Thursday, 29 July 2010

Oh the beauty!

*grabby hands*

I went for a wander into a local department store on my lunch break and came across these beauties!

Aren't they beautiful?

If Santa is reading this I would like the pink one please, or perhaps the red one if its not too much trouble.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Mmmm Pie...


It didn't take me long to christen my beautiful new Laura Ashley polka dot pie dish! (thanks Mummy!)

Mainly because the second the boyfriend saw me up-wrap the thing he started moaning about wanting one of my famous corned beef and potato pies! So I decided to get straight to it...

As I was at work all day I decided to try and use ready made frozen pastry for the first time. I usually make my own as it just tastes so much nicer.
I have to say the Jusrol pastry was actually not that bad! It was so easy to use and left very little mess.

I mean taste-wise it wasn't a patch on homemade. It was a little dry and quite salty but for a quick and easy pie recipe it served its purpose.

The filling for the pie is simply a couple of regular potatoes and a sweet potato mashed up with some corned beef.
Nothing too spectacular but my gosh did it taste heavenly! *drool*



Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Birthday Merriment!

So I am one year older, I turned 24 last week!

I am a giant child at heart so like to celebrate my birthday over a whole week, rather than just the one day. As I am a boring working lady these days I only had four days to spend celebrating this year, but it was awesome!

Friday, I spent the day pampering myself; plucking, waxing, facial-ing, manicuring, deep hair conditioning...The works! I wanted to look my best for the whole weekend.

Saturday was my day with the boyfriend, coffee at our all time favourite coffee spot (Intermezzo in Newcastle = Amazing latte!). We actually had our very first date there so it has a special meaning for us.
We then wandered around town, popped into a few shops and went for lunch.
It was my choice of lunch venue so I decided to try the American dinner that had recently opened. I had a yummy chilli dog with fries and onion rings plus a uber thick strawberry milkshake. It was sooo good!


Mmm Milkshake-y!

Mmm hot dawg!

Back home for naps and indigestion

The we hit the town, me and around 15 of my friends spent the night on a gorgeous roof terrace enjoying the lovely summer evening and drinking copious amounts of vodka.
 

Sunday was my day with my family. Got some awesome presents and had another deliciously decadent meal. Steak with all the fixings. *drools*
I spent the afternoon watching Disney's UP with my Mum (crying from start to finish of course), had a little nap and watched Gilmore Girl DVDs until I fell into a happy slumber.

The tradition of the balloon filled hallway! 

Awesome new Perfume! Thanks Sis!

Laura Ashley red polka dot pie dish! *drool*
And matching cups!!!!
Totally got the giggles trying to blow out my candles!

On Monday was spent doing all of my usual weekend jobs, such as food shopping, house cleaning and washing.

So in a nutshell an awesome birthday long weekend!
 

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Top Four TV Obsessions

While my blog may be mainly food-related I do have other interests and obsessions in my life, I thought I would share some with you, as I would like this blog to be more than simply food and recipes.

Recently I have been signing up for a lot of blog related sites like 20 something bloggers, the food blog roll and networked blogs on facebook. (I am always looking for more places and communities to join!)
When you join these places you have to fill out forms and profiles, one question always fills me with dread.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Its the same with job applications and other random forms. The reason this particular question fills me with such dread is that my hobbies and interests and huge clich├ęs and make me sound really bloody boring!
My interests tend to be the things people list when they can't think of anything else!

Reading
Watching TV
Internet
Cinema
Cooking

I always panic and try to add something a bit exciting and different, maybe I am over thinking it and worry too much about what other people will think of me.

My main interest I would say is TV, which paints a picture of me being totally lazy, but I just love finding new shows to get completely lost in.
I just love getting swept away in the story, meeting new characters and getting completely drawn in to a whole different world for a little while.

Gosh that makes me sound like a bit of a lonely old lady or something, but I promise you I have friends!.. Lots of them... *shifty eyes*

So this is my list of my four (it was meant to be five but I couldn't pick a fifth!) favourite TV shows of the moment.

Gilmore girls
I am completely and utterly obsessed with this show, I have watched every episode at least twelve times and never get bored. It is my "go-to" show when I am home alone and need some company. I really wish stars hollow was a real place, I would move there immediately! The downside of this TV classic is the sheer amount of food they eat, it does make you think you too can eat like a pig and not gain weight! Curse you Lorelai Gilmore!





Glee!
It was like this show was designed with me in mind! Its like the creators of the show were actually in my brain when they thought up glee. I am a musical freak at heart, and also have a slight love of disney. One of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures is High School Musical. *blush*
What I love most about glee, more than the catchy musical numbers and awesome fashion choices is the humour, it is so dark and slightly twisted; totally me!





The Mentalist
This is a relatively new obsession, I am not normally a crime show sort of gal but this one has me hooked. probably because Simon Baker is a stone cold fox! *swoon*
The "will they, wont they" thing going on between the two main characters is a sure fire way to get me interested. Add to that a dash of humour, fast paced dialogue and unexpected twists in the plot and that equals a bloody good show in my book.





16 and Pregnant
This is the ultimate guilty pleasure show for me, on those nights when the boyfriend works late or I have the house to myself I just love to watch this show! It is hilarious! There is something about watching people make terrible life choices that is positively life affirming! You end up thinking "Well my life isn't as bad as I thought!"
Plus... Awww babies!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Spanish Omelette-tastic!



A sort of tribute to Spain's triumph at the World Cup


I am really getting back into the swing of this cooking malarkey.

I am determined to not just eating the same old thing every single night.
I got stuck in a bit of a rut/rotation of the same meals, lasagne, curry, chilli, chicken and rice blah blah blah... It was getting a little boring.

I am always on the look-out for nice new recipes to try. Things that are simple enough to put together after a long day at work.

I was at a friends house on Friday night for a bit of a twilight movie marathon (TWIHARD!) and she made us a beautiful Spanish omelette. I arrived a little early as always so helped in the preparation.
Not only was it simple to make but it tasted amazing! I decided to make my own version last night.

As my fussy boyfriend is opposed to anything remotely healthy or green I had to be careful what I put into it.
I settled for a simple leek, sweet potato and choritzo Omelette.

I diced a large sweet potato and put it on to boil, chopped up a small leek and a generous portion of choritzo and fried them in a little fry-lite until the leeks were softened.

I then mixed the potato and leek mixture together in a pie dish and poured over a mixture of 6 medium eggs and a splash of milk, then I sprinkled a little cheddar and some chives on the top.

It cooked away in the oven for roughly 25 minutes.

And voila!





(I really need to work on my food photography! This is a little pitiful...)


It was so yummy I didn't even have a chance to take a picture of the whole thing before tucking in! I am definitely adding this to our regular meal rotation! *nom nom*

Monday, 12 July 2010

Banana Bread Huzzah! (part two)

So here is the recipe, for those who want to make it properly!

Ingredients

Unsalted butter for greasing
225g Self raising flour
150g of demerara sugar
Pinch of salt
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
Half a teaspoon of nutmeg
2 large over-ripe bananas
175ml of orange juice
2 eggs (beaten)

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas mark 4 and lightly grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.

2. sift the salt, flour, sugar and spices into a large mixing bowl

3. in a separate bowl mash the bananas with the orange juice then stir in the eggs, pour into the dry ingredients and mix well.

4. Spoon mixture into loaf tin and bake for 1 hour.

This loaf should serve 8 regular people or one of me! Ha!

Banana Bread Huzzah! Well sort of...

I remembered to email myself the pictures! Go me! *applause*

However, as I sit at my desk feeling pretty happy with myself, I have suddenly realised I have completely forgotten to bring the recipe to work!! It is in a book on a shelf in my kitchen. *facepalm*

So anyway, here are the pictures of my beautiful banana bread!





It was a relative success, in as much as it tasted nice and made my house smell absolutely divine! However, it did help me realise how rusty my baking skills actually are!

I mixed all the ingredients as per the recipe in record time! All was going well, feeling pretty smug, when... CRAP! ... I forgot the sugar!

Seriously I completely forgot to add sugar! *hangs head in shame*
So I measured it out and quickly added it to the mixture rationalising that if nobody saw me it didn't happen.

It went in the oven and cooked away happily for 50 minutes or so, smelled good, looking nice... I was quite a happy camper at this stage, until...

DISASTER STRUCK AGAIN!



In my hurry to extract my glorious loaf from the oven I managed to burn my finger! It touched the metal bars on the oven shelf. You know when it is so hot you actually stick to it a little, then when jumping up in pain you actually manage to rip a whole layer of skin off! Fantastic!

(This picture does not do the horrific wound justice, but it makes me look really cute! Ha!)




However, after this ordeal I must say the bread was pretty good! Nowhere near as good as my Mums world famous banana bread, but definitely edible. It was all gone by the next morning (mostly eaten by me).

First attempt at baking in a year... verdict: decent-ish.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Progress has been made people!

I baked! That's right, me! I baked!

I decided against the snickerdoodles, even though they are awesomely funny to say. I had some rather over ripe bananas hanging around my kitchen so decided to make an old favourite; Banana Bread.

It was an overall success, the bread/loaf tasted lovely in the end! There was a few mishaps along the way but generally I would say it went well.

Unfortunately I am at work right now and I forgot to email the photos to myself. *facepalm* so the post, recipe and photos will be coming soon. Excited? I know I am!

It has been a crazy old week for me, the crazy gunman is still on the loose and not five minutes goes by without sirens or helicopters interrupting my thought process. I keep having weird dreams about him chasing me! Its quite off putting.

Anywhoo, recipe on the way complete with numerous photos of the process (including a slight injury!) Watch this space.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Surprise Surprise

Well well well, here I go again!

I keep promising myself that I will update and get back into baking, but it always falls by the wayside.
I am off work today so have decided to tackle a recipe from my HUGE collection I have been meaning to try.

The reason I am off work is a long and involved one really.
It is just for today, basically, yesterday on my way home from work I ended up being stuck in the middle of some sort of armed siege! (no joke!)
Some crazy man has been on a tear up around my city this weekend, shooting people and police. He is still at large now which is why I am off today.
I mean it is highly unlikely in a city of hundreds of thousands that anything will happen to me but I just feel a bit anxious!

Time for some baking therapy me thinks!

So today I am attempting Snickerdoodles from the Rachel Allen cook book.
Now I always thought snickerdoodles has something to do with snickers chocolate bars, but apparently not!
They are described in the book as a soft and cakey biscuit with a soft autumnal flavour! Sounds yummy!

Watch this space...
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