Saturday, 27 December 2014

Salmon with a creamy lemon sauce with tagliatelli

I absolutely loved cooking this dish! The lemon freshens up the whole dish, and works really well with the salmon. The creme fresh gives creamy feel without becoming too heavy. If you don't like Salmon you could always use chicken, just adjust your cooing times accordingly. 

Serves 2


  • 2 Salmon Fillets
  • 100g Tagliatelli Pasta 
  • 150g Mushrooms
  • 100g Cherry Tomato's
  • 2 Tbsp Creme Freche
  • 1 Garlic Cloves
  • Salt and Pepper 
  • Parsley (Dried or Fresh)
  • Half a lemon (zest and juice)
  • Olive Oil


Turn the oven to 200 degrees C. Season the salmon fillets with salt, pepper, parsley, and then place a lemon slice on each. Create foil parcels and place in the oven for 15 minutes. 

Place pasta into a pan of boiling water and leave to boil for around 9 minutes. Wchilst boiling, heat a frying pan on a medium heat and add a tbsp of olive oil. Chop the garlic glove, and add to the frying pan along with half a tsp of parsley and a pinch of salt. 

Chop the mushrooms into even sized pieces, and add to the frying pan. Once slightly goldne but still not fully cooked, chop the tomato's in half and add to the pan for 2-3 minutes. 

Zest half a lemon, and place to one side. By this point the pasta should be fully cooked. Pour a cup of the starchy water into the frying pan, and then drain the rest of the pasta. Add the pasta to the frying pan along with the lemon zest. 

Add 2 tbsp of creme freche to the pasta, and mix well. Leave on the heat for a few minutes to reduce, and remove the salmon from the oven. Just before taking off the heat, add the juice of half a lemon to the pasta dish and serve. Place the salmon on top. 

Change of direction..

I am currently 16 weeks pregnant, and with that, I have vowed to do all I can to mould a better person for myself, inside and out. 

I have decided to stop making cakes, unless it's for personal occasions because of the stress, and I've begun putting some creativity and love into my food.

I need to eat healthier, but I love to cook so I'm going to put the extra effort into what I do. So I am going to begin sharing my recipe's, or my trials of other's as well as other creativity things :)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The post mans been!!

A couple of days ago I ordered some promarkers for myself as a Christmas treat, and they arrived today. They were a great price from a company called artifolk.

There are a few gaps in my colour collection, well a lot considering there are over 100 colours, but I think I covered the main Shades with my choices. I would like some different pinks and purples though but I will add to the collection after Christmas.

I love stamping so I stamped a cute image 3 times to give them a go :) 

My fave is the blue :).

I can't wait to make my first card using these.

Kate x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Doily Love

Today my boyfriend and I went for a carvery, and then took a trip down to my parents house. My mum loves to craft too, she's always stuck into something but her 'thing' is mainly sewing, she makes gorgeous bags, make up bags, peg bags etc. She used to be into card crafting, however all of her stash is now neatly packed away in her craft room and I couldn't resist raising it today. I came across the Martha Stewart vintage doily punch - look how beautiful it is!

So with her consent I snuck into my handbag and on my way I went. These are the cards I made using it today, they are pretty simple but I love pale blue and pink together, and this Martha Stewart vintage  doily edge punch, and bows. (Courtesy of the bow maker - again!!)

Kate x

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A bunch of love

This is just a quick and simple card, just waiting for a sentiment - get well maybe, or a birthday, or best wishes - or maybe even a thank you!

The papers are from the works again, and the bow was made using The Bow Maker!! Seriously cannot recommend this tool enough. The glitzy gem in the middle is also from the works, they were a great price and also self adhesive.

I am not yet the owner of any alcohol markers, so just use crayons to colour my stamped images. But I am thinking of asking for some from my partner for Christmas as stamping is my favourite and I would love to make more vibrant images! 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Festive Warm Wishes

It's DEFINITELY Christmas time! I mean, it's December right? I gave my first gift today (a pre-Christmas gift, to cheer up a friend) and I also made my first Christmas card. The card itself doesn't yet have a recipient, but I'm sure it will do before 2014 is out.

The penguin, sentiment and red bow detail are all stamped images. I'd love to tell you from which set, alas, I cannot as I bought them from Summer Crafting in Doncaster earlier this year, and they were part of a bigger Christmas set that I purchased from the Stamposaurous stand. I also picked up a autumnal set, a nautical set and a general birthday set and they were all completely unbranded and 4 for £10! Bargain.

 I use them almost every time I make a card because there are so many options. But if anyone recognises the set, please do let me know where they are from as I would love to add to my collection.

For the gold bow, I used the Bow Maker from which I bought today (in the shop, not online) and it's amazing and so easy to use. I will be using it on all of my Christmas presents too!

A day for firsts!

Well hello there, this is my first blog post! And firstly I would like to share the first card I made in quite some time. I made this card a few weeks ago and I love it.

This centre point of this card is a stamped image, using distress ink in vintage photo and also my favourite Dreamee's stamp set - Bicycle, with comes complete with the 'Serendipity' sentiment.

'Serendipity : Finding something good without looking for it. (A happy accident) '

The full list of what I have used on this card includes :-

Dreamee's Bicycle Stamp Set
Kraft Card
Backing Papers - The Works 'Pretty in Pinks Set
Washi Tape - The Works 'Pretty in Pinks Set
Flower - The Works 'Pretty in Pinks Set
Glitzy Embellishment - The Works
Purple Cardstock - Create and Craft
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Pastel Buttons

As you can tell, I had abit of a 'The Works' fest with this one. They have some great products at great prices, not a huge range but I think they refresh it often, and have all of the craft staples you will need. I even think I got my guillotine from there!

Kate x