Oh the weather outside is frightful, but shopping for winter coats is so much fun. So it’s time to wrap up Goddesses! This week, check out the coats that hit the Instant Goddess shopping radar.
First off Massimo Dutti have some great woollen coats in store BUT if you can wait then this might be one to file. Hong Kong high street champion Zara also has a good selection of more affordable coats in store at the moment if you’re freezing and can’t wait… after all it is a mere 16 degrees and that is now considered freezing in our house – although once upon time that would have been considered mild bordering on summer.
Coat with leather detailing $2490, Camel woollen coat $2990, Machine knit coat $1690 all Massimo Dutti
Navy style jacket $2490, Long combined parka $2490 both Massimo Dutti, Coat with quilted leather sleeves $1890, Zara
Woolen coat with quilted sleeves $1199, Coat with high collar $999 both by Zara, Plaid boucle archive bonnie coat $5410, Coach (Psst: This photo doesn’t do it justice but it has a shot of hot pink running through it which is simply eye catching gorgeous).
What no snow? And if you’re going away to sunnier climates this Christmas, then you may be interested in the opening of Tommy Bahama in Wanchai: A lifestyle brand for both men and women whose very notion is to “make life one long weekend”. Now who can argue with that?!
Tommy Bahama, Shop No.1B, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, www.tommybahama.com
The bling that slipped through the net… Last week, I over blinged my picture editor and quite a few of my jewels hit the deck. It would be such a shame not to share these with you, after all my sleepless nights (I don’t count sheep I count necklaces to get to sleep at night!) so here i go again!
Midweek meal inspiration
This week given that’s it is indeed party season rather than a meal, I’m going to give you my canapé hit list. All are super duper tasty and easy to prepare… with these up your sleeve you really will be the Instant Goddess with the Mostess. And don’t forget your bling!
Goats Cheese & Cranberry Tartlets courtesy of the BBC Good Food, recipe here. Always a great festive combo, the sweet of the cranberry with the sour of the goats cheese makes these a perfect hors d’oeuvre.
Tip: Use a non-stick muffin tin and line it with the cut out pastry circles rather than placing discs on oiled baking trays – as the recipe says.
Cocktail Sausages with honey, sesame & soy à la the one and only Domestic Goddess: Nigella Lawson, recipe here.
Tip: Keep an eye on them when cooking, check after 15 minutes and give them a good stir… you don’t want them to burn!
Roquefort and pear crostini courtesy of one of the all time British greats: Mary Berry.
1 x 400g can of pears
100g Roquefort cheese (or any blue cheese will do)
Chopped fresh chives
1 small thin, long baguette
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1.Preheat grill to highest setting.
2. First make the crostini. Thinly slice the baguette, brush both sides with oil, season and place on a small baking sheet which will fit under the grill or line the grill pan with foil.
3. To cook the crostini, toast under the grill for about 2-3 minutes each side until pale golden brown and crisp. Watch them carefully. Cool on a wire rack.
4. Drain and slice the pears into thickish pieces about the thickness of a digestive biscuit in a shape just smaller than the crostini.
5. The next process is messy! Either spread a little Roquefort on each crostini then top with pear and spread with a little more Roquefort, or first grate the Roquefort on a coarse grater and then spread.
6. When ready to serve, sprinkle with paprika and place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted… it melts quickly so watch it like your life depended on it, otherwise you’ll end up with burnt toast and that’s just no good! Sprinkle with chives.
Tip: These can be assembled up to 12 hours ahead (i.e up to the end of step 5). Cover with clingfilm and keep in the fridge until needed. Grill to serve. The crostini can be made up to 2 months in advance and frozen. Defrost and assemble with the pears and Roquefort. Or if you can find them buy ready made crostini!
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels, full recipe here. A classic combination of smoked salmon and cream cheese, so easy to assemble yet so effective. No oven required either!
Tip: Recipe states “mountain bread”, I use flour tortillas.
Easy Quesadillas from the one and only Domestic Goddess again, full recipe here. Yup, no oven required!
Tip: Cut them into smaller wedges than the recipe suggests, to make a canapé rather than a Scooby snack.
Yogi tea saying of the week: “There are no accidents in life, only lessons to grow better.”
Instant Goddess saying of the week: “I love champagne… don’t burst my bubble.”
Until next week Goddesses and remember you are always, always worth it! XX