Lidl Grocery Haul

I popped into Lidl on my way home from uni today and grabbed some fresh fruits and veggies to tide me over for the next few days. I spent £15.50 in total and bought:

  
2 bags spinach

1 young coconut (I have no idea what it’ll be like, but I’ve never had a whole coconut before so I’m pretty excited)

Bananas (they’re pretty soft, but I’m going to use them in smoothies so it’s okay)

1 pack of fresh peppers (I’m kinda sad because all of the packs had a really small red pepper, which is my favourite, but the massive yellow pepper makes up for it)

3 avocados (only 2 are in the photo)

2 mangoes (my favourite fruit of all)

4 apples (only 2 are in the photo)

3 cucumbers (only 1 is pictured)

2 packs of corn on the cob (only 1 pictured)

6 persimmons/ Sharon fruit (my second favourite fruit, only 2 are pictured)

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Surprise! Last Minute Trip Home and Train Food

Hey all! As you all know, I’ve spent the summer in Edinburgh and not back home in Staffordshire. My parents came up to Ed for a week, I’ve had lots of fun at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (which I’ll do a post on very soon) and I wasn’t planning on going back home. So how did I find myself alone on a platform, awaiting my second train you ask? Well, that’s a combination of running out of money (the rent is paid and my student loans don’t start until the end of September), missing my parents and Nanna (and my dogs) more than I thought I would, boredom, and the fact that my best friend Rach is home until the end of September and I didn’t get to see her before I left Staffs in July. We’re very excited to be seeing each other again. Very. She goes to university in Wales and I am obviously in Edinburgh, so I think the last time we saw each other was Christmas (potentially Easter, my memory is awfully bad at times). IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG.

So here I am. I’ll be back in Staffs for a little over a week, and return to Ed next Friday. Then soon enough uni will be starting again. I’m ridiculously excited to be starting second year. I usually buy food on the train, but this time I ate before u left and just brought snacks for the train. I got 2 boxes of watermelon slices, a bag of rocket (one of only leaves I eat in salads – the other being lambs lettuce) and a bag of apples. Fun, huh? I also got a massive bottle of sparkling water and a bottle of pomelo honey iced tea from my local Chinese supermarket in Ed. it’s lovely!!! I highly recommend you pick up a bottle if you ever see it – there’s lots of different ones to try. I tend to favour the ones with honey, as I find it makes the drink a touch sweeter. Of course you could add any kind of syrup or sweetener if you wanted to.

   
I also bought a hot chocolate at the station just now, while waiting for the second train. I usually have hot chocolate with caramel syrup, but as luck would have it my train was late in and the caramel had sold out. The guy recommended hazelnut instead and, although I don’t particularly like nuts, it did make a very nice hot chocolate. Basically melted Nutella which is ALWAYS good. 

I don’t have much planned for this week, apart from seeing family and Rach, but I’m sure something fun will come up. Until then!

Restaurant Review: Noodle ‘n’ Ice Edinburgh

  

A friend and I went out to lunch today, and we chose this restaurant because it is very conviently placed, in the middle of South Bridge. The food is all Asian, with quite a bit of Thai influence throughout the menu. It was lovely inside, with an ice cream counter as you go in and tables down the side. It’s a small restaurant but a lovely one, perfect for a casual lunch.

I had the King Prawn Pad Thai (on my friend’d recommendation) and she had the Singapore Noodles. We also shared two of the light bites (the actual names escape me) – deep fried sweet potato and vegetarian spring rolls.  All the food was very quick to arrive, hot and the portions were very well sized. My Pad Thai was £7.50 and from what I can remember most main dishes were around this price. The light bites were around £3 each. 

Something which I very much appreciated was that the Pad Thai was served with nuts and chilli flakes, but these were put in little heaps on the side of the plate, allowing you to mix in as much or as little as you wanted. The dishes on the menu were also clearly marked for allergens and potential contact with nuts. The menu also stated that most of the dishes could be prepared and made vegan, which I thought was a very good idea.

I really wanted to try the ice cream (or they do ice cream milkshakes and smoothies – even better!) but it was cold and rainy and not really ice cream weather so I had to skip that. But we will definitely be coming back so I can get one then!!

Overall, the meal and atmosphere was terrific, and my friend and I were both very pleased we decided to go there. We will definitely be going again and I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Asian food. I’m sure the ice creams were delicious too!!

Note: I believe Noodle ‘n’ Ice also operate a takeaway service, although I’m not sure if they deliver or if you have to order and collect the food from the restaurant.

Finding my Way Back to Pescetarianism

I was a pescetarian for a few years before I came to uni, but in the past half a year I’ve fallen off the wagon so to speak. It’s not so much when I’m alone as when I’m with friends – I just found myself eating chicken and occasionally red meat too. It’s not even my friends, I know they’d be supportive anyway and there’s lots of veggie/fish options on every menu, it’s just that I guess I found it…easier?…to eat meat.

But I’ve decided to go back to pescetarianism! Now, a few people have asked why I’m bothering to go pescetarian; why not just go vegetarian instead? Well, when I became a pescetarian I was younger and my mum was very concerned about me getting enough protein and nutrients and a balanced diet, so to please her I carried on eating fish. Now that I’m finding my way back, it just seems easier to go back to what I was used to. Also, I love fish. I eat a lot of it and I love the taste, especially fresh fish or squid. I’m not sure I want to give that up, at least not yet.

But I’m trying. I’ve not eaten meat for a couple of weeks now and it’s easier than I thought to get back on track and continue on this path. I’m glad I made this choice again. Pescetarianism makes me feel healthy and good, which is all any of us really want from our diets. And I know that there are lots of very responsible farmers and abattoirs out there. But there’s also a LOT of irresponsible ones, ones that hurt the animals, ones that don’t care about the animals safety or comfort. And I would hate to know that the meat on my plate may come from them, may support and encourage those heartless monsters. So I’m not taking that chance. 

So that’s it! I just wanted to update you on this decision of mine, and tell you to look out for some tasty fish or veggie recipies on this blog – I have a few in mind and I’ll post plenty in the next few months! My next post will probably be a book review, and I’m also planning a review of the Northern Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet – I went to see it in Edinburgh last week and was completely enchanted!

Tesco Healthy Food Weekly Shop!

Hey guys! I’ve been trying to eat more healthy food and a bit less fast/convenient stuff, so I thought I’d do a quick post on the fruits and veggies I picked up from Tesco today. I usually do a main shop per week, and then pick up other things as and when I need them, so I’ll also put how long I think the food will last me before I need to top up my supply. Enjoy!

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The top picture (clockwise from top left):

Parma Ham – I’ve been trying not to eat so much meat recently, so this pack of Parma ham is the only meat product I picked up today. It’ll probably last me a couple of days as snacks.

Broccoli – I picked the biggest broccoli they had. I don’t eat it everyday so I won’t have to buy more this week.

Baby Sweet Peppers – this big bag of peppers was really good value. I eat these with lunch and also as snacks so I’ll eat them up in a couple of days. I might have to go bag and get a few more bags while they are on offer.

Curly Kale and Baby Spinach – you need plenty of greens and kale and spinach are cheap but nutritious and delicious! I won’t eat them at the same time so both bags together should last me a few days.

Baby Button Mushrooms – I picked the mushrooms that were the highest weight in the price band. These too will last me a few days.

The bottom picture (clockwise from top left):

Apples – I don’t eat too many apples but they’re good for you and good snacks. These will easily last the week.

2 bags of oranges – I love oranges, so I’ll get through these pretty quickly (two or three per day). These were on sale, and they’re very juicy and delicious.

Mango – mangoes are another fruit love of mine, but I don’t usually buy them from Tesco because they’re a bit expensive. However, they were on sale today so I picked one up.

Carrots – carrots are great snacks or in salads/with lunch. These will easily last me the week, as it’s a pretty big bag.

Sweet Potatoes – I love sweet potatoes far more than normal ones. I’ll have these as jacket potatoes, or maybe roast them. These too will last for the week.

Kiwi Fruits – I bought a bag of ready to eat kiwi fruits. These are lovely is salads or as a snack, so I may have to buy more in a few days.

2 Avocados – I usually buy avocados from Lidl as they tend to be quite a bit cheaper, but this twin pack was pretty good value, so I picked them up. I don’t eat avocado everyday, and I don’t buy them every week either, so these will last quite a while.

Baby Plum Tomatoes – I love snacking on tomatoes, so I tend to buy a pack every couple of days. These little ones are really sweet and good value.

Recipe: Spinach, Ham and Leek Frittata

Hey everyone! I made frittata yesterday and it was SO YUMMY. It was really nice for tea yesterday but also brilliant cold for breakfast today, which means I can have a lie in AND have a good breakfast before university.

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Ingredients:
6 eggs
Half a bag of spinach
1 leek
1 onion
2 spring onions
2 cloves of garlic
Some grated cheese (any type, and any amount to your taste)
Oil (I used olive oil but any will do) for frying
Milk
A pack of prosciutto ham

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Pour some oil into a frying pan to heat, and finely dice your onion and garlic. Fry on a medium-high heat until soft. Then, wash your spinach, leek and spring onions, chop the leek and spring onions and put all of them into the frying pan. Leave until mostly cooked.

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While the veggies are cooking, crack your eggs into a bowl and add milk and pepper. Whisk until everything is combined.

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Tear up the ham and put into the pan, along with the grated cheese. Make sure you mix everything around so that there’s an even layer of every ingredient.

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Pour in the egg mixture and leave to cook on a medium heat. Keep testing it to see if the mixture is setting (use a fork or spatula to gently move the sides of the frittata).

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When the egg is mostly cooked, place the pan under the grill on a high heat. This will cook the top half of the frittata. Leave it under until the entire dish is completely cooked – keep poking it with a fork and lifting sections up. The veggies will be cooked by now (and of course the ham and cheese are fine) but you HAVE to make sure the eggs are completely cooked. If in doubt, it’s always better to cook it for a few minutes too many than a few minutes too few.

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And that’s it! Like I say, it’s lovely hot or cold, by itself, or with baked beans or salad. Although it’s pretty easy to do, it took longer than I expected (I made this while I was in a bit of a hurry and I ended up slightly late) so I’d advise you to make this one evening when you have time to spare, and then have some for breakfast or lunch the next day.

I hope you enjoyed this! Tell me if you make this and what you think of it!

Quick and Easy Tea: Meatballs

Hey everyone! Thursdays are by far my busiest day – I have around an hour to get home from university, eat, shower and get back out again to the Sci Fi and Fantasy club meetings (watching TV for 4 hours with friends and then off to the pub afterwards – what could be better?). So this week I made something seriously quick and easy, but really delicious.

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I used:
meatballs (any brand, but make sure they have a good meat content)
2 white onions
1 tin of baked beans

Simply put your meatballs in the oven, and roughly chop and fry your onions. The beans take around 2 minutes in the microwave so make sure your meatballs and onions are cooked before you do them. And that’s literally it! You can use passata and butter beans or chickpeas instead of baked beans, or add roasted peppers and mushrooms for a bit more veg. It’s delicious and quick to make and eat. Perfect for when you’re in a rush!