8 February 2016
7 February 2016
The weather has been cold and windy by the coast. There have been days when only soup will really warm you up - and I don't mean insipid, watery broth, I mean proper wholesome chunky chowder.
I love clam chowder - it reminds me of ski-ing in Breckenridge.
The inspiration for my chowder came from the beautiful Spoon Fork Bacon Blog. When I grow up, I want to take photos like theirs.
Join me on this windy day in wasting time on the web
- I loved this article on raising a creative child. It can be so easy to micro-manage our little darlings.
- Creative people make it look so easy. But maintaining that creative flow can be such a challenge.
- How do successful people really do it?
- I still want to meet this woman.
- Sometimes I feel like crying when I open my fridge. Will this list change all that?
- Why we should all hijack our children's education.
- Are you brave enough to ask?
- Lets celebrate women everywhere.
- Are you ready for change?
- This is another reason why I love TED talks so much.
- This would look lovely in my house.
- This front door will be mine one day.
- There is more wisdom here then on the whole internet.
Laters guys. Have a great day xxx
Posted by Rachel Saint at 14:02
6 February 2016
My youngest son loves fishing. He takes it very seriously and is really rather good at it. He fishes for the England Team and has travelled all over the country (and abroad) to follow his passion. Not a bad hobby for a 13-year old boy.
The only problem is that it is flipping cold sat by the sea. The wind attacks, the spray from the sea is like daggers on the skin and hands burn.
The best way to stay warm is with soup, I have found, and this lovely butternut squash soup is a clear favourite.
It needs to be served straight from a Thermos Flask and the hands must be yellow from handling worms.
For about 2 years I have had this link from Bluebird Blog for Tartine / Pea Mash & Radish and today I finally made it.
It was soooooooo quick and yummy. I will definitely make it lots more in the future.
The recipe really couldn't have been easier:
Pea & Avocado Mash
1 half of a small shallot, finely diced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup water
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 ripe avocado, chopped
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
The juice of half a lemon
1 slice sourdough bread, toasted
Butter or vegan spread
Combine diced shallot, extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch salt and water in a small saucepan. Add the peas and cook over medium heat until the peas are tender. After about 5 minutes, take the saucepan off the stove and drain the peas. Transfer the peas to a food processor and add avocado, lemon zest and the juice of half a lemon. Mix together adding a splash of water if it is too thick. Season with black pepper and a bit more salt.
Spread on some buttered, toasted sourdough.
Radish and Sea Salt
1 slice sourdough, toasted
4-5 radishes, thinly sliced
Some good quality butter or vegan spread (for a healthier option)
Spread some butter or vegan spread on the toast. Neatly arrange the sliced radishes on top of the toast; sprinkle with sea salt.
Yum yum yum
5 February 2016
I drive tons of miles with my job which means that I have a lot of dead time when I can't read, write, photograph or do any number of creative things that I would rather be doing. Apart from a few Radio 4 shows, I am not much of a radio fan. My music taste basically extends to Musical Theatre and 90s dance (I know!) and neither of these please me when driving.
So what to do?
A few months ago I fell into the world of Podcasts and now I love them. They are just the right thing for driving - informative enough to be interesting, short enough to cover most journeys, funny enough to be entertaining, thoughtful enough to make me feel clever. Perfect.
I thought I would share my list with you, in case you also want to while away an otherwise boring drive.
1 February 2016
I am starting a new set of posts on here which will share what I think about particular products. Although I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, I am quite the opinionated consumer, so rather than keep it to myself, I thought I would share with you :)
I am no expert on anything really, but hopefully you will find these little reviews interesting. I am not being sponsored by any brands to write these, but if ever that changes, I will let you know of course.
So for my first What I Thought About post I am reviewing Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief moisturiser.
I have just come to the end of this 50ml pot - it has lasted since 1 November and was used every day.
I loved this moisturiser. I bought it at Gatwick Airport for about £27 on a whim. I used to be really loyal to one brand (Clarins), but now I chop and change based on reviews. This was reviewed on a a few beauty blogs so I decided to give it a go. I am so pleased that I did.
The cream has a light, creamy jelly texture and is very lightly fragranced. It goes onto the skin like a dream. I have combination skin that is sometimes a little shiny and I was worried that this would be too greasy. In fact, it was absorbed into my skin almost immediately and just left me with supple, baby soft skin that was neither greasy or dry.
Compared to lots of moisturisers, this one is expensive, but it lasted well and my skin did feel great wearing it. I hate it when my skin feels dry - I think it really ages me. The blurb on the Clinique site says that this cream makes fine lines fade away but I can't say I noticed any difference. It also promises vibrant well-being - and here I do agree - my skin did look well with this cream.
I would definitely recommend this moisturiser if you have regular, problem-free skin, that just needs a good drink.
Please know that I was not paid in either product or cash for my opinions on this product.
Posted by Rachel Saint at 18:46