Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Afternoon tea at The Landmark and The View from The Shard

Don't you always find that when you can't have something, you want it even more? At the moment, I'm on a serious budget so spending any money on the non-essentials is out. This, of course, means that I'm craving clothes shopping, holidays and treats. Treats a-plenty!

And this is why blogging can be amazing. As much as it can be hard work sometimes, it's often SO worth it. Just as I was feeling really down about having no budget for fun times, the nice people at The Laughing Cow got in touch to ask if they could help fulfil a craving and I admitted the source of my grumpiness. So, they treated Matt and I to a day of fun in London on Saturday - an epic afternoon tea at The Landmark Hotel (Champagne! Unlimited sandwiches! Two types of scones! ALL THE CAKES!) and a performance of Book of Mormon in the evening (which was INCREDIBLE. Go, go now. It's hilarious, the songs are ridiculously catchy and it's so well produced. Hello!). As I mentioned last week, this was part of their Mini Cravings campaign (although my craving for cheese is rarely mini - more all-consuming).

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Stick out your personality with Mikado

You know how some people just don't have a sweet tooth? If they indulge then it's absolutely going to be crisps or pizza or wedges - all the carbs, basically - but chocolate just doesn't do it for them? And then, of course, there are the opposite. The people who could cheerfully eat their bodyweight in jelly sweets or cake but aren't too fussed about the breaded and battered food group?

Yeah, I'm not either of those people. I have an epic sweet tooth and a big old carb appetite too. Ever since I first dipped a McDonald's french fry in a strawberry milkshake, I realised I could have it all, and by jove, I would. My ideal situation is a buffet of brown food - potato wedges, sausage rolls, pizza, chicken - and then an equally awesome buffet of chocolate based treats. And then another buffet of brown food once my sweet tooth was exhausted. That sounds incredible.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

A day at Borough Market, London

On Saturday, our plans changed last minute and we decided to head to Borough Market to eat all the things - which is, apparently, the only thing you can do at Borough Market. When I asked on Twitter what we should eat, there was a resounding cry of 'EVERYTHING!' Challenge accepted, my friends.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The 15 best places to eat in St Albans, Hertfordshire

Craft & Cleaver

It seems like the majority of my Twitter buds are London based, but every now and then I spot one taking a day trip out of the city to visit my hometown of St Albans. It's 20 minutes from St Pancras, and super well connected to the M25 and M1, too - the ideal spot to explore for a weekend, especially now there's a Premier Inn in the town centre. It's also PRETTY. We have a cathedral and Roman ruins and markets and the oldest pub in the UK (and reportedly more pubs per square mile than anywhere else in this country). Oh - and lots and lots of nice places to eat.

I'm always being asked to recommend places to visit here, and I figured that if my buddies are asking me, then maybe some of you guys are wondering too. So here it is. My ultimate list of the 15 best eateries in St Albans, Hertfordshire (in no particular order).

Friday, 21 August 2015

Chewy, fluffy and super quick lemon cookies

Hooray, the Great British Bake Off is back! I know, it's like two weeks in and basically old news by now, but I'm still as excited as ever. It's just one of my favourite shows in the entire world because it's so good natured and gentle and BRITISH. There are no high stakes, no dramatic face offs, and a genuine sense that everyone is happy to be involved, whether or not they win.

I've been having weekly viewing gatherings with some of my friends, and as is the rule with a baking show, baked goods must be in attendance. I made these cookies quickly just before we left - they are the perfect recipe for when you don't have much time as they're easy to make and need less than 10 minutes to bake. Oh, and they're RIDICULOUSLY tasty.


Sunday, 16 August 2015

DIY: Building a home bar

I am one of those people who gets an idea in my head and then fixates on it until I can do it. Just before we moved, it was bar carts. I've been obsessed with having a bar cart ever since Matt and I started talking seriously about moving in together, and on our first trip to Ikea after moving in, we nearly bought the Raskog trolley to make this dream a reality.

But then I saw this picture, and I liked it. A lot.

And THEN we realised we had a space in our new living room that would fit that rather nicely. Now, one of the things I like about Matt is that he gets excited about my silly ideas too, and as I was showing the above picture to my colleague at work, he texted me to say that he just wanted to go and get the unit now. So, about two days after first seeing the picture, we hit up Ikea and dropped £45 on a Kallax unit.


Saturday, 15 August 2015

Recipe: Chilli, lime and ginger chicken rice

I get a bit of a kick from coming up with something new to cook. Often, it will start with me pondering on what's in the fridge as I wander round the supermarket, and before long I've come up with something to create. It's often something I've cooked before, but every now and then I'll start thinking about trying this with that and what if I did that and lo - a new meal is born.

To be honest, this isn't a dramatically DIFFERENT meal. You've almost definitely had these flavours together before, maybe even with chicken and rice. In fact, it started as I was walking around Tesco clutching a pack of chicken breasts, pre-marinated in chilli, ginger and lime and thinking about how you usually lost the flavour in these pre-marinated meats once you cooked them, and I was annoyed by that. So I put the pre-marinated stuff back, picked up some plain mini fillets, a bag of chillies and some fresh ginger and hopped off home, determined to make something tasty and healthy.

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