Katherine Harriet

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Butternut Squash and Bacon Cannelloni


Hey hey hey! Recently, since moving in with my boyfriend, we have started something of a farm. Growing everything from Strawberries to Squash, Beets to Lemongrass. We are growing it all. Which means I am having to think of new and quick ways to use all our produce. So I have also been watching a lot of Food Channel, and one of the shows inspired me to make this.

So this is my Butternut and Bacon Cannelloni. I made a total of eight cannelloni, only I couldn't get hold of any actual Cannelloni, so I used rolled up Lasagne sheets.  This is sweet, salty, carb-y, and cheesy. The 4 main food groups! 

+ This is how you do it:

Butternut Squash and Bacon Cannelloni (Serves 2)
- 1 Butternut Squash
- 4 Rashers of Diced Bacon
- 2 Large Handful's of Spinach
- 8 Cannelloni/8 Lasagne sheets
- Grated Manchengo Cheese (no measurement - put on however much you like!)
- 1/2 Can od Chopped Tomatoes 
- 2 Cloves of Diced Garlic
- 200ml of Chicken Stock
- Salt + Pepper to Taste
- Olive Oil


- Peel, seed and dice the butternut squash into 1 inch chunks, toss in a little olive oil and season. Roast in the oven at about Gas 4/180C/350F for about 40 minuets - 1 hour until a knife falls through easily.
- If you are impatient, like me, and a bit soft is enough for you, take your squash out the oven, transfer to a blender, pour over the chicken stock, and blend until smooth. Otherwise, once it's soft, add the chicken stock and mash together. Once out of the oven, do not turn it off, you will be using it again in a tick.
- Next prepare your pasta. I don't mean boil it until cooked throughly, I just mean sit them it in hot water until slightly soft and malleable. This will make it cook quicker as well.
- Fry your bacon in a little olive oil with your diced garlic. Add in your two handfuls of spinach and allow to wilt down. Add your mashed/blended butternut squash, give it a good mix around, and take off the heat - season at this point if required.
- Using a teaspoon, spread a thin layer of chopped tomatoes on the bottom of your oven proof dish to stop the cannelloni sticking whilst it cooks.
- Fill your cannelloni using a teaspoon by filling up one end of the cannelloni up with your squash/spinach/bacon mix until there is a good layer all the way through. If using lasagne sheets, put a dollop of your filling at one end, smooth out a little, then roll up.
- Line your cannelloni/lasagne rolls up in your oven proof dish closely together to stop them from unraveling. 
- Spoon a little more of the chopped tomatoes on top, followed by any of the fill mix you may have left.
- Put back in the oven at the same temperature as before and bake for between 30-40 minuets to allow the pasta to finish cooking.
- 5 minuets before you take the cannelloni out of the oven, add your grated cheese and any extra seasoning you think it may require.
- Once out of the oven, pop on a plate, an enjoy!!


My boyfriend and I love this, I think this is definitely going to be on our dinner rota from now on. This is a fantastic meal, for mid week, or even if you're having friends over, as the actual prep and cook time you have to be in the kitchen for is probably about 15 minuets, other than that, you can just leave the oven to do it's thing. 

This can so easily be vegetarian as well, simply skip the bacon, and use vegetable stock instead of chicken, and you'll have an equally delicious, sweet/salty meal meat free!

I hope you love this recipe as much as me and my other half did. Feel free to share any pictures of this on Instagram with me!



Kat Bull             -  

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Peanut Butter Banana Bread


Good Morning! Today I am sharing with you a little recipe that has become a bit of a staple in our house. I moved in with my boyfriend in January and before then, peanut butter was conspicuously absent from my family home - no one was really a fan. Since moving in with Steve however it seems you're always a few feet away from peanut something - and I have discovered so long as it's heavily sugared or heavily salted then I'm a peanut fan too.

The reason I first made this is because we are fantastic at shopping for healthy foods - not so good at eating them (see pictures) so one day on our weekly shop we bought the biggest bunch of bananas ever thinking 'hey we can eat these for breakfast, on our way to work or as a snack this is great!' 

So we ate a few and they progressively gained more brown spots, so one day I thought of a way to make us eat them - Banana Bread! So I went through my cupboards and found I had the following things to make it taste nice - peanut butter, chocolate chips and vanilla extract so I got to work.



Ingredients

1/2 Cup of Melted Butter (plus a little to grease the pan)
1 Cup of Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
3/4 Cup of Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup of Milk
1 Squeeze of lemon juice (just a little bit!!!)
2 - 3 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
1/4 Cup of Peanut Butter x2 (not 1/2 trust me - you need two 1/4 cups - V. Important)
1 Glug of Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg
1 Yolk from an Egg
1 1/2 Cups of Chocolate Chips

Method

Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas 5. Grease up a loaf shaped baking dish.

In a bowl pour in the flour, salt, and baking powder, mix it all up.

In a second bowl (of jug if you're like me and only have the one mixing bowl...) mix up the sugar, bananas, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, egg and egg yolk until it's all a smooth golden-y colour. 

Pour your wet sugar/peanut/banana mix into the dry and fold it all in until it's combined. 

Chuck in 1 cup of chocolate chips - saving the other 1/2 cup. Mix in the choc-chips until well dispersed.

Pour the mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle the last 1/2 of chocolate chips on to. (You don't have to use a full 1/2 cup - it depends how much of a chocolaty top you want - I like mine V.V. chocolaty)

Pop in the oven and bake for 45-60 minuets. Mine was the bottom end of this so check regularly. Set an alarm for 30 minuets and check it then and see how long it needs, and set your alarm for every 5-10 minuets from then. It should be golden brown and a toothpick of knife inserted should come out ~mostly~ clean. I say mostly because I like mine a little gooey like a brownie texture - you may want yours more cakey.

Take in out the oven as soon as it's ready and leave to cool in the pan.

Once cool run a knife around the edges to release the banana-ry goodness and tip out onto a plate/chopping board. Then flip it over again because it will have come out the pan upside-down.

Put the other 1/4 cup of peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then using a teaspoon drizzle it over the top of your cake.

+++ done. Make a coffee and grab a slice.



This is truly a fantastic cake, I made it at the weekend, me and Steve managed to devour the whole thing in two days, and then when I went back to work and showed a picture of it to the girls they demanded I bring in another the following week. So now this is a winner at home as well as the office.

I hope you enjoy it!!!

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

What I'm Wearing: Wooden Spine

Hey, sport's fans. It's been a while since my last WIW post - 6 months to be exact - but the other day I was just slobbering around the house (my brand new house by the way) in jeans and jumper and just felt so un-me. So I had a quick rifle through my wardrobe and found this little black slip dress. At first, I dismissed it as a 'not for another few months' dress, you know, seeing as it's threatening snow on the South Coast every day... But then I remembered my mild obsession with ribbed turtle neck jumpers, so I thought... to layer or not to layer?

So I layered.

 




Black Slip Dress - Topshop (similar)
Grey Ribbed Turtle Neck - Topshop (similar)
Agate Slice Necklace -  Crystal Cactus
Celtic Knot Necklace - Gift
Aztec Style Oversized Earrings - Not The Same But Super Cool
Cat Tapestry Lita Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell
Velvetines Lipstick in 'Squash' - Lime Crime
Venus Palette II Eyeshadow in 'Filter' - Lime Crime

I felt much cuter this day than I would have done had I stayed in my thick cosy jumper and super relaxed jeans. Don't get me wrong - I love my jumper and jean combos, but I am loathed to spend so much money on summer dresses every year, for them then to spend nine months in the 'seasonal' part of my wardrobe. Grab a turtleneck, a pair of tights and layer your way through the SAD months, and keep looking East for the day the sun shines bright and hot again!







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Thursday, 5 January 2017

2017

First things first; Happy New Year! I know 2016 wasn't all that great in the world news, (which when Nico Rosberg wins the world championship over Lewis Hamilton... well), but anyway! Onwards and upwards, we're into a new year and I hope the best comes for all of you.

I think one of the first things I need to do in this opening post is to address where I've been whilst on an unannounced hiatus. In July I got promoted to Manager in the company I work for. I was now managing my own coffee shop (YAY). Only this coffee shop was now a two-hour drive in rush hour traffic away from my home, and I was working between 46-58 hours a week, plus driving to and fro each day. So for that reason, I never really had the time to write a blog post, no matter how much I wanted to. 

Then because the commute was so horrendous I started living with my boyfriend a few days a week, he only lives about 20 minutes away from my shop, and as the weeks went on, it stopped being a few days a week where I would see him, and evolved into me saying 'I'm going home on this day this week'. So essentially we're at a point now where just one day - I never went back home.

You might think that should have given me more time to write my blog posts, but when you're working 46-58 hours every week, plus getting called in on your days off, getting calls from members of staff the second you get home and living with your SO and his housemates (who are a couple as well btw) and trying to maintain a social life, and see friends who live a few towns over, and who work opposite hour to you, or who are doing a year teaching in china, or who are working in the capital living out their dreams - well... it's tricky.

Therefore I am beginning this year on my blog the same way I started it everywhere else - with a photo and an announcement. 


We are welcoming in 2017 with some fantastic news. I start a new job in Finance next week, and we are moving into our first house together later this month. We couldn't be more excited to begin this step in our lives together and can't wait to make some more amazing memories in our home. 

Because I start a new job (with fewer hours and guaranteed weekends off) I will be back to posting blogs regularly, and I think Steve may make a few more appearances on here too, as we move into our house, and try to make it a home, and attempt some degree of self-sufficiency while we're at it. 

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and I'm looking forward to going through 2017 with all of you.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

What I'm Wearing: Jac Vanek

So a few weeks ago one of my all time favourite people had a flash sale on her clothing website. I say favourite person here rather than a designer or anything like that because she's been a role model of mine for quite a while. By quite a while I mean when I was in school there were two really amazing women who I was constantly inspired by. As the years have gone on and they've grown from being Scene Queens modeling for Trash Mag into really incredible women with a real care and passion for the earth, the people in it and with a really positive message to give out. These two women are called Audrey Kitching and Jac Vanek. Now I have already own tons of things by AK, mainly because it's always been a little bit cheaper, and considering you have to get it all shipped from the US, the cheaper the better really.

But as I was saying, Jac Vanek had a flash sale over pay day weekend, so, of course, I just couldn't help myself. I ordered the mantra military jacket which I don't think I have taken off for more than a few minutes since it arrived. The other thing i ordered was on her her vintage flannels. All of her flannels have things written on the back of them for the sassy bitch in all of us. The one I bought has the words 'Please do not talk to me. I am only here for the food' printed in large letters across the back.

Take a look at how I styled this truth-speaking shirt below. I went for quite a grungey outfit, teaming it up with black skinny jeans, my classic 1460 Doc's, and a slick of muted purple matte lipstick.





Please Do Not Talk To Me Flannel - Jac Vanek
Joni High Waisted Skinny Jeans - Topshop
Triple Layer Necklace - Topshop (similar here)
Large Blue Earrings - Found
1460 Doc's - Dr Martens 
Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick in Teddy Bear - Lime Crime
Blue Eyeshadow in Filter - Lime Crime

The flannel I got from JV is really super soft and a very high-quality fabric and the military jacket is made with a proper sturdy fabric, so although they're expensive they are very worth it. One thing i will say though about the shipping process to the UK is that it does take a while. It took two weeks for these goodys to come, and then I had to pay duty on them when they arrived. So just be warned on that front if you do order from here that once it gets to your local post office, you'll have to pop in and pay the duty before you can collect.

I really honestly love my jackets and shirt though so will 100% be ordering again even if it takes a while to come and there's a bill to pay at the end.



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