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Macarons

30 Sep

There is something quite civilised and indulgent about a well made macaron. Unfortunately I haven’t quite reached that stage, and mine are more squiffily rough around the edges than fine-dining in Paris. However, I took the first step and made a first batch. From what I have read since I have come to the conclusion that my egg whites were most likely underbeaten and the mixture undermixed…so here’s to round 2! (good job I’m back in the gym…)

The recipe I chose to use was from this great blog: http://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/easy-macaron-macaroon-recipe/

…however, it seems that there are two ways to make macarons. One with an italian meringue (involves melting the sugar with water to a specific temperature) and one which doesn’t. This recipe doesn’t, which is actually why I chose it. It sounded easier. The majority of the other recipes which I have read do use the italian meringue method, and I’m wondering whether to go down that route for round two. Hmm…decisions, decisions!

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Still here!

2 May

Hi lovely cookers, readers and eaters…just a note to say I am still here, I’m just a bit bogged down with work and fitness at the moment. I’m debating whether or not to actually start writing about my fitness goals as a way to keep me accountable for what I’m chowing down on, and maybe to inspire me to cook some even healthier bits and bobs, but I’m worried it might be a bit boring for all of you to have to put up with! We’ll see…

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I hope to get writing up some new recipes soon 🙂 x

Thai Chicken Laksa

24 Apr

Unfortunately I have a rather hectic couple of weeks and am struggling to find the time to cook anything exciting and new, let alone write to you about them (tonight was poached eggs on toast!), so I thought I’d repost this fantastic looking recipe from Homemade With Mess. Laksa is one of Pat’s favourite dishes, so I definitely want to give this one a go soon!

Homemade With Mess

I think my worst habit with cooking is that I often get a little carried away and the dish ends up taking forever to cook (I think really it’s because I enjoy cooking so much). I do however totally understand that while I love spending the majority of my evening in the kitchen, most people do not. I therefore thought I would go to my beloved Jamie Oliver for some 15 minute inspiration. I have had this book on my shelf for months and months; as when I get a book I like to read it front to back, word for word, and I have a bit of a back log at the minute due to my compulsive cook book buying. Anyway, I broke my rule and had a quick flick through ‘Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals’ and as soon as I came across this Thai Chicken Laksa recipe I knew…

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Call for action: fellow medic missing in Syria

3 Dec

Dear fellow bloggers,

It has come to my attention that a fellow student at St George’s is in the midst of a family crisis.

Please take a minute to read the below and pass it on to whomever you feel may be able to help.


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Dear friends, Please LIKE AND SHARE this facebook page. My very good friend Sara Khan, a fellow student at SGUL is going through an urgent crisis. Her brother Dr Abbas Khan is training to be an orthopaedic surgeon in London and recently took a sabbatical to engage in relief medicine. He travelled to the Turko-Syrian border with thousands of pounds worth of medical aid to treat injured civilians. Whilst undertaking this humanitarian work in Aleppo, he has disappeared and the family have unconfirmed reports that he has been detained unlawfully by the Syrian government for no other reason than treating the injured. They have not heard from him for 12 days. As you can imagine this is an extremely distressing time for the family and we are urging everyone to help raise awareness of his capture so that British officials may urgently pursue his release. PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE THIS FACEBOOK PAGE. Any help is greatly appreciated in ensuring his safe return home. Thank you.

http://www.facebook.com/freedrabbaskhan

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/brother-fears-for-surgeon-missing-in-aid-dash-to-syria-8375585.html?origin=internalSearch

Apologies

27 Aug

Sorry for the lack of posts peeps, I’ve been on holiday to Barcelona and been busy sampling loads of delicious Spanish food! I’ll update you as soon as I can, got some great ideas for easy, healthy tapas x