Wednesday, 18 June 2014
I'm done! I'm done I'm done I'm done! I finally finished my GCSEs - no more exams for a whole year! And to kick off the start of a great summer holiday, my friends and I decided to go to Camden.
I'd heard lots about Camden before going, but had never actually been myself. I was very excited to investigate this strange and unusual town. And I loved it! It's a vibrant town full of stalls and tattoo parlours and mohawks and cake and tattoo removal parlours just 2 stops down from the original tattoo parlour.
I'm going to be honest and admit my favourite section was the food court. It had e v e r y t h i n g. It had food from all over the world to suit all needs. For example, there was Spanish paella, Sushi, French Crepes, Dutch Pancakes, diary/gluten free cakes, fresh lemonade, vegetarian falafels and more! The best part was the free samples they were just throwing at your feet.
I decided to try a delicious wrap that I couldn't not buy after trying the scrumptious sample, although I was slightly torn between all the food I tried as it was all so good. Camden food court > Michelin starred restaurant any day. And, later, I came back to the food court, obviously, in search for a treat, and discovered chocolate and beetroot cake! Beetroot I thought - disgusting! Then I remembered that vegetables were a common ingredient or replacement in cakes, so tried the sample, fell in love, and bought a huge slice. If you haven't guessed, I highly recommend the food court!
Now for the rest of the actual markets. They too were very cool. Just outside Camden Market Tube Station, there were the more standard shops like Vans and Urban Outfitters, but keep going a little further, and you reach the unique, whacky stalls Camden is famous for. I loved all the stalls - especially as I was never hustled by any of the vendors, which meant I could look round peacefully and enjoy myself. I bought numerous rings to add to my collection for a great deal. Very happy.
They had stalls both inside and out - so don't let bad weather put you off. There were many unusual bits and pieces, and I was very sad not to a billionaire that day as I wanted to buy everything. There were just so many stalls, it was incredible. Camden also has a reputation, less positive, for being a 'bad place'. I personally didn't get this feel, although I did make sure I had a strong clutch to my bag at all times. But in my short experience, I didn't think Camden lived up to it's negative reputation, only its positive reputation.
Highly recommend for anyone looking for something different in their shopping ... or food!
What's your favourite thing about Camden?
Saturday, 14 June 2014
|From their website (www.colormerad.co.uk - not my photo)|
This is a 5K FUN RUN that I would highly recommend to anyone who likes colour. It originally started in America, hence the spelling of 'Color', and has been brought over to here in the UK. You run/walk/hop/jump your 5K (3 miles) whilst some lovely people throw 'color bombs' at you.
You all turn up purest of pure in white clothing, and are given some goggles/sunglasses and a RAD tattoo. You all gather up at the start, and when the horn goes, off you go! It's not designed to be competitive - in fact, they don't even time you.
This is the sort of 'drenched in paint' look you get afterwards. It's fabulous. They have ways of keeping the non-poisonous paint not the T-shirt so you can keep them as souvenirs after.
|From their website (www.colormerad.co.uk - not my photo)|
Would you ever run the Color Run?
Friday, 6 June 2014
Hot off the shelf from Urban Outfitters, I couldn't wait to start this new book I'd stumbled upon. Like it sounds, it's a book with lots of lists for you to fill in. They also do other styles of lists, like lists of memories and things like that. But, me being the typical teenager who doesn't know what I want to do with my life, I thought the 'future listography' would be best for me.
It includes some realistic things like cities you want to visit, festivals to take part in etc. but also some silly or impossible things, such as supernatural events you want to happen to you. I'd read reviews that this book was fun but helpfully aided you in figuring out some basics as to what you'd like to do in your later life. And I agree!
I think it would make a great gift for a friend, especially if you set it as your mission to complete one thing in the book every week, month, year etc. I think I'm going to fill it in as much as possible and then use it as inspiration as to things I really want to do or see. It makes you think outside the norm, and about the whole world.
Maybe you could even attempt some of the impossible. For example, they have a list of things you'd like to see happen to the world. I wrote that I'd like to see equality of all people, which makes me want to get out there and do something about equality and the world, even if small. Maybe donate to a charity, or work with one. It feels like the kind of book I'll forget about for 20 years, then pick up one day, and then be reminded of all my former dreams. And then of course, hopefully go out and do them! Or maybe some Zac Efron look-alike will try complete as many ideas for me as possible, like his character did in the film "New Year's Eve" with a girl's New Year resolutions ... Ok maybe not, but it's more fun to achieve them for yourself, right?
It's also good for the wandering traveller, as you can focus and pinpoint which countries would be best to go to next, or what festivals and events you should take part in. Either way, it's fun, it's quirky, and, it's a good prompt for getting you thinking about the future in a not too serious way. Just what I need.
How do you think about your future?
Thursday, 5 June 2014
On recent web-surfing, I discovered the amazing website that is http://wholegraingoodness.hgca.com - it's full of recipes with whole grains, oats and rapeseed oil (their favourite products). Now I've tried a couple of "healthier" recipes before and never thought much of them, but this place I like. I've also made their tomato soup which when I make again, I will upload. Their recipes actually taste great and are really simple. No, I'm not their advertiser, they're just amazing!
So, who wants pizza? These are the basic ingredients;
Then just add whatever toppings you want! I ran out of self-raising flour, so just used plain flour and 2 and half teaspoons of baking powder. Nothing was stopping me from trying this recipe. Notice there is no butter or eggs - but still tastes great! I used almond milk instead of skimmed milk, and that's fine for a substitute.
It may not look like much now, but just wait ... What I also love about making your own pizza, is that you can choose everything about it; how cheesy you like it, the toppings, and even how thick you like your base. I love mine thick, but Pizza Express just never seem to do it ... Now I don't need them! And you don't have to worry about the 'badness' of choosing a thick base over a thin one as you know you still started with the same amount of dough.
Ok, not quite your classic circle, but it adds to the home-made look, right? This pizza is called a scone pizza. It needs no yeast, you just make the base like a scone. Pop the dough in the oven for 5 minutes and tada - ready to have toppings added.
This is my lovely tomato sauce going - with some freshly home-grown basil in there, might I just add! Flavour it just how you like - salt, pepper, tomato puree, basil, chives, oregano - whatever!
And whilst that was nicely simmering for 5 minutes, I chopped up my toppings. I used a yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes and some leftover sweetcorn. I always think vegetables really enhance flavours and the quality of a meal. I do not understand people who dislike them - or my younger, naïve self who disliked them too!
Now they're ready to be baked in the oven for 15 minutes, 200 degrees C. Again, you can choose the thickness of your dough, so can make "more" with the same dough if you thin it out. Note, you may want to cook it for slightly less time if you make it thinner, unless you like it crispy. Your choice!
And we're done! It was beautifully steaming when I took it out. I'd love to tell you that I ate it with someone, that someone else had one of the two I made, but that would be lying... I ate them both - not a slice left! But it's wholemeal, so that's fine right?
Would highly recommend: http://wholegraingoodness.hgca.com/recipes-wholegrain/vegetable-salsa-verde-scone-pizza.aspx is the full recipe and instructions, but feel free to vary it up. I just made the tomato sauce and added my own vegetables on top, didn't use a food processor to make any glaze. Only tip, their amounts of each ingredient would serve between 2-3 people rather than 4. I used a little less to make mine.
First, most simple way to start a healthy lifestyle and be a happier, more refreshed human being: drink water! Easy as pie! ... ok, not quite as delicious as pie, but close enough.
Most people don't drink enough water throughout the day, but now that I've started, I can't stop! Start the day off with an ice cold glass of water - it kick starts your metabolism and makes you feel instantly refreshed and awake. I love it <3
Easy, effective, effortless.
Now I think this is an idea that needs to be shared with everyone. It's basically a 'memory jar'. We started it on New Years Day, but you could start any time, and as the year goes on, you fill it with good things that have happened to you. These are things you'd probably forget if no one reminded you. For example, one of mine is "flipped a pancake successfully for the first time!", or another one "just had an amazing lunch with mum - girls day out!". These are great for reminding you of all the little things, and are especially good for travelling and reminding you of all the places you've been. It always make me smile to see so many notes in there, full of happy memories. We are going to read them all on New Year's Eve this year, and see what each other has written!
Maybe you could even make one for a friend; fill it with positive things about them or times you've shared. Then tell them they can read one whenever they have a bad day, or one a day for a year. It's a simple idea, very effective and thoughtful, and looks pretty too! You could buy a fancier jar, but I like the transparent glass, so you can see all the memories inside.
It's not really about all the big days you remember, although I have written a couple of 'thank-you's in there for some, but more about the things you're bound to forget. It's fun, creative and makes you feel more positive!