Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recipe: Classic meatballs in tomato sauce


I ADORE eating meatballs, they are a classic in my 2 countries and I have enjoyed them since I can remember. In London I learned to eat them with tomato sauce (I used to hate tomato for so so long, I'm so glad I learnt to eat better in time) with either white rice or spaghetti. Most times I used to buy them pre-packed at Waitrose and while they were nice enough they are no close to the real deal! 

Ingredients

500gr ground beef meat
Small piece of stale bread (about a cup)
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 onion chopped
1 tsp salt
 pepper to taste

For the sauce

2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 onion chopped
1tsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
3 large tomatoes grated (Beef tomatoes are best)

Instructions

Prepare the tomato sauce first, it will make everything easier. In a large frying pan heat the olive oil, add the onion and cook over medium heat until translucent. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, sugar and oregano and cook for about 20 minutes. Set aside while you cook the meatballs.

Put the stale bread in a small bowl with water and let it soak for 10 minutes. To prepare the meatballs, in a large bowl place the ground meat and make a hole in the middle and throw in the rest of ingredients: slat, pepper, egg, parsley and onion. 
Squeeze the wet bread to remove the excess liquid and add it too. With your hands miss all well until all is well combined. 
Dampen your hands lightly and form little balls with the mixture. 
In a heavy bottomed frying pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil and cook the meatballs over medium heat until they are brown on all sides. Add the tomato sauce and cook further until they are well cooked inside/out. 

Serve on top of white boiled riced or my favorite with spaghetti!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend Wear


This winter I have decided to try and streamline my closet, which technically in my world means to be a bit more mindful with my purchases. This summer I became disappointed with my own purchase choices and now I want to try and put a bit more thought on what I go ahead and buy. The reason is mostly due to not enjoying wearing some of my clothes which makes me mad as it is an absolute waste!
The reason I'm bringing this up is this little skirt that I bought at Anthropologie years ago. I think I bought it four years ago and while it's not a skirt I wear often I still enjoy having in my closet (while most of the things I bought back then have been given away). While I don't wear it often I still love it as much as I did back when I bought it (I actually remember seeing it and loving it but thinking it was a bit too expensive, when it finally went on sale I snagged ii without a doubt).

Did you notice my frizzy hair? OOOPS!! Definitely a bad shampoo day!


Top: Zara | Skirt: Anthropologie | Shoes: Oysho 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Store your china


One thing I have been obsessed with, in the home department that is, is china storage and cabinetry. I love porcelain, silverware and antique ironstone and I adore seeing it nicely displayed. The best way to store china is in kitchen built in vitrines but I also favour dining room large vitrines if kitchen space is limited. 
The look is very shabby chic or french rustic (which I adore!), especially when the cabinets are filled to the brim with antique beauties! I always look on Ebay to see if I can find good deals on Ironstone, unfortunately there are lots to be found in the US but the postage cost to Europe is way to expensive to make these finds good deals. 

Do you store your china in any special way?


Happy weekend lovelies! Do you have any exciting plans for these upcoming days?

Via: 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Cesca... chair!


I have to preface this post by saying that it's about chairs, specifically one chair and I have to say that it's definitely a chair I couldn't seat in it for long. I have this horrible habit of seating on the front legs of a chair and balancing it and this particular Cesca chair designed in the early days of the "0th Century by Marcel Breuer would be a dangerous habit for me. 
Anyway this doesn't mean I don't love the look of it hence today's post! 

This iconic chair was designed in 1928 and is still a symbol of modern design, in all of these rooms in this post it looks flawlessly integrated in the whole design of each space and blends in seamlessly not looking at all her age, lucky lady indeed! I absolutely adore the cane seat, I find extremely attractive and despite its age very very modern, it looks as good in a home, in any fabulous dining room as in any office setting that wants to be a bit more than your usual boring corporate space. 


Via: 1|2|3|4|5

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Skincare update


It's been more than a year since my last beauty post and while not much has changed there are a few new additions and a couple of changes to my skincare routine. 

After long thoughts I received the Clarisonic as a present but haven't used it as much as I should. I use it with the very sensitive skin brush but I'm still slightly scared that I will break out as I have read quite a bit about it. 
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear your experiences, especially if they are positive (also bad ones of course!). 


I use the Clarisonic with either the Cetaphil Cleanser that I picked in New York or the La Roche Posay Toleriane milk cleanser. Both are great for sensitive skins and the texture is light and fresh. I still use the Shu Uemura oil and the Bioderma water on a daily basis, and I recommend both, you can read my thoughts here.


While in New York I also bought the Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, I read about this product a lot before hand and most reviews were positive. I was also told it worked well with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate that I love. It has a high concentrate of Vitamin C which helps very much replenish the skin and helps fight the signs of aging. I don't use it daily, because again, I'm a bit scared of my skin being over sensitive so I can't review it 100% but so far so good. 


I also got the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion which works really well. I haven't used it lately but from past experience it works well when there is a spot or two. The Roche Posay Effaclar A.I works in a similar way. They both target punctual blemishes and are not intended to be used as moisturisers or anything similar. 

What are your new beauty products? Have you discovered something you really really love and want to share?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ideal Closet


I haven't done one of these in months, I'm sorry about that, from next week I will try to be back to normal posting. I'm off to Dusseldorf tomorrow, and this is what I would wear, well this is what will wear, with variations of course. I actually went to the Petit Bateau shop here in Barcelona and asked about this lovely bretton top (it has the prettiest back ever!) and unfortunately they don't have it here in Spain so if I decide I can't leave without it I will have to track it down somewhere else.  

What do you think? Should I try to find it or pass?


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Top: Petit Bateau (also available at Urban Outfitters) | Necklace: SHY by Sydney Evan | Lipstick: Saint Topshop | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bag: Mulberry | Perfume: Fresh | Shoes: H&M | Jean: Topshop

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