Parma Ham and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad

There is something I love more than sleep on this planet and that just happens to be food. Don’t be shy now, I know there are many of you out there that feel the same way!
I recently went for a late lunch with my dad and we ended up in Le Pain Quotidien. They’re famous for their organic ingredients, healthy options and in all honesty I can’t stay away from the place when I’m craving a beautiful salad.
I ended up ordering this baby. They call it the Tuscan Board. I call it salad heaven.

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Because I loved it so much, I am here to share an easy recipe to recreate this beauty!
You will need (For 1 Portion):

Lettuce
Ruccola (Rocket)
Quarter of a grilled aubergine
Half a grilled Courgette
Parmesan
A few slices of buffalo mozzarella
4 parma ham slices (have as many you think is necessary)

For the vinaigrette you will need: 

A handful of fresh basil leaves
A tablespoon of olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
A pinch of salt

-Blend or mash the basil leaves and olive oil together. When this is done, add a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. It is ready to be drizzled on to your salad!
To complete it, just a light drizzle of extra olive oil and some balsamic vinegar. Et Voila!
A restaurant style salad, made easy at home!

Obviously all these measurements are arbitrary. You can do whatever you like with the salad, add less parmesan, add more courgette! Make double the basil vinaigrette…It’s all up to you! As long as you enjoy the end result…
I’ve never been one to stick to recipes 100% unless baking. I won’t be starting today 😉

I hope you enjoyed this little recipe!

Travel Bucket List

Who doesn’t love being whisked away to another country, to experience new places and hopefully have the holiday of a lifetime?
Recently I was told I need to “get out more”. Never in this lifetime did I think at the age of 20, I would be hearing this sentence. It didn’t take too much thought for me to realise that I have always known I am a creature of habit, I love my routines and usually stick to places I know very well and because of this, I never do anything new. *sigh*
This year I promised myself to change that and since then I have been compiling a list of places, within Europe to start with, that I would LOVE to visit within the next year.
I have lived in the Netherlands for 2 years now and only crossed the border thrice. Twice to London and once to Vienna. I think it’s time I spread my wings a little…after my next London getaway in 2 weeks that is! (I know what you’re thinking…but honestly I just love the place! )

1. Greece

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Greece has always been at the top of my bucket list and seeing as I am in need of a decent holiday, what better place that offers sun, sand and sea?
I would love to spend some time there exploring Athens, the islands and enjoying the insanely blue waters that surround them all.
I do have a trip in the works, inspired by Copper Garden; A blogger and YouTuber I have been following for a while.
She spent some time in Greece last year with a company called MedSailors and after reading about her experience and seeing all the gorgeous pictures, I decided I needed to get out of my comfort zone and get my travel on with them!

2. Dublin

Photo found on: http://www.simplicity.ro/excursii/dublin-irlanda/

I have a slight obsession with Ireland. The country has such an interesting history and lets face it, it’s beautiful. Although everyone I know recommends visiting other cities like Cork highly, I would love to start off in the countries capital and have a lovely little city break.
A major plus point being that everyone I have met from Ireland is just so lovely. How are they all so friendly? It’s amazing.

3. Prague

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Once upon a time I spent some time in Prague on a school trip and fell head over heels in love with the place. It’s such a romantic city with lots of historic sites and beautiful architecture. It also helps that it is easy to navigate. (from what I remember)
There is so much I would still like to discover though. Soon enough…

4. Antwerp

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It’s basically a stones throw away from Amsterdam in comparison with other places I would like to visit, which actually baffles me as to why I haven’t done so yet.
One train from Amsterdam could get me there in no time and I hear SUCH wonderful things about the city from friends. This is a trip I know I can fit in soon, just a day or two away to refresh and “get out more”.

5. Budapest


I am once again cheating with this one because Budapest is a city I have visited before, however, it was a very brief encounter.
I would be delighted if I had the chance to go back, hopefully in the summer time because their bath houses look AMAZING.

7. Luxembourg

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When I think of Luxembourg, 2 things come to mind. Colourful houses and amazing flower baskets. This is all found in the middle of intense forest and insanely stunning views. This is a place I would return to in a heartbeat. It is so untouched and although not the most action packed city, it is perfect for a quiet getaway.

There are probably more cities that will join this list as time passes but for now, these are the ones I am dying to see.
What countries/cities are on your travel bucket list? Any you recommend? Let me know!

15 facts about me

  1. I memorise song lyrics at a ridiculous speed. I also happen to know all the lyrics to any songs you’ll find on my playlists.
  2. Assassins Creed Revelations is my favourite video game ever.
    Sims is a very close second.
  3. I have random one man dance parties in the middle of the night.
  4. I’m on the fence about astrology but still think I’m a typical pisces.
  5. I’m ALWAYS eating. Just ask my colleagues.
  6. I talk way too much.
  7. I nearly drowned when I was younger. When my dad fished me out of the pool, the first thing I asked was “Daddy where’s my shoes?”. #priorities

  8. My comfort food will always be a cold can of sweet corn.
  9. I used to write poetry. However, I haven’t put pen to paper for almost 4 years now.
  10. I find it really hard to let go of things. I bottle things up and definitely live in the past.
  11. I have the amazing ability to absolutely nothing for days on end and never feel bad about it. #1 procrastinator right here!
  12. I sew. Skirts, dresses, mend things…I’m still learning though. There’s always more to learn.
  13. I almost never miss an episode of University Challenge. I think it’s sparked my interest in so many topics I usually would never have thought to find out about.
  14. I’ve never completely filled a journal.
  15. I’m hopelessly terrible at keeping in touch. Just know if we don’t talk often I still think of you everyday! x

 

My London

A couple of months ago, I was in London, a place I have been in love with since I was 14.
I took many pictures but never actually put them up. It wasn’t much of an eventful trip (except for the night I ended up in Chelmsford), I spent most of my time walking around, exploring and seeing my darling Jaya and it was lovely.
So here I am sharing with you, London through my camera lens.

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No Make-Up March

Okay, those of us who love make up will be wondering is this woman insane?
I have good reason. I promise.

I have always had sensitive skin, even before I began getting pimples and all, I was allergic to anything that had perfumes in it. No nice smelling lotions, soaps or cremes because they would cause rashes constantly. Eventually, as with most allergies I have had in life, with age they improved and I think I got a little bit too excited about it all.
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