In the Kitchen: Two Ingredient Pancakes

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I know exactly what you’re thinking and it’s bound to be a variation of the following:

  • Two ingredient banana pancakes, what is this witchcraft?
  • Is that a real, actual thing?
  • What, how have I not heard of this miracle recipe?
  • Are you kidding, this can’t be a serious recipe post?

How do I know this? Well it’s how everyone else has responded when I’ve mentioned this recipe to them. Clearly a recipe that sounds so delicious and also so easy, whilst at the same time being gluten, sugar and dairy free, sounds like it’s made up. But don’t panic it’s not. This is a 100% verified and delicious recipe that you will now be making every weekend without fail. I promise!

So on to the recipe of joy. Although to call it a recipe is a stretch if I’m honest. As it’s not like you need to focus or concentrate on these very simple steps. But you know I’m a fan of using many words when you really only need to use two. So back to my point! All you need are two unsuspecting ingredients. A banana and two medium eggs. That’s it.

Once you’ve rustled up these hard to find ingredients simply blitz them in the food processor, with a stick blender (my preferred method) or simply with a fork. {side not: a fork will give the pancakes a more lumpy  textured mixture, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless you’re trying to hide the banana content from a fussy person! Yes Lau I do mean you.} Heat up your baking stone or frying pan and brush with some oil. Once it’s really hot simply pour circles of mixture on the heated surface. After a couple of minutes, once bubbles have started to form – and the mixture doesn’t run away when you try to lift it – simply flip over the pancakes with your palette knife and cook for another minute or so.

Once they look good enough to eat pile them on a plate with your topping of choice, always raspberries and nutella for me (duh), and eat. Don’t forget to marvel at the ease of the recipe as you’re eating!

So there we go, awesome right? And you’re so wanting to go and check your cupboard for the ingredients aren’t you! Well go, go, go! Get on with making these scrumptious things asap. Oh and make sure you tell me your chosen topping – I’m always open for more ideas. Although it’ll have to be something good to make me ignore the raspberry/chocolate concoction!

– Fi xxx

Thought of the Day #20: Friendship is Born

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I can say with pretty much 100% certainty that most of my friendships have started with a moment like this. Be it in relation to an action, a thought or a feeling. I think that friendships that start in this way are the best kind and to find someone that just ‘gets you’ just makes complete sense. Here’s to you, me and our crazy friends!

Laura x

The Clothes Rail: Sales Picks

After deciding to give myself a bit of a shopping ban it is absolutely typical that the sales have started. This week I have had emails into my inbox from numerous places announcing sales and it’s so hard to resist. Typical, I tell you!! To try and stop my itchy fingers I have created this post. Hopefully collating everything together will stop me from actually buying everything. Will it work? Who knows. We will soon see!

 

Sale Picks: The Tops

 

Horse Shirt / White Blouse / Jacket

Green Flower Blouse / Pheasant Top / Striped Jumper

 

Sales Picks

 

Striped Dress / Necklace / Blue Dress / Flowered Skirt

I’m thinking that I may have to allow myself just one purchase from this blog post. Surely that would stop me from buying the whole lot? The only problem now is to work out which one thing to purchase. Right now I’m leaning towards the horse print shirt. But that could change anytime. I’ll keep you posted!

Laura x

In the Kitchen: My New Favourite Salad

It’s official I have a new favourite salad and I just can’t stop making and eating it. I think I need help. Not that eating too much salad is a bad thing but I don’t want to reach the point where I get bored with this dish as it’s currently tasting so good! This salad is good as a main, as a side with a BBQ. Plus it works in my lunch box with prawns and extra helpings of avocado. It lasts all week in the fridge and looks pretty thanks to all the colours in it. Really, why are you still sat here, shouldn’t you have made it by now?!

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So down to the actual recipe for the aforementioned best salad ever. I’ve combined two recipes into one and you won’t be surprised to hear that both are from Deliciously Ella’s site/cookbook. The first is her Spring Salad and then you top it all of with her spicy roasted chickpeas recipe (which you’ll find in her cookbook). Seriously this combination goes together like salt and pepper, avocado and toast and Josh and Donna (West Wing reference in case you were wondering) – you’ll be amazed you survived without it.

I made a couple of amends to the spring salad recipe, the main one being switching in Bulgar Wheat rather than Buckwheat as that’s all I could find. The other one being that I added far more avocado than suggested, because duh!

As for the spiced chickpeas you mix 1 tbsp of paprika, 1 tbsp of ground cumin, 2 tsp chilli flakes, 2 tbsp maple syrup all together and then add the juice of 1 lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Next mix in a 500g tin of drained chickpeas and ensure the chickpeas are coated in the spicy mixture. Spread over a baking tray and bake on 200 degrees for 45 minutes until the chickpeas are perfectly crunchy (and probably a little blackened).

Literally so delicious and you’ll find it hard not to munch on half the pot straight away. So there we have it, my current favourite salad – doesn’t it sound (and look) delicious?!

Fi x

Thought of the Day 19: Enough Nerve

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I love this sentiment so much. Why when we grow up do we lose this sense of wonder and belief in the world, others around us and ourselves? Something to ponder another day maybe.

As a side note it upsets me how irritating the character of Ginny Weasley was in the Harry Potter films. I don’t know why the filmmakers decided to leave out so many of the scenes showcasing her brilliance. It’s almost as if there was only room for one strong teenage girl in the series. Thankfully, us book lovers will know how fabulous she is from the books.

Laura xx

Life Rambles: Recently Pinned – June

I’ve just checked and It’s been 3 months since my last Latest Pins post. How did that happen? Time really does fly! While looking over my recent pins I noticed that there are three main categories that most of my pinning falls into. So today I’m sharing my Top 3 pins from those categories over the last three months.

 

Cinnamon PlaitPrawn Pad Thai / Naan Bread

First up it’s all things food. Yep my favourite things. I love making bread and I love Indian food so I don’t know why I haven’t given naan bread a try yet. This one is definitely at the top of my list. In terms of sweet stuff it’s got to be this cinnamon plait. My plaiting could do with some work, but I don’t think I’d mind the practising if it involved such a perfect aroma of spices! My final food pin to share is a prawn pad thai. I order this every time I go to Busaba Eathai and yet I’ve never actually cooked it myself! This needs to be remedied asap I think.

 

Take Adventures quote / Superhero quote / Silence quote

 

I’m pretty sure that 70% of all the things I pin on Pinterest are quotes. I just can’t help myself, I love the written word. It’s inspiring. These three are all brilliant. The first two are actually both printables and I’m definitely going to remember these in the future when I want to brighten up my room or desk with some inspiration.

 

Wine Bottle Torch / Colourful Fireplace / Bronze & Copper DIY

So I’m still in the process of moving. Gosh this seems to have gone on forever and ever! Anyway, possible moving means that I am obsessing over home decor, DIY and garden ideas. All of which I have been pinning like mad. I love this idea of garden torches made out of wine bottles. I think this could be a really easy way to brighten up any garden. I best start emptying those wine bottles! I’m quite in love with all the colour on that mantelpiece. Talk about making a statement. So much better than a statement wall. Or at least that’s what I think anyway. A finally how could I discuss my recent pins and not mention metallics? I completely 100% have a thing for copper. This DIY would be a perfect way to add just a touch into one room.

What about you lovely readers. What have you been pinning lately? Does anyone have any amazing pinterest boards that I need to follow? Please send anything food, house or word related my way!

Lau xx

p.s. you can find me on Pinterest right here.

Life Rambles: Snapshots of Early Summer

Greetings lovely people,  I hope you’re all having a brilliant Sunday! I’ve had a pretty awesome weekend with some of my best friends, but it’s been exhausting let me tell you! So I’m very much looking forward to a Game of Thrones catch up and a night of football viewing this evening. A quiet evening in is just what I need before a super busy week of work. What about you, what are you up to this Sunday evening? Before we get into another week I thought I’d take a leaf out of Lau’s book and look back at some of my recent Instagram action, who doesn’t love a little recap using those square-shaped snapshots?

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a little lunchtime reading in the park / pecan and maple pastry and cronut – yum! / some brilliant commuter reading

new clothes thanks to Oliver Bonas / Saturday cuddles / summer is here!

choosing the right path on a morning run / Cows chilling on the common / rush hour in the countryside

From these pictures you can see that Summer has well and truly arrived in my neck of the woods and it’s great, well unless I’m in our sweltering office staring longingly out of the window that is! But seriously the warmer weather has meant more opportunities to read outside at lunchtime, running in the woods and pleasant walks home. Not to mention lots of time for explorations in Surrey, where I met these cute cows just chilling out!

Despite my attempts to be fitter and healthier (if you missed it find out more over here) there have been treat days and sometimes decisions are hard to make, so you have to eat half of each pastry! Doh! Maple and pecan appears to be my current favourite flavour combination. Talking of treats I treated myself to two lovely new dresses recently in the OB sale and I have zero regrets whatsoever – they’re so pretty so why would I?

Have you read any of the Wells and Wong Mystery books yet? There are currently two and they’re like a big warm hug and instantly take me back to my Enid Blyton reading days. Just what you need on your commute home in a packed train carriage. You really must read them asap!

Yesterday was spent with some of my favourites; drinking Pimms, nattering away and enjoying cuddles with this little cutie at the farm. After umpteen pushes on the swings I had built up enough trust to get a cuddle and it was just lovely. I really wish I could have Saturday cuddles with this one every week!

So there we have it, some of my favourite Instagram snaps over the last few weeks, what are yours? If they involve food, books or countryside fun let me know as I like the sound of your feed! Oh and if that sounds like fun then do give me a follow at fievans on Instagram. It’d be lovely to see you! x

In the Kitchen: Chicken Biryani

I absolutely love sharing recipes on here. They’re my favourite things to write. Maybe it’s because I enjoy finding new recipes to try and share or maybe it’s because I just love food {live to eat, not eat to live is an Evans mantra after all}, but either way I enjoy putting these posts together. Even if it does make me hungry each time. Yes even when I’m typing over my lunch break where I’ve only eaten lunch 10 minutes ago!

Anyway enough of my nattering or at least enough of my inane natterings, back onto the topic of biryanis!

Let’s start with a trip down memory lane. When I was 16 I spent months cooking biryani’s as part of my GCSE Food Technology course. It was fun, the food was delicious and my kitchen was wonderfully fragrant. But it got a bit repetitive after awhile, so much so that I haven’t cooked or eaten a biryani since then! That’s 14 years without this deliciousness. What was I thinking? To be honest I think I just forgot that the biryani dish even existed, focusing instead on other dishes to get my spice fill. That was until two weeks ago when I was trying to decide what to make one evening to go alongside Fi’s spinach and chickpea curry. That’s when the memories of a chicken biryani sprung to mind and I was eager to get cooking.

Sadly I no longer have the biryani recipe that I made back in the GCSE years, I know this for a fact as I took much glee in ripping up the project 5 years ago when I was clearing out my parents attic – god I saved a lots of rubbish! A lack of recipe left me doing what I usually do, heading to the BBC Good Food website to search for a recipe. This website is full of so many recipes and is exactly what’s needed when all your recipe books are in a storage unit in south London! Armed with my recipe I got cooking. Now I’m not going to repeat the recipe as you can find it here yourself and there’s really no need. I will tell you that I ignored the coriander aspect – I really can’t stand the stuff!

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I will also say that I adored cooking this dish. I’d forgotten how glorious the smell of Indian food cooking is. How it makes you so hungry that you have to start snacking on poppadoms and chutney while it’s cooking away. Honestly is there anything simpler than rice, chicken, stock and a few spices? I honestly don’t think so.

Laura xx

Thought of the Day #18: Look up

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These words from Stephen Hawking are good in a metaphorical and literal sense. I often forget to look up and around me when I’m in a rush or on the commute home and that’s not the best plan as you miss so much of what’s going on – from gorgeous sunsets, tweeting birds and so much more. As for looking up in a more metaphorical sense, to me this means looking up and out and dreaming more. So whether it’s a new opportunity at work, a new path or following your dreams, looking up is the way forward as it’ll allow us to do and be more.

All Things Fitness: A New Leaf

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Since leaving London in March I’ve managed to put on a lot of unwanted weight. I could blame commuting, the parentals’ delicious cooking and the amazing array of chocolate and biscuits in the house for this situation. But really I’ve become lazy and it’s 100% my fault. I should be able to summon the willpower to go for a run when I get home at 7pm or make myself get up at 6am to do a DVD. I’ve done it before and I know plenty of people who do it with a lot more responsibilities than I have. I should also be able to summon enough willpower to not reach for a third biscuit or to stop at the second helping of mashed potato. I just haven’t bothered too and I’ve slipped back into those bad habits. So now I’m turning over a new leaf – right at this moment. Not tomorrow, next week or the one after. Today.

So what are the changes that I need to make? Nothing revolutionary as I know that a one-off diet or special way eating won’t work. It’s a permanent change that’s needed.

So here’s my plan.

1) Stop with the consumption of 2 milky lattes a day. I’m back on the Americanos or an iced latte if I really need the milk. That’s 200 calories gone right there.

2) Get back to walking a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. This was something I was doing with no problem in London. After all I was getting the tube and walking everywhere. Now I drive to the station, get the train and then a tube before walking 1 minute to work. So from now on I’m walking to the station every morning and then heading out for a long walk at lunchtime. It’ll do me good to get out at lunchtime anyway!

3) Make lunch. It’s a simple thing to do but I’ve gotten out of this habit recently and Itsu’s sushi has got too tempting! So salads, roasted veggies, fish and chicken need to make a reappearance again!

4) Cut down on the insane amount of sugar I eat, mainly processed stuff. I don’t think a day passes without me eating something of the chocolate, sweet or sugary cereal variety. Or if I’m honest two of them. So from now I’m going to think about what I’m eating and find some better snacks. It’s all too easy to reach for a bag of sweets when I should be picking something that’s good for me like fruit or a healthy snack – like these delicious raw brownies. 

5) Exercise exercise exercise. At the moment I’m lucky if I run once a week. This has to change. So as well as my 10,000 steps a day I’m adding in a minimum of fifteen minutes running, circuit training or stationary cycling every day. 15 minutes isn’t hard to fit in every day so shouldn’t be too hard at all. Plus I know once I start such a thing I’ll enjoy it. It’s just about getting into that rhythm!

6) Get better at the tracking of calories on My Fitness Pal. I know being healthy isn’t about calories, but I do find it helpful to track what I eat. However by mid afternoon when I’m only 100 calories away from my goal I tend to give up and start eating whatever I see. This has to stop. I need to track whatever I’m eating and not feel guilty about it, as the point is to be accountable. If I go over one day that’s not the end of the world, I still have to track it. Perhaps this will stop me from ending every day with a handful of biscuits.

So there we go, that’s my plan. I’ll try to keep you all updated on how it’s going on here, over on Instagram and of course on twitter too.

Fi xx