Crispy Oysters with Bloody Marys And 7 More Pairings For Cocktail Hour

Originally posted on The Knot Blog:

One of the hottest wedding food trends is to pair a small glass of wine or cocktail alongside an appetizer at cocktail hour. We’re talking tacos and tequila to sliders and beer. See some of our favorites below!

1. Brie Topped Pear Slices with Chablis

2. Fried Chicken Bites with Mini Rum and Cokes 

Catering by Peter Callahan

3. Mini Tacos and Margaritas 

4. Mini Lemon Cakes with Rosé

5. Crispy Oysters with Bloody Marys 

Catering by Peter Callahan

6. Burgers and Beer Steins 

7. Tuna Tartare in Plantain Cones with Red Wine 

Catering by Peter Callahan

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Superfood & Their Benefits!

Let’s talk Superfood in heart shaped bowls!

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Top – Bottom: Acai Powder, Matcha Green Tea Powder, Hemp Seed

Hemp Seeds
- Jammed packed with Protein, Omega 3 and Essential Amino Acids.
- Great source of your vital minerals – Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and Phosphorus.
- Anti-inflammatory.
- Immune system booster.
- Lower blood pressure.
- Regulate hormones and the list goes on.

Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Full of Antioxidants.
- Helps aid weight loss if you are partaking in a healthy eating regime and fitness programme.
- All day energy.
- Improves skin health.

Acai Powder
- A rich source of Antioxidants, Amino Acids and Omega Fats.
- Aids digestion.
- Promotes skin health.
- Energy and immune system booster.

Superfood benefitis
Top – Bottom: Bee Pollen, Chai Seed, Goji Berries.

Goji Berries
- Bursting with Antioxidants.
- Maintains healthy blood pressure.
- Enhances exual function.
- Treats menopausal symptoms.
- Improves fertility.
- Alleviates anxiety and stress.

Chai Seed
- A super source of Protein, Omega 3, Dietary Fibre and Antioxidants.
- Helps control appetite and blood sugar levels.
- Controls sugar cravings and aids weight loss (within a healthy eating and fitness programme).
- Improves memory, mood and overall energy.
… And many more health benefits.

Bee Pollen
- Rich in Vitamin B and Antioxidants.
- Containing an array of Vitamins, Minerals and Essential Amino Acids.
- Aids digestion.
- Immunity booster.
- Helps restore the ovarian function.
- Energy booster.
- and great for the skin.

Add the above Superfoods to smoothies, juices, yogurt, your breakfast bowl, soups and salads and a sprinkle on your evening meal.
These products can be found in Wholefoods, your local health food shop and the internet. I will admit, they can be a little pricey but remember folks. Healthy eating and fitness isn’t just short term. It’s a lifestyle change for the long run. Start making those little changes now. Invest in your body – You only have one for the rest of your life so look after it.

Enjoy :) x

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Magical Moroccan Wedding Inspiration

This week’s wedding inspiration mood board on Ishari De Silva Weddings is Magical Moroccan Wedding Inspiration.
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*Image Credits: Lounge Setting, Cake, Tablescape, Moroccan Lanterns, Ceremony Set-up.

I usually do a write up as to how you can achieve the look on mood boards but during my research I stumbled upon a great article which talks about creating you own Moroccan wedding in great detail so check it out here: Moroccan Wedding Theme. Hope you find this article useful!

You can find Magical Morrocan Wedding Inspiration and more on our Pinterest and website Ishari De Silva Weddings.

Happy wedding planning!

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Benefits of Rose Water

Origin – Thanks to Wki :)

Benefits of Rose Water - Ishari De Silva - Live beautifully! - UK Wedding and Lifestyle Blog Rose water is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals, a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume. Rose water was first produced by Muslim chemists in the medieval Islamic world through the distillation of roses, for use in the drinking and perfumery industries.

Since ancient times, roses have been used medicinally, nutritionally, and as a source of perfume. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Phoenecians considered large public rose gardens to be as important as croplands such as orchards and wheat fields.

Rose perfumes are made from rose oil, also called attar of roses, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam-distilling the crushed petals of roses, a process first developed in Iran (Persia). Rose water is a by-product of this process. It has been suggested that the Persian polymath Avicenna discovered how to make rose water in the tenth century. Wikipedia

So now for the uses and benefits!

Stress Relief: The fragrance of roses is a very effective form of stress relief and release stress immediately. Rose water and rose oils are widely used in spas, in soaps and many other cosmetics for relaxation.

Hair: Rose water promotes hair growth, maintains a healthy scalp and deeply nourishing. It can be used as a conditioner as it revitalizes the hair which leaves your hair soft and smooth. Massaging the scalp with rose water improves blood circulation, treats mild scalp inflammations, treats dandruff.
Improved circulation also enhances the shine and strength and stimulates the hair follicles to produce more hair.
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Skin: Rose water can bring benefits to all skin types, it can help sooth and cool sensitive and irritated skin, balance and cleanse oily skin, rejuvenate, soften and tone mature skin, revitalize and add beautiful glow to the normal skin. Rose water is filled with anti-oxidants and various vitamins.
Cleopatra used rose oil as an aphrodisiac and used to take bath in rose petals and milk, if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us!
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Rosewater maintains skin’s pH balance therefore, washing your face with rose water clams skins and reduces skin irritations. Add few drops of rosewater into bathing water to get glowing skin and clam skin. This treatment also relaxes and soothes body and mind. Tip; leave a bottle of rose water in the fridge to spritz your face during summer to keep your skin refreshed and also soothe any sun burns. For dry skin, mix glycerine and rose water together and apply regularly. Rose water further helps revitalize ageing skin as it tones, smoothes, hydrates, revitalizes and moisturizes the skin while healing scars and have anti bacterial properties.

I have loved rose water from a very young age and used to soak a cotton wool in rose water and apply all over my face!

Have you ever used rose water? share your thoughts…

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Homemade Gluten Free Bread with Homemade Nutella Recipe

The thing I love most about home baking and cooking is the fact I know every individual ingredient used. Today I have a few recipes for you that make what seem like a complete guilty indulgence become an absolute pleasure. No hidden nasties, I promise!

Today we have a Gluten Free Loaf with Nutella.

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Head to the ‘gluten free’ section in your local supermarket or health food shop and look for the ‘Doves Farm’ collection. You’ll find all your gluten free flours and baking products here. All the ‘flour’ products do have recipes on the package. Recipes vary depending on which flours you use. Bread texture will vary also, depending on what flours you use. The bread recipe makes 1 large loaf (1kg loaf tin).

For the Nutella – All supermarkets or Holland & Barrette supply raw plain nuts. You can find Raw Cacao Powder in your local health food shop I’m sure along with bars of extremely dark chocolate. You will find good quality dark chocolate also in your supermarket but remember.. The purest, darkest, most raw is best!!!

GLUTEN FREE LOAF

- 500g gluten free wholegrain/white flour.
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt.
- 7g sachet gluten free easy bake yeast.
- 1 tsp Xanthan Gum.
- 350ml Warm Almond Milk.
- 1egg.
- 1 tsp Vinegar.
- 6tbsp Rice Bran Oil.

1. Mix wet ingredients in a food processor for 1 minute. Or whisk in a bowel. I take the quick/easier options.
2. Add all dry ingredients and blend. Whether your hand blending or food processing you should be forming a dough like mixture.
3. Oil a 1kg loaf tin and add mixture.
4. Cover with a tea towel and Leave to rise for 1hr in room temp.
5. Pre-heat oven to 220degrees.
6. Bake for 45mins.
7. Leave to cool in tin for 15mins then transfer to a cool rack.

NUTELLA

- 200g Nuts. Choice is yours. I tend to blend a mixture of Almonds, Cashews and Hazlenuts.
- 2 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder or 50g melted 85-99% Chocolate (Depends what you can find in your local shops).
- 1 heaped tsp Cinnamon.
- 2 tsp Stevia or 2 tbs Rice Syrup.

1. In a food processor, blend the whole nuts until they from a butter. Takes a little time and patience but after 10 mins the oils from the nuts start to release and a butter texture forms.
2. Then add the chocolate and sweetener.
3. Blend till you think it’s as good as the real stuff!!!!!

Tip: A hassle free options is to buy almond/hazelnut/cashew butter already made up. Look out for the brand, Meridian – no added sugar/palm oil or too much salt, maybe a pinch. Then combine that with the chocolate etc. Voila.

For more Choc Recipes check out are previous post Homemade Chocolate Recipes.

Enjoy :) x

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This week in Photos – Wedding Planners Night Out, Nails & Fav #OOTD

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Tuesday: Wedding Planners Night Out at the gorgeous Four Season Park Lane. 6 Wedding Planners got together for the very first time to start monthly meet ups and what a way to start! The Four Seasons Park Lane hosted a lovely evening with champagne, scrumptious canapés and macaroons to die for, in their Spa Lounge on the 10th floor with breathtaking views.

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Wednesday: Running errands look #OOTD. River Island Fedora (old), Prada Sunglasses, All Saints (Boyfriend’s) T-shirt, the rest of the outfit was Current/Elliott ripped jeans, Tory Burch “Reva” Flats. Sorry about the very bad iPhone selfie!

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My mum gave me this nail varnish this week it’s Essie “Maximillian Strass-Her” a grey-green colour. It’s a cute shade but I’m not sure it suits my skin tone, what do you think?

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Ananya Cards releases AW 14 Wedding Stationary Collection

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Luxury wedding stationer Ananya has released new, stylish stationery collections for fashionable AW 14 weddings. Choosing your stationery is the first step to setting the right tone for your celebration. Marble and Porcelain patterns are chic and sophisticated while Nautical anchors and colourful Pegs are fun and quirky. Ananya also offers a bespoke stationery service and can create exclusive designs to match any of the hottest themes for AW 14.

I personally love the Marble and Porcelain designs, which design is your favourite? let me know in comments.

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