Creamy Roasted Tomato and Cheese Pasta

Food

HELLO and happy halloween ❤

*This blog post has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween (sorry!) but I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while and today I had some free time so thought “What the heck’!*

A few weeks ago I went around to see a friend and she cooked me the most delicious (and super easy) pasta dish that I tried to replicate when I was in Spain, recently. Her’s was a lot more photogenic looking then mine but I’m still super happy with how my attempt turned out! I made a fresh tomato and garlic and herb cream cheese pasta (baked in the oven) and, oh my, it was tasty…

(See end of blog post for ingredients)



I went to the local supermarket and purchased fresh cherry tomatoes, basil and a tub of garlic and herb cream cheese along with a bag of penne pasta. One of the things I love about Spain is that the fresh food is always SO much nicer than in the UK. So shopping there is always really fun 🙂



After collecting all the ingredients I needed, I pre-heated the oven to 200 degrees and popped my cherry tomatoes in a baking dish with the whole tub of cream cheese in the centre and drizzled the tomatoes with olive oil.



Once that had baked in the oven for around 20-25 mins, a brought the baking dish out of the oven and used a spatula (or fork) to squish down any tomatoes that had not fully popped. I then put some basil leaves on top before placing the dish back in the oven for another 10 minuets.



Once that had all finished cooking in the oven, I started to boil some pasta ready for it to be incorporated into the tomato and cheese sauce.


*Another alternative way of cooking the pasta is using a tin of chopped tomatoes instead of fresh cherry tomatoes and letting the pasta cook in the oven with the tomato juice.*



And this was the end result! I also added salt and pepper when I incorporated the pasta into the sauce to help bring out the flavour. Even my boyfriend who isn’t a massive fan of cream cheese pasta dishes really enjoyed this meal!! I ended up making wayyy too much pasta for the two of us but we still managed to finish it off 😉

It’s super simple to make, minimal effort, tastes great and it doesn’t cost a lot to buy the ingredients. I really recommend making this on a lazy weekend when you feel like a comforting meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

~Charlotte x


INGREDIENTS

Pasta of your choice

A tub of cherry tomatoes or a tin of chopped tomatoes

Fresh basil

Salt and cracked pepper

Olive oil

A tub of garlic cream cheese

Venice

Travel

Good morning everyone ~

If you’re in the UK I hope you are enjoying some cooler weather after the record breaking high temperatures last week. Not great when you don’t have air conditioning…!

On a better note, the week before last I spent 5 days in Venice with my friend Tamsin and we did so much and took a lot of photos. So, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you here~

Enjoy x

Breakfast at Florian Cafe


On the first day we had breakfast at the worlds first known cafe – Florian Cafe. I had orange juice with a roast vegetable croissant 🥐 . They had a live classical band playing well known tunes while we ate 🙂



Dinner on the balcony

When we arrived from the airport (after a day of cancelled flights 🥲) we were too tired to eat out so made some tomato pasta with Parmesan cheese and sat on our private balcony at our apartment, with a bottle of Merlot, in the warm air (soo good).


Doge’s Palace


We explored Doge’s Palace – once the centre of Venetian power




Had to go on a gondola ride (how can you not when staying in Venice?!)




Where we were staying was very close to Venice’s central hub, St. Marks Square. The streets were jam packed with designer shops, I couldn’t believe how many there were! I’ve never been anywhere where there were so many designer stores in one place (Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior etc). No wonder the rich and famous come to Venice…



Sweet shop – how great do those strawberries look??

Nutella Tiramisu

This was the nicest tiramisu I’ve ever tasted <3. It was a Nutella tiramisu and I got it from the birth place of tiramisu! How cool?!


Lido Island



This was taken at the Peggy Guggenheim Exhibition. It had the biggest collection of world famous art I’d ever seen in real life – including Jackson Pollock.


Evening ❤


Pizza, Gnocchi and Wine


One night we couldn’t finish our wine at dinner so decided to take it back to our apartment…one man thought it was very funny we did this and laughed at us very loudly as we left the restaurant…haha!

I loved Venice, and can’t wait to see even more of Italy in the future. I really want to go to Lake Como, Milan and the Amalfi Coast ❤

~ Charlotte x

Manchester

Travel

//Happy 1st of May everyone – I hope you’re all doing great 🙂


This weekend I celebrated my graduation for my Master of Arts degree (technically finished in 2020 but…Covid!) and to celebrate my and my boyfriend went up to Manchester City Centre and stayed in Manchesters most desirable hotel, The Midland.


Superior King Room


I came up on the train and got off at Oxford Road Station, which was only a 7min walk to the hotel. I grabbed a latte in Pret while I waited for my room to be prepared and just chilled out for half and hour enjoying watching the people go past the cafe window.


Loved this robe – kinda wanted to keep it

We stayed in a Superior King Room which came with extra space and complimentary bath robes and slippers! They also bought over a bottle of Prosecco to the room for me and my boyfriend to share and extra bath robes in case we needed them. The staff were lovely and couldn’t do enough for me.



Yes, we did drink it all (plus other drinks)…

I’d also booked me and Harrison into a French Restaurant called ‘The Cote’ at 8:30pm, so once we’d settled into the room we set off to find it and enjoyed a nice walk through the city centre. It was a beautiful warm evening and the sun was setting. I enjoyed watching everyone heading out for the evening (Friday night) and seeing all the cool restaurants – there were endless ones to chose from…




Once we got to the restaurant, we both ordered French onion soup to start with a bottle of rose wine. I then ordered a mozzarella and caramelised onion tart and H ordered the pork belly with truffle chips to share. I couldn’t taste the pork because I’m veggie but H assured me it was insanely good! My favourite thing by far was the soup though – honestly it was out of this world!



Freshly made cocktails ❤

After dinner we decided to get drinks at the bar at our hotel as it was such a stunning bar and lobby it would have been a crime not to haha.


I genuinely think it’s the nicest hotel lobby I’ve ever stayed in anywhere – from the gorgeous pillars to the tree covered in lights growing in the bar, it was just stunning. It even smelled like perfume when you walked in! We ordered a daiquiri and a gin and tonic before heading back to our room for the night ❤



Couldn’t help it 😉

The next day we checked out at 11am and headed into the city for more food and some shopping before heading home. The weather was unusually sunny and warm and we had the best day exploring.


I had such a fantastic weekend I wish I could stay here every time I come to Manchester – I love love LOVE IT!//

Best wishes,

~Charlotte x

Birthday Night Away

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Good evening everyone…


…and happy (day after) Valentine’s Day <3. This year was the first time I ever properly celebrated Valentine’s Day with my boo. The past two Valentine’s have been during COVID and it’s just been difficult to plan anything special. It’s also just after Christmas, New Year, both me and Harrison’s birthday’s (both January bebe’s), and our anniversary…so by the time it comes around we can never be bothered to do anything. BUT, this year we DID! H treated me a really nice dinner at a restaurant near to where we live where they have *insanely* good food. We ordered sooo much food and I even got some of my favourite chocolates :). Kinda makes me want to celebrate it every year now…haha.


I never took any photos last night but I completely forgot that I saved a draft blog post from my birthday a few weeks ago!


Did you really go to a spa if you didn’t wear a white robe?

H organised for us to go to a nice spa hotel not too far from my house for an evening with a nice meal, drinks, and a lovely room back in January. I’ve driven past the hotel so many times in my life yet it was the first time I had ever set foot in there!


Those pillows were as squishy and as soft as they look

The room was super nice with really high ceilings and a massive comfy bed <3.



We had dinner in the evening and a bottle of wine. The food was delicious and it was super fun to dress up a little bit nicer for a change. I actually have a lot of photo’s from dinner… but I look a bit tipsy in nearly every one so I think it’s best they remain off the internet haha!




I was so Hungary I forgot to take a snap of my main! oops. (How dreamy does that chocolate look?!)



We ended the night watching movies and YouTube in bed snuggled up in our awesome bed. In the morning we order breakfast to our room before heading back home.


I was sooo great getting to do something for my 25th birthday after missing my last birthday to COVID. I love celebrating birthday’s as it think it’s important to commemorate every year of life that’s given to you. I want to look back and remember all the fun things I did each year, with the people that I care about the most 🙂

All for now,

~Charlotte x

Dinner in a Dome

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Happy Christmas Eve Eve everyone – if you are someone who celebrates Christmas I hope you are excited for the upcoming festivities!

One of my favourite things about Christmas is actually the build up to Christmas. I love doing all the typical Christmas activities, seeing all the pretty decorations lighting up peoples houses, and getting excited for some time off ~

One of the Christmassy activities I did recently was to have Christmas lunch in little dome ~ with Covid cases rising with the new variant here in the UK, having dinner out in your own personal dome is perfect 🤍

How pretty is this coffee art?

We got all dressed up and ate some lovely food, and drank lots of Prosecco.

The dome was decorated with fairy lights and a little Christmas tree and even came with heating (it’s cold in England always) and waiter service!

I had a baked Camembert to start followed by a butternut squash tagliatelle (mega yum) ~

As we ate it started to get dark and the dome looked even prettier at night ❤️.

*This was at Weston Park in Staffordshire for anyone wondering*

The only downside to the night was that I broke one of my stilettos…a great shame but also an excellent excuse to buy new ones hehe…

I love how cute it is
The best I could do with minimal lighting …

This is a great example, I think, of doing something fun and festive in a safe way that even feels quite ‘normal’. I would for sure do it again and would recommend it to anyone who asked 🙂

I think with Covid here to stay for the foreseeable future, it’s good to start thinking of new ways of getting out and experiencing life. We don’t want to endanger ourselves or others, but we also can’t lock ourselves up forever.

All for now,

~ Charlotte x