Sunday, 23 June 2013

Chorizo and Chilli Pasta and Homemade Garlic Bread

There's nothing much more comforting than a big, hot bowl of pasta along side some warm crusty bread. Pasta is a brilliant dish any day of the week and so simple to make. This recipe was given to me by my mum. We used to make a veggie version years ago but she's stumbled across something even more delicious.  This is perfect to rustle up any time of the week. I made it last night in attempt to show the boy I do acquire some culinary skills. It worked. 

Serves 2-3

1 Chorizo Sausage Link (Hungarian is the nicest but Spanish is fine)
1 Red Bell Pepper
5-6 Button Mushroom
1/2 Courgette
1 Onion
1 Garlic Clove
1 Jar of Lloyd Grossman Tomato and Chilli Sauce
Pasta (Usually1 cup per serving)

Homemade Garlic Butter
Butter (as much as you need)
1 Large Garlic Clove

Slice and then half Chorizo and begin to fry in a small amount of oil on MEDIUM heat. There will be a lot of orange coloured oil, so go easy on cooking oil. Once your chorizo has soften add diced pepper, mushroom, courgette and onion into the pan along with crushed garlic. Keep on medium heat and once browned, add the sauce.

Now, leave to simmer on medium/low heat for 20 minutes. Time to get cracking on that Garlic Butter.
You'll need as much butter as you want and and a crushed garlic clove. Mix together in a bowl and decant into a ramekin. Pop into the refrigarator so the flavour infuse. 

10 minutes before your sauce is ready, cook your pasta. Pan full of boiling water and a pinch of salt. Cook longer for softer pasta if you're not keen on Al Dente. At this point you should warm up your baguette in the oven so the butter melts beautifully into the bread. Once your pasta is to your liking, strain and mix in to the pasta sauce and serve on warmed plates. Take out your bread and slice into big chunky slabs. Slather as much butter you can handle and dip, mmmmm.
C even got up for second, and thirds...maybe even fourths.


Monday, 17 June 2013

Xen-tan Moroccan Tan

Ashamed to say but i cannot rock the "English Rose" chic. I burn in the sun and struggle to build those golden hues on my pasty, milk bottle skin. This is where my love of bottles of that brown stuff come in to play. You name it, I've tried it. From the St Tropez to the St Moriz I've slathered the stuff on and caked my white sheets in the process.

After hearing only amazing things about Xen Tan Absolute Dark Luxe I rushed out and bought it only to be left deflated and really not that dark and about £30 lighter. It was hard to work in, had a suspicious green tinge and patched on me and that is just not a look. However, I walked into Space NK with a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and this little gem ended up in my hands.

This is the ever-hyped Xen Tan Moroccan Tan. With promises to provide me with a deep, moisturising, sweet smelling tan I slapped this on as soon as I got home. It did what it said on the tin. It glided on like a dream, smelling beautiful and looking even. This stuff is bloomin' dark, like really dark. You can probably get away with whacking it on and leaving it for a night out for an uber, sexy glow. Or if you want to tone it down for the office, develop over night and shower off in the morning. This tan wears really well, it fades evenly and I have to apply it only once or twice a week. Moroccan Tan is pretty liquidy so a little covers a lot. It also dries quickly so cold, naked dances round the bedroom are no longer required.

Moroccan tan is reasonably priced at £25 and it is worth every penny. Just stay away from those white sheets...

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