24/04/2016

Pan fried duck breast | Recipe




Whilst out shopping at the weekend, my dad was inspired by ingredients at the M&S food hall to cook a lovely meal; Pan fried duck breast with white bean and garlic purée, baby carrots with thyme, asparagus wrapped in cerrano ham, fondant potatoes, blackberry jus and parsnip crisps.

How to make:

For the sauce
- 400ml Beef stock
- 200ml Red wine 
- 1 Shallot (very finely chopped)
- 100g Blackberries
- 2tsp Bramble jam

Boil and then simmer the ingredients until reduced by two thirds. Pass mixture through sieve, simmer for a couple more minutes to reduce to a lovely glossy sauce.

White bean and garlic purée
- 1 Bulb of garlic  (Roasted for 20 minutes in foil)
- 400g Can cannellini beans, drained.
-300ml Chicken stock

Simmer the chicken stock and beans for 5 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid. Remove roasted garlic from the foil and squeeze garlic into the beans. Blitz with a hand blender, adding some of the reserved liquid to make a thick but spoonable consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Asparagus
- 12  Asparagus spears
- Few sprigs of mint
-12 Slices of serrano ham

Sprinkle each piece of ham with chopped mint and wrap the ham around each spear of asparagus. Fry the asparagus until the ham is crisp.

Baby carrots
- 12 baby carrots
-15g butter
-Thyme
-Salt & pepper

Blanch the carrots with the asparagus for 2-3 minutes then refresh in iced water. Toss the baby carrots in 15g hot butter with thyme and salt & pepper.

Fondant Potatoes
- 600ml Chicken stock 
- 2 Sprigs of thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt & pepper
- 12 small maris piper potatoes trimmed to an even shape. Heat stock in a saucepan with herbs, place in the potatoes and simmer for 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally until soft. Fry in butter to colour and add salt & pepper.

Parsnip crisp
- 1 Litre sunflower oil for deep frying 
- 1 parsnip 
- Salt

Peel parsnip and use the peeler to cut into ribbons. Deep fry in batches until crips. Drain on kitchen paper and season with salt.

Duck breasts
- 4 Duck breast (skin on)
- Salt & pepper

Score the skin and season liberally with salt & pepper. Cook in a dry frying pan skin side down on a medium heat for about 15 minutes. Drain off the fat and turn over and fry for another 10 - 15 minutes, set aside and cover with foil to rest for 15 minutes.

20/04/2016

Makeup Revolution ultra contour palette | Review


Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette is the complete palette of contouring and highlighting that everybody needs in their makeup kit, perfect for creating both day and night time looks. It is made up of three different shades of matte bronzer, which are very easy to blend and stay true to colour when on the skin as they are well pigmented. In addition, there are three light powders which can be used to help highlight your skin and set your make up - the yellow shade is great for applying under your eyes to help the area appear brighter. Also included in the palette are two baked blushers which look so pretty and are perfect to illuminate the skin whilst also adding a touch of colour. 



Some of the shades in this palette remind me of colours you find in the Anastasia Beverley Hills contour kits (£39.00) however, this palette is just £8.00 - a fraction of the price, making it super affordable.

 Makeup Revolution do not disappoint, I would definitely recommend you try this product out!







13/04/2016

Festival Favourites

Festival Favourites

It's the week of Coachella and the start of festival season! Here are some festival inspired favourites:
Crochet crop top
£50 - riverisland.com


Feather crop tank top
£12 - withchic.com


Sunflower print beach shorts
£4.95 - newchic.com


Boho denim shorts
£69 - sanssoucistores.com


Wrap Sandles
£92 - revolve.com


White purse
£28 - billabong.com


Accessorize duffel bag
£38 - accessorize.com


Forever 21 rose necklace
£4.88 - forever21.com


Forever 21 jewelry
£4.88 - forever21.com


Forever 21 jewelry
£4.18 - forever21.com


Topshop pink jewelry
topshop.com


Forever 21 layered necklace
£4.18 - forever21.com


Wide brim hat
£17 - billabong.com



Forever 21 round frame glasses
£4.18 - forever21.com


Victoria's Secret body mist 
£12- very.co.uk


Sea Mist hair product
£14 - everythingbutwater.com


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