Friday, 24 August 2018

EASY CAPRESE


Are you ready for the easiest, most delicious and versatile salad you'll ever make? Okay so I'm the first to admit that salad for lunch is less than exciting, and while this is wildly simple, I promise you'll be going back for seconds. I totally believe it's all about the quality of ingredients and that's not me trying to be a food snob, that's me making the most of simplicity and getting the best out of the produce you can pick up in your local supermarket! 

If you're feeling indulgent, substitute the mozzarella for a gorgeously-creamy burrata from the deli; add some cold meats if you're a carnivore who's craving; add olives and/or anchovies for that seasoned kick or croutons for extra crunch. You really cannot go wrong with a caprese just as long as you have the core ingredients down: basil, tomato, mozzarella, olive oil and seasoning. 

Now a traditional caprese will have you slicing big beef tomatoes, but I personally think the only use for those is in a juicy burger! Baby plum tomatoes have so much more sweetness and overall flavour, and these ones are from just across the sea on the Isle of Wight. A top tip is to sprinkle them with rock salt before consuming - my goodness, does that make such a difference! I finely chopped the basil (grown from our garden from a trusty Tesco plant) and mixed it with lots of washed rocket to bulk out my salad. And seasoning your mozzarella with fresh black pepper always makes it a winner.

It's all about making a salad that you would want to eat, and I know this is one I can fall back on when I'm struggling to find something healthy for lunch! It's also a great side salad, especially if you're entertaining for a larger crowd.

What's your go-to salad? I find it so much easier to eat salad in the summer so if you have any winter salad recipes I'd love to hear them!
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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

A LITTLE LIFE UPDATE


Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've shared a little life update on this blog, chatting you through what I've been up to and plans for the future but this is a big one. So when I say little, I guess you could say I'm playing it down slightly. In true 90s Kenan and Kel style: "Here it goes..."

I GOT A NEW JOB! 

Yes, after five years working in a minimum wage job that was slowly taking my soul, I bit the bullet and applied for a job in the NHS. I'm so excited for this new chapter in my life, you have no idea. I was starting to feel like I would be working in a bakery until I popped my clogs but this opportunity came up and something in me decided that I should grab it with both hands. And I'm glad I did! 

I finished my last shift on Saturday 18th August and I start my new job on Monday 3rd September, gosh it's like the first day of school! I suppose in a way it will be. I'm the new girl and I have a lot to learn, but I am so ready to get going with everything. So I'm currently on a two-week break between jobs - I'm calling it my FUNemployment phase - and I'm mostly using it to have a bit of rest and relaxation before the inevitable madness begins! This week I'm house/cat sitting for my friends who have gone away to Cornwall, and it almost feels like it's my own place. It stands me in good stead now I will be able to afford to put more money away for a flat deposit. I mean, you know, fingers crossed.

There are obviously things I will miss about my previous job (so weird to call it that right now) but I guess you could say that I won't miss the 5.30am wakeup alarms, or working weekends, Christmas and bank holidays. Yes, my days will be longer and probably much more stressful, but that's something I'm more than prepared for. It will be a whole new set of challenges for me to undertake, and that's what I've been craving.

I would love to know if any of you currently have or have had a job in the NHS, and what your experience has been like! I know it's such a broad sector, so any pros and cons in any capacity would be greatly appreciated. I have so much respect for anyone involved in our health service and I'm really looking forward to being one of them soon. Oh god, I'm starting to sound like I'm in a job interview now! Hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here; I'm finally going to be putting my degree to good use, guys - hallelujah! 
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