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New Year- New Resolutions

5 Jan

So it’s now the 5th of January, definitely enough time to seriously consider my New Year’s Resolutions, without legging it to the gym and never using my membership after the end of January. Plus I HATE those resolution gym treadmill stealing newbies who arrive all made-up and matching and take over all the machines for a month all full of swagger and pzazz, and then never come back. Ok rant over.

Here is my carefully-put-together-made-with-love list of New Year’s Resolutions: (in no particular order)

  • Get a job that defies awesomeness in Marketing/PR/Social Media/Event Management-preferably a giant mix of all of the above
  • Get my full Driver’s License and actually use it. I will let you all know when I finally take to the roads so you have the option of not, while I find my feet.
  • Take more photos and make the time to do it slowly like when I was in college.
  • Travel more- Already this year I’ve booked Berlin to see Florence in March, Barcelona this weekend, have to book Manchester with the lovely Ciara for our anti-European Cup trip, and somewhere along the lines I want to make it to Edinburgh to see Shell and Paulie, Southampton to meet baby Leila, Cath and Mike, and London to visit Emma, Mags, Emer, Ruth, Jamie, Paul, Kasia, Amy and more… On this hit list, if someone else is paying I’ll add in a few weeks in Thailand,Vietnam and Laos and a shopping trip to New York when my little brother Ali hits the East Coast with his buddies for the summer. Oh and Galway to see Rosalie and James, Rory, Jonny and Ciara and Gary.
  • Hand in my Post-Grad projects. FINALLY. By the end of January. POW.
  • Get back into Zumba classes at the end of January with Ciara.
  • Start to run again twice a week- I know…When it’s a little less gale-forcey.
  • Get back into music- Feel like my iPod list it about 10 years old. Seriously, any suggestions for playlists welcome 🙂 Also going to more gigs would be delightful. small and cosy. Noel Gallagher and Florence are on the list so far.
  • Go somewhere random in Ireland with the girls for a weekend. Something like Delphi or Killarney back in the day. YUUUUUHUUU!
  • Learn some more yummy recipes like these
  • Get a few facials. Want to try this
  • Be more positive and not so cynical in certain situations.
  • Start an intercambio or get back into my Spanish when Ana comes to live in Dublin yay 🙂
  • Embrace the pale.
  • Learn a new skill. Mosaic classes or pottery anyone? I’ll make you an amazing pot for Christmas.
  • Find new places in Dublin to love it all over again. Open to many suggestions on this one.
  • Cut down my wardrobe and fill it with smaller amounts of more useable lovlieness. Bags and shoes are an exemption to this rule.
  • Step back and see the bigger picture. It’s not always black and white. This is a toughie.

This list is ever changing. Let me know if you have any more suggestions.

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recipe #12 perfect fluffy american pancakes

9 Oct

need:

3 large eggs

120g flour

150ml milk

1 tsp baking powder

teeny pinch of salt

make:

separate the eggs, put whites in one bowl and yolks in the other

add the flour, baking powder and milk and mix together to make a really smooth batter

in the other bowl whisk the whites with the pinch of salt until they form peaks

fold the egg whites into the batter mix and whisk together

heat a pan to medium, grease with some butter

pour in some of the pancake mixture and heat for a few minutes

when it’s almost golden, add whatever mixture you want, chocolate, bananas etc..

cook until golden…

(note: the ones i made in the pictures were a little lighter than the recipe above)

recipe#10 chocolate bread and butter pudding

4 Sep

need:

10 slices of one day old white sliced bread

200g of dark chocolate-over 75% cocoa

80g butter

450 ml whipping cream

130g caster sugar

3 medium eggs

pinch of cinnamon

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

make:

remove crusts from bread

cut into four triangles

gently heat chocolate, cream, sugar, butter and cinnamon until dissolved

stir all ingredients together

in another bowl, whisk eggs, then pour eggs over chocolate mix

pour half the chocolate and egg mix into greased ovenproof bowl

place half the bread triangles side by side over chocolate

pour almost all other half of chocolate on top of bread

add more bread again and finish off with more chocolate

press mix with fork to make sure all bread is coated and soggy

cover and leave to cool in fridge for up to 48 hours

when ready to cook, remove cover, preheat oven to 190 celsius

cook in middle shelf for about 30 mins

stand for ten mins to cool

dollop of whipped cream and a big cup of tea

recipe#9 spaghetti bolognese a la moi

28 Jul

need:

500g sirloin mince

1 chopped onion

3/4 garlic cloves crushed

tin chopped tomatoes

few tblsp passata

glass full-bodied red wine

few mushrooms chopped

two handfuls of cherry tomatoes

handful of ripped basil

chopped aubergine

make:

fry the mince in a heated pan on low heat with olive oil

when meat is frying for a few minutes, add red wine

chop garlic and onions and add to pan

add aubergine, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes

add tin of tomatoes and passata

leave to simmer for about an hour, longer if possible

boil the water, add oil and salt, then pasta

serve the meat sauce on a bed of pasta

sprinkle some ripped basil on top

serve with some fresh warm crusty bread

oh and a huge glass of nice red wine

enjoy 🙂

recipe #8 white chocolate & raspberry cheesecake

14 Jul

need:

200g crushed digestive biccies or ginger nuts

55g  melted butter

420g philadelphia cream cheese

55g caster sugar

1/2 lemon with zest and juice

350g chopped white chocolate

300ml whipped cream

250-300g raspberries

 

 

make:

crush biccies

stir in melted butter and press mixture into a greased cake tin

chill in fridge for 15 mins

whisk cheese, sugar, lemon zest and juice together

melt chocolate  and add to beated ingredients and fold in the cream

put some raspberries onto the base and pour half of the filling on top

repeat until filling is all used up and smooth the surface of the cake with a spoon

leave to chill overnight if possible

serve with fresh cream and raspberries and decorate with some lemon zest and a sprig of mint


 

recipe #7 yummy breakfast smoothie

6 Jul

need:

half can of low fat coconut milk

spoonful of good honey

half a glass of ice

handful of strawberries

half a banana

passionfruit

tablespoon of wheatgerm

 

 


make:

blend until smooth and enjoy

 

recipe #6 dippy guacamole

20 Jun

need:

2 kind of brown avocados

1 big clove of garlic

few slices of spring onion

juice of one lime

juicy bits of one vine tomato

half a handful of corriander

warm fresh ripped bread or

slices of cucumber or peppers to dip

make:

chop garlic, spring onions, corriander

slice avocados and remove seeds

half a tomato and squeeze out the juice

slice and juice lime

mash up avocado

mix lime and tomato juice

add garlic, onions and sprinkle the corriander

recipe #3 birthday brownies for siobhan and laura

28 May

need:

300 g caster sugar

130g plain flour

200g dark chocolate

handful of chopped pecans

handful of chocolate chips

2 spoons of nutella

3 eggs-medium

175g butter

 

make:

preheat oven to 170 celcius

melt together the chocolate and butter and smooth the mixture nicely

add the sugar, then flour, then eggs and mix until smooth

pour mixture onto the baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper

oven for about 30 minutes, but don’t let the edges get too crispy

you are looking for a flaky edge and a gooey inside

sprinkle with some icing sugar and a few chopped pecans and serve with a little cream

 

recipe #1 fresh corriander pesto

25 May

need:

lime juice

corriander

small piece of ginger

chilli, all chopped up

pepper & salt to taste

crushed garlic

make:

blend together until smooth and enjoy slathered onto some warm ripped ciabatta bread.