Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cook It: Hasselback Potatoes

March 28, 2016

Food + Recipes

Hassleback Potatoes Cooked Close Up

I’m not really a potato person, how ever they come I tend to find them the least interesting part of a meal –  even the most perfect roasties get left on my plate after a roast dinner (shock horror I know!), but I think these Hasselbacks may have me converted.

After seeing them pop up in my Instagram feed regularly this year I think you can file this one under #FoodTrend, but a trend for a good reason as aside from being the prettiest potatoes you ever did see they may well be the tastiest too! A perfect combo, somewhere between baked, sautéed, chips and roast potatoes, they are versatile and work well as a side dish to all sorts of dishes.

Hassleback potatos prepHassleback potatos uncooked tray

Method

Scrub and dry your potatoes if needed. Working along the length of the potato make multiple cuts stopping at around a 1/4 inch from the bottom. Take care at each end but don’t worry if you chop the ends off entirely as I often do!

Placing the potatoes on a baking tray, drizzle throughly in olive oil, add herbs or spices and season with salt & pepper. Bake in the oven for at least an hour until crispy on the outside and cooked through.

For the fresh herb dressing topping as pictured, blend a handful of coriander and parsley with a clove of garlic; mix with olive oil, season to taste and spoon over the cooked hasselbacks.

Variations

– Bake with herbs of your choice – bay, rosemary, thyme or fennel seeds would work well.
– Try spices instead. Think paprika or dried chipotle flakes for a spiced smokey vibe,
– Smother with your favourite cheese for the last 5-10 minutes of baking and serve with mayo and dips for a tasty take on ‘loaded potato skins’.

Hassleback Potatoes

Hassleback Potatoes Cooked

This is without doubt my new favourite way with potatoes. Let me know what you think if you give them a try.

Playlist: Signs Of Spring

March 22, 2016

Music + Playlists

Cherry Blossom Against Blue Sky

Here’s one I made early… I created this playlist last year but have been falling for it all over again now that spring in the air. For me this sweet collection of tracks captures the joyous but changeable nature of the season; with plenty of weather references thrown in for good measure.

Check it out and save to your Spotify playlists via the player below.

Track List

Alex Turner – It’s Hard To Get Around The Wind
José González – Leaf Off / The Cave
Alt-J – Taro
Laura Marling – False Hope
Graham Coxon – Perfect Love
Got A Girl – There’s A Revolution
Sylvan Esso – Dress
SOAK – Sea Creatures
Ibeyi – Weatherman

My last playlist: Women On Womanhood

Wish List: Anthropologie

March 16, 2016

Home / Style

Anthropologie Montage Of Items, Denim Skirt, iPhone Case, Trainers,

I received lots of lovely presents for my 30th earlier this month, including a bit of cash and a rather generous gift card from the parents in-law for Anthropologie. Plus when you’re a signed-up Anthro obsessed subscriber like me the store sends you a voucher for 15% off in your birthday month. So as it’s seems like an ideal time to treat myself a little here’s a few things I’ve been eyeing up. Decisions, decisions.

I’m really not one to buy clothes that often so I try and buy pieces that are versatile and I know I’ll wear again and again. The Joline Denim Skirt seems like a great item for transitioning between the seasons (does it sound like I know what I’m talking about?) and I think it’ll look great dressed up or down… or with these Azteca Trainers – which I’m kind of obsessed with. I just got a new iPhone 6s so a practical but pretty case is a must.

The clothes are great but it’s the Anthropologie Homewares section that really sets my hear a-flutter. I have a lot of time for their quirky, colourful ceramics and just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of that Dreambirds Casserole Dish. I mean, it’s probably too pretty to put in the oven… but that’s not really the point is it? Finally, I have no space for, nor can I afford one at the moment but one day a bar cart like this Delaney will enter my life and make all my Madmen themed cocktail hour dreams come true!

6 Months

March 12, 2016

Love + Marriage

Swift Wedding 2015 313

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As today marks half of year of being married I thought I share a few wedding photos. We got married on a beautiful, but rather windy, September day at East Soar Farm in South Devon. It was such a lovely day filled with all our favourite things – especially our favourite people & food!

I wore a vintage 50’s dress I found on Etsy along with my Great Grandma’s fur cape; Will wore a Reiss suit, a shirt from Joy and Grenson brogues; the bridesmaid dresses were made by my lovely talented friend Isabel Knowles.

We wrote our own vows and our wonderful friend led the ceremony for us. During the ceremony we had readings from our favourite books and films and my cousin sang Sunday by Bloc Party for us. My brother played guitar as I walked down the aisle and we danced back down it to David Bowie!

We filled old bottles and jars with ferns and pretty yellow billy ball flowers. My Muma made the beautiful bouquets including lots of foraged foliage. We ate Marmite canapés, Moules Frites and such a pretty wedding cake made by a friend.

The speeches, which included one from two of my bridesmaids, made us laugh, cry and cringe. Will’s speech included a surprise serenade for me as he sung ‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’ on the ukulele – the song Ryan Gosling sings in one of my favourite films Blue Valentine.

After night fell we toasted S’mores on the fire pits and danced the night away as a collection of awesome friends DJ’d.

Reminiscing on the day makes me feel so happy and full of love and gratitude that we have so many wonderful people in our lives who helped make the day so special. Also proud because quite frankly organise a wedding was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done!

Side point – looking at these photos has made me long for the summer and left me wondering when the next occasion I can wear a petticoat will be…

Photos by the lovely Lucy Holding.

Home Inspiration: Open Plan Kitchen-Diner

March 10, 2016

Home

Open plan flat, north london

Open plan kitchen dinner, wooden farm house table

open plan kitchen diner, mousehole cornwall

If you’d have asked me a few months ago what things I’d be looking for when it came to buying a home I would have reeled off a standard response – two bedrooms, a house not a flat (we’re fed up of noisy neighbours), outside space, period features would be nice… basically the typical requests you get on every episode of Location, Location, Location.

It a funny thing house hunting. It’s only really since we’ve been actively looking and viewing house regularly that I’ve really gained a proper idea of what features matter to me when it comes to buying a space I could make a home. What I thought I would / wouldn’t care about has shifted and things I hadn’t even thought about suddenly matter… I’m not a fan of downstairs bathrooms!

Something that has emerged at the top of our wish list seems to be a kitchen-dinner. I always knew I’d want a good sized kitchen and a nice dinning room but the more we see the more we fall for gorgeous open-plan spaces and day dream of cooking brunch in a room that looks something like the ones I’ve been pinning recently…

Follow Charlie Swift’s board // Home | Kitchen on Pinterest.

Now, I’m not silly. I know Pinterest kitchens aren’t real kitchens, but they are great to look at for inspiration. That said some of the properties we’ve put bids on have had pretty Pin-worthy open-plan kitchen areas – ah the ones that got away!

Of course we’re still being open minded about the houses we view and after all this longing we may well end up with an entirely different setup, but open plan or separate kitchen and dinning room we’re certain that the space where we cook and eat is very important to us. Recently we were deliberating putting a bid on a house with a tiny kitchen and my step Dad said “You don’t live in the kitchen”… But the thing is we really do!

What would be your deal breaker when it comes to your dream home?

Women on Womanhood: A Playlist For International Women’s Day

March 9, 2016

Music + Playlists

Women on Womanhood Playlist

Welcome sisters! As you may well be aware yesterday, March 8th, marked International Women’s Day. The annual event strives to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the globe whilst recognising and raising awareness that we have yet to achieve gender equality.

To celebrate International Women’s Day I’ve put together a collection of tracks by some of my favourite female artists and female fronted bands. I’ve looked to choose songs that speak in some way about what it is to be a female in society today or at least ones that resonate with my own experiences as a lady making her way in this world.

Have a listen & save to your playlists via the Spotify player below:

Tracklist

Emmy The Great – A Woman, A Woman, a Century of Sleep
Daughter – Mothers
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot
Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
Sinéad O’Connor – Red Football
Sharon Van Etten – I Know
Ibeyi – Mama Says
Angel Olsen – White Fire
Ani Difranco – The Story
Amanda Palmer – In My Mind


This is by no means an extensive list of songs by women about womanhood. I’d love to hear your suggestions of tracks that could be added to my Women on Womanhood playlist. Who are some of your favourite female artists?

International Women’s Day is celebrated across this week, with many events taking place at the weekend. Find out more information and explore events in your area here.

Post, The First

March 8, 2016

Life

Portrait Photo against whitwashed wall (2)

Hello and welcome to the first post of my new blog Once, A Glimpse; written by me Charlie Swift.

Having been blogging for a number of years the time felt right to start afresh, with a clean new look, a new blog name and importantly renewed inspiration and motivation. Ultimately blogging is a creative outlet for me and for whatever reason I’ve just not been feeling the urge to create and post content under my old guise.

The last year has marked some major changes in my life; I got married, started a new job, I just turned 30 last week and we are currently looking to buy a house that we can grow into. Along with the life changes, of course, my taste and style has also shifted over the years and I’m excited to launch a new space that will better reflect my interests, personality and passions.

Whether you have followed me here from www.nothingnewblog.co.uk, my social media channels or you’re an entirely new reader, I’m so glad to have you here and hope you’ll drop by often. I plan to fill this little corner of the internet with beautiful photos that maybe captured on Lomography film or snapped on my iPhone; with wholesome delicious recipes; with stories of adventures had and lessons learnt; with music and playlists; with hopes, fears, dreams… food! Things that inspire me and may hopefully inspire you too. I have plenty scheduled for the coming weeks to give you a taste of what to expect.

In-between blog posts find me mainly on Instagram & Twitter. Please do say hello, I’d love to get to know ya!

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