Month: February 2016

Life // Weekend Treats

New lipstick, Glamour magazine, updating my diary sat in the sun on a lovely Saturday morning drinking fruit tea.    This was me yesterday morning. It was a beautiful day with a basic to-do list: sweep, do the ironing, relax. Those are my favourite kinda weekends. Yes it’s great to be busy and have a chocka-block diary filled with dates with friends and family. But I love the days when I’ve nowhere to go so I can just chill.  So yesterday I played with my new make up from NYX. I got the stacked lush lashes mascara and a lipstick in the shade Gardenia.  I’ve wanted to try this brand for a while so I popped into Boots in Manchester earlier this week and picked these up. I might do a full review soon.  See, a lazy Saturday at its finest! 

Food // Revs De Cuba New Menu Review

Earlier this week my mum and I headed into Manchester to spend the afternoon having a nosey around the shops and taking a pit stop at Revolucion De Cuba for lunch. They’ve recently launched a new menu complete with a range of tasty tapas style dishes to share, lots of different mains, including burgers, rissoto and salads and mouth-watering desserts. Oh and let’s not forget the cocktails. The delicious rum filled cocktails that had a true taste of summer. I could *almost* have imagined I was lay on a tropical island somewhere…..not sheltering from Manchester’s delightful 2 degree temperatures!  The bar/restaurant is so pretty, cute tables with cute detail on each wall. And when our food arrived, we weren’t disappointed! A trio of tapas plates to start- pork and chorizo quasadillas, meatballs and lightly fries cauliflower with sour cream. Just, amazing. Each dish was full of flavour and quite filling too.   Then we moved onto the main dish. Chicken thighs skewer to share with sweet potato wedges. The dressing this was in complimented the …

Food // Spicy Chicken Thighs & Sweet Potato Mash

Sometimes you’ve got to stray out of your comfort zone and try something new….which is exactly what happened earlier this week when the contents of my fridge consisted of 2 courgettes, 3 chickens thighs, a red onion and 2 sweet potatoes… So, naturally I chucked a load of spices into the mix and marinated the chicken to make a yummy dinner for 2 in less than 30 minutes! Here’s how I did it! I’d never cooked with chicken thighs before so there was a first for everything, so here goes! Gently fry the chicken thighs in whatever oil you please – I use rapeseed as it’s healthier and I can use it on Slimming World Chop your onion and courgettes. Oh and half the red pepper I found knocking around the bottom of my fridge… Add to the pan and reduce the heat so they simmer and cook through To the pan I added a touch of paprika, mild curry powder, garlic and chilli Whilst that’s cooking through, chop the sweet potatoes and I pop …

Careers // How I Got My Job in Copywriting

I haven’t really blogged about my job before but with the blogging industry taking centre stage the last year or so and media type jobs, such as social media, PR, copywriting and blogger outreach becoming highly sought after careers, I thought I’d blog about my own career to date. I graduated six years ago with a Journalism degree from UCLAN and back then blogging wasn’t as wide-spread as it is now and I didn’t have a clue about SEO, PPC or that writing online could be a viable career! Eighteen months after I graduated and after a year spent working at Matalan’s head office in the Customer Services dept, a role came up in the E-Commerce department for a graduate Copywriter, with a knowledge of WordPress. Having started this very blog on WordPress two years prior,  I submitted my application. I worked as a Copywriter writing for the website, covering mens’ and womens’ fashion, kidswear and homeware for two years. I learnt so much those first couple of years that help me in my ccurrent …

Food // Chicken with Leeks, Mushrooms and Cream Cheese

Sometimes I cook without a recipe in mind and earlier this week, after a supermarket dash for some of my favourite ingredients, I created a yummy, delicious dish as I went along. I love creamy chicken pasta dishes and wanted to add some new veggies to my fridge and this was how my Chicken in a Leek, Mushroom and Cream Cheese Sauce came to life!     So what do you need? 2 chicken breasts 2 leeks Handful of button mushrooms 1 courgette in ribbons Soft cheese Coconut milk Salt and pepper to season I gently fried the chicken in rapeseed oil. Chop your veggies and set to one side till the chicken starts to brown. Once it’s simmering, turn down the heat and add the leeks and courgette to the pan. Throw in the mushrooms and add a small cup of coconut oil. Just enough to make a sauce, that can reduce down with the heat. Once the milk has evaporated, add the cream cheese. I chose to serve mine with new potatoes as they tasted …

Food // Chilli & Sweet Potato Chips

Chilli is one of my go-to meals. I just love cooking a big batch up filled with loads of veggies and mince meat.  It’s one of those one pot dishes that’s so simple to do and requires little effort – bar the chopping of veggies and the washing up afterwards!  It’s great to make at the weekend for friends with a mound of cheesy nachos and homemade guacamole….mmmm avocado.  But it’s great mid-week too, which is how I rustled it up on Thursday with a batch of chilli and garlic topped sweet potato chips on the side.     Chilli Recipe 2 red onions Mushrooms 1 courgette 1 red pepper 250g mince meat (serves 2) Chilli powder!  Garlic and chilli granules to season  Chop your sweet potatoes up, season and whack into the oven for 30 mins till soft and crispy.  Plate up and enjoy!   

Food // Peppers, Celery and Bacon Pasta 

I try and cook fresh homemade meals as many nights of the week as I can. But sometimes, as the fridge starts to empty out, you need to get inventive with your lack of ingredients. And that’s how this dish came to life!  I discovered one red pepper, a stick of celery, 4 rashers of bacon and half a tub of double pouring cream….I know, right? The best kind of cream.    I chucked all of the above into a pan with some rapeseed oil and gently fried away.  In a second pan I boiled wholemeal pasta and once it was cooked, stirred through some sundried tomato pesto.  Serve with bread and a mixed leaf salad, it was delicious. The perfect, using up the contents of the fridge, meal! Dead quick on a Monday night after work too!       

Life // Dreaming of Summer Destinations

It may be cold and the middle of February but I’ve defo started to think about my summer holiday. I’ve not been on a proper beach holiday in years and after a crazy 12 months full of work, weddings and everything in-between, I’m ready to escape reality for some much needed sun. So where do I head to? After scouring cheapo holiday websites, Easyjet and stalking amazing beaches on Instagram, we wanna keep costs low and head somewhere short-haul in Europe! Europe is one of the top destinations where choices range from sunny coastal areas to lush, bustling cities, and rich, verdant countryside. There is always something new to see, great food to taste, a diverse range of culture to experience and history as old as time to learn. But if you’re looking for summertime fun, these European islands might be the perfect destination. Sicily – This Mediterranean jewel is sure to fill your senses to overflowing. There are so many things to see such as ancient ruins, historical buildings and monuments, coastal towns and …

Food // Giving up for Lent

I never really do anything for Lent. I always tell myself I’ll attempt to give something up but after a couple of days I give in and carry on as before. But after indulging a little too much lately, I thought it would be the much needed kick up the butt I need to give up unnecessary snacking until Easter. So, with this in mind I’ve decided to stop eating the oh so good but naughty stuff – aka chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks. They’ve become an every other day occurrence so I’m gonna see if I can actually stick to it and stop for 40 days, 40 nights till Easter.    I’m also using my new so Instagrammable diary from My Little Box as a food diary to keep track of my meals. Home cooking each night is back on the agenda and I’m finding I really look forward to each meal more. I stocked up on healthy snacks during my Aldi shop so my work desk is now full of mini packs of …

Life // The Sunday Edit

   This week I finally reclaimed my social life after weeks of spending time at home.  Friday night I chucked together the leftover veggies I had in my fridge with some chicken and ended up making the most delicious enchalladas. Winner! Yesterday was date night and what a day it was! We started with a gin tasting experience I got the boy for his Xmas present. We tried 4 different gins each and they came with a choice of tonics and fruit delicious.  After cocktails at Alma de Cuba we made our reservation at Picallinos. 3 courses each and a generous helping of wine later, we were utterly stuffed. The mushroom bruchetta was so full of flavour and moreish. And his lobster looked and tasted amazing. One to remember for next time!  After such a lovely weekend I’m ready for a lazy Sunday and a new week to begin! 

Life // Why blog in 2016?

Blogging has shifted from being a place to house an online diary to becoming a massive industry that’s presenting ordinary people as cover girls and those to aspire to become. I started this very blog back in the summer of 2010 to build a portfolio of work, articles rather to showcase in future job interviews. To prove that I hadn’t let my journalism degrees go to waste. It did become rather useful and helped me land my first copywriting role in 2012 – the same career path I’m on now 4 years later.  In my current job I’ve learnt to  code and my writing skills have strengthened over time – both massively helpful when I’m re-designing and updating my blog so it remains ‘current’. It’s quite funny actually as my boyfriend is a trainee computer science teacher and coding is one of his modules. When he tries to get the kids at his secondary school to understand how they could use these skills in the future, the girls get it when he says they can …