25 April 2015

Miss K's Kitchen | Homemade Salsa

Easy Saturday night mexican nibble food (pico de gallo) recipe for you today with no cooking required just lots of chopping.

What you need - (serves 2)
4 salad tomatoes 
1/2 bunch of coriander
1/2 white onion
1 large or 2 small green chilli
1 Fresh Lime - juice only

1) To make slice and quarter the tomatoes, discard the soft inside then chop rest of tomato into chunks

2) Finely chop 1/2 a white onion 

3) Do the same with the green chilli's once you have removed the seeds and tops

3) Then finally chop the coriander then add all ingredients to a serving bowl

4)  1/2 the lime then squeeze the fresh lime juice all over then stir all the ingredients then it is ready to serve.

I served mine with homemade tortilla chips which are surprisingly easy to do -  

Take some soft tortilla wraps, slice into triangles and place onto a baking sheet.

You can brush with oil if you wish and sprinkle salt for taste but after a couple of batches we decided it tasted better without anything extra.

Bake for max 5 mins in a warm oven but keep checking them as I did fail the first time and I burnt mine :-(

This is totally a winning combo and I won't be buying salsa again, its so nice to have homemade.

Let me know if you try it!

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13 April 2015

NE Review | Bamburgh Castle & Beach Walk

Last week I headed 1 hour north to visit Bamburgh Beach which sits in a backdrop of the beautiful Bamburgh Castle. With free parking on the streets or in a large car park at the bottom of the village its a cheap day out. 

There is a selection of cafe's, pubs and small shops within the village so it has a bit of something for everyone.

By cutting through the village green at the foot of the castle you reach sand dunes by small footpaths which lead you down onto the beach. 

It was pretty busy on the beach but as it is so large you can sit and take in the view without being near anyone else.

I am trying to walk more using my Fitbit armband as my motivation, I didn't realise how little steps I sometimes do during the working week. I am walking my step goals on weekends no problem but when I am sat at my desk and if I don't get time to take a short walk on lunch I do end up doing 50% less than I should be. 

Now the weather is improving I have decided to start taking walks around the block. When I think I have done enough I check the app on my phone and if I haven't hit my goal of 8 - 10k steps I have to keep walking.

Anyways I have got off track. Bamburgh beach does go for miles and in all I walked for nearly 3 hours up and down the beach until it got a bit cold and windy.

I love to write in the sand

It is sometimes hard to know what to wear and if I am local I wear trainers and gym gear but if I am heading further afield I feel like I should be more dressy so I went with jeans, ankle boots and Barbour jacket. 

After a long walk I had a 99 flake ice cream before heading back home - Yum!

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11 April 2015

Miss K's Kitchen | Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Taking inspiration from Pinterest and my new fave blogger Madeline Shaw, it's time to start making some changes in order to glow from the inside out...

I have taken inspiration from a few recipes to make a fruit smoothie which is ideal for a Saturday morning breakfast when you have a bit more time. I saw on one of Zoella's vlog's the other week she added some porridge oats so I have been trying this out recently.

Good thing about smoothies is that you can pretty much make up your own recipe. I haven't tried the green versions yet so I will keep you posted.

What you need? (1 portion approx 250 calories)
1 small or 1/2 medium banana
10 raspberries
4 strawberries
10 blueberries
2 tablespoons of 0% fat greek yogurt
2 tablespoons of semi skimmed milk
2 tablespoons of porridge oats
3 ice cubes

Stay tuned for more recipes!

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4 April 2015

Get ready with me! Dinner date

Oooooooh i'm excited to do this post i've not done one of these before...I am not usually ready with time to spare when I am going out but last week I was so I started to take pics so I could share them with you. 

The bag - Holographic clutch from Whistles - no longer available as I got this for Christmas from family, but whistles clutches are the best, I have a few of different sizes, so next time you are looking for a bag, I can recommend one of these clutches as they never go out of fashion.

The watch - Meant to be occasion but I just love it so much its my daily watch. Birthday present from my parents this year. Michael Kors Skylar 

The perfume - Birthday present from my lovely friend Miss B it has to be one of my favourite scents and reminds me of times with Miss B as she wears the same one Elie Saab - L'Couture

Texturising spray - This used to be my favourite spray (Co Lab by Ruth Crilly) to add volume but I am now loving Herbal Essences dry shampoo which is just amazing!

Lipstick - This is still all very new to me wearing bright lipsticks, I used to collect all shades of pink and nude but its good to try something new and this lipstick is one of Amplified category which means it is good staying power but are highly pigmented so you get a strong colour. 
Mac - Impassioned

What did I wear? You can't go wrong with a black dress and I wore a new drop waist dress from Matalan for £16 (not even sale price!) Its hard to see but it basically has a seam down the front then another across the lower waist to give it more shape. It is made of a lovely crepe material that never seems to crease and washes really well - shame it doesn't come in other colours! I have to say though, as much as wearing black is really easy, I much prefer to wear colour at the moment.

I wore with black tights and heeled ankle boots from before Christmas from Miss Selfridge.

I will try this again next time I go out and maybe give you more detail.

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2 April 2015

Saturday @Angelica's & Crafthouse, Leeds

On Saturday it was my quarterly catch up with my previous work colleagues who I have got back in touch with in the last 12 months. We used to work together 10 years ago and get on so well and talk about just how much as we enjoyed working together, I don't know how I lost touch with these treasures.

We all love the finer things in life including lovely bars and nice food.... Mrs P booked our locations and it was just perfect!

We started at a bar which is situated within the Trinity shopping centre..I still think of Trinity as pretty new (2 years old) and I have to be honest I had to get Miss AT to come and meet me as I had no idea where to go. I couldn't believe I didn't know about this hidden gem. I think the views from the top of Harvey Nichols is really good of Leeds but this was even better. 

It was chilly but a lovely day on Saturday so it was a great view from all sides of the bar whether you were outside or inside. We decided to sit by the bar inside as it was nice to be in the middle of the buzzing atmosphere as it was pretty busy in there at 3pm and there were no tables free but we didn't mind.

Inside Angelica's
We had a few drinks while we caught up on all our news since we met up last before we headed downstairs to Crafthouse for a meal, there was a spiral staircase within the bar which took us straight into the restaurant.

Miss AT, Mrs H, Miss KF & Mrs G

Mrs G, Mrs H & Miss K
We were sat on the left hand side of the restaurant next to window which was really nice, we ended up choosing from the 3 course set menu which was £22 per person. The service was impeccable and unexpected, I do expect good service but this exceeded my expectations. 

View from the table

We made friends with the bar man and this resulted in ordering lots of cocktails and I even managed to go off menu for my favourite Espresso Martini :-)

Here are a few pictures of the food -

The butternut squash soup it was delicious

Vegetarian option it was very fresh and light
I originally ordered a chicken dish and it did taste nice but Mrs H and I decided to swap which turned out for the best, I really enjoyed the vegetarian pie.

Some of the sides, nice but nothing out of the ordinary
This was the best Creme Brûlée I have ever tasted, so nice and perfect 
with another Espresso Martini 

I will definitely be returning to both Angelica's and Crafthouse its nice to find somewhere new to go.

If you are in Leeds for the weekend I would recommend trying them out. If you didn't fancy a formal meal Miss AT had been to Angelica's for lunch before and said it was also yummy which is good to know.

Do you know anywhere new to go in Leeds?

What did I wear? Just to pre warn.. I am on a clothing ban again in April. I need to wear what I have before I can buy anymore, however this does mean most of my clothes are old season.... It will be worth it.

Lipstick - Mac (Impassioned) great staying power and a bright pinky/red
Zara Necklace (old season) Classic goes with everything
River Island scallop Vest (not online, recent purchase from Metrocentre store)
Love Label Black Leather skater skirt (old season)
M&S Pixie shoes (sold out online)

This light makes my nose look big :-(
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