Yearly Archives: 2013


Christmas Day Scenes

I hope you´ve all had a wonderful Christmas? I am back in London again after 5 days in the Netherlands to spend the holidays with my family. What I did during that time? Well, a bit of sleeping in, cooking, eating (lots and lots of eating), spending quality time my with family, walking on the beach, watching movies, blogging and generally just taking a bit of a break. It was lovely and just what I needed! Here are some photos from my Christmas Day at home.


As you can see lots and lots of delicious food and this continued almost every day while I was at home. I will feature some of these (delicious) cooking and baking recipes on the blog over the next few weeks, so watch this space! However after all this indulgent eating and drinking over the last few months, it means a health-kick is definitely needed in the New Year. So I have decided that in in January I am going to take part in Dry January. Yes that’s right, not a drop of alcohol for 31 days! But first……….New Years Eve!

I am not in London for long because tomorrow I am off to Wales for 3 nights to ring in 2014 in a castle. Yes, you read that correctly, a castle! Me and 11 friends have rented our very own 6 bedroom castle in Wales to celebrate New Years Eve and there will plenty more good food, drinks and fun and games to had. Very much looking forward to finish 2013 with one last blow-out haha! Have you got something fun planned for NYE?

See you in 2014!


Baked Camembert with Rosemary and Garlic

What’s better than cheese? Warm melted cheese of course! I love cheese fondue in winter for a fun and yummy meal with friends (winning recipe HERE) but there’s a faster option if you want a quick and delicious appetizer to warm your guests, which can be ready in under 15 minutes!

Baked Camembert with Rosemary and Garlic is an irresistible and aromatic creamy starter/party dish, and it’s so quick and easy, making it the perfect recipe to impress spoil your loved ones. 


Baked Camember with Rosemary and Garlic

1 box of camembert (make sure it comes in a wooden box)

Garlic (peeled)
Fresh springs of rosemary
Honey (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Remove any plastic packaging from the cheese and place back in its box, leaving the lid off. Or I once bought a camembert that came in a perfectly sized heatproof dish that I now just re-use everytime. So if you have a heatproof dish the same size, or a bit bigger than your cheese you can use this instead of the wooden box.
  2. Slice the top of the cheese in several places with a sharp knife and insert pieces of garlic and sprigs of rosemary into the slits.
  3. Place the cheese on a baking sheet, leaving the cheese in its box. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until or until gorgeous and oozy in the middle.  
  4. Allow to cool slightly, then drizzle about a tablespoon of honey all over the surface and serve with bread such as ciabatta or baguettes for dipping! 

Delicious other topping variations you can try with your gooey baked camembert; 

  • Sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and thyme
  • Chilli flakes, thyme, honey and toasted pecan nuts
  • Apricot jam and nuts (like walnuts or almonds, what ever you fancy!)
  • Slather with caramelized onions 
  • Sprinkle with spices like paprika
  • Caramalised fruit like pears or apples
  • Or make a sweet compote (or just use a jam) to be poured over the cheese once it’s been cooked. Red berries (or cranberries around christmas time) are a good combination with the tangy flavour of the camembert. To make a compote simply simmer a handful of berries of choice with a tablespoon of hot water and a tablespoon of sugar until the fruit is soft and smooth.


Yum how good does that look right? Me and my friends polished this off very quickly so a good tip might be to pop a second one in the oven soon after you take the first one out! ENJOY!



Brunch at Jamie Oliver Recipease Notting Hill

Last year Jamie Oliver brought his very popular Recipease concept to West London. At Notting Hill Recipease you can take part in an assortment of cookery lessons, but also buy Jamie Oliver kitchen equipment and ingredients, pick up some ‘food to go’ or sit down and enjoy the delicious food in the café for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I’d been to Recipease twice for a cooking lesson but had never actually tried the brunch there, what a disgrace right? So a few weeks back me and a couple of girlfriends met up for a Saturday morning brunch at Jamie Oliver Recipease Notting Hill.

First up was coffee while we decided on what to order from the menu. The menu has plenty of options – from a healthy fruit salad, to pancakes, to Jamie’s Huevos Rancheros and ‘the works’ which is the Jamie Oliver version of a full English.


This is what we ordered that morning….


Bacon & egg sandwich (£4.50) Outdoor-reared streaky bacon & a free-range fried egg in a Flour Station seeded bun, with Jme ketchup or brown sauce. My friend had been out the night before and this bacon sammie was perfect for her hangover haha!


One of us felt like being healthy (it wasn’t me!) and got the seasonal fruit salad (£6.95) which was a mix of fresh fruit with sweet citrus ricotta, mint & basil sugar. The mint and basil sugar was very refreshing and something to remember to try at home.

Me and a friend both couldn’t decide between the smashed spicy avocado and the stack of American-style pancakes so what’s a girl to do? Get BOTH of course!


Ok so we decided to get both are shared them! Check out that huge pile of smashed avocado with worcestershire sauce on toasted London bloomer bread with cherry tomatoes (£6.95). Holy moly now that’s what I call a good amount of avocado….

Next up was the winning dish for me that morning; Stack of American-style pancakes (£7.95). We there the option of mixed berries but we went for the pancakes with maple & agave syrup, outdoor-reared streaky bacon & banana.


The combination of the salty bacon with sweet banana and maple syrup is just incredible. It reminded me of fresh toast with bacon and grilled banana how I often had this in NZ!


It’s fair to say we LOVED Brunch at Jamie Oliver Recipease and will definitely be back! Have you been yet?


Tartan Mini Skirt

Yes tartan is a huge trend this season but I’ve actually been a big fan of this print already for many years! The tartan mini skirt I am wearing in these photos, I’ve had since I was 16…and no it wasn’t part of a school uniform or anything ;) I bought this skirt about 13 years ago with a friend in a little boutique shop in The Hague and it’s made many appearances since then (ok it also may have been worn to a dress-up party once or twice too!)

At the moment I love making it winter-wearable by pairing it with a chunky white knitted jumper and over-the-knee boots.


Tartan Mini Skirt ‘vintage’ – similar here and here
White chunky knit – ZARA
Leather Biker Jacket – River Island
Black tights – ASOS
Suede over-the-knee wedge boots – ZARA


These photos were taken in mid-December when Christmas decorations were everywhere, when I get back to London this weekend they will all be gone, booo!

Do you like the tartan trend? Oh and if you are not quite sure how to wear it then read an old post I did HERE with some tips on ‘how to wear a tartan mini skirt’.