Thursday, September 1, 2011

Recipes

 

As I absolutely luuuurve food, I have decided that I will post a few recipes of my favourite dishes so that you can try them. Smile 

 

 

Banana Fritters

My mum used to make these for me when I was a kid. They are delicious, especially when complimented by ice cream, preferably vanilla. Banana Fritters also go well with maple syrup or honey.

Ingredients
enough oil for deep frying
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1 tbsp baking soda
2 free-range eggs
splash of iced fizzy water
2 bananas, sliced on the diagonal
For the sauce
100g/3½oz caster sugar
85ml/3fl oz double cream
85g/3oz butter
50g/1¾oz hazelnuts, crushed

 

 

 

Preparation method:


Heat the oil in a large saucepan ready for deep frying. (CAUTION: Hot oil can be dangerous, do not leave unattended).

Mix together the flour, baking soda, eggs and water to make a batter.

Dip in the slices of banana to coat, then fry in the hot oil for 2-3 minutes or until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

For the sauce, caramelize the sugar by heating it gently in a hot pan until it turns golden. Once it's golden-brown, add the cream and butter and bring to the boil. Let it reduce for a minute or two, then add the hazelnuts.
Pour over the bananas fritters and serve.

 

 

BBQ Chicken and Rice

Ingredients
Chicken breast chopped
Rice
Green pepper
Sweetcorn
Jar of BBQ sauce
Ham (2 or 3 slices per person)

Method
Boil the rice
Meanwhile, fry the chicken until nearly cooked
add the green pepper fry till chicken is cooked.
Pour on the jar of BBQ sauce and then add a few slices of ham and as much sweetcorn as you want.
Cook till hot throughout.
Add rice and serve.

 

 

 

Pineapple Fried Rice

(Serves 2 as a main course)

Ingredients:
1 cup pineapple tidbits (fresh is better, but canned works too)
4 cups cooked rice, preferably at least 1 day old
4 Tbsp oil for stir-frying
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red or green chili (de-seeded if milder rice is desired)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 egg, beaten (omit if vegan)
1/4 cup currants (or raisins)
3 Tbsp. chicken or vegetable stock
3 Tbsp. fish sauce (or substitute 3+ 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce if vegetarian)
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. sugar
3 spring onions, finely sliced
1/3 cup fresh coriander


 

Method:

Start by preparing the rice. Add a little oil to the rice (up to 1 Tbsp.) and work through with your fingers. You want to separate the grains of rice, so that they don't stick together. Set aside.

Swirl 3 Tbsp. oil around a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, garlic, and chili, stir-frying for one minute, or until fragrant. Cooking tip: If wok/pan becomes too dry, add a little stock or a touch of water instead of more oil.

Push aside the shallots, garlic, and chili to make room for the egg (if using). Add the beaten egg to the wok/pan, and stir fry quickly to cook (like making scrambled eggs).

Mix together the chicken or vegetable stock, fish sauce (or soy sauce), curry powder, and sugar. Stir well, then add to wok/pan.

Now add the prepared rice to the wok/pan. Stir-fry until all the rice has mixed with the sauce and is a uniform color. Break up any lumps with your utensil or a fork. Cooking Tip: Don't be tempted to add any more water/broth or other liquids to the rice at this point, or it will end up mushy. You can push ingredients aside and add a little more oil to the bottom of the pan if rice is sticking. Also, continually lift/scoop up rice from the bottom of the pan, tossing rather than stirring it.

Add the frozen peas, currants (or raisins), and pineapple. Stir-fry to mix in.

Continue stir frying until everything is integrated (1-2 more minutes). Cooking tip: You should be able to hear some rice "popping" or crackling in the pan. Finally, do a taste test. If not salty enough, add 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp. more fish sauce (or salt if vegetarian). If not spicy enough, add more chopped fresh chili. If too salty for your taste, add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice.

 

 

Frozen Yogurt

For those of you who don’t already know, my current food obsession is Frozen Yogurt. It’s a healthy alternative to the usual endless amounts of crisps and candies I eat and is great either on its on or with fruit (my choice is pineapple and mango). Occasionally, as a treat, I like to add mini Oreos. Nom.

 

Ingredients:
12.5cl semi-skimmed milk
1tbsp vanilla extract
Half litre plain low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites
6tbsp caster sugar

Method:
1. Combine the vanilla extract with unheated milk.
2. Whisk the yogurt, egg whites and sugar into the milk.
3. Freeze for about 2 hours.

 

 

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My favourite toppings are circled. It’s kinda hard to see but they are: Oreos, Mango, Pineapple and Strawberries Smile

 

I love going to Snog to buy Fro Yo!!

 

Yog is also fantastic! They do a special Fro Yo with passion fruit flavour. Nom nom nom!!!

 

 

 

 

Mini Toad In The Hole

One of my favourites. A classic “comfort” food, perfect for a night in by yourself, or as a light lunch.


Ingredients:
3 chipolata sausages
1 tbsp oil
4 tbsp plain flour
1 egg
4 tbsp milk
Pinch of salt

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C / Gas 7.
2. Cut each sausage in half.
3. Brush 2 Yorkshire pudding tins with oil. Add the sausages and cook for about 5 mins.
4. Place the flour, egg & pinch of salt in a bowl. Gradually whisk in the milk, beating until a smooth batter is formed.

5. Pour this into the Yorkshire pudding tins and bake for 15 mins until risen & golden.
6. When cooked, loosen with a knife & turn out on to serving plates.

 

 

All-Day Breakfast Fry-Up

Ingredients:
Light olive oil
1 sausage
1 slice of bread, cut in half.
1 tomato, sliced.
2 rindless rashers of bacon
1 egg

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / Gas 6.
2. Slick the sausage in a baking tray & cook for 20 mins.
3. Wait 10 mins, then heat the frying pan & drizzle in a lil oil.
4. Fry the tomatoes in the same pan & add the bacon until crisp on both sides.
5. Add the sausage to the pan & cook until warm.
6. Put the sausage, tomato & bacon onto a plate.
7. Fry the egg.
8. Toast the bread and then butter it.
9. Add the egg & bread to the plate.

 

 

 

 

 

Video on how to make banana ice cream

 

 

One of my favourite meals!! :D

 

Sam Stern

 

Jamie Oliver

Two Can Keep A Secret If One Of Them Is DEAD


I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With A

Do you ever feel like you are being continuously watched by someone?  Do you ever feel that although you are a very secretive person there is someone in the world, who you may or may not know, who knows everything about you?


Well, that is exactly how Aria, Spencer, Hannah and Emily, the stars of the hit TV and book series Pretty Little Liars, feel when they are reunited a year after the disappearance of their best friend Alison.  Before Aria Montgomery, the "artsy and imaginative" girl, returned her year abroad in Iceland, everything in her hometown of Rosewood appears to be normal.  However, the moment Aria steps back into her old school the calmness is shattered and everything starts to go downhill.  Someone, who prefers to go by the initial "A", knows all of Alison's friends' secrets and is intent on blackmailing the four girls into admitting the events of the previous summer, not to mention their other dark secrets.





A lot had changed in Rosewood since the night of Alison's disappearance.  During that year her four friends all grew apart.  Hanna Marin became the new Queen Bee, Emily Fields progressed in swimming, Spencer Hastings began community service, and Aria Montgomery moved to Iceland in order to forget about That Night.  However, the moment Aria steps back into her old school Rosewood Day the girls cross paths again.  Soon the calmness is shattered and everything starts to go downhill as they begin to receive peculiar messages from the mysterious "A", someone who knows all four girls' secrets and is intent on blackmailing them into admitting the truth of what happened last summer.  At first it appears that this "A" person could be Toby Cavanaugh, the stepbrother of Jenna, the blind girl, but then in later episodes he seems less and less guilty and the blame moves to Lucas Gottasman, who destroyed Alison's memorial and has a crush on Hanna.  As the series progresses the quartet grows closer to uncovering the truth about their friend's death and the true identity of "A", while at the same time confronting a series of unfortunate events, such as Hanna getting run over, Toby trying to attack Emily, and Spencer's older sister catching her kissing her boyfriend.  Aria, Spencer, Hannah and Emily also face being interrogated by the police, their parents and their fellow students, relationship struggles and trying to get over the loss of Alison DiLaurentis.  Spencer has to try to close the already existing wall between her and her sister Melissa by fighting the urge to kiss her boyfriends behind her back; Aria must come to grips with the fact that her family is falling apart and that her secret affair with her English teacher Ezra Fitz will soon be found out; Hanna has to fight for survival as the new Miss Popular of Rosewood Day; and Emily is faced with trying to discover her true sexuality.
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As the person who goes by the letter "A" continues to interrogate Aria, Spencer, Hannah and Emily, they are forced to acknowledge the painful truth that Alison is not going to come back and things around Rosewood will never be the same.  "A" also forces the girls into remembering the night they agreed to light the Cavanaugh's garage on fire with Alison, oblivious to Jenna's prescence inside.  Unfortunately, Toby is unable to save his stepsister and the girls later find out that she is now blind.  Unsurprisingly, Toby is angry about the accident and is intent on telling the police.  Somehow Alison persuades him not to and no one else finds out who started the fire...apart from "A".




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What makes the Pretty Little Liars TV series so gripping is the actors and actresses who are outstanding in their portrayal of their characters' emotions.  My favourite is probably Lucy Hale, who I first saw on TV in Priviliged, a one-off series about a twenty-something woman  (Joanna Garcia) who secures a high-paying job of tutoring two spoilt teenagers in Palm Beach, Florida.  Her convincing Aria is one of the many reasons why I love Pretty Little Liars.  Like the other actors on the show, Lucy is successful in making her character's words and actions seem more realistic, contrasting with the more  bizarre texts from "A".   It is this plus the fact that the show deals with the majority of the issues teenagers are faced with in the twenty-first century, and the intriguing mystery of Alison's death, that make Pretty Little Liars such a fascinating programme that would be a shame to miss.  It is currently my obsession and I try to watch it whenever I can.  Sometimes I even end up watching two or three episodes at a time on catch-up. It is that good.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

When I Came To Spain And I Saw People Partying I Told Myself WTF???!!!

During the last two weeks I attended a summer camp in Spain. I stayed in an albergue in the south of sunny Marbella and shared a room with Marie, who is French, and Manuela, who is Italian.

Every week day morning my roommates and I, plus the other 247 teenagers at the camp, strolled down the quiet touristy streets of the town to Colegio M. Rodriguez in order to help improve our Spanish. There were also many Spanish "students" taking part in the program, but they were there to improve their English. The lessons were more relaxed than I'd initially expected and I learned quite a lot for a short amount of time.


El Colegio


My friends <3 (Lluc, Me!!!, Immy, Janna & Marie)


In the afternoon the awesome friends I made and I chillaxed on the sandy beach, had siestas, and visited La Canada, the nearby shopping mall, which contained many familiar shops, for example Desigual, Uggs and Topshop.





On Saturday the whole camp piled on four coaches and travelled along the coast to Tarrifa, the closest point between Europe and Africa - you can take a ferry across the ocean to Morocco and it will only take around 40 minutes!! :) After the excursion, when we returned to the albergue, we had dinner (which was chips and some tasteless meat dish as per usual) before the evening activity, which was alright. Some of my friends and I went to Tiger Bay, a bar near the playa, and grabbed a drink (mine being a Mojito) before heading to another bar. We were the only ones there!!! But that didn't seem to bother anyone - the bar people were nice (and fortunately spoke English, though I suppose they kinda have to since Marbella is full of tourists) and we each got a free caramel shot!!! Plus, we also got to chose the music!!!! :) It was a fun night!!!

COCKTAILS!!! :)


PINA COLADA


The other evenings at camp consisted of an activity at the albergue or beach, for example asking random questions to people and throwing whipped cream at the, if they didn't know the answer! There was also an activity which involved making up a dance in groups and performing it to the rest of the campers to see what they would rate it out of five. My team did Titanic and Follow the Leader and we were one of the winners so we got a slightly later curfew!!!! :D During one of the dances I ended up dancing on a table which was scary, but fun!!!! :)


After the evening activities we were free to do whatever we liked. Most nights I was sensible and just went on walks to the beach area with three or four people, sometimes more, and bought churros, which are like mini doughnuts. I am sooo craving some right now!!!




PUERTO MARINA!!!!!!!






On the first Wednesday night everyone went on an excursion to Puerto Marina, a small harbour area with lots of restaurants and bars. When we arrived the majority of the campers went to the ice bar so my friends and I just went to another bar for an hour or so and had a drink. We then went to the ice bar. Twice. Even though it was €10 to enter. It was fffffrrrrreeeeezzzzziiinnnggg but so much fun!!!! And it was my first time EVER in an ice bar so you can imagine excited I was!!!! I had a melon ball, pina colada (I'm obsessed with pineapple!!!!) an caipirinha or whatever it's called!! I felt kinda dizzy after (cos I only have like two drinks when I go out and that's not very often) and was really worried when I only had 10 minutes to get back to the coach. Everyone else had left so I ended up clinging on to my friend Janna!! Thankfully, we weren't the last ones to arrive.
Nina, Crystelle, Erin, Lara, Wendy, Caitriona, Anna and Jessica <3
Janna, Tanja and Jessica in Puerto Marina :)


Shot glasses made of ice!!!
Anna and Me!!! :)



PUERTO BANUS!!! <3

On the last night literally EVERYONE from the camp went to Puerto Banus, a luxury marina in Marbella with lots of clubs and designer shops. Although there was no curfew since some people were going home at 2am, we only went to one club, Ink. We stayed there for over two hours so it was alright. Ink was full of teenagers from the camp as well as a few random men who looked like they were forty or something!!! The music was almost deafening but like most things you get used to it after a while. Not being a heavy drinker, I only had one drink, SEX ON THE BEACH, since my flight back to London was later on the same day. I once went on a plane before after drinking two glasses of wine and almost a WHOLE bottle of melocoton liquor and it was AWFUL!!!! (Geography field trip to "Barcelona" 2010)



Anyway, the last night was, well, interesting, to put it simply. It was funny too!!! But it was the last night and I knew I'd never see most of the people there again so I did an Avril and went "What the Hell?" Ok, I'm rambling now but.........WHAT THE HELL????!!!!! It was a brilliant holiday and probably two of the BEST weeks of my life!!!! Next year is definitely on!!!!!!! :)