27 May 2020

Tanya's Cafe - Chelsea

Hey guys, hope you're all doing well in this really strange time - there are definitely up and down days that's for sure but I suppose that is to be completely expected.

I've been thinking about all the things I can't wait to go back to doing (as you can imagine the list is long!) and sitting in cafe's, catching up for hours and watching the world go by is definitely one of them. 

I've been meaning to post about Tanya's for a little while as it's one of my favourite spots in Chelsea and feels like a complete escape from London as soon as you walk in. I can't wait to go back once we are all able to safely frequent them again!

It's a vegetarian cafe and even though I'm not a vegetarian myself it always amazes me how places like this are able to create such delicious and beautiful looking alternatives to things like lasagne and burgers and put their own twist on it. Aside from that, their juices, cheesecakes and truffles are beyond delicious too.

Anyway, let me know if you have been to Tanya's before, and if not then I'd definitely recommend a trip in the future! I'd also love to know if you have any recommendations that I can put on my list too. 

 Saida x

31 August 2014


As you can tell this is not a post where I announce my love for foolish people, it's about my slightly over-the-top obsession with all the different kinds of designs that you can get on drinking mugs, and yes I do have a mug wish list because can you ever really have too many?! It's one of those obsessions that I don't really understand, like  stationary, I don't know why on earth I enjoy them so much, but I gotta have them anyway. I know so many people who are as obsessed with them as I am, so I thought I'd dedicate a post!

11 July 2014

Recipe | Fregola, Asparagus & Smoked Salmon

You know when you try a dish or a new food for the first time and you think to yourself, how on earth have I not had this before?! Those were precisely my thoughts when I tried this Fregola, asparagus and smoked salmon dish. Now, it may just be personal preference (my tastebuds were loving life) but I've recommended this to other people before and they haven't been disappointed so I thought I would share it with you guys as well! It took me about two attempts to get it just right but when it's done right I think it's hands down one of the tastiest things to make, pretty easy to rustle up once you have the hang of it, and it is quite healthy too which is always a bonus! 

If you haven't had Fregola before and are wondering what it is, you can find out more here. You can find Fregola in Italian specialty shops, online where it's really inexpensive, or if you're lucky enough you may find them in the italian section of your local supermarket. If you really can't find it, then use Acini de Pepe pasta, which looks the same but hasn't got the same toasted nutty flavour of fregola, so you would have to toast it in a pan for about 5-10 minutes before continuing with the recipe below as normal. You really don't need too much of it in the dish as it may not look like a lot but it is pretty filling.

(Serves 2 ) You will need: 
- 8-10 spears of asparagus
- 1 - 1 and 1/2 cups of Fregola (or a substitute as mentioned above)
- 2 handfuls of a salad base of your choice
- 3/4 strips of smoked salmon
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. red pepper paste (note. not the spicy kind and usually comes in a jar)
- salt and pepper to season

Equipment : 
- 2 medium/large pots
- Sieve
- Medium/Large bowl
- 2 deep dishes/ bowls to serve
- A pan if you are using Acini de Pepe

1) Take two deep dishes/bowls (like above) and put in a handful of your favourite salad base with a little bit of olive oil - with this I liked mixed leaf or rocket. You can have this without the salad but I think it adds more depth to the dish and you can never have too many greens.
2) Bring a pot of water to the boil and add a pinch of salt, and add the Fregola, stirring it every so often so that it doesn't stick together or to the pan. Leave to boil for approximately 15 minutes (or however long the packaging specifies), but make sure that it is al dente when you take it off the heat, as you don't want it to become too soft or lose its shape. If using a substitute for fregola, do the same thing but follow the instructions mentioned above first.
3) Whilst the Fregola is boiling, put the asparagus in a pot of boiling water and salt and cook for between 3-6 minutes, drain and place on a tissue to allow any remaining water to be soaked from the asparagus. 
4) Once the Fregola is cooked, drain and put in the medium/large bowl, and add in the tablespoon of red pepper paste, mix together well without damaging the form of the fregola balls, season with salt  and allow to sit for a few minutes. 
5) Slice each of the asparagus spears into 3/4 pieces, adding it into the bowl with the fregola. Place this mixture on top of your salad base and drizzle with olive oil.
6) Place the strips of smoked salmon on the top, and you're ready to serve.

Let me know if you like the sound of this dish, or if you have had Fregola before and what you think of it. Enjoy! 

16 June 2014

My Birthday Week

Last week I turned the big 2-0 and I really had such a lovely day and week, once I got over the little matter of no longer being a teenager that is (I think we've all been there!). The day before my birthday I had my hair and nails done as an early birthday treat, and although nervous as I've never really changed my hair colour before, I was really happy with the end result! I then went on a night out with my friends from uni which never fails to be a great time.

On my actual birthday I had a really relaxed day, eating far too much cake and opening lots of lovely presents which I'm extremely grateful for, followed by dinner at possibly the nicest Indian restaurant I've been to in a long time called Lala's - both because of the decor and the really tasty food. 

Later in the week I went home to London as it was my sister's birthday a few days after mine, and kept myself occupied on the train with my iPod and 'Half the sky' which is an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone. We ordered the tastiest cakes from Patisserie Valerie, which never fail to impress - I love that they're not too sugary or covered in icing. I then went on a very girly shopping spree with my sister which was great because uni means we don't get to do it often (regardless of the slightly awkward moment in Urban Outfitters when a girl thought I worked there and asked me if she could try on some clothes). We then went for lunch in Abingdon which has two of the nicest places to have lunch in my opinion, they both do sandwiches and juices that are to die for! To finish off the week I went for dinner with my family, it was so lovely to see everyone again and it makes me really excited to go back properly for summer.


12 December 2013


1. Christmas pudding doorstop - £4.99  2Cherry blossom candle 6.98 
3Santa stop here sign £1.99     4Black shoe tree decoration £2.50    5. Gold glittery owl £2   

A few christmassy finishing touches to add some sparkle and cheer to your home!


21 November 2013

Italian Dining


5 November 2013

Sweet Treats

It is not a secret that I am a big dessert lover, I just can't go to a restaurant and leave without having dessert (the fact they're always so beautifully presented on the menu does not help). I was browsing through my phone and thought I would share with you guys, because who doesn't love looking at them. If you're sitting there and you're hungry, this may make the matter worse. 
Enjoy nonetheless!

Caramel Banoffee waffle with ice cream -The Yorkshire Rose.
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