Month: December 2014

Essence make up haul

Let’s steer away from food and talk beauty for a moment. A couple of months ago I saw on Twitter Essence were holding a Manchester bloggers day and following the conversation on Twitter, it looked kinda fun! I read the brand was only available in budget store Wilko’s so back in September I took a trip and picked up a mascara for about £2.50. It was one of the best mascara’s I have ever used. So easy to apply, no clumping and made my lashes look so long, great! Since then I have nosey at the stand every now and again and its safe to say, I’m a convert! I’ve now tried the get big lashes mascara both waterproof and non waterproof and the green and gold 3D eyeshadow pallete and just cannot fault them. So long-lasting and so cheap!

Cooking with coconut oil

In-keeping with my last few foodie related posts, I decided to blog a little more about my new holy grail essential in the kitchen – the groovy food company organic virgin coconut oil. I had been thinking for a while about investing in a pot of the good stuff but I just didn’t realise the full potential of its magical prowess…until now that is. I tend to use it when I’m frying or sauteing my food. Chicken, veggies, tuna steak, sweet potato – you name it and it just works. Without leaving a coconuty taste either, which I was kind of expecting. I told you I’m sold. I used it to fry a home marinated chicken breast earlier this week and it was just so good. I accompanied my chicken with a few leaves of iceberg lettice and one of those rice bags – perfect. Now, what else can I use it with?!

Wonderful winter salads

Salad, more often than not is deemed a summer dish. Great to be eaten in the sunshine, when it’s hot outside and it can be topped with a multitude of yummy meats, fish and cheeses. However, how many of us tend to dig into a big ol’ bowl of leaves,peppers and cherry toms post-September and particularly this close to Christmas? …Yeah, not many of us. But, in a bid to try and conquer the post-Christmas slump and party season bulge I have taken to mixing up my lunches with an array of coleslaws, pots of potato salad and lettice! I opted to grab a bag of Florette Salad on my last visit to the supermarket and it didn’t disappoint. Crisp and packed with flavour, its the perfect accompaniment to my lunch. I also noticed they do kale too so I plan to pick up a bag on my next trip so I can work it into my evening meals too! Once I had compiled my ingredients I consulted my copy of the ‘a salad for all …