Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Hannah Magg's banana bread

I have an unhealthy obsession with youtube and tend to find myself glued to it almost every night. Unfortunately for me, I'm a sucker for anything other people have so when I turned on a video by Hannah Magg's where she was baking banana bread, I knew I would end up having to make my own. Obviously i'd prefer it if she could magically push it through the screen so I could avoid making my own, but since we're not quite at that stage (yet?!) I figured i'd get my butt into the kitchen and spend some time baking!

Hannah's video was hilarious and even though a lot of it messed up, it looked great so I figured surely it wouldn't be too much effort to make myself! To see her video you can click here

Anyways, I had a lot of fun and got some use out of bananas that I would have probably ended up throwing away if I didn't make this yummy banana bread. I didn't have a big enough bread tin to bake all of the batter so I did a few little muffin size mini banana breads too! It was delicious and  I think my friends will enjoy it when they come around to book a holiday tonight :)

Tuesday Yummy treats

I'm a little lost for things to post today so I figured I'd share what I ate today.

I started my day with a yummy breakfast. I had Quaker oats porridge with almond milk, sprinked with a little cinnamon and topped with some summer berries. It was delicious but I think I may have to switch up the fruit next time as this combination was just a little bit too sweet for me. I think it would go better with granola and yoghurt or something.

I figured I needed to wake myself up so also added a glass of ice cold water with a few drops of lemon juice. It's a great way to get your metabolism working!

Then I was debating being bad for my lunch however since I knew I had to photograph it, I pushed myself to cook something healthy. I really wanted to use spinach and did debate a salad but I'm not all that keen on rabbit food, so I figured I'd cook something up. I started out with my griddle and sliced up a portion of chicken breast before lightly cooking it in some olive oil. Once it was cooked through, I added a clove of crushed garlic, and an onion sliced up. It smelt amazing and my tummy was rumbling at this point! I figured I'd add some more bits and pieces and make it super healthy, so I added 3 chopped mushrooms and half a tin of chopped tomatoes together with a few little tomatoes chopped up. When all of that was cooked, I threw in a handful of spinach and let it reduce. Plating this up felt like it took forever but it was worth the wait and super yummy. (I split the cooked portion in half as it was a huge amount of food so I ate half as shown on this picture, so i'll probably have the rest tomorrow for lunch).

I enjoyed this with a big glass of water. Since I hadn't drank a lot of water by this point, and I had a dentist appointment so had to nip out, I took a bottle of water with me. I made sure to drink it all before I went into the dentist, to increase my water intake for the day. My appointment went fine and my teeth didn't need any work which is great news! 

However, after running around and doing a little shopping I was getting hungry and unfortunately, I didn't think to pack any snacks with me. I popped to Asda and picked up some fruit. I got an apple and banana which was super yummy and definitely did the job. This picture isn't the exact apple and banana I ate, since I was way too hungry to stop to take a photo, but you get the idea.

When I got home it was dinner time, so I put some green beans and carrots into my steamer, then baked a portion of chicken breast, with some paprika sprinkled on top, then covered it in onion and red peppers and let it bake for a good 40 minutes, covered. Then I heated up some chopped tomato and topped my chicken portion with it. It was delicious and I managed to take a pic for the camera this time! 

Yum! So this is what I ate, it was super delicious. If you like this type of update, let me know and I will try and make it a weekly thing :) 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Losing your dreams

Have you noticed that as you get older, you begin to lose your dreams? I remember being a kid and deciding I wanted to be a fairy after seeing Peter Pan. My parents didn't tell me it was a stupid idea, they bought me fairy wings and a wand and I became their little fairy. Of course, I was fully aware that I wasn't actually a fairy but I believed in my dreams and I made them come true. It seems as people get older, they lose that little part of them that is so special. I don't know what happens to us, but those amazing little quirks we have as children seem to become a silly thing we used to do. I guess as you grow up you have more responsibilities. That is no reason to lose grip of what you truly want in life. We used to be fearless, we use to push the boundaries and we pursued our dreams.What happened to us to lose such a special part of our lives, that amazing part of us?

I see so many friends in their same mundane jobs. They're not passionate about what they do, in fact it isn't what they studied for. It's just something that pays the bills. I wish I could make them realize that there is so much more out there. Whether it means learning a new skill, travelling the world, building a company, even starting a blog, don't procrastinate anymore. We only get one life and it's way too valuable to spend living a life you never wanted. One day it's going to all be over, and will you be happy with where your life is? I've heard time and time again that as you get old, you never regret the things you did. You do however, regret the things you didn't do. You will wonder how different your life would have been if you just took that step towards your dream.

If there is only one thing you take from this post, let it be this...

Live your Dream. When it comes true, dream some more.