20 March 2015

Recipe | Panzanella Salad

Today is officially spring and nothing says the warmer months (come on, work with me here) are coming quite like the change in our appetites. With spring approaching I find myself leaning towards salads and craving fresh food and ingredients rather than the heavy ingredients associated with winter so it was no surprise when a few weekends ago I was craving one of my favourite salads: panzanella. Panzanella is a Tuscan salad based around stale bread and tomatoes and it is utterly divine.


I love adding mozzarella into a panzanella salad too but unfortunately they didn't have any on the day that I made this but I thoroughly recommend tearing some up and throwing some in. You can also serve this on a bed of leaves such as rocket but I'm not the hugest fan of leafy salads.

Ingredients
  • Stale or day old bread
  • Selection of tomatoes, I prefer heritage but they weren't in season so I had to settle for piccolo and vine tomatoes
  • Half a red onion
  • Half a cucumber 
  • Olive Oil for dressing
  • Balsamic Oil for dressing (optional)
  • Basil Oil instead of olive oil and balsamic (optional)
  • Sea salt

Instructions

1. Begin by tearing your bread into chunks, I tend not to have any stale bread so I picked up a small crusty loaf from the bakers, tore it into chunks, laid it onto a baking tray and drizzled with olive oil before popping it into the oven at 160 degrees for 20 minutes until the bread was crisp.

2. Roughly chop your tomatoes and place them in a sieve, add a sprinkling of sea salt to help draw out the flavours in the tomatoes.

3. Chop you red onion and cucumber and place them into a bowl, add in your tomatoes and toss to combine the three ingredients.

4. Add your salad to your plate and add your chunks of bread.

5. Dress your salad as to your preference. I really like homemade basil oil but find it can often be quite pungent so be very sparing with the dressing. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar also provide the perfect dressing and soak into the bread perfectly.

What foods are you looking forward to eating again this spring?

Vicky x
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17 March 2015

Travel | Wanderlust Tag


I've really been bitten by the travel bug over the last few years so when I saw my friend Lucy post this tag I knew I simply had to give it a go!

Quinn's Beach, Perth

Where have you travelled to and where would you like to go again?
Considering how much I love travelling I'm not actually that well travelled, we had dogs that we couldn't leave until I was 10 so that was the first time I ever left the country. I've been so Spain, Tenerife, Ireland, Italy, New York and Australia and I would happily visit them all again with Australia being at the top of that list.

Where was your first plane journey to?
Menorca.

You're leaving tomorrow, money is no object - where would you like to go?
As much as I'd love to go back to Australia if I could hope on a plane tomorrow with no expenses then I'd be heading to Fiji for a relaxing holiday in paradise, it looks absolutely stunning and I'd love to experience the island life and culture.

Preferred method of transport: plane, train or car?
I can be quite nervous when I fly but it opens so many more opportunities and destinations to you. Also, you get the benefit of duty free and who doesn't love a bit of duty fee shopping?!

Top three travel items?
Lip balm, a travel pillow and an eye mask!

Favourite travel website?
I really like TripAdvisor but I don't actually ever look into things too much which is something I learned when I travelled to Milan. It was the first time I'd been to a place that honestly I didn't know too much about and didn't do any research into and exploring the city and discovering everything from lovely little cafes to the most beautiful little hand made jewellery shops was such a wonderful experience.

Where would you travel to just to eat the food?
I'm quite a fussy eater but I'm slowly learning to change this habit and train myself to eat and try new things but for me, the food in Milan was the best so I'd happily go back to Italy just for the food!

Is there a place you would never go to again?
No, I've enjoyed all of the places I've been to.

Can you recite your passport number from memory if asked?
No! I can't even remember when it expires!

Do you prefer middle, window or aisle seats?
Window seats, seeing where I'm going makes me less nervous.

How do you pass time on a plane?
I make full use of the in-flight entertainment and watch the films and listen to the albums. Other than that I spend my time looking out of the window - sad but true!

I tag everyone who enjoys travelling to do this tag and if you do, leave your link below so that I can read your answers.

Vicky x


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15 March 2015

February in Review

I know that we're now more than halfway through March but better late than never as the old saying goes.

source: Google

February seemed to pass by in a flash and March is definitely heading the same way with each week being absolutely jam packed with things to do, places to go and people to see that actually having the time to sit down and write this post is heaven!

In February I....

Loved (skincare) - Glamglow Youth Mud face mask.

Loved (makeup) - YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation.

Baked - two birthday cakes but my favourite was chocolate and salted caramel.

Mostly ate - tomato and mozzarella salads.

Finally got use out of - my Breville Blend Active!

Read - 'Playing Away' and 'Young Wives Tales' by Adele Parks. I also started Fifty Shades of Grey but couldn't even make it a third of the way through because it was utter dross.

March is shaping up pretty well and I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of this month has in store!

Vicky x
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