Tuesday, 20 January 2015

green ribbons


It was about a year ago that I first posted about courgetti. Since then, the healthy foodie world has really embraced these little green ribbons, with them even gracing the pages of Vogue this week! The reason I wanted to re-blog this little recipe is two fold; first, because I wanted to report that a year later I am still loving them. Not a fad, but a genuinely tasty alternative to those pesky carbs. The second reason is that most recipes suggest you buy a spiralizer. Now at £30 give or take, this seems a little steep for something that is totally unnecessary to make courgetti! I just use a julienne peeler - I picked one up from TK Maxx for about three quid. 

How to? Wash your courgettes and dry using kitchen towel. Using your julienne peeler, simply peel off the first layer, and then one layer further. You don't want to do much more than that or it'll be soggy and tasteless. In a non-stick pan, melt a little butter (if you can spare the calories, otherwise a spray of fry-light) and throw in a couple of finely chopped/pressed garlic cloves, before adding the courgetti. Fry for just a couple of minutes max - you want it to keep some bite. Serve with anything that you'd usually have spaghetti with! We love it with meatballs and sauce or spaghetti bolognese. Yum!

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

military green


I thought it was about time I showed my face - its been a good few months! These past few weeks have seen me make a few changes - altering my eating habits (I've started Slimming World), taking a U turn in terms of our plans for the future (more to come on that soon) and generally trying to spend a little less time buying things and more time experiencing life. Ya know, it is January after all! I'm hoping these changes are more than just a flash in the pan and that 2015 brings us good things. I have a good feeling!

Parka New Look
Boots Topshop

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

bookworm #32


The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

I finished this book way back at the start of December and completely forgot about it... oops! Now that hasn't really painted it in the best light has it - I actually really enjoyed this book. Set in Australia this is a story about, you guessed it, a husband and his secret. The story actually follows the lives of a handful of women and their lives, loves, and secrets. I loved how all the characters had very separate lives and stories but also subtly linked together throughout the book, hinting at that small-town life where everyone's lives connect in some way. I have to say I was always having to remind myself which character was which and what their story was, but this is probably an indication of my poor memory than anything else! 

There is of course a big old revelation in this book, accompanied by a couple of further twists and turns within the plot that left me completely hooked right up until the last chapter. I love a whodunit-type stories and this really doesn't disappoint.

After this I tried to read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson but just couldn't, so have instead got stuck into Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami which I'm really enjoying. Review to come soon!
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