What Olivia Cooked: Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

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I thought I'd share another one of my go-to recipes today, as it's super duper easy- and once you get to know it, takes literally about half an hour, which is good when you're tight for time and looking for something good and healthy to eat!

I was told this by my boss at an Italian restaurant I work for (after being a slightly demanding pest), and although it usually includes some sort of fish (usually tuna or anchovies) I have adapted it simply using veg and herbs, which is more suited to my taste- but I'd love to hear if any of you tried it differently!

(p.s sorry this recipe looks visually the same as my last, it's not i promise!)

You Will Need:

- 1 x Medium Red Onion
- 1 x Jar of Capers (available in supermarkets, I usually use about half the jar as they're quite salty!)
- 2 x Garlic cloves
- 1 x box (is that what they come in?) of Olives
- 2 x dried chillies (or fresh ones if you like it hot!)
- 1 x selection or packet of herbs
- 2 x tinned tomatoes
-(Optional- tomato purée to thicken the sauce)
- Some salt & pepper for seasoning
- Garlic Bread if desired

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1. Chop your onions and crush your garlic (if you don't have a garlic crusher chop your garlic into small pieces, although beware garlic causes smelly hands eww).

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2. Add the onion, garlic and your chillies to a frying pan (olive oil optional) and leave to fry for about 5 minutes.

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3. Add your capers and olives, and continue to fry until your onions are soft and slightly golden.

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4. Add your two tins of tomatoes, and add purée if mixture is a bit 'runny' (clearly, I do not talk chef)

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5. Whilst this is all being done, put some water in a saucepan to boil, ready to add your spaghetti/and or put your garlic bread in the oven

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6. Add your herbs, and seasoning to your mixture, and leave on a low heat to simmer whilst your spaghetti cooks (follow packaging on spaghetti as necessary).

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7. Once spaghetti is ready, drain away the excess water and serve up. Add your sauce to your spaghetti- and enjoy! Bon Appetit!

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

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(dress: Topshop, belt: Primark, Shoes: Russell & Bromley)

I seem to be quite pro active with my outfit posts this weekend, although I have an inkling it's due to the fact I have a pile of revision waiting for me, so getting dressed and taking photos seems like the ultimate procrastination!

Any who, I was meant to have work today, I showed up checked the rota and apparently I'm not working until Tuesday, which was a pleasant surprise, however since I have got in I have been non stop eating- so should really get my head into some books!

Hope you're all having a fantastic Sunday!

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Saturday, 21 May 2011

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(Top: Zara, Dungaree Dress: Miss Selfridge, Loafers: Russell & Bromley, Bag: Balenciaga City, Glasses: Primark)

Believe it or not, I was actually going for a slightly 'cool Parisian' look today, but as we both can probably establish the look more so achieved was goofy 5 year old- but hey, I hear that's coming back?

Anyway, this is essentially a post to show off my new dinga-dunga's (or dungaree dress if you will). I managed to snap them up from Miss Selfridge this week at a barganous £15- something I truly couldn't resist, especially having wanted a pair for ages (recent snaps of Miss Chung swayed me also). They're really easy to wear (hence why most mothers pop their toddlers in them) and I'm pretty sure they'll be easy to wear with many of my tee's and jumpers, so you'll probably be seeing a lot more of them!

Hope you're having a nice weekend!

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What Olivia Cooked: Vegetable Lasagne

Friday, 20 May 2011

Hello all! About two weeks ago I was cooking a vegetable lasagne and was erm... tweeting at the same time about what I was doing. ANYWAY, I asked if people would be interested in seeing a recipe for it, and was surprised to get quite a response, so in response to that response I have decided to comprise a recipe for my trusty vegetable lasagne!

I have taken some 'step by step' snaps to help and make it a little less mundane, but if you have any questions then don't hesitate to ask!


Anyway, YOU WILL NEED: (you can mix and match the veg to your taste, this is just what I use)

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- 1 hour 30 mins/2 hours spare cooking and serving time!
- Olive Oil
- 2 courgettes, chopped into small chunks
- 1 aubergine- chopped into chunks
- 1 red pepper/ OR mushrooms
- 1 medium red onion
- 2 gloves of crushed garlic
- 1 jar of lasagne or bolognaise sauce, I use Dolmio
- 1 jar of white sauce- again, I use Dolmio- but white sauce is pretty straight forward to make by scratch.
- parmasan cheese
- packet of mozzarella/150g
- lasagne sheets
- herbs & pepper for seasoning

... Beach Boys soundtrack is optional.

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1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees/gas mark 6.

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2. Chop your vegetables, and put them in a baking tray. Toss them with some Olive Oil to help them soften up and roast nicely. Add your herbs and black pepper for seasoning. Put in the over for 25-30 minutes, or until they look browny golden (you can toss them a couple of times in between this cooking period so they all get cooked to an even colour).

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3. Take the veg out, reduce the oven to 180 degrees.

4. Put the lasagne sauce into a pan, and add the vegetables. Leave to simmer for about 10 minutes.

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5. To 'build' your lasagne, spoon a layer of your veg and sauce into your baking dish covering the bottom. Add some lasagne sheets on top, followed by a covering of white sauce and parmasan/mozzarella- do this until you run out (this mix usually makes about 3 layers of veg and can serve up to 6 people).

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6. Cook for about 35-40 minutes or until golden and bubbling- then take it out and enjoy!

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Although it seems like there may be a lot to do, this is really quite simple, and makes quite a mean dish! If any of you try it out let me know how it goes- bon appetit!

(if you want also try these a-mazing dressings from Pizza Express mmm!)

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Sorry about some of my terminology in this post, I merely cook for fun- so please excuse any inaccurate phrases!

Best Coast @ Brighton Coalition

Monday, 16 May 2011

Okay, so the other week (2nd May) myself and some of my wonderful friends and boyfriend, headed to Brighton to see the ever amazing, and super cool Best Coast play at the teeny (yet v. good) venue Coalition! It was such a good night, and they were such a fun band to see live- even covering Blink 182's Dammit and enduring a stage invasion, to which I awkwardly shuffled about pondering what to do.

It was such a fun evening, and if you haven't yet checked them out, I highly recommend you do!

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Friday, 13 May 2011

I'm sorry I seem to have been AWOL from posting in the last week or so (looking back it feels like I haven't posted in ages!) I've had my A2 photography project, which although may seem relatively easy has been incredibly time consuming, but now it's finally done I can catch up with some overdue blogging (and begin history and english revision of course...)

Anyway, as I haven't really had time to take outfit pictures I thought I'd post some of my final A2 photography work, and then I can back to some proper posts tomorrow- I also said a couple of weeks ago I may consider posting a recipe (a few people said they'd like to see it) so maybe that too?

Also, I saw Submarine last week for my boyfriend & I's (?) two year anniversary (all say awwh ;)) and it was a-mazing. I cannot recommend it enough, it had the perfect amount of laughs, and also made me tear up (not to mention the flawless soundtrack) I may even see it again when I have a little more money!

Anyway, hope you've all had a lovely week!

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What Olivia Did: April

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

I thought I'd document some of the things I've been up to in the past month with some of my favourite pictures (warning: picture heavy post)...

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(From top: 1-3: Best friends Surprise party, 4-7: Center Parcs, 8: Metronomy, 9: Best Coast, 10: Pet Level, 11: Brighton, 12-15: Zoe, Gem and Joe for my photography)

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