After taking the decision to finally quit my day job to perform, photograph and generally push the Khandie Khisses brand, my beau took me somewhere he knew I would love and momentarily take my mind off my mega plans.
Bletchley Park is a fantastic place. I am a history buff and so going to the home of the famous Codebreakers was perfect.
Recent times has the seen the amazing work of the codebreakers featured in programs such as Bletchley Circle. But to be honest it is the chance to see the historically significant Engima machine and Collossus computer was more of a reason to visit than some tv show connotation.
Whilst rammed full of information and artefacts, there is a lot more available. From the toy museum to the vitnage cars and not forgetting the utterly beautiful grounds and mansion.
I highly recommend a visit and for our £15 ticket. We can return as many times as we want for a year for free.
I am no great chef if truth be told but lately I am being dragged into the kitchen to help out. So here is my latest attempt. It was very yummy even if I do say so myself. Recipe below.
- 2tsp Olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2tsp cumin seeds
- 500g leaned minced beef
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 can of kidney beans
- 1 can chopped plum tomatoes
- 1kg parsnips
- 200ml water.
- Additional seasonings: rock salt, pepper, paprika, chilli powder and tomato puree.
wack it under the grill!
- Heat olive oil in a pan and soften the onions with 1 tsp of cumin seeds until clear.
- Brown the mince off and drain away the excess fat.
- Add the onions, garlic, kidney beans, tomatoes to the mince. Add 200ml of water to the mix. Add the additional seasonings to taste. I used a pinch of rock salt, two pinches of paprika and chili powder. Pepper added to flavour and 2 tsp of tomato puree.
- Simmer for 20 mins.
- Meanwhile peel, chop and boil in salted water the parsnips.
- Drain and mash the parsnips with black pepper and salt to flavour.
- Pour mince beef mixture into an oven proof dish and top with the mashed parsnip. Sprinkle the remain cumin seeds on top.
- Grill in the oven for 5 mins until golden brown.
- SERVE! Nom nom!
Often I see the word vintage attributed to things that have merely a vague connection to it. So my apprehension over being handed ‘Vintage Magazine’ is somewhat understandable.
Vintage Magazine has been out a while now and whilst I have often picked it up to glance through I will openly admit I havent really read it, so yesterday I did. Cover to cover.
Ooohhh plus size lovely!
As I worked my way through, I was overall impressed with what was on offer. It lacked the overly flash layouts of other magazines on the shelves but then it is portraying a ‘vintage’ vibe so this was understandable.
I loved the pieces on plus size fashion which is very topical right now but perhaps (as a plus size woman) a little too marginalising. As though they don’t cover plus size generally. I maybe wrong to assume such a thing but as I only picked up one issue this is the impression I got; which is so often tge case when making plus size a feature. To ensure continued readership perhaps a note on how they always look at plus size would be beneficial? Perhaps not. I merely pondering.
Whilst the 60s article was fabulous and I can not fault their attention to detailing in the shoot, I was disappointed to not see a hair or makeup tutorial tied in with it however.
I loved the 50s fashion article. Full of juicy facts n photos. Bravo!
What did puzzle me was how the ‘Mr Selfridge’ article was marked as fashion yet barely discussed it? Also perhaps the perfect opportunity to again show how to recreate the look?
The images in this magazine are wonderful. Well done those people.
I hate to be negative over something so clearly born out of love but there are missed opportunities in this magazine to make it steller. I will buy again, if nothing else for the beautiful images n discounts offered. More focused articles and you have yourself an avid reader.
Oh how I longed that in the dark months before the new series of Downtown Abbey, Mr Selfridge would appease me. I am sorry to say I will be returning my time with the receipt for a full refund.
The tension building of will he/won’t he open is pointless. We all know the great store is open. Some of the actors are clearly fabulous such as Lady Mae but the window dresser idiot is a poor scripted character at best.
The styling of the entire show is very good but it all looks a little cramped on screen and the vast size of the rooms are not displayed well. It’s like watching a play staged in a Wendy house.
I wanted so much to like this program but alas no. Sorry ITV. Keep Downton on. Selfridges needs a refurb.