These Boots Are Made For Walking

A few weeks ago I received an email from the lovely people over at Barratts.  They'd seen my recent post describing my failed mission for a pair of boots (click here) and decided I was in need of some obvious help.  Their offer?  To send me a pair of boots of my choice. Well, I nearly keeled over.  In fact I thought it was a new breed of spam email and I waited for the catch.  Turns out there wasn't one.

After spending hours, and I literally do mean hours trawling the endless choices on their website, I finally chose a pair of boots.  I'm quite fussy when it comes to footwear and I had a pretty good idea of what I was after, which sometimes makes things tricky.

     My Checklist

  1. They had to be black
  2. With a broad heel
  3. Could be worn with skinny jeans or dresses
  4. Must not give me a cankle!!!

Two days later my boots arrived and I have to say their website doesn't do them justice.  They look even better in real life.

Not only that but I've had a serious amount of compliments over these boots.  My teenage sister!  My Mother! The Boyfriend!  Even a Builder!!!  It's safe to say I feel fairly smug with my choice and they have certainly become a staple part of my wardrobe.  In fact I have virtually worn them everyday since they've arrived and I think I've even developed a bit of strut!!  I'm not joking!  It's as if the streets have become my catwalk!  I need to remember, I am not a super model and therefore should not walk like one!! Except, I can't help it, these boots make me feel good!  Dare I go as far to say 'they complete me'?  Ok maybe not but they definitely complete my wardrobe!!

I think what I love about these boots is they fit all of my criteria.  They go with everything.  They're comfy.  Look good and sit right on the ankle.  There's nothing worse than wearing a cute dress only for your boots to sit just above your ankle giving the illusion of cankles.  You can tell I've got a hang up over this right?

But enough about my hang ups!  Back to the boots and how I wore them........

Casual drinks with the girls

How I wore them to the office

Sometimes in life there is no catch! And to top it off Barratts have got a massive sale on AND free delivery!!  They really do spoil us!!


Perfect Pavlova

My close friends and family will tell you I'm not a great cook!!  I once burnt a pizza so bad when I took it out of the oven it resembled some kind of African bowl.  I even managed to set a caravan kitchen on fire whilst cooking bacon.  It's safe to say the kitchen is not my domain!   Ok I know the basics that have got me through life.  I know how to throw a few meals together but although I love to eat, I dont love to cook!!
Or so I thought............
I don't know if the abundence of cookery programmes on T.V have had some kind of subliminal effect on me or if this is all part and parcel of becoming a 'grown up' but just lately I seem to be rather keen on baking!

Recently I was given a Lamona recipe book and decided to try out the Pavlova.  I'll be honest, the main reason I chose this recipe was because I already had most of the ingredients and there was only 20 minutes preparation time.  Yes, I am a lazy cook and most probably the reason for many chargrilled meals of the past! Anyway I followed the recipe and didn't allow myself any distractions, which basically meant I turned my phone off. And you know what?  It turned out bloody lovely!  In fact I've made it quite a few times now and even get asked to make one for family get togethers!! 
So I thought I'd share this recipe with you, because if I can make Pavlova then anyone can!! Yeah it's not a fancy Nigella recipe or anything but we're taking baby steps here.  Hope you enjoy.

  • Pre-heat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2.
  • Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment (This apparently works better than greaseproof paper although I haven't got a clue what the difference is).
  • Place the egg whites in a large clean bowl, then whisk them with an electric whisk until they form stiff peaks - you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without them moving. (Note - Do not ever taste the egg whites, vile is not the word!!).
  •  Add the cornflour to the sugar, then add this to the egg whites - a teaspoon at a time, whisking after each addition - until it's all mixed in.
  • Add the vinegar and vanilla essence to the mixture, and fold in lightly with a tablespoon.
  • Spoon just over half of the meringue mixture onto the baking sheet, and spread it into a circle, about 18cm in diameter, to make the base.
  • To form the sides of the pavlova, add the remaining mixture, a tablespoon at a time, around the edge of the circle. Use a fork to shape the sides, so it resembles a nest.
  • Bake the pavlova for 1 hour. Remove it from the oven when it looks set, then leave it to cool completely.
  • When it's cold, lift it carefully from the baking sheet. Peel off the baking parchment and place the pavlova on a serving plate.
  • When you're ready to serve, whip the cream and spread it in the centre of the pavlova, arranging the fruit on top.
 Ta Daaaa.  We have Pavlova!!



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