Monday, 11 April 2016

DINE WITH BEA: The Tomato & His Hat In The Nest |


It is no secret that my love for creativity in the kitchen has spiralled out of control, in a beautiful way of course. However, at this moment in my life, I feel I cannot eat food nor cook it like a normal person anymore, I refuse to settle for either, something I have already made, or something that hasn't involved some form of invention and beauty. I can't stop, it is an addiction. The feeling that I get from inventing, creating, designing and developing ideas, which simply come from gazing at my ingredients and my surrounding, not just objects but feelings aside, emotions that are propelling me into this wonderland...that in hindsight, I have no idea where it will all lead. I suppose that is the beauty of this passion of mine, I lose myself in it all, to me it is a drug, not only does it make me ever so happy, but I am putting smiles on other people's faces which is priceless. What's more, I am inspiring them and in turn they inspire me because without them, this would all be worthless.


So here I am at 1am...plot lost. The pasta is boiling and I have my miniature fried egg pan on the stove with oil sizzling away (thanks for that mum it really is a nifty little saucepan). As I rush around my kitchen trying to make this crazy little idea come together in a matter of minutes, before the spaghetti is ready to be served, my phone rings. It's Ovi, who I recently acclaimed as a much appreciated, talented foodie friend plus, I figure, a slightly if not borderline eccentric like me. I mean you shouldn't even ask why he was out picking wheat in the wilderness at 1am.. I guess I am not the only one. LOL. Then suddenly I realise, I am quite literally (with my phone in my ear pressed against my shoulder) picking up these oily strands of pesto smothered spaghetti with my CLEAN, bare hands and placing them on my plate in pretty little nests. In I popped the little tomatoes, well equipped with their hats. So how do you find yourself in this situation at 1am?


I didn't get home from work till gone midnight, my new hours mean I can use the mornings to develop new recipes and trial them, to then later share with my work colleagues that afternoon. However, after stepping into the kitchen and staring aimlessly inside my overcrowded fridge of fresh produce from the Shuk, looking for answers, which undoubtedly I chose not to find. I decided, OK pesto pasta it is. Reasons why this can more often than not be a go to meal:

- ready in 10 minutes
- it'll do
- it's late...don't cook something now you'll be up all night then you will be full when you go to sleep, and as my mother always told me DONT EAT PAST 7....already done.


In goes the gluten free pasta and then it just happened...ok so this is where I go back to the AM I SANE moment. The moment you realise that eating pesto pasta in a bowl will not be satisfying enough, and that I can make my own version of the classic dish. Normal will not do and as I reopen the fridge for ideas, creativity is flowing through my veins which is when I created:


The Tomato & His Hat in The Nest
What's in it?

- 80g Gluten Free Spaghetti
- 3 Tsp Pesto (shop bought or homemade, I used shop bought...it's 1am guys...)
- 1 Tsp of Feta Cheese (Goat)
- 3 Cherry Tomato's
- Olive Oil to Drizzle
- Parmigiano (parmesan cheese)

Make the Magic Happen:

♥ Boil Spaghetti for 8-10 minutes, until cooked al dente, you don't want the spaghetti to fall apart in your hands

♥ Chop the hats of the cherry tomato's and using a knife, delicately cut out their insides. No this is not the operating table, how dare I make it sound like one.

♥ Place a small bit of Feta cheese inside each and every tomato and place in a small saucepan with 1/2 tsp olive oil. 'place' sounds so delicate...just shove it in...JK please don't, this part really is delicate, you want the tomatoes to stand up so that the cheese doesn't spill out.

DID YOU KNOW: Cooking tomato's boosts the antioxidant power and enhances their nutritional value by increasing the lycopene content that can be absorbed by our body. Oh and it changes the flavour!

♥  Drain the spaghetti, mix in the pesto. Picking up the pasta in your hands, swirl the strands in handfuls on a plate 3 times in order to create 3 nests.

♥  Place the tomato's inside the nests and cover with each of their hats.

♥  Sprinkle some freshly grated parmigiano on top and serve with salt and pepper.

Enjoy my Darling Dolls!

Kisses, Bea xo


Monday, 7 March 2016

Dine With Bea | Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Gluten Free) |



When you're gluten intolerant, Pizza is like the devil. Not only is it a restricted guilty pleasure, but it draws you in only to have INSTANT regret. You feel me? The best pizza I ever had was spicy AF and god damn delicious, I gave in to it on too many occasions. Guilty as charged. The culprit? The Rustica Piccante Pizza from Zizzi's, an Italian chain in England. "Made up of spicy n’Duja sausage, pepperoni, salami, mushrooms, mozzarella, hot roquito chilli, fresh rocket and dollops of mascarpone that acts as a fire extinguisher for your mouth." OK OK my mouth is watering...it's no secret that I am hideously obsessed with spice and chilli and this is perfection. My friends more often than not are unable to handle my quantities of spice...must be my fiery red hair TSSS.

 Rustica Piccate Pizza C/O: Zizzi

Recently I have been micro-dosing gluten after I fully eliminated it from my diet since coming to Israel. Why? Because when I couldn't control myself, I gave in that fluffy FLUFFY oh so fluffy pitta bread to dip in my hummus at brunch and well, it seems the effects are far more severe than before as my body just can't handle it. I find myself miserable, moody, lethargic, sharp pains and OH look I am 5 months pregnant...JK JK, but seriously my stomach swells to the point I am sure you'd think I was preggo and I'm not exaggerating. It's funny slash totally not worth it. Micro-dosing, aka, a bite a day or here and there will re-introduce gluten to your insides and hopefully prevent you becoming ill if you do eat it. However, bar a naughty nibble, I have taught myself to no longer crave it, I can pass on it and I am fine without it, maybe because I accepted that I just couldn't eat it and hadn't bothered to create a gluten free base. Until now... INTRODUCING THE GLUTEN FREE PIZZA UNDER 500 CALORIES.



My roomate Sally has been banging on about the Cauliflower Crust Pizza for months; when she first mentioned it, I hadn't even bloody heard of it and I am a complete foodie. I mean it sounds delicious but hideously unpractical. The thought of the whole pizza crumbling and falling on the floor during the dreaded transfer from oven tray to plate got me like HELL NO! So I embarked on some research, OH how I love the advances of food and the now available options for us gluten free foodies. YAY! Lets be honest whilst people love to take the piss, half the world has quite literally gone gluten free. Be it those who choose to eliminate gluten from their diet because there are added health benefits and supposedly weight loss (UM...about the weight loss..? My scales must be broken or I just didn't get the memo), genuine intolerance, or in more serious cases, the Coeliacs. So if you don't accept it GET OVER IT! By the way, Israel is great for Gluten Free and Vegan with many options available, um, everywhere. London catch up won't you...I think you're a bit late to the Gluten Free Dinner PARTAY.

So let's get down to the Pizza which has revolutionised gluten free pizza, not only because it's low fat but because it is GLUTEN FREE. All hail the Cauliflower, I always did love you, you fluffy cloud of nutrients and vegetable goodness.

PREPARATION TIME: 25 minutes 
COOKING TIME: 25 minutes 

INGREDIENTS:

| T H E. B A S E |
- 1 Cauliflower
- 20g Unsalted Almonds
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- Handful of Parsley
- Zatar/Oregano (or both)
- Salt n' Pepper
- Clean Tea Towel/Dish Cloth/Cheese Cloth/Muslin Cloth

Design your own pizza toppings!


| T O P P I N G S |
(experiment as you please my darlings doll, everyones pizza should reflect their mood and wishes) 
- 1/2 Jar Tomato & Chilli Pasta/Pizza Sauce
- 5 Plum Tomatoes (I used 2 varieties but one is fine, cherry tomatoes are also DELICIOUS AF)
- Mozzarella Balls
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
- Red Chilli

MAKE IT HAPPEN:

PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 200 DEGREES

1. Wash your cauliflower and strip him of his stalk and leaves. I removed as much stalk as possible and have stored it in ye old fridge for later...
TOP TIP: the stalk is delicious eaten raw with hummus or used in a vegetable soup!

2. Using a food processor, or in my case, the NUTRI BULLET (use with caution, it is not meant to be used as a food processor so in the event that you too decide it works perfectly well, blend in small quantity batches) blend up the cauliflower, almonds, 2 cloves of garlic and parsley to create a rice looking formula.

I blended the cauliflower, almonds, parsley & garlic separately and then mixed together

3. Place the cauliflower 'rice' in a microwavable dish and cover with cling film. Heat for 5-6 minutes in the microwave until soft and stand to cool for 2-3 minutes.

4. Open the Tea Towel and place the cauliflower 'rice' inside the cloth, squeeze it tight to make a ball, letting all the liquid drain out. MAKE SURE you have removed as much of the liquid as possible. Once you open the tea towel you will see a dough-like-ball has been created.
TOP TIP: Save the liquid for later, it has a lot of flavour and can be added to a vegetable soup along with the stalks. 

I have saved the leftover juice to add to a vegetable soup as the parsley,
almond and garlic residue remain in the cauliflower juice

Once you have squeezed out all the remaining liquid you should be left with a ball

5. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and add the dough ball and mix together. This is your cauliflower dough!

6. YOU MUST WASH YOUR HANDS! THEY'RE ABOUT TO GET DIRTY!!!!!

7. Line a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper and grease with olive oil to prevent it from sticking. Place the dough on the baking tray. Now, you are ready to make the base!

Cook With Love xo.

8. TOTAL LOVE! Look at my heart, it's too cute, obv you can choose how you want your pizza to look, I make all my food with love so I opted for a heart shape. I did this using my hands, I pressed down and pushed the dough outwards forming my heart shape. I used a spoon to mount the edges to create a crust and pressed around the inside to perfect the crust.
TOP TIP: You don't want the base to be to thin as it will break, especially if you have many topping, so make it at least 1cm thick, making it thicker at the edges. Also keep it tight by pressing down using the palm of your hand.

9. Place base in oven for 10-15 minutes and then take out to add toppings



10. Firstly, spread the tomato sauce, I chose a tomato and chilli sauce for added flavour. Add your toppings, add anything you like, have fun with it!!! As you can see I added 2 varieties of plum tomato, black and red, I sauteed half a red bell pepper in plenty of olive oil and poured it on top, mozzarella balls, some freshly sliced red chilli and garnished with fresh basil leaves.

11. Finally, place in the oven for a further 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and it starts to crisp! 

VOILA!

Enjoy My Darling Dolls!!

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| Bete Avon | Bon Appetit | Enjoy | 

Kisses, 
Bea xo.


Sunday, 14 February 2016

M Y. 1ST. A P A R T M E N T |


WORD.

So many things to do, decisions to make, my life feels as though it is revolving around spreadsheets and lists thanks to my extremely organised and fabulous roomate, Sally. With this girl in your life, I feel nothing can go wrong, while I am a dreamer and a wanderer, she knows her way around like a navigation tool and with this being her 5th apartment - she's experienced! I refer to life as a whirlwind right now as everything in my life feels so positive but I am being pulled in a million directions like shooting stars. I feel a mixture of emotions for reasons relating to all the wonderful way life in Israel is evolving for me.

I T ' S. H A P P E N I N G.

...and so it is time to leave Brodetsky! Ulpan has been great, I have met friends here that I will have for life, I feel so lucky to have such great people surrounding me, because when your all alone and far away from home, your friends become your family. Finding an apartment has been up and down, there are always going to be push and pull factors when it comes to a life decision as BIG as this. Location, price, size and vibe. Vibe? Yes, I am one of those crazy people who feels a feeling in a home, hence why I want our apartment, no matter how crazy or different it may be, to just reflect how we feel at this moment in our lives where we are painting our lives in colour. Our apartment is located bang in the centre and so this is when we will really discover the city on our doorstep. I just love this city, it is full of nooks, cranny's and hidden treasures...the nightlife takes you away and well it's never-ending, it never sleeps. You can quite literally dance all night, which I do, of course. No changes there. With so much going on I find that when Thirsty Thursday comes a knockin...every single stress in my body is released and I wake up smiling like what a GREAT NIGHT. Because in the midst of all the craziness and struggles you realise that there is no reason to be bored in a life as beautiful as the one we are living. So yeah if you didn't get it already...IM LOVING LIFE. LITERALLY.





So here's to the many great memories to be made not only in Tel Aviv but in our new home, I can't wait to live them and most importantly share them with all my favourite people, because an experience is better shared with the ones you love!

PS. Huge Roof Terrace = P A R T Y. T I M E
(get on your dancing shoes)





A L M O S T. T H E R E.

In the midst of the whirlwind I find myself spinning round and round in day after day, we are almost moved in to our new apartment. Apart from the fact that both my bed and my new memory foam mattress (comfy AF) are still yet to be delivered...So Brodetsky remains our home for the next few days. Oh and we have still a lot to buy, to furnish a whole apartment is a job that will blossom over time as Sally and I paint the place with our personalities, I mean this is my first apartment, I want it to be memorable, and so my design ideas come to be a little out there. A bit outside the box to say the least. Sally's response to my indecisive questions "This is YOUR 1st apartment, do what makes you happy and style it however you like"  ER HOLD UP! Is this girl for real? Yes, YES she is. Please bear in mind that knowing me comes with knowing I am a little eccentric and like to think outside the box, because life is too short and I love life!


But remember...I am ginger...I have no soul... 

Bedroom GOALS


B R I G H T. C O L O U R S


The design. Considering I have grown up with crystal-mirrored glass and neautrals with a splash of pink where needed, my mother has always been great at interior design, but I don't live at home anymore, and I am 22 years old, i'm young and i'm having the time of my life in this beautiful country which I call home. I fall asleep smiling and wake up smiling, and I feel stronger than ever. I can't tell you what a beautiful feeling it is, at this moment in time I don't see myself leaving. I am living my life in colour. So here I am with a bright pink sofa and bright coloured cushions. Y O L O. It looks Fuqin Fabulous! For those gasping with horror, gasp on, because I am throwing colours where they will shine, and if it were to fail, which undoubtedly they won't, you will just walk in and feel my motto: G O O D. V I B E S. O N L Y. G V O XO.






T H E. R O O M A T E

Ok, big shoutout to Sally Bregman, because lets be honest she is so great. Amongst the amazing people I have had the pleasure of meeting here in Irael, Sally has become like family to me. It feels weird if we have barely spoken, it began with me calling here everyday for a daily catch up due to our crazy busy schedules right now, I think at first little Sal was a bit like, "hi....." now it is part of our day, we do everything together and tonight we find ourselves alone on Valentine's so it's a BFF night with wine and great food. TREAT YO SELF!

So Sally if your reading this, you already know, yeah knows she is stuck with me for life! SO Lhaim!!!! CHEERS TO NEW BEGININGS and here is to the next chapter in our lives which, I know will be an unforgettable year! One I will cherish for ever...see you tonight my darling doll to raise a glass to discovering more about ourselves, life and this beautiful city, because lets be honest Tel Aviv Stole Our Hearts!


I have absolutely no idea why my forehead is so shiny... #nomakeupselfie




To be continued...





Kisses,

Bea

xo.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Down By The River |




Can I just say...DOLLS, I'M BACK! Ok but seriously, boo who? Yes I was bed-ridden for 8 days, I'm sure some people here at Ulpan thought I died, yes I am that important (slash why did NOONE notice). OH and apart from the fact I almost went insane, started and finished the whole of Orange is the New Black, I lost myself for a little while, it's pretty boring doing sweet FA. In spite of being so down in the dumps, it was time to get out of that bed-ridden funk I had gotten myself in to and take myself down by the river with none other than my favourite Parisian Princess, Abigaelle, my PIC (Partner in Crime).

After waking up fairly home sick and well...sad, which is allowed and it's totally normal, I mean I moved half way across the world by myself without my family or friends. Am I mad? Yes I am completely and utterly mad but GUESS WHAT. All the best people are... Today gave me more reasons to be thankful because really, I am blessed. I am so lucky to be living my life the crazy way I am. OH and it's January 16th, not my average Jan Saturday considering it's 23 degrees, I'm wearing a crop with my leggings and WOW it's a beautiful day. Far from the rainy and FREEZING cold city I call home, known as London, where lets be honest, whilst we love to talk about the weather, it rains most of the year round and our summer's are virtually non-existent. Apart from the odd heatwave which honestly lasts two minutes and the whole country is in shutdown...like the drought. Since when was England the Sahara Desert. London I Fucking Love You BUT I can't help but lap up the lavish sunshine, turn that frown into a crown and remind myself why I came here in the first place. There is no reason to be sad in a world as wonderful as this.



"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."



As we wander through Yarkon Park, the air is filled with that marvellous smell of freshly cut grass, it fills you right up; the green is full of people smiling, laughing, playing ball, whilst lovers sit kissing by the riverside. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and the grass really is greener on the other side. I hear English voices, American, French, Russian and of course the wonderful Hebrew language. I live in this new city full of character and diversity, which I now call home. Tel-Aviv is made up of like-minded people from all over the world, all coming together to live here in Israel...one love.


I finally feel me again...GVO xo.

GOOD.VIBES.ONLY.

Today I'm Wearing: 

Neon Workout Leggings - Victoria Secret Sport *TOTAL LOVE* (in store now)
Running Jacket w/ Neon Pink - Victoria Secret Sport
Tokyo Sleeveless Crop - H&M
Trainers - Nike
HOMIES Headband - Urban Outfitters

I am in love with my new Victoria Secret workout leggings, this season's collection is full of colour

#I have this thing with floors

Kisses,

Bea {x}



Saturday, 2 January 2016

DINE WITH BEA: Middle-Eastern Hummus |







Dipping vegetables in Hummus with some fiery Tabasco has to be my favourite snack EVER, a healthier alternative to the absurd consumption of chocolate which my roommate and I find ourselves consuming far too often. Our New Year's Resolution? TO DO US. Eat healthy, be good to ourselves and locater ourselves and others. So now that the hundreds of duty-free cadbury's chocolates are officially hidden, we decided to give Hummus a go.

Living in Israel, hummus and falafel are a regular favourite of mine, the hummus in the middle-east is honestly incredible and because I don't eat bread due to my gluten-free lifestyle, falafels are a wonderful accompaniment and delicious alternative to the forbidden fruit: fluffy pitta bread. 

Due to a devastating terrorist attack yesterday here in Tel Aviv (RIP), my roommate and I stayed indoors and decided to distract and cheer ourselves up my being creative in the kitchen. Cooking is a real release for me, it allows you to be creative and I find it therapeutic. Our Hummus turned out to be SO DELICIOUS! Far better than the shop bought stuff, except due to our love for garlic, we may have used a little too much, so I give you a revised recipe below with less garlic. By all means if you don't care add more, but poor little Sally had a date yesterday...LOL! 

So Dolls, Check out my recipe below and ENJOY! 

BEA'S MIDDLE-EASTERN HUMMUS (Serves 2)

WHAT YOU NEED: 


1 Can of Chickpeas (already soaked/save a small handful for garnish)
2 Tbsp fresh Tahini
1 Clove Garlic (crushed)
1/2 Tsp Salt
BIG Squeeze of Lemon
2 Grinds of Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp Hot Paprika
4 Tbsp Olive Oil (add more if you need, and decorate with it at the end)
4 Tbsp of Chickpea Juice from the can
Nutribullet or Food Processer
Tabascon for SPICE 


For the Vegetable Croutons:

1 Israeli Cucumber (1/4 Large English Cucumber)
1 Carrot
1 Red Pepper

MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN: 

  1. Drain the Chickpeas, keeping some of the liquid to add when blending 
  2. Pour the chickpeas into the blending cup. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY RIGHT?
  3. YEP! Now add a big squeeze of fresh lemon
  4. Add the tahini, paprika, salt, olive oil and juice from chickpea can
  5. Crush one clove of garlic and add to the mix
  6. BLEND IT UP BABY!
  7. Serve into a bowl and garnish with remaining chickpeas this adds texture and flavour 
  8. Drizzle with olive oil and season with hot paprika
  9. Cut the veggies into croutons AKA sticks
  10. Now it's time to dip, scoop and ENJOY! If you like spice eat with Tabasco. TOTAL LOVE!




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BETE AVON DOLLS!

Kisses,

Bea {x}

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sparkle & Shine into 2016 with my Party Wishlist |

Champagne Season: Cocktails in Wonderland


Click here to view the full FarFetch Champagne Season Collection! 

"I will forever feel pretty in pink" - The Sartorial Doll

"I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour" - Unknown


Champagne showers! With New Year's eve fast approaching and the urgent need to find my show-stopping look, I am still in brainstorm mode. WHAT TO WEAR? Obviously I am still dressless 10 days before the big countdown. So, I find myself back at the drawing board... Right now I am getting my inspiration from the Champagne Season Collection on www.farfetch.com. Blush and blossom pinks paired with none other than the chicest colour of them all, black, makes for a more than enchanting look. Every year at the rise of the spring/summer collections, I find myself obsessing over blush pinks. So it is wonderful to see them so prominent in the AW party trends. TOTAL LOVE! Farfetch have put together they're top party trends full of angelic, feminine dresses, paired with moody undertones. Drift into the night in clouds of organza and get ready to rumble in ruffles as light as air...


During the winter season, black is in my opinion, the chicest of them all, and well, paired with pretty pinks? That is sugar, spice and all things nice! The party season also calls for sparkle, whether that be in the form of dazzling jewellery, sequins or diamonds, you decide, just make sure that this year, you sparkle and shine into 2016! 

Check out my party season wishlist:






Diesel Black Gold Black Biker Jacker  £778
Red Valentino Strapless Frills Tulle Dress 
£640
Jimmy Choo 'Lilyth' Sandals 
£546

Saint Laurent 'Lily Ruffled Dress' £4,650




Saint Laurent 'Monogram' Satchel £885
Melissa Joy Manning Stud Earrings 
£380
Ledotto Embellished Ring 
£193

Alberta Ferretti Cropped Embellished Top £2,037
Red Valentino Tulle Mini Skirt 
£455
Saint Laurent Baby 'Monogram' Satchel 
£1,230
Saint Laurent 'Jane' Sandals 
£675

Have a wonderful New Year Dolls!

Kisses,
Bea {x}