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25 Facts About ME!

  1. I am 5ft 9.5 Inches (the .5 counts)
  2. I like things organised
  3. I sometimes find it very difficult to get out of bed
  4. I love even numbers and dislike odd number
  5. Oddly enough, my favourite number is 5
  6. The average time I go to bed is around 2am
  7. Water is my favourite drink! But if we’re talking fizzy, then its Sprite
  8. Autumn/Winter are my favourite months
  9. I usually have long nails and I like that
  10. I have two sisters
  11. One of my dreams is to go backstage during London fashion week
  12. My main dream is to become a doctor/surgeon
  13. Hot chocolate is da bomb!
  14. I love singing and perform occasionally
  15. I love travelling
  16. My family and I are all very last minute
  17. If I had to live somewhere except England, I think it would be India (but only for like a year…), Italy or America
  18. I have a pile of books on my bedside table but rarely ever read them
  19. I have a book that I write in when I need to get things out of my head, when I’m upset, happy or if I just have something on my mind that I cant tell anyone or talking to about
  20. I am 20 years old
  21. I make really good cakes!
  22. Salt and vinegar crisp are also da bomb
  23. If something isn’t chilly enough I shake over some Tabasco chilly sauce (I have often thought of keeping a small bottle in my bag…)
  24. I am secretly Mary Poppins because I have everything in my bag
  25. Although pyjamas are the best, I love dressing really smart but never do
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August Favourites

How is already September? It felt like May was just last week! Anyways, this is what I’ve loved in August.

Product Favs
The Body Shop – Tea Tree Toner
It’s really been nice to use on my face. I know its not this very product that determines my spot levels and although not a necessity, it’s been in my drawers and so I thought I’d get through it.

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Face Wash
So refreshing, you can really feel how it cleans. I like to use this at night because I like the fresh clean feeling before I go to sleep, knowing my face is free of the dirt build up during the day.

First Aid Beauty – Face Wash
This is so good! It doesn’t have a smell so it’s not going to be all up in your nose. It’s creamy and smooth, which is great for mornings.

L’Oreal – Volume Million Lashes (Extra Black)
This is the best mascara I have ever used. It curls, adds volume, and makes it look like I literally have a million lashes. I think the best thing is that it doesn’t clump up on your lashes, its super easy to take of but it’s so easy that it smudges if you rub your eye a bit. Its perfect

Nivea – Moisturiser
This is good. Its in my august favs really because I like the smell of Nivea products. But don’t take it in the way that it doesn’t do the job. it feels cooling on the skin which is nice after a hot shower and just keeps me feeling moisturised, smooth and smelling good.

Revlon – Vixen
When in doubt, use Revlon vixen. It’s my go to nail polish when I cant think of a colour to use. A basic deep red that I think everyone should have on hand (and nails). Its been doing in job in august by always being there for me, the multiple times I’ve needed it.

Food and Drink Favs
Sparkling Water
When I was younger, it was one of those things that I thought was just silly. Why have fizzy water that tastes of nothing when you can have Sprite and Coke… Well I now know that there are many reasons. It makes you feel so sophisticated when you drink it, its like “oh yes, sparkling water, yep, that’s what I’ll have…” You can imagine it, and it sounds great. There are other reasons like it’s good for you, proven to help lose weight, yada yada yada…

Goats Cheese and Spinach
I’ve never been crazy about a cheese but this month has been something new. I love goats cheese especially when its with spinach. Ive had pastry’s and pies, sandwiches and soups, all with goats cheese and I’ve really been enjoying it.

Song Favs
Kaava – Violin and Piano Cover
It’s an Indian song with violin and piano and the words taken out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO96tV298UA

Mast Magan – 2 States
Locha-E-Ulfat – 2 States
Two songs from an Indian movie, they have lyrics in Hindi and although some may not be able to understand them, it’s like a love song, really cute ones. Google the meanings if you really want to… Even though they’re Indian, I have been listening to them so much since I watched the movie, and it’s calming and just nice to listen to while blogging…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmWL-JxUGZc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9HttXFnfE4 

Shoes to die but survive for

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Zara Ballerina Pointed Metal Edged Flats – £15.99 (sale)
How Cute

So me being me, when I see something I like, I will google and try my very best to find it, tell myself the price is reasonable (if it actually is) and buy it, so that I feel I have accomplished something.
So it began when i saw these shoes on the feet of an Instagramer
I googled, flats, pointed, metal cap, gold… everything my mind could think of
As soon as I pressed enter, the first link that pooped up was zara
It was a feeling very close to christmas as a child… how much does that say about me…

One thing led to another and they ended up on my feet… ahaa…
Side note: one thing I don’t like is the toe cleavage, urghh

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Fish Cakes!

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On Sunday evening I invited my boyfriend round for dinner and I wanted to cook him dinner. Oh I feel so domestic.

Although, despite my couple of months learning different skills for cooking and baking (of which i’m very proud), I have discovered the biggest cheat of cooking which I am taking full advantage of. Ready-made. I don’t mean ready made meals (although they are GREAT for uni hehe). I mean ready made fish cakes that you just whack in the oven. Life saver. They taste great, are easy to cook and make me look like I’m an amazing chef.

But chummy, before you think I’m a total cheat, along with these fish cakes I have become more inventive, well sort of, with food too. Example from Sunday is Cheesy Potatoes. Ah man these tasted good. Squash new potatoes with a fork (just once) and smother with cheese then microwave it for 15 seconds. Trust me on this chum, It is like food of the Gods. Although anything with cheese is food of the Gods.

But I did burn the green beans by leaving them on the hob too long. They were more brown that green really. So don’t worry, the old Emilly hasn’t really gone.

So to conclude my Learning to Cook couple of months. I’ve learnt how to make cookies, that Nigella’s cooking time for my oven is different, wearing an apron makes all the difference, how to cut chicken correctly and that I still have so much left to learn!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Hello there!

The other day we, meaning chummy and I, made Peanut Butter Cookies for my boyfriend’s birthday. I have to say the end result was SUPER peanut-buttery but luckily my boyfriend is obsessed with the stuff and said they were great. He said that sincerely, I promise.
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The ingredients, method and recipe was from http://www.nigella.com (found here: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/Gorgeously-Golden-Peanut-Butter-Cookies-5776)

But for those who can’t be bothered to click the link here are the ingredients we used. I had to switch from honey to golden syrup as I didn’t have any but It didn’t seem to make a difference.

Dry Ingredients
– caster sugar
– plain flour
– light muscovado sugar
– barcarbonate of soda

 

Wet Ingredients
– peanut butter
– butter
– eggs
– golden syrup/honey

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The method was really simple and easy to follow but the whole kitchen smelt of peanut butter so if you are adverse to the stuff, leave the house the day someone is making this.

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After that I put them in the oven to cook. Now I don’t know if it was my oven but I left them in there longer than Nigella said to. Probably a bad thing, I mean I once forgot to put sugar in brownies, but I put a knife in them and they really were not cooked. But they didn’t burn and they tasted okay. I then put a chocolate frosting on top with icing sugar, nutella and coco power and finished it off with sprinkles. Ta Daaaa!

 

Quick and easy breakfast ideas

Peanut Butter Bear
Recipe is self explanatory I think…
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Banana Egg Pancake
Since i’m trying to reduce the amount of bread and milk I have, I thought I would give this recipe a go.
– 1 mashed banana
– 1 egg
– toppings
Mash the banana, add in the egg, mix, cook, top with toppings and munch!
The good thing about this is that it doesn’t taste like an omelette or eggy, and it doesn’t taste like bananas either, it just tastes good… especially with a cuppa tea!
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Learning to Cook #2

During the past couple of weeks I have learnt a few new skills to do with Cooking which I feel make me look more professional in the kitchen despite the fact that in reality I’m still pretty close to my cooking knowledge before. My boyfriend will still only let my be in charge of stirring when we have cooked dinner. I’m still a long way off from being trusted with a knife if he has anything to say about it. One day…

1. Wear an apron. Sounds simple but an apron (no stupid puffy hats) with a few flour marks and a confident smile makes you look like a proper chef in the kitchen when friends come over.

2. When cutting chicken place the point of the knife just above the top of the meat on a chopping board, placing fingers either side of the meat with the knife over the middle of the chicken (fingers over knife just to clarify) and slice downwards in a confident (yet slowish) motion. This leaves straight bits of chicken and fingers are safely avoiding the knife.

3. If you are unsure on the seasoning front – don’t put nothing in the dish. Go with the mixed herbs jar.

4. Doing fancy icing on a cake requires time. Do not leave this 5 minutes before guests arrive. Practice the day before or if, like me you, don’t want to waste icing draw out templates on grease proof paper and then cut ready roll icing from those shapes.

5. The art of chopping vegetables fast is tricky. First rule is to fold back the first bit of your fingers (where your nails are) and hold the vegetable to try and limit fingers being chopped off (that wouldn’t be good). Second rule, start off r-eee-aa-l-l-y slowly and practice over time. I get bored of practicing but it will be worth it in the end!

Hope your cooking is going okay!

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Risotto #2

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I never thought I could make risotto but look at this, a blog post on how I made risotto!

  • Firstly gently fry some onions and once browned add in the mushrooms.
  • Once the mushrooms have softened slightly (not too much as they will still be cooking) add in the rice
  • Add 2 stock cubes with hot water to fill a jug
  • Around half a cup at a time, add the stock to the rice mushroom mix
  • Continuously stir – don’t even think about stopping unless you want some lumpy rice mmm
  • I added tomatoes just before the last batch of water
  • Once all the stock water has been used and you’ve had a cheeky taste to make sure it’s cooked, add in the spinach
  • Mix mix mix
  • Add any cheese of your choosing – I chose Brie but I think parmesan would be good too (the brie was slightly overpowering)
  • Mix once more and serve!

Disclaimer – this recipe is from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3245/mushroom-and-spinach-risotto but I did add my twist on it.

Learning to Cook

I have literally no cooking knowlegde #learningtocook

I mean that statement isn’t totally true. I know how to make excellent beans on toast. I know roughly how to make a Shepard’s pie. However, I deem cooking knowledge and ‘know how’ as which garnish/sauce goes with which dish, how to do fancy frosting on a cake or how to cut vegetables super fast.

Therefore, over the next few weeks I will be trying to learn the little tricks of the trade and improve my cooking skills… or I shall hopefully look like I know what I am doing at least!

You will of course Chum, bring up my previous failed cooking attempts where I forgot to put in flour when I made brownies, or when I forgot to put sugar into the mixture when I made brownies a second time. Or when I accidentally turned the oven off while a third batch of brownies and my friend’s desert was also being baked.

I am currently compiling a list of skills I want to learn so if you have any suggestions please let me know and I will write and let you know all about it! Number one on my list is to make your last blog post Chum! It looked delicious!

Fingers crossed I don’t burn the house down!

Indian Cooking #1

Green Daal – Green lentils
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First boil the lentils (daal), cover with lid if needed
water(3) : lentils(1)
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Begin making the tharka (aka thurka) while the daal cooks
4-5 tbs of oil and add 1-2 grinded garlic cloves – cook until brown
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Add half an onion (grinded) and 1 tbs of cumin seeds (jeera) – cook until brown

 

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Next, 2inchs of ginger (grinded)
With the ginger add in the spices: turmeric (haldi), garam masala, and powdered chilli (mirch)

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Once the ginger has browned add in half a tin of tomatoes

 

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Add green chilli to taste

 

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While making the tharka keep checking the lentils to make sure they do not over

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Once they have been cooked (do not drain them), add in the tharka and mix.
Daal made!

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It can be eaten with roti (flatbread), naan or rice. It should be runny in consistency but can also be thick if preferred (add water to thin)

Helping others :D

I know technically that this is meant to be a food post to start off our Food Month however I have yet to cook anything this month that is of interest. So I thought I would write about helping others since that is a big thing in my life at the moment!

I have decided to cut off eight to ten inches of my hair to be donated to The Little Princess Trust to be made into a wig for a boy or girl suffering from hair loss due to illness such as Cancer or Alopecia. The charity work with specialists to make the wig as close to the child’s original hair to help with the transition of hair loss. Some children find loosing their hair to be a horrible experience so I want to help someone’s life become a little better during these difficult times.

I think that it is amazing that strangers can help strangers through so many different avenues! I mean volunteering in a charity shop, doing a sponsored walk (do you remember those from school chummy?), shaving off hair, dressing up to doing doing crazy activities like bungee jumping – all in the name of helping others.

There is always talk on the news about people harming people but i’m sure there is an equal amount of people trying to do good in this world which is important to remember.

To find out more information about my personal fundraising look here – https://www.justgiving.com/choppingthelocks

To find out more information about The Little Princess Trust look here – http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/

P.S. On a slightly more selfish note – I will need a new hair style once my locks are chopped off; any suggestions? It will be about shoulder length – tell me your thoughts :)

Sport on TV – good or bad?

Throughout our fitness month on ChuckleChums I have been trying to motivate myself to keep healthy and do regular exercise (although sometimes failing because getting out of bed is quite difficult). However, without this fitness month I’m not sure I would have tried so hard to be healthy. Therefore I am asking if having sport such as the World Cup and Wimbledon, which is now gracing our TVs, actually encourage the general population to exercise?

Now I did actually google to see if there was research about this but I couldn’t seem to find anything but I personally think that having sport on the TV can make a difference in people’s exercise routine. Kids want to be like their heroes and when my next door neighbour cheers when he scores a goal to celebrate, his team is certainly doing better than the UK did at Brazil right now. Similarly, from personal experience I always get the tennis itch when Wimbledon comes on.

However this did backfire today as I watched Wimbledon the film today (have you seen that film? It’s a favourite of mine :) )

The other aspect of how this idea of mine could backfire is that people do sit and just watch the TV… which isn’t too good for exercising.

But I will still go with my idea that having sport on the TV will help people exercise/partake in sport because people see all of these amazing role models (not the pumped full of drug kind though – those are bad) and want to join in.

Do you agree?

Mini Workout Series

Lets workout!!

Step one – Stretches
–       Lunges
–       Tip toe calf stretch
–       One foot in front of other straight and weight on the bent leg (name?)
–       Pull arm across body and hold (no idea what its called)
–       Hand over shoulder reach as far down (again, no idea)
This is the most important step to ensure that you aren’t in a lot of pain later.

Step two – Cardio
–       Running
–       Jogging
–       Skipping rope
–       Etc.…
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Step three – Specify
–       Plank (abs)
–       Press ups (abs and arms)
–       Squats (quads, gluts and a little abs)
–       Sit ups (abs and stomach)
–       Leg lifts (hamstrings)
–       Hula hoop (abs and stomach)
Repeat steps two and three if you feel like you can still go on. And before you finish, don’t forget to stretch again.
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If there are any other exercises you like or do you can do those instead or add them in, mix and match it to what you feel comfortable with. I would recommend doing this for at least half an hour every day if you feel ambitious or maybe for when you eat that pizza and ice cream and now feel like you shouldn’t have… it’s okay…

To switch it up sometimes I like to head over to YouTube and do some Pilates with Blogilates. https://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates/videos
I have to admit, its pretty intense and can be difficult but stick with it, its ganna get good.
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Good luck Chum

Capitalise the Moment

This week I’m not going to write a post due to extreme tiredness from trying out FitnessBlender. I found this from ViviannaDoesMakeup and I am so grateful because I get into moods of ‘must exercise’ therefore I can capitalise on the mood before it passes from sanity. It is SO GOOD – I always feel a little self conscious when doing exercise so if you can find space in your room to do these exercise then this is brilliant! Have a go yourself :D

Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender