Sunday, 23 November 2014

Simple Sundays - Early Mornings, Baking and a Bike Ride.

My parents left this morning! Bright and early at 9am.
This of course meant I myself was up at eight and I'm paying for it this evening. I was so close to having an afternoon nap but managed to pull through. Life is so hard, right? ha.

I bought a bike a while ago so that travelling to and from work at night became less of a scary-wander -down-back-alleys-waiting-for-something-to-jump-out-at-me ordeal. Today I eventually got round to getting a helmet and light so I'm safe and visible whilst out. Don't want any stray cars hitting me as I'm riding about!
I did a practice run to and from work this morning. I have a route I'm used to already, but that path isn't very accessible via bike. Most of it was downhill on the way TO the office. The way back is as you would imagine, very uphill. I struggled.

I always love days when I actually wake up early and get out of the house to do something, but those don't seem to happen very often when it's not a week day. I feel like I've gotten so much done and it's only 6pm. I'll be ready for bed in a bit!
After fighting the urge to sleep I made some puff pastry bites with my own tomato relish, avocado, bacon and mozzarella. They were actually fab and I'll post a recipe up at some point. Such an easy snack to make.
And because I'm prone to something sweet along with my savoury, I made cupcakes. They look at bit grey in the photos but they're actually a lovely shade of pastel purple. They taste pretty fab too.

Now what do I do with my Sunday evening? I'm tired but not ready for bed. I'm not hungry but I have a mound of cupcakes to eat. And for the first time in forever I'm pretty much all caught up on my tv!
Might be best to just call it a day and watch a movie in bed.

Hope y'all have had a nice pleasant Sunday afternoon.

Mitchell, St Andrews - The Parentals are visiting!

My stepfather has never been to my flat before, and I've been in the same place for over a year now. They both drove up in the morning, had a cup of tea and then we jetted of for a walk around St Andrews.
I think overall St Andrews is a nicer place to stroll through compared to Dundee. It's a much more quaint town and it doesn't seem to be overrun with huge chain shops yet, which is a nice change to the city centre here.
We stopped for lunch at a place called Mitchell. This place just screams comfort from the outside. They had bags of fresh veg sitting outside and a deli up front with cheese, wine, meat, jams, chutneys, you name it! That's my personal idea of heaven. Inside had a rustic vibe with good basic food that was more about the produce than the complexity. Think anti pasti and big sandwiches.
I ordered a typical ploughman's with smoked ham, cheese and chutney. My mum had a classic breaded fish and chips and Steve pesto chicken. He had to avoid the gluten.
Afterwards we had a massive binge in the deli. I bought some pate, turkish delight, christmas coffee and stroopwaffels. My mum bought similar, but with a mulled cider spices for next weekend.

 I also had a hot chocolate as thats my go to drink when out for lunch. Mitchell luxury hot chocolate does not disappoint. I nearly died.

My 'haul' :

We headed back to the flat in the afternoon to watch the rugby, then went back out again for some dinner at Rishi's.
Rishi's is a new indian restaurant that has opened near me quite recently. They served the best pakora I've ever tried. Apart from that I spent the majority of the meal trying to work out what kind of fish was in my curry. Turns out it was kingfish so that was a new one for me!

Hope everyone else had a foodtastic weekend. I'm off to bake!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Simple Sundays - Puddings, Sorting and Furry Knuckles.

Don't you just love productive days?
I woke up with every intention of having a lazy day. I wanted to lie on the sofa, maybe play Mario and catch up with some TV. In the end I sorted out my entire wardrobe. I've found that most of my clothes are sitting untouched now because it's been too cold, so it was nice to swap out all my flouncy shirts for cosy jumpers. Bring on the maroons, navy blues, mustard yellows and evergreens.

I also made a Jossy's Lemon Pudding Delicious from the Leon Baking & Puddings book. This recipe is beyond tasty. I cannot put into words how tasty this recipe is. Light and airy but soft and sticky underneath. The recipe calls to put the soufflé dish in a tray of water whilst in the oven. I've never tried a recipe that does that before, so I was a bit wary. I found it hard to stop eating it though, so I think it turned out great!

This weeks purchase included jewellery. For anyone that knows me well, I don't wear jewellery.  That's not to say I don't like it, just that I get fed up of wearing it very easily. I really loved this though after seeing it on Etsy. Also, how weird does my hand and arms look in that photo?

And that's all for this Sunday. It's been a fairly uneventful week, but I suppose that happens every now and again.

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Monthly Favourites.

A couple of days late as we're now into November, but still.
This isn't something I usually do. I don't claim to be anything other than a personal blog, however like any other person I go through phases of loving certain things.
And I like to talk about them. 

Richard Ayoade's new book. I'm still reading it, but so far it's fab.

Stroopwafels. A beautiful caramel treat from the Netherlands. A guy from work had a few packets lying about the house and brought them in. I ate half the bag. No regrets.

More food! I've missed my morning porridge. I enjoy porridge in cold weather so as soon as October hits, the porridge comes out. 

I've been using Dermalogica Clay Mask as my morning cleanser for a while now, but in an effort to try something new I'm currently trying out Lush's Angels On Bare Skin. It's great! It definitely has the consistency of oatmeal.

 I finally got round to sorting out the mess that was my bookshelf. This is about one third of the books I own. It just makes me happy to see them look a bit tidier.

Last but not least is managing to unearth the beautiful Nintendo64 from the loft. I haven't played this in years. I ordered Super Mario64 online too just to make it complete. Nostalgia here I come!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Simple Sundays - Halloween and Bikes.

A very non spooky Halloween indeed.

I absolutely love the holidays. I'm a huge sucker for decorating and dressing up. I love buying presents at Christmas and decorating the tree; it's a tradition my mum saves for me coming home. I like to buy pretty easter eggs at easter and I love to dress up at Halloween.
This year I didn't dress up. Not even the tiniest of halloween extras. Fair to say I was pretty gloomy about that. I considered hosting a little party in the flat, but trying to get people to come up to Dundee has always been a bit of an issue. Unfortunately I didn't know anyone who was having a party either.

I wasn't alone though! A late night text to my friend on Thursday turned into a lovely little spontaneous trip to visit me on Friday night. I've found since living here that not a lot of people come to visit, it's usually me going to them, so it was a nice change to have someone up here.
In true Fiona and Cassie fashion we made some dinner, chatted about a lot of nothing and after playing some terrible game on the Playstation made a Skype call to our third musketeer in Australia.
The next morning Fiona helped me buy my 'first adult bike'. Now that the nights are getting darker I feel less safe walking home from work. I haven't had a bike since I was back in primary school, and I honestly can't remember the last time I rode one. Must be about the same time!
What they say is true, you really never forget.
My next step is to buy a helmet. I've had this weird fear of helmets since I was very little. My mum bought me this excellent Winnie the Pooh helmet, but one of the first times I tried it on she managed to catch the skin under my chin in the clip. She did it a few times actually, and every time there was a lot of crying and panicking. To this day I put my hand under the clip and keep it loose before I pull it secure. I'd like to point out that it was always an accident! My mum didn't have some weird mission to make me fear helmets for the rest of my childhood!

Today I'm looking over all these odd random little videos I've managed to accumulate over the past few weeks and am considering what to do with them…

Hope Everyone is having a nice weekend.