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Monday, 30 April 2012

Boo Mondays

Mondays are always brighter with a new Cath Kidston work mug :) yayz

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Spot The Difference

Spot the difference between kitty and the new kitchen timer I got, how adorable!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Get Your Greek On

So it's only 6 days until my holiday to Crete and I decided I'd brush up on some phrases (spelt phonetically)...

Yiasses - Hello/Goodbye (pl)
Yiassou - Hello/Goodbye (sglr)
Angleea - England (easy to remember!)
Me lass anglika - Do you speak english?
Den milao ellinika - I do not speak Greek
Neh - Yes (that will get confusing)
Ohee - No
Parakalo - Please
Efharisto - Thank you
Signomi - Exuse me
Poso kani - How much is that?
Ehete - Do you have..?
Pou ine - Where is...?
To logariasmo parakalo - The bill please
enna - 1
dheeo - 2
treea - 3
tesserah - 4
pendeh - 5
exi - 6
efta - 7
octo - 8
ennia - 9
dheka - 10

What could possibly go wrong eh?

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Wedding Nazi

I like organising things, and I have been termed the "holiday nazi" before because of my stringent planning. However, in the post the other day I got a very exciting invite...

To my friends wedding and she said she was still thinking of wedding favours, have I got any ideas?
Err... have I got any ideas?
STEP ASIDE! This is a job for the holiday wedding nazi!!

Ok so here's my favourite ideas so far..

Lottery tickets or scratch cards

Cutesey, cheap, fun and good for a Saturday wedding as you can announce the draw!

Personalised Rock

Again, pretty cool but remember, rock is the destroyer of teeth

A Photo

You can hire a photo booth and all your guests could get cool photos of your day BUT - pretty pricey!!

There is of course the traditional sugared almonds, personalised M&Ms or chocolate that I always eat during the enormous wait between actually getting your food and sitting down but - why not look at something non-edible to make impatient people like me starve slowly at your venue? Like a cookie cutter

Or miniatures to drink to the happy couple!

Or if you want to be less boozy and more choosy you could give people seeds of your favourite flowers to plant in their gardens. Or candles... but when I thought about the last time I burnt a candle I was left thinking a while...

Not a fan of novelty gifts... who on earth would ever require a novelty wedding foam football keyring?

Who's idea was that????

On the more functional side of life which the holiday nazi in me likes, check out these luggage tags that double up as name cards...

Here's the most rubbish idea I came across in my searches - a thoughtful poem or proverb. Err... no. Not allowed, not on my watch you cheapskates.  No favour at all is better than that!

What do you think?

Monday, 16 April 2012

Friday, 6 April 2012

Jesus isn't the only thing rising this Easter...

I decided that after watching a Delia episode on baking bread I thought I'd try my luck at it. I hadn't ever made bread before because people with breadmakers had tricked me into thinking it'd be difficult. Also there are a lot of bread recipies online where you have to muck about with your yeast. Luckily, Delia says with her simple recipe "let's cut the crap and bake some tasty bread!"... Ok so she didn't exactly say that but I imagine that's what she would have said if she wasn't on TV.  My mum said she only made bread once, when she a was a little girl because there was a bread strike. I thought that sort of thing only happened in the reign of terror but there we are.

First I got all my ingredients - surprisingly few!

I was very interested in the yeast

I don't know exactly what it's made of but it looked rather interesting. Next I seived all my ingredients in a big bowl together and mixed them all around, no faffing about with putting the yeast one side etc etc

Then I dug a little well and added warm water

Gave it a little stir

Then I squidged it with my hands

Then I kneaded it for a bit and then left it in a bowl covered in cling film for two hours

And when I came back it had grown!

How exciting!! Then I knocked out the air and kneaded some more, then divided it into two loaf pans

Then I left these for an hour then put them in the oven for about 35 minutes... and out came my bread!


Then time for a taste test

Yummerz. Here's the recipe if you fancy some of your own tasty tasty bread Take me to the bread!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Why Delia's The Best

I'm a child of the Delia Smith generation, my mum swears by her and the house was always full of her books.

I've been watching her TV version of one of her books on the good food channel recently

And I just love simple her recipes are and then you can make them a bit more fancy if you like. I can't stand recipes that have ridiculous ingredients that you have to go out and buy because no normal human being stocks them in their cupboards. Anyway, if you have the good food channel on your TV then matime to check out her 'how to cook' lessons, she's great.

Lastly - another reason Delia's awesome. She was born in Woking and loves Norwich. I'm from Woking and live in Norwich! Forget the other TV chefs, Delia's withstood the test of time and chef fads.