Recipe: Caramelized Onion, Rocket & Goat’s Cheese Pasta

I can never resist a pasta dish – and when it’s creamy and cheesy then so much the better.

Of course, this dish isn’t the healthiest but damn, it’s so worth it! The sauce is creamy and rich, with the goat’s cheese flavour shining through. The onions are sweet and soft, enhanced with thyme, honey and balsamic. There’s a crunch from some walnuts, some freshness and bite from the rocket.

It’s a comforting bowl, best enjoyed wrapped up in a blanket. It’s perfect for hygge Autumnal evenings!

Recipe (serves 2 generously)

  • a knob of butter
  • 2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 of clove garlic, crushed (but left fairly whole)
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Co-op runny honey
  • 150g pasta – we loved it with farfelle
  • 2-3 teaspoons of soft goat’s cheese
  • 1 bag of fresh rocket
  • a small handful of walnuts, chopped

Melt the butter in a large  frying pan, add the sliced red onion, and fry over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and reduce the heat to low before cooking for 10 mins, stirring occasionally. The onions should be very soft, but not brown. Fish out the garlic clove and discard.

Add the balsamic vinegar and honey and continue cooking over a low heat whilst you cook the pasta. If the onions start to stick, add a spoon of pasta water. Drain the cooked pasta, reserve a mug of cooking water, and add the pasta to the onions. Season well with pepper, then stir through the goat’s cheese – add water gradually if the sauce is too thick.

Serve on a bed of rocket, sprinkle with the walnuts, and enjoy!

What’s your favourite pasta dish?

Fashion: My Favourite Coat (well, one of them)

Coats are one of my favourite things to online shop, and I’m always so jealous looking over OOTD posts at this time of the year.

 photo Autumn Walks 13_zpspq48v8px.jpg photo Autumn Walks 16_zpszjngiyvm.jpgYou see, being on the shorter side and having curves (despite being a size 8) makes finding a flatting coat quite difficult. Boyfriend coats? A total no-go, they make me look straight all the way down, and a lot bigger than I actually am. Add in pale skin tone and auburn hair and you’ve got a bigger problem. Cream/camel are difficult colours for me to wear despite them looking SO lovely on other people.

One of the coat styles that does suit me, however, is the cape. All hail the cape!

 photo Autumn Walks 9_zpsofwxcjzu.jpgFlattering whilst skimming my body (seriously, a godsend when I slightly indulge – the morning after my latest trip to Mac & Wild I nearly got offered a seat on the Tube…). Ideal for layering. Perfect over jeans and over suits. I’m sure you get the message, I love me a cape.

I have a couple of styles, actually. A heavier one from Debenhams in a more military grey design that I really do love. I actually had a Large many years ago, and hunted down a Small on Ebay last year – yet the bigger size is in storage for future years when I may need the extra room (and nope, that’s definitely not a sign of an impending announcement, so breathe mum!). I also have more of a blanket-wrap style cape, in a plum/berry coloured tartan. It’s something I need to wear more often!

The one in these pictures was a birthday/Christmas present of 2015 and came from H&M – and it was an absolute bargain if I remember correctly. Once I’d hunted down a size 6 (!) because it was quite ridiculously oversized.

 photo Autumn Walks 15_zpsgxy9wnlv.jpg photo Autumn Walks 2_zps48ypyrr5.jpg photo Autumn Walks 11_zpsz8x4o9oo.jpg photo Autumn Walks 12_zpsb1ktpoig.jpgThe material is thick without feeling heavy, and the slight pattern on it makes the coat seem far more expensive that it actually is. It’s also worn extremely well, and apart from the fact I split a hot chocolate down it last week it looks pretty much brand new. Teamed with black skinnies, boots, a trusty satchel and cosy knitwear it’s become my weekend uniform.

What’s your most-worn coat?