14.01

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Last week, my little Mum and I took an impromptu afternoon trip in to Richmond, for a little midweek sale shopping and a date with Whole Foods. (Sidetone: I don’t think I *ever* go to Richmond without it being totally impromptu and off the cuff! What’s going on with that?!) Even though, as I said last week, my only resolution for this year is to go gentler on myself and not to makes any great changes to my diet or get healthier or anything of that sort, there’s still something about January that always makes me want to eat lighter, more organic foods. Maybe all those ’10 healthy meals to make this January!’ articles I read on Buzzfeed at 1am when I can’t sleep are being osmosed into my psyche! ;)

We wandered across the green (stopping to admire the few remaining Christmas trees and wreaths brightening up the beautiful houses that line the edges of the park), before swinging by Anthropologie for a quick check in on the sale. I tried on some 15-odd dresses, all of which looked glorious on the hanger but horrendous on me (why does this happen? I always feel so duped!) before heading over to Whole Foods for lunch. And I know I’ve mentioned it on the blog already once or twice, but that salad bar? It’s magic. Top tips of what to pick out? The black olives (so salty, so great), the pickled beetroot (just be sure not to spill any down your top), the super creamy feta, and the aubergine from the hot food counter, that comes marinated and cooked in some sort of sweet and spicy sauce that tastes like total heaven.

After lunch we went on a mad dash round the grocery aisles (a mad dash because we were keen not to get caught in rush hour traffic), and bought up one of pretty much everything in the shop. Like sugar snap pea crisps (the caesar flavour is the best!), spelt crisp breads with pumpkin and cheese, chia seeds (I’m finding them pretty repulsive so far, I can’t tell a lie…), freshly ground peanut butter, and some flavoured matcha iced tea. It’s a total feast for the eyes, Whole Foods, don’t you think? We stayed in there for almost two hours- wondering how on earth quinoa flakes can be so incredibly expensive, weighing up the merits of one almond milk over another, sniffing the ripest and mouldiest cheeses, and debating whether or not to try a matcha cupcake.

And my Mum and I played our favourite game the whole day, which is to make dream-plans about where we each might live in the future and the houses we might buy, and what fun it’ll be when she can retire and we can have more time for days like this one. And more time for my Mum to play photographer’s assistant to me, which I know she’s secretly the most excited about ;)

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What I wore :: Jacket (similar) || Jumper || Shirt || Jeans || Loafers (originally from Boden, identical HERE)

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12.01

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Too often, when the time comes to do my weekly food shop, I find myself staring at a blank page headed up with the words ‘Meal plan for week beginning … ‘, thinking, what on earth do I normally cook?

I tend not to cook the same things over and over since I get bored pretty quickly, which, since variety is the spice of life and all, is great! But it also means that I’m often left stumped, since I’ll have cooked 40 different things in the past month and a half, and not written a single one of them down. Not so great! And so, this new little series I’m heading off today on Cider with Rosie, featuring different ways of working with some of my favourite central mealtime ingredients, is as much for me as it is for you. A compendium of my favourite recipes, if you like. I hope you won’t mind about that?

First up, hummus! When I mentioned to my Mum that I was putting together a ‘three ways with hummus’ post, she said ‘like hummus with pita, hummus with carrots, and hummus with cucumber?’ Ha ha Mum. Very funny. ‘No!’ I said! ‘We can do better than that!’. The first recipe is a light one (ideal as a starter, light lunch, or fancy afternoon snack), the second is virtuous and delicious and filling all at once (a dinnertime staple), and the third is the ‘showstopper’- a weekend special!

Before we get to the goods, let’s talk hummus for a moment. I buy it in as often as I make it fresh, and this recipe, by the marvellously talented Molly, is my favourite to use. When buying, I tend to go for the organic stuff, only because I usually find it tastes better. But really, when it comes to hummus, you can’t go too far wrong, can you?

 

 O N E :: Garlic-rubbed toasts with hummus, sun-dried tomatoes + feta

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Serves 4.
Ingredients ::
4 slices sourdough bread {I used a loaf that came pre-sliced into these halves, which worked great}
1 garlic clove
100g {about 1/2 block} feta cheese
200g sundried tomatoes
150g hummus
Pinch dried thyme

- Heat up a griddle pan until it’s searing hot, then place the four slices of toast {completely dry, no oil} into the pan. Keep an eye on the toasts, flipping them over now and again. When they’re hot and have beautiful charred lines criss crossing over them, remove from the pan. Straight away rub one side of each slice with the cut side of a clove of raw garlic, and then leave to cool slightly.

- Spread each toast with a layer of hummus, then top with sundried tomatoes. Crumble over the feta, and finally top with a dusting of dried thyme and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil too, if you fancy.

- Serve as a light lunch, or as the first course of a main meal.

T W O :: Vegan hummus ‘abundance’ bowl

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Serves 2.
Ingredients ::
1 large aubergine
4 tbsp dark soy sauce
4 tbsp runny honey
150g mixed bulgar wheat + quinoa {or any grain of choice}
Pinch salt

1 large courgette
1 clove garlic
3 tbsp sesame seeds
Squeeze of lemon juice
Pinch of dried oregano

1 ripe avocado
Handful of fresh spinach

150g hummus
Extra virgin olive oil
Sesame oil

- Combine the dark soy sauce, honey and pinch of salt (omit if using regular soy, as it’s much less sweet than dark soy sauce) in a wide dish. Slice the aubergine into rounds just shy of 1cm thick, and place into the honey+soy mixture. Leave for at least 15mins to marinade, turning the rounds over frequently so they coat evenly.

- Slice the courgette about 1cm thick, and place into a dish with a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch each of dried oregano and salt, a smashed garlic clove, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Leave for at least 15 mins.

- Rinse the grains in cold water, then cook for 10-12 minutes (or according to packet instructions).

- Whilst the grains boil, heat a splash of sesame oil in a frying pan, and carefully fry the aubergine a few slices at a time. Try not to put too much of the marinade in the pan, or else the honey will catch. When the aubergine is dark golden, set aside to cool (they taste better after they’ve rested a little while!).

- Drain off the cooked grains, and immediately dress with the aubergine marinade and add salt to taste.

- Heat up a griddle pan, and grill the courgette slices (taking care to drain off as much of the oil mixture as possible) until they’re nicely charred but still al dente. Set aside once cooked, and then use the leftover marinade from the courgettes to dress the chopped spinach.

- Serve in large bowls, with a heaping spoonful or two of paprika-dusted hummus!

T H R E E :: Spiced chicken, roasted pepper, + hummus homemade flatbread wraps

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Serves 4.
Ingredients ::
500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
350ml warm water
5g fast acting dried yeast
10g salt

3 or 4 skinless chicken thigh fillets
Spice mix of choice
2 red peppers
150g hummus {with a little extra cumin + lemon juice}
Handful of rocket

- First, make the bread dough by putting the flour, yeast, and salt into a bowl, then mixing in the water. The dough is **supposed** to be really quite wet and sticky, sticky enough that you’ll want to remove any rings you might be wearing before starting the kneading process!

- To knead, I use a technique called the ‘accordion method’, which involves holding the sticky dough in your hands, repeatedly stretching it long in mid-air between your hands, then bringing them back together. The quicker you can go, the better! It takes about 10 minutes, and in that time the dough will transform from being lumpy to smooth, and will become considerably more elastic. Another great technique for kneading a soft dough like this one can be viewed here.

- After 10 minutes of kneading, put the dough into a lightly floured bowl, cover with a damp tea towel, and then leave at room temperature to prove for a minimum of 1 and a half hours, and up to 4. I left mine for 2 hours, and the difference in flavour in comparison with a 1 hour prove was amazing!

- Coat the chicken thighs in a fine drizzle of olive oil, and then dredge in your spice mix. I use a mixture of chilli powder, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, and a pinch of salt. Leave to infuse for at least 15 minutes.

- Slice the peppers into thick pieces, place into a roasting dish along with the chicken, give everything a drizzle of olive oil, and then roast at 200 degrees for 30 minutes.

- When the dough’s had a good couple of hour’s prove, knock it back, knead in a little extra flour if it’s still to sticking to roll out, and then divide into 6 pieces. Whilst you work on the first piece, cover over the remaining dough balls with the damp tea towel and set a large frying pan (without any oil in) over a high heat.

- Use your hands to begin flattening out each piece of dough in turn, giving them a moment or so to relax to make the stretching process easier. When the dough has become wide and flat enough, drape it over the backs of your hands, and gently pull outwards to stretch the dough until you can almost see through it when held up to the light. Set aside on a floured work surface, and continue with each piece of dough in turn.

- Working with one flatbread at a time, lay it carefully into the preheated and oil-free frying pan. After a minute or so, when the underside has turned a dusty pale brown colour, flip over the flatbread using tongs. After about 30 seconds, when the second side has become slightly charred in spots, remove it from the pan.

- Keep the cooked flatbreads covered over with a tea towel whilst you finishing cooking the remaining ones. This will stop them going firm, and keep them pliable and easy to roll up later on!

- To assemble the wraps, spread a layer of hummus down the centre of the flatbread, then top with finely sliced strips of chicken and red pepper. Top with a sprinkling of rocket, and then roll up!

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Now tell me, how do you eat your hummus? :)

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09.01

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Confession- true to form, Jason and I have still not taken down our Christmas tree. We do this pretty much every January, and it makes my Mum despair! She likes to take down her decorations on the 1st of January, whereas we are lazy and put it off for ages and ages. I’m going to get to it tomorrow though, I promise! Though I might just find a new home for the fairy lights, somewhere else in the house…what can I say, I’m holding on to the spirit I guess! It’s been a lovely first week in January, all in all. We’ve made major headway with finding a honeymoon (pretty certain we’ll have it booked up by the end of next week!) and we’re in the process of tying up a few other wedding-related loose ends too. I hope your week’s been a good one! Here’s what’s made me most happy…

1. Finding the World’s Most Perfect Hat in Topshop. I bought it quick as a flash, and plan on wearing it with every single outfit from now until the end of time.

2. Sitting working at the desk in the front bedroom, and watching the sun set over the pond each afternoon. All too often the lure of working from the living room sofa is too much for me, but getting to watch the sun set each day from the front room is a good incentive to actually sit at my desk.

3. Hummus with everything. We’ve eaten a bucket load of the stuff this week, and don’t plan on slowing down.

4. A little solo shopping trip during Wednesday lunchtime. I bought coffee, met a friend for a quick catch up, and pottered to my heart’s content. So peaceful!

5. Getting back into the swing of regular workouts after Christmas. It feels so good to stretch and tone again, even though the post-Pilates ache has been pretty extreme some days!

6. Sweet emails from readers of Cider with Rosie! I mentioned on Instagram that I wished we could keep our Christmas wreaths on our front doors all year round, and a lovely reader named Pippa emailed to say how people in her village make beautiful wreaths for their doors in the Spring, and sent me a photo of one too! Connecting with new people via this blog is my favourite thing about it, hands down.

7. Wearing red lipstick. I found my *perfect* shade this week, and can’t stop wearing it!

8. Doing all the boring jobs I always put to the bottom of my ‘to do’ list, like handwashing and sorting out my receipts. Dull, but so very satisfying!

9. An impromptu trip to Whole Foods with my darling Mum. The DIY salad bar is officially my new favourite thing.

10. A certain pizza base/flatbread recipe that tastes just as good as any you find in pizzerias. It’s taken me a long old while to perfect, and we’re totally there! Stay tuned…

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week! :: Anya’s beautiful photos of South Yorkshire in the snow || This oversized coat ensemble on Garance Doré {less of a fail than mine!} || and Liv’s guide of what to do in London in January!

What’s made you happy this week?

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08.01

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This year, my resolution is the antithesis of all the New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made before.

In the past, I’ve always used the beginning of the year to reflect upon what I could’ve done better in the previous 12 months. Ways in which I’ve slipped up, things I’ve failed at, areas in which I could work harder, achieve more, *be better*. I’d set myself the traditional list of resolutions (some silly ones, like eat less Nutella and do more ironing, and more serious and personally challenging ones too), and then inevitably also begin each new month throughout the year saying things like ‘This month I’m going to try to be more/get better at…’ The goals and resolutions would stack up, and the pressure would pile on.

I find myself striving harder and harder to be achieving at a higher standard, in all areas of my life. And, though I believe strongly in self-improvement and goal-setting and steadfast determination, towards the end of last year I wound up feeling burnt out with the pressure I was putting on myself.

And so, in 2015, my one single resolution is *to go easier on myself*.

To know that at the end of each day, each week, each month, I will have tried my very hardest, and that that is, quite simply,   e n o u g h.

I know I won’t be alone in feeling the pressure to be in the pursuit of perfection at all times. Together, let’s make this the year in which we remind ourselves, as many times as we need to,

#IAmEnough.

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