21.5.15

Pistachio & White Chocolate Cookies


It's a little surprising that I haven't made this sooner. Pistachios and white chocolate are two of my favourite flavours. Now that I have I think I'll be baking them more often in the future. That's the beauty of making something yourself, you can mix flavours and ingredients to suit what you love and I really love these cookies. They do taste better the next day, soft and buttery with a crunch. And here is how you make them.

Ingredients
200g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
100g soft butter
100g caster sugar
1 medium egg
1tsp vanilla extract 
A pinch of salt 
50g chopped pistachio nuts
50g chunky chopped white chocolate

Preheat oven to 180C
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together
Beat in the egg, then add the flour, baking powder and salt
Mix it all together until combined and make sure you don't overwork the dough
Stir in the pistachio nuts and chocolate
Roll the dough into golf-ball sized round and put on a baking tray and flatten slightly with your hand. Make sure to leave enough room between them because they will spread when baking. 
Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly golden. 
Then leave to cool and enjoy.

17.5.15

Book Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins


One day I decided to download an audio book from Audible, I have always been a printed paper book reader, never ventured to the electronic book side because it just doesn't feel right reading a novel on a screen. The idea of trying out an audio book appealed to me originally because I thought I could listen to it at the gym when I don't feel like listening to music. I decided to go for the free trial and downloaded The Girl on The Train. I haven't really read thriller/mystery novels but it the synopsis interested me.

One day at the gym I decided to listen to it, at first it felt a little strange and I wasn't sure I would get into the story but I was completely wrong. I listened to the whole audio book in two days. That is what I liked about it, I was able to do other things like workout, clean the house or have it playing in the background. The story was addictive, I wanted to know what will happen next. I'm now more open to trying out audio books and mystery/thrillers.

There are 3 narrators, one of them is Rachel who is our girl on the train. Everyday she's on the tracks, looking out at the suburban houses she passes on her way into and out of London. And everyday she watched a couple when the train stops at the signal. Giving them the names Jess and Jason, imagining their lives that seem very much perfect. Until one day when she sees something out of the ordinary, even though it was only a minute it was enough to know what was happening. What she knows could be very useful but could also hurt those involved including herself. As the events after that unfold it becomes a mystery that Rachel attempts to figure out despite not remembering where she was that very evening.

I really enjoyed listening to this story and almost wished I read it. It was different for me but I'm now more open to trying out different genres and mediums. If you liked Gone Girl then I think you'll like The Girl On The Train, especially if you want something you can't wait to find out how it ends.

Have you tried listening to an audiobook?

6.5.15

Ways to cheer yourself up


Every once in a while there will be a day or a couple of hours where I feel so unlike myself. Completely low and a little sad. It happens, we're all human. A reason attached or not, it's okay. Everyone will agree that it's not a feeling we want to linger. I personally try to get rid of it as soon as I can, to avoid really dwelling and sinking into the negative feeling. Doing a few things to cheer yourself up no matter how small can do great things. We all need to do this every once in a while.

Breathe

Take a moment alone and just breathe. A long deep breath in and out. Get the oxygen in you, your head will already feel clearer and will take away the unwanted thoughts. Just distancing yourself away from everything else can help you feel more free.

Go for a walk & get moving 
Taking a walk outside is so simple but so effective in making you feel better. It keeps you from sitting down and doing nothing. It can distract you from the low feeling. If you're into working out, get your heart rate up and pump in those endorphins. I will always advise exercise as a guaranteed way to feel better and an effective way to cheer yourself up. Making you happier and even inspired.

Do what you love
Everyone, every single day should do something they love. Especially when you are trying to make yourself feel better. it can be anything. Reading a book, watching your guilty pleasure TV show. Playing your favourite music loud and dancing around, taking a bath. Hangout with friends, indulge in your favourite food.

Write down the good things
Sometimes we forget all the great and incredible tings in out lives. Like the special people. The goals you've accomplished or that joke that made you laugh so hard you cried. Write them all down. Personal or in general. There's a long list to read back once you've written it and you will feel thankful.

Rest your body & mind
A good nights sleep can do wonders. A nice dream might cross your mind. You can wake up refreshed. And simply recharge. Taking away the bad and leaving the good. 

3.5.15

Life right now

I like these kind of posts, when writing them it's a chance to reflect on things and it's so good to do that from time to time. Life can get really busy, constantly on the go and we forget the important things. I just read my last post like this and it's nice to see what I was up to at the time and I look forward to reading this post one day. I'd love to know a little bit about your life right now too, feel free to share.

challenging - graduate job hunting, I've been spending a lot of time searching for the chance to take a step on the career ladder as each day passes I'm more determined to progress in the right direction.

looking forward to - trying out pilates, this week I'll be going to a class with a friend, something new to try for ourselves as well as a way to keep fit.

loving - my friends, as I get older the bond grows stronger and they're honestly some of the best people I know.

planning - summer holiday to Sardinia with my sister.

thinking - about the future projects, dreams and people. 

reading - With or Without You by Carole Matthews, I haven't read much but so far it's an easy going, funny read and set in my hometown.

eating - avocados and bananas almost every day.

watching - Grey's Anatomy, well re-watching as I can't get over what has happened in the latest episodes so I've gone back to happier story lines.

listening - XFM radio station, there are some great tunes at the moment from Mumford & Sons, Circa Waves, Coast and lots more.

wearing -  slowly starting to wear lighter colours, now that it's become colder again (typical British weather) I'm mostly wearing jeans, light tops and cardigans.