The littlest two are turning 2 tomorrow, so I have been baking. Which, clearly, I don’t so often as the bicarbonate of soda in my cupboard had a use by date of Jan 2011. After a quick dash to the nearest mini mart, I was almost ready to bake. But first I put on my gorgeous new necklace. Do you like it? I expect I will wear it a lot.
I was shopping in TopShop for my sister when I saw it, and quickly swerved over and grabbed it. It’s like that, sometimes, isn’t it?!
I also bought this scarf by Beta (but sold at TopShop) which has an incredible print, as do many of their other scarves. A bit like the roccoco style Dolce & Gabbana prints of this season (AW12). The Hobbs Antonia dress is far more similar to Dolce, but I am still thinking about whether I want something so distinctively “this season” (not that I am soo timelessly stylish….)
New silk scarf by Beta (sold at TopShop)
Dolce Dolce Dolce
Since I was having a bit of a TopShop moment, I also ordered these chinoiserie cigarette trousers that I have high hopes for (they seem to have vanished from the website). If you fancy something similar, but have a bigger budget than me (£625 v’s £45 for TopShop), the Osman ones look wonderful.
Now, quickly back to baking. The banana cakes are done and look delish. But they are not the only baking success I have had today. I made a super quick shepherds pie that Husband has been raving about all day. Apparently it’s perfect hangover food. [cat’s bum mouth]
– 400g lamb mince
– chopped garlic
– grated carrot and grated courgette
– splashes of Worcestershire and a squeeze of tomato paste, and sprinkles of salt, pepper and sugar
– mash (I use pre-made. M&S and Waitrose ones are both very good)
Brown mince, drain, add garlic. A few mins later add courgette and carrot. When soft, add the sauce and condiments. Pour in baking dish, spread mash evenly over mince. Maybe grate cheese on top. Bake for 20 mins. Or earlier if your family is moaning at you that they are starving.