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Weeknight feasts: Shakshuka

Shakshuka is an easy, creative dish with such an incredible depth of flavour it’s hard to believe this is a dish that is essentially a can of tomatoes with eggs. Traditionally, it’s an Israeli/Tunisian breakfast dish with the eggs are baked in, but sometimes you have fussy eaters, i.e. one prefers the richness of runny, verging-on-raw yolks mixed in with the sauce while the other prefers their eggs very, very well-cooked with no chance of salmonella thanks, so it can be somewhat easier to cook the eggs separately. The result? A dish way too easy and delicious to save for weekend brunches alone. Bring on the brinner. 

½ tsp cumin seeds 
1 tBsp coconut oil
2 large onions, peeled and sliced
4 red peppers, cored and cut into 2cm strips
2 bay leaves
6 sprigs thyme, picked and chopped
2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
1 x 400g canned tomatoes
½ tsp saffron strands
Pinch of cayenne pepper
4 free-range eggs

Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

In a large saucepan, dry-roast the cumin on high heat for two minutes. Add the oil and sauté the onions for two minutes. Add the peppers,  bay leaves, thyme, parsley and two tablespoons of coriander, and cook until the peppers and onions have started to gently caramelise. Add the tomatoes, saffron, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook on low heat for 15 minutes, adding water if needed to keep it the consistency of a pasta sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning. It should be potent and flavoursome.

Place the saucepan to the side. Cook the eggs however you like them - poached, fried, whatever. To serve, place a generous amount of sauce on a curved plate, with eggs on top. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and a dash of olive oil - although sesame can also provide an unexpectedly delicious twist - and sprinkle with coriander and some freshly cracked black pepper. 

Adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Downward-facing dog in the spring

This is Downward Dog with a detox twist, literally: Revolved Downward-Facing Dog, also known as Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana. As energising and rejuvenating as its famous cousin, this asana also has the added benefits of stretching the ribcage and abdominal obliques, and bringing a deeper stretch to the hamstrings. The ‘twist’ part also tones and massages your internal, stimulating detox, metabolism and digestion.  Don’t believe us? Try doing this after a rich meal. Your digestion will thank you. 

But that’s what also makes this pose perfect in spring, a time of awakening from the stupor of winter and detoxing and re-energising the body. Start in Downward-Facing Dog and press through the palms and ankles, fingers spread wide, weight distributed evenly between the both hands. Inhale, bring your left hand to the outside of your right ankle, allowing your torso to open to the right. If you can’t reach the ankle, rest your hand on the outside of your right shin or upper thigh. 

Relax the neck and take the gaze under the right side of the body. Hold for 5-10 breaths. Exhale. Inhale and twist back to Downward-Facing Dog. Repeat on the other side and enjoy. 

Revolved Downward-Facing Dog / Yoga XTC via Pinterest

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Teas for spring

Spring tea #1 - Steep ginger, cinnamon and black pepper for a stimulating, cleansing detox tea in the mornings. Compliment with chamomile at night. 

Spring tea #2 - Anti-allergy tea with nettle, red clover, fennel, spearmint, peppermint, eyebright, yerba santa, calendula, lemongrass and lavender. Too many ingredients to list the amazing things they do, but basically calendula, red clover and fennel help ward off infection while nettle is a natural antihistamine, and everything else compliments them in properties/taste.

Teapot + mag / Kinfolk

Loose tea / Gardenista via Reading my Tea Leaves

Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style
Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris
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Paris sports style

Street style at Paris Fashion Week by Phil Oh, via Vogue.com / backstage at Carven / Sweatpants, €110, Filippa K via Le Yoga Shop Paris / backstage at Stella McCartney / backstage at Isabel Marant / travel bag, £1,125, Balenciaga / sports bra, £45, Pheel via Carbon 38 / necklace, £75, Isabel Marant via Matchesfashion.com / t-shirt, €54, Burfitt x Le Yoga Shop Paris