Month: April 2017

St George’s Day Shepherd’s pie

On Sunday in honour of England’s national day: St George’s Day, I made Shepherd’s pie. It’s a dish I had not made for Phil before, so I searched for a trusty Jamie Oliver’s recipe. It really is an easy dish, and so simple to make it paleo/Whole 30 friendly. I made it with potato topping, but am thinking of trying a sweet potato topping next time. I’d forgotten how much I love this lovely, comfort food! Plus it’s so economical – this fed us for two dinners and cost less than £2 per person per meal. This weekend I am going to whip up some ANZAC biscuits in honour of it being ANZAC day today in Australia and NZ. A little late to the party, I know, but the thought is there.

I’m getting engaged!!!!!*

*maybe, or potentially in the next eight to 10 years, when Phil *ahem* asks me. Let me explain… Over the weekend I received an email from my dad saying he and my stepmum have planned a trip to London in September! Excitement! It will be so lovely to have them here and show them around and take them to our favourite spots. However it was the second paragraph of the email that caught my eye, where my dad stated he would like us to go up to Chorley to meet all of Phil’s family. I immediately cornered Phil: DID YOU CONTACT MY DAD AND ASK FOR MY HAND?! Phil: *look of shock: like I just told him I bought us a pet pig off Amazon* What?! Me: My dad is coming to London and has requested we take them to meet all of your family! Phil: Good God, woman. Don’t get your hopes up. My hopes are high, buddy. I think he’s just brushing it off because my dad blew the surprise. But I need …

Product review: Batiste 2 in 1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner

I have mentioned before that I am an avid dry shampoo user – not only does it revive my hair when I’m feeling lazy but it gives me so MUCH VOLUME! What’s not to love?! I love Batiste products, their dry shampoo works wonders. Two weeks ago, while commuting home on the tube I spotted an advert for a new Batiste product that includes the usual dry shampoo component plus a conditioner! Hello, Batiste 2 in 1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner! One of my fears was always that I was drying my hair and scalp out from using too much dry shampoo. So with added conditioner, surely I was helping it?! But really, not hello, more GOODBYE. I’ve used it on three separate occasions now to test it out; the day after washing my hair, two days after washing my hair and STRAIGHT AFTER washing my hair. Every time my hair came out greasy and limp and worse than it was before. Am I doing it wrong? I’ve used it just like normal dry …

Gingerline

On Tuesday I am off to my third Gingerline experience. This time it’s titled the Chambers of Flavour. Oooooooooooooooh. Anticipation is high! Everything is kept secret until you arrive on the day, even the location is only sent to you on the day of your event. When you arrive the whole place is kitted out to the theme and the staff are all in character – it’s magic. It is called the Gingerline as the secret locations for each event are dotted along the London Overground line, which just so happens to be orange. The last two I went on were absolutely superb. The first event was a garden theme, with pretty cocktails, divine finger food and wellies (gumboots) as the must wear item. My second event was set in Vietnam, including a ride in a canal boat, eating treats from a tree in the jungle and spicy eats in a back alley bar. I don’t have any clues about Chambers of Flavour; except that the name sounds fantastic and that I need to wear bright coloured …

A bunch of books I’ve read recently

I have got well into the swing of my 2017 reading list. I am knocking them back like a 17 year old with countless jaeger bombs on Spring Break. Let me break these down for you, see what takes your fancy – so you can be prepared for your upcoming summer holiday and not be disappointed when the only book you packed is a complete bore. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams Read. Definitely a summer read (it’s in the bloody title!). A somewhat nostalgic read (even if, like me, you didn’t grow up in 1930’s America), but a book about first loves and the toughness of your teenage, early adulthood years. Socialites from New York retreating to the sandy shores of Rhode Island. It may sound like a light, flitting read – but it does go deeper, and shows the true colour of friendships you thought would always be cherished. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty We have all heard about the new HBO mini series starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman – I’ve not seen this …

Fat shopping

Last week I bought a maternity top and I’m not pregnant. I repeat, I am not pregnant. This is not an announcement. I’m just fat. I’m working on the fat thing, but it’s hard. I mean, chips! Cheese! Wine! And I’m lazy… Trust me I know that losing weight would be the best option, but meh. It’s hard. I feel like I’ve been on a diet my whole life. How do people not gain weight? Unless I am seriously paying attention to what I’m eating I seem to gain weight while I breathe. While I joke above about eating cheese, chips and wine – my daily food intake is usually; two boiled eggs for breakfast with rocket salad, a lean chicken salad for lunch (no dressing, just a bit of chilli) and fish and salad for dinner. I’m not sitting here scoffing down packets of biscuits or melted cheese on toast – yet I still get fatter! I carry all my weight around my middle. My tummy. So OBVIOUSLY maternity tops are more forgiving around the …