Sunday, 27 April 2014

Kale chips

You will need:

Step 1: Wash the kale.
Step 2: Dry the kale and spread out on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.

Step 3: Add salt and pepper to taste. I advise using a tiny amount of salt.
Step 4: Bake in the oven at 200° for 6 minutes. Be really careful when you get these out of the oven as the oil will be really hot and sizzling! Finally, leave to cool and then serve. I like to eat mine with chop sticks!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter 2014

I thought I would do a little blog post about my Easter weekend. I've spent the majority of it with my family, which was lovely. I especially like spending quality time with my sister! You should check out her blog too!

On Saturday I headed over to my parent's house at about 3pm. When I arrived me and Mum headed to the local supermarket to buy our Easter eggs as neither of us had been prepared this year! There was a very limited selection but I managed to get a little (at her request) Lindt bunny for my Mum, some praline eggs for my Dad, a bunny shaped box of Ferrero Rocher for my sister and some snowies for my boyf. We then headed home, had dinner and watched Catfish as a family. I wouldn't advise it as a family film, it is a bit more of a young person's film, as it focuses mainly around Facebook.

I have been thinking about signing up for the 10km recently as a few of my friends are doing it, so on Sunday I decided to see if I could at least run 3 miles. I managed 2 miles, so I need to do a bit more training! I went with my sister and I think it definitely helps to run with someone else. The weather was terrible on Sunday though, so instead of a country walk, as originally planned, me and my Mum decided to check out the Lightbox in Woking. I have heard great things about this gallery and particularly of the Ingram collection. If you're into your 20th century art you should definitely check it out! It's fairly new and a beautiful building. We were lucky enough to catch the last day of the Renoir exhibition. I also picked up the two volumes of the Ingram Collection for £9.95! Bargain! After getting a bit lost on the way home my Mum made a delicious tuna and sweetcorn quiche for dinner. We then watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in the evening. I would not recommend this film and if you are forced to watch it for any reason, it does get better towards the end!

Hope you all had a great Easter and are enjoying the Bank Holiday!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Rosemary bread rolls

This recipe makes six bread rolls. Ideal for a starter for your Easter Sunday lunch!

You will need:
  • 280g of strong white bread flour
  • 56g of margarine
  • 1 sachet of 7g yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 125ml of warm water (mix boiling and cold)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • handful of dried rosemary
  • handful of sesame seeds

1. Stir the flour in a mixing bowl, along with the margarine, yeast, sugar and salt. 
2. Add the olive oil and stir.

3. Now add the warm water gradually, if you think the dough is becoming too sticky then stop.

4. Once the mixture has formed a dough like texture and stuck together, take the dough out of the bowl and onto a clean surface and knead for 5–7 minutes.

5. At this stage you can also mix in your dried rosemary.

6. After you have finished kneading the dough, cut the dough into six equal(ish) pieces and form into round balls.

7. Sprinkle/push some sesame seeds onto the top of each roll.

8. Leave for 45 minutes to rise, they should double in size. Ten minutes before the end of the 45 minutes turn the oven on to heat up at 220° or Gas Mark 7.

9. I tried to make them into little bunnies, but it didn't work once they'd cooked!

10. Cook for 10 mins at 220°, then 10 mins at 200° or Gas Mark 6.

11. Enjoy with margarine or any of your favourite spreads. Dipping in olive oil would also work well!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A holiday in a little mountain village in Mallorca

Recently I went on a short holiday in the sun with my family and boyfriend and it was one of the best holidays I've ever had! It was so nice to get away from the pollution of the city. I found taking my boyfriend on the family holiday gave it a great balance, and shock horror, there were no arguments! 

The village we stayed in was called Fornalutx, but we also visited neighbouring villages such as Valldemossa, Soller and Port de Soller. All of these places are in the north of Mallorca and we found very reasonably priced flights through Monarch airlines. Hope you enjoy my photos!
This is the view from our terrace, how stunning is it?! Having breakfast out here every morning was heavenly! We also came out here at night to look at the stars, the moon and Jupiter. It was just magical.This is again the view from our terrace but in this view you can see more of the village of Fornalutx. I just love the colour of the bricks.
This is the view from the end of our SEVEN hour walk in the heat. You can see the sea, so it was worth it! Totally breathtaking.

This is a view of the sea from a hill near Port de Soller.  

Mmmmm... spanish omelette, fresh prawns, patatas bravas and paella!

Another gorgeous view, this time found after taking a boat trip from Port de Soller. 

This is a view of the square in Fornalutx. The little shop in the far corner is so useful and sells the freshest oranges!
If you get the chance I urge you to visit this area of Mallorca!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Goat's cheese salad for dinner

In order to make my Goat's cheese salad into something more substantial I made a sort of smörgåsbord of sides. 

For the Goat's cheese salad I used a pre-washed mixed salad, walnuts, beetroot (diced) and half a piece of Goat's cheese each.

I then cut up some raw carrot and cucumber and put in my new Anthropologie bowl.

To give the salad some depth I steamed some new potatoes and green stringless beans.

I then made a dressing of oil and vinegar. I put all of these on the table so that we could mix and match.

It's a very filling meal and one that feels very healthy too, plus it's a bit more interesting than your average week night meal! Eat in front of Man v. Food for additional feel-good points.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Anthropologie haul!

This week I have been on holiday, so apologies for the lack of posts. However it was also my birthday! One of my presents was a £75 gift voucher for Anthropologie from my boyfriend's very generous parents. I also got Tate membership, a new coat, a Clinique eye shadow palette and a new dress. Feeling a very lucky girl!
As I seem to always write about my love for Anthropologie on this blog, I thought it only right that I share with you my purchases! It took me a good hour of browsing the store to make my final choices.
The throw is the 'Marled Weave Throw'. It is super soft and big enough to cover a small arm chair. The colours are much brighter than they show on the website. Those of you who regularly read my blog will be relived to hear that I finally got a Celestial Coaster! I only got one because I thought I would use it for my water by my bed to jazz up my bedside table. Also, I never feel I can justify £8 on a coaster, even with a gift card! The glass is called a 'Fleur De Lys Tumbler', I could only find the link to the coloured ones online, however mine is just plain glass. I love these glasses as they remind me of the 1920s and I can imagine myself having a St Germain cocktail in it. Mmmm... mmmm.... 

I love the contrasting colours of the two bowls. I don't think I've ever bought any orange homeware but with the green next to it and having been to the Mediterranean recently, I was instantly attracted to this Latte Bowl. The final piece I bought was the Old Havana Bowl, I really like the detailing on the side of it and it is a good size cereal bowl. Altogether I think it was a fairly good haul! I also went to see the London Marathon today and watched two of my friends run in it, so if you were running it today, then a huge congratulations, I couldn't even begin to think about starting a run that long! 


Friday, 4 April 2014

Top 10 Photographers of all time

This is a super long post, but hopefully you will enjoy it and maybe learn something new! Please note that most of these photographers are still in copyright and for legal reasons I have not added their photographs to this blog post. There are many links throughout the blog to images of their works. Let's get started!

10. Rankin (b.1966)

Rankin's use of colour is like no-one else. There is so much light in all of his photographs and each one looks so crisp and precise, yet there is still so much life in them. They are no doubt very commercial, but I would say they are the best commercial photographs out there. 

Some of his best work can be seen in the Archive section of his website. 

9. Annie Leibovitz (b.1949)

Leibovitz is the master of constructing an image. She is most well known for her photography for Vanity Fair and Vogue. She puts together elaborate scenes but has also taken incredibly emotive photographs. My favourite photograph by Leibovitz is John Lennon and Yoko Ono for the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1980. Lennon is nude and wrapped around a fully clothed Yoko Ono. Five hours after this photograph was taken Lennon was shot, dead.

Leibovitz was also, reportedly, $24 million in debt in 2009. Hearing this made me realise that even if you were one of the best photographers in the world, you can never be rich from this industry alone. Nevertheless, she has given us some of the greatest images of all time, and she's a woman!

8. Diane Arbus (1923–1971)

Arbus never photographed the 'beautiful people', instead she photographed real life and real people but is associated with photographing predominantly unusual looking people, including giants and dwarfs. One of her most famous works if of the Identical Twins. I love her work as, described by the V&A, it is 'contemporary anthropology'. Sadly, Arbus committed suicide in 1971. However her legendary photographs live on and are held by some of the most established galleries in the world.

7. Daido Moriyama (b.1938)

I first saw Moriyama's work next to William Klein's work at the Tate exhibition in 2013. I noticed that most of the books of Moriyama's work had been lent by Martin Parr, who we will come on to later in this list. Being a huge fan of Martin Parr's work I was intrigued to understand Moriyama's work, as it had so obviously influenced Parr. Moriyama's work is often grainy but shows the gritty reality of life. It is difficult to choose a favourite work of his as it is really a whole continuous body of work. It is also hard to find much of his work online due to the vast amount of copyright restrictions. 

6. Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879)

Woohoo, Cameron is out of copyright! Time for an image!

I most associate Julia Margaret Cameron with William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites. As I was researching Cameron I came across a bizarre article on the Mail Online that has the headline 'The photos that began the art of the selfie 150 years BEFORE Instagram'. The majority of the photos in this article are taken of other people, so not sure what this article is trying to prove! Anyway... Cameron's works are often very hazy and are often the images we associate with the Victorian era. Interestingly she was born in Calcutta, India. It was often the case that those from a wealthy background could afford to become photographers in Victorian England. The best example of this would be Henri Cartier-Bresson who is often credited with the birth of photojournalism. The V&A and the National Portrait Gallery both hold noteworthy collections of Cameron's photographs.

5. Steve McCurry (b.1950)

Possibly one of the most famous photographs of all taken was taken by McCurry in 1984, this is, of course, Afghan Girl. Interestingly, in 2002, they found her again and she had not been photographed since the famous photograph was taken, 18 years later.

McCurry has produced some of the most awe-inspiring photojournalism and most notably focuses on war. Like others on this list McCurry is a Magnum photographer. Magnum has a fantastic website, where you browse his photos and photo essays in great quality. As far as I'm concerned, he is one of the geniuses of our time.

4. Martin Parr (b.1952)

It has almost become a bit of a cliché to say Martin Parr is your favourite photographer as he is now so famous. The majority of college students will say their work is based on Martin Parr. But when you first see his work, you do get obsessed. It is witty, brightly coloured and far too close to home! His most famous work is probably The Last Resort, which depicts a seaside town called New Brighton, in Liverpool. My favourite body of work by Parr is Autoportrait where he has his photo taken by studio photographers, street photographers and photo booths around the world. It is hilarious, but fascinating at the same time.

3. Eugène Atget (1857–1927)

Atget is a photographer I have come across in my History of Art studies. Cartier-Bresson is credited with the birth of photojournalism but Atget is credited with the birth of documentary photography. Neither of these two did this alone and they have contemporaries, so do look these other photographers up! Atget's photographs are predominantly of Paris and the move towards modernity. There are many academic texts written about Atget's works and you can see why. The subtle meanings conveyed through the photographs are fascinating. You can read more here.

2. Tim Hetherington (1970–2011)

My second favourite photographer of all time and I have only recently looked properly at his body of work after watching 'Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington' on BBC Four. As you may notice from his dates, Hetherington died young. He died in Libya during the civil war. His photography is incredible, he was obsessed with the story of the people behind the war, in particular, of the young men who fought and what drove them. In the film I watched there is a moment where some rebels in Liberia were about to shoot their only medic, however Hetherington steps in and bargains with them to not shoot him. It is one of the best documentaries I have ever watched and Hetherington's photographs are unbelievably moving. He died doing something he loved, something he was so talented at, it is devastating that the world lost such an inspirational person.

1. Philip Jones Griffiths (1936–2008)

I fell in love with Philip Jones Griffiths' work when I went to see his exhibition 'Recollections' at the National Conservation Centre in Liverpool. I bought the exhibition catalogue, came home, read the entire essay at the front of the book and I now look at his book at least once a month. I looked at it a few days ago and thought 'I still love this photography'. When you look at his photography it is still so modern, so clever and so powerful. Some of my favourite works by him are from the 1960s and 1970s, such as Mowing the lawn and Ban the Bomb enactment.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and please do let me know of any photographers you would have put in this list, or who is your favourite photographer.
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