Breakfast In Bed

Today was a luxury to me, usually I can’t sit still or sit down and properly relax but today is Saturday. I actually relaxed today and had breakfast in bed listening to Regina Spektor, something I haven’t done in ages and today’s breakfast in bed menu includes a hearty bowl of oats with currents and a little sprinkle of sugar with the addition of a vanilla latte- I bought some good coffee and coffee syrup yesterday which I was so excited about, I’m a coffee snob.

I also had a presentation this week at Uni which I had to do on my own which for someone with social anxiety was a challenge but…….. I DID IT and felt super good afterwards despite my friend telling me I spoke at the speed of light!

I hope everyone has a fabulous Saturday. ❤

 

Its not you…It’s ACTUALLY me.

I have always had a tendency to ruin things with people I really care about. I struggle with my feelings and try and hide them until they get found out then I run away from it, I have just ruined something recently.

I really liked someone and was kind of unsure on what type of relationship we both had and what we meant to each other which was something that was bothering me for sometime. I have a hard time addressing people when It comes to honest conversation and the thought of not knowing where I actually stand with someone is somewhat crushing to me. Lately I haven’t been myself and I’ve been down a lot on my self image thinking it’s everyone else’s fault why I feel the way I do so I instantly cut them out of my life cos I think it’s the most easiest escape route. It’s not.
Getting drunk then taking it out on everyone ISN’T the best option either.
Alcohol is the route of evil and isn’t the answer which I’ve learnt this week.

It takes me a long time to open up to people and when I do It always goes wrong.

I have learned one lesson, and it’s to be honest. Even if he doesn’t speak to me again he has taught me that. 

It’s not you it’s me, a cliche line which is somewhat so relatable right now.

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A sort of Panzanella salad?

Was inspired by the Italian salad dish which features bread and tomatos all tossed together to create something magical.

BUT, I have this on/off thing going on with tomatoes…I either really really love them or just pick them out of everything and I’m not sure why. So I left them out in my recipes/magical mix of things.

Panzanella is put simply stale bread and veg dressed lovingly with a dressing of olive and vinegar which not only brings the bread back to life but also tastes amazing.

I did use oil in my recipe but i wanted something more to my salad so I made a simple yogurt dressing with mint that I made. I also have grilled onion, mushrooms, vegetarian chicken and peppers into the mix- Oh and lettuce.

AND HERE IT IS *drum roll for something that doesn’t look that attractive*

Trust me it was tasty!

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Healthy Happy Hummus (ZERO GUILT)

I’m a big fan of hummus, like most veggies but it’s my go to happy food. Nothing beats cutting up carrots and dipping them in it’s creamy goodness and sooner of later that pot has gone and despite being made with body positive ingredients such as Chickpeas, Tahini and Olive oil it’s not the healthiest of dips. 

I’ve always wanted to make my own and as I live in small town with the shops only providing the basic needs of survival (bread, COFFEE, and penny sweets) the chances of finding Tahini would be pretty slim. SO i thought would there be any alternative to it? AND YES! THERE IS. 

Yogurt. It not only provides a creamy texture similar to the traditional recipe but also doesn’t leave you feeling guilty that you’ve eaten most parts of a large pot of supermarket humus. 

So here it is! 

What y’all need

  • 1 can of Chickpeas- (already cooked is best and quicker, soaking them….ain’t nobody got time fo’ that) 

  • 1/4 cup of low fat natural Yoghurt

  • Paprika

  • Garlic paste/ 2 Garlic cloves minced.

  • A tiny drop from a Fresh Lemon

  • A drop of olive oil
  • A pinch of salt

  • A BLENDER

 

The method is totally simple.

Drain those canned chickpeas (remove the weird looking ones) and put them and all the other ingredients and blend to your concoction is smooth and to your desired thickness and if too thick add more of the Yogurt.

The next is to simply ENJOY!

Variations/Suggestions

  • Try adding a drop of sweet chili sauce

  • I used some roasted garlic in mine for a more intense flavour- Just a thought!

  • Caramelized onion added at the end is pretty awesome too.

  • ALWAYS DUNK IN A PITTA BREAD. SO. GOOD. 

I made this to go with the raclette I prepared for me any my friend today, It went down a treat. 

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Popstar Dreams.

 

 

 

From the beginning of my life I wanted to make something of myself, but why? The pressure to be something other than yourself is something of a false reality or hope. Dreams of becoming a pop star were always big dreams I had whilst a young girl tripping over in mums heels, To me my mother was a pop star, nice hair and make-up and I’d always hope she’d let me borrow them willingly rather than me sneaking the little treasures to my room to experiment. I tried so hard from a young age to be something else. But what is this need of wanting to be something you’re not?

It’s a tough love and something you have to grow to accept from child through to adulthood, but that’s a cynical way of looking at it.

Yes, We all have aspirations to get there but some of us don’t have these sorts of superpowers to achieve what we’d like too, things get in the way such as living in a run down town with very little creative influence or at least inspiring us to become something other than a person in a run of the mill job regretting our life choices. Life should be full of regrets, it shows you’ve lived and undergone learning curves which give you life skills which will help you grow as a person, good or bad every experience is a valuable one.

Something should get you out of bed in the morning it can be from the most simple of pleasures, that warm bowl of porridge or the fact you’ll be achieving something. Any reason that gets you excited about waking up should be positive one, and if it isn’t try and see the positive In it. You may not become the pop-star you used to dream of whilst young but you can be the best of yourself which is much more self rewarding. If you have a dream though, chase it. As cliché as that sounds you should think of yourself , its okay to be selfish. Think of your dream as your own, make the dream a reality and to be put simply go for it as only you can get there.

The only pressure in life I believe should be your own pressure, not influenced by the society that has become corrupted leading us to be tricked into believing what is wrong, what is right and the socially acceptable, at 21 year old i’d like to think I the maturity to decide for myself. I rarely watch TV or read magazines- willingly. I don’t want to be fed information and lately I’ve learned to accept people as they are without judgement. In life there isn’t a wrong and right lifestyle choice, I seek admiration in those people the ones with goals to be president or even the ones with crazy hair that walk down the street care free. Those people are true to themselves something i’d much rather be than any Pop-star.  

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The BEST tomato sauce. Made with LOVE!

Good Morning/Afternoon to you, wherever you are.

I woke up kind of late and skipped breakfast! Really need to sort out my sleeping pattern, and I actually will this time as I always say that i’ll go to bed at a ‘normal’ time to get my 8 hours of sleep and enjoy a hearty breakfast. It’s mandatory that I do sort this sleep problem out though as I’m back to University on Monday (Hooray…) back to that daily grind of commuting to London from my little flat….not in London.
But I do like commuting and have the best of both worlds, the busy city streets and then the quite quaint village with my little nest waiting for me.

BUT this isn’t a post about how much sleep I do or don’t need, it’s about the amazing pasta sauce I make at least once a week. I have tried many tomato pasta sauces, and shudder at the thought of buying one already jarred- and sometimes when you’re busy I don’t blame you or myself for reaching for the nearest Dolmio.

Some shop bought pasta sauces can be nice, but I find them riddled with additives and SO MUCH SALT. It’s like do I want some pasta with that bowl of salt i’ve just served up myself?

So here’s my own recipes for a perfect tomato sauce featuring two little tweaks you can do to create something more than just a bowl of tomato pasta. I just made this so it’s fresh and tasty, as it always should be.

Ingredients:

1 can of Chopped tomatoes – A good one!

2 Bulbs of garlic

Fresh Basil- fresh is best!

A little drop of extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 teaspoon of honey- goes well with the tomatoes (and Chili if you’re using it)

Glug of good passata!

Salt & Pepper

Variations

-Dried chili flakes/ Fresh Chili – Makes an awesome Arrabiata and adds some spice.

-A glug of red wine- Creates a richer flavor, and who doesn’t like a drop of wine?

-After cooking crumble some feta cheese into the sauce- SO tasty.

Method

1- Heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic for around 5 minutes until soft

2. Add the chopped tomatoes and then add salt to taste, you don’t want to over do the salt as the flavor you are looking for is rich tomato goodness. Add some pepper if you like too.
Then tear in your fresh Basil and add your drop of honey and let the magic simmer down until thick. (Add other variations here too!)

3.After the sauce has started to thicken add a little passata to bring it back to life again.

4- Shaken or stirred? Add your pasta, my favorite is wholewheat fusilli! And enjoy.

This sauce can also be put away for a later date, keep it in a jar and put in the fridge but use within 3 days and also can be frozen to get out at last minute when you have no time to cook.

(excuse the no photos, I ate the pasta before I had a chance to take one)

Have a lovely day.

XO Little Falafel. ❤