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One of my favourite meals of all time would have to be cheese fondue! Growing up, our parents would let us choose what we wanted to eat at our family birthday celebratation dinners and every year I would ask for cheese fondue. Which is quite an unsual request for a young girl and especially considering my birthday is in the middle of summer! But it shows how much I loved it – and I still do! At home my dad is the main cook but one of my mum’s specialities was always cheese fondue. Of course I like the food aspect of having cheese fondue; I mean what is not to love about warm melted gooey cheese mixed with alcohol and dipping it in crusty bread! But I also love the cosy, fun atmosphere of getting your favourite people together around a table and dipping into one pot of food. In my family we always had a golden rule that if you lost your piece of bread while dipping, you had to sing a song!!
Cheese fondue is a great thing to cook if you are hosting a dinner party with friends. A few weeks ago we all headed to my friends place in Maida Vale for a Sunday girls Cheese Fondue night! Here are some photos from that night and also a great cheese fondue recipe and don’t worry it is actually really easy to make…
Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Recipe
Serves 4 (Prep time 10min, Cooking time 10-15min)
1 garlic clove
150ml dry white wine
squeeze of lemon juice
225g of Gruyere cheese, grated
225g of Emmental cheese, grated
1 tsbp cornflour
2 tbs kirsch (German & Swiss clear liqueur distilled from cherries)
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
French baguette makes excellent dippers when cut into small pieces. You can also try mild green or red peppers, zucchini slices, cherry tomatoes, sausages (we grilled some chorizo for example), roast potatoes, mushrooms, steamed broccoli or whatever else you are in the mood for.
Cut the garlic clove, then rub it around the inside of the fondue pot. Pour in the wine and lemon juice, until boiling. Lower the heat and gradually add in the cheeses, stirring continuously until completely melted.
When the cheese has melted and begins to bubble, blend the cornflour with the kirsch and stir into the pot. Cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients to taste, stir well and place the fondue pot over a flame at the table. Then using the fondue prongs, dig in by dunking your favourite dippings into the gooey cheese!!
We couldn’t wait to dig in – cheeeeeesseeeeey goodness here we come!
After filling our tummies with lots of cheese, bread, sausages and red wine we finished the night with a few competitive rounds of playing Perudo! Such a fun game and the perfect end to a lovely Sunday evening with friends!
Are you also a big fan of cheese fondue?
These photos are from a little while back when I met up with the lovely Tania from Joy Felicity Jane. On that Sunday morning I decided to take her to my favourite little cafe (link) on Portobello Road for some perfectly poached eggs and avocado!
When I first spotted fashion blogger Sincerely Jules in the (now famous) Célfie Tshirt I loved it straight away. Unfortunately they sold out in record time so a few months ago I ended up buying a cheapie version on eBay in grey. For only £10, I think it is a fun fashionista addition to my wardrobe!
After our delicious breakfast and great catch up we had such a laugh taking these outfit photos in the rain outside with people watching on! Tania is soon off to Australia for a new adventure in her life and as much as I am very excited for her, I know I will also miss her here in London. Luckily I will be able to keep up us with by reading all the stories on her blog. She’s such a talented photographer and her photos are always so beautiful (just like her personality!) Check out here blog here: www.joyfelicityjane.com
Sometimes you can’t beat a good magazine freebie! So when I spotted that the December issue of Glamour UK came with a free Nails Inc polish by Kate Spade I just had to pick one up. Considering the Magazine only costs £2 and a Nail Inc polishes usually retails at £11, makes it a pretty good bargain I think! The Nails Inc Kate Space collection includes four fabulous new shades; New York Noir – a true glossy black, Big Apple Red – a very glossy red, Uptown Glamour – a metallic gold and Soho Silver – a metallic silver.
Feeling a bit festive that day I decided to pick Uptown Glamour which I felt would be perfect for the Christmas season! And I was right….
Nails Inc polishes are always high quality and apply like a dream. Nails Inc Uptown Glamour has a non-streaky formula, needed about two coats for a lovely finish and dried super quickly. I love how the gold changes colour depending on the light hitting it. During the day it can almost look very silver-ish but then at night it’s a warmer golden shade. Either way, it definitely puts me in a festive mood!
December’s Glamour UK Magazine with Katy Perry on the cover, which includes a free Kate Spade Nails Inc Polish, is out now but be quick if you want to grab one because I think the January issue will hit the shelves very soon!
Have you got your copy yet and if so which shade did you choose?
Back in September I was invited to HIX at Selfridges to get an exclusive first sniff at the Reiss fragrances for him and her! British Fashion House Reiss is one of my favourite top-end high street brands because of their their beautiful but affordable luxury clothing and accessories.
Having recently celebrated 40 years, founder and MD David Reiss felt now was time to branch out into the beauty industry starting with two debut fragrances – Reiss Grey Flower for Women and Reiss Black Oudh for Men. Both fragrances are modern classic scents with unique formulations featuring hand-picked ingredients that represent style, design and elegance, all at the heart of Reiss’ DNA.
Ingredients were handpicked by David together with award winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser to create unique scents. When I was at the launch at Selfridges I got to meet the ‘nose’ Azzi Glasser herself, who told us she’d actually spent nearly four years perfecting these two fragrances.
“Reiss has an artisan approach to clothes, the attention to detail is phenomenal and this is something that I immediately connected with. David [Reiss] has wanted to launch fragrances for years but he was adamant that they should be sexy and smell expensive. Luxury was key.” Azzi Glasser
Black Oudh for Men is an alluring and enticing fragrance opening with fresh aromatic top notes of Laurel Leaf and green Cypress, descending into the deepest Heart accord of Sequoia Wood, Clary Sage and Vetiver. Finally Black Oudh, Black Musk and Amber at the base make this a magnetic and alluring fragrance.
Azzi feels that a fragrance has to encapsulate a moment, which could be a mood or even something more tangible. About Black Oudh she said; “I was inspired by a man’s neck. That warm smell when he wakes up. It’s a little dewy. Very masculine and unique”.
Grey Flower for Women is a seductive, mysterious and deeply addictive fragrance. The Armoise and Pimento Berry balance the seductive centre of Sequoia Wood, Jasmine Noir and Cocoa Leaf, followed by the velvety warmth of an addictive base of skin musks, Olibanum, Amber Crystals and Patchouli and Baies leaving an unforgettable scent.
“Grey Flower gets its name from hydrangeas which have a beautiful greyness to them if you look closely. The idea was to go deep into the heart of the scents. But not towards florals, we wanted something richer, sexier”. - Azzi Glasser
I was very surprised with these two Reiss fragrances as they are definitely not anything commercial. They avoided anything floral and made a bold statement instead by going for deep, seductive base notes. They might not be for everyone but that what gives them an edge and makes Reiss stand out against the standard high street competition.
Reiss Grey Flower for Women EDP 100ml - £49.00, 50ml – £35.00 and 30ml – £25.00.
Reiss Black Oudh for Men EDP 100ml - £49.00, 50ml – £35.00.
The Reiss Fragrances are available online at www.reiss.com and at Reiss stores nationwide. Plus from Wednesday 4th December until Monday 16th December Reiss is offering a personalised engraving service (£5) at www.reiss.com/parfums. Could make a nice Christmas gift?
Have you tried these new fragrances yet?
It’s that time of the week again for some quick mid-week wisdom! I adore this photo of Kate Hudson from an old Bazaar Magazine photo shoot and felt that it really suited the quote “You don’t need a reason for doing everything in life. Do it because you want to. Because it’s fun. Because it makes you happy!”
It’s so true that sometimes you just need to stop worrying about the why’s and how’s and just do things because you want to and because it will make you happy! Life is too short, so you may as well make it fun! Do you agree? Happy hump day!