Saturday, 30 January 2016

Oscars Race Row

My latest article is up! This one is on this years Oscars and the controversy that it's garnered.

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Creamy Potato and Carrot Chicken Breasts

I made this chicken dish last night and it was so yummy. I got the recipe off of Buzzfeed but I changed a few of the ingredients.

Here's what you'll need:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
300g potatoes
4 medium sized carrots
1/3 cup white wine
1 cup double cream

Cut the potatoes into small, bite-size chunks. Put them in boiling water and cook until they start to become tender and you can slide a knife easily into them.
Cut each chicken breast in half, into two thinner cutlets. Season both sides of all the cutlets generously with salt and pepper. 
Add the tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp of butter to a pan, wait till the butter has melted and then cook the chicken breasts on each side until they are nicely browned. Transfer them to a plate and cover with aluminium foil to keep warm and rest.
Peel and chop the carrots and then add to the pan with the now cooked potatoes. Add a pinch of salt and cook until the carrots soften. 
Add the white wine [I used the cheapest bottle I could find in Tesco] and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the cream, raise the heat slightly till its at a medium high heat and cook for 5 more minutes until the cream coats the back of a spoon and has slightly reduced.
Add the last tbsp butter and stir until it has melted.
Season to taste.
Add the chicken breasts back into the pan and cover with the sauce.
Serve up with some rice or just some nice bread to mop up all that sauce!

This dish is so creamy and flavourful and yummy. You'll love it. And an added bonus is, because you're cooking with wine, you get to have a glass to go along side your finished meal! Or even just to help you cook.

Hope you like it!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Gingerbread Loaf

I've been really getting into making loaf's recently. There was my Starbucks copycat lemon loaf [recipe already up], I made a orange and chocolate chip loaf that tasted like a giant Jaffa Cake and most recently, a gingerbread loaf.

Sorry for the dirty stove-top picture.... but doesn't it look good?! The loaf, not my stove. I finished the first draft of my dissertation tonight so I thought I'd treat myself to a baking session [although it really doesn't take long, especially with my mixer], and a nice bit of cake.

This loaf is to moist and sweet and flavourful and spicy with all that ginger and cinnamon in it. It is just so delicious and it goes great with a nice cup of tea!

Let me know how you get on!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Making a Murderer: Part 1

Most of you have probably heard about the new Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer. I have to admit, I watched the first episode with Ashleigh and we weren't that hooked. We thought it was interesting but we were getting kind of bored towards the end of it. Maybe we just weren't in the right frame of mind. But then I got a message from my sister saying she was watching it and how much she liked it so I thought I'd give it another go and bam. I was addicted. I think I watched the next 9 episodes over like the course of 2 days. Each episode is an hour long so that's a lot of sitting around watching... but I really enjoyed it. It was so interesting and conflicting. I could never make up my mind whether I thought he was innocent or not. From everything I had heard about it on the internet and all the public reaction, I was expecting a clear cut 'oh my goodness he is so innocent, I can't believe he's been charged with the crime' reaction from myself but I don't know... there's just something off about him. Plus all the new evidence that's come to light that the documentary conveniently left out, casts some more doubt over him...

Anyway, I wrote my next article for Affairs Today on it and the public reaction and the controversy surrounding it. It was a pretty long piece so the opinions piece's editor decided to split it up into two sections. Here's part 1!

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Jamie Oliver's Fish Pie

It snowed!

That photo doesn't even do it justice because it was snowing a lot. Like, a proper blizzard.
I was so excited because I've been waiting for snow for ages. It just makes everything feel so wintery and beautiful and cosy. Its a shame my little brother and sister left a week before the snow came because they've never seen snow before!

I wanted to make something for dinner that fit in with the wintery theme that the snow was creating. I actually Googled, "foods to eat when its snowing" and fish pie came up as one of the options. I scrolled through my bookmarked recipes on my laptop because I was sure I had to have had a fish pie recipe in there somewhere and lo and behold I did. A Jamie Oliver fish pie recipe.

You'll notice that its a bit scarce of mashed potatoes on the top... that's because I thought we had more potatoes in the flat than we actually did and when I found out I couldn't be bothered to get all wrapped up again and venture outside just for a few more potatoes so I made do with what I had. It was still delicious though. I normally just make fish pie with fish and spinach in it but this one had carrots and peas as well! The recipe calls for the peas to be mashed up into the mashed potato layer on top but I decided to switch it up and actually put them in with the filling. And it worked! You also cook the fish in the milk that's going to make the white sauce later so the entire dish has this smokey fish flavour throughout it. It was delicious. So warm and comforting and filling. Just what you want on a snowy day!

Thursday, 14 January 2016

What's really holding back gun control measures in America?

I've written my second article for Affairs Today! It's on Obama's new gun conrol measures and what's really holding back gun control in the USA. 

Take a read if you're interested!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf!

For all you Starbucks lovers out there, you probably know about their lemon loaf AKA the best thing ever. It is so good. Really. My mum discovered it, fell in love with it, and then requested that I make it for her. I was more than happy to oblige seeing as I love it too.

This recipe is spot on in copying the exact taste of the actual Starbucks lemon loaf. It is just so ridiculously good. So much so that it is quite addictive and you could easily eat the whole loaf by yourself in one sitting. Even without the icing its amazing. I'm not a massive fan of icing and I can never quite make it right so I just didn't bother when I made it this time.
It is so moist and light and fluffy and lemoney. That might sound like a pretty stupid thing to say seeing as its lemon loaf so of course its going to taste like lemon, but this is the first recipe I've seen that calls for lemon extract. Lemon oil or lemon juice just don't cut it in this recipe. You need the hard stuff. And you can really taste it in it. Its just got such a strong hint of lemon in it and its amazing.  

I made it a couple of nights ago cause I thought I had all the ingredients in the flat but I'd forgotten that the recipe calls for a cup of sour cream or greek yoghurt. I really couldn't be bothered to trek out into the cold and wet just to get a cup of yoghurt so I had a look around to see what other things we had lying around that I could substitute. Luckily I had just enough cream cheese left in the fridge and it turns out that that works amazingly in it! It didn't make it taste any different and if anything, it made the loaf even more light and fluffy!

Let me know how much you like this recipe and if it compares to the real deal or not!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Affairs Today!

I've got some exciting news! I've started writing articles for an online newspaper called Affairs Today!
Its early days still and I've only had one article published yet but I've got my next few ones in my head already and it was super awesome seeing my name at the bottom of the article. Made me feel so grown up and accomplished!

And if you want to just have a browse through the website in general, here's the link to the main page!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

A Traditional Scottish Dish: Cullen Skink!

A traditional Scottish starter; this soup is so good. While it might not have the nicest sounding name... [insert references to stink here], there's no debating the fact that it is delicious. Well, if you like fish that is. This soup is filled with flaky pieces of smoked haddock so if you're not a fan of good old fish, you're not going to be a fan of this dish. If you are, however, this soup is for you. It's creamy, smoky, warm and filling. Everything you want on a cold day. 

Although this soup is so good, you are going to have to work for it. There's a couple of stages to making this dish, starting off with creating the broth. 
You chop up the onions, leeks and fennel bulbs really roughly, stick it in the pot with the wine and water and nestle the smoked haddock fillets in there. Let it simmer away for half an hour until the haddock is cooked through and then drain the broth and reserve the liquid.

After the broth is made you start with the actual soup.
Again, you just fry off the shallots, garlic, leeks and then add in the cubed potatoes, flaked haddock  and pour in the broth. 

This soup would be really healthy if it weren't for the 500ml of double cream that you pour into it afterwards... But unfortunately that's one of the things that make it so yummy. That, and the pinch of nutmeg and parsley that you add in at the end.

For anyone who wants to make this traditional Scottish dish, here's the recipe:

Let me know how you get on!