Monthly Archives: April 2011

photography crush – ryan tatar

i came across ryan tatar’s work a few months back and i just adore his work.  just looking at it makes me want to get a flight, rent a campervan and hang out in big sur, california.  i don’t really need to say much.  his photos speak for themselves.  they make me dreamy and smiley and i hope to own one of his beautiful prints one day!

“Ah, life is a gate, a way, a path to Paradise anyway, why not live for fun and joy and love or some sort of girl by a fireside, why not go to your desire and LAUGH…” ~ Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

see what i mean? just beautiful.  if you want to check out more of ryan tatar’s work, you can do,  here.

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spaghetti mission

my mister’s favourite food is spaghetti bolognase.  he could probably eat it all day everyday and not get sick of it, i’ve seen him have it for lunch and dinner on the same day on some occassions.  a lot of the time for quickness i make him spaghetti using a jar sauce that he likes.  the jar sauce tastes really good but now i have a bit more time on my hands, i plan on cooking a whole lot more from scratch.  i’ve set myself a mission to try out loads of recipes for homemade spaghetti bolognase until we find his perfect sauce recipe.  he is pretty much a spaghetti connoisseur so this could take a while. 

we started last night with a recipe called ‘kinda spaghetti bolognaise’ from jamie oliver’s happy days with the naked chef recipe book.

this recipe sounded delicious.  it had smoky bacon in it loads of tomato, red wine, fresh herbs, lots of onion and garlic.  sounds good huh?   and it was.  the smokiness of the bacon came through and it had a really unusual taste.  the sauce was thick which is a good thing as the mister doesn’t like watery bolognase sauce.  it was easy to prepare except it took 1 and a half hours in the oven!!!  all in all it took around two hours to prepare.  the slow cooking in the oven did give the meat a whole new flavour as the sauce really got to marinate but i’m not sure i could justify spending 2 hours preparing spaghetti every time we want to have it for dinner.  believe me, my mister requests spaghetti at least once a week.  here’s how it turned out…

i like a lot of parmesan as you can see!  along with this, i made my own garlic bread which turned out to be pretty delicious, although i forgot to take a photo of it! oops!

the mister’s verdict?  3 out of 5
he said the sauce was a good consistency and he liked the herbs in the sauce and although the idea of bacon in it was good, he felt the bacon overpowered the sauce.  so thanks jamie, but as much as i love you and your recipes, this particular recipe of yours for spaghetti bolognase isn’t going to be our winner.  and so, the spaghetti mission continues!

i heart japan

when i was 11 my class did a project at school on japan and all things japanese.  we had a japanese lady called noriko come in and do activities with us like tea ceremonies, making sushi rice balls, origami, trying on kimonos and writing our name in japanese.  i loved every single second we spent on topic work that term and ever since then i have been a bit of a japanophile.  these recent earthquakes/tsunami in japan have been heartbreaking to watch.  i haven’t had the chance to visit japan yet (pout) but one day, i’ll get there and i’ll absorb my self in japanese culture ♥

here are some of the things i love about japan in pictures…

….japanese food.  whether it be sushi, bento, teriyaki, katsu, miso.  i love the way they look at some of their food like an art form.

…green tea.  ok, starbucks isn’t japanese but i love everything green tea and that includes macarons, froyo, cake, pots of green tea and of course a lovely iced green tea latte from starbucks when i’m in america!

…origami.  i used to spend hours making origami, especially peace cranes like these in all different colours and patterns. i need to dig out my origami papers again.

…beautiful temples and cherryblossom (or sakura as it’s called in japanese)

…the whole history and story of geisha is so intriguing to me.  i have read many books about it.

…kimonos.  i think kimonos are beautiful and i love kimono style dresses.  i would love to own an issa kimono dress one day ♥

…harajuku girl style.  it’s not the kind of style i would ever go for myself but i love that these girls dress like they’re in fairytales and make everday dressing look boring.

photo source: we heart it

mama’s birthday

i haven’t blogged in a MONTH!!! that’s crazy. i have been so bombarded with college stuff and have had no inspiration recently. it’s quite depressing actually.  so i’ve decided to get back to blogging.  i only have 9 more weeks of college and some of that is holidays or study days so it’s actually a lot less than that.  i cannot wait for june 10th, my last official day as a student.

yesterday was my mama’s birthday, i thought i would put a photo of her on circa 1975.  love the afro!

i realised that as hard as i tried to keep this from being a foodie type blog, food is a major passion in my life.  reading recipe books, cooking, eating out, i just can’t help but get excited by food.  so here are a few foodie photos from my weekend…

…i’ve been having berries, yoghurt and manuka honey for breakfast a lot recently

…i went to a cupcake gallery at a local church and bought these cute cupcakes for 50p each!!! bargain! the ones with the chicks are especially cute!

…i got this sushi from marks & spencer’s.  it was actually reduced so the whole lot cost £3! it was goooooooood.  my favourite was the beetroot/wasabi one.  it’s a rainbow of colour on a plate.

…i went to the grocery store this morning to get ingredients for making dinner tonight and it’s the release day for harry potter and the deathly hallows part 1 in the uk.  this was the first thing that went in my trolley, and it was only £7!!!!! happy girl. 

the weather is horrible today.  it was so sunny and warm over the weekend and today is rainy, gray and we’re forecast for thunder and lightning this afternoon.  the perfect day to snuggle up with my mister under blankets watching harry potter.