We’ve had a face lift!

Hey everyone! I’d been quite sporadic with posting for quite a while (I’ve been having a lot of personal problems and I’ve been in a reading/blogging slump for quite a while) but hopefully that’ll change soon. To commemorate my new ideas and renewed vigour for blogging, I have changed the look of my blog! Woo! It’s still just one of the free WordPress ones (I am but a poor human bean) but I really like the colour scheme and fonts. The blog image of a typewriter is also from the WordPress arsenal and I think it’s both beautiful and does a good job of summing up my blog (and my life if we’re being honest). I may change it to an image that I’ve taken myself in the future, but I’m still undecided. I love this image enough to stick with it for a while yet.

I don’t really know why I’m making this post. I don’t want it to be another “don’t worry I’m back for real” post because they seem to be the death of me. All I can say is that I’m getting on with my life the best I can, I have honestly missed blogging and I’m excited to get back to it, I have more ideas for blog posts now but still no schedule but then, life’s really too short to spend it on a schedule anyway. I want to thank all of you who were here before, and all those who will return. My blog is primarily for myself but when others recognise my work or talk to me about shared interests it really warms my heart. So thank you for that. And here’s to the many productive months ahead.

Don’t forget to follow me if you’d like, read my latest post (a spoiler-free review of the film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), comment on my posts (I do so love hearing from you guys) and follow my new (and hopefully more active) book instagram secretlybeautifulbooks (you can also follow my personal instagram – alliej_xoxo – for sporadic selfies and food porn). See you in the next post .

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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)

Breakfast! Scrambled egg, bacon and Scottish oatcakes

Hey everyone! One of the main, regular features of this blog will be recipe ideas and meals that I, a poor broke student, actually eat. The idea is to keep all the meal ideas I like in the same place for easy use, while also helping anyone out there who needs some cheap and easy recipe ideas that are delicious to eat and quick to make. So let’s get started!

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The main ingredients you need for this are:
2 eggs
3 rashers of bacon
3 Scottish oatcakes (or whatever other savoury, breakfast biscuit type thing is local to you).

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First, you need to hear a little bit of oil in a frying pan. I used olive oil but any oil or Fry Lite will do. Put the heat up to the highest setting and make sure the oil is hot enough to slide around the pan and coat the bottom.

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Then of course comes the actual cooking. I did the bacon first because that takes the longest to cook. Turn the heat down to a medium setting, then place your bacon rashers down. REMEMBER to wash your hands after this and before doing anything else – please don’t give yourselves food poisoning! Leave the bacon to cook away until it’s completely opaque and then flip.
I also cracked my eggs into a bowl because I’m always worried about shell getting into the frying pan. If you’re better at cracking eggs than me, you can just skip this bit.

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Now, when I woke up his morning I was planning to do fried eggs but I got to the kitchen, opened the fridge and realised I needed to use my milk up. SO I went for scrambled egg instead. Really, any kind will go with this. I drink soya milk but, again, any milk is good; splash a little into the bowl and mix with a fork until all the egg and milk is combined.

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Now, I like a little cheese when I’m doing scrambled egg, so I chopped a little Wensleydale with cranberries…mostly because that’s the only cheese I have right now. Tastes good though! You can skip this step if you want, but I just think the cheese adds a little extra taste.

Then, take your bacon out of the pan and place it on some kitchen towel, just to drain off any oil or fat.

Pour the scrambled egg into the pan, and don’t forget to keep stirring it with a spatula or wooden spoon – otherwise you’ll get an omelette instead! Keep stirring until it’s turned solid and there’s no liquids left. I’m always of the mindset that it’s better to slightly overcook than undercook, especially where eggs and meat are concerned.

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Then, when the egg was cooked through, I just turned off the heat and mixed my cheese into the egg.

Then just put the bacon, egg and biscuits onto your plate.

That’s it! It took around 20 minutes, and it’s VERY good to eat. Best of all, you can adapt it to use up anything. Got some tomatoes that need eating? Put them in your egg too! Forgotten about that turkey you bought a few days ago? Have that instead of bacon!
It’s really simple, really delicious and really quick! And that’s all I need in a breakfast. Hope you enjoyed this post and, if you give this idea a whirl, let me know what you think! Did you like it? Did you modify it? See you soon!

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