April collage

I seem to have taken an unplanned technology break over the past few weeks. I’ve managed Pinterest and the new Family Guy app whilst watching TV, but not much more than that! In fact, Feedly has a slightly daunting 200+ unread blog posts waiting for me…

April is always an eventful month for me, and this one has been no different. This month, amongst other more mundane things,  I turned 26, had my first ever afternoon tea, assembled a whole house full of Ikea furniture, ate far too much pizza and curry and baked a ridiculous amount of cake.

With all the running around I felt like a bit of lo-tech relaxation, so I picked up the crochet hook for the first time in forever and made the little guys you can see above. An Easter Bunny and an…Easter Diplodocus. Because dinosaurs laid eggs? Yeah, we’ll go with that.

I’m feeling a bit more with it now, so hopefully I’ll be diving head-first back into the Internet this week. I’ve signed up for Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May to give myself a bit of a kick up the bum too, so expect a little more noise around here over the next month!


Review: Degustabox March

Degusta Box March
Last month, I came across a couple of glowing reviews of Degustabox, and thought I’d give it a whirl myself to see what the fuss was about! I thought February’s box was great, but this month? It’s love. Impressively, I haven’t actually devoured everything in the box just, so here are my first impressions:

Mexican Dave’s Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips – You can’t beat a hot stack of nachos with salsa! There was a pretty great recipe included in the box, but I think I may need to hide these from my boyfriend if I want to have even half a chance of making it…

Tyrell’s Proper Popcorn  (Sweet and Salty) – These lasted approximately 2.5 seconds. I’d actually never tried Tyrell’s popcorn before, but I’m pretty sure I will be trying it again. I loved the sweet/salty thing!

Organico Durum Wheat Pasta & Tomato and Basil Sauce – I’ve had a read about these on the Degustabox website, and the company sounds brilliant – as well as being part of the Slow Food movement, they work to promote agriculture (and therefore create jobs) in the countryside, as well as taking good care of the soil their produce grows in.  I know these will get eaten and I’m looking forward to trying durum wheat pasta for the first time. And what kitchen cupboard is without pasta sauce, right?

Drink Me Chai (Chocolate) – This is actually my second tub of this! I love Drink Me’s Spiced Chai latte and the chocolate chai is a lovely alternative to a straight hot chocolate, so I’m glad to have another pot that I can take to work with me. Also peeking through there is a sachet of their Earl Grey Tea Latte, which sounds a little weird and wonderful – I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

Schwartz Flavour Shots (Spanish Paella and Creamy Herb Tagliatelle) – I’d never actually heard of these before they arrived, and they look brilliant. I lived in Spain for a year, so paella gives me warm, nostalgic feelings but I would never have tried making it from scratch. Now I don’t really have an excuse not to!

MOMA! Porridge – I’m terribly lazy in the mornings, and I don’t generally have breakfast until I get to my desk, so these are perfect for me. Nice hearty breakfast and an extra fifteen minutes in bed – happy days!

Shaken Udder Milkshakes – These are just lovely. I have taken them to work in my lunchbox this week (because I am a grown up), and they’ve been a lovely sweet treat that stopped me reaching for the Reese’s Nutrageous at 11ish. Well, once…

All in all, I’m chuffed to bits with this box. There a nice mix of things, some of which I knew I would love, others which I’m excited to try but never would have picked up in a supermarket. That’s the whole appeal of Degustabox for me – I have been a fairly picky eater for most of my life and given the chance, I would just eat the same things on rotation week in, week out. Having someone give me a box of grub for the bargain price of £12.99 (with delivery!) means just have to give it a go and broaden my horizons a little bit. And anything that I really don’t like the look of? Well, I don’t think anyone I know is going to complain about free food!

I have to say, I was really impressed with how well informed I was kept about the whereabouts of my box too – I had a text to let me know what day it would be arriving, one on the day to give a time slot and one letting my know that the delivery driver had left the parcel in our designated safe place. I was at work when it arrived, and knowing it was there waiting, rather than wondering if it would be there or not, really helped get me through the afternoon!