On Saturday it was the celebration of that fateful day me and my boyfriend went on our first date to the Red Lion pub in Hoxton and had 4 pints of beer and the weirdest sausage pizza ever. Three years on Saturday I forced him to ride the 242 back to Homerton with me so that I didn’t get murdered on the way home to my flat which was pretty grim. AWWW AIN’T THAT NICE. We are still together and stuff!
Anyyyyyway, Henry planned a ‘surprise’ for me, and I hate surprises because I hate secrets being kept from me, but obviously everyone does like surprises deep down. On Saturday it was my decision as to what to eat so I picked Brasserie Zédel.
I go through phases where I’ll buy lots of things for my flat, then nothing for ages. Recently I’ve felt like changing my room around a bit, so here are a few things I’ve purchased!
Above: Pineapple (it opens and you can put stuff in it!) is from JOY. I saw it in the Brighton store but the one they had was broken. They didn’t/don’t have it online *sadface* – cue my happiness when I spotted it in the Angel Islington store window, it was mine! I believe it is £12.
Duvet set from IKEA (literally only a fiver! – I love the pattern). White tea light holder also from IKEA. The Orange tea light holder is from Oliver Bonas and was around £5 (I can’t find it online but I’ve seen them in a couple of stores, I think you can get other colours too – correct me if I’m wrong!)
I love this filling green lentil salad, it’s so tasty and pretty healthy! The salad is based on a Delia Smith recipe, which does include walnut (though personally i’m not a huge walnut fan so have taken these out!).
You will need:
- Dried green lentils
- 1 red onion
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- Walnut oil
- Olive oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Mustard or mustard powder
- Goats cheese
1. Cook your lentils as per instructions – dried lentils take about 45 minutes to cook, read the instructions on the packet for how to properly cook them. (If you don’t have much time you could use pre-cooked ones that come in a sachet, however dried ones are much cheaper and you can make more : ) ) I used about 1 small mug full. You should use 1 part lentil to 5 parts water when you put it in a pan to boil. 1 mug of dried lentils is enough for two servings.
2. Sauté the onion and garlic in a pan with some walnut oil adding a tablespoon of fresh thyme.
3. When the lentils are cooked – drain and rinse them with boiling water. Add back to the pan with the red onion/garlic/thyme mixture and stir together on heat.
4. Prepare your dressing, mix 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsn of walnut oil and 3 tbsn of extra virgin olive oil together with a teaspoon of mustard (or mustard powder if you have it), add extra garlic if you like, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
5. Stir in the dressing to taste and serve with the goats cheese crumbled on top and some rocket on the side. Eat hot or wait to cool down and eat cold. Either is goooood!
Finally I have edited even more photos of my recent trip to Berlin! Check out my TRAVEL tag to see the previous two posts if you want to see more : )
Berlin is pretty much one of the best places ever, I loved it and really want to go back! The whole time we were there it was super boiling hot, maybe a little TOO hot but the city looked amazing and beautiful. On my birthday we ventured to Prenzlauer Berg as I had heard that there were nice cafes, bars and shops in the area. It did not disappoint! We had pretty much the best food/drink filled day ever… Happy Birthday me!