Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Caramelised Pecans

Hello lovely readers, today’s post is my last until the New Year and it’s another festive themed one to help you with the big day.  I think I might be in the minority in loving Brussels sprouts.  I believe the problem many might have when it comes to this vegetable is that they quite often end up overcooked, owing to the many layers.  And when they’re overcooked it results in that nasty drain-type smell.  I’ve played around with a few recipes and have found that there are a few different ways to cook Brussels which will make them super tasty.  Peeling all the leaves off and sautéing in some butter and a drop of water is divine.  Or the more common: Brussels with pancetta.  However, the one that really struck a chord with my taste buds was this one:  Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Caramelised Pecans.  I’d be surprised if even the fussiest eaters didn’t love this version!

BrussellSprouts

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 300g Brussel sprouts
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 100g pecans
  • 50g light soft brown sugar
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C.
  2. Trim and quarter the Brussels sprouts.
  3. Put the Brussels in a roasting tin and toss in the olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper and put in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.  Stir once or twice during cooking.  When ready they’ll be a deep, golden brown – crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
  4. Whilst the Brussels are in the oven, put the pecans and sugar in a frying pan and let the sugar melt and coat the pecans.
  5. Once the pecans are all coated, tip them out onto a sheet of greaseproof paper and leave to cool.  When cooled, break into smaller pieces and add to the Brussels sprouts when they’re ready.
  6. Serve immediately.

Domestic Princess tips

  1. The light brown sugar can be substituted for any sugar.
  2. Hazelnuts would work well instead of pecans.
  3. For a salty / sweet dish, add in either lardons of bacon or some pancetta.
  4. Bangaloreans, you can buy pecans in Nature’s Basket in Indiranagar.

Well, this is nearly it for another year!  I wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and to thank you for all of your support for The Domestic Princess.  I am so looking forward to bringing you lots more posts in 2013.

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Stocking fillers for teenage boys

Hello!
So, I’m onto the final stocking filler suggestions today, and that’s for teenage boys. Hopefully if you have a teenage boy to buy for, you’ll find something from my selection below.
Stocking presents - teenage boys

D-ring belt, £10 from Topman

FCUK body spray & wash, £8 from French Connection

Grey beanie hat, £8 from River Island

So Cal bracelet, £5 from Hollister

Chalk “Wake Me” sign, £9.99 from Strawberry Fool

My Cuppa Tea mug, £7.50 from John Lewis

Ted, the movie, £10 from Amazon

Gummy bears in a tin, £9.99 from Selfridges

Coldplay Live 2012, £8.99 from Amazon

Creative noise isolating headphones, £8.99 from Amazon
Look out for more festive posts!
With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo
PS only 1 more day left to enter the giveaway!

Stocking fillers for teenage girls

Hello readers!
Can you believe that two weeks today, Father Christmas will be back home enjoying a well-earned rest?!  Me neither.  Sorry there wasn’t a post yesterday, but I was travelling from India to the UK.  Today’s post is continuing with stocking fillers, and this time for teenage girls.  Please excuse the different layout, the software package I normally use to do these kind of posts is unfortunately only installed on our Mac Pro, which isn’t very portable!
Teenage girls stocking fillers

Black lace purse, £8 from Accessorize

Handcuff ditsy bracelet, £6 from ASOS

Touchscreen gloves, £7.95 from Prezzybox.com

Lipgloss set, £10 from Topshop

Crystal dot nail varnish strips, £8 from Harvey Nichols

Mushroom mug, £10 from Topshop

Daisy-dip candle, £8 from John Lewis

Toffee & fudge hot chocolate, £8 from Harvey Nichols

Chocolate smiles, £3.99 from Thorntons

Zebra glitter nail files, £3.75 from Accessorize

I’ll be back tomorrow with some stocking filler suggestions for teenage boys.

And if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, you only have two more days to enter!
With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Stocking fillers: Young girls & boys

Earlier in the week I gave you stocking filler suggestions for the older generation & mums & dads, so today I’m focusing on the younger ones:  little girls and boys.  Once again, everything is less than £10.

Stocking Fillers for Young Girls

  1. Fairytales finger printing set, £7.99 from The Pea’s Knee’s
  2. Double strand Alice band, £3.00 from Accessorize
  3. Twinkle toes chocolates, £5.00 from Hotel Chocolat
  4. Star beanie hat, £7 from John Lewis
  5. Butterfly stretch bracelet, £2.50 from Accessorize
  6. Russian doll tissues, £1.60 from Heals
  7. Hello Kitty purse, £3.50 from Marks & Spencer
  8. Glittery owl stickers, £2.99 from Kidsen
  9. Glitterbabes Sparkle Bath Fizzer set, £4.00 from Boots
  10. Pippi Longstocking book, £5.59 from Amazon

 

Stocking Fillers for Young Boys

  1. The Nibblatrons chocolates, £5.00 from Hotel Chocolat
  2. The Lego Ideas Book, £8.50 from Amazon
  3. Dino hand transfers, £3.95 from The Pod Company
  4. Mini kite, £9.95 from Rigby & Mac
  5. Science Museum 3D drawing pad, £5.00 from The Science Museum
  6. Rearview spy glasses, £4.50 from Cotswold Trading
  7. Junior jokes, £4.80 from The White Company
  8. Monster finger printing set, £7.99 from The Pea’s Knee’s
  9. Whoopee cushion, £3.00 from John Lewis
  10. Soldier egg cup, £8.25 from Heals

And if you haven’t left a comment yet to be eligible to win the super goody bag, then get commenting!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Stocking fillers: Ladies & Gents

Yesterday was all about stocking filler ideas for the older generation.  Therefore, today’s post is for a slighter younger generation, although having said that, there were pressies I suggested yesterday that I would love and there are gifts on here today that I have no doubt the Grannies and Grandpas in our lives would love too.  Please let me know if anything you see grabs your fancy.

Stocking Fillers for Ladies

  1. Made in England tea towel, £9.95 from Go British
  2. Bliss Marvelous Mittens handcream set, £10 from Feel Unique
  3. Head massager, £3.99 from Strawberry Fool
  4. Prestat salted caramel truffles, £10 from John Lewis 
  5. Skinny adjustable headband, £8 from Sweaty Betty
  6. Gu chocolate cook book, £7 from Amazon
  7. Nicolas Feuillate Brut, £10 from John Lewis
  8. This Works Beauty Ball Sleep Balm, £10 from Ocado
  9. Burt’s Bees lip balm, £2.95 from Luxury Hair & Beauty
  10. Silicone tea bag, £3.99 from Lakeland

Stocking Fillers for Men

  1. Photocube, £4.50 from Cox and Cox
  2. I am the secret footabller, £8.96 from Amazon
  3. Multi-tool keyring, £8.50 from Cox and Cox
  4. Naturally European shower gel, £7.50 from Oliver Bonas
  5. Decision dice, £3.50 from Marks & Spencer
  6. Biscuit pocket mug, £6.99 from Amazon
  7. Why I really like you pad, £8.95 from Liberty
  8. Bobble water bottle, £7.99 from Amazon
  9. Single malt lollipos, £8.50 from Love Your Larder
  10. Espresso martini, £3.60 from Heals

Tomorrow, I’m moving onto the little people in our lives – I told you it was going to be a bonanza week!  Plus there will also be an extra special post tomorrow…!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Stocking Fillers: Glamorous Grannies & Gorgeous Grandpas

Happy Monday readers!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I can’t believe that three weeks today, we’ll all be excitedly awaiting the arrival of the big man – where has this year gone?  In light of that, today’s post is the start of my mammoth gift guide for Christmas 2012. I’m kicking it off with stocking fillers for the older generation and to have qualified as a stocking filler, it had to cost no more than £10.  Happy shopping!

Stocking Fillers for Gorgeous Grandpas

  1. IQ Challenge puzzle, £8 from John Lewis
  2. Key ring, £6 from The Pod Company
  3. Spiced cider kit, £6.40 from Heals
  4. Shaving cream, £9.60 from Marks & Spencer
  5. Silver Surfer mug, £9.99 from The Big Tomato Company
  6. Deep Sleep CD, £10 from Andrew Johnson
  7. Farrah’s butter fudge, £6 from John Lewis
  8. iPad for the Older and Wiser book, £5.85 from Amazon
  9. Scarf, £10 from Marks & Spencer
  10. Blackboard garden labels, £7 from Notonthehighstreet.com

Stocking Fillers - Grannies

  1. Personalised lavender hearts, £8 from Jonny’s sister
  2. Charbonnel & Walker chocolate ginger sticks, £9 from Heals
  3. Glamorous Granny mug, £9.99 from The Big Tomato Company
  4. Baking teacups, £6.95 from Dotcom Gift Shop 
  5. Eat Me cookie stamp, £8.99 from I Want One Of Those
  6. Room diffuser, £10 from John Lewis
  7. Limited edition elephant caddy with Early Grey tea, £8.95 from Williamson Tea
  8. Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream set, £6.40 from Marks & Spencer
  9. Seychelles soap, £6 from The White Company
  10. The Ten-Minute Gardener Collection book, £4 from Marks and Spencer

Check back tomorrow for more great ideas for stocking presents!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Spiced Apple Chutney

Whenever we go to somebody’s house for supper I always like to take a gift for the hosts to say thank you.  Sometimes a bottle of Champagne, sometimes wine, occasionally flowers (it’s tough to get decent flowers here), now and again chocolates, or a small gift that I think they would love.  Sometimes though, I like to take a homemade gift, as it somehow feels a bit more special.  Homemade gifts are especially good if you’re on a tight budget, which can so often be the case at this time of year.

I’m not particularly a chutney fan, although two of the most important people in my life, The Domestic Prince & King are, so I thought I would create a chutney that would be perfect with cold meats, cheeses and crackers or crusty bread, or could be popped into a stylish Kilner jar and given as a gift.

Spiced Apple Chutney

Makes approximately 1.2kg

Ingredients

  • 1kg apples (I used Jazz apples, but any eating apples would work), peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • 200g finely chopped shallots
  • 300g sultanas, raisins, chopped dates or figs
  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 250ml white wine vinegar
  • 250ml apple cider vinegar
  • 5g smoked or regular paprika
  • 15g freshly grated ginger
  • 10g ground all spice
  • 5g ground cloves
  • 15g mixed spice
  • 2tsp of sea salt or 1tsp of table salt
  • A good grind of freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients into a large heavy-based saucepan or casserole dish (I used my 28cm Le Creuset) and slowly bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for 2 to 2.5 hours, stirring every so often to make sure the chutney doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  3. As it simmers away, the liquid will reduce until it becomes very thick and has a glossy look.  You’ll know it’s ready when you can drag a wooden spoon through the chutney and it reveals the base of the pan that doesn’t immediately rush back together.
  4. Pour the hot chutney into sterilised jars (either put them through a full cycle in the dishwasher, or in a low oven at 110C for 10 to 15 minutes), seal and leave to cool.

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. This is a piquant, sweet chutney that would be perfect with a baked brie or camembert and hunks of crusty french bread.
  2. If you wanted to give this a bit more fire, then add a finely chopped birds eye chilli.
  3. You can swap the shallots for regular onions, or red ones would work well too.
  4. If you don’t have any muscovado sugar in the house, any brown sugar will work, or all demerara.
  5. For a more mature chutney, store in a cool dark cupboard for a week or two before consuming.

As I said, I’m not a chutney fan, having confessed that, I must admit that I did enjoy this with some cheese for my lunch today.  I continually surprise myself!

Tomorrow’s post, will be all about sweet treats that make perfect gifts.

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Partywear for Men 2012

Wednesday was all about the ladies, so today I’m turning my attention to the men to help them look sartorially sharp over the festive season!  Below are a few outfit ideas that would look great at a black-tie party, the bar, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.

Sophisticated Yet Casual

Slanted pocket trousers, £125 from Nigel Hall

Pinpoint midnight blue shirt, £95 from Nigel Hall

Grey v-neck jumper, £100 from John Lewis 

James Bond

Tuxedo, £90 from ASOS

Smooth, Suave & Sophisticated

Whistler suit jacket, £200 from French Connection

Whistler trousers, £95 from French Connection 

Whistler waistcoat, £70 from French Connection

White poplin stretch shirt, £48 from French Connection

Office to Bar

Blue slim trousers, £40 from River Island 

Red stripe contrasting collar shirt, £30 from River Island 

All year round copy

Black cardigan, £24 from Topman

Two-tone shirt, £29.99 from Zara

Indigo vintage jeans, £36 from Topman

Grey tie, £19.99 from Zara

Ladies Man

Velvet blazer, £69.99 from Zara

Belted trousers, £39.99 from Zara

T-shirt, £9.99 from Zara

There’ll be more festive fun tomorrow with a BUMPER food post!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Let’s get this party started!

Hello lovely readers!

I’m back after my latest mini break, albeit a bit later than I’d hoped, owing to some technical difficulties (ggggrrr) and Bangalore Belly (double ggggrrrrr).  Anyway, as promised I am back with all things Christmassy and kicking of the festive posts with a fashion one.

The party season’s nearly upon us and that means an outfit (or two)!  Whether you go all out sparkly, or fancy something a little more tame that you can wear at other times during the year, my ten outfit picks are sure to help you find something that will fit the bill perfectly!

Tomorrow is all about helping the men find their ideal outfit.

Black lace bandage dress, £45 from Oasis

Stella cream trousers, £110 from French Connection

Beaded collar blouse, £125 from Karen Millen

Red pleated dress with jewelled collar, £69.99 from Zara

Michael by Michael Kors silver sparkly dress, £215 from Net-a-Porter 

Milo wrap shirt body, £125 from Reiss

Lyon black tuxedo trousers, £120 from Reiss

Mesh swing dress, £45 from ASOS

Gold sequin dress, £59.99 from Mango

Black playsuit, £119 from Ted Baker 

Flower print dress, £299 from Hobbs

 

Bastyan Claude cigarette trousers, £150 from John Lewis

Silk pintuck blouse, £79 from John Lewis 

I’m thinking my credit card is going to be taking a bit of bashing tomorrow!  Did you see anything that took your fancy?  Have you got your eye on a new party frock?

It’s good to be back!

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

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