Archive | February, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge: Book 3 complete

15 Feb

Look at me, not even into March and I’m onto book 4! It’s all downhill from here methinks…

The Rosie Effect was everything I hoped it would be, albeit not as funny as the first one. It did however still make me laugh so I think it still counts as a ‘funny book’ and can therefore be ticked off the list.

Don’t be fooled, I’m actually a very slow reader. This week I was helped by a long train journey and a spa day. Seeing as I don’t have any more of those planned for a while, I suspect my next reading challenge update won’t be as quick!

Book 4 is a struggle. I have a good one up my sleeve but, having trawled through my book collection more than once, I can’t locate the book I’m after.

In the absence of that one, I’ve moved onto the very first challenge: A book with more than 500 pages.

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Coming in at 531 pages, the lucky winner is Mhairi McFarlane with It’s not me it’s you. Perfect for the day after Valentine’s Day!

I might be a while with this one…

2015 Reading Challenge: Book 2 complete

7 Feb

It’s fair to say I’ve been on a journey over the last month.
Having lost my mum six years ago to cancer, I knew reading Wild would affect me deeply. I may not have dealt with my grief in the same way as the author, Cheryl Strayed, but I could still relate to her pain and the complexity of feelings that come with losing such an important part of your life. Like her, I have a hole in my heart.
I would recommend this book to anyone. Cheryl makes you tut, laugh and cry – and her honest writing was a pleasure to read all the way through.
Sadly I think I’ve missed my chance to see the film at the cinema now thanks to my slow reading but will be buying it as soon as it comes out on DVD.
That’s the second box ticked – a book that became a movie.
Here’s me looking like a loser after finishing it on the train:

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Next is The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion, a funny book (I hope)

Takeaway shmakeaway

5 Feb

The end of January may have meant I had been paid after a wait that felt like forever – but I’m still broke (and trying to be well behaved).

With this in mind, the boyfriend and I decided to ditch the takeaway menu and try making our own curry last weekend, with a little added help of our foodie penpal recipe 😊

It also gave us the perfect excuse to use our new mini chopper, which I bought the boyfriend for Christmas!

In went the garlic, ginger and onions, whizzed to a purée with the help of our new friend

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The mixture then went into the frying pan, before adding water and korma paste.
Almonds, sultanas, chicken stock and sugar followed closely behind the chicken and it started to look like this..

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While it was simmering, we decided to have a go at making chapattis using the recipe given to us by our lovely foodie penpal, Teresa. She’d packed it in our parcel after reading my naan bread post, which I thought was really sweet.
They were pretty easy to make too – just mix wholewheat flour, salt and water in a bowl until combined

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Then roll out into small balls

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And then flatten them with the palm of your hand and slap into a frying pan

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And this is what we ended up with:

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Pretty nice too! It was only halfway through though that I realised I’d missed a crucial ingredient – the yoghurt! Doh! Ah well, I’ll remember next time…

In case you want a go, the recipe can be found here.