Month: November 2012

Not Much Tops Noodles…

…Especially when you don’t have to pay!

On Wednesday evening I got a real treat, my sister and I decided to go out for a meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Wagamama. I’m fairly sure that I’ve blogged about going there before but I have to reiterate, the food is delicious.

Plus, my sister paid for the whole meal, I clearly have the best sister ever!

It’s one of those restaurants where you seem to find a dish you adore and then you just don’t want to stray from it. That’s certainly how Alice and I am anyway. She has a thing for rice so her choice is obvious – Chicken Raisukaree which is chicken stir-fried in coconut curry sauce with a nice big mound of rice.

The sauce in this curry is absolutely divine, I always have to dip my chopsticks in it a couple of times to steal some!

Now my dish is not a curry. But it includes several of my favourite things… courgettes, mushrooms, mangetout, tofu…

The dish is called Yasai Chilli Men and is basically made up of stir-fried tofu and vegetables with a chilli sauce and whole wheat noodles. I am somewhat addicted to this dish. I should probably branch out and try a different dish but I every time I’m in there I think I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t stand up to this! (Oh woe is me)

Usually we’re more starter and main kind of girls, however there are a couple of dessert options here that particularly float our boats.

Alice only ever has dessert in a restaurant if it’s something chocolatey so she always goes for the chocolate fudge cake. I’m more of an ice cream or fruity kind of person so this bowl is perfect for me:

The coconut reika is basically three balls of coconut ice cream, drizzled in mango sauce and topped with toasted coconut flakes. Delicious. Seriously.

Then to finish the meal Alice had the most exciting tea I’ve ever seen (I don’t get out much haha):

Jasmine flowering tea. The flower starts off as a bud and slowly unfurls inside the cup which is fascinating to watch.

We had a lovely evening and left the restaurant feeling suitably stuffed as there’s no pretending that these are light meals. But boy are they satisfying! I definitely recommend taking a trip there if you’ve never been.

Have you ever been to Wagamama?
Do you always eat the same thing in certain restaurants?

Do you go for starter and main, main and dessert, or all three courses?

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The Countdown Excitement.

Hey lovelies!

I hope you all had a great weekend and that your week has started well. I had a rather pleasant weekend despite feeling completely without energy. Tom and I went to stay with his parents and had a comfortable Saturday afternoon spent baking (and eating!) cookies before settling down to watch Strictly Come Dancing with some slices of pizza. Sunday morning we drove to church and then went for a little walk and a coffee (hot chocolate with cream for me) in town. After going home to get some work done as assessment deadlines are looming ever closer I was off out again. This time to meet my parents and sister at the cafe she works at to grab a drink before going to see the switching on of the Christmas lights! It feels like the official countdown period to Christmas has now begun 🙂

Seeing the Christmas lights strung across the streets has made the excitement really start to kick in. Now I’m making mental lists of all the lovely seasonal holiday things I want to do. You have probably all realised by now how much I adore this time of the year and all of the wonderful elements of Christmas. I’m excited to start all of the preparations and truly get into the spirit of it all!

I love all of it… shopping for Christmas presents; baking and eating mince pies; listening to Christmas music and carols; putting up decorations; advent calendars and candles; writing Christmas cards; going caroling; decorating the Christmas tree; wrapping presents; curling up in front of the fire to watch Christmas films; Christmas eve dinner; midnight mass; stockings; unwrapping presents…

This weekend I got an invitation to sing in a Christmas concert in a few weeks time so I’m excited to sing some carols again. With it now being 35 days till Christmas I feel that it is okay to declare my love for it and start the preparations in earnest. As soon as we enter the month of December you can be sure I will  be decorating the house and baking mince pies 😉

Having said that I have four weeks to write my assessments for this semester (I have four to write) so from now until the 19th December I’m probably going to be rather busy and increasingly stressed!

Are you excited for Christmas?
What are you looking forward to most about Christmas?
Any special plans this week?

Currently…

Reading…

I’ve just finished reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet which I enjoyed but didn’t love. I know it’s often thought of as Shakespeare’s best work but it just didn’t capture my imagination the way my favourite plays do. The soliloquies are wonderful though. I’ve now moved on to The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis for my Romantics module and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye for American lit. Have you ever read either of them?

Listening to… 

First Aid Kit’s album The Lion’s Roar which is just fantastic. It’s the perfect music to have in the background when I’m working or reading because it’s quite calming and unobtrusive. I find myself humming Emmylou and Woolf all the time.

Watching…

I haven’t got a huge amount of time to watch TV at the moment but I do make the time to watch The Vampire Diaries each week, I don’t care that it’s aimed at teenage girls, I love it! When I was super poorly and didn’t even have the energy to read much for a couple of weeks I worked my way through the entirety of True Blood (I don’t even have a thing about vampires – Twilight does nothing for me!) and it’s fantastic. I think even Tom would enjoy True Blood as it’s a lot less… censored 😉

Eating…

I have quite a large appetite at the moment! My granddad just gifted us with the Jamie Oliver 15 Minute Meal cookbook and tonight we tried out the Beef Korma Curry which was absolutely delicious, I might recreate the sauce to have with vegetables instead. I’ve also developed a new love of hot chocolates, sparked off by Costa’s delicious honeycomb hot chocolate – so good! I made myself a fancy one this afternoon: two tsp of cadberry’s chocolate powder, one tsp of cocoa powder, a cup of milk, a tsp of vanilla syrup and a sprinkling of cinnamon. I think I’ve found a winning combination.

Loving…

That I’ve done half of my Christmas shopping already. My smart phone (more specifically having instagram!). Reading poetry again. My new pink floral lampshade. Honey on toast. Weekends in London. Curling up in my blanket. Woolly snoods. Sparkly nail varnish. Cooking dinner with the family.

 

Hot chocolates are always improved by the addition of whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles!

What are your currently-s?
Do you have any plans for the weekend?

Look Who’s Back!

Well hello there!

It’s been almost three weeks since I last blogged (what?!). That is by far the longest I’ve ever gone without posting and I’ve hardly been present online at all so I want to say sorry for neglecting everyone! I have really missed everybody and I’m definitely going to be catching up with all of you. Basically the short story is that I’ve been really ill recently. As in really ill. Each day, all of my energy was taken up by cycling to uni and going to lectures, the minute I got home I was straight back in bed. It’s been months since I’ve felt that extremity of exhaustion and to be honest it’s been tough. I didn’t feel like blogging because a) I had absolutely zero energy, b) I didn’t want to be super negative to you all, and c) I was doing next to nothing so I had nothing to write about!

But, after a slightly better week, and a really lovely weekend in London with Tom, I thought it was time to say hi again 🙂

I’m going to keep it simple, I figured I’d manage another instagram round-up of the past couple of weeks. As I said, I haven’t done an awful lot but I have managed to take a few pictures here and there. Last week I had a short assignment, it wasn’t a difficult piece but I really struggled to find enough hours when I didn’t feel like the dead walking so it took me longer than planned. Now I have to start all of my research for my four main essays this semester, wish me luck!

Autumn leaves | Stewed apples and homemade langue de chat | Raspberry and apple pie

Cycling from uni | Always reading | Autumnal fuchsias

Baking | Peanut butter cookies – so good! | Brioche from France 🙂

Pink metallic nails | Pasta bake comfort | I made a new veggie stir-fry

Gu chocolate fondant… oh my gosh! | More pastaaa | Fireside

Halloween pumpkin carving | Little Alice mouse | Isn’t she a beauty?

Poppy greetings | Chinese lanterns | Gorgeous chicken satay skewers

Tuna pastry | The perfect relaxing bath | New cookbook!

Sunday lunch | Apple crumble | New haircut

More stir-fry | Delicious blueberry and raspberry smoothie | Starbucks time – toffee nut latte

The best hot chocolate flavour = honeycomb! | Panini | Leftovers

So here’s a little catch up from me, now give me all of your news! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and have a great week 🙂

What’s been happening in your life at the moment?
Favourite hot drink of the moment?

Who’s starting to get excited for Christmas? (Me!!)