Saturday, 22 March 2014
I'm not exactly Nigella Lawson when it comes to the kitchen - and no, I don't mean that I don't cook up a storm while sampling a cheeky line of coke (sorry, too soon?) - I'm just not in the kitchen very often. Well, period really. So when I mentioned that I might 'experiment' in the kitchen for a blog post (...and my greed) it was greeted by the loudest laughs. What I'm trying to say is, if it turns out
shit rubbish, I warned you.
Breakfast Muffins in the most ridiculously prefect forms. No oaty, blueberry, sweet style muffins today (although they are pretty out of this world too) I'm talking an English fry up style muffin. I'll let the pictures do the talking.
Start by greasing your tray with butter/oil/something...greasy? Yep, I've got this cooking lingo down..
Then, using a small glass or cylindrical shape cutter (disclaimer: I never claimed to be an expert, I have no bloody idea what those cutting things/any kitchen utensils are called) cut out cirlces of bread, for however many Breakfast muffins you're planning to make. I made 6, because they were for me and the boyf and my portion sizes are quite frankly, ridiculous!
Pop circular pieces of bread in the baking tray.
Fry some slices of heavenly bacon - because all bacon is heavenly - and mushrooms. I used coconut oil because it's apparently very good for you and I'm trying to balance this bad boy out. (And obviously by using healthier oil, it eradicates how bad the bacon is. Alongside a lot of eggs, bread, butter and salt)
Take a second to stop and take a picture of your boyfriend/friend/whoever you're with, modelling the ingredients. Clearly an essential part to any bloggers recipes, right?
Here comes the tricky part. Wrap the bacon around the outside of the baking tray hole (hole? That 100% is not the technical name for that, I just have no idea what is. Common sense isn't a strong point either) The bacon acts as a shell to hold the egg, mushrooms etc. in so it's best to try and get the edges to meet with no gaps in. I struggled with this because I am as delicate as a rhino, so I left this to my boyfriend. Hence manly hands and
ridiculously short stubby nails ;) (side note: on showing this to boyf, he explained his nail cutting techniques to me. "I just cut them back as far as they'll go before bleeding"
*Insert shaking head in pure 'Give me strength' emotion, here*
Fill the bacon cups with the mushrooms.
Crack the eggs into the Muffin cups...
Double egg yoke, which apparently means good luck is on my way (... also believed to mean death or pregnancy with twins is on the horizon but I've chosen to ignore that folklore)
Once all your ingredients are in the muffin cups/bases, wack them in the oven on a relatively high heat for around 15minutes/whenever the eggs look cooked as I definitely failed in the 'counting time' department.
Open the oven, take a few pictures, then immediately instagram them right away. Another essential part to this recipe. It will simply not work without it ;)
Once cooked, take them out of the oven, place them on a plate, and try to take just a couple more pictures before completely devouring them. This is possibly the toughest part of the recipe.
... And once your patience has worn thin, just shove them in your face and enjoy. I promise you, you will!
Please let me know if you've tried this little recipe and what you made of them. If you did, and you managed to hold back from scoffing them for 30 seconds to take a picture, feel free to send them my way on Twitter (@ellie_adams) or Instagram (@ellenextdoor). I always love to hear from you.
Have a lovely weekend!
Sunday, 9 March 2014
This weekend's outing saw me visit a market (for a change... ) that I actually don't know much about/haven't been to a thousand times (Greenwich market I'm looking at you). Spitalfields is a mix of unusual clothing - think fur, weird and wonderfully patterned materials, leather and more fur - handbags, jewellery, food and so much more. So much more, that I'll let the pictures do the talking. With my occasional
Let's start with food (and coffee) which, let's face it, is pretty much what my life revolves around #SorryNotSorry
This stall - the name of which, for the life of me I cannot recall - was incredible. Everything apart from the wraps (which aren't pictured anyway) were completely gluten-free. It's incredibly healthy, unique and just do damn tasty. And look at all those pretty colours (yep, pretty coloured food, you heard it here first)
As is the running theme of this blog, the pictures of these cupcakes do nowhere near enough justice to just how pretty, big, and perfect they looked. They only had one gluten-free option - the mocha chocolate - which for once I turned down after being a little too coffee'd out. Which leads nicely onto...
The Daily Grind. Not the nicest coffee shop I've ever been to, but I'm the least likely coffee snob you'll ever meet so to sit outside - I know, hot enough to sit outside in London, in March *Haaaaalelujah* - with a latte, people watching. Happy Elle!
I can't even eat pies - screw you coeliac disease, screw you - so I can't speak from experience, but I've heard a lot about Square pie so, if you're in the are and...like pies? Check it out I guess. (Check out the pies, not something I ever imagined I'd say in a blog post)
Now this is more like it, girly stuff. The candles smell amazing, look really pretty...and cost around the £20 mark. A nice treat or present but personally... I'm off to Primark. #TightArse
Vintage books anyone?
particularly at all arty but I love the idea of buying random materials and making/customizing my own clothes or accessories with them. Or even just using them as they as scarves... for £1 you can't go wrong.
Now for the best part - in my opinion - these clutch bags by a brand called Gia. The pictures, I promise you, do not do anywhere near enough justice. In real life they are so beautiful. Made from cow hide (which I understand might not be to everyones taste) they come in black, brown, leopard print and a kind of splattered, paint splash kinda' print (terrible description, just check the pictures ;) ) but honestly, they're so unique and different, I'm just a little in love with them. The lady that owns runs the stall was also so passionate, explaining why she chose each colour, pattern etc. that I know I'll be back to purchase one next time I return. (I would've purchased one there and then but genuinely coldn't make up my mind over which one. Help a girl out, which one would you recommend?)
Market browsing over, it was time a wander outside. One of the things I love most about Spitalfields are the shops bordering the market. A particular favourite? ...
...it was always going to be MAC wasn't it. Just putting it out there, this is my favourite MAC store. There, I said it. Huge, nicely decorated - yeah, I'm a loser when it comes to interiors - and helpful staff. Winning Charlie Sheen style!
Now, let's bring a bit of the fashion blogger back to this blog. I feel like I've neglected the old OOTD's of late - it might have something to do with either working a lot and there for looking like absolute shite, or that when I'm not working I'm generally slobbing out (...and looking like absolute shite)
What I wore today wasn't special, or unique... but it was comfortable, easy to shove on, and a nice balance stop gap between winter and spring.
Breton Top: New Look
Gilet: New Look
Boots that I love, and wear far too much: Zara
And that just about concludes today's post. Apart from enjoying a lovely Spitalfields experience, it's also been so beautiful and sunny in London today - we all know that means it's -3 with a slight sunny spell ;) - and it has put me in the best mood ever and I finally feel ready to kick Monday's arse! (now that doesn't happen too often)
So, have any of you checked out Spitalfields market? Any other markets that it would be a crime not to check out? I would love to hear from you! :)
Hope you enjoyed this post (and wasn't bored to death, it was a lengthy one I know). As always, thank you so much for reading!
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Well that was a bit of an anti-climax wasn't it?
Yes, I've practically confessed to being an outrageous loser, but there's something about sitting in nice, quirky, authentic coffee shop people watching in and taking in the world around you. I love it so much that I headed back on the weekend to do exactly that. With the added bonus of being able to Instagram cute pictures of coffee and cake, without potential employers or clients thinking you're unprofessional... and an absolute knob!
The first coffee date in my coffee trawl adventure began at Flat White.
After demolishing a very lovely chocolate cake and latte, I took a leisurely wander down Oxford St - another major perk of Flat White/having meetings in the Soho area - where I was dragged into the new Warehouse store on Oxford Street.
I know what you're thinking, yeah yeah, I bet a gust of wind swept you away into Selfridges after but I actually genuinely did get dragged in (well, more politely ushered into the store) after being given a 'You're Gifted' voucher. It's basically all part of the marketing and promotion of their new store, where the shop assistants picked certain people - according to one particular assistant, 'fashionable, stylish, young girls (clearly hadn't gone to specsavers as I looked like the back end of a bus) - to come inside the store and receive a freebie.
A pretty OK iPhone case - if ever so slightly tacky and not very well made, but very well timed as my current one is hanging on by a
thread tiny bit of plastic - and a cake pop, which I obviously couldn't eat being coeliac however it passed the seal of approval from my Dad, who polished it off in one bite Like father, like daughter...
And just because I was on Oxford Street, a stone's throw away from the power 3 - that's House of Fraser, John Lewis and Debenhams in 'Elle World', FYI - it simply would've been rude not to pop in...
...and purchase something that would obviously change and enrich my life.
I've used this for about 4 days, which is obviously nowhere near enough time to do a full review, but on first impressions? It's incredible. Smells amazing, feels so fresh and light on the skin. I'm pretty sure this is HG material. I'll keep you updated :)
I then wandered on towards a shop that sells products that also change my life, and greatly change my bank balance. Yep, Space NK time!
I will also point out that I didn't even purchase anything this time. I understand this my be pretty standard for some people but for me, this is a huge achievement. Almost Blue Peter badge worthy.
So I think that's about it for the first of my little coffee trawl posts. As I said, I absolutely love finding new, independent, quirky coffee shops and I know I'm alone in that - following an infinite amount of bloggers on Instagram proves that point - so I thought it might be nice to share my discoveries. And also discover new ones, courtesy of you lovely lot. What are your favourite London coffee shops, any I need to check out, all in the name of research of course ;)
Hope you enjoyed this post guys, I can't wait to hear any recommendations you have. As always, thanks so much for reading!