Food Challenge Week 2: NY Deli Style Dill Potato Salad

Two weeks into my challenge and I’m feeling pretty good. I have been asked a few times whether I have a list of possible recipes, which sounds like a good idea, but I haven’t had the time to sit and think of one yet!

Last week’s recipe was a little of a let down, so this week I decided to try something a little lighter, and make something I would be able to add to my daily work lunches.

I’m a HUGE fan of the humble potato. If I was told I could only pick one ingredient to eat the rest of my lifetime it would be a potato. When I was in New York last, I ate the most incredible potato salad at Katz’s Deli, I think I reminisce about this salad at least a few times a week still, and this trip was over 2 years ago now!

So, a while back I picked up a recipe book called New York Cult Recipes.

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Inside it talks about fantastic eateries (Katz’s being one of them) and although the recipe for potato salad inside this book doesn’t replicate the one I ate on that trip, having never made potato salad before, I thought this was probably a good place to start.

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You start off with your potatoes (700g) and you chop them into quarters or smaller, depending on how big your new potatoes are.

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The recipe said to peel the potatoes first, but who has the patience to peel new potatoes? You boil them for about 10 minutes on a slow boil until they’re cooked through but still a little firm. Then drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. These then can be left to cool.

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Chop your red onion (50g) really small, and then put this into a bowl of cold water for a few minutes and drain. This will get rid of some of that acridity you get from a raw onion.

You put 1 1/2 tablespoons of capers, the drained red onion and the cooled potatoes into a big bowl, ready for the dressing.

Now, there’s a lot of sugar in this dressing. An alarming amount – and when I tasted it after I’d made it, I was a little shocked. But actually it worked really well with the rest of the ingredients and there was a good balance of flavours. So please run with it.

For the dressing you add caster sugar (40g), 2 pinches of salt and 2 grinds of the pepper mill, 1 garlic clove, 1 1/2 tablespoons of rice vinegar (I used rice wine vinegar), mayonnaise (60g) and natural yogurt (60g). Mix all of this together until all the sugar has dissolved and everything is combined. Give it a taste and make sure it feels balanced – it will taste sweet, like I said.

Then you add some finely chopped fresh dill (1 tablespoon).

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Add all of this to the potatoes, and stir gently, making sure not to crush the potatoes.

My potatoes were still quite firm (that’s what she said), so there was no risk of that!

Then you just chill and serve as and when you want to eat it. This recipe says it’ll serve 6 people. I divided it between 5 working days as an accompaniment to a fresh salad.

I used soy plain yogurt and found the dressing to be fairly runny. It also separated a bit between servings so I had to keep mixing it before serving. But it tasted REALLY good.

Not the most photogenic of concoctions though…

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I really enjoyed the addition of the dill in this, which made the whole dish special in my opinion. I’ll probably end up making this again!

I give this recipe 8/10 🙂

Food Challenge Week 1: One Pan Pesto Chicken

For the first week of my food challenge (and if you don’t know what that is, please refer to a previous post for the sitch), I knew I wanted to choose something fairly healthy, fairly simple and something I knew I had the skill to cook.

Enter Pinterest for inspiration. It being the New Year, after having indulged in a lot of heavy and rich foods (my skin is screaming for respite) I picked something of the roasted chicken and vegetables variety.

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Being dairy-free (not by choice, I’ll add) means I can veto a huge bunch of recipes, but there’s also a huge bunch I can adapt. The recipe I actually found was promoting the Sacla Free From Pesto. I already knew this existed, but I think seeing the post promoting this ingredient probably spurred me on to choose it over any others.

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I’ll post a link to the particular recipe I used, but it’s dead simple.

Roasting new potatoes in a little oil, then adding the chicken, then smothering it all in pesto before introducing the green beans and vine tomatoes towards the end and basting with the chicken/pesto juices. Then serve. It’s as simple as that!

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I won’t lie, I avoided basting the tomatoes in the pesto mainly because I ran out of room in my pan and for the sake of nice photos (!) I didn’t want them to break off the vine during vigorous jigging of veg. So these probably didn’t cook down as much as they’re supposed to. But they did start to burst a little and were pleasant enough. I’m not a massive fan of a cooked tomato, but that’s what this challenge is about – broadening my food horizons….

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So, as you can see, the potatoes cooked down beautifully, and were nice and buttery-soft on the inside but lovely and browned and nutty on the outside. (Just writing this is making me hungry…) The green beans were roasted but still moist (yes, I said moist) and had a little crunch to them when you bit in. The chicken was… I’ll say, okay – I didn’t like the chicken we’d bought from Tesco if I’m honest. I’d much rather pick mine up from Costco, but I didn’t have any of theirs in the house. But the pesto on top was a nice addition. And the tomatoes I’ve mentioned. They were warm roasted tomatoes – not much else you can say about them!

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As an overall dish, the flavours and textures were nice together. It wasn’t too greasy, despite pesto being traditionally oily. I feel like the Free-From iteration was less oily – on opening the jar I didn’t need to stir in any oil on the top into the pesto, which you do with standard pesto. I do feel like this pesto was a lot less salty, and the whole dish was fairly under seasoned, despite me adding what I would consider to be enough salt and pepper. If I was to make this again, I’d add some more salt.

All in all I’d give this recipe a 6/10 – it was fine, but I don’t like fine for dinner – I like yummy!

If you’d like to see the original recipe I used, you can find it at The Taming Twins here.

Let me know if you’ve tried or if you will be trying this recipe, and how you got on with it. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

So, on to week 2! I already know what the next recipe for my challenge is going to be, so stay tuned for next week’s post!

2018: A Year of Self-Improvement

Every new year we sit and think about resolutions. We look back over the year past, and wonder what will face us in the coming 12 months.

I’ve never been one for setting new year’s resolutions mainly because I either forget I’ve set them or I fail early on and get annoyed at myself.

So this year, I’ve decided to set myself two challenges, partly because I hope if I fail at one I’ll still achieve the other, and of these particular challenges one I know I am already partially skilled at and the other is something I’ve wanted to do for many many years.

The first challenge came to me during a period of new film watching. As a huge Nora Ephron fan it seemed bizarre that I’d never seen Julie and Julia. The film is based on a true story about a woman who lives in NY and decides to make her somewhat dull and frustrated life a little more exciting by cooking each and every recipe in her classic Julia Child cookery book – all 524 recipes. And every time she makes one, she blogs it. I had no idea this was a story about blogging either, so I was very pleased to see a mix of my love of Nora Ephron, food and blogging all in one film. (I very much enjoyed the film by the way!)

Anyhow, it made me want to start some kind of food challenge. So I decided that I would set myself the task of cooking at least one new recipe for every week in 2018. I know this could be a massive task, since I sometimes run out of time in a week, and if I’m on holiday or sick this will also be impossible. So I’m allowing myself the occasional skip-week. And I’m also including recipes like sauces or new variations of old favourites.

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And then the idea is that I will blog the recipes, and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll have at least 52 new things under my belt, will have hopefully increased my skill set in cooking, and with luck will have tried new foods and found new favourites!

I have so many cookery books and Pinterest at my fingertips so hopefully the hardest part will be choosing what to make next!

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My second challenge is a skill I’ve wanted to learn for some years, and I think I even mentioned it in my New Year roundup last new year! I’ve taken the first steps in beginning to learn calligraphy. A dear friend went for it last year, when I was toying with the idea, and seeing her coming on leaps and bounds has really inspired me. She has warned me it’s not as easy as it looks and to preserver, and I intend to! I’m hoping by Christmas 2018 I’ll be writing beautiful envelopes on my Christmas cards! Here’s hoping!

Anyway, I’ve bought some pens and a new notepad (you need special paper don’t you know) and I intend on sharing pictures of my journey on instagram, and here, as I go (if I’m any good!) Fingers crossed!

So those are my two challenges for the year. I have one more up my sleeve, but that’s more of a thinker so maybe I’ll share that down the line.

I’d love to hear if you’ve set yourself any challenges or new year’s resolutions for this year? What do you want to achieve by January 2019?

This Week I Have Been Mostly….

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You guys, we did it! We survived the first week back after the Christmas holidays.

Christmas seems like so long ago now. The trees and decorations are down. There are tell-tale fir-needle patches outside driveways up and down my street where the bin men have taken away old trees. Lights are being removed from houses this weekend, and all of a sudden there seems to be a lot more space in my living room.

I always miss the tree and lights in my sitting room, and as such we have two sets of fairy lights which stay up all year around. One on my mantle and one around a mirror in our hall. It’s lovely to light these on a long summer evening and it looks like fire-flies in the balmy warmth (I wish things were a little warmer right now). That being said, I usually make myself feel bad by flicking to the weather forecast in Orlando, however this weekend the weather has gotten down to 3 centigrade there so maybe I don’t feel so bad right now.

This week we’ve had -4 degree weather at points. In fact the day it got to -4 it was -2 when I woke up, -3 when I left the house and had reached -4 by the time I’d arrived at work.

Even though it was a 4 day week it managed to feel 7 days long, and my sleeping pattern has suffered due to the 10 day break. I’ve been tired all day, and felt that for sure I’d be dribbling on the sofa and ready for bed by 9:30pm – but alas I was feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as soon as I got into bed. I have also been waking up around 5am and needing to pee desperately and so getting back to sleep has been a massive pain in the bum. I usually fall into a gorgeously deep sleep about 10 minutes before my alarm and then feel rotten when I need to get up – thereby starting the cycle again. Awesome!

Anyhow, despite this, work was good and I even managed to get some more blog posts written. I’ve really enjoyed blogging this past year. I’ve written a separate blog all about my past year in blogging, which you should keep an eye out for if you’re interested.

I also decided I didn’t spoil myself enough in the sales and so spent an obscene amount of money on makeup this week. More on that when it all arrives….. I also treated myself to some hair products from Grow Gorgeous and a new blog planner, which I’ve already started using and can see it being really useful. But again, more on that in that blogging post coming in the next few days!

The last couple of things I picked up were books, which had been priced crazy low on amazon. I bought a cook book for £4 which I’m glad I only spent £4 on because on getting it home and flicking through it I don’t see anything I’d like to make, so far. Poopies. I also bought the Adnan Syed book ‘Adnan’s Story’ which was on my Christmas list but no one bought for me. It was only £5 and I didn’t want the price to go up so I hit ‘add to basket’!

This weekend, other than shopping irresponsibly, I have watched another couple of Netflix documentaries. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer is about Aileen Wuornos the female serial killer who murdered 7 men in the late 80’s and was given multiple life sentences. I’d seen the film Monster about her year’s back and it was very interesting so thought I’d give the documentary a try.

We also watched Audrie and Daisy about young girls in America who had been sexually assaulted by their peers and the aftermath. This was an incredibly powerful and also frustrating watch. I highly recommend it. I actually found myself crying at the end over both the strength of the girls and also out of frustration of the world and the people in it. Please watch it if you get the chance.

Something I’ve been promising for a while is my Walt Disney World video – I’ve been putting it off for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s a massive job – I’ve got quite a lot of footage, not a lot of face to camera stuff so I need to work out how I’m going to link it all. But probably the most important reason I’ve been putting it off is that once it’s done, it kind of puts a close to our Florida holiday. And I’m not ready for that yet. So it will happen, and hopefully soon, but it’ll happen when I’m ready. I really can’t wait to watch the footage again if I’m honest, but it’ll be bittersweet!

So that was my week. I’ve been fighting off the urge to hibernate and come out for Spring, but as it happens I’ve been managing to peel myself from my cosy bed and go out into the freezing cold world. Speaking of freezing cold – I’ve been really enjoying watching the Instagram stories of the people I follow. So many people have had snow all over the world and watching their videos of snow falling, wintry walks and calm white vistas has been magical. It’s for that reason I’m so pleased that social media outlets exist like that.

What have you been up to this week?

This Week I Have Been Mostly…

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You might have noticed no blogs last week. I decided it’s nice sometimes not to blog J So I took a little break. You could still find me on both my twitter accounts (@groggits and @Shutterbug_Blog) but I decided that as I was feeling tired, run down and had a relentless headache turned migraine, I would give myself a break.

Apart from feeling totally exhausted and run down this week, I’ve done a little cooking with some fresh ingredients. Last weekend I made a lentil salad for my work lunches, which involved roasting cherry tomatoes, red onions and a whole garlic. I’d never roasted garlic before but was pleased with the results. It all looked pretty and tasted good, but I’m not sure it was worth the effort in the end.

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Towards the end of the week I made myself a nice scramble using leftovers.

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We’ve been beginning to pick up bits and pieces for our Florida holiday in September, and I purchased this Yankees cap to wear whilst we walk the parks. I’m not great in the heat and relentless sun, being a true brit we’re rarely subjected to it. This cap is perfect and light in colour so hopefully will keep me cool. I’ll just have to deal with hat hair for a while!

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We’ve been visited a couple of times recently, by a fox, who likes to hang out in our garden. Totally relaxed and dozing, he likes to sun himself on our lawn. The birds don’t seem threatened by him at all, and as a result neither are we. He can share our garden with us!

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And this weekend, I have been mostly listening to the new Ariana Grande album Dangerous Woman. It’s really great and I might go as far as to say it’s her best yet. My favourites at the moment are…. actually I can’t choose one. They’re pretty much all good! Though I was surprised Focus on Me didn’t appear, and can only be found on the Japanese version of the album, which I obviously don’t have….

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What have you been up to? Have you heard Ariana’s new album? What did you think?

This Week I Have Been Mostly

this week i have been mostlyThis week has been book ended with great running and has had food and fun mixed in between

  • Sunday, last week, I ran my fastest 5k (29 mins) and my fastest 10k (61 mins). The weather was perfect for it, and despite swallowing a few flies, it was a pretty amazing run.
  • I really enjoyed watching the final week of Masterchef this week. I love seeing the contestants improve so fast – and it always makes me hungry!
  • I finally sold my bike, for a pretty penny, and used some of the funds to buy some holiday shoes!
  • After months of planning, we booked our 10 year wedding anniversary celebrations for 2016 – we’re going to Disney World!

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  • Over the last month we’ve been re-watching the Paranormal Activity movies in order. Last night was 4, which means there’s only one left. Sad!
  • I’ve cooked two new meals this weekend, both Pinterest recipes (and can be found in my Tried and Tested board). The first was Cherry Tomato One Pot Pasta

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  • To bookend a fabulous running week, today was the London Marathon. A chilly and overcast day for spectators but great conditions for the runners. We braved the cold to cheer on friends and fellow bloggers. I managed to spot and cheer on Leah who writes Naturally, Leah, Janice aka Queen Bee (she had her photo taken with Barack Obama a while back, when he was rambling the UK moors…) and I was able to cheer on my Rock Choir leader Pippa who ran to raise money for NSPCC. This was her first marathon and she did an amazing job. Everyone did an amazing job. There was a great atmosphere, as always!

Next weekend we have a bank holiday and the MK Marathon. This was the event that I ran the half marathon last year, but this year I’ll just be spectating. I’m hoping to spot Mary, who writes A Healthier Moo, as she completes the marathon distance. After all this marathon-ing it’s making me think a marathon isn’t totally off the cards for me…. one day maybe!

This Week I Have Been Mostly….

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The first week in January is complete and rather successful it has been! We’ve started this year with a bang, and already have masses planned. But sticking to this week….

  • Eating – The christmas period has really taken its toll on me and having lost a lot of weight just before Christmas I have, unfortunately put it all back on over the festive period. So, as unoriginal as it sounds, we’re trying to get back into the swing of healthy eating, and though I didn’t fall completely off the wagon in December I did get into the nasty habit of grazing. It’s made all the more hard with the amount of left over nibbles we have in the house. This weekend I will be throwing out a lot of it and giving some away, just so that the temptation isn’t there any more.

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I’ve been busy in the kitchen though, and above is Quorn shepherd’s pie in the making.

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I also found a lovely lentil soup recipe on Pinterest and made that last weekend. It’s so yummy that I’ll be making it again soon.

  • IMG_1552 Another Pinterest recipe is the above, oven baked cheat’s KFC chicken. I was a little skeptical as how could it really taste like KFC especially as it’s not fried, but I was very surprised (and delighted) when I began to tuck into it that it really does taste just like it. Granted I used skinless chicken breasts so it doesn’t have the same texture as peeling the skin from a KFC piece, but the flavour was there and the coating wasn’t soggy either. I’ll be making that again soon too!
  • Adjusting: Still on the subject of food, I’ve been coming to terms with the idea that I might be lactose intolerant – mainly with milk but also with soft cheeses. I changed from cow’s milk to coconut milk around a year ago, purely for its health benefits, but over the winter I’d fancied real milk again so substituted it in tea and lattes made at home. Bad idea – my body really didn’t like it so I started to realise maybe coconut milk was what I needed to stick with. The trouble is it becomes bitter very quickly and can ruin a nice cuppa. Today in the supermarket, on my way to stock up on coconut milk, I saw a new milk called A2 which claims to be better for the digestive system than standard cow’s milk. I bought some to give it a go – no harm!
  • Training: We’re back at the gym and we also acquired some York dumbells over the Christmas period so we’ve got weights at home now. We also have some races planned – MK 10k, Bupa 10,000 and Women’s Running 10k (just for me!) so we’ll be training for those.
  • Travelling: Excitedly and very unexpectedly we have quite a few trips planned for this year. I already knew I was off to Ibiza in September and I’m so excited about it. I also have some short breaks planned. But I’m now also returning to Las Vegas in 7 weeks time for a week and I couldn’t be happier!
  • Learning: This week I read this very interesting article about self-doubt and those annoying voices in your head, I found it really useful. I liked the perspective and it was really thought-provoking. Maybe you might find it useful too.

All this and just one week into the year….. It’s shaping up to be a good one!

 

Attempting To Get Crafty

I’ve never professed to be the craftiest of people. I like to cook, and at one point I was rather good at it. Between the ages of 8-16 I had the time and inclination and I’m grateful to my Mum for encouraging me. I used to make iced novelty cakes and even made the Christmas dinner for the family at about 12-13 when both my Mum and Sister woke up with flu. Somewhere along the way life took over and I lost the will to cook or at least be adventurous. But since moving into this house, and thinking more about the food I eat, I’ve had the motivation again and thankfully I’m still okay at it. Though I still can’t break an egg without getting shell in the bowl – something I used to be fine at.

I have been known to cross stitch and I’m not too bad, but it’s very expensive to buy the kits and I do need instructions – I’m not THAT good. I could never knit, and today was a good example of having the will with no skill as I tried to make a 30 minute infinity scarf using just two balls of wool and my arms, and now, three hours later, I have a lovely Tesco bag full of tangled wool to show for it. I’ll try again another time. It has not defeated me!

I spent a good few years making cards and scrapbooking with a lot of gusto but not a lot of cash. The bits and bobs I still have left over come in handy on occasion.

Every year at Christmas, I toy with the idea of making some handmade gifts for friends and family and then decide it will either be too time consuming or costly. But this year I stuck to my guns. Having eaten a lot of Gu puddings in my time (a lot), Gary had been getting increasingly frustrated with the number of glass ramekins we had in the cupboard, that I obviously wasn’t going to use for cooking (I’m not a souffle kind of girl) and refused to throw away (I am my Father’s daughter, and if it still has use it stays).

As a child I’d had a candle making kit so knew candle making was a simple task, but I also knew could make something special out of those little glass pots. After a little research I bought some soy wax flakes (they have a lower smoking point and cool to a lovely wintery white colour), wicks and candle scent. After a few emails to and fro and a package that never arrived, I finally had all the ingredients.

Making candles is simple, as long as you buy the correct wax for what you’re making. Different mixes of wax are suitable for moulded candles and container candles as they will set slightly differently.

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I’d used a chocolate oil to scent the candles and as they cooled they made the house smell of warm chocolate pudding – which coincidentally had been what was in the pots originally! I was a little sad I’d not made enough to keep one but have been reassured they smell lovely when burned.

I decorated the little pots with Christmas ribbons and little wooden charms, then wrapped them in cellophane, tied with a bow. I was rather pleased with them and have a little bit of wax left so I could make one for myself if I wished to. It was fairly cheap and very easy to do with no technical skill, only if you attempt it make sure you google some instructions so you’re aware of potential dangers and pitfalls in your particular project. But it was a success! Now I have to think of something for next year……!

Next up….. take 5 on the infinity scarf… I won’t let you win!

 

This Week I Have Been Mostly

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I’ve been absent for about a week, so sorry about that. I’ve been super busy and then feeling really rather under the weather so I’ve not had the inclination to blog. But here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • On Tuesday my Mum and I sang with Rock Choir as support for Kerry Ellis on her UK tour. Kerry is a West End performer and has sung in loads of shows including Wicked (both here and on Broadway) and We Will Rock You. It was a great experience and I hadn’t been on stage for 13 years, so a little nerve-wracking! I was able to sing Let It Go from Frozen so I was pleased 🙂
  • Byron tweeted me to say ‘well done’ for working out what the burger I’d eaten in 1955 was! I’m so pleased I was right!
  • Gary and I have started watching Lost from the beginning. Having given up watching it when it was originally airing at around midway through season 2, we thought we’d give it a go since we can now watch all the episodes together and not have to wait week by week. I have seen the last episode already, but that isn’t spoiling it for me and I’m really enjoying watching it so far.
  • Last Saturday I met up with some old friends, two of whom’s wedding it was I went to recently and had a good catch up. I heard all about honeymoons, pantomimes and theatre.
  • The weather has been so majorly weird – we’ve just had what I can only describe as a mini heat wave in October and today we’ve caught the end of Hurricane Gonzalo. The temperature has dropped and a lot of the beautifully brown turning crisp leaves have been blown off the trees and onto the ground.
  • I don’t think I have previously mentioned that Gary and I went to see Gone Girl. It was the first time we’d been to the cinema all year! The film was really good. We both love the book but the movie didn’t take anything away from that. The film gave me the same feelings I’d had when I read the book.
  • I’ve been really enjoying cooking and as the weather gets cooler I tend to move towards roast, stews and hearty plates of food. I’ve been making a nice collection of possible meals from Pinterest. I need never buy another cook book again (unless it’s Nigella of course!)

There’s one other bit of exciting information to share, but I have to wait until all the people involved know about it before I spill (no, I’m not pregnant), but stay tuned!

Also stay tuned for my upcoming blog review of Teafields’ teas. Luxurious, high quality and totally delicious, I was lucky enough to be sent a massive selection to try. I have 3 more to sample before my review can go live, but in the mean time please go and look at their website. You’ll never drink PG Tips again. Here’s a sneaky peek at one of the teas I’ve sampled:

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This Week I Have Been Mostly

This week I have been mostly really busy, and have found that I really don’t have any opportunity for relaxing most of the time. In fact next week I have something on every night. I think people forget that I’m naturally super lazy and I’d happily sit in my PJs all day – as I am right this second.

Here’s the rest:

  • Thinking about Christmas and getting that fuzzy feeling. Not to the full extent but it’s definitely helped by all the Christmas adverts on the TV (loving the Sainsbury’s ones) and spurred on by random texts from my Dad telling me he’s “bought the cranberry sauce”.
  • Working out my 5 I’m allowed: We watched the Friends episode where Ross and Rachel can choose the 5 celebrities they can sleep with and so obviously the question came up. So far I’ve only come up with one – Johnny Depp. I think he’d be on everyone’s list!Johnny-Depp-Jeans
  • Lusting over these Nike trainers. They’re the next model up from my current ones, but this colour-way is so pretty and I’ve been looking for it everywhere. Of course they’re out of stock where I found them. One day maybe!000519069
  • Discovering that I get terrible heat rash when I run outside in the cold and then come back inside. It’s excruciating. Also discovering that my knees hate me. On my last two outside runs I have ended up running way short of my goal because of terrible pain on the outside of my left knee. This is the knee I wear a patella support on too due to runner’s knee. I have read it’s most likely ITB related but my 10k is a week today and I haven’t been able to run much more than 2 miles without hobbling home. I have bought some Rock Tape and will trial it on a run Wednesday night. I’ve also been foam rolling the leg – boy does that hurt. I’m determined to run this 10k and will be devastated if I can’t.
  • Getting back into cooking. Over the last few weeks I’ve cooked more new meals from scratch in my new kitchen, than I did in the whole time we lived in our old house (5 years!) I don’t know why, but I feel like it’s more important than ever to have a large repertoire of meals that are healthy, taste good, are easy and will last over more than one meal. I love that I can cook a 4 portion meal, eat it for dinner and then have a meal to reheat after the gym later in the week using the left overs.
  • Getting concerned about the impending massive snow blizzard the news is reporting. Granted it’s just one newspaper that’s posting online and printing on the front cover EVERY DAY about the worst snow we’ve ever faced in Britain, due to hit the country at the end of next week. But from what I’ve seen it’s just a light dusting in our area. Still, I might be running my first snowy race next weekend!
  • Listening to Bruno Mars’ most recent album. The little munchkin man can write and sing a pretty decent song. Though I was a little shocked at some of the album lyrics in Gorilla…… Let’s just say I’m used to the radio edit.
  • Loving Yankee Candles – especially the Christmas scents. There might be some of these on my Christmas list…… 😀
  • Feeling like I need some more ‘Going Out’ clothes as I seem to have a social life now…… More sparkly things with LONG SLEEVES (it’s cold outside!) Suggestions please?

So, that was my week. I’ve come up with an exciting idea for some blogs over Christmas, so keep popping back (or checking your Facebook or Bloglovin’ feeds for updates).

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