Friday, 24 July 2015

Zucchini Bread || Foodie Friday

In this house, we are all about Banana/Carrot/Pumpkin cakes and our allotment plot has been producing more zucchinis/courgettes than we can possibly consume. Cue me looking for new and exciting ways to consume the never ending quantities of courgette. So I tried this new recipe and really enjoyed it. I hope you do too. 

 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Satay Sauce Recipe || Foodie Friday






This peanut sauce has heaps of yummy favour and a bit of a spicy kick. It's super easy to make and everyone can enjoy it.

Ingredients

Serves: 4 servings

  • 6 Tbsp Crunchy Peanut Butter ( I recommend using a good quality, 100% peanuts brand)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1Tbsp olive oil (for frying)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 juice of a lemon
  • pinch of salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes (add more to taste)
(Sauce can be prepared earlier)

Method

  1. Fry onion in olive oil until softened in large saucepan.
  2. Add garlic, curry powder and ginger to onion.
  3. Add peanut butter until softened
  4. Add rest of ingredients, simmer, stirring frequently on low-medium heat to let sauce thicken.

Serving suggestion

I served mine with fried beef, broccoli, carrot, capsicum, pineapple and Basmati rice

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Our wedding anniversary in Bath || Travel diary

Last weekend we celebrated our second wedding anniversary. I can't believe how fast the last two years have gone. This being said, we took the opportunity to do something a little special and took a trip to Bath, Somerset. A place we had heard great reviews about from our friends. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Filled with good food, activities, sightseeing, relaxing and terrible Bath puns (because we couldn't help ourselves).

We caught the train from Brighton to Bath at 9am, so we arrived at lunch time. We instantly had good first impressions of the city. This was definitely helped by it being super sunny and everyone around us was making the most of it. We took a minute to have a picnic (lovingly prepared by M&S) lunch in a park nearby.
We then loaded up our packs and went to find our Airbnb accommodation. We stayed in the top story of a three level home. Our host, Mary, was lovely and accommodating and instantly made us feel welcome.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Being dairy intolerant and becoming dairy-free || Life after cheese | My story

Let's just start with saying, Milk and I are not best buds. I used to think we were, but I am now wiser. I'm not entirely sure if I have always had some sort of milk intolerance, as I used to drink plenty of it as a kid. It wasn't until I hit my late teenage years when things started to change (more than things normally change as a teenager) and it wasn't until 2 years ago that I realised why.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Brighton Beach and a Birthday || The Brighton Side of Life

I feel like I have been neglecting Brighton on my blog, especially since I live here and I love it!
This week was full of cooked breakfasts, sunny beach days and a birthday celebration. So I thought this would be a good week to show you what we got up to. So here are the highlights....

Tuesday 17th February

 A definite way to start the week in good spirits is to have Pancakes! So obviously I joined in on "Shrove Tuesday" (a.k.a Pancake day), which is a bit naughty considering I had no intention of partaking in Lent, with the decadent week we had planned. In any case, I will jump at any excuse for a cooked brekkie.

Erins Ever After, Pancakes, Shrove Tuesday, Nutella, Banana, Cooked Breakfast

Later that day, with the sun shining. I took some time to head down to Brighton beach to enjoy the sun and read a good book. Much to the envy of my fellow Brighton-ites stuck working in their office blocks.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Hairy Coo "Free" Tour || Scotland | Travel Diary


On our first full day in Edinburgh, we took a tour with The Hairy Coo Tour company. This was a "free" tour, in that we put our own value on our experience and pay at the end accordingly. Allowing anyone on any budget to get a great experience.

At 8:45am the sun was just rising and we jumped onto the bright orange mini bus, designed to look like a Highlands hairy coo (a.k.a cow said with a Scottish accent). Our tour guide and driver was Donal, the founder of the company and a proud Scotsman.

Our first destination was the Firth of Forth bridges, all three of them. Quite a confusing tile for a newbie to the region, but to clarify: there are three bridges over the estuary or "firth" of Scotland's River Forth. To add another alliteration to the mix, they all cross from Edinburgh to Fife.
Each bridge was built in a different century and in a very different style, this was to accommodate for the previous bridges "short comings".

So you have the Firth of Forth bridges leading to Fife. Phew...I reckon they might as well add another bridge into the mix just to make it more difficult.

The two bridges from the 19th and 20th century are easily visible in the picture below, and if you look closely over on the far left side you can see the 21st century bridge starting to take shape.

Firth of Forth Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, Forth river, Firth of Forth, Three centuries of bridges, Hairy Coo Tour

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Edinburgh Hogmanay Torchlight Procession || Scotland | Travel Diary

As part of the annual opening celebrations to Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival, there is a Torchlight procession on the 30th December. We decided to be a part of the tradition, and carry a torch ourselves, along with 8,000 other participants!

Hogmanay, Torchlight Procession, Edinburgh, Scotland, Things to do, Must do, Travel New Years