bulgogi (grilled marinated beef) and courgette pancakes (they were like fritters), I was delighted when they gave me their recipe! So today after my back massage appointment I had a look around town and popped into M&S for a few bits to recreate this dish.

On a side note I saw the well known Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise in M&S, still as pricey as the Chinese store though!

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I came away with more than planned so had to buy this cute bag.

Method
Put the rice on and then make the marinade (I adapted this):
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp puréed pear (I used tinned pears in juice and added 2 tbsp of the juice)
1 tbsp rice vinegar (I forgot to put in photo)
1 inch fresh ginger
1/2 fresh chilli
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Salt (only a little) & pepper
(I left out garlic as I didn’t have any)

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Next, follow the step-by-step photos (Bulgogi is usually made of beef but I’m using pork this time):

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After cooking for about 10 minutes until meat is cooked through, you’ll have something looking like this (I found some green beans in the fridge so added these for colour and vitamin C & K):

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Now enjoy!
It’ll be nice to know if you make this dish, so feel free to leave me a comment or email. 🙂

Jelly Belly

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We spent the day wandering around John Lewis the other day and my Husband found something that he wanted to get me. He came and found me and took me over to this cute Jelly Belly iPhone cover. I do not need a cover, I have a cute one already (pic below)! 20130410-205103.jpg
My husband is not keen on my kitty case so at every opportunity he likes to point out new cases for me! I was sold on this Jelly Belly case by the fact it’s bubblegum scented and neon pink, plus it came with a mini speaker, earphone (with a range of inner ear plug sizes) and a tiny pack of sweeties. All this was only £9.95, what a bargain, the cases alone cost £17.99 on the Jelly Belly website!

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I would highly recommend this, it’ll make a great gift, but only if that person has an iPhone 4 or 4S! They also do cases for the iPad but it seems only for the 3rd gen (iPad 3).

What case do you have?

Anniversary Month

April is when my husband and I first got together after 7 months of being friends at Art College, we’ve been together for 13 years this month! To celebrate we spent a few days in our ex home-town of London, we always have fun going to our old haunts. We like walking around to enjoy the sights and reminisce the old days! We lived here during our uni years and stayed for 9 years and lived all over London, places include: Ealing, Camden Town, London Bridge and Marble Arch.

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As it was our anniversary we treated ourselves to a stay at Shoreditch House, it was extra special because we stayed here on our wedding night before flying out to Sweden for our honeymoon! It’ll always bring memories of our wedding day. It just so happens we were given the exact room we stayed in last time, it was nice as I knew what to expect but it would have been even nicer to experience another room! We checked in after a spot of lunch at Spitalfields and a little retail therapy at Blitz London (I bought a lot more the next few days O__o ).

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When in London we have our routines on what shops, restaurants or places visit, however this time we tried a different place for dinner. That evening we had a dinner reservation at the restaurant in Shoteditch House with my sisters, although the food wasn’t spectacular, I enjoyed the convenience as we just had to get the lift down and then up to the 5th floor! We had to wait for our table but this was fine as there were games to occupy us, such as retro computer game, snooker table and a table football. The rules here states no photos anywhere in public areas so I can’t really show you any pics. I’ll review the food in another post.

(This is not a sponsored post, we paid for our room with our hard earned money).

Easter Break

I’ve not really done anything exciting lately, just spent my time sleeping, playing on Just Dance, watching Food Network, eating (a lot), and reading. It’s been relaxing, I love spending time on myself to do what I like, I can stay indoors and not venture out for a good few days, I believe I may be called a hermit! However today I did venture out and bought a few bits from Waitrose, Superdrug and TK Maxx.

Here are things I’ve been doing in pictures:

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I bought these watercolours last summer and felt that it was about time I got them out again! I’m doing a little project for myself so want to get back in to drawing and painting.

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Whilst getting bits for lunch in Waitrose the idea of using our raclette popped into husband’s head at the cheese counter. Great idea, I enjoyed our little raclette party (of two).

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I went into buy Superdrug to buy Bourjois foundation (my Bobbi Brown Skin foundation is running low and I wanted a cheaper everyday one for work) but came out buying products from Gosh (using the 3 for 2 promo) and a MUA highlighter.

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I’ve been reading John Wyndham books lately as I finished Life of Pi (lovely book!), my husband enjoys Wyndham books and have been trying to get me to read some of his favourites. The first book I read was Chocky which was enjoyable and rather interesting as the story is about a boy who hears voices in his head! I’m now onto The Day of the Triffids.

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We saw some globe artichokes at our local Morrisons and decided to buy them as a treat, we’ve both not had these since we were young. We had one each and it was mega filling!!! I would recommend you share one. I just made a butter dip, I say made, what I really did was melt it!