Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chloe Likes To Eat

Remember these? From Chloe Likes To Feast? These are deep fried polenta goodness. They're actually best known in Palermo, Sicily as a street food and my dad first discovered them being sold from vendors in vans when we visited family out there, about 12 years ago. They've been a bit of a family favourite ever since.

These were served with our main course when these pictures were taken, and they can be a great original carbohydrate element to lots of dishes, particularly Italian ones. Fortunately for us (and by us, I very much mean ME) dad had a few spares which he didn't cook and plate up for this particular dinner, and they became a very yummy starter- served with a small salad and a big dollop of homemade garlic mayo, a couple of days later.

These fab little bites of Italia are pretty easy to make, probably incredibly bad for you and oh so damn tasty.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Chloe Likes...

Yes, I know, I already posted a Christmas list, but this is slightly different- for those of you who are after something a little less... commercial- something off the beaten track or a but of extra special hand-made goodness.

Gorgeous Scarves from Lily Loves Lola- the green on the end is just beautiful
These Scarves look so cosy. And having realised that I chucked out all my bobbly horrid old wool scarves at the end of last winter, I'm in need of a nice, long, comfy, warm new one. Preferably in the green on the end...
Cupcake Nails from Dainty Nails
Charlene's sets of nails have been all over the blog community since she started selling them earlier in the year. And with good reason- she has some awesome designs ranging from cute to cool and I am loving these cupcakes as I could never do something as good myself. Oh... she also makes made to order sets in a design of your choice.
I love the Kittens from Being Little

These kittens by Lyzi of Being Little really appeal. They're cute, they're cats. They're unique. Sorted.

Zatchel Red Metallic Satchel
A little higher in price point, but I'm desperately in love with most things on the Zatchel site, but this beauty in particular. Y'see, here's the thing. I'm on the search for a sturdy and sophisticated but slightly funky. The added benefit of these metallic wonders is that when I finish studying and become a proper solicitor and everything, I think it would make an awesome briefcase- something that does the job and says "I'm good at what I do, that doesn't make me boring." 16 inch, with handle and detachable straps please!
Oh, and did I mention that they're handmade. In England. How cool is that!
Bee Ring from Temp:Sec
Herbert The Hedgehog from Temp:Sec

I think we have well established my love for Temporary Secretary, yes? Well these, I love. Who doesn't love a hedgehog? And the bee would continue my collection of creature based rings!

So there you go. Some more individual likes and loves of the moment. And if anyone wants to donate to the Chloe Likes Fund, hey, feel to go right on ahead.

Oh and My mum and I have had a bit of a clear out and we have some bits on eBay including a faux fur cape and 2 pairs of shoes- all brand new and never warn. Go on, have a look, you know you want to.. http://bit.ly/siqLMd

Friday, November 25, 2011

Hello Rogue

I'm quite sure that some of you will be familiar with Ayden from Little Blog of Horrors. Well this young lady has been a real friend to me over the last few months, above and beyond writing REALLY nice things about me she's been there to listen and the most recent accolade- sender of AMAZING parcels.

LOOK WHAT TURNED UP TODAY (yes I'm shouting, I got a bit excited!)

Thank you Ayden ♥
Clockwise from Top Left:
Awesome photography and a caption that captured my heart on the back
Awesome Hello Kitty to keep my goodies safe- good job too as the PO man-handled them
Cath Kidston Tissues- not sure I can bear to use them!
Topshop Nail Polish- there's always room for more green in my life!
The Shack by Wm Paul young- Bedtime reading
The Bodyshop Sweet Lemon Body Butter- I spy help for my shamefully dry legs
Beautiful Teapot Necklace- in the words of the lovely lady herself, where there's tea, there's hope.

I should probably also admit, there were cookies- MINI cookies in this parcel, but ummm, I ate the,

Parcels like this are a reminder that through the people who read my rambling and comment here, I've met some friends, who are on an ever growing list of people I'm desperate to meet, for real.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Chloe Likes To Feast

Ok, so you've already had a Chloe Likes To Eat this week, but this is slightly different. And some of this will probably show up in a Chloe Likes To Eat with a bit more explanation. But for now, I thought I'd take you through a 5 course dinner we (and by we, I mean my dad cooked, and the rest of us ate...) put together for a couple of people last week.

We do NOT eat like this all the time. Promise.

Course 1
Mushroom Veloutte- Mushroom soup with a white truffle foam. Just an espresso cup full to kick the food off.

Course 2
Antipasti- Clockwise from Top- Salami, Iberico Ham, Melon, Olives and Semi Curado cheese marinated in lemon, olive oil and garlic, Gorgonzola cheese, Spanish Anchovie, Carpaccio Beetroot topped with rocket

Course 3- Pasta. Orcietti pasta with homemade pesto, topped with fresh basil. A small portion served in a small cereal bowl.

Course 4- Main Course. Clockwise from top- Spiedini (ground chicken and turkey, garlic and herbs pan fried in breadcrumbs), roasted tomatoes, Panelli (deep fried chickpea fritters), Courgette spaghetti

Course 5- Dessert. Lemon mousse with a framboise soaked raspberry, topped with toasted almond.

Chocolate Tart and (home-made) vanilla ice cream.

It looks like a lot of food, and really it probably is, but it was eaten over 2.5 hours and we keep a tight control on portions. People often say about restaurants that serve multiple courses "but the portions were tiny". The idea is small portions so you can get through 5-8 courses without feeling ill at the end and that each course packs a punch of flavour rather than fills you to the brim. This meal is much like that. The pasta was probably a handful each, but it was all about the flavour and with 2 more courses (inc the main) to follow, I wouldn't want a full plateful.

For me, food like this is all about the company as well. My parents, 2 guests and I shared this evening and the food was great, the flavours provided a talking point for our guests, who were learning exactly what we know and what we do when it comes to food, and I don't think I've laughed around a dinner table as much for a very long time. I came away at the end of the evening comfortably fed, a myriad of flavours making themselves known and having thoroughly an evening of good food, good wine and great company.

To me, this is entertainment. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chloe Likes To Eat

It's no secret that I have a massively sweet tooth. I like my treats sweet, and I like no more so than mid-study, and right now I'm drowning under mountains of paper detailing cases, model directions, defences and general principles of English Law.

Cue Dad's goodies...

Fudge. Yummy, sweet, not-too-chewy, amazing-smelling fudge.

I should probably mention that my dad has a new toy in the kitchen- a Thermomix. It's like a food processor, steamer, bread maker and ice-cream machine on acid. It can do hot and cold and it mixes/grates/shreds/purees... you get the picture. It made this, and pretty much every meal we've eaten for the last 3 weeks.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chloe Likes

The C word is almost upon us again, and the dreaded question from TG arose not so long ago- "what would you like for Christmas...?"!

Now I'll admit, I had to ask the very same question, TG is an absolute nightmare to buy for, and although we set ourselves a budget, I *ahem* may have accidentally disregarded said budget when I found something that is ideal.

And although it's taken some agonising searches to sort TG's gift, he has no such agony as I agreed to put together a Chloe Likes, just for him. So here goes.

In Rows.... ish

Top Row L-R
1.Slippers, £14 Topshop
2. Framed Bag, £28 ASOS
3. Panasonic Lumix Camera & Lens Kit, £999 Amazon
4. Gossip Girl Series 3 & Series 4, Amazon
5. Nike Running Band, £45 Nike.com
6. Apple iPhone 4S, From £699Apple.com

Bottom Row L-R
7. Simon's Cat A4 Wallplanner, £9 Simon's Cat
8. Hanna DVD, £12.04 Amazon
9. Topshop Cable Knit, £23 Topshop
10. Irregular Choice Shoes, £74.99 Sarenza.co.uk
11. OPI Rainbow Connection Polish, £10.50 ASOS
12. Louche Star Dress, £39 Joy
13. Models Own Pink Fizz Polish, £5 ASOS
14. Oversize Bag, £35 ASOS
Ok, so it's not all realistic. Some of them really are just fantasies- Although if you feel like gifting an iPhone to me, my BlackBerry really is on it's last legs and if you've got a swish spare camera around, well I'd like a go.

Anyway, back to reality, how awesome are those slippers! Cat shaped feet, I want them. You may also be able to tell I'm going through a sparkly-nailpolish-allthetime phase... my favourite Mad As A Hatter OPI polish has bitten the dust, but both the Models Own and OPI polishes here grabbed me. And the sparkly shoes, well who doesn't love a sparkly shoe. I take a size 5 if anyone has a spare pair, y'know, just laying about. Gathering dust.

Also nursing a bit of a thing for Topshop knitwear just at the moment. Their knitwear actually seems to be the most realistically priced area of the shop at the moment- not cheap, but fairly priced. Particularly loved this cable knit. And after my foray back into Topshop with Those leather trousers (first thing I've bought from Topshop in about 12 months), I'm pleasantly surprised that their sizing appears to have improved a little. I bought my leather trousers to my measurements, and they fit. Although I'm still a 12-14 in Topshop where I'd usually be a 10-12 elsewhere. Hiss Boo.

I'm sure some people would see it as a slightly less glamorous option, but this Nike running band was actually an original on my list this year, when my mum asked me about Christmas (way back in October). As I'm now back to the (very amateur) running and this would be an awesome tool for me. nd once you've read this by Bangs And A Bun, I defy you to say that being fit, healthy and strong is not glamour itself.

Talking of glamorous, the 2 bags that have popped up are a slightly more glamorous solution to hauling my junk down to uni. I struggle to get a bag that's big enough, without being a holdall and still has a modicum of *I'manadultnotaschoolgirl* about it. I also like a bigger handbag for this purpose because they have the necessary pockets to make some things easily reachable. Loving both of these ASOS ones at the moment, easy going and chic, big enough for a couple of files, notebooks and purse, phone, keys, ID, drink and all the other junk.

So ladies, what are you all hoping is going to appear on the morning? I'm intrigued to know what other people are lusting. If you have just one thing, what would it be?


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chloe Likes To Eat

I've talked about sandwiches before. But bacon is different. And in my book, it belongs to a Sunday morning, preferably in bed at around 1030. Like this.

I like mine with brown sauce and a touch of butter, home baked bread- I'm not fussy if it's brown or white and accompanied by a cup of strong black coffee.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Keeping An Eye Out

I find eyes fascinating, in particular their colour. This could be something to do with the many years of being subjected to an optician's poking and prodding. But something I never realised, until TG pointed out that mine appear to, is that eyes can appear to change colour and that actually your eye colour could be completely different up close compared to at usual distance.

When describing the colour of my eyes, I'd usually just they were hazel or brown. If you look at pictures of me, for example from my outfit shots, they just look generically dark.

Nothing special there. And I don't really pay much attention when shoving my contact lenses in each morning. I'm usually more bothered about how much concealer it's going to take to prevent me looking like the living dead.

But after talking to TG last night about eye colour, I noticed just how yellow they were looking when I went to take out my lenses last night.

I did do a little reading (thank you Wikipedia) on eye colour and whether it's even possible for it to change. And it was actually really interesting. Eye colour generally does not change in adults but apparently all the chemistry involved presents an argument that puberty, pregnancy and serious trauma could all alter eye colour on a more dramatic scale.

It is also possible for people with more mix eye colour, as opposed to a solid or very true eye colour to experience subtle changes in their eye colour, and given that mine seem to have all sorts going on in them, I'm guessing that includes me, and would explain why TG sometimes thinks my eyes appear to be more yellow or more green on different occasions.

If you've never taken a proper look at your eye colour, do it. It's fascinating to look at the different pigments and colours, flecks and ripples in the colouring. And if you have, have you ever noticed changes in your eye colour? Do you find it as fascinating as I do?

Thursday, November 10, 2011


This, this is all the fault of Char and Alex.

No, not my sofa....
The idea came from Jen's Alternative Autumn Essentials, when she posted about leather trousers, it suddenly ignited a sense of lust (for the trousers, not Jen, although I do love her blog!) that would not go away. Eventually, I gave in, and ordered these faux leather trousers from Topshop for £32 less a 10%  student discount.

I was sceptical. I'm happy to admit that. My Twitter enablers persuaded me that they were a sound buy and after trying them on, I have to admit, I rather like them. So here they are...

The Trousers....

Trousers, Topshop,
Jumper, Primark
Jacket (and shoes shown above), H&M

And to go with these slightly *ahem* provocative trousers, I have a new nail polish. Remember this from earlier in the week?

Ring, Temporary:Secretary

Nail Polish....
Last week, TG was about and as I had to work on Friday and he was off out and about, I charged him with picking a new nail polish from Boots No7, as I had one of those £5 vouchers and it expired on Sunday. Well, this is what he came back with, claiming it was the name that sold it to him, for me.

Temptress, Boots No7
Look who managed to bruise every single one of her nails...
 Ok, I love the colour. It's quick dry, just like it says on the bottle (on the back for those who are particularly sharp eyed above). The bottle is HUGE. Ok, it's 10ml, but it's still bigger than many nail polishes. And it has some staying power- this was taken on Day 5 of wear, and my nail polish never makes it as far as day 5 without big chips. Granted there's a bit of wear on the tips, but I do type on my BlackBerry using my nails and I'm not known for my delicacy with my hands (hence the bruising).

However. It took me 5 coats to get the colour. yes, five. the colour goes on a very watery, unever shade and it takes a good 4 coats to even out and deepen the colour. The only saving grace is that it dries so quickly, but even so, painting my nails is not something I regularly have more than 10 minutes to do.

Conclusion? Gorgeous colour, great staying power, but wouldn't purchase it unless I had another freebie voucher/offer.

The trousers on the other hand....


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chloe Likes To Eat

Dinner out at a favourite restaurant with TG this weekend. Hello Surf & Turf....

Steak, prawns wrapped in crisp pastry, brocoli, a sweet chilli sauce, and a few naughty chips. It was a yummy meal, there was a rather nice bottle of Chenin Blanc that went with it, and that is what I call a good evening.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Rust and Wine

It's been SO cold here today, and I wore this, with a sneaky extra cardigan over all of this in the office. Not sure if the rust and wine are clashing or complimentary, but I really like the combo. The cardigan was another MAJOR bargain from Primark all of £5 I believe.

Jeans, Primark,
Breton tee, ASOS
Cardigan, Primark
Scarf, old favourite
 And I couldn't resist some rather nice shoes that pretty much match.
Shoes, Primark
Cardigan, Primark
All polished off with a Temporary:Secretary ring...

Ring, Temp:Sec
I'll be doing a post on the nail polish you can just about see in the above pictures. It's called 'Temptress' and was picked for me by TG when I had one of those freebie Boots £5 vouchers for No7. But more on that soon.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nobody Said It Was Easy

I've been on the hunt for a new breton stripe t-shirt, as my favourite and much loved on is on it's very last legs. Cue this little find in Primark this week.

T-shirt, Primark £3.50
And who am I to argue with £3.50...

Jeans, Topshop
T-shirt, Primark,
Scarf, an old favourite
Cardigan, Primark £9
Necklace, Wendy House
A new cardigan too. It's probably not the most flattering cardigan ever, but I reckon it'll look better over a dress or something a little more streamline. It's cosy as hell though, and I love it.

Necklace, Wendy House

Ring, Primark
A comfy outfit for a Friday of technical difficulties (yes, it does always happen when I'm business sitting!) and celebratory biscuits, as I got my first coursework for my GDL back, and I got a distinction level mark of 75%. For many that's not a big deal, but it makes me really really happy because I've never been good at essay writing and I found my final year of my languages degree so tough, that it's a massive boost to feel like I'm good at something, and that I'm doing well.

I did go to fireworks this weekend, I'm a massive kid so far as they're concerned, but my camera died on me, so no pictures I'm afraid. Happy (belated) November 5th to you all, hope you all had safe and fabulous weekends.