Coffee table, shabby chic.

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Here I present to you a coffee table that has really turned out better than I expected which was a pleasant surprise. I love with furniture how there are no rules, you can simply let the paint brush just run away and do it’s own thing. The best thing about using Annie Sloane Chalk Paint, is that you can really let the creative side of you flow! You can stipple and/ or slide the brush about to create your own textured effects and the BEST things about the whole shabby chic process?

  • No two pieces will ever be the same!
  • I feel totally at ease whilst painting and I find it very therapeutic.
  • I love hunting for the furniture I am going to buy and then up cycle! 
  • The total freedom, you really can do so many different things with paint, especially with Annie Sloane’s! (Trust me, amazing!)

If you are sat there and you can see something in your house that you think you could have a go at painting then be brave and have a go, I promise that you won’t regret it!

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Hazelnut Granola Recipe..

Granola In kilner jar

What you will need-

  • 250g Porridge Oats
  • 20g Butter (low fat)
  • 40g Brown Sugar
  • 40ml Honey
  • 45g Chopped Hazelnuts

Preparation-

First measure out all your ingredients, (trust me, it makes things easier in the long run!)  Then get yourself out a medium sauce pan, put the butter in on a low heat, let it melt and then add your sugar and honey in at the same time! Let the sugar totally dissolve in with the butter and mix!

Next, take off the heat and pour into the pan your oats and hazelnuts, now when I say mix, I mean mix until your arm feels positively numb and every single oat looks like it has been covered by the honey, sugar and butter. Remember you are making granola and not flapjacks, so you could be tempted to add more butter being that there wont seem to be enough moisture. Back AWAY from the granola! It will be great! Place onto a piece of greaseproof paper, on a baking sheet and place into a medium heat preheated oven.

The next step is make or break for your granola, keep a close eye for the next 10 minutes, every time you look and the edges have gone brown, take the tray out of the oven and scoop those golden brown edges back into the middle,and evenly spread out again and pop back in, repeat this process until it’s all a light golden brown, (you don’t want it to go dark brown because that will taste bitter…ew!)

This is how it should look when it comes out!
This is how it should look when it comes out!

Once that’s done, leave to cool down and then put into an airtight container, enjoy with Greek yoghurt and strawberries, as shown below! 

Serving suggestion.
Serving suggestion.

Enjoy!

Italian pea & eggs…

Italian pea and eggs

Italian Pea and Egg with Sweet Potato Wedges.

What you will need-

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 cup full Peas
  • 3 eggs (Only one shown in picture, but I did make this with 3, promise!!)
  • 1 Tsp Chilli Flakes (Or more for personal taste)
  • A pinch of Salt & Pepper 
  • A shake of Peri Peri salt
  • A drizzle of Olive oil
  • Half cup of Water

Preparation-

Before you start anything, wash your sweet potato and leaving the skin on divide it in wedges, pop them into a mixing bowl drizzle the olive oil on and then place cling film over the top and give it all a little shake! At this stage sprinkle on the peri peri salt and give another shake! Next, get your baking sheet out and lay grease proof paper on and arrange the wedges out so that they are not touching and are skin side up if you can for around 15 minutes on 210 in a fan assisted oven!

Get a little drizzle of olive oil into your medium size sauce pan, next sprinkle in the chilli flakes and leave for a couple of minutes on a LOW heat (you do not want to burn the chilli flakes, just toast them!). Then, add your peas, (I used frozen peas which I then blitzed in the microwave in a bowl with some water in them for 3 minutes, this will of course depend on your microwave speed). Once the peas are in the pan, stir into the oil and chilli flakes and then leave for about 2 minutes.

Crack in 3 eggs, so they are all separately laid out, no need to stir at this point, simmer for 5 minutes on a low heat (for a harder yolk, or less for softer!) Nearly done!

Use a slotted spoon to dig out your eggs and you will find that the egg white does a wonderful thing, it almost is like cake, it cooks all around the peas….. Yum! Then grab out your wedges and present onto plate.

Enjoy! 

Quark dip…

Lunch time

This was my lunch today, I made the dip using Quark, it is soft, unsalted curd cheese and is extremely low in fat thus making it the healthiest dip!

Quark Dip-

  • Quark- 2 Tbsp
  • Cucumber- 2 Tbsp Cubed 
  • Hot Paprika- A pinch (to personal taste)
  • Black Pepper- A pinch (to personal taste)
  • Salt- A pinch (to personal taste)

Preparation-

Chop up the cucumber into cubes and sprinkle the salt on, then mix them into the quark and add the paprika and black pepper, toast and butter the pitta bread, chop up the carrots and tomatoes and that’s it done!

The big dollop of home made peanut butter is optional but great!

Quick, easy and healthy! 🙂