Friday, 30 November 2012

German Christmas Market

Never before have I walked around the streets of Birmingham with a huge permanent smile on my face. But there's something about the German market that does it.

Everybody is kind and jolly, from the men with their great big beer bellys to the little children scoffing their faces with crepes and waffles.

If it wasn't absolutely freezing I would go every night!

I visited (not for the first time) with my beautiful girlfriend Farzarna, we did some shopping, spending what's left of our student loans this term, and headed out braving the cold.



First stop, hot drinks. And if anything was going to stop us from feeling the cold it was going to be a Baileys Hot Chocolate or as they called it 'Santa's Dream'.

My dream too.



They have lots of hot drinks on offer, German mulled wine and a huge range of beers too.
We snuggled up close and strolled along, browsing the German goodies the market has to offer.


Beautiful hand-made ornaments and great stocking fillers.


As well as the delicious street food. Savoury jumbo hot dogs and pretzels as well as sweet pancakes and gingerbread treats.



Me and my christmas pudding hat from River Island.

It's a perfect night out for everyone, and the mixture of people there is what makes it so special. Families with children playing funfair games, couples at the bars and on the ferris wheel on dates and huge crowds standing chatting away.


I absolutely LOVE the Ted Baker window, I couldn't not snap a picture.


The hugest tree ever!!


We stayed relatively mature (for us)... until...


We just had to be children on the merry-go-round,
If you fancy a trip to Birmingham, it's one of the best things about the city in Winter,
Froehliche Weinachten!!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Thai Peanut Chicken Noodles

This is no michelin star meal, it's one of my student suppers. It's cheap, easy and SO tasty. After a long day at work, with a rumbling tummy and you are desperate to just hit the pillow this couldn't be more perfect.

I've made noodle based dishes so many times that I can whip them up in 15 minutes and this one is definitely my favourite. 



Ingredients:
Noodles of your choice
One tablespoon of peanut butter per person
A couple of mushrooms
A handfull of cashew nuts
3 tablespoons of soya sauce
150g of diced chicken
Any vegetables that you like 
(peppers, beansprouts, babycorn)- I used aspragus, sugar snap peas and broccoli.
1 chopped onion
1 garlic clove crushed

For the vegetarians, you can substitute the chicken and add more vegetables and tofu. With noodles I'm a huge shirataki fan, they soak up flavour well, they are extremely light and so healthy, but any noodles can be used in this recipe. You can buy them online here or you can find them in the chilled section of oriental and health stores.

1. Boil your water for any vegetables (broccoli, asparagus and sugarsnap peas) and your noodles, when boiled put them all in and leave to simmer. I normally only put my vegetables in for around 7 minutes so they keep a little crunch and putting them into the frying pan softens them a little too. the less you cook them more vitamins they hold are the healthier they are!
2. Slice your mushrooms and onions



3. Chuck the onions and mushrooms into a pan with oil and your garlic and diced chicken, leave for around 5/10 minutes, until your chicken is cooked through and slightly browned.


4. Add your cashew nuts and soy sauce. For the peanut butter put the scoop on top of the chicken mixture, it should take about 1 minute to melt, slowly stir it in.






5. Add your boiled vegetables, and some salt, pepper and chilli powder if you fancy! Stir it all in for a minute or two.

And you're done...






Too easy!

It's a great healthy meal, it's basically carb free if using shirataki too and one portion will contain around 350kcal. You get your protein from the chicken, some healthy fats from nuts and your vitamins from the vegetables!

I'm more of a sweet person then a savoury and most of my last recipes have been sweet and naughty so I hope you like this one!
XX

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Countdown!

I know it's not advent calendar time yet, but wow one month to go I couldn't just let it slide. I started my christmas shopping this weekend, lights are up and there's already a christmas buzz! I've compiled a few of my favourite christmas photos and ideas for you all.


This is just adorable for children... Maltesers and a big chewy bubble gum!


To hang over the side of your tea cup...




Marshmallow reindeers...


A cheap, cute present for friends...


And I hope your all getting your trees and lights up! I'm looking forward to visiting all the houses in my local area that are completely covered in lights. They all have charity boxes outside, amazing fundraising idea!



Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

XXX
Kelly

Breakfast at The Clarendon

It was Tash's 21st this weekend, we all popped back to Hertfordshire for the weekend, a few of the Northerners grabbed a bed wherever they could and we all celebrated together having a lovely breakfast at the Clarendon, a little British restaurant in the country.  


I went for the full English, yum yum yum. But there was also french toast, omelettes and porridge on offer, I think I made the right choice. 

Accompanied with tea and fresh orange juice.






We chatted away and gobbled our food up before the birthday girl blew out her candles. 

A cute breakfast with all my lovely friends, 

Happy Birthday Tash!

XX

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