Saturday, 17 February 2018

Meals For One: Spaghetti Carbonara


I am actually pretty happy with how things are going, food wise that is, this year. I love making things from scratch whenever I can find the time and knowing exactly what is going into the food I am eating. Of course, this definitely does not happen all the time, but trying little things like making my own bolognase sauce rather than grabbing a jar from the cupboard or making my own sweet potato fries is making my food times a little more enjoyable.

This recipe is perfect if, like me, you've run out of food and only have a few things in the fridge. Instead of having to come in from work and then go back out again to the shops, I whipped this up with only a few ingredients.

1 beaten egg
Salt & Pepper
2/3 tbsp Double Cream / milk (optional)
Grated Parmesan
Bacon (optional)
1 Clove of Garlic - crushed

Okay, so not everyone may have Parmesan, but I had some left over from my latest risotto (check out the recipe here). I also don't use fresh garlic, but use Lidl's equivalent of Lazy Garlic which my dad encouraged me to always have in my cupboard. It is so useful and you don't have to faff around with a garlic crusher. It is also very quick to make, perfect for a midweek dinner.

1. Mix the beaten egg and double cream together with a bit of salt and pepper. Add as much Parmesan as you feel, and mix.
2. Put your pasta on to cook.
3. Meanwhile, fry the bacon and once cooked, chop into smaller pieces. Add garlic to the frying pan, as well as the chopped bacon back in and fry until the garlic has cooked - a few minutes will do the trick.
4. Add the drained pasta to the frying pan and stir into the garlic and that the bacon is distributed evenly. If you manage it, grab a tbsp of the pasta water and add to the frying pan.
5. Take off the hob and pour the egg mixture and stir.
6. Keep stirring until the egg turns into a somewhat silky sauce. Top with parmesan and you're ready. 

The Parmesan combined with the egg mixture can make it look lumpy or that the egg has scrambled. It is completely fine and I don't really mind, as long as the egg doesn't fry completely, you're good to go, but I'm not very fussy, just more amazed that I managed to make a pasta dish with only a few ingredients that tastes pretty good.

I've also made this with mushrooms instead of bacon (which I only had because my house mate was going to throw it away!) and can also be used with just an egg instead of double cream or milk. And there definitely isn't enough for anyone else! 
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Saturday, 10 February 2018

F.R.I.E.N.D.S Gave Me Unrealistic Expectations Of Adult Life


So no one told you life was gonna be this way.

I am starting to feel pretty lonely. I've always been a homebody, when I am very rarely out, I desperately want to make my excuses to get back home. But then when I'm home I want to be around people again.

This isn't always the case. I love being by myself, doing things for me, and not having to deal with other people, but sometimes, I wish I had my support network with me. In my post about the life lessons my friends taught me, it made me realise how much I value, cherish and love my friends. But living miles away from them is pretty tough.

And that's where Friends comes into all of this. Watching it as a 13/14 year old who definitely didn't understand a lot of the jokes, I couldn't wait for adult life. Living out your twenties with a group of friends who hung around in coffee shops, had dinner together, who went out on new dates every week and gossiping about it afterwards was what I always wanted.

I'm at a point now where I have come to terms with life definitely not being like that. And sometimes, actually most of the time, I'm okay with it, but sometimes I'm not.

Whilst I have great and lovely housemates, we rarely spend a weekend together. We value each other's alone time, and many of them have partners or work colleagues they see. I don't have those other people outside the house to hang out with. That's the problem with moving somewhere new, or even moving home after university.

And how do you even make friends as an adult anyway? I tried going into the staff room at work today in the hope to meet some new people. It was a total fail. There wasn't many people coming in or out, and if they did, we sat, in silence on our phones. I'm desperately looking for an activity to get involved with, hopefully things will get easier when it stops being so dark after work.

Yes, my life's a joke, I'm broke, and my love life's DOA, but I'm finding adult life to be a little lonely.

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

What I Read In January


In my 18 things for 2018, I said that I wanted to read 20 books. It doesn't sound like a lot, but for someone who hasn't read books for pleasure for quite a while, it seemed like a mammoth task. However, 1 month in, I am on book 4, and absolutely loving having a little bit of time each day (well I try) to get lost in a book.

The first book I read, actually on the train journey back from a New Years Eve with my university pals, was The Note by Zoe Folbigg. This was the perfect book to start with, it was light, cheesy, romantic and easy to read. Unfortunately, there was no 'train guy' on my way home, but hey, one can only wish. I also loved that it was based loosely on Zoe's own experience giving her 'train man' a note with her e-mail address. Spoiler alert, Zoe ended up marrying the guy and they now have two children. Cute.


I only got into reading some of the classic books last year when a production of Pride And Prejudice came to the theatre I was working in. And let's say I have been hooked ever since. I received a beautiful copy of North And South by Elizabeth Gaskell was a secret santa present and having watched the adaptation on Netflix on a period drama binge, this was the perfect read. It look a little longer and a lot more concentration than the last one, but I made it through and fell in love with Margaret Hale and John Thornton all over again.

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig was a supermarket purchase one Sunday morning. I had read Reasons To Stay Alive, which I think is a beautiful book, so was intrigued at Haig's fiction work. This was quite a nice, light and easy read, but nevertheless it was a lovely read. It tells the story of Tom, a man who has lived for centuries and ages incredibly slowly. With slight Age Of Adeline vibes, I loved how it interwove Tom's modern day life into events that happened in earlier time periods.

Next on my list to read is Emma, by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre and Big Little Lies. I'm loving carving out time to read and get lost in another world for a little while.

Any book recommendations for me?

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