Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#foodpost - Escabeche de Cebolla Morada Recipe? Let's Taco 'Bout It

(Please mind the pun)

A quick easy to do recipe for Mexican style pickled red onions.
Throw them on top of a corn tortilla (still haven't mastered) topped with seasoned, spicy pork, crunchy guacamole, white beans, a hot hot salsa and a squeeze of lime.

Ok, first off you need a handful of ingredients and a small bowl or cup.

Half a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 red onion

With a pan of boiling water, pop your thinly sliced onion in for 20-30 seconds to soften.
Have everything else in a cup, mixed well until the sugar's dissolved and once softened, add your onions (still warm if possible).
Cover or add the lid if you've got one and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

They're super easy and look incredible!!
(No one will care how secretly simple they were to make once they see how bright and tasty they look on the table)

I will leave you with some taco photos sent from the heavens that I'm currently drooling over on Pinterest. I'm sure they'll give you some ideas for topping!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#beautypost - Bicycle friendly updo's


I've made it through the wind, rain, hail and nippy temperatures on my bike the last few Winter months and my hair was a trouper. Those pesky hair bands and hair clips were nowhere to be seen thanks to my (extremely ugly, puffy and oversized) raincoat protecting me from the wind and rain.

Now, I'm usually a fan of having my hair down, mainly because it adheres to my 'more time in bed' motto, and thankfully a Winter on my bike didn't ruin this too much. Although I'm sure the story would have been different if I was still living in Manchester.
Cordoba wind and rain is not Manchester wind and rain.

But now that we're getting stuck into April I thought that there was finally some light at the end of the tunnel... the days of me wondering what state I would be in when I arrived to work were over. But as you've probably guessed, that was until I realised that the heat of Southern Spain might be even crueller than the last few months.

They don't call Cordoba 'the frying pan of Spain' for nothing.

This week has been the first real week of nice weather so far, it's 27 degrees, the sky is clear and there's a perfect breeze... and it's going to get a lot hotter. Therefore, when I arrived at work yesterday afternoon, hopping off of my bike with a rosy red face, flat and frizzy hair and having the feeling that somehow my jeans had melted themselves onto my legs, it was then that I realised that the 'hair flowing in the wind' was not going to work.

I need hairstyles and I need them fast.
So, after a nosy on Pinterest I've found some low maintenance inspiration to keep my hair (and general work look) at bay.



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