Week 8

Work is coming out of my ears again and recently I’ve been really unwell… and yeah it’s stress induced. What can I say… I push myself so I do well. Next week, week 8, I have a formative coursework plan to hand in (which is part of my summative coursework – which counts towards this years overall grade), a summative composition to hand in, along with all of my other Russian and Spanish homeworks (one of which is a Spanish translation and I need to spend extra time on if I don’t want my meticulously picky translation lecturer to mark down again!).

Other than that, I’ve been feeling a lot better these last couple of days, and this was definitely boosted by a lovely visit from my parents today. They came just to see me and we went to the Old Firehouse, everyone’s favourite place to go in Exeter. The food was amazing, and it was great to just see them again. I know I don’t have long to go until the end of term (4 weeks!) but it was a great refresher.

Mum brought me some oats (from ASDA – they are my favourite brand). Just in time too cos I was running out! I find the ones at Aldi taste a bit like cardboard personally and it would be hard to bring it back in my rucksack/bike basket! I’m hoping for a new bike before next year – maybe with panniers or something. It would definitely help with the trips to Aldi, which will be longer as my flat is going to be on the other side of campus!

I’m looking forward to next year. I think it’s going to be even better. I love being at uni, don’t get me wrong – but I guess its a lottery who you get to live with in your flat and sometimes the tension really makes things hard. Especially when there are 12 of you in a small space. It’s improved a little, but at least next year I’ll be with closer friends – and the banter will be priceless 🙂 It already is in our Facebook chat!

So yeah – week 8 begins this Monday… More Russian will be shoved into my brain (we’ve just learned to tell the time and judging by the vocab lists online I think we’ll be learning days of the week and months of the year next), and more deadlines will be getting a little too close for comfort.

No new recipes yet – although I might post my Mac ‘n “Cheese” one if I can keep some in my bowl long enough to photograph! (It’s so good!). Laters……

 

 

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Sushi and other adventures….

I made sushi. In my room. Yup. These are my best ones;

  

The reason I made them in my room was because I have a lovely big desk so I had more space and it was less awkward not having to explain what the heck I was doing to everyone that chanced to come into the kitchen. The reason I made sushi was – well, curiosity and the adventure of making something new. And random. I don’t know… It tasted good though. I added a squeeze of lime juice on top and that made it taste even better. But I need to perfect the recipe if I’m gonna post it on here!

Thought it was about time for another update on my crazy student life. I went out to The Old Firehouse the other night with my future housemates and it was really fun. We had a great evening chatting, even though it was so rammed in there that we had to wait for an hour to get a seat!

My wonderful mates

Left to right: Esther, Jenny, Matt and Mia 🙂

They are a lovely bunch! Esther and I shared a pizza and the others ordered separate ones, although they are so big that they had to get them wrapped in tinfoil to take home! It was so great to all get together like that.

Special mention to my granny who has sent me the new Deliciously Ella cookbook which I’m super excited about and ready to get really stuck into!

I have so much work at the moment it is not funny anymore. I can’t think about it all at the same time (not that anyone can) but it feels like my brain will explode if I think about it too much. So I’m trying to prioritise and get through it little by little, but it’s hard to balance the work they set with the extra going over grammar and reading around the subject which I badly need to do, plus a job and a social life and the different clubs I’m signed up to. I haven’t been to chamber orchestra in over a month and I’m STILL struggling even with that extra evening.

Ed and Josh are showing interest in maybe coming to some of the ECU (Evangelical Christian Union) evenings to find out a bit more which is AMAZING. There’s this thing called Christianity Explored which is on Monday nights and the guests get a free meal. I’m just praying for them and hoping that God will really show himself to them.

Work at the Ram is ok, although my boss has only given me one shift every other week because apparently my availability is too low, but I just check the shift swap page for any going free and make it up that way.

But yeah – generally feeling really well and full of life 🙂 Most of my friends and flatmates etc. have been really ill – probably because they are run down as it’s half way through the term. Some seem to be permanently ill! I’m lucky just losing my voice for a few days. My throat didn’t even hurt that much, and my concentration suffered a tiny bit, but I still made it to all of my lectures and things.

So yeah, thought I’d give myself a break and write a quick update and not worry too much tonight about work!! I have most of tomorrow to get something done as my shift is 6-10pm. Hope everyone else is having a good week!!!

 

Update Halfway through Term 2

There’s so much going on on campus at the moment I don’t think I’d be able to mention it all!!

Currently there are people campaigning to be the next student president, vice president, sports union president, treasurer… you name it. You get stopped by people in colourful t-shirts wielding brownies and cakes to try and persuade you humbly to vote, even if not for them, just to vote. It’s a nice atmosphere though. One of my friends has nominated himself too and he’s in a good place to get in, that’s for sure. There are also some funny campaign videos going viral. I think I’m just gonna read their manifestos and vote that way. Brownies do not move me. Even if they’re vegan!

I’ve begun renewing my love of break dance – we went out as a crew on Monday to this event called PHAT at a club called Cavern and it went really well. I managed to get the guts up to go into the cypher on the tiny stage myself and do a round.


 It made my voice a lot worse though – I lost it Monday morning and then on Tuesday I was all croaky 🙂 Wednesday it wasn’t good in the morning but got better through the day. So now all I have is a bit of a cough 🙂

Most people seem to be run down now, and I guess it’s mainly cos it’s the middle of term – week 5 – and it’s just when everyone gets ill.

My friend Jamie had to pull out of BUCS (gymnastics) this weekend – most of my Russian set has a cold.

I’ve really got into this series on Netflix called Heartland. It’s American and its about this family that lives on a horse ranch. It’s rekindled my inner dream to live on one when I’m older…. horses have been my favourite animal since I could say the word, even though I haven’t always been able to afford lessons. I’m thinking maybe in my year abroad I could spend some of it on a ranch in South America somewhere…. that would be a dream come true! But I’d have to brush up on my riding. So I’ve been looking around and at prices. We’ll see…..

I also need to keep my gymnastics up over the summer so I’m going to try and save a bit to help pay for membership for a few months.

Money, money, money….. God’s definitely teaching me a lot about it. About not worrying about it and where it comes from.

The ECU activities week was amazing too. So many students came to the lunch bars and evening talks and many gave their lives to Jesus which is just ACE 🙂 I got to host one of the team that came from Oxford to do the talks etc. and I and my friend Esther made her this Moroccan dish with chickpeas and she loved it 🙂 (Might post it later sometime!)

Anyway… must carry on working as I have lots of formatives and deadlines to meet next week!

 

 

 

Crepes 

Happy shrove Tuesday everyone! (Hope I spelled that right!)

Easter will be here soon…. But first! Pancake day! And guess what… Students can afford pancakes too.

I’ve got a new recipe – tried and tested and it’s fabulous – I’m suffering from a bit of a chesty cough at the moment so these cheered me up a lot! 🙂 I know this blog isn’t only meant to be about recipes but it would be selfish not to share this one!

Ingredients:

– 1 cup flour. (To make gluten free use chickpea flour – that’s the one I used (in the pictures))

– 1 cup almond/hemp/koko milk

– 1 tbsp coconut oil (olive can probably be used too but I haven’t tried that!)  and a little extra for frying.

Method:

  1. Stir/blend* together flour and milk until smooth with no lumps.
  2. Stir in coconut oil and put in the fridge for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour a little oil into the frying pan and use a paper towel to coat the pan.
  4. Put it on medium heat for a few minutes to warm up – it’s really important that it’s no higher than medium or the crepes will burn!
  5. Pour approx. 1/2 cups worth of batter into the pan, then pick it up and make the batter spears until it covers the bottom of the pan by tilting it.
  6. Cook until the edges are done and the middle bit of the creep is tacky – kind of half dry, then flip it over. And cook for up to a minute on the other side.
  7. Turn out onto a plate and cover with lemon and sugar or agave/maple syrup.
  8. Huzzah – crepes. It makes about 6 big ones 🙂

NB: The first one might come out a little thinner than the others, this is normal! Also the pan kinda makes them better and better as you go as it gets to the right temperature.

*I used my largest nutri-bullet cup and the extractor blade.

Red Lentil pancakes/falafel burgers

I’m not sure what to call these but they are so simple and yummy 😉

S’cuse the simple salad I don’t normally buy lettuce because my fridge freezes it and then you can’t use it! This time I got some romaine lettuce which fits in my fridge drawer instead and so far I’ve managed to eat it without problems!

I thought it was about time for another recipe post – this one only needs about 3 ingredients and it’s cheap 😉 you can add other things (which I’ll list) but they are good without! They are kinda more like falafel than pancakes due to the turmeric and coriander but I’ve eaten them for breakfast before!
Ingredients:

– 1 cup red lentils

– 1 tsp turmeric

– 1 tbsp coriander (I used dried)

– 1 tsp coconut oil

Optional:

– 1 tbsp lemon juice

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1/2 tsp black pepper

Method:

Soak the lentils in 2 cups for a few hours or overnight in warm water. (I put them in water at breakfast at 7am and then made lunch at 11.35ish so four hours minimum).

Drain the lentils and place them in a food processor and blend until smooth, adding approximately a tablespoon of cold water at a time until it forms a paste. (I like mine to still have small chunks of lentils in so I don’t make it really smooth!).

Heat a non-stick frying pan (or normal frying pan and use the coconut oil).

Stir in the turmeric, coriander and other ingredients should you wish to add them.

Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of the batter into the pan, and flatten with the back of the spoon – they should be about 3-4 inches wide and 1cm-1inch thick.

Cook for 1& 1/2 to 2 minutes until set and flip over. They should turn golden and the red colour of the lentils will dull a bit when they are done. They should still be soft in the center.

  

You can freeze them or just keep them in the fridge for a few days and heat them up in a microwave. Serve alone with salad, or in a burger bun, or whatever. However you like them!! Hope you like them as much as I do!!!