Sunday, 24 June 2012

Perfect (Lazy) Sunday Brunch

Sundays are made for pure unadulterated relaxing...

I like to enjoy a long leisurely 'Perfect Sunday Brunch', before turning to some other relaxing activity, to make the most of this day of rest! 

Sunday Brunch Essentials
Here's my little guide to Perfect Sunday Brunch (a bit of an alternative to the usual fry up!)

WHAT YOU NEED

FOOD & DRINK

Fresh eggs (2/3 per person)
Pack of mushrooms (per two people, I favour chestnut for their nutty flavour)
Gia garlic paste (or 2-3 cloves of garlic to crush if you can be bothered!)
Lemon or lemon juice
Loaf of sourdough or brown bloomer bread
Hash browns (2-3 per person)
Olive oil
White wine vinegar (or any that you have, I used Sushi vinegar)
Sea salt, black pepper, mixed herbs, dried parsley
Cafetiere coffee or teabags (try Lavazza or Yorkshire Gold tea bags)
Milk & sugar
Ketchup /other sauces

Garlic paste - save yourself the fiddling!

GADGETS, GIZMOS & OTHER

Cafetiere or teapot (depending on your preference)
Saucepan of boiling water
Frying pan
Wooden spoon
Fish slice
Grill or oven
Toaster
Sunday papers
Mugs
Cutlery 
I like this Bodum cafetiere in lime!

WHAT TO DO

1. Put the hash browns in the grill/oven, don't forget about them and turn once when they turn brown
2. Put the saucepan of water on the cooker, add sea salt and vinegar, and bring it to the boil.  My secret tip is to also add black pepper and mixed herbs to the water!
3. Wash mushrooms and slice
4. Slice your choice of bread and leave ready by the toaster
5. In the frying pan, heat olive oil and when hot enough add the garlic paste. Add mushrooms and stir. Add sea salt, black pepper, parsley and a few squirts of lemon juice.
6. Meanwhile, whilst mushrooms are cooking, crack eggs per person into a dish, also pop the first batch of toast into toaster.
7. When the water in the saucepan is bubbling, use the fish slice to swirl the water and then add the egg mixture into the swirl.  Let the eggs poach for as long as you like, depending on how cooked you'd like them.  When you deem them ready, drain and place on top of toast.
8. Before cooking the next batch of eggs, add some more herbs and black pepper into the water.
9. Hash browns should be ready by now, so remove from grill and plate up.  Make remaining toast and turn on kettle.  Make tea or coffee to your taste.
10. Everything should be ready by now, so grab the papers, coffee or tea, plate of 'Perfect Brunch', cutlery, friends/boyfriend/husband and TUCK IN!

Tadah! Perfect (Lazy) Sunday Brunch!

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Friday, 15 June 2012

Supermarket Sweep!

Picking up a few essentials in Sainsbury's today, I couldn't resist adding this gorgeous cardi into my basket!  It's from the newest Gok for Tu at Sainsbury's collection and in my signature bow print! 


I love bows and will always be tempted to buy things emblazoned with bows... One of the very reasons this blog is called Bow Street is due to my love of all things bow!  Good old Gok for designing this flattering cardi!  There are two colourways available - pink/black and off white/black, I opted for the latter, and at £28, you can't go wrong - a printed cardi is always handy to add some detail to a simple outfit!

Gok for Tu - The Covetable Cardi, £28

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Monday, 11 June 2012

Yummy Melanzane Parmigiana

Sometimes weekends are all about relaxing, lounging and enjoying delicious food and drink, especially when the weather outside is frightful (and reminiscent of winter!), and this weekend gone, I did just that!  A lot of time was spent cooking (and eating!) some delicious food (if I do say so myself!)...

Last night we had friends over for dinner and enjoyed a delicious bottle of Piccini Super Tuscan 2008 with Yummy Melanzane Parmigiana (baked aubergines) after watching some of the weekend's footie.  We've used the recipe before many times and it never fails to hit the spot or impress!  If you like, you can make extra and then take it into work for lunch the day after - beats a boring sandwich any day of the week!

Yummy Melanzane Parmigiana (via BBC Good Food and Olive Magazine)

Serves 4

Ingredients

olive oil
2 garlic cloves , thinly sliced
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1 cinnamon stick
1 small bunch basil, shredded
3 medium aubergines
2 balls mozzarella, sliced
a handful grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)

Method
  1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add the garlic and gently sizzle for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cinnamon and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Stir in the basil and season - I like to add sea salt, fresh black pepper and oregano.
  2. Slice the aubergines lengthways about 1/2cm thick. Brush both sides with oil, season and griddle (chargrill), turning a few times until completely tender (you could also do this in a non-stick frying pan). It's important to get the aubergine as tender as possible, so give it time.
  3. Remove the cinnamon stick and put a few spoonfuls of the sauce in the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Cover with the aubergine and mozzarella then repeat, ending with a thin layer of sauce (you'll have roughly 3-4 layers). Sprinkle with Parmesan and bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbling and golden.
  4. Serve with crusty bread and a mixed salad
Ta-dah!


Piccini Super Tuscan 2008, from Tesco
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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Feeling Beach-y!

Two weeks ago, we were teased with a week of glorious sunshine and now it's raining nonstop in London, topped off with some pretty strong winds!  Instead of shedding a few layers, we're having to dig out our boots and winter wear - boo! 

Many people I know are jetting off on holiday; to the exotic beaches of the Maldives; the opening parties and sunsets in Ibiza; magic and mayhem in Las Vegas and the glamour of Monaco... Meanwhile, I have none of these glorious places to look forward to any time soon, so I've decided I'm going to hit the beach via these tropical 'beachy' buys I've come across! At least until I can jet off myself!

Happy Weekend (#I love short weeks!) !

Blue Palm Print Maxi, £55, Wallis (out of stock online, but try instore)
Palm Print Swimsuit, £30, ASOS
Soaked in Luxury Palm Print Scarf, £19, Joy
Vest with Scenic Beach Print, £25, ASOS
Hawaii iPad Clutch, £16, Topshop
Playa Rose Sunset Clutch, £60, Samudra @ Beach Flamingo
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Friday, 1 June 2012

Friday Chic/Cheap Thrill Alert!

How fab are these cut out lace detail envelope clutch bags?! So fabulous that I had to bag myself two!  At only £15.99 each from British high street stalwart New Look, they are the chicest companion to the weekend's Jubilee celebrations! Available in white/hot pink, black and pewter!  Not all designs are available online, so check out larger and flagship stores for the full range.   They are my Friday Chic/Cheap Thrill!




Pewter Crazy Cut Out Bag
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