Lottie Loves: 74

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Instagram of the week: Sweet wildflowers that brighten my walk to university.

1. Hurrah for Ireland!

2. 10 easy diy makeovers with major wow factor. I love the idea of matching thrifted pieces with a pop of colour. So simple yet gorgeous!

3. Ok, so can I have a slice of Rosie's Lemon and Thyme bundt cake, please?

4. Jack and I skipped along to see Pitch Perfect 2 (in truth, I did most of the skipping...) and I loved it! A real feel-good film and if you love a capella it's a must. Also Anna Kendrick is just lovely.

5. Peanut butter oatmeal cookie granola. I REPEAT - PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA (!!!)

6. What's your personality? Try this mini Myer-Briggs personality test. I always love this kind of stuff for a little distraction and am surprised how accurate the results are!

7. Naomi's collection of Eleanorisms and Samsonisms always make me smile. I hope this little lot puts a smile on your face today.

8. 6 smart questions to ask during your next job interview. You go get 'em, tiger.

9. Freya's post on how to make chai tea is deliciously mesmerising! And what an adorable milk bottle!

10. 21 amazing travel experiences to have before you die. I don't know about you, but Summer brings on a serious case of wanderlust for me.

Have a happy (long!) weekend, friends! x

Chickpea and Tomato Salad

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

This post is born from wishful thinking.
I like to think (or hope...) that if I pretend it's summer in my kitchen, then the weather will follow suit. As in the UK, May is not stepping up to the mark. Yesterday it hailed twice. Twice! Consequently I arrived at the library soaked and shivering. And that's just not on when it's supposedly the beginnings of summer. So I'm making summery food in the hope there will be a knock on effect. Kinda like a rain dance, but with chickpeas...

This little salad is the easiest-peasiest supper to whip up in a moments notice. It is ready in a flash and super easy to prepare. I like to serve this salad with flat breads but I think it would be delicious with rice, in a wrap or just on its own too. You can serve it as a main course to feed two, or as a side dish to share around with a crowd. I think this salad would be the perfect addition to any BBQ. I'm imaging it next to smokey ribs or baked salmon. I'm digressing (and dribbling...).

This recipe also seems particularly appropriate to share today as it's National Vegetarian Week! Chickpeas are one of my favourite vegetarian ingredients and are extremely versatile. Some of my other favourite chickpea recipes include this delicious baked falafel and this spicy chana masala. They're a great all-rounder and I always make sure to have a couple of tins in the cupboard. Long live the chickpea! Now shall we salad?

For Chickpea and Tomato Salad you will need (serves 2):

1 can chickpeas
250g mixed or cherry tomaotoes
large bunch basil
2 spring onions
1-2 cloves garlic, dependent on taste

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper 

Begin by prepping your salad ingredients. Slice your tomatoes in half. I love these mixed toms - so colourful and delicious.

Now roughly chop up your basil leaves. 

Combine in a bowl with the chickpeas, sliced spring onions and grated garlic. 

Now whip up the dressing by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, honey and a dash of salt and pepper. Pour over the salad ingredients and mix well. 

Pop in the fridge for about twenty minutes so the flavours can marinate. 

Then serve up!
Told ya it was easy. 

Tuck in and cross your fingers for a little summer weather! 

Lottie Loves: 73

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Instagram of the week: Shutterbugging in one of my favourite stations.

1. This week's been a busy one. But the weekend is turning out to be decidedly more chilled as we're staying with Jack's parents. This morning started out with a leisurely lie in and croissants for breakfast. We're spoiled here and it's rather lovely.

2. The greatest wisdom from Roald Dahl books for all moments in grown-up life.
“You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.”
Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

3. This is one for all the cat folk - the healing power of cat purrs. Man, how I'd love to have my kit with me at university.

4. Life in a gif. Ohhh man.

5. 14 recipes to up your lunch game. ON IT!

6. This elopement to Iceland is just beautiful.

7. The Devil Wears Prada is being made into a musical! Sassy jazz hands at the ready, folks.

8. The BEST little things to think about when you're having a bad day. I'm all about number 43.

9. This toasted marshmallow milkshake looks the perfect drink for any lazy, luxurious weekend.

10. 28 kids who outsmarted their teachers. I can only pray for a child like this. Geniuses.

Have a happy weekend, friends! x

Chana Masala

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

I'm currently writing my dissertation.
It focuses heavily on (surprise, surprise) food. And specifically Indian food. I'm looking at the relationships between food and travel, food and people and a load of other interesting and delicious things. So in the name of research, I am currently whipping up all sorts of Indian delights. I'm memorising the scent of frying spices, the taste of salty chickpeas and the irresistible doughy quality of yeasted flat breads. I love this kind of research.
So, I've recently become obsessed with Chana Masala. A northern India stew of tomatoes and chickpeas popular in Punjab and Gujarat. It is commonly found at street vendors and eaten with flat bread. We're eating it a lot at the moment. I'm making a batch a week and Jack and I can't get enough. We're currently enjoying it with Game of Thrones episodes and increasingly elaborate Avengers theories. As all curries should be, really.

For Chana Masala you will need (serves 3-4):

vegetable oil
2 onions
1 large clove garlic
half thumb sized piece of ginger
1 red chilli
1 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garam masala
1 tin plum tomatoes
2 tins chickpeas
salt and pepper
1/2 lemon

Begin by finely chopping the onion. Deseed and finely chop the chilli and grate the garlic and ginger.

Heat a slug of vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed pan and heat up. Then add in the prepared onion, chilli, garlic and ginger. Fry for about five minutes until the onion is translucent. 

Then line up your spices ready to add in!
Ground cumin, ground coriander, cumin seeds, smoked paprika, turmeric, garam masala and cayenne pepper.

Add all the spices in and fry together for five minutes. Don't worry too much if the spices start to stick, just keep the onions moving around.

Then add the plum tomatoes and break them up. Add in half a can of water at this point, too.

Then add in the chickpeas and simmer for 10 minutes.

Before serving, season with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Be generous with the salt and taste as you go.

Serve to hungry bellies with flat breads or rice.
This curry will happily keep for a good few days so make a pot for the week! 

Lottie Loves: 72

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Instagram of the week: Saturday spent at Twickenham. I'm not so hot on the rules so cheer for anyone and just about everything. #jolly

1. It's been a busy week! I'm pleased to have reached Sunday in one piece and am looking forward to a restful afternoon. Perhaps my biggest achievement of the week was my public poetry reading that took place on Thursday night. It was equal combinations of scary and exhilarating but I'm so glad I performed and my fellow performers were also top notch.

2. These place card settings are just adorable. Such a gorgeous addition to a table.

3. I love a good advertising fail.

4. 7 apps for better iPhone photographs.

5. How to keep a clutter-free kitchen. Man I could learn some stuff from this.

6. I'm always on the hunt for great frosting, so Joy's top tips on how to make the best chocolate buttercream frosting are always welcome here!

7. 15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter. Hm.

8. The photography featured in this post is just divine. Not to mention those Earl Grey waffles sound delicious.


10. Seth Myers brings Jon Snow to a dinner party and the results are hilarious! Beware of the spoilers!

Have a happy weekend, friends! x

Lottie Loves: 71

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Instagram of the week: Currently doing lots of dissertation reading. Mostly food and travel writing. Consequently I'm permanently peckish and brimful of wanderlust.

1. *CONFETTI CANON* Royal baby number two has been born and it's a girl! Hurray hurrah and all the congratulations to the Cambridges.

2. I love this messy braid! On my to-try list.

3. Brooklyn Duo's cover of Love Me Like You Do is just lovelyyy. Had this one on repeat for a good while now.

4. Jack and I enjoyed big bowls of honey roast vegetables and gnocci this week. It's easily one of our new favourite meals and you can mix up your veg for more seasonal options.

5. I love this Succulent Gift Box. What a gorgeous and thoughtful gift!

6. I'm back on the Shaun T bandwagon and he is just kicking my butt. But in a good (kinda sadistic) way.  

7. Breakfast ideas forever. I'm all about customising yoghurt in a variety of exciting ways. How do you like to start your day?

8. I love e4's pledge to turn off on May 7th to encourage young people to vote. It has been revealed that 70% of 18-24 year olds have registered to vote. If we all use our votes, imagine the change. *fist bump emoji*

9. I was lucky enough to have a seminar with the inspiring and talented Rod Duncan this week. If you've never read his work I encourage you to start with The Bullet Catcher's Daughter. It's a real page-turner.

10. If you can't get enough of my food ramblings (please say you can't...) then hop over to Unidays The Edit for a collection of delicious, exam-appropriate meals.

Have a happy (long!) weekend, friends! x

WIN 13 Piece Tefal Ingenio Pan Set

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Guys, I don't mean to alarm but today's post is seriously good one.

It's partly an ode to the Tefal Ingenio range, which I have rigorously testing for over six months AND it's also a super exciting giveaway.

That's right, folks. Tefal have kindly offered me a 13 piece Tefal Ingenio pan set to give away to Lottie's Kitchen readers worth £250 (!!). And I can tell you, this is a piece of kit is revolutionary to any busy kitchen.

The detachable handles mean that these pans store oh-so easily, and they are incredibly easy to wash. It also means that they can go in the oven, no problem. And as it's Tefal, the quality of the pans is still excellent. It really is one of life's simple pleasures to cook an omlette and no have it stick to the pan. Easily pleased, hey.

So yes, I am a complete convert to Tefal Ingenio pans. But if you want to get your hands on your very own set, just enter the giveaway below (UK and Ireland entries only)!

Happy cooking!

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