Tuesday, 30 October 2012

BBQ Chicken and Corn Rice

I'm back and in a much more positive mood (see last post) because I'm cooking and what does cooking lead to? That's right eating and that makes me very happy indeed. I picked up some chicken drumsticks in M&S the other day and though 'oh I'll freeze them.' my freezer is FULL of my impulse meat purchases.  I unfortunately happen to live with an extremely fussy eater who is in no doubt in possession of a rather retarded palette and refuses to try anything even remotely different. We're talking someone who won't even look at a mushroom. One thing he does like is BBQ sauce and all men love meat, well apart from vegetarians and vegans I suppose. 

Here is a really quick and simple recipe to make your own BBQ marinade, which doesn't just have to be used on chicken.

  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp clear honey 
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili 
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika

Measure out all of your ingredients in your roasting dish (you can do this in a freezer bag). Score your chicken drumsticks in the meatiest part, put into your dish and coat in the sauce, cover with cling film and leave overnight or for as long as you can manage. Heat your over to 200c/180c fan place in over for 15 minutes, take out and re-coat in the sauce and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

I am going to serve mine with some corn rice - rice cooked with onion, herbs and chicken stock. I will make sure and post a picture when it's plated up (I always say this and realise when it's been devoured!) 

I Hate Everything

Hi sorry for the negativity but I am very angry...with myself! I am going to a wedding on Saturday (I will show my outfit, hair and makeup) so I was out yesterday with my mum and picked up a few last minute bits and pieces. Popping into Bodycare, which is like a mixture between Semi-Chem, Savers and Superdrug no high end brands here but plenty of bargains. They stock brands such as St Moritz, Technic nail polishes, Eyelure eyelashes and Eye Candy lashes all for discounted prices; I am assuming it is old stock.

Anyway. I was looking for the Eye Candy lashes as they stock my favourite super voluminous lashes, similar to the Eyelure double lashes, they didn't have them so I picked up some Eyelure cat eye lashes for a bargainous £2.49. I also picked up a nail polish drying spray for 99p and some St Moritz instant leg tan spray. A good little haul you may think, where are the pictures you may also think well... I happened to pop into New Look and tried on a pair of lovely purple suede courts, really nice, put them back.  Said good bye to my mum, toddled off home and thought to my self "I'm going to have a look at my new goodies." I'll just go and fetch the bag, wait...where is the bag?! Yes that's correct, I went and left it behind in New Look (I think) gone forever. I called the shop to no avail...

This my friends was devastating it may have only been £9 or so but still gutting no the less. Should I go back in and repurchase the exact same items? GAH!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Smoked Mackerel Pâté

My boyfriend's parents came over for dinner last night and I made smoked mackerel pâté for starter and it was delicious, here's the recipe:

  • 3 fillets smoked mackerel
  • 150g soft cheese
  • 100g creme fraiche
  • Lots of lemon juice and more to serve
  • Black pepper
  • Dill

Measure the soft cheese and creme fraiche into a large bowl

Skin and flake the smoked mackerel , check for bones and flake into the cheese. Whizz together with a hand held blender (not too fine you want to keep some texture)

Add in the lemon juice to taste, black pepper and dill combine all the ingredients together. When I came to serve it I mixed some large chunks if hot smoked salmon through.

I covered in cling film and kept it in the fridge until serving. I served it on a large plate surrounded by wheaten crackers, oat cakes and lemon wedges.

It was so delicious I forgot to take a picture of it being served but I can whole heartedly recommend this recipe, give it a try.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

My Week in Instagram

1. After a trip to Nandos yesterday (mmmm chicken) my sister and I decided to be very childish indeed and put this poor mannequin in a rather compromising position (we put her back afterwards!).
2. Banana bread, one of my staple recipes which I whipped up on Saturday as we had some friends staying. I'll post the recipe one day it's really tasty and it keeps really well, I'm still eating it now.
3. Baby pink converse. I bought these for my boyfriend's cousin's daughters christening on Saturday, she's only little just now but these will be perfect when she is toddling around.
4. New Shoes! These beauties were an Ebay steal perfect to go with my LBD for our night out on Saturday, I do have to warn I am now suffering with a sprained ankle thanks to a mixture of these and cobbled streets.
5. New bedding from Ikea. This bedding was a bargain and it's lovely, in a French Chateau, china plate inspired pattern I already had the matching cushion cover so had to buy this - £15.
6. My preffered eye look for nights out, purple smoky eye with a bright purple in the tear duct corner, perfectly flattering for green/hazel eyes.
7. Cosy autumnal nights in - I love winter, Christmas and my December birthday, I am in my element.
8. Chocolate, orange and popcorn - that is all.
9. I went with my boyfriend and his family for a delicious meal at The Both (Ruthven Lane, Glasgow) I had the lamb and it was extremely tasty, would highly recommend this cosy little restaurant.

I'm now off to rustle up some bangers and mash for dinner the epitome of autumnal comfort food, YUM.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Pamper Night

“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.” ― Sylvia Plath
The nights are getting longer, colder and darker, so what better to melt away the pre-winter blues than a hot bubble bath. That's exactly what I am going to do tonight and I urge all of you to do the same - pamper night. Remover your old nail varnish, scrub your face to rid it of those dulling dead skin cells and relax back in a hot bath with whatever accessories you wish (wine, book, music or the latest episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo).

Earlier on today when I was out I needed change and where as some people would buy some water or chewing gum I took the opportunity to buy a new nail polish, isn't it pretty.
Sweet Violet 


Walking out of the shop I was yanked back by the tempting selection of face masks, you know those ones the Montagne Jeunesse, you know the ones that make you look like a scary ninja. It's not just a cream, or a peel off but a full on place on you face mask in crushed spearmint...refreshing. I'm hoping this is going to rejuvenate my dull tired looking skin, dryness/oiliness or blemishes don't bother me too much but it's just dull, dull, dull.

I'm going out for dinner and drinks tomorrow night and as far as I'm concerned the getting ready starts now. Here is a list of things you can do the night before:

  • Exfoliate body and face
  • Remove nail polish, soak nails to reduce any staining (file/shape ready for painting tomorrow)
  • Face mask (do be warned that some people can break out the day after face mask applications or facials)
  • Intensive body lotion, apply before bed and soak over night
  • If you are wearing sandals - get you feet toes in order if need be!
  • Tan, tan, tan
  • De-fuzz
  • Get your clip in extensions (if wearing) washed, brushed and styled

All of these tasks can be done the night before to ensure no tears before party time tomorrow, we have all had a major strop when EVERYTHING is going wrong before a night out so get organised!

P.S - I really love Paloma Faith singing in the John Lewis advert, what do you think?