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.

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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!

Reasons to be cheerful

Hello! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far!

I was looking forward to lovely, busy Saturday today – my other half is away for a friend’s birthday so instead of going to his place like I usually do, I’m staying home. I had hoped that this would mean a day of industrious sewing and traipsing around shops…but unfortunately my body had other plans and I woke up with a cracking headache that I cannot shift!

I usually get grumpy and let myself wallow in self-pity when I’m feeling poorly, but I’ve decided to make an effort to look on the bright side a little bit more. So, here are a few things that have brightened up my day:

A nice stack of magazines

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Sometimes it’s nice to come away from the computer, put down the phone and get into something made of paper. I was moaning the other day about how Elle Decor never comes free with Elle here – when I was living in Spain they used to all the time – so I was pretty chuffed that WH Smiths had them on offer. Homemaker is a monthly staple for me, it’s the perfect thing to flick through if you’re running low on inspiration. It a great mix of crafts, interiors and recipes and the design is seriously pretty to boot.

Ice cream

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Who doesn’t feel better after ice cream?! These little pots come from Aldi, they’re £1.99 for four and they are amazing.

Making something

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I’m pretty new to sewing, and the amount of concentration required to not make holes in my fingers was just a bit much today, so I picked up the hook and crocheted a little pin cushion instead. Much more relaxing and far less dangerous! If you’re interested, the daisy pattern is here.

Right, I’m going to get into bed and catch up with Call the Midwife. Don’t judge me. I just watch it for the frocks, honest!