Friday, 5 July 2013

Friday Food-day: Chilli Courgette Spaghetti

This recipe is mega easy but it will make you feel like you've created something fancy and complicated, depending on how hot you want it you can add more or less chilli, and make it as cheesy as you want but putting less cheese in seems a bit cray to me...

You will need (to serve one): 85g spaghetti (I used Waitrose gluten free spaghetti but obviously you can use any kind, fusilli pasta also works well), 1 small clove of garlic, 1 small red chilli, 1 courgette, lots of parmesan (if you're veggie make sure to find a parmesan that doesn't use animal rennet), a handful of rocket or spinach and some black pepper.
  1. Boil a pan of water and cook the spaghetti to the packs instructions.
  2. Heat some olive oil in a large pan, finely chop the garlic and chilli, add to the pan and fry for a few minutes. (After chopping the chilli make sure you don't touch your eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks... I learnt this the hard way)
  3. Grate the courgette with a cheese grater, whack that in the pan and stir for a few minutes.
  4. Grate a handful of parmesan and add to the pan. Ladle in some of the water from the pasta and simmer for a couple of minutes until the sauce is your desired consistency.
  5. Drain the spaghetti and stir in to the sauce, then serve on a plate with a handful of rocket/spinach, some(/lots) more parmesan and a sprinkling of black pepper. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Thoughts from Thursday: #7

  • OOPS. I guess blogging is more difficult than I thought, especially when you go from not blogging at all to attempting to blog everyday. Perhaps less frequent but more consistent blogging is the answer. Here's hoping!

  • June was such a stressful yet completely wonderful month and I'm incredibly grateful to have completed it and still be plodding along. I guess when an agoraphobe tries to do anything outside of the confines of their house it's going to be tricky but somehow I've come out of the other side of June with a job, a weekly counselling appointment, wonderful memories of trips to Amsterdam, Glastonbury Festival, parties, pubs, restaurants, concerts, and a smidge more self-belief; thanks June!

  • Pizza Express has a new gluten-free pizza option which I excitably ordered last night buuut... I give it a 3/10, soz guys.

  • This feels particularly relevant, thanks Wheezy!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Music Monday: The XX

Well this album is a blast from the past, I remember when it came out and it was the weirdest and most exciting thing I'd ever heard (to be fair I think my music world had been a little sheltered until that point). I saw them live for free at the Itunes festival in Camden a few years ago and myself and my friend bought dodgy £5 t-shirts from some guy on the street outside which I like to wear to sleep in. Now I'm just reminiscing, listen to this album now please.

Personal faves from this album: VCR, Crystalised, Islands, Heart Skipped A Beat and Shelter... Oh wait now I'm re-listening to it I'm remembering that I love them all oh no. I'll leave it at that but listen to them all.

Their second album 'Coexist' is also really good, listen to that after you've listened to this.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

We can do it! Wednesday: Knitting

At some point last year while clearing out my bedroom I found a load of knitting needles that I think belonged to my great grandmother and I thought 'hey why don't I learn to knit?!' so I asked my mum to teach me but she doesn't knit and if your mum doesn't know something then your only other option is to ask the internet. So I found this video below and watched it about 7000 times because I generally learn well from repetition; like a small child.

I'm sure this isn't the best video out there but this is the one that worked for me, however after I'd already got the hang of it I came across this site full of tutorials which might be a much easier way to learn if you're just starting out. I started knitting my scarf in November and it is now June and I'm just over halfway through so hopefully if I speed up a bit I'll be finished by next winter! I find knitting to be good if you're feeling stressed or if you're just a big ball of nerves like I am. A lot of people that are in to yoga are also in to knitting because it's the same kind of slow mindful action that calms you down and brings you back to the present (sorry to get all hippie on you). Here is my scarf!

I like that that photo gives the illusion that I am tall and the scarf is long, actually we are both short... happy knitting!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Travel Tuesday: Lapland, Finland

Back in March I went to Lapland to see the Northern Lights! Taking 35mm film photos in -26 degree temperature with huge mittens on wasn't the easiest thing to do but here are some of the images I managed to get...

Just to prove I ain't lying about the temperature...

Also my brother made this snazzy video of the Northern Lights...

ooo shiny

Monday, 3 June 2013

Music Monday: Chime For Change Concert

On Saturday night myself and 3 of my favourite people went to the Sound of Change / Chime for Change concert at Twickenham Stadium, and I don't want to to make you feel bad if you weren't there buuuut... OH MY GOD YOU MISSED OUT IT WAS AMAZING (it's cool though just watch it on iplayer). The line-up was pretty spectacular: Jesse J, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Haim, John Legend, Timbaland, Florence and the Machine, Jennifer Lopez feat. Mary J Blige, Ellie Goulding and Beyonce feat. Jay Z, and that was just the performances! Also there to talk about issues and introduce videos were James Franco, Madonna, Ryan Reynolds, Freida Pinto, Jada Pinkett Smith, Blake Lively (who I missed while waiting in the cash point queue sigh) and loads more. Cor, talk about value for money! The whole point of the evening was to raise money and awareness for lots of different causes that effect women around the world. The pretty wonderful thing about being a ticket holder is that Gucci have already paid for the whole thing, so now it's over we get to choose which charity the money we paid for our ticket goes to. I'm gonna have to consult with my friends and see what they want to do but I'd like to give at least some of our ticket money to the @everydaysexism project (which I've spoken about before here). Laura Bates made a wonderful and intense video which was played at the concert, I don't think it's online yet but look out for it.

As far as the line-up goes, obviously the highlight was Beyonce, it was pretty incredible to see however many thousands of people shaking their hands to Single Ladies, fist pumping to Survivor and pointing to the left in Irreplaceable, all at the same time. I'm not sure how legal this video is but it makes me want to be back there shouting 'GUUURLZ!'

Florence was also wonderful obviously because she's Florence. I missed her first song while waiting in the cash point queue which I ran out of and straight back to my seat as soon as I heard 'You've Got the Love', I guess it wasn't the end of the world as this was my 3rd time seeing her... but still it's Florence! I'm not sure why they put her on so early though, it would of made more sense to me to replace the Ellie Goulding between J Lo and Beyonce with some Machine... but whatevs she was still amazing, as was her dress. (Just as a side note, look at how amazing her house is!!)

(photo credit

Jennifer Lopez was also incredible, I wasn't expecting much but when she did a mash up of all of her most famous songs (including Jenny from the Block thank god!), and then when Mary J Blige came on it all got a bit too exciting.

Some of the more average acts include Iggy Azalea because she's a bit scary, Timbaland because he doesn't sing he just walks around and grunts, and Ellie Goulding because she should have been Florence...

Anyway here is a photo of my friends and I refusing to go home!

And in case you haven't seen it yet floating around the internet, the cutest thing to ever happen in all of ever...

(unsure of original photo credit, found on a Beyonce fan page!)

EEEEEEEEE sigh... 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Friday Food-day: Warm Quinoa Salad with Grilled Vegetables

This meal is good if you're feeling lazy but think you should probably eat something that will do your insides good and not just the pizza inside the freezer.

If you would like to make this you will need: quinoa, red onion, orange pepper, courgette, asparagus, rocket, olive oil and a lemon.

1. Cook the quinoa according to the packs instructions, drain and set aside.

2. Chop the vegetables, toss in some olive oil, arrange in a baking tray and place under the grill. Shake the baking tray every so often so all sides get nicely grilled, then when they start to get sizzly and brown remove them.

3. Mix together the quinoa and the grilled vegetables, drizzle over some olive oil and as much lemon juice as you want, season with salt and pepper, mix in a handful of rocket and nom.

As you can see this is incredibly easy, if I'm feeling extra adventurous I'll grill some halloumi and whack that in as well but I already had cheese today so I decided against it. You could also replace the quinoa with cous cous, rice or pasta, and just use any vegetables that you have, as long as you drown it in lemon juice it will taste pretty good.