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Vintage Cookbook & Cottage Pie

There are few things I love more than old cookery books. I’m talking about ones from the 70s and 80s when food was garishly coloured and anything from beyond these shores was still exotic. So when I found myself with a packet of minced beef and no plan, what was I to do but reach for the Mighty Mince Cookbook!


(Don’t you love my stripy chopping board?!)

The dates in the front of the book show a last pressing of 1984, so we can reasonably assume it had been hanging around my mum and dad’s house since around then. There are huge sections on different types of burgers and meatloaves, but I didn’t feel that either of those hit the spot, so what did I go with..?


Cottage pie!!!

So obviously I’m incapable of following a recipe to the letter, but I did take some inspiration from this one.

Elements I took from the recipe:
Mushrooms – to be honest these would probably have gone in anyway, but I’ve often argued with friends about whether mushrooms have a place in a cottage pie, so I’m pleased to see them in a recipe.
Doing so much of the cooking in the pan – I normally sweat the onions and brown the meat and then chuck it all in the oven for ages, but giving it a good old simmer on the hob speeded up the process no end.
Eggs in the mash – no idea what this was about, but I went with it (although I got bored of whisking, so the whites weren’t quite a peaky as the should have been) and I ended up
with mash that had an element of dumpling about it. Now I like mash and I like dumplings, so really this neither a good or a bad thing, don’t think I’ll bother in future though.

Changes I made:
Worcestershire sauce – I can’t be the only person who simply doesn’t have this in the cupboard as a matter of course? So I chucked in a few herbs instead and all was right with the world.
Beef stock – I kind of did this, but I’m lazy so gravy granules and extra water to make up the liquid. I know that’s not great, but it was yum so I’m happy.
Veg – Again I’m lazy, so any excuse to throw everything in the same dish and save on cooking sides. A few peas went in there, and I had some kale lying around so a bit of that went in too. But no carrots, never carrots.
Cheese – you’ll see that the top of the pie is a bit lumpy, the only cheese I had in the house was feta. Obviously that isn’t really fit for purpose, but I crumbled some on top anyway and I ended up really enjoying the tangy bite it brought.

I got two dinners and two lunches out of this pie and I enjoyed every one of them, so all in all a massive success.

Now lets look at some pictures…






Urban Decay – Cult

I realise that my blog has been quite swatchy of late, but that’s just because I’ve taken the time to sort through some of my stuff and I need to know what I’ve got before I can be ruthless. I now have a pile of things to go on ebay, or perhaps a blog sale if anyone would be interested…?

I have a couple of these vintage Urban Decays, I showed you Twisted here (although I hope you’ll agree that today’s pictures are an improvement on those I was posting just a couple of months ago) and I am completely in love with both these polishes. There are nearly always some UDs on ebay and they tend to go for cheap, so I would definitely recommend that you get in there.

Cult is pretty much a dream in every respect. If I had to put a name on the colour I think I would say sage and it is absolutely rammed with fold shimmer. It did get a little bit brushstrokey on application, but I think that’s because the shimmer had settled a bit in my bottle and was nothing that a good shake couldn’t sort out.

The only real trouble I had was that it did not want to play nice with Seche Vite, but it’s not the only one and really what can you expect from a bottle that’s been hanging around for several years.

So look look look, here is the gorgeousness…




And here’s a close up to try and capture that shimmer…


Vintage Nails Inc – Paris

Now then, today I have a mystery quite literally on my hands…

If you google ‘Nails Inc Paris’ there are lots of reviews and swatches of a purple that came free in a promotion with Diet Coke, but nothing except an expired ebay auction relating to the polish I’m showing you today.

So all I know about this is that it’s in the old Nails Inc bottle with the fingers logo and it’s one of the polishes my mum bought from QVC several years ago that had been living in a drawer until it found its way to me.

Other than that, it’s a dusty rose shimmer that felt sheer on application, but in fact was pretty much opaque after one coat (I know that doesn’t make any sense, but hopefully you’ll know what I mean.) I used two coats for swatching, but I probably didn’t really need to.

This is a beautiful polish, and I’m guessing it’s pretty hard to find, but to be honest it’s not something I would ever wear. I’ve been having a sort through to find some pretties I might be able to get rid of and this falls into that category, however I would love it to go to a good home, so if anyone fancies a swap please let me know…

And onto the pictures, I took quite a few in bright light and not so bright light, trying to properly capture the shimmer. I’m not sure I quite managed it, but hopefully you get the gist.








Urban Decay – Twisted

Literally a golden oldie today, briefly mentioned in this post is Urban Decay Twisted.

I have no idea how old this is, but although Urban Decay discontinued their stunning nail polishes some time ago they’re still pretty easy to find on ebay, which is where I got mine.

Seriously, how gorgeous is this?! I can’t stop staring at my hands, it’s all shimmery and lovely even in relatively low light. If you don’t already have this you need to go and find it now!







OPI – Sand-erella

One from the vaults for you today, OPI Sand-erella dates back to 2003 and is old school stinky OPI formula. Nice application, which is just as well as I had to get to grips with the old narrow brush.

But seriously, LOOK AT IT! Lilac linear holo! I don’t own anything else like this and nor do I ever expect to. I’m not normally a fan of holographic polishes, I think they’re wasted on anyone living in the UK as we don’t have enough sunshine to really make them pop, but it’s always nice to make an exception.

I retreated to my bathroom to take pictures of this as there is some great natural light streaming in through there. This is three coats plus top and base coat – top coat didn’t dull the holo at all. Next time I’ll probably put something underneath as by itself it’s a bit sheer for my tastes.







Vintage Zoya – Andrea

A few years ago my mum had something of an issue with buying stuff from QVC – it happens to the best of us! And aside from this meaning I got some dreadful birthday and Christmas presents, it also means she has (had..!) a nail varnish stash for me to pillage.

So with that in mind I bring you Zoya Andrea.



Apologies for the shoddy cleanup job, I wasn’t quite finished with this manicure, but wanted to take an interim picture. It’s more of a straightforward creme than the picture suggests, somehow it’s picked up a shimmer that doesn’t exist in real life.

I don’t know when this gorgeous chocolate brown dates from and google isn’t forthcoming, but I’d hazard a guess at around 2004. If anyone can confirm I’d be interested to know.

It’s getting way past my bedtime, so if you want to see what I did with this next you’ll have to visit me again…!

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