Although the greater part of my blog has always been reserved for all things beauty, I am a hugely keen home cook and cooking is a huge love of mine, so one of my resolutions for the new year is to start posting recipes and food content. I hope you’re excited about this change and are looking forward to more food related content! As a homage to my not so healthy love for KFC’s fried chicken (thighs, in particular – ha!), I thought I’d make my first post a recipe for my healthy version of it, with a twist; the twist being that the coating is made from cornflakes! Quite often, the difference between baking and deep frying chicken is the texture on the outside; traditional breadcrumbs don’t ever seem to go that crispy when baked, so I love that the cornflakes add that real satisfying crunch and encase deliciously moist chicken breast within. I think chicken thighs would be even more KFC-esque, but I had breasts on hand and I always think the joy of cooking at home is that you work with what you have and it’s all a bit experimental.
First things first: ingredients. To serve 2 people, you’ll need:
For the chicken (preheat oven to 225 degrees celsius):
- 3 chicken breasts (locally sourced if possible, and if you want to avoid meat, tofu or tempeh could be a good option)
- 1 teaspoon (each) of paprika, turmeric and garlic powder, 1/2 a teaspoon of ginger and a generous pinch of salt and pepper
- 100g cornflakes
- 70g flour
- 2 beaten eggs & extra 50g flour for the ‘breading’ process
- Oil (I used rapeseed)
For the rainbow slaw (you can use any raw vegetables and fruit that you like/have on hand, but I used:
- 1/3 red cabbage
- 1 small red onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 apple
- Handful of parsley
- 1 teaspoon mustard (you can use any)
- 1 heaped tablespoon mayonnaise
- Seeds of 1 pomegranate
Continue reading “KFC-Style Cornflake Chicken With Rainbow Slaw Recipe”
The influx of gift guides is all well and good, but I think we forget ourselves in the midst of gift-giving, and so I thought I’d do a little round up of a few goodies that I think any beauty lover would love to receive on Christmas day!
Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid – It’s not very often that we buy ourselves a £115 perfume is it? This is the most unexpectedly beautiful scent; I say unexpectedly, because as someone who usually likes light, very feminine fragrances, I never expected to like this. It is, as with almost all TF fragrances, very musky, heady and pungent. It’s very difficult to describe this scent actually, but the top notes are: bergamot, honey, jasmine absolute, black orchid, vanilla and tuberose, and so while it does have that feminine mix of sweetness and floral, it’s also very deep and musky. Continue reading “What To Add To Your Own Christmas List!”
Although I rarely buy beauty bits now through becoming more aware of the environmental impact of excessive consumerism (and the general ridiculousness of owning too much makeup), I do think black Friday is great for this time of the year when we’re looking to treat others with gifts, but don’t want to spend beyond our means! So, I’ve rounded up my favourite offers for tomorrow and cyber Monday in the hopes of getting you a good deal!
Beauty Bay (up to 30% off everything) – I currently have 117,716 people in front of me in the virtual Beauty Bay website queue, so I’m yet to find out exactly what deals each brand is offering, but I think everything from Zoeva is 20% off. I love their palettes, and with Zoeva rarely having any sort of discount offering, I think this would be a perfect time for you to pick one up for yourself or a loved one! Continue reading “The Best Black Friday Beauty Offers & My Picks”
Tis’ the season for stressing out over what to buy your loved ones and resorting to scouring the internet for ideas, am I right? As luck would have it, I have a few ideas up my sleeve and some beautiful products that I think any beauty lover would appreciate and fall head over heels for! I’ve really narrowed my selection down this year as I know that being faced with a million and one options can be a little overwhelming, so I hope you find this helpful if you’re in need of some gift-giving inspiration! Continue reading “The Luxe Beauty Gift Guide”
This range seemed to spark a bit of interest on my Instagram, so I thought I’d dedicate an entire post on my thoughts on each of the products I have from it. I’ll spare you a lengthy introduction (the post is long enough as it is!), but, in short, this is marketed as a ‘firming’ line of products that utilise the ‘anti-ageing’ benefits of neroli, and ranges from £7.99 to £16.99 in price.
The Intense Facial Serum* – More affordable skincare products tend to use synthetic emollients as opposed to something more natural like vegetable glycerin as they are much cheaper to formulate with, so it was no surprise to me after looking through this serum’s ingredients list that a synthetic emollient was listed as the second ingredient. Said emollient is cyclopentasiloxane, which is basically just a silicone. More affordable creams and serums tend to either be formulated with this, or more commonly, dimethicone, which is more suited towards drier skin as it’s heavier. Because of the cyclopentasiloxane in this serum’s formulation, Continue reading “My Thoughts On The Una Brennan Neroli Skincare Range”
Although I rarely find myself browsing the makeup aisles or shopping for beauty products and clothes nowadays, the same can’t be said for my relentless purchasing of books! Not the worst thing to be buying though, are they? I seem to get through books nearly as quickly as they’re delivered, so I thought I’d do another of these posts and talk through what I’ve picked up to read this month! Continue reading “My November Reading List”
Amusingly, I found myself working a 13 hour day on the Sunday just gone, so I wasn’t able to take my own good advice and ended up opting for my bed rather than the bathroom sink when I got home, but for those Sundays where I’m free as a bird, these are my favourite products to use in preparation for a day of doing…well, not much! Continue reading “My Sunday Morning Skincare Pamper Picks”
I love that when I’m unsure of what books to buy next, I can always turn to the ‘best sellers’ section on Amazon; time is definitely a commodity, and I don’t think any of us would want to choose books blindly and waste a good few hours of our life if it turned out to be rubbish! Sometimes however, I’m left sat outside of the circle of the readers and reviews that are unanimous in their love for the books that have reached best-seller status. These three thrillers have all reached that status, and so I wanted to share my thoughts on them, but please let me know if you disagree/agree with them!
‘The Dry’ by Jane Harper
I had such high expectations for this book; not least because it has a rating of 4 stars on Goodreads. If I had to rate it, I would probably give it a maximum of 3 stars. The book is set in Australia, amid one of the worst droughts in its history, and the protagonist, Detective Aaron Falk, returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his old friend Luke, his wife and their child. Continue reading “My Review of Three Best-Selling Thriller Books”
We all know Clarins, right? It’s a brand that probably sits within your mother and grandmother’s vanity drawer, and is, without a doubt, one of the most famous and well-known beauty brands on the market. And because my own collection of Clarins goodies is rather…well, overflowing, I thought I’d dedicate an entire blog post to celebrating the brand as a whole, and talking through the products themselves whilst rating them at the same time. Also worthy of note here, is that 96% of everything in my Clarins collection are PR samples, but I have since repurchased some of them, and secondly, I haven’t been able to feature everything because of sizing issues, but I have included most of my collection.
As this is a brand focus, I thought it only appropriate to start with a bit of historical context and begin with a brief history of the brand! So, Clarins was founded in 1954 by a masseur called Jacques Courtin, and was initially just a luxury skincare brand. Jacques died in 2007, but his sons, Olivier and Christian, are still heavily involved in the company. Aside from remaining popular as ever 63 years later, one of the reasons that I love Clarins is that they don’t remain stagnant as so many other brands do; they’re never comfortable, and are always looking to improve. As a brand, they very much focus on ‘permanent innovation’ and say that, ‘even if a product is a best seller, the formula will be enriched and enhanced to deliver more quality, sensorial pleasure and beauty.’ This quotation leads me nicely on to the first product, which is a perfectly emblematic example of that! Continue reading “The Clarins Brand Focus”
For all of its cosy niceness, this time of the year also unfortunately plays host to a lot of coughs, colds; both of which I’ve fallen victim to already! And while I like to leave my body to heal itself for the most part, there are a few beauty products that I turn to in my hour of poorly need. Continue reading “The Beauty Products I Turn To When I’m Poorly”