Everything but the Chef

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I’m not one to shy away from trying something new, and no more so is this true than with cooking. I love to cook and I find it easy to follow a recipe.

Our bookshelf is full of tomes containing delicious dishes. Granted, the Heston Fat Duck book or Gordon Ramsey 3 Star Chef rarely get used (if in fact ever – who has Liquid Nitrogen in their kitchen!) but Nigella, Jamie, Delia and more recently Nom Nom Paleo are used frequently.

It was with genuine interest then that I read about Hello Fresh on Alex’s blog. What a great idea! Recipes to cook at home with measured ingredients sent to you. I decided to give it a go.

At £42 for a no-strings trial box it contains ingredients and recipe cards for three meals for two people (they do a four person box too). Not bad given that we usually shop on a weekly basis for three meals out of five and it works out the same if not more than this.

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The box arrived on Tuesday and all the ingredients were carefully packaged in wool and ice to keep them cool. After unpacking and cooing over the cute branding (such a marketing geek!), I was ready for our first meal.

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The recipe cards that come inside the box are really easy to follow and since everything is (mostly) measured out for you, it’s really very easy indeed. No chef’s course skills needed here!
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The Harissa Chicken with Pomegranate Tabbouleh that I made yesterday was so tasty and I was very proud that my attempt looked just like the picture on the card. It was also enough for three (with our portions anyway) so Mum got to enjoy it too. So delicious!

What I like about this way of eating is that you don’t know what you are going to get in your box (although you can absolutely specify allergies/dislikes at the time of ordering) so you are automatically taken out of your usual food routine (in our case Chilli, meat & veg, smoked haddock, omelettes). You also then have the cards to keep forever.

I’m looking forward to making the next two recipes and I will definitely be ordering again. You should give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Good things come in small packages

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There are few things I like more than good cup of coffee. There’s something in the smell and preparation that remind me of Saturday mornings when I was growing up when my parents enjoyed theirs with Radio 2 playing.

It was therefore with great joy that I jumped at the chance of trying out some Caffe Cagliari samples that Penny told me about. With a history dating back over 100 years, they definitely know a thing or two about coffee!

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The samples arrived in a small but perfectly formed box, and I was excited to find it also included two dinky espresso cups, some Italian biscuits and sweets, as well as some sugar (which Hubby and I don’t personally use).

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Five espresso samples in all, I wanted to try the Crema Espresso and Hubby wanted the Grand Espresso (he likes his coffee to slap him in the face – I prefer something a little smoother!)

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Now these particular capsules are used in a Nespresso machine, one of which we already had. I had thought that only Nespresso capsules could be used in them but these worked perfectly well. Literally two minutes later, our coffees were ready (the spoons in the pictures are my own).

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Richard loved his, although it was gone in a nanosecond (not only does he like his coffee to slap him in the face, he likes a vat of it). Mine however was savoured. Rich, deep flavoured but importantly very smooth, it was delicious. With the sun shining this morning I really felt like I could have been in Italy (sorry about the just-washed undried hair!)

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I would definitely buy Caffe Cagliari again, especially now I know it will go into our Nespresso machine. You could also easily make a really tasty latte using the milk-frother attachment if you don’t like yours short, dark and strong. I whole-heartedly enjoyed my Caffe Cagliari moment! If you’d like your own you can buy the capsules online here with UK shipping only £3.99, or free when you buy 240 capsules.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

I was very kindly sent these samples of Caffe Cagliari to review and would not be recommending them to you if I didn’t love them myself

Grab that Clutch

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Finally, after weeks of stalking the site post reading Anna’s blog, the gem of a clutch for SS14 has arrived on ASOS.

She’s a beauty!

Quick, click whilst you can readers. This is a fantastic nod to some of this seasons trends all in one (floral, embellishment and pastel) for those of you like myself that can’t do top to toe pastel shades.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

**Update at 0830 13/03/14 – it seems to have sold out!!**

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Legs Eleven

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Hi Folks! It’s been a while huh?

With being away in the US for work for almost two weeks and coming home to various house-move dramas, the blog has taken a little bit of a back seat I’m afraid.

Those of you that follow me on Twitter and Instagram though shouldn’t be disappointed though as I do find it much easier to quickly use these and often keep them updated.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the trousers I’ve been wearing recently. It’s been better weather so I can go barefoot and free-ankled (I hate nothing more than wearing tights under trousers, or socks with shoes) and since doing the #Whole30, they all fit again!

I do love a pair of statement trousers and I’m looking forward to the summer when I get can more of them out with vests and silk tops.

I’ve also recently invested in some new jeans as I’ve found most of mine are now ill-fitting. The Gap Always Skinny are fantastic. Great fit, rise and wash. I may need to get them in the Dark Indigo too.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Print me Up!

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Sunday saw the launch of the Peter Pilotto for Target range on Net a Porter, and I was lucky enough to remember to check the site in the morning when all stock was still available. It was a stroke of genius that Net a Porter decided to exclusively stock a few of the items from the range so that those of us not lucky enough to have US shipping addresses could get hold of them.

Fast forward a couple of days and this arrived… Exciting!

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I’m so impressed with the quality of the clothes. Beautiful crepe, the softest jersey and stunning prints all make this collection covetable. Here are the pieces now gracing my wardrobe.

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Did you manage to get a hold of anything? Would love to know.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Tuesday Shoes-Day

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Geox Marian Black Leather Ankle Boot

Urgh. When will it stop raining? Rich said to me this morning that one of his school friends posted on Facebook “bring back the snow all is forgiven”. She’s right! I’m totally fed up of re-wearing the same shoes as only a handful of pairs keep my feet warm and dry. This is such a pair.

I bought these at the end of 2012 and they have featured on here a few times since. Formal or casual, they’re great – just the right heel height for trotting around town.

Today I’m wearing them with:

Zebra print shirt – Topshop
Black Leather Full Skirt – HM
Black tights – Wolford

I’ve put my hair up today as yesterday I felt bedraggled. Another side effect of the wind and rain. At least this way it stays put.

Tomorrow I’m off to sunnier climes that are South Florida for some time at Head Office and a small jaunt around the Southern Caribbean on Carnival Breeze. Although I’m working I will be glad to see some Sunshine (although wishing my guys were coming with me!)

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

A Healthy January

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Some of you will have seen from my Instagram feed that during January, Rich and I decided to embark on the #Whole30. More for health benefits than anything else it was an eye opening month that has made a lasting impression on how and what we choose to eat.

Rather than go into the whole shebang here, I’ve actually written a guest post for Rebecca over at Florence Finds.

Take a look at how I got on.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X