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Foodie Favourites

Is anyone else completely clueless as to where July has gone?
As a food fanatic, today I’m sharing my two foodie favourites of the month; super simple but completely delicious!

Tomato and Mozzarella

Obvious ingredients are a must, of course. But sprinkle on some fresh basil and lashings of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Add a ripped up slice of bread to soak up the deliciousness and you’ve got an amazing lunch!

Tomato and mozzarella salad with basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Chicken Satay

I successfully made this from scratch for the parents, which proves its simplicity. And they loved it, which proves it’s delicious!

I got the recipe from Rosie The Londoner. As well as being simply written and containing ingredients easily found in the local shops, there’s some fantastically puns thrown in too!  #Ilovepuns

Amazing chicken satay, which I served with couscous and roasted red peppers – yummy!

 

Unfortunately for me, I only discovered chicken satay while having fun in Warsaw at the end of June, so I think I’ve got some catching up to do!!

 

What are you current favourites? I’m always on the look out for new deliciousness to sink my teeth into…

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Warsaw’s Fun Guide

Near the end of June, after dissertations and diplomas were completed, Sarah and I celebrated by using the plane tickets she bought me for my birthday and spent three days soaking up the sunshine, culture, and beer of our namesake! #warsawsinwarsaw

Here’s our Warsaw’s Fun Guide to Warsaw!

Warsaw’s Fun Guide

 1. Live like a local. Travelling on the cheap, we booked ourselves in to an Airbnb apartment and lived there. Even only for two nights! The studio apartment was amazingly compact and perfect for the two of us.

2. Sample the Cuisine. The pair of us have always been big foodies, so trying the local delicacy was a must! If only to keep holiday hanger at bay. Poland’s version of traditional fast food comes from Milk Bars, which were certainly an experience! Instant service and instant uncertainty. Delicious breakfasts were found at the café To Lubie in the Old Town; hot continental croissants with fluffy cream cheese and jam. Amazing. We returned on our second morning to try the local version too!

Amazing breakfasts at To Lubie


 

3. By foot… Walk everywhere! Seriously comfortable shoes are a must, a fact I learnt the hard way. We did manage to wander off our intended path every now and then, but always found our way back. Top sights to see include the Multimedia Fountain Park, which comes to life on Friday and Saturday nights, and Stalin’s Palace of Culture and Science!

Sarah and I


Palace of Culture and Science


 
4. By train… Avid readers of Warsaw’s World will understand how much Sarah loves a good Underground system. Warsaw’s Metro is clean, quiet, and every couple of minutes; a delight in itself, especially compared to the local rail network in Liverpool!

 

5. Play the Tourist. We picked up a phase book and gave the lingo our best shot!  Everyone we spoke to pronounced words differently, so it definitely wasn’t the easiest to get your head, and tongue, around.  But gallons of fun regardless!
Play Spot the Mermaid and keep your eyes peeled for statues of the Mermaid of Warsaw, the city’s symbol, which also decorates their Coat of Arms. We managed to find four across the city! 

What fun things do you love getting up to in new places? I’d love to know any recommendations! 


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Keeping Busy!

Such a successful week:

1. Monday morning saw me take on motorway driving without bringing harm to others!

2. I spent Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday down in London Town. My friend and I walked across the city, ate too much delicious food, drank the infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes (FYI, amazing), and visited the National Archives in Kew. 

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are definately worth the hype

Strolls in St James’ Park with the bestie

3. On Friday I packed up my clothes and extra bits and pieces to move properly into my university room on Saturday, ready for Fresher’s Week and the start of term! 
4. This week I have also started my second Blogging U course, Blogging 201; a free and casually timed series of assignments to improve the blogging experience for both blogger and reader. Such a busy week means I’m super behind on this whole course, but who’s checking, right?! 

Have you been busy too? Sharing is caring…


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Spanish Food Recipe

Today I want to share a great recipe with you all. It’s definately an easy family favourite and is originally one of Nigella’s.  

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo



So in our little tray bake for 2 people, we’ve got:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • An onion cut into chunks
  • Plenty of delicious chorizo
  • Some little new potatoes
  • The zest and juice of an orange
  • A sprinkling of Oregano
  • A drizzle of olive oil 

Throw everything in together and pop in the oven at Gas Mark 7 (180 Degrees Celsius for about an hour. 



Enjoy!


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Top 5 London Activities

I spent last weekend down in the Big Smoke visiting my sister. We mostly chilled and enjoyed a little walk but having been down to the capital numerous times since she moved I have complied a short little list of paramount London activities. I have the hope that this also fulfils my Blogging 101 assignment of a different post type.

On with the show.

My London activities in no particular order…

1. Get cultured!

There is much to see and do in London and something for everyone to sink their teeth into. From renowned art galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery to paying a visit to Parliament Square and the amazing architecture of Elizabeth Tower and Westminster Abbey.

Elizabeth Tower, holding Big Ben (the bell)

Elizabeth Tower, holding Big Ben (the bell)

The Sherlock Holmes Pub, in homage to ACD's famous fictional London Detective.

The Sherlock Holmes Pub, in homage to ACD’s famous fictional London Detective.

2. Rediscover roots!

London is one of the longest inhabited cities in Europe, with archeological evidence indicating the area around Vauxhall Bridge has been occupied for at least 3,500 years.  All that history and scandal and death in one city. Take advantage! Choose to visit the incredible Historical Royal Palaces, homes of great monarchs, past and present. Or unearth prehistoric wonders in the Natural History Museum, including information and artefacts.

Hampton Court Palace, Historic Royal Palace of King Henry the Eighth

Hampton Court Palace, Historic Royal Palace of King Henry the Eighth

Tudor Rose stained glass

Tudor Rose stained glass

3. Take a nap!

When the insane hustle and bustle of the inner city and the continuously busy tube gets you down, and the only thought keeping you from falling asleep on the tube is ‘what if I dribble?’ why not retire to your hotel for a cat-nap?  Just twenty minutes can do wonders for your motivation to get back out there.

4. Eat good food!

London is a cosmopolitan; rich in cultures from around the world thanks to its millions of inhabitants.  This means, with knowing where to look, you can find almost any world cuisine you can hanker for.  For more great food recommendations, visit warsawsworld.co.uk

Covent Garden Cocktails

Covent Garden Cocktails

5. The West End!

I can think of nothing that compares to live theatre.  If you have never had the pleasure, perhaps you are dubious to the cost, I urge you to go.  Yes, admittedly it does cost that little bit extra, but really how cheap is a cinema trip these days? From stand up comedy to full theatrical musicals there is some thing to suit all tastes.  See a classic, like The Lion King, or chose to be one of the first to see a brand new show, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Choose something that is on permanently, or get downtown for that one show that’s only playing for a few weeks! Choose the theatre.

The Bodyguard Musical I saw for my 18th Birthday

The Bodyguard Musical I saw for my 18th Birthday

Mojo play, my best friend and I watched for three of our favourite actors!

Mojo play, my best friend and I watched for three of our favourite actors!

    


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Remember Remember

Today has been a great day! Well worth having a 7am alarm. Here’s how it went;

A good lecture on forensics. The announcement of my favourite actor and true gent, Benedict Cumberbatch, getting married. Finished series one of Once Upon A Time, a TV show well worth watching despite my hesitant start. A beautiful house viewing and securing with five lovely girls. A visit to an art shop and cheeky purchases. Home for Bonfire Night fireworks and food at the best friend’s house.

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“Remember, remember
The fifth of November
Gun power, treason and plot…

For you non-Brits that do not know, Bonfire Night falls on the 5th November and celebrates the interception and prevention of a man named Guy Fawkes from blowing up the Houses of Parliament and killing the government and the King in 1605.

This, I find a little ironic to be celebrated as no one really like Parliament or Politicians these days anyway.

In further thought, views hereby expressed are solely my own, I have no intention to cause distress or offence.