Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Recipe...... Immune boosting Vegan Harira...

I discovered this Vegan Harira recipe in a newspaper supplement about 10 years ago and make throughout Autumn and Winter to boost my immunity and clear away colds...... working in a hospital i need all the help i can get. The soup contains Saffron which is a super disease presenter, anti-depressant and great for digestive health, Chickpeas (Garbanzos) which are full of Iron, and calcium , and  Coriander (Cilantro) which helps reduce blood pressure, aid digestion and help with menstrual symptoms.. among others

This is a really delicious, tasty version of the Moroccan soup which usually contains meat... this recipe is quick and very easy to follow. It does require canned chickpeas not dried as you also need the liquid!

All the ingredients and measurements are in England, English, but i am sure google can translate if needed.


1 large bunch coriander
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
2 sticks of celery, finely sliced
2 teaspoons Cumin
3 x 400g can chickpeas (including liquid.... don't discard)
Generous pinch of saffron
1 dark vege stock cube
400g of tomatoes, roughly chopped (sometimes i use the hand whisk to blend them up)
Juice of 1/2 -1 lemon (depending on how citrus-y you like)
Salt and Pepper

It is also nice with a little flat leaf parsley added at the end, but this is optional

1) Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and fry until browned. Add the garilc, celery and cumin and fry for another minute

2) Add one can of chickpeas (with the fluid), and the saffron, crumble in the stock cube and heat until bubbling gently, stirring to disolve the stock cube- about 5 mins

3)Add the remainning chickpeas and fluid with an extra 250ml water, leave on  gentle heat for about 25 minutes

4)Add the chopped or blended tomatoes, 2/3 of chopped corrander, lemon juice, tobasco and salt and pepper, stir for a minute then remove from the heat

5) Garnish with the remainder of the coriander, and serve with slice of chunky bread

Monday, 12 October 2015

Hibernate: Vintage stoves.....

It is a dreary cold, wet and windy evening here in the South West of England, so here are some beautiful vintage stoves to 'warm your cockles' as my grand-pa would say!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Bohemian Hilltop Home of.... Vanessa from Honeywood Vintage

 The thing I really love about blogging and social media is the people i have been in contact with. People I will probably never meet in person (although i have met a few) but actually have played a part in supporting me through tough times and have offered advice, encouragement and wisdom.

One of these lovely people is Vanessa from Honeywood Vintage....

These pictures of Vanessa's home appeared on Apartment therapy some years ago and I remember instantly falling in love with that beautiful bedroom, with its stunning Piano Shawl positioned above the bed (just like Jimi Hendrix did in my favorite photo of him).

This is in fact Vanessa and musician partner Charlie Overbey's old property that they rented in Eagle Rock, California, they now have a new property which they are working on.... but Vanessa has promised me some photos to show of on Moon to Moon soon!!

A bit about Vanessa

My Style: As overused as I think the term is, I have to say Bohemian. Both of my parents have had a huge influence over my style — my mother is a true artist and collector who has been collecting all things vintage since before vintage was cool. As children, my sister and I were dragged (generally kicking and screaming) into every estate sale, Goodwill and Salvation Army that my mother could find, and that is how we learned about antiques, vintage clothing, textiles, etc. Now I am so thankful. My father was a design fanatic with impeccable taste who (lucky for me) taught me a lot about art and interior design.

Inspiration: I’m inspired by my work every day. My businesses revolve around ethnic vintage clothing and old textiles from different cultures, so I’m surrounded by lovely fabrics, colors, prints, and textures all day. Honeywood Vintage was born from my love of vintage Mexican, Eastern European and Latin American hand embroidered clothing. The hours of work and detail that go into these pieces is amazing! My other clothing line, GoldDust Dresses, was created with my partner using vintage hand-blocked Indian fabrics. I love items that are tactile and have a rich visual history. I think this has translated to an eclectic romantic bohemian vibe in the house. Thank goodness my boyfriend isn’t a minimalist!

 Best Advice:  Surround yourself with things you love! Even if it’s a flower you pick on the side of the road or a beautiful feather, Mother Nature is an amazing artist!

 To view more of this beautiful home and the original interview visit Apartment Therapy here... and be sure to check out Honeywood vintage!!!