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A Weekend Dog Walk

10th March 2014

Wasn’t the weekend a beauty? After weeks and weeks of rain we were finally given two full days of gorgeous sunshine so we decided to make the most of it and take the dogs for a big walk to knacker them out…and knacker them out we did! I wanted to share a few of the photos I took; the light in these is absolutely beautiful and I might be a bit biased but I think the dogs are looking pretty good too, not to mention the hunk who was on ball-throwing duty!

Everything was going so well for Ernie…until the post-walk bath!

Recipe: Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Chorizo

28th February 2014
I’ve always been a big pesto fan and I started cooking this dish during my student days, when I wanted something comforting and filling to prepare me for a long night of studying… or drinking, whichever.
It’s so simple to make and doesn’t take more than twenty minutes from start to finish – plus, it only uses a frying pan and a saucepan so there’s hardly any washing up, bonus!


Ingredients:

  • Pasta (I use fusilli, it really doesn’t matter what kind you use but I’d suggesting picking something that isn’t too noodley)
  • Pesto (I swear by Sacla, there are cheaper options out there and, as you can see, I used the Asda own brand this time but it really wasn’t as good. This is one time I’d suggest going for the more expensive option as it really does make a difference!)

Those are the two essential ingredients, so now you can add whatever you fancy. The recipe I’m going through uses the following, but you can chop and change as you see fit. Mushrooms work really well in this as well:

  • Chicken
  • Chorizo
  • Pine nuts
  • Sweetcorn
  • Cheese (to top)

Method:

1. Get your pasta going. You know the score, boil the water, sprinkle of salt (if you want), whack the pasta in and away you go. Stir every so often to stop it sticking and keep an eye on the ├ąclock so you don’t overcook it if you prefer it al dente.

2. Prepare your chicken – I chop into chunks

3. Oil your pan and start cooking the chicken

4. After the chicken is sealed all over (usually after five minutes or so) I cut up the chorizo (I’ll chop one slice into about four) and add it to the pan. As soon as you add it you’ll get such a gorgeous whiff in the kitchen. It smells amazing

5. Leave the chicken and chorizo cooking for another five minutes or so (make sure the chorizo doesn’t burn). By this point your pasta is probably cooked so leave it draining in a colander

6. While the pasta’s draining chuck in a handful of pine nuts and some sweetcorn. Pine nuts can burn very easily so keep an eye on them!

7. Whack your drained pasta in a big bowl and mix the ingredients from your pan in with the pasta. Make sure it’s mixed evenly – you don’t want to end up with one serving that doesn’t have any chicken or there’ll be hell to pay!

8. Now, pesto time! Pesto is a bit of a love/hate taste so go heavier or lighter depending on what you prefer. I’m a big pesto fan and so is my boyfriend, so we do add quite a lot. Stir everything through thoroughly so make sure it’s all distributed evenly

9. Serve! A shaking of pepper and a sprinkling of cheese is the perfect way to top this dish. It tastes great on its own but goes nicely with a side of garlic bread

26th Birthday Photos

27th February 2014
Birthday face // Amazing sparkler candles! // My gorgeous mum and her dog, Ernie // My beautiful nan // Fantastic decorations my boyfriend made to decorate our living room on the day // More cheese, of course // My hottie boyfriend pretending he doesn’t want his picture taken
This post is a little late…two months late, in fact! I turned 26 at the end of last year and had the most beautiful day. I was lucky enough to be given a new camera as one of my presents so I took a few snaps throughout the day to try it out. I’ve just got around to organising them so thought I’d make a little collage of my favourites to share with you.
As you can see from the photos – food featured heavily, of course! After my boyfriend made me a giant stack of pancakes (with chopped banana and Nutella, yum!) for breakfast, me and my mum went for a lovely cream tea at my favourite tea rooms in our local town. After unwrapping my presents and playing with my camera my family prepared a brilliant buffet tea that involved a LOT of cheese – perfect!
After far too much food I settled down with my boyfriend, mum, nan, the dogs and a hefty glass of champagne to watch Love Actually and enjoy the rest of my night. It was an absolutely perfect day and I’m glad a took a few photos so I can remember it in years to come.
What’s your idea of the perfect birthday? Mine doesn’t stretch much further than family, food and relaxing but do let me know your ideas in the comments.