Little Things

Goats Cheese Spinach and Onion Chutney Pizza

 

I may not be the most confident person in the world. I have more bad hair days than good. I cannot run very fast. Or very far. My skin is a state. I am clumsier than most toddlers. I snort when I laugh too hard. I cannot pronounce the word ‘particularly’.  I often sometimes eat cake for breakfast. I’m not the world’s best photographer (see above). And I’m certainly not one to blow my own trumpet…

But damn, I make a good pizza.

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National Barbecue Week

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you the world’s easiest, yet most delicious, BBQ recipe*…

Salmon and Lemon Skewers

Ingredients:

– Salmon (how ever much you like, I would personally recommend ALL THE SALMON)
– Lemon (depends on how much salmon you use – go for 2/3, or in my case ALL THE LEMONS)
– Salt
– Pepper

Directions:

– Cut salmon into cubes about an inch square.
– Halve one of the lemons, and give it a good old squeeze over the fish. Add salt and pepper to taste.
– Cut the remaining lemons into wedges or slices.
– Thread alternating pieces of salmon and lemon on to skewers.
– Grill those bad boys.
– Add a side-serving of mayonnaise.
– Feast.

* Demonstrated here on a teppanyaki grill, because my mother cannot resist the lure of the middle aisles of Aldi.

Being Adventurous

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Recently, the only thing I’ve been adventurous with is food. I used to be a seriously fussy eater, a trait I think I inherited from my mum, who ate pretty much nothing but cottage cheese on toast as a teenager! Up until the end of my second year of uni, I stuck to what I knew in the supermarket – pizza, pasta and more pizza. Then I went off to do my year abroad and I was forced to broaden my horizons a little bit.  Largely because I tried to stick to ordering things I could pronounce, regardless of what they actually were…

Since then, I’ve made an effort to try things once to see if I like them. I’ve had varying degrees of success with this – I’ve developed a new-found love of blue cheese, but I have also forced myself to eat pak choi. There is no food I hate like I hate pak choi. Apart from maybe iceberg lettuce. Both are pointless.

But I digress. The point I’m stumbling towards here is that I’m trying to take this ‘Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it’ policy and apply it to the rest of my life. Say yes, give things a go, learn something new about myself. Pushing myself, rather than sticking to what I know. This time 5 years ago I was booking tickets to Spain, getting ready to hop on a plane without even knowing for sure if I’d have somewhere to live for the year I’d be there. Life since graduation has been about working and saving money, which is obviously necessary, but I’m starting to crave the butterflies that come with an adventure.

After all, the worst that can happen is probably more pak choi.

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!