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Cooking In: Tomato & Spinach, Goat Cheese Pasta

Happy Easter everyone!

We hope you are having a great time with your family and loved ones and of-course gorging on some delicious foood!! In today’s post I wanted to share one of my all time favourite pasta recipes. It’s quick, simple and really flavourful!

This time when we re-started the blog, we wanted to share more than just on the usual topics we talk about – fashion, beauty and fitness. For those of you who know us, know that we’re big time foodies, and I think especially as we’ve gotten older we’ve really started to enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. V makes a mean pad-thai and Indo-Chinese fried rice and manchurian – of-course, I keep saying this to her time and again so that I always get to eat it ūüėõ hehhee! We want to share some of the recipes we enjoy and experiment with as well as do restaurant reviews.

So now coming to my recipe, you know there are some days you want to eat something comforting, yummy and carb-by. This pasta is one of those dishes for me. To be honest, I love cooking and I’m usually one of those people who takes whatever ingredients that she finds and will make something out of it and I don’t really measure stuff either. I go buy instinct, smell and taste of-course. I’ve tried to give you a pretty accurate measurement and included some pictures as well as a rough guideline – excuse my photography skills, I’m still pretty new to this :D. The good thing about this recipe is that its got veggies packed into it so good for the kids too! Happy cooking :)..

Here’s my Tomato & Spinach, Goat cheese Pasta
Ingredients
 1 brown onion (medium) Рsliced
 2 tomatoes (medium Рlarge) Рroughly chopped
4-5 mushrooms – sliced
1 bunch spinach – roughly chopped
3-4 cloves garlic – sliced
100 gms goat cheese (chevre)
80-90 gms spagetti or pasta of your choice
1/2 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
1 tsp garlic granules (optional)
1- 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
Parmesan for garnish (optional)
Salt to taste
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Main ingredients. I haven’t included the pasta here and there’s some spinach missing from the board!
Instructions
Boil pasta according to packet instructions. In another skillet, heat olive oil, chilli flakes (optional) and add onions on medium heat. Fry for a few minutes and add the sliced garlic. Once the onions are cooked through after 5-6 mins, add the mushrooms and saute’ further. Here you can add the garlic granules, black pepper and salt. After 3-4 mins, add the tomatoes, once that had cooked through, add the spinach.¬†Drain the pasta and add a little bit of butter or oil as as not to dry or stick.
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All the veggies in!
Once the spinach has cooked through and wilted, add the cheese and let it melt to become a sauce. After tasting, add salt to taste.
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Just added in the cheese
Add the pasta and mix well! Voila, done! Garnish with a little bit of Parmesan cheese and ground pepper if you like
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Dig in and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this recipe if you do try it out, let me know how it comes out! Feel free to message us if you have any further questions :-).
Also, in terms of cheese, you can swap with feta or buffalo mozzarella. My personal favourite is Chevre’ and I would highly recommend trying this! It is a mild, flavourful French cheese made from goat’s milk, any brand is fine – I used some of the cheese I bought from my recent trip to Paris.
Bon Apetit!
Love,
Aly
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Divaly Recommends!

Today we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, what better way to celebrate than to have some really awesome products to make you feel fab!

Over the past few months, we’ve been told and requested by most of our readers to post more product reviews of the products we use and experiment with. Taking that into consideration, we decided to also include a¬†‘Divaly recommends’ ¬†post¬†once a month along with our monthly indulgences post!! This way we have more variety and choice to choose from :-)!

V and I will recommend absolutely anything Рfrom a product,  to a service or something as random as a great place for cupcakes and macaroons, anything we think you must and absolutely need to try out !!!

So for this months post, we recommend :

1. Kerastase Elixir K ultime

This is an absolute must have for all you ladies. It is a lightweight multi-use oil that helps to nourish, soften and make your hair silky smooth! It can be used for all hair types and can be used in a variety of ways. You just need a small drop or two to use either as a pre-treatment oil before your shower, on damp hair as a style aid , after a blow dry for some shine or just on its own on dry hair. It also helps keep away the frizz and makes your hair super soft. It is slightly expensive but goes a really long away and worth every penny!Kerastase-Elixir-Ultime-Haaroel-125-ml

2. Instant Nail Polish Remover by Sephora

This is another absolute must have especially if you love to do your nails! It is a nail polish remover in a bottle with¬†pre-moistened pleated foam which eliminates the need for cotton balls. Its convenient size is perfect for on the go and even for travel and doesn’t require any cotton pads. It takes off colour instantly without leaving any traces of nail polish and lasts you for ages. For even the most dark or hard to remove nail polish, this remover helps to take off lacquers. Get ready to say goodbye to bottles of nail polish remover and bags of cotton pads!

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3. Midnight Recovery Concentrate 

There are a few products that are miraculous and one wonders how you ever lived without them – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil is undoubtedly one of them. Yes, you read that right, it’s an oil and it works spectacularly well on all skin tones in all climates. A couple of drops (I use 3 in winter when my skin gets extra dry) warmed up in your palms and massaged onto your face before you head to bed makes you wake up with a glow on your face – even if you have only slept for 3 hours! If you feel a spot coming on, put a drop of this oil on it directly and we promise you, not only will the spot disappear, it most definitely won’t leave a mark that takes ages to go away. Midnight recovery oil is one of those products that just works. You absolutely need to have it on your night stand. One bottle goes a long long way, so it is worth every penny. If you want results, buy this and don’t go in for a drug store substitute. You can use this oil on its own or put on some extra moisturiser if your skin gets really dry and flaky. And yes, this product is good to use all over your face – there is no need to avoid the T zone or anything of that sort.

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We hope you try these products and love them as much as we do. Let us know once you do! Happy shopping as always and hope you have a fabulous week ahead!