This week we asked our resident foodie Olivia Purvis, of lifestyle blog What Olivia Did, to think back to her student days, specifically her favourite quick ‘n’ tasty recipes for cooking on a budget. We share the recipe for one of her tried and tested faves below. We also caught up with Olivia to find a bit more about the girl behind the blog – read on to meet our talented guest poster!
Cath Kidston: How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to get started? How has your blog evolved over time?
Olivia Purvis: “2015 marks my fifth year of blogging, after lots and lots of posts…and badly-posed outfits! I started whilst studying at sixth form, after my best friend introduced me to the then very alien concept of a ‘fashion blog’. I fell in love with blogging as it allowed me to show off the photos I’d been taking on my course…and the rest is history! Over time I’ve established a style I’m happy with, from writing to photography – writing nearly 900 posts has helped me with that I’m sure!”
CK: Tell us a bit about you – and a few of your favourite things!
OP: “I live on the outskirts of London and I’m 22 years old. My favourite things include, but are certainly not limited to, Wes Anderson films (and nearly everything each character wears), walking my dog Maggie (even in the rain), owning an excessive number of striped T-shirts, trips to Brighton (sans greedy seagulls), having the time to sit down and read (and catch up on TV series) and spending time with my family.”
CK: What’s your favourite thing to cook?
OP: “Although I love baking brownies and giant chocolate cookies (they often don’t last longer than a day in my house), my favourite thing to cook is probably a big homemade pasta dish – my favourites are Puttanesca and big cheesy bakes (CK: be sure to check back for next week’s guest blog recipe!) There’s something hugely satisfying about making the whole family a meal that everyone can enjoy – and it’s the perfect reason to all sit down together, too.”
CK: What’s your guilty food pleasure?
OP: “I have far too many to make them guilty, but my number one is probably takeaway pizza (read: Dominos). Thick pillowy crusts, salty garlic dips and chunky potato wedges all have me at hello.”
CK: What are your favourite CK products?
OP: “One of my favourite ever CK prints has to be the London print (I have so much of the print all over my house!) I also adore the AW15 Billie Goes to Town pieces as I have a Westie and Billie looks a bit like a miniature Maggie!”
CK: Tell us about this week’s recipe.
OP: “These mini tortilla pizzas are the easiest tea-time treat for students on the go (and on a budget!) Not only can the leftover tortillas be used for fajitas and other recipes, but the basil, passata and cheese can be used for pasta dishes, so nothing goes to waste. It won’t break the bank either! These are pretty delicious and are easy enough to make to impress – and share with your flatmates!”
10 Minute Mini Tortilla Pizzas
Pack of mini tortillas
Jar of tomato passata (you will need about three tablespoons per wrap)
Ball of mozzarella or grated cheese of your choice
Dried oregano (only if you have it handy – don’t worry too much if not)
Spoon three tablespoons of passata onto the base of each tortilla, spreading it out evenly but leaving a border around the edges to form the pizza crust. Tear the mozzarella (or sprinkle, if using grated cheese) on top of the passata, then add a sprinkle of herbs over the top: dried, fresh, or both!
Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan assisted), or heat up the grill for ultimate melted cheese kudos! Cook the mini pizzas for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted and the crusts have turned slightly golden.
Remove from the oven or grill and enjoy! Easy, right? You can easily make more or less, depending on how many people you’re feeding, and customise with your favourite extra toppings!