Friday, 23 April 2010

Friday: some blanks, some grub and a photo!

I'm approaching the weekend tentatively as there is less than a week until my Big Essay Deadline (Thursday, 12 noon - eeeeek!). I'm not overly stressed as I've been working hard, and it's paid off, but still - I must endure at least one tough weekend through the process, and it will be this one! However, it's still Friday, which means I get to spend more than just a couple of after-work hours with my blue-eyed man, and so I'm happy!

Writing essays is hungry work. It will never cease to amaze me. And my appetite will continue to amaze me even moreso! There have been some exciting culinary moments through the week, two of which I will quickly share!

One healthy pasta tea:

Tangy Spaghetti

Serves 1

Half an onion, thinly sliced
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
2 mushrooms, sliced
Half a red pepper, sliced
3 small vine tomatoes, sliced
1 portion Quorn chicken (or normal chicken!)
Handful of green olives
Handful of capers
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1. Fry onion and chicken until the chicken softens
2. Add garlic, mushrooms and pepper and cook until soft
3. Add tomatoes on top of vegetables and leave until the tomatoes are soft
4. Stir in olives and capers and add balsamic vinegar, then cook for a further 5 minutes
5. Season with black pepper and serve with wholemeal spaghetti

And one sugary, oaty treat!


Serves one person writing an essay - munch continuously!

Jumbo oats
Pecan nuts
Banana chips
Dried coconut flakes
Loads of honey

1. Mix oats, nuts, banana and coconut together in a bowl and add waaayyy too much honey until it's all coated and sticky (and the kitchen, your fingers and your clothes are also sticky).
2. Spread onto a baking tray and bake at 150C for about 30 minutes until browned, making sure you jiggle the mixture around every now and then!
3. Stir in raisins and leave to cool (or just eat it all right now)


And in true Friday style Fill in the Blanks Friday from The Little Things We Do! This week with a musical theme!

1. One song that always takes me back to my youth is "Baby Come Back" by The Equals! Me and my brother used to run around in a circle singing 'baby come back' over and over idea why!

2. My first concert ever was The Backstreet Boys at Manchester Arena! I was in LOVE with Brian and my best friend loved Nick, so our Mums took us to see them when we got good results in our SATs. I was 10, and I couldn't believe how many people could be in one place!.

3. If I could create my dream music festival I'd want these bands to be there: It would be in the late 80s, and Green Day, Nirvana and REM would be headlining. The Smiths, Bikini Kill and The Raincoats would be there too - awesome!

4. The best make-out/"boot knocking" song ever is Nightswimming by REM .

5. The best concert I've ever been to was probably REM in 2008, as it really was a dream come true. However seeing Midlake, The Earlies and Dawn Landes in a tiny venue in York in 2006 (the night I met Tim Smith!!) was really really special .

6. A memorable musical moment for me was playing lead guitar in my first Battle of the Bands when I was 15. Just about the whole school was watching and for that single night I was really really super cool!

7. The song on my iPod that's getting the most play these days is I don't have an iPod! I'm a complete purist when it comes to music - I have some really old REM albums on vinyl, in fact! King Creosote is currently in my CD player, and I was listening to Midlake's new album last night, which is amazing! .

And finally, I thought I would share a photo from the Easter wedding of me in my finery, looking extra ladylike!

Hmmm...I think I was danced out by that point...or maybe it was the 3 glasses of champagne and surplus amounts of wine?

Have a great weekend!


  1. BSB....awesome first concert :).

    thanks for playing along. happy friday!


  2. Pretty necklace!
    Your food looks very tasty and very healthy.
    Enjoy your weekend and I hope the essay writing continues to go well.
    Lisa x

  3. Essays give me serious munchies too. I might just have to make that granola recipe as I have an essay due on Tuesday!

    And your food always looks so good.

    That pic is priceless ;P

  4. The fact that you do not have an iPod is...really cool!
    I would never attempt that now, after having one, but so neat that you don't.

  5. thoses recipes sound DIVINE!
    yum yum yum!
    definitely making those as soon as i have enough money to get all the ingredients!!

    that picture is too funny!!!

  6. I don't have an IPOD either. My partner bought one last year and he used it for a few weeks walking tot he gym - but it just sits next tot he computer now gathering dust.

    We're both vinyl freaks - and of course CDs are fine copletel with booklet etc. Downloading songs is ok to hear what it sounds like - but then we go out and buy the real thing!

    Glad you like the latest Midlake album - I absolutley love it!!! Their best for sure - although I've burnt myself a litle best of Midlake collection of all my fave songs for when I wash up in the kitchen!! I have a little CD player in there which is perfect for cleaning moments!

    GOOD LUCK with your essay - it'll soon be done and you can celebrate with your blue eyed man! Take care - Al x

  7. That's some mean-looking pasta you've got there. And I love mushrooms so I will be trying that recipe soon. And what's Chris Martin doing in that photo with you? Gwyneth is going to skin alive! :-)

    On another note, I have just finished drafting up the first post of the two-part debate about feminism. Being stranded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, meant that I finally got home last Saturday. I've included now your contribution which I had not had time to read yet. You know, holidays and all that jazz. Thanksa bunch for that. There's only a problem with the photo you enclosed. Because it's on a word document, I can't right-click on it and 'save as'. The system doesn't let me. So, how about saving your blog's byline picture? Would that be OK? Or if you want to send me the same photo you enclosed in the word document as a separate attachment, I'm cool with that.

    Great post.

    Greetings from London.

  8. backstreet boys... :] totally had a crush on them myself when i was little. great pic! haha hope you finish your essay in time! thanks for the recipes!