Welcome to the weekend, and how lovely was it to have that extra hour of sleep?! I have to say, I felt super productive when I woke up of my own accord at 9:00 am, I'm just going to pretend that happens on a regular basis. Last weekend I popped up to London for the Saturday, did some shopping and caught up with some friends I hadn't seen in well over a year. Our night out was followed by a 6:30am start and a 4 hour drive to a family Christening in Devon... my head still hurts. It's taken me pretty much all week to recover form the exhaustion, but I am pleased to report that this weekend has arrived blissfully plans-free. I have got the house up to scratch, made a cracking moussaka (if I do say so myself) and had a whirl at filming my first ever video for GnR... stay tuned for the most confused accent you have ever heard. Although at the moment it's 16% uploaded with 3773 minutes to go, so we'll see if that ever happens! In the meantime here's something a bit more familiar. I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday!
THIS WEEK'S BEAUTY ROUNDUP
A FAMILY RECIPE: POST-WAR MOUSSAKA
I have a little black recipe book that sits in my kitchen, it's hand written and it's loving filled with recipes I have stolen from my granny's overflowing cookbook collection. The bulk of the recipes I pinched come from her handwritten selection, so I assume that they have been passed down through quite a few generations. One of my favourite things about this collection of recipes was that there are a couple of dishes that feature war-time and post-war versions, and the ingredients differ accordingly. Whenever I stumbled across these I made sure to note them both down, just because there is part of me that never wants that detail to be lost. A few of you may have seen on snapchat that I cracked out the post-war moussaka this week and it was seriously tasty, so I thought I'd share it with you:
Par-boil the potatoes and leave to cool. Slice the aubergine into rounds and fry with a little olive oil to soften, set aside.
Sauté onions and add the lamb mince. Season with thyme, parsley, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Cook until the meat has just browned. Add beef oxo cube, tomato puree and a splash of water. Mix and set aside.
Start layering a buttered oven dish (lasagne style):
- Sliced potato
- Mince meat
- Sliced aubergine
- Tinned tomatoes
- Sliced Potato
Melt butter in a pan and add a generous amount of flour, mix until a smooth paste is formed. Add milk and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Continuously stir until thick Béchamel sauce has formed.
Add the sauce as the final layer of the moussaka and generously top with parmesan and/or cheddar cheese.
Bake at 180C for 40-60 minutes. Enjoy!
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- Olive Oil
- Lamb Mince
- Bay Leaf
- Beef Stock Cube
- Tomato Puree
- Tinned Tomatos
Not so much an 'eats' as it is a 'drinks'... but really, who's being picky?? My lovely uni friend paid me a visit a couple of weeks ago and this is where we ended up. Elise is the cocktail connoisseur so you know you've found somewhere good when she's impressed... and she was impressed.
It was one of those places where there was no real menu, you just stepped up to the bar and said 'Can you make me something gin based, and spicy?', and voila, it appeared in front of you. There was minimal bottle juggling (a big plus in my books) and our drinks came topped with some exquisite ice sculptures (an even bigger plus in my books). Also, the best screaming orgasm I have ever had... we all know that's a drink, yes?
5 THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY THIS WEEK
- Getting exited about the new Star Wars film, the inner nerd in me is beside herself!
- Having a plan-less weekend to just breathe and relax.
- The clocks changing and the decidedly autumnal shift in the UK.
- Finally having a mooch 'round & Other Stories... purchases were made.
- FINALLY finishing the bulk pack of 800 Yorkshire tea bags I bought... a year ago. Simple pleasures, eh?