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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Look At This Tomato

Look at this tomato! I grew it... by grew it I mean I bought it as a little plant, planted it in the ground then sort of forgot about it and it miraculously grew. And look how lovely! And the stupid boyfriend refuses to eat any because I didn't buy them from a supermarket, even though this particular tomato in question is fresh by only a few minutes from the stalk and pesticide free! Bah! 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Flowering Tea

So I was watching Marie Antoinette the other day, you know the film of her, not the real thing. And she had flowering tea - tea that had a flower in it that opened in hot water! And I thought why am I here drinking normal tea like a mug (no pun intended) when I could be drinking flowering tea like a headless French queen? I'll tell you why, it's because green tea is rank and Marie Antoinette didn't have Twining's Earl Grey. But I digress...


So I scoured the internet for some and the other day it came in the post. 


They come in little packs and you take the bud out. 


Fill with hot water (I don't usually drink tea from a glass bowl I just thought it'd be better for flower viewing). 


And wait...


It's a flower!!


I got different varieties too. 


Very fun to play with... but sadly still green tea so you know... no. I did drink one cup and I guess it was OK but I just would really need a bit of the Earl in there to make things right. 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

My Bike

Recently after my lovely walk the other day I got thinking how nice it'd be to have a bike again and I could go on little bike ride trips etc. I loved my bike in Center Parcs and I saw this one for sale on gumtree and it looked exactly like it! Or you know... a bit like it. (Please ignore my uncut lawn guys, I'll cut it one day, I promise, for realz...).


And so I rode it home, and that was nice. Went out for my first official proper bike ride today with the boyfriend.... I hated it. Suddenly all those memories of all exercise I've ever done comes flooding back; I am 14 again and my Dad and Step-Mum have tricked me into asking for a bike for my birthday (you know, so we can all go out on bike rides... which happened never!!) then afterwards revealed I would be cycling the 3 miles up a hill to school now cuz they won't drive me anymore. 

DOOOMMMMM. 

Ahem. Anyway yeah so that sucked. I decided I will instate a new rule, no cycling on roads, cycle paths only, then I can pretend it's like Center Parcs, not like bloody cycling to horrible high school every day and then back again to horrible home. Waahh. 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Wheels On The Bus

I've been on a weeks spoke placement this past week and I've been feeling like I'm living on the bus. With that in mind I decided I would present you all with a photography spectacular art installation entitled the 'wheels on the bus', I haven't had any purchase offers yet but I think it's only a matter of time... 






See? They're bloody loving the bus! I however have not been... 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Stuffed Peppers

Are you a pepper fan? Because I love peppers, they're so fresh and tasty and good for you, and so I decided I'd try out making stuffed peppers.


I washed and chopped my peppers in half, cleaned out the seeds, and then I microwaved them for five minutes before setting them out on a big baking tray. 


I decided to fill mine up with a pack of risotto but I suppose you could use pretty much whatever filling you fancied. Then I put some cheese on top so it could go all melty (and some olives too because I had some in the fridge so... why not?). 


I then baked my peppers for ten minutes at 180c (although I have a fan oven, if yours isn't a fan oven then bake at 200c). 


They were delish, and it was nice to have something different which wasn't overly difficult to make, I cant stand recipes that faff about so if it only really has three steps to making something, it's going to be a winner. 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Marriott's Way

The boyfriend and I both happened to have the bank holiday Monday off this week (after a fiasco where I tried to get to placement at 6am on the bus before realising it was running Sunday hours - duh!). And the boyfriend suggested we go for a walk. 


And I had just been taking to someone about Marriott's way a few days before, so I looked it up online where there is a handy website and there's cool route maps. We only walked the tiniest part, from Attlebridge to Lenwade, the way goes along the old railway route and so there are houses scattered around that used to be small stations. 


So we set off to Lenwade after parking up (there are free parking areas along the route), and the weather was gorgeous but we were nice and shady beneath the canopy. 


There were nice things to see along the trail, I do't think these cows had been fed because they were very excited to see people on the way to Lenwade but on the way back to the car they weren't bothered. 


The river dipped in and out of the trail. 


I went off the beaten track to have a little investigate... you know... just to see a couple things. 


There were little art pieces along the trail too, some of which could be utilised into seats which was handy because a lot of elderly seemed to enjoy the trail. 


And then we got to Lenwade station that is now a house. 


And walked down the road to the pub where we had a well deserved cold drink. 


And some tasty lunch. If you live in the area definitely check out Marriott's Way for a walk or with your bikes, it is so pleasant and away from all the traffic. This won't be my last visit only next time I'd like to go more than 5 miles there and back.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Sandcastle Construction

The key to good castle building is sand drizzling I've decided, we went to the beach on Sunday and I passed on my mad skills to the boyfriend's nephew. 


You can turn any sandcastle into a fairy tale castle in minutes. 


Just fill a bucket with sea water, add sand to the half way point, grab a handful and drizzle away. 


Decided to up the class factor of this castle by adding a courtyard Zen garden... you're welcome sand creatures, you're welcome. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Baked Camembert

To say I love cheese is a bit of an understatement, and so I decided the other day that I would try some baked Camembert at home. You have to pick one with a wooden box to bake it in. 


I pierced my cheese over the top and then got some rosemary out of the garden. 


Then I put the rosemary into some of the holes I put in the cheese with a little salt (you can you can use honey, olive oil, chilli flakes etc) . 


And I baked the cheese in the wooden box for about 20 minutes, took the rosemary out and then MMmmmMMmmm. 


Melty delicious dipping :)

Monday, 5 May 2014

Ely Eel Festival

I met my dear chum Nadine in Ely today to have a browse round the shops and a gossip and it also happened to be the Ely Eel Food and Drink Festival. 


So we had a browse round all the stands and got gourmet hotdogs, there was lots of eel themed food that we steered well clear of. 


And focaccia mmmmmmmm, we came back by the bakery stall a few hours later and almost everything as gone. We tried samples of different things like chilli dip, elderflower presse, fudge, cheese.


We kept spotting ducklings around the cathedral too who were super cute. 


Then I had a cream tea, Nadine had some quiche and then it was off to the shops for a browse and a gossip. 


Hurrah for lazy days... also hurrah for not trying any of the jellied Eel fudge... ew. 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

London - Dermot O'Leary, The Delaunay & ICE Bar

So my Mum said she'd meet Kim and I for lunch, and I chose the Delaunay


Which was a bit fancy fancy


But also really cheap, I think a main meal and desserts/coffee and drinks cost £56 for three of us! Bargain. But best of all, when we sat down, I spied... DERMOT O'LEARY!!! Two tables over!!!


Ohhhh Dermot you fool, don't you know that if you eat somewhere that commoners like myself can afford to eat at that I will be forced to take secret covert photos of you?? And that my Mum will keep looking over and saying you're gorgeous? Poor Kim, not being from England had no idea who he was but Mum and I were sufficiently giggly. 


Ahhh... so that was fun. And then it was off to the Icebar. 


We picked which drink we wanted out from the menu in advance and then we got an arctic looking poncho complete with attached mittens... very stylish. 


It wasn't so cold it was uncomfortable or anything, I enjoyed touching all the ice. 


And melting my glass with my mouth. 


If you'd like to see the previous part of our trip to London, click here.