Food glorious food...
As you can probably tell from this collage I’m a foodie...I like eating in, eating out, eating in between. 🥗🥞🍤I grew up on homecooked Greek Cypriot food - my mum’s, my grandparents’, aunts’, family friends’ and every meet up involved eating food together. 🍇🥒🧀This probably explains why so many of my book reviews mention the delicious descriptions of food and fresh produce! 🥟🍑🍰But I don’t just love the food of my homeland. I enjoy eating most food whether it’s a hearty plate of Italian pasta, a healthy salad with superfood ingredients, hot spicy Indian and Mexican fajitas or a yummy chicken Thai green curry! ☕️🍪🍚I eat when I’m happy, sad, celebrating, partying. 🎂🍭🥂 At a push I will even enjoy a dainty afternoon tea! Did someone mention tea? I love drinking tea.
Got my makeup done this morning and then went home and split baked beans down me before heading off to a classy work trip to the Cotswolds. I’ve spent the whole day getting pampered and it feels like a holiday 😍 can’t wait for you guys to see the videos from down here... what have I done to deserve this? 😭🙌🏼
What's cooking Wednesday? ⠀
This week it's a Greek Beef stew to warm your bellies... Stifado is a popular Greek stew made with shallot onions and red wine. Full of flavour and perfect for these miserable grey cold days. Stifado can also be cooked using rabbit or venison and many Greeks prefer to use this if they can get their hands on any.⠀
1 kg good-quality stewing beef, cut into portions (35 ounces) ⠀
1.5 kg baby shallot onions, peeled (60 ounces)⠀
1/4 of a cup olive oil ⠀
3/4 of a cup red wine⠀
3 tbsps red wine vinegar 1/3 of a cup cognac ⠀
1 large, juicy ripe tomato, roughly chopped ⠀
1 tsp tomato purée ⠀
1 bay leaf 3-4 allspice berries a pinch nutmeg salt and freshly ground pepper ⠀
To prepare this delicious Greek beef stifado recipe, heat the oil in a saucepan, add the meat (in batches) and sauté, until browned on all sides. so that the temperature of the oil remains high and the meat is sealed. When done, remove with a slotted spoon, place on a platter, cover and set aside. ⠀
Carve the baby shallot onions crosswise, add in the same oil used to browned the meat, turn down to medium heat and sauté until the onions have softened, but not browned (about 10 minutes). Pour in the cognac, the wine and red wine vinegar, cover and let it simmer for 3 minutes. Pour the meat along with its juices to the saucepan, add the chopped tomato, tomato puree, bay leaf, allspice berries and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer the beef stifado for 1 1/2 hours or until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened. ⠀
While the beef stifado is simmering, check if it needs some water; you don’t want it to dry out. If it does, pour in half a cup of boiled water and stir. Towards the end of cooking time season well with salt and pepper to taste. Serve beef stifado with orzo pasta or bulgur wheat. ⠀
My hair routine 🔹So my routine weekly hair routine (which I find has been the best so far) ▪️Wash thoroughly with lukewarm water
▪️I then Lathered my hair with my CONAL NATURALS- 🥥 CONDITIONER (it’s more of a watery conditioner so don’t be scared to use it) I started from my ends working my way up trying to de tangle with my fingers.
▪️After washing it out, I used one squirt 😆 of my #timotei coconut 🥥
Brush again if needed (you should be able to brush with just your fingers . ▪️Lastly, I rinsed my hair (leaving a little bit of conditioner as I don’t have a LEAVE-IN conditioner yet), and before turning off the water I allowed the COLD to run down my hair 🙈.
▪️So, the trick here is to leave your hair soaking wet as you finish from the shower. So NO TOWEL DRYING.... use a microfibre towel ( @hif3licia 👑➰)
▪️Starting from my ends and working on my dry sections, I added one squirt of my @cantubeautyuk moisturising curl activator or @sheamoistureuk @sheamoisture #sheamoisturejamaicanblackcastoroil ▪️MOST IMPORTANT PART IS TO SCRUNCH SCRUNCH AND SCRUNCH all that excess product out with your microfibre towel.
I haven’t used any type of heat on my hair for MONTHS but If you choose to do so make sure you use a diffuser and have it on Lowe to medium power on the cold setting 😉 @hif3licia
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