Monday, August 27, 2012

Simple Pizza Recipe 

You have had a busy day and if you are anything like me then you don't want to spend ages slaving away in the kitchen preparing something delicious.

If you are looking for a simple, healthy, yet quick recipe then this is the one to go for. A wonderful fresh and sweet pizza which is; lets put it my way 'overwhelmingly scrumptious' you will be wanting to make more for sure !

Tomato and Rocket Pizza with olive tapenade 

100g Sweet Vine Tomatoes, halved
1 Pizza Base
2-3 tbsp Olive and Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade
1/2 small red onion, finely sliced
125g mozzarella, torn into pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
Handful of wild rocket
Shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano, to serve
Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle

First preheat the oven to 170c, gas mark 3. Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet and cook until softened and starting to dry, but not browned (about 20 minutes).

After having taken the tomatoes out of the oven increase the temperature to 220c, gas mark 7. Place the pizza base onto a baking sheet and spread the tapenade over the base leaving a border around the edge, then add the tomatoes, onion and mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for roughly 8-10 minutes until the top is golden and bubbling and the base is crisp. Serve scattered with the parmigiano reggiano and rocket, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

I would suggest that you serve the pizza with a goats cheese and sun-dried tomato salad with honey dressing to add to the pizza's sweetness oh and don't forget a dashing of sea salt. This really worked for me in fact I am seriously craving more right now.

Full credit goes to Waitrose for another amazing recipe.

Love Chrissi xo

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Weddings and details ...

There are weddings here in the UK that are seriously not my style in fact they are so old school, so blah and boring that I really want to scream. I know that the UK is really starting to catch on with the likes of US style weddings, which makes me super happy, but why are we still so far behind ?

I don't want to seem rude or anything, but are there any other fellow Brits reading this that would agree ?  I mean look at the Americans, the French, the Spanish, now they know how to throw a real wedding. Look at the fun games, the small details that turn a hey ok wedding into spectacular event.

I am ALL for details and fun, they make me wanna jump with excitement. One of the reasons I believe I excel at planning parties is simply because I love to concentrate on the mini additions, which really bring a table arrangement to life.

For one I love this photo shoot first shown by Green Wedding Shoes. Look at how beautiful it is with it's white, gold and pink accents. I love the golden log to hold the florals, the white backdrop, the pink peonies, the gold cutlery, the confetti, the sweet paper flowers on the wall. So eye catching wouldn't you agree ?

Well we can all have this and it needn't be expensive. You can make a lot of these things yourself. You just need to have the time and the patience and if you look on google and research wedding games there are tons of ideas out there.

If you are in the process of wedding planning would you mind if I really encouraged you to think about such details ? I promise that they would definitely turn your wedding into a truly fantastic union certainly worth remembering forever.

Learn how to make yourself some table runners, ribbon garlands, floral arrangements, paper flowers, pom poms, your own seating charts, homemade wedding favours. The list is endless, but not impossible. Go on give it a try !

For more inspiration please visit my inspirational boards over on pinterest here.

Love Chrissi xx

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tents, tents galore ....

Hey there ! First off let me apologise for the lack of communication, only my family and I have been away in sunny Greece and have also spent some time doing some much needed DIY in our flat (about time). It's still not finished and there is so much to do, which is frustrating cause all this painting business is boring me I just want to get down to the interiors !

Anyway, on a side note. I think I am in love with the idea of this tent:

(source: castillero)

The tent was made by the lovely Tori Hendrix from Sitting in a Tree. It is so sweet. I am in love !

Perfect, perfect, perfect for the babes when out in the sunshine. Can't find enough shade then just make yourself a tent. You can easily customise the tent as they get older adding colour, as you go along, lace, pom poms, curtains and fairy lights etc ...

Oh why don't I have an excuse to make one of these now. Would it be too early to make one before even planning a baby ?! 

If your heart screams with joy for these cute little things as much as mine is right now then may I suggest visiting Grosgrain for a tutorial on how to make one !

Love Chrissi xx