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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Flinder's Lane, Stamford

Before I get around to reviewing Edinburgh restaurants, I just wanted to write a quick review of one of my favourite restaurants in Stamford. Flinder's Lane is an Australian restaurant and bar located on Summer Street in the downtown Stamford area. I've visited the restaurant twice, once with some friends to celebrate a birthday and a second time on a work trip. The photos/food from this review is from the initial visit. We headed down after work one weeknight and bagged a table outside. Everything that we ordered was from their happy hour menu which has cocktails at $6 and snacks at $5 each. We ordered a lot of snacks to share instead of having a main meal each. Almost like tapas! 


Starting off with some drinks, what is better for a summer's evening than an Aperol Spritz? If that doesn't entice you, how about a Lillet Rose? With Lillet rose, Ford's gin and grapefruit, it's the perfect summer cocktail. They have a fantastic cocktail menu and at $6 each, they are a real bargain during happy hour. 

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

June Edit

June. 

Man, what a month.

It's odd to think that I spent half of this month in the US as now that I'm home, I can't even comprehend being there. Definitely a chapter on my life that I'm more than happy to shut the lid on. And... it feels so good to be back in Scotland.

I started the month with a short trip to Canda. I was there only for a weekend as I wanted to attend a family birthday party. Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos apart from photos of me and my family which for obvious reasons I won't be sharing on the blog. However, I had the best weekend and it came at the perfect time for a break, motivating me to get through the rest of my time in the US. 


Watching

This month I've been catching up on Brooklyn Nine-nine. I love it so much. I didn't think I would like it because, to be honest, I don't usually find US sitcoms funny. That being said, it's had me laughing out loud on several occasions and it deals with some important issues too.

And of course, the show that everyone's been talking about LOVE ISLAND. I have no shame when it comes to Love Island, I love watching it. It's just such dead head tv and whilst I have a quiet summer it's something to look forward to. This year I'm really rooting for Dani and Jack, Alex and Georgia. Who are your favourites?

The only movie I've seen this month was Ocean's 8. Which was FANTASTIC. Such a feel good, girl power movie. If you haven't seen it yet, do so ASAP.

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

One Student at Nigella's Table: Update 1

So as we discussed in my first blog post about this project, I'm currently on a mission to try out every recipe in Nigella Lawson's latest cookbook At My Table. I'll be posting updates every 10 recipes so here's what I've made recently. I've not quite gotten into the swing of trying out many of the dinner recipes as I'm living at home and running on everyone else's schedules/tastes. But I definitely plan to try out more fo the dinner recipes when I'm living on my own.

I've made a few of the main dishes and a few of the desserts too. So far I've had no major disasters and everything has been at least edible (when you aren't a good cook that's the standard). I tried black pudding for the first time, was shocked at how easy it was to make mayo and terrorised some Americans with the concept of savourty French toast.

Here's what I thought of the recipes:

Golden Garlic Mayonnaise

Rating out of 5: 5
Time taken: 5 minutes
Any changes: I forgot to add a teaspoon of lemon juice right at the end. Didn't notice that it was missing. 

I used to be firmly in the 'mayo is gross' camp but recently I've become a big fan of flavoured mayo. Particularly anything spicy or garlic. I was so surprised by how easy it is was to make this from scratch, just putting all the ingredients into the bowl and blending them together. This recipe does include saffron which is expensive and you can't really taste it but it does add a lovely colour. I made this to serve alongside the next dish as I thought the garlic mayo would work really well with the crispy potatoes. 

Black Pudding Hash with Fried Egg

Rating out of 5: 3
Time taken: 45 minutes
Any changes: I used chilli flakes/powder in replacement of a fresh red chilli. 

Oh, what sins can be hidden by a well placed fried egg? This dish tastes nice in the end but my recreation looked nowhere near as good as the picture. I didn't quite get the nice crunchy look that the book demonstrated. My potatoes also took a lot longer to good than the book suggested so the overall cooking time became a lot longer. This dish was lovely and went really well with the garlic mayo but for what is supposed to be a breakfast meal the prep time wasn't really worth it.


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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

June Reading Wrap Up

June was a month that totally flew by and with my return to Scotland, I've been a bit easy on the books without my lovely Stamford library. I read 6 books this month. Everything was either a 3 star or a 4 star read for me. Nothing terrible but nothing that totally blew me away either. That being said, I generally try to read outwith my comfort zone so it should be no surprise that I'll come across books that aren't quite my style. I also recently published my list of books that I want to read this summer and as always add me as a friend on GoodReads if you use it!


The Children by Ann Leary
This book follows our narrating character who is a famous Connecticut mommy blogger. The secret? She doesn't actually have any children. Charlotte lives at home with her mother in a house that was left to them by her stepfather. This book follows the characters over a summer when romance blooms in the family and an inheritance feud begins. I was attracted to this book because it involves a blogger and it was also set in Connecticut. It was a fun little mystery but honestly, at the times it didn't really seem like the plotlines flowed together very well. Like it was 4 mini stories about a family that didn't fit into a big picture very well. I gave it 3/5 stars.

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

10 Books I Want To Read This Summer

Summer is upon us and I am ready for a little rest and relaxation. Summer is using when I get the most of my reading done for the year so I've been taking the time to plan out my reading for the next few weeks. These are the books that I'm most excited about this summer, most of them are new releases that have got a lot of hype around them, so I'm hoping that they live up to expectations!


Almost Love by Louise O'Neil
I am a big fan of Louise O'Neil's books and I am very excited about the release of her first adult fiction book. In this book, we follow a character called Sarah who gets involved with a man who is 20 years older than her but does not treat her very well.  This book has gained a lot of attention because the characters are not particularly likeable but it explores a lot of serious issues. I really like when an author is not afraid to make their characters very realistic and human so I am very excited to see what this book brings. 

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

May Reading Wrap Up

Ok, so I am very aware that this post is long overdue. But it's time to get back to my mini book reviews after my blogging hiatus. Maybe my lack of blog posts was due to increased reading because I made my way through a lot of books in May! I was definitely taking advantage of my library access before leaving the city! 


Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman 

This book follows a stay at home mum as she unravels all the gossip of her little neighbourhood. It kind of felt like a real-life desperate housewives but much less glamorous. I really enjoyed it and it was a fast easy read, even if the characters felt very unrelatable at times. I gave it 4/5 stars.

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