Givenchy Antigona bag at Net-A-Porter// Valentino Rockstuds // De La Espada Lounge chair by Matthew Hilton for Heals
So, pay day has either been, or is coming (and can’t come quick enough!) and after a long, dark, grim month I think it’s time to treat yourself. However, I know from reading your comments here, talking about budgets and houses, that the majority of people reading really aren’t in a position to treat themselves. When I was turning over the concept of a treat in my mind, I first of all thought of the age old bag v shoes dilemma every woman is supposed to have. And then I thought, I wonder how many of use would choose to splurge on something for the house instead if you unexpectedly had some money left over, or wanted to mark a big achievement. I know a year or two ago I’d have been straight to the front of the handbag department queue, but give me a bit of spare cash now and I’ll be looking for something for the house without a doubt.
But then when I really think of a treat, I don’t necessarily think of expensive things, it’s the little things and the money can’t buy experience that I really long for. Time to myself with Pete, uninterrupted time in each others company. A long bath with a large glass of ice cold wine and a stack of magazines. A long luxurious lie in followed by breakfast in bed and those magazines again. Blue skies and sunshine warming my skin. Freshly painted nails. A spa facial with a friend…
So, today I have 2 questions for you…
1. For a monetary treat… Shoes, bag or home stuff?
2. For your actual treat as January comes to an end, what do you really want most?
PS. I very almost wrote a fashion post today… Lots of that to come in February 🙂
Hi guys, Gemma C-S here with the 2nd in our Friday Food 3 parter of recipes by Simon Rimmer for Onebrand. If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, check out my bloggers’ day out of cooking with Simon Rimmer and last week’s Scotch Egg recipe.
So when I went along to aforementioned cooking day, I had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of lovely bloggers, all of whom seemed super-organised and quite refined in their individual ways, and wouldn’t have made the mistake that I did with Earl Grey Tea this morning – namely, making a cup full of the stuff (after ruining the last cup of coffee in the pot by tipping curdled soya milk into it) and then because I was running late/moving at slow speed (see the coffee situation) carrying it into the bedroom with me to blow dry my hair, and as I lifted the cup to my lips with the hairdryer running, blew tea all down my front. When actually, what I should have done is taken the day off altogether, and made this:
EARL GREY TEA BREAD AND BUTTER PUDD WITH TOFFEE SAUCE
Created by Simon Rimmer especially for the One Brand.
1 x One Clever Loaf (white bread)
6 One Good Egg yolks
2 whole One Good Egg
250ml full fat milk
250ml double cream
100ml strong earl grey tea
25g each sultanas and raisins
100g prunes, soaked in brandy
demarera sugar for layers
100ml double cream
100g soft dark brown sugar
- Whisk the eggs and sugar. Bring the tea, milk and cream to a simmer with the vanilla, sieve onto the eggs and whisk
- Butter the bread and layer up in a 9” x 4” x 2” ovenproof dish, with the fruit and sugar. Don’t put any fruit on the top layer
- Pour on the custard. If poss leave for 20 mins, sprinkle with lots of sugar then cook at 180c, 30 m ins
- For the sauce – simply bring the sugar, butter and cream to boil, then remove
- To serve – dollop a big load of pudd, drizzle some sauce round and top with a quenelle of mascarpone
Comfort food anyone? Thank goodness it’s Friday!