Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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* Stare at the computer...

A girl who just love polka dots! Also, you can see the *bad* dyed job I did when I thought it would be rock and roll to go blue. Haha ⠀
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A girl who just love...

Winter Comfort Food | Spaghetti Bolognese

When you are feeling completely lousy and all you want to do is curl up and sleep all through winter. Spaghetti Bolognese is the perfect winter comfort food.

That was me a few days ago. I really felt like I could quite happily hibernate all throughout winter and come back in the Spring. My days went bad – the train wasn’t working due to strike actions, it was completely crammed on a train I could get onto. My feet was cold and wet due to them having a hole on the sole. And worst then that – I felt completely and utterly knacked. On that day I had no energy, I could be content with sleeping for a thousand years.

So once I got home the only thing I could think of making for myself was, good old fashion winter comfort food Spaghetti Bolognese. Its such an easy meal and so delicious to eat. For me it hit the spot. I like eating it with tons of fresh tomatoes and garlic bread. I made this delicious dish and then collapse into a food coma for the rest of the evening. It was the perfect meal to cheer me up after a lousy day.

A thought occurred to me while eating my meal. Do you know where the Bolognese sauce comes from? Ok yes Italy – it isn’t exactly a trick question. Everybody knows that. But do you know the origins of our favorite Bolognese sauce?

Ragù alla Bolognese is known in Italy as a meat sauce. Anyone who has visited Italy, and most especially to the Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region, will be sure to tell you to get rid of any impression that it is a tomato-based sauce.

Italians feel it is their desire to tell people that what is commonly thought of as Bolognese sauce is all wrong. This is due to the fact that Bolognese sauce has changed a lot over the centuries since it was first made by home cooks with no access to ingredients beyond those that were grown and produced in their local region.

Traditionally, Bolognese sauce is made from everyday vegetables such a battuto of carrot, celery, and onion, locally-raised including beef, pork, veal, sausage, and prosciutto, a touch of tomato, and a whole lot of time.

Sadly nowadays, there are fewer cooks who will devote the hours necessary to create a true ragù, but the facts are still the same. Every step of its preparation is designed to draw out the best tasting results from each ingredient. The vegetables are slow-cooked with pork fat or olive oil until they are melted together in a caramelized vegetable medley. The meat is slowly simmered to cook off its water content, helping it brown properly. Often, wine and tomatoes are added and reduced to the point of evaporation, leaving behind their concentrated flavor. Then the sauce is slowly simmered, resulting in a rich, meaty sauce that is traditionally served over a fresh, egg-rich pasta called tagliatelle. Ragù alla Bolognese also finds its way into lasagna and as a sauce for potato gnocchi.

And there we go, the origins of the Bolognese sauce.  Is Spaghetti Bolognese your ultimate winter comfort food?

  • This is my husband’s favourite meal, but I don;t do the long slow cooking thing. I actually need to look for a traditional recipe, I am sure it is more than worth the time and effort.

  • Mel
    December 17, 2016

    Yum….I do love a good spag bol, my real comfort food is steak broccoli mushrooms and croquet potatoes, I stopped eating meat for a while but sadly have anemia and was unable to control it on a vege diet so back to eating meat and steak is totally my fave.

  • Mary
    December 17, 2016

    Yes it is! Spaghetti Bolognese is one of my all time favorite foods, my Nonna would make it for me when I was a little girl.

  • Lynne
    December 17, 2016

    Yes yes yes. In winter all I want to do is comfort eat and there really isn’t anything better than a steaming bowl of spaghetti with lashing of cheese and garlic bread. Yum

  • Jhumki Nag
    December 17, 2016

    Very yummy and wonderful..will surely try it.

  • Jimmy and Tina
    December 18, 2016

    This sounds really good, I have to try the recipe have never tried before. My mom makes a really good home made spaghetti in America, it’s so good and I have never met anyone who can make it quite like her.

  • Lynne Sarao
    December 18, 2016

    I absolutely love spaghetti bolognese! It is such a great comfort food – I completely agree. Your recipe looks delicious! I’ll have to try it soon as the winter is already beginning to get to me and all I want to do is curl up into a little ball!

  • LeAnn Rodriguez
    December 19, 2016

    That looks so good! Pasta is definitely one of my comfort foods as well as pizza and cookies. lol

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