Sweet Potato Fries/Wedges

I had some sweet potatoes left over from my Carrot & Coriander Soup so the only thing left to do was make some bangin’ fries/wedges.

This recipe is so easy to do, I promise! They’ll take about 35/40 minutes in the oven at 200° – I use this time to get everything else into check, so it works splendidly for me.

You’ll need:

  • Sweet potatoes (quantity dependent on mouths to feed)
  • 1tbs olive oil
  • Paprika
  • Mixed herbs
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 baking tray

Onwards…

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  1. Pre-heat oven
  2. Wash the potatoes but leave the skins on
  3. Chop them up into strips (you’ll understand my fries vs wedges dilemma)
  4. Place into the mixing bowl and add the olive oil, paprika, mixed herbs and salt & pepper, and yeah, mix
  5. Whack them onto the baking tray (I tend to sprinkle a little extra of the seasoning on too) and get them in the oven
  6. Every now and then give them a shuffle, but when time’s up…
  7. Serve!

To be honest you can use whatever seasoning you fancy, but I will always recommend paprika on them!

What you should be left with is some nice crispy skins and soft sweet potato. BOOM!

Enjoy!

 

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Baked Egg in a Hole

Fancied something different this morning!

I used to make this when I was younger because I thought it was the coolest thing. Turns out, still pretty cool.

As I made this before work I have demonstrated the simplest and quickest way to get this breakfast done with no messin’ about.

You’ll need:

  • 1 egg
  • Butter
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 medium sized round glass (for cutting)
  • 1 baking tray
  • Salt & pepper

All you need to do:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200° / 180° Fan
  2. Grease your baking tray with butter
  3. Using the edge of the glass, press into the middle of the bread and cut a hole
  4. Butter the bread (I recommend on both sides as it can end up dry)
  5. Place the bread on the baking tray and crack the egg into the hole
  6. Simply put in the oven for roughly 15 minutes
  7. Take out and season with salt & pepper

I was quite rushed this morning, so my pictured end result is without seasoning! You do not wanna forget that salt & pepper!

Enjoy!

Carrot & Coriander Soup

I am starting this week healthy (and hopefully it’ll end that way too…)

Carrot and coriander soup is a classic, and I’ve added a few of my personal favourites in this one!

I used:

  • Roughly 450g of carrots
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1-2 handfuls of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 white onion
  • Garlic cloves (I used 3)
  • A pinch of salt & pepper, paprika, nutmeg & mixed herbs
  • Less than half a chilli (depending if you like the fire – add to your liking)
  • 1-2 tsp of olive oil
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • Blender (I use a hand one, but a processor works too)
  • 1 large saucepan
  • Some bread and butter on the side (optional)

 

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Now:

  1. Get everything peeled and chopped (I crushed the garlic)
  2. Heat olive oil in pan
  3. Add the onion, and when slightly softened, add the chilli
  4. Get all the herbs in (don’t forget to stir away)
  5. Whack in the potato and garlic
  6. Get the kettle on and allow everything to soften on a low heat
  7. Once soft, add the carrots and stock, then bring to the boil
  8. When bubbling away, lower the heat and allow to simmer for around 20 mins with a lid on
  9. Every now and then give it all a stir
  10. Time’s up! Blend it all together to your preferred consistency
  11. Serve up, and enjoy!

As per usual I made a little extra, and that’s lunch sorted tomorrow!

Also if you prefer a thicker soup, then simply use less water.

Enjoy!

 

Get your juice on mate

Tip for the mornings!

I’ve only just got my juicer up and running again, but personally I need to plan ahead and get all the fruit in first before I crack on. If any are worthy, I’ll whack em’ on here too.

For the mean time, I’ve just been buying my juices. However, I cannot stress enough how great it feels kick starting the day with a lovely cup of vitamins and nutrients! Honestly, if you don’t have a juicer, find somewhere that does them (FRESH) and grab one on your way to work.

The juice I have in the picture is a simple orange and mango. Morning ZING x

 

Simple, slutty bagel

I can rarely buy bagels because they just go, pretty much instantly. Needless to say, they won’t last the week. When I do dare to invest, here’s what I go for at lunch…

You will need:

  1. 1 red onion and chive bagel (I go for New York Bakery Co.)
  2. Spinach
  3. Ham
  4. Cheddar cheese

Simply:

  1. Cut the bagel in half, and grill on both sides until lightly toasted
  2. Put cheese on both of the slices, then whack under the grill until dripping
  3. Take the bagel out of the grill, onto a plate and put in the ham, then spinach
  4. Whack them together, NOM BEAUTIFUL

For a little difference, try mozzarella with ham, or change the ham for salami, and spinach for watercress. I personally don’t use butter but you’re more than welcome to if it so suits you.

Also try fiery chilli pesto on one slice and original hummus on the other, then do the same as said before, and whack in the salami and watercress (my personal favourite).

Enjoy!

Lady Loves

Below I have listed some of my ultimate lady loves in film. Do bear in mind, these are not all of them. Those that are on the list are there because I like them as actresses, but primarily I have put my favourite characters they portray on here.

In no particular order…

  1. Anna Karina as Nana Kleinfrankenheim in Vivre Sa Vie

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Anna Karina brings a certain sincerity and affection to this film. As a character she is simply mesmerising and depicts the struggle of women in this era beautifully. Karina creates depth to Nana, giving herself flexibility to be playful as well as display her inner turmoils.

2. Kate Winslet as Nancy Cowan in Carnage

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Realistically I could have picked any of the cast, but Kate Winslet in particular provides her character with effortless sophistication, even when their situation descends into utter chaos. She also graciously navigates this descent which aids the story’s sense of humour perfectly – starting poised and rational, she’s still as likeable when outraged.

3. Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde

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I think there’s a runaway in every girl, and I also think many girls can identify with Bonnie. As for Faye Dunaway, she gives Bonnie a coolness that makes this murderess thief enviable and liberating. Maybe there’s something wrong with that, but ultimately she’s a rule breaker and feisty as hell.

4. Angelina Jolie as Lisa in Girl, Interrupted 

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In my eyes, it’s fair to say that this role was Oscar worthy. Angelina Jolie presents no limits or boundaries to Lisa’s sociopathic personality – her presence is always as exciting as it is intense. Lisa is very much the leader of the pack, she’s fearless and authoritative, but Jolie equally depicts her weaknesses and fears.

5. Ziyi Zhang as Xiao Mei in House of Flying Daggers

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I cannot lie, there’s is a whole lot of envy towards Ziyi Zhang. In this instance she is essentially one of the most dangerous women in film – Xiao Mei is as kick-ass as she is heartbreaking, while also having the ability to be ferocious, she is also poised. Why wouldn’t she be on this list?

6. Julianne Moore as Charley in A Single Man

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Charley is complex, and although she is beautiful and charmingly fun, she carries much sorrow. I admire the way Moore is able to give Charley some illusivity in the way that she is never quite understood. Classy, yet lonely, Moore is able to draw empathy from the spectator despite her seemingly care-free lifestyle.

7. Anne Parillaud as Nikita in Nikita

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Erratic, untameable and can give any male agent a run for their money – Parillaud could not have been better cast. She combines rebellion and naivety so smoothly, as well as adaptability and resourcefulness. Parillaud, in my eyes, is the mortal Wonder Woman.

8. Tilda Swinton as Eva Khatchadourian in We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Eva defies all the conventional norms of parenting and womanhood – her ‘unnatural’ desire to not want children for a start. Furthermore, Swinton’s ability to provide such a range of emotional variety from start to beginning is enigmatic. She is daring and brave, and elegantly portrays every parents’ nightmare.

9. Eva Green as Isabelle in The Dreamers

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One of her more notorious performances, Green presents the most fanciable woman! Isabelle is young, creative and part of the French revolution. Green embodies everything Parisian, film and youthful through Isabelle, and it’s hard not to identify.

10. Kristen Stewart as Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria

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Stewart as Valentine really ignited my love for her. In this particular role she addresses the transition from traditional to contemporary within acting as well as social media. She has a cool chicness about her, as well as an empowering wisdom despite her age. Stewart also engages with our current generation in a sophisticated and philosophical approach.