What To Do On A Cold April Day?

It’s been a freezing cold Wednesday in Northumberland and I, for one, did not want to leave the warmth of home. So what did I do? 

Sleep in and miss breakfast (oops) so I abandoned all chances of making my afternoon gym class due to lack of food and energy and decided to do some baking!

Naturally – my decision to bake was very spur of the moment, so I definitely hadn’t got the puff pastry out of the freezer to defrost (another oops).

As Mary Berry would shudder in shame, I did a quick defrost in the microwave. I am very much a lazy baker so didn’t want to do anything complicated with my pastry. So I quickly grated some cheese and rolled it into the pastry to make some easy cheese twists!

I did make a little bit of an effort by cutting up some bacon to wrap around a few of my twists! Thankfully they came out crisp, fluffy and cheesy!!

Using a handful of my cheese twists, a chopping board and a cup to attempt to make my cheese twists look as instagrammable as possible

The cheese twists with bacon were BY FAR my favourite! The saltiness from the bacon added so much more flavour to the twists. 

I love baking but I think I’m going to have to venture into some healthier alternatives as I get bikini body ready for my holiday at the end of May!

Bex x

Happy Easter!

It’s Easter Sunday!! Hope everyone has enjoyed drinks and as many Easter eggs as they could handle in one sitting!

I love Easter as it always brings my family together for a slap up meal and a good time, just like Christmas. This year I’ve spent it at my uncle’s in Hexham – which is excellent (or should I say eggsellent) news as he is a fab cook!

After a busy day of attempting to hit a golf ball at the driving range and constant car park space hunting in Tynemouth yesterday with James, I’m happy to have had a comfy and relaxed Sunday with the family. 

I decided a loose fitting top was a must, so I went for my trusty stripy knit top  – anything comfortable and stripy is good in my books! I paired this with some skinny jeans and my hand-me-down Barbour, thanks the the good ol’ British weather!

Top: H&M   Jeans: Crew Clothing Co   Bag: Accessorize

The meal was cracking – as always – as we had lamb, potato gratin and broad beans followed by as many cakes as we could possibly fit onto the table. We followed our feast with a soggy walk to Hexham’s daffodil fields and back to the house – it’s safe to say I should have remembered to at least bring a hat with me as I got totally soaked!! (So excuse my very wet, very scruffy dry shampooed hair)

But despite the diet being in ruins and catching a sniffle from the rain, I have had a brilliant Easter and I hope everyone else has too!

Bex x

Spaghetti Bolognese with Butternut Noodles

As you may know, I’m on a little bit of a(n unsuccessful) health kick. I’ve been exercising more and trying to eat better so that I can actually feel more confident when I look in the mirror.

 
After a month of no wine (plenty of gin and tonics, though), less chocolate and sugary snacks and many Weight Watchers ready meals, I’m feeling a tiny bit healthier. But I want to make a change to the meals I cook too. I LOVE carbs so cutting down on pasta and potatoes is proving to be a struggle.

 
As I was browsing my local M&S salad and veg section for some health kick inspiration, I caught my eyes on the butternut noodles.ย I’ve always like the idea of spiralised veg as a dupe for spaghetti ever since it became a craze but have never gave it a go until tonight.

 

I thought I’d keep it simple and do my take on a spaghetti bolognese.

I used:

  • 400g lean mince
  • Red, green and yellow peppers, half of each
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 mushrooms, chopped
  • 400g passata
  • Teaspoon of Lazy Chilli flakes
  • Teaspoon of Lazy Garlic
  • 2 veg Oxo cubes
  • 1 beef Oxo cube
  • Sprinkle of Moroccan spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 packs of butternut noodles
  • Grated cheese, to top

 

Once the mince has browned with the garlic and chilli (if you are a lazy chef like me, I seriously suggest you check out the Lazy range! It’s available at most supermarkets!), I throw in the veg and crumble one of the veg oxo cubes. After I’ve given that a stir, I add in the passata. I mix in the other veg oxo cube and the beef oxo cube in a mug with some boiled water – just as if it were a cup of tea – and throw that in the pan after about 3-5 minutes and let it boil down a little. I then add the pasta to the sauce when it’s done and top with a bit of grated cheese (I refuse to give up the cheese).

 
This was the first time I had swapped pasta for a veg substitute and, I must say, it was fairly successful. Though the slight crunch at first was a bit strange, I sharply got used to it and enjoyed my meal.

 
The butternut noodles were tasty and tricked me into thinking I was getting those naughty carbs when I wasnt! I think the trick is what you eat with these noodles, as I don’t think it would’ve tasted as well if they had been paired with a sauce without a tomato base.

 
Think the courgette spaghetti is the next one on my list to try! Who knows, I might even invest in my own veggie spaghetti maker.ย If you have any tasty recipes I can pair with veg spaghetti, let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Rustic’ Cheese Scones

After a morning of doing HIIT via a YouTube instructor – I literally couldn’t be bothered with the gym today – I felt like today was a day to do a spot of baking.

I just wanted to do something small which required minimal effort so what better than cheese scones!

Scouring an abundance of websites for a recipe that was straight forward and didn’t add extras such as a ‘fine English mustard’ or some kind of smoked meat, I opted for a simple BBC recipe (link at the end of post)

They’re quite delicious, but not that cheesy. I may have needed to use a stronger cheese to be fair, or maybe just add more to the recipe as I thought it seemed a low quantity. 

I must admit I didn’t follow the recipe exactly to factor in the issue of being unable to find the cheese grater so I ended up finely chopping the cheese – I prefer to say I used a ‘rustic’ method, just to make it sound better. Also, I decided to cut the scones into triangles with a knife rather than use the round cutter as suggested.. Rustic.

Next time I make these I’m definitely going to make them a bit more cheesy but as I said before, they are still delicious.
Hope everyone has had a happy Tuesday x

(Cheese scone recipe: www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cheesescones_1287)

Hello 2017ย 

IT’S THE NEW YEAR…. And I’m about a week late posting about it thanks to welcoming 2017 with a week of flu.
In 2016 I decided to leave university after my first year having realised it wasn’t quite for me, I fell in love, bagged myself a sales job at British fashion label, Crew Clothing Company and visited New York City. So, as years go, my 2016 wasn’t a disaster but I’m determined to make 2017 a better year.

This year, I’m laying out five goals to achieve:

  • Finally learn to drive (or at least start my lessons)
  • Get fit and lose weight – clichรฉ, I know, but it is about time I put that gym membership to good use
  • Travel more
  • Remember to actually blog the things I do with my life – even if it is something as simple as baking brownies
  • Develop and define my style

Cheers to 2017!! x