Cooking with fresh produce

Over the past year, my parents have been growing and tending, to an allotment by our house.  This allotment has been growing a wide range of fruits and vegetables, like marrow, runner beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, beetroot, potatoes, rhubarb, apples and Pumpkins! Just in time for Halloween!Now it has come time to harvest some of these beauties, prep and freeze some which, we can’t utilize yet. Now many of our friends eat fresh vegetables and as we have a copious amount that a family of four could not eat all by ourselves, we have been gifting them with a selection! Now, my dear friends Christopher and Hannah prepare some of the most amazing food.

I thought why not give them some of the good stuff we have been growing? Which they loved! They used these to cook a gorgeous prawn dish with rice noodles. The few days that followed, Christopher kept me updated on the dishes that Hannah & he were eating…

Yummy! The pan of gorgeousness (bottom right) is prawns with rice noodles, courgettes, tomatoes! I am truly thankful to know such wonderful people with excellent palettes and a love for fresh foods!

Does anyone have recipes for any of the vegetables and fruit I have listed? Always on the hunt for something new!

Michelle xx.

Lanzarote 17th-24th June

Hello!

Oh. My. Gosh. What a hectic few months! Shame on me for not keeping you guys updated but life is like that sometimes!

We spent seven days in Puerto Del Carmen a small town, on the coast of Lanzarote.

Our flight on day one was incredibly early, leaving at 6.10 AM when we got there the taxi from the airport was only 10 minutes to the place we were staying: Atlantic View apartments, situated in Calle Salinas. Whilst waiting for our room to be prepared we had a drink at the Poolside bar, ran by a lovely English man. I quickly found out not to order double measures!We found our bearings and went out to dinner at Casa Cabana, a beautiful restaurant situated on the harbour.

We spent the second day on the beach, for only €12 you can rent out two beds and an umbrella until 6 pm, which is then yours to come back to if you wish. We took to having lunch on the main strip where we went to Chiquito- a Mexican restaurant. the sun had obviously gone to my head as I ordered a vegetable sandwich! The biggest mistake I have ever made! I didn’t have another chance to eat that night as we went straight out to the bars!

Day three, hungover, tired & sunburnt! We got breakfast at a bar on the strip & then decided to head back to the apartment, make use of the pool & to catch up on some sleep. The average temperature for the week was 30C but most days it reached much higher than that & the chilly pool was gratefully appreciated in the heat.  I sat outside the apartment writing up some notes, whilst Pippa slept.

The fourth day we spent again on the beach, but this time with more sun cream! We were in and out of the sea, I decided to buy a cheap pair of goggles so I could see the beautiful clear sea & the numerous fish which were brave enough to swim amongst us. Before submerging my head under the water, these goggles I bought for €1.99, snapped! I was devastated and I so wanted to see the fish!

On Friday, we got up rather early after a good nights rest & went down to Oceanos de Fuegos- a local diving club which also had a restaurant. After grabbing brunch we headed to the 30ft wide Rockpool named “The Arms”. From the name, you can guess why. My sister & I rented snorkels and fins for just €14, same deal as the beach beds: they are yours for the day.

Saturday’s sunburn was worse than any other day of the week, this time it was our backs (from the snorkelling), making it near impossible to get any sleep, many wet towels at our aid! Pippa and I spent the day in and out of the pool relaxing.

On day 6, we headed down to the strip to get some souvenirs – extremely expensive, but so worth the welcomes they got when back in the UK. We mostly packed and tidied the apartment, ready for our departure.

8 AM on Monday morning in Lanzarote’s airport, ready to go home! Everyone was uncomfortable and hot on the plane, making the trip all the more enjoyable! Finally touching down in the UK was such a relief, I went to meet my friends from work at The Blue Boar in Witney. I was so glad to see them again!

As always, pleasure to have you reading,

Michelle xx.

 

 

 

 

Flights & Hotels, Is cheap a possibilty?

So the world is my oyster..Where to next? I have been endlessly looking on various sites for cheap flights and accommodation.

I found one good site called:
https://www.studentuniverse.co.uk/

This site takes a plethora of airlines & hotels/hostels and spits out all of the flights for those dates, just like any other online booking, right? Well, no. This site is targeted at students and people aged around 18-24. With special discount for those who are students and faculty members! With real reviews from young people and their experiences. This is great for me as I am not looking for tailor-made journeys travelling in First Class.

An even better site called:
https://www.skyscanner.net/

Very similar to Student Universe but this is again, cheaper! Also with hotels, flights & car hire available, to book in one place. This site does not have relative reviews from young people, which makes me favour Student Universe

I will use Student Universe & Skyscanner together to find the cheapest and best-rated accommodation. As I am travelling alone, I need to find a place that is safe and accessible to places like the metro.

If anyone has any accommodation tips or websites, let me know!

Michelle xx.

 

 

 

Loungers Brunch 

After a morning of drowsiness, I decided to drag myself out of the house & do something “productive”. I knew this would involve food of some sort. I really think that my day revolves around what I am going to eat, I don’t know anyone else that thinks about food as much as I do!

I went to a few charity shops, purchased a few holiday clothes- I’m going to Lanzarote in two weeks with my sister & our friend Elliott. So I thought I better had to go and buy some clothes!

After pottering around various charity shops, I always leave the best till last. The Animal Sanctuary down Corn Street. I picked up a whole wardrobe for my holiday for only £11! I decided to go to one of my favourite places to eat..The Como Lounge on Market Square.

Now I’m not one for having an English Fry-up made for me but this place does it just right.

The staff here are so friendly & welcoming & don’t mind if you customise your order. See I’m not one for tomatoes & they happily swapped these for extra mushrooms…yum!

This has to be a luxury for me..sitting on the second floor and watching the people of Witney stroll around.

Michelle xx.

Green Pasta Salad

Green Pesto Pasta Salad! Try saying that in a hurry! This is so easy if you have leftover pasta & great to take for lunch. Takes around 15 minutes to make.
All you need:

  • One can of Tuna (in water)
  • 1/2 Red Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp of Green pesto
  • Three Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • 100g of Fusilli Pasta
  • A few Cherry Tomatoes
  • One Tsp of Olive Oil

Method:

Cook the pasta & leave to cool, (skip this step if you are using leftovers).
Combine the onion, sun-dried tomatoes, tuna & cherry tomatoes in a bowl.
Add the pasta and stir well!
Finally, drizzle with olive oil.

Hope you enjoy!
Michelle xx.

 

 

Forest Fruits & Banana Smoothie

I love making this one when I’m not feeling like a big breakfast.
It’s super easy & tastes delicious!

For 2 servings:

  • One Fresh Banana
  • ½ Cup of Fresh Cranberry Juice
  • ½ Cup of Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Cup of Frozen Forest Fruits

Cut the banana into chunks & then add all of the ingredients to blender, blend until smooth.

~TIP~
Using frozen fruits makes your smoothie an instant chilled drink, perfect for waking you up in the morning!

Hope you enjoy!

Michelle xx.