This post is a chance to show you some lovely new interiors products from Dotcomgiftshop Homeware and share a very simple little pasta sauce recipe at the same time. Instead of using basil, which is what I tend to add usually – I’ve used mint instead.
Before the recipe though as promised – I need to show you my new home additions – this flamingo being one of them.
My love of flamingoes is a longstanding thing. I’m kind of fascinated by them. They’re so elegant yet quirky at the same time. So needless to say – any opportunity to add one here to our house – I’m in.
This pretty pink lady is actually a little watering can. What a cool idea ? Kind of looks great just hanging around the house anyway but has a purpose too. She’s perfect for tending to the herbs in this arboretum / indoor herb garden.
It’s really useful to keep all the herbs I use in one place, but in a compact and stylish way. The arboretum is metal, sturdy and I love the green colour. I’ve found it’s a good way for my girls to learn how to cultivate food.
Inside it has six plant pots with labels that you can chalk the names on to – and easily wipe off and change if you need to. Dotcomgiftshop always seem to come up with interesting new home goodies. They have variations on this style in different colours if you’re more of a blue or ivory kind of person.
It’s really handy reaching over and grabbing a few herbs in the kitchen when I’m making a meal.
We use chives in loads of dishes but on a salad it’s particularly yum !
The bowls as I mentioned are also from Dotcomgiftshop – they’re from their Japanese range of tableware. The striped ones are called ‘Sunburst ‘ and the floral plates and bowls are from the ‘ Daisy ‘ collection. The ‘ Green Circles ‘ are a nice contrast – they have lots of different colours and patterns. I do like a mix and match, eclectic look. I think it’s great for a relaxed feel for a dinner party. They’re good quality also.
They have side plates, dinner plates, small bowls for snacks, salad, main and dessert bowls mugs etc in this range – so a whole set that you can buy individually. The colours compliment each other and the prints look great against colourful meals.
Which leads me to the pasta sauce …
For this quick recipe you will need:
2 cans of chopped tinned tomatoes.
1/4 cup of olive oil.
few pinches of fresh mint.
1 onion finely chopped.
1 garlic clove – crushed. ( optional – nice without but some people love garlic in any pastas sauce )
1/4 cup mozzarella.
Pasta of your choice.
Add the oil to a saucepan and heat on a flame or hob. Put in the onion and garlic and gently fry until golden. Add the tinned tomatoes and mozzarella and mix in well. Stir until it is has thickened a bit and then add a pinch of salt and as much pepper as you personally like to use.
Let it cool for a few minutes and then add a little chopped mint and the mozzarella. Mix all together and then add a sprig of mint on top to finish it off.
Mix it in to cooked pasta and enjoy.
It’s quite refreshing and I eat this well in to the Autumn. That’s the handy thing about having the herb garden. You can keep them going for longer !
As you can see for dessert here, we had a few tasty florentines and an espresso with some shot cups. The espresso coffee pot is fantastic because you use it on a stove or electric hob with fresh coffee beans. Maybe a widely known fact but news to me ! It smells amazing – I so wish you had the option scratch and sniff your screen.
The coffee pot is a good way to complete a meal with friends. Especially an Italian dinner. Again dotcomgiftshop makes these in different colours and slightly different finishes.
If you’re inspired by my new home pieces or fancy having a look at their lovely colourful store – then you can do so here. I really want to get some of the other different designs now – the ‘ Blossom ‘ print is really pretty.
Do you love trying out new recipes? I hope you like this one if you do give it a go ? Also – hope you like my new homeware ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
This is a collaboration with dotcomgiftshop – all opinions are my own.