Monday, 6 July 2015

Nina Eats - Cooking with Marks and Spencer Part 2

Ingredients provided by Marks and Spencer

Continuing with my culinary ventures with the Cook with M&S app I decided to step away from my well trusted world of breakfast foods and head over the Spain.  I've always loved risotto, it's one of my favourite things to cook so the Spanish cousin to the risotto was very tempting indeed. After a long week at work I was in desperate need of some comfort food so on a rainy Friday I got all my ingredients together and started prepping.

Compared to my breakfast venture, this recipe needed a little more prep time and flicking between the instructions. I like to think I'm an organised cook so having everything chopped and ready is paramount to the recipe's success.

The hardest part about this recipe as it turns out was not eating all of the chorizo before I lightly browned it in the saucepan. What also made the whole process much easier was that M&S have a jar of 'Terribly Clever Paella Starter Paste' so all the essentials spices and herbs are already mixed up for you. You simply add the paste with the chorizo and peppers to coat everything and let it all fry together before you add in the paella rice and stock (all of this cooking is naturally accompanied with an extra large glass of wine...).

Paella is a little more independent that its Italian cousin as it doesn't need constant stirring whilst the stock absorbs. Risotto making can turn into quite the upper body work out. If you are cooking paella I would suggest that you do give it the odd stir every now and then and not to leave it to its own devices for too long otherwise, you do get crispy rice at the bottom of the pan.

Once all the ingredients are in the pan it's simply a case of letting it all simmer away for 20 minutes (just enough time for an episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt). Served piping hot out of the pan, garnished generously with parsley and a big squeeze of lemon it's happiness in a bowl.

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Canadian Tuxedo

Shirt: Promod (ancient)
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Lola and Me

Sometimes when I have a bad day I think: what would Dolly Parton do? I like to think that Dolly Parton would put on a fabulous double denim outfit, some bedazzling earring and some fun shoes and grab life by the balls.

I'm so glad double denim is an acceptable way of dressing, we've come a long way from the days of Britney and Justin power dressing together (iconic). I wore this when I went to afternoon tea with some work colleagues. Dressing to go out with people from work is hard because you want to look good but not be overdressed. This felt like a good balance between comfort and appropriateness. 

My shoes deserve a whole paragraph to themselves. I get so many compliments when I wear them and I can't get enough of them (the shoes and the compliments of course). I've been wearing them constantly, they're a 'sensible' heel so I can walk easily in them and they instantly jazz up a simple outfit. The bobble reminds me of those Koosh balls we used to play with in the 90s. 

So with the double denim and the Koosh ball shoes this really turned into a bit more of an 90's mid 2000 outfit than I was planning for it to be. It's funny to me to be wearing trends again that were massive when I was young but I refuse to wear one of those black neck chokers, that's still too recent in my mind.

Lots of exciting things are happening towards the end of this month. It'll be one year since I started my job and I'll be graduating from my Master course (finally!). Then in August it's off to Brazil for 2 weeks to spend some time with my family. It's so good to have things to look forward to as this time last year was quite hard for me so it stops me being too melancholic! I can't wait to share these next few months with you guys.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Sudio Klang Headphones*

Music is and always has been a huge part of my life. My mother loved The Beatles and The Doors growing up but she's also influenced my love of opera. My father loves jazz and I have so many memories of waking up on the weekends to my dad playing his favourite jazz CDs. Genesis and Phil Collins are also big loves in his life which is ironic as the Swedish brand Sudio's name comes from a Phil Collins song -  Sussudio.

Inspired by watching Phil Collins struggling with his headphones in New York, Sudio aim to bring clear crisp sound whilst also being aesthetically pleasing and practical.

I have gone through countless headphones in my lifetime. From those uncomfortable ones that come with your iPhone to expensive headphones that still seem to get tangled, it's felt like an endless journey with mediocre products. I'm also very fussy when it comes to the design and look of headphones. I like sleek and simple products so the Scandinavian aesthetic is right up my street.

These Klang headphones are great, I've been using them non stop since they arrived. The packaging was stylish and clean. The headphones come with a little leather pouch to store them in when not being used and keep them safe. They also come with different sized ear buds that you can put on as to your personal preference. What's great about these particular headphones is that you wear them around the back of your neck. This takes a little getting used to at first but it minimises the amount of dangerous tangling potential most headphones subject you to.

Good headphones make listening to music such a joy, and Sudio are giving my lovely blog readers 15% off your orders with this special promo code: The.littlenomad15, it's also well wort noting that they offer free worldwide shipping.

Since getting these headphones I've been listening to the new Florence + The Machine album non stop, it's absolutely stunning. Do you guys have any more music recommendations?

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