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Freeze it for the future…


Let’s continue our basil saga and add to our recipe book…

Frozen basil for cooking

When I’ve started growing basil on my window seal, I didn’t expect it to go so well that I’ll have to look into several ways of using basil as well as storing some for rainy days.

After trying basil infused olive oil and basil pesto…the next best thing is to prepare basil ready to use for cooking and then freeze it so it keeps for longer.

This is the simplest way of storing basil and completely ready to be used.

Ingredients: 2 cups basil leaves, 4 tbs olive oil. Whizz it all together until the leaves are finely chopped (you might have to add a bit more olive oil if the mixture doesn’t look smooth enough).

I’ve used one of my trays for ice cubes, heart shaped…hahaha, it doesn’t really matter what you use to freeze them as long they are frozen in the shape/quantity you would use them for cooking.

I like a light flavour, when I am cooking so I’ve only filled 1/2 of each heart cube. I’ve left them to freeze for two days after which I’ve transfer them into a freezing bag to store for longer in the freezer.

When cooking, I would just add them directly frozen depending on the dish. I mostly use basil in tomato based dishes, but it can be added to so many other recipes.

Hope you’ve find this useful, if you ever have too much basil on your hand.

Your Girl with their Apron,

Julia

Sour but so sweet


This year has been another great summer for our sour cherry tree, so it was a no brainier that we’ll do some jam…and oh, what jam we did!

Homemade sour cherry jam

This is hands down, the best so far…and yes, it does look like strawberry or raspberry jam, hahaha, but it’s not.

My secret ingredient is chia seeds, super healthy and your best friend if you want to use less sugar but you want the thick texture.

Ingredients: 2kg pitted sour cherries, 1kg caster sugar, the juice of 2 lemons. Bring to boil, then turn the heat down and let it simmer slowly until it thickens, but not all the way. Make sure you do stir using a wooden spoon and the heat is always on low. Once it starts thickening and the juice has reduced at least 3/4, you can smash the fruit using a fork or a potato smasher.

Once you are happy with the texture, I’ve let it simmer for about 2 hours, you can turn the heat off and add 4 tbs of chia seeds. Stir and leave to cool half way, so not completely cold, before you store in jars.

I usually place the jars on a tray with greaseproof paper in the oven for about 10 minutes, this will disinfect the jars and kill any bacteria. Once the jam is stored and still warm, cover the jars with a kitchen towel and leave it until they cool down completely. Once a jar is opened, store it in the fridge until consumed.

I would love to see what other recipes you guys use for homemade jam. This has worked for me both times and the jam is absolutely delicious.

If you want to reduce the sugar, you will need to increase the quantity of the chia seeds to obtain the thick texture. As I have used the sour cherries, sugar was needed for a sweater taste, but for sweet cherries I would definitely use around 800g sugar and 6 tbs of chia seeds.

Let me know if you ever try the recipe.

Your Girl with the Apron,

Julia

Chocolate Quinoa Bowl


I was thinking this morning what to name this post and after a few minutes I’ve realised that this delicious new found breakfast option needs nothing else than to be called what it is…Quinoa, the best chocolate bowl you will ever taste.

I’ve used quinoa before but never in a sweet option, especially a breakfast one. Most times I cook it as a side to chicken or together with rice in the oven.

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

One thing I can confirm is that the portion I’ve made, the one you see in the picture above was too much for me, but it might be perfect for you.

Ingredients/how to make this deliciousness

1 cup quinoa, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup hazelnut milk, pinch of salt, 3 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1tbs Nutella or any other chocolate spread. Fresh fruit to decorate and chia seeds, alongside a few chunks of dark chocolate. The ingredients are for two portions but you can easily get three or even four.

Rinse the quinoa with cold water, then place them into a hot pan and mix with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes, until the seeds dry a bit and become crispy. Add the 2 cups of milk and bring to boil, then let it simmer for about 25 minutes, mixing every now and then.

Once the liquid has been completely absorbed and the quinoa is tender, remove from the heat and add the maple syrup, cinnamon and chocolate spread and combine all together,

Serve warm or a bit cooled down, decorate with fruit and any seed you might be already using for your smoothie bowl. I love chia and flax seeds, but hemp seed is a good one as well.

Bon Appetite

Hope you enjoy it:)

Julia,

Your Girl with the Apron

LEAVE YOUR MARK…


Be unique and never apologise for it.

Today I will share with you another Avon collection, a more recent one that caught my eye while I was browsing for inspiration.

Avon has recently launched MARK, a new make-up assortment which I find very appealing and attractive.

As my posts are lipstick orientated, here are some beautiful and smooth shades to make a ‘mark’ on your lips 🙂

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If you want to move on from a stone cold simple story, why not open a new door with Sangria Shock, a beautiful purple and pink combination that will leave your lips wanting more…

 

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Spellbound and Red 2000

Red 2000 is not part of the MARK collection but it’s one of those colours that every woman should have in her purse.

I never counted how many red lipsticks I have but I can never have enough…

 

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Be Loud by Avon (Mark)

You can never be too quiet to try a baby pink and as Avon calls it, it’s time to ‘Be Loud’ and mark your presence.

The lipsticks I have tried from this collection are extremely good quality but also the choice in colours covers a huge audience, which is always what I look for when I review make-up.

The texture is smooth, long-lasting and ever so loving to your lips.

 

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If you have tried this collection, I would love to hear from you 🙂

 

Your Sweet Lips Girl,

Julia

xxx

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Summer glow…


Never say never…

In the past I never really went out of my way to be bold and noticeable.

This didn’t mean that I was hiding and keeping it simple, because simple is sometimes the best choice, I just never found myself in a position when I needed to be bold.

…but life is always funny that way.

We always get to a point when we need to take a leap and get out of the bubble we call comfort zone just because it makes us feel different, better and more courageous.

You really don’t need that much bravery to try out a new lipstick but you do need to have choices if you want to go for a bolder colour.

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891 Sapphire Siren – Bold Collection Maybelline New York

This photo shoot was extremely fun and I hope I’ve made these bold colours justice 🙂

I have always loved the Maybelline lipsticks; not just because they have a huge range of colours but mostly because they smell absolutely delicious!!!

You don’t believe me…try one!

 

Vivid Vixen - Bold Maybelline New York
890 Vivid Vixen – Bold Collection Maybelline New York

Besides the amazing choice in shades, this lipstick is smooth and tasty on the lips; makes you feel like you could conquer the world just by having one in your bag.

I might be bold saying this, but I can only tell you how I feel when I use it 🙂

 

 

Might it be a pink summer afternoon or a vivid blue party night out…the choice is always yours; but don’t ever forget…a little change is good for the soul!

 

Your Sweet Lips Girl,

Julia

xxx

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The rules of endearment


For the love of lipsticks…

I have reviewed Avon products before, so I am bit excited about this collection.

Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick found here Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick is one of the best collections I have tried so far.

The colours are absolutely gorgeous but the texture of the lipsticks is to die for… if you have not tried one out yet, what are you waiting for? 🙂

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Plum Perfect- Avon

The photo session for this compilation of colours was just beautiful…and not just because the shades are irresistible to the camera but also because the weather was an absolute fit.

I love working outside, using nature as my canvas…it never disappoints.

 

 

I couldn’t choose just one tone to share with you, so here are the top 5 I fell in love with 🙂

  • Revitalising Raspberry – top centre picture
  • Loving Lilac – top left corner picture
  • Red Cream – top right corner picture
  • Sublime Wine – picture below
  • Plum Perfect – top post picture

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Sublime Wine – Avon

Whatever you like light shades or bold ones, there is a choice for every taste, so why not try something new but also nourishing.

My final snapshot is my favourite, let me know what you think 🙂

 

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Avon Lipstick Collection

 

Your Sweet Lips Girl,

Julia

xxx

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