Porridge is that breakfast I eat whatever the day and weather. Even on a hot day you’ll find me tucking into it (I do let it cool first as not to make myself hot and get sweaty after). A satisfying and filling bowl of oats gets me through most of the morning without getting hungry. I shake it up when I fancy something a little different to the usual comforting peanut butter and banana combo, switching up the toppings, cooking different fruit into it, and using different milk at times. This recipe is from one of those times. A morning I wanted my good old porridge but craved new and inventive. With strawberries to use up, a strawberry and almond porridge was on the menu.…

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A couple of weeks ago now I jumped on a National Express coach down to Bath to see Char,¬† my best friend from uni. Overdue a huge catch up, I was heading down a little earlier than the other girls so we could have some time together before the wedding planning resumed full steam ahead – she’s getting married next March. With an afternoon to explore, we headed for lunch before letting the inner explorer out and heading to explore the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were beautiful. Very peaceful and quiet. There were times we felt like if we stepped over the bridge or up the stairs we’d stumble across the secret garden. A magical place undisturbed by others. Still chatting the whole way round,…

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Do we ever grow up? Really? I’m 26. Twenty six! And yet I don’t feel grown up. I feel like I did at 20/21 at uni but just with more life experience. More knowledge of how to deal with problems, tricky situations and difficult people. More experience in my career, living on my own and being independent, and how to budget. More confidence in travelling and navigating cities, networking and in my abilities. But I don’t feel older. Mariah who blogs over at It’s Mariah Jean¬†made me start thinking about all the things I still do, even as an adult. Those little things you think grown ups wouldn’t do, like still counting on your fingers. It made me giggle thinking about them so I had…

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Chicken is such a versatile meat. From simply roasting with spices, or slow cooking with lemon rosemary, to using in a homemade curry, butterflying and grilling with peri peri, or making enchiladas. There’s so much you can do with it. Alex being a big meat eater, and requesting meat for every dinner we have together, chicken has become somewhat of regular every week. A big pack of breasts, or legs, can last a few meals, and as long as you shake up the dish, you never get bored! Following a night of simple fajitas (yes, sometimes I do buy those sets as they’re super quick and easy for after work), I got creative in the kitchen for our second day of chicken. Cooking off sliced…

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I hardly ever go for a cake when out for coffee. I almost always exercise my will power (which is apparently very strong according to my mum) to resist the temptations. No cake, no extra gym time needed is what I tell myself…silly I know. But when I was off recently for a long weekend, I had cake with a coffee not once but twice! The second time was so good I had to tell you about the cute spot I discovered. I say discovered, I mean shown. Out for a catch-up with Lorna, one of the girls, she took me to one of the sweetest places. Stepping inside the old Palmers pet shop where Yumchaa teas is located, the interior had such a country…

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