My go-to meal at the moment is vegetable stir fry with rice noodles; it’s quick, easy, healthy and delicious.
Step 1 – choose your ingredients. In the picture you can see I went for carrots, broccoli, cabbage, spring onions and pepper to go along with my rice noodles.
Step 2 – Prep your veg. Have as much as you like just make sure it is all chopped to your liking.
Step 3 – Heat your frying pan on a medium heat and add some sunflower or corn oil.
Step 4 – Add your veg in stages. I added broccoli first as it takes the longest to cook through and the cabbage last as it cooks very quickly. Once everything is added keep stirring it all through, add your seasonings (I added salt and pepper to mine).
Make sure to add oil accordingly throughout to make sure you create the steam necessary for stir fry and also to ensure you don’t burn your veg. If you are conscious about the oil making this a less healthy dish you can add water throughout instead. I did a bit of both (oil for taste and water for steam).
Step 5 – Once the veg is cooked through to your liking put the stir fry on a low heat, or even take it off the heat while you attend to the noodles.
For the rice noodles I had, I had to cover them in boiling water (from a kettle) for 3 minutes and drain them before adding them to my veg. However, you can buy fresh rice noodles which you can put straight into the frying pan to heat up.
Step 6 – Once the noodles are done, add them to the veg and mix through. Take the pan off the heat (if you haven’t already) and serve.
I prefer drier stir fry but you can add a sauce to if you like and switch out the veg and noodles. I often have stir fry with rice or cous cous.
Invited by a friend to watch Me Before You, I went and watched this emotional film at the cinema a few weeks ago. Having not read the book, all that attracted me to the film was the trailer and the impending love story (I’m always a sucker for a love story). However, I did go home and order the book (which I finished reading today), but I would suggest reading the book first and not make the same mistake I did.
Starring a truly wonderful cast of Sam Claflin as Will, Emilia Clarke as Lou, Jenna Coleman as Treena, Matthew Lewis as Patrick, Charles Dance as Stephen Traynor, Janet McTeer as Camilla Traynor, Samantha Spiro as Josie Clark, Brendan Coyle as Bernard Clark, and Stephen Peacocke as Nathan, the film was set up perfectly. It is also pretty faithful to the book, hardly surprising when you consider that the author, Jojo Moyes, wrote the screenplay.
‘Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change each other for all time’.
It’s a truly beautiful story, heartbreakingly emotional but also quite inspirational. The book and the film push the idea that life is meant to be lived and you should be grabbing every opportunity you can.
‘It’s the ultimate goal every day you wake up, to be happy. At the end of the week, you want to be happy. Happy in love, happy in work, happy in life, happy with yourself. It’s pretty simple.’
‘Together we are stronger, our voices louder, and the synergy of our actions more powerful. Together we can prevail on the Navy to put common sense safeguards in place, like requiring its ships to avoid the most sensitive marine mammal habitats and to stop their training exercises during peak migrations.’
‘I love the ukulele. It’s got a beautiful, melodic tone to it. There’s something innocent and romantic, and it’s just a grand instrument to play.’
‘Be good to people, be kind to people, show up, read the lines, hit the mark, and go home.’
‘We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? – a world without whales. It’s too terrible to imagine.’
‘When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.’
‘I think you make the best with what you’ve got, you know? Sometimes you have very little. And you just always try to rise to higher ground, because you’re going to suffer one way or the other, so you just hope that you have strength and perseverance and good friends and faith, some kind of faith, to endure and move on to greener pastures.’
‘You can get totally messed up trying to please everyone with what you do, but ultimately, you have to please yourself.’
‘James Bond is one of those heroes that all guys feel they could actually be like.’
‘People should be allowed to marry, and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage.’
‘Love means that everything is right with the world. Love and only love. Love means that you are content within your own heart and in the presence of the person that you love, who fills your day and makes you stronger and wiser, and gives you the confidence to go out into the world. Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling.’
‘I realise how precious life is, probably because I’ve seen how it can be taken away.’
This October the new James Bond film, Spectre, is going to be released on the 26th. Since I’m a massive James Bond fan, there will be a lot of 007 related posts such as Top 5s, film recommendations and quotes from the various ‘James Bonds’ themselves such as Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton.
Look forward to that if you, like me, adore the Bond universe. If you don’t I won’t take it personally, and I apologise for a lack of content aimed at you. Don’t worry though, as ordinary content will be interspersed in between these James Bond posts.
YouTube and the YouTube culture has increased dramatically in the last two years with many popular YouTubers being accepted into mainstream entertainment. With this has come the opportunity for many individuals on the platform to write and publish their own books in conjunction to their channels.
Now being a fan of many YouTubers myself, I have bought and read the books of some of my favourite YouTubers. Today I’m recommending Tanya Burr’s Love, Tanya.
Tanya Burr is a beauty and lifestyle blogger and YouTuber online. She also films the occasional vlog and uploads them to her channel. I find that Tanya is very similar to Fleur DeForce (whose book I recommended back in April) and as much their books are very similar, but as a fan of both I thoroughly enjoyed each book and eagerly read one after the other.
Tanya’s book provides a range of content similar to her online work. This includes fashion, beauty, love, friendship, relationships, baking, confidence, happiness and her own life. Much of this content is beauty related but this book is perfect for any fan of Tanya, since it includes autobiographical chapters and advice on anxiety and confidence, which allows Tanya to take her own anxiety as a positive thing to help others in the same position. Even without being a fan of Tanya and her channel, the book offers top tips on so many different things including relationship tips such as date ideas and wonderful baking recipes.
While reading the book I found that I never wanted to put it down and kept reaching for it at every opportunity. The book is just brilliant; it is aesthetically pleasing with a lovely hardback cover and many of Tanya’s own photos are laced throughout. I also enjoy the professional photoshoot photos at the beginning of each chapter.
Tanya really worked hard on this book and made it for her fans and that is so obvious to see when you’re reading her writing. For me personally, it’s great to see more about the woman on the other side of my computer screen and really get to know her further.
Please go and check out Tanya’s book and channel (click here).
Dear New Years,
New Years, we have a complex relationship as you know. I used to be excited by the new year, a new number, a new month… but right now I would rather ignore your existence, I’d rather ignore that this is a special occasion, I’m ignoring that people are partying tonight as I never really have much to do at this juncture.
But moving on from the fact of the event itself, moving into the New Year is scary. I have to leave behind the joy of Christmas and return to school, to work, where I can see only coursework that needs to be finished and exams that need to be sat and for neither I am ready. The new year brings the end of an era as I ready myself to leave my school and my friends and embark on that new ‘adventure’ called University.
It is always a bittersweet time as we transition from what we are used to into something new and unknown. This coming year is going to be extremely bittersweet and so as I come to January 1st I fear what I know is coming and hope that some goodness comes from what I don’t know is coming.
Although I step unwillingly to the New Year, I feel a slight excitement for all the good that I’m sure is to come. New Years, I hope you can give everyone the happiness that they deserve.
Ps. Hello! As with my Dear Christmas post, I wrote this in a very short period of time. I just tried to get my thoughts down and I know this isn’t written particularly well but I felt like I needed to post something a little more personal, a little bit more appropriate for this time. I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!
Disclaimer – I do not own the photo in this post it is from: http://inewyearimages.com/images-of-happy-new-year-2015-wishes-quotes-card-in-advance/
Inspiration for this post came from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAy1UkOt9nY