Tuesday Bake Off

So after receiving some fantastic news about my Masters results I thought a celebratory bakathon was in order. I never really bake properly unless I am at home so luck had it that I was at home when I received the news. I decided upon Macarons and turmeric antioxidant bites (which wasn’t really baking as they were so simple).

Firstly I made the macarons which were actually surprisingly uncomplicated. I followed the BBC recipe which tasted brilliant. I had a macarons mould which held about 25 but because I had so much mixture I had some freehand ones aswell. The freehand ones were massive (as you can tell by the picture). I didn’t make the filling used in the BBC recipe, instead I just made some raspberry butter icing for the middle. I don’t know why I have been so scared to make macarons before but at least thats one fear conquered.

The turmeric balls were literally the easiest thing ever to made and took about 5 seconds. I used a recipe which was in The Simple Things magazine October edition. I basically mixed turmeric, honey and ground almonds together then made chickpea sized balls with the mixture, coated them in ground almonds and left in the fridge. You are meant to take 1-2 per day. I wanted to make these because my skin has been so dry of late and apparently turmeric does wonders to the skin so we will see.

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The macarons and the turmeric bites were both washed down with a cup of tea after a nice crisp autumnal dog walk. What a brill day off work.

 

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21st Birthday

My sister finally turned 21 last Saturday.  She clearly had been waiting for it for months and the day finally arrived. It was a pretty chilled out day – opening presents, eating cake and having a meal out.

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The cake was unreal. We bought it from a bakery near my flat called Sugar Daddies. It was deathly sweet but really yummy. And it looked amazing.

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My granny came over from Ireland to join in the celebrations. Dinner out was amazing. We booked a table at Wedgwood just off the Royal Mile. It was such a nice restaurant, with lovely attentive staff and delicious food.

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They had a very extensive menu and wine list. Not too much choice for veggies but what the did have sounded so good. I got the Isle of Mull Cheddar and onion bread and butter pudding starter followed by the Basil and Ricotta rotolo. I couldn’t even stomach a desert because I was so full but my mum had the Scottish berries.

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I would recommend a visit if you are wanting a nice special meal out. WARNING: it is pricey!

 

Top Bloggers

Before I begin, have you all checked out my interview with #GRLPOWR?? If not click the link!!

Okay so this week I thought I would discuss my current favourite blogs. I spend a lot of time reading blogs which some may think is boring but I love finding outfit inspiration or just seeing what people are up to (probably because I am so nosy).

  • Cider with Rosie. She runs a lifestyle blog which features lots of pictures of her little baby. I love the photography, the photos look incredibly natural.
  • Hannah Maggs. Hannah is both a lifestyle blogger and youtuber and I love both of her platforms. Hannah’s use of language is so descriptive.
  • Estee LaLonde. Estees blog is brilliant. It contains beauty, fashion and other random content. I really like the design of this blog.
  • Hello Giggles. This blog has so much random articles on pretty much anything you can think of including interviews etc. Its really interesting and you will stumble across some quite amusing articles.
  • Samantha Maria. Again she is one of the Youtubers that I watch but her blog is fab. Primarily it is a fashion and beauty blog however Samantha does upload lifestyle and travel articles aswell.

10 Things that have made me happy this week

These days I’ve struggled to keep up with writing blog posts, probably obviously to my readers. I think/know it is because I’ve had a big life upheaval and have just started working loads and loads leaving me with very little free time. The free time I do have is spent sleeping or watching TV so I’ve not had a great deal to blog about. However, I think that as I slowly begin to get used to my current situation the blog should begin to get back to normal!

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  1. Going for afternoon tea at the Signet library for mums birthday which was so nice! The amount of food was unreal, I had to take most of my desert cakes home because I just couldn’t eat anything else.
  2. Tribe yoga because it makes me feel relaxed and depending on what class you do, it is an actual workout.
  3. Clothes shopping because how could clothes shopping not make you feel great.
  4. Being able to walk two and from work in fifteen minutes. I really like walking home after work to clear your head.
  5. Alfie (my dog) recovering well after his tooth extraction operation.
  6. Sleeping like a log every night and waking up refreshed.
  7. Getting my new pre-ordered cook book finally through the post! It is ‘Feed Me Vegan’ by Lucy Watson and the recipes look so yummy, can’t wait to start cooking.
  8. Knowing that I am going to enjoy my new job and that the people I am working with are really nice.
  9. Getting back into reading starting with ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’. Because I have not read in about a month and Bridget Jones is life.
  10. That autumn feeling when its cold outside but dry and crisp.

Edinburgh Fringe Reviews

I was meaning to write this blog post whilst the Fringe was still on, however things came up and I was so busy that I had to put the blog on pause for a couple of weeks so I do apologise for this. But anyways lets crack on…

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The Edinburgh Fringe is one of the best things about Edinburgh. If you haven’t been and you are into comedy or theatre definitely give it a try. There is mountains of shows to choose from its way to get bogged down in it all. So I thought I would include a list of shows that I have been to  incase anyone in Edinburgh is needing some inspiration or recommendation.

 

Nina Conti: Probably my favourite show that I saw. She is a improvising ventriloquist, has a pet monkey and creates hilarious stories with members of the audience who she brings on stage and gives them funny masks to put on. It was such a laugh and definitely someone who I would go and see again.

Tom Allen: For quite a famous comedian his venue was surprisingly small but it was jam packed. His sketch was really funny, he really plays on his campness and as an act it works really well.

Whose line is it anyways: This was basically the exact same as the improvised TV show. I did’t actually find this overly funny which was disappointing. I love watching the TV series but I just wasn’t keen on it. Not sure I would go again.

Ladyboys of Bangkok: If you haven’t been to Ladyboys then you are missing out. I’ve been so many times and wouldn’t dream of being in Edinburgh during the Fringe and not going. It’s just a night full of singing, dancing and amazing costumes. The songs are brilliant, the choreography is brilliant and the atmosphere is brilliant. If you want a really good show to go for pre-drinks for this is the one.

For Godley’s Sake: This was a free comedy show that I went to which was absolutely amazing. I was crying which laughter as was everyone else. Jane Godley was so talented and I loved how all the profits she made at the end of the show were going to the homeless. If you plan on attending her show then go early because it gets fully booked.

Milo McCabe: The Talented Mr Hawke: Now I stumbled upon this show by accident because we were just looking for a free show at this time when in town and this happened to be starting. It was a comedy act but I didn’t find it particularly funny however the jokes were very clever and well thought-out.

Showstoppers: Showstoppers is an improvised musical where the audience choose a location for the musical to be set as well as four musicals that the songs need to be like. It was entertaining and amazing that they could come up with something so seamlessly but I didn’t find it funny like everyone else seemed to.

Shit Faced Shakespeare: This was brilliant. It was a play of Romeo and Julliet but the twist is one of the cast members gets really drunk. The night I went it was Julliet that was drunk and it was just so funny. Pretty impressive that they managed to convey the list of the play whilst one of the main characters was hammered.

Colin Cloud: Dare: I was a bit apprehensive to go and see a magician because some of them can be really crap. I was pleasantly surprised though. It was so dramatic and at some points I actually felt so nervous. I definitely would go and see another magician next year.


Next year I think I am going to and try some more free shows. The shows are actually really expensive and they really do add up. I have been really skeptical in the past because I’ve seen so many terrible free shows but the free ones that I saw this year were either excellent or pretty good. So I should probably give them a chance.

 

House Warming Picnic

Last weekend my friend Hanah (hi Hanah, I know you are reading this) had a cute house warming picnic. Her and her fiancé have recently bought a new house on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Its so lovely and has this amazing decking area outside which is such a sun trap. It was on this deck that we had our picnic. The weather was a scorcher, so sunny and boiling hot.

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There was mountains of food and drink. Unfortunately I was off the booze after having one too many and staying out too late the night before. But had I have been able I would have demolished the bottles of prosecco. I stuck with my water with lemon and mint, which was tasting unreal at that particular point in time. The food was incredible, so much variety and all so good. I had a very full plate and obviously had to go back for seconds. For desert there was cupcakes which were delish plus champagne truffles. To quote Carrie Bradshaw – I died and went to shoe food heaven.

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Foodies Festival

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The Edinburgh Fringe has well and truly started **cue swarms of tourists, alfresco bars and more leaflets being shoved in your face than you can even hold** and what better way to celebrate its beginning than going to a food festival in one of the many Edinburgh parks.

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It was such a fun day out even though we were dealing with classic Scottish weather – torrential rain for 5 minutes then glorious sunshine for 5 minutes and so on. But we are Scottish, we deal with it.

There were hundreds of food trucks with all the food you could ever wants plus bars selling some delicious cocktails. There was also a section at the back which had stalls selling items that you could take home like cake, chutneys and there was also a pet stall. Obviously I had to buy my dog some doggy chocolate chip cookies and doggy prosecco.

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For lunch we got burgers ft. a strawberry cocktail. And then a maltese brownie for desert.

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It was a really fun, really relaxing day out. We stayed for about 6 hours, just relaxing, nattering away and drinking and eating copious amounts. It was lush. There was a live band who were playing some great tunes aswell.

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TOP TIP #1: if you are going then bring a blanket or a rug or something to sit on because there is very limited seating. And theres nothing nicer than having a drink in the sun whilst sitting gone a picnic blanket.

TOP TIP #2: Wear sensible shoes. I for one wore sliders and it was the worst decision. there was mud EVERYWHERE.