My films of the year. 

At my worst I wasn’t able to really enjoy films,  books or music.  This year however I embraced it All! 

I was lucky enough to watch Aliens on 70mm,  go to the  Bridget Jones premiere and watch the underrated gem that is the Driver and see Edgar Wright present it.  The best thing about 2016 has been watching all the films.  Claire started my love of Marvel with the great binge of early 2016 and I spent far more of my spare time either in the cinema or watching films in bed. 

Myself and Shona went to the Edgar Wright all nighter which cemented my love for Mr Wrights films and the Prince Charles Cinema.  I spent the day at Picturehouse Central where I saw Aliens in 70mm,  Green Room and the Neon Demon all for a £1 each as part of their 1st birthday celebrations with Malinda where I bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen in years all thanks to twitter (Sabrina).  

I saw the Nick Cave documentary the day after I had written that last post and it was heart breaking and beautiful.  Shona,  Malinda and myself came out of cinema unable to speak- a testament to how utterly wonderful and gut wrenching that film is.  

I saw Captain America and Fantastic Beasts both good,  fun films.  Amongst many, many more.  

My most hated film of 2016 was the Neon Demon- granted I think every one should it,  but it really was plastic and didn’t really have any redeeming factors (apart from the soundtrack) 

My fave film of the year was definitely Hunt for the Wilder people- Taika Waititi is a genius.  (What we do in the shadows one of my fave films due to its utter comedic brilliance) Hunt had the right amount of humour and humility and I loved every second.  

Also loved Star Wars the force awakens because Star Wars. 

Hope 2016 has brought you as much filmic joy as it brought me.  Here’s to more of the same in 2017! 

All the love,  

Shaziya xo 

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Heres to another f@-!ing New Year! 

2014 was horrific, all the bad things in one. 2015 has been the year of….. stuff. Good stuff, bad stuff, middle of the road….stuff. I write this still recovering from the flu thats lingered for the last week, watching Masterchef and I can’t find the words to describe this year because it is what it is. 

This year has been the year I learnt to like myself abit more, got to know myself better and learnt to really   to really love not in the romantic sense as I stopped looking, but my friends and family. I feel stronger, more content and ready for whatever 2016 has in store. 

The Danish have this wonderful term hygge which I absolutely adore, it means taking pleasure it means getting cosy. For myself that means lighting my candles, long walks, cosy mornings and evenings reading books and watching films in bed. I’m using this week to fully recover, indulge, make plans for the year ahead and fully embrace hygge. 

Heres to a healthy, happy 2016 full of utter wonder! 
Shaziya Niamh xo 

                   

Alittle piece of lovelyness on Brixton Hill. 

  

Months ago I went for coffee with my friend Shona and you know when you meet up with a friend at a place but you don’t have any idea where to go or really what to do. 

Well thats what happened that day and it led us to stumble upon a really nice cafe on Brixton Hill called KataKata. This place serves up delicious juices and crepes that are both vegan and vegetarian friendly. Given my general lactose intolerance eating out can be a minefield, I find cheese makes me bleed and wheat makes me sleepy, which means I have to think outside the box and makes me adventurous by accident! 

Anyhow, Katakata is a little piece of heaven the staff are really friendly and although I had a delicious juice and hot water with lemon this time next time there will inevitably be a crepe with my name on! 

  
So next time you’re in Brixton be sure to check out this place! 

Happy Monday! 

Shaziya Niamh xo 

Wine time Wednesdays 

Since starting the blog there are two passions I haven’t yet talked about which are wine and tea. 

I rarely drink during the week unless I’m out socially but when it comes to Wednesdays, well Wednesdays are wine days! I’m going to try and post every week about a wine and or some other type of alcohol fuelled beverage and if anyone wants to send in suggestions feel free! 

I was meant to post this yesterday but I had the kind of headache that leaves you feeling as though you’re at the epicentre of doom. Instead I attempted to watch Sleepwalk with me  (great film) in bed with a cup of lemon and ginger tea. 

The first wine I’m going to review is Boy meets Girl a soulful Australian shiraz cabernet from Naked WInes. Naked wines are a customer funded business that provides wines from independent winemakers. This usually involves paying a monthly subscription that you can save up to get a box of really awesome wines. 

I’ll be honest, every single red wine I’ve had from them has been amazing. Boy meets girl is smooth yet bold and goes down far too easy for my liking! 

 

Please send in suggestions. Happy drinking!! 

Shaziya Niamh xo 

Spring salmon and quinoa…

  

As the weather gets warmer and the nights darker later. I find myself craving lighter foods, foods that fill but don’t make me look or feel like I’ve eaten ALL the food! 

This dish is simple and if like me you live on your own (with flatmates) the type of thing you can make a big batch of to freeze for simple dinners and lunches through the week. 

You will need…… 

  • A cup (or two) of quinoa depending on how much you intend to make. 
  • A chopped red onion. 
  • Alittle garlic. 
  • A grated carrot. 
  • About a cup of vegetable stock. 
  • A cup of salmon (I used smoked) 
  • Chilli and black pepper (again depends on your taste. I use alot of chilli in ALL my food!)
  • Juice of half a lemon. 

Method: 

Cook the quinoa as per instructions. In another pot saute the red onion in alittle olive oil add the veg stock and garlic along with the chillie and black pepper. Simmer for a couple of minutes and add the quinoa, stir and add the grated carrot with the salmon and lemon juice, allow to simmer for a few minutes and serve preferably with a salad or drink of choice (in this case it was white wine this time) and enjoy! 

Please let me know if you’ve tried making any of the things I’ve posted so far as that would be awesome! 

Happy eating! 

Shaziya Niamh xo 

Spicy carrot and courgette soup 

 

I love this soup because its simple, filling, versatile and  light with the illusion of being heavy! I tend to make a big batch of this and freeze it for lunches and those times when I just don’t feel like cooking. This soup is also really healthy and doesn’t give me the urge to have a chunk of bread with it! 

You will need…. 

  • Two tins of chopped tomatoes. 
  • A grated courgette (or two depending on how much your making) 
  • A chopped white onion. 
  • 2 grated carrots. 
  • A chopped birds eye chilli. 
  • A cup of veg stock. 
  • A cup of pitted black olives.  

Method: 

Blend a tin of the chopped tomatoes and put to the side. Add a teaspoon of olive oil (or coconut depending on whats in your cupboard) to a pan with the chopped onion, sauté and once brown add the veg stock along with garlic and black pepper. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes before adding both the blended (you could use passata instead) and unblended tomatoes with the chilli. Add some cayenne pepper too (depending on how spicy you want it to be). Stir and let the mix simmer for about five minutes. Add the grated courgette and carrot and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes but keeping checking the soup. Add the olives and serve with a sprinkle or tabasco and siracha (I use both!). I tend to make this soup so spicy it makes me cry which is not what you necessarily want! It also works as a pasta sauce with goats cheese and prawns. 

Happy eating! 

Shaziya xo 

Your new favourite band

Yeah I know this a food blog and I haven’t really been talking about food recently but alas food service will be resumed shortly.  I’m still cooking- I just don’t want to talk about it right now ;-)!!!

The other week I went to see Canadian band folk punk (also known as lumberjack rock) genius Northcote. The first time I saw them was supporting Chuck Ragan earlier this year and I was massively impressed by just how awesome they were.

The 2013 of the same name is full of tracks that ooze positivity and sentiment mixed with a rather sing along in your pants backdrop. So when I found out that they were playing one of my fave gig venues in London I just had to go.

Myself and a couple of friends had a few beers before the gig then went up to watch the support Billy the Kid, who is also worth checking out.

The guys put on a fantastic show- I think everyone should go see them play as I’m still highly obsessed with the album and the new Invisible Diamonds ep!

I’m gonna leave you all with lyrics from one his best songs Burn right past them all (its all about doing what you want to do)

‘May you be forever foolish. May you be forever a fool. And run ahead. In those far away lights. Cross the ocean tonight when I’m looking. At the horizon line and the tankers. The dark clouds and breakers, you burn right past them all’  Northcote

Northcote

Northcote

Happy Friday!

Shaziya Niamh xo