It was so nice to have a bit of sunshine today, it makes everything that much better! I had a leisurely morning of breakfast in bed (croissant and tea), brought to me by husband to wake me up! It’s hard to get me out of bed so the best thing to do is to bring food!
The rest of the afternoon was filled with more food, husband made me lunch which consisted of things that needed eating up. I thought I’d eat outside today with the sun, it was really relaxing and eventually made me rather sleepy! I imagine that’s what holidays in the sun/beach are like, I’ve never been on that kind, I’m more of a city/foodie breaks girl!
Lunch was followed by a plate of very ripe strawberries and extra thick cream!
After lunch we headed to B&Q as they have a bank holiday 3 for 2 offer on all plants and I was keen to get more vegetable plants. I never usually go to B&Q as it’s more expensive and less to choose from than the nursery I usually go to. The offer ends tonight so we decided it was worth a look and low and behold I got all of the below for around £6! The poppy was looking sad, it was on sale for 50p, I love poppies so rescued it to try and make healthy again! All in all a fun and thrifty day out, the check-out girl was friendly and even complimented on my neon orange nails!
My outfit today:
Wow it’s nearly been a month since my last post! I’ve had a really busy month at work which means I’m usually knackered by the time I get home, so the last thing I want to do it use my brain a write a post. I really wish I have the energy to post regularly, I’m going to try to at least blog once a week… We will see how that goes!
Ok so lets see what I got up to in the month of May:
I’ve been helping my friend with her wedding photography business, she’s based in Taiwan and I’m helping her promote it in the UK as a pre-wedding destination for engagement photos. It’s really popular for the Chinese to take a load of pictures before hand and Taiwan is a go to destination for it as it boasts a variety of amazing scenery. It’s also great as it has delicious street food too! I’m hoping to visit her in December. Do check out the Facebook page for more pictures and information, oh and I’d be most grateful if you like the page too! 😘😞
I’ve been hanging out with Ziggy and taking pictures of him being cute!
There’s been a lot of murals graffiti style dotted around the city, I like this one of a fox and birds.
I’ve been obsessed with cute socks lately, I’m still not over it and on the lookout for more!!
Talking about obsessions, I’m also into these way too much! We got one last Saturday and I was hooked, we went back to the supermarket yesterday and I bought 3 bars! Lol
Last Sunday we went out with the family for lunch at Bill’s, everything I ordered was great, apart from the banoffee pie, so I’ve shown you in the picture above the dessert I should have ordered, creme brûlée!
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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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:
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!
Me with Ziggy sleeping by my feet.
Me posing to the side so you can see my hair-clip I made.
Me having a rest!
I’d like to see your outfits if you enter! 🙂
A 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.
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!
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!
I came away with more than planned so had to buy this cute bag.
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)
Next, follow the step-by-step photos (Bulgogi is usually made of beef but I’m using pork this time):
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):
It’ll be nice to know if you make this dish, so feel free to leave me a comment or email. 🙂
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)!
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!
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?