Thanksgiving in the UK

I realise this post is a week late, but before I divulge into Christmas, I wanted to share my Thanksgiving dinner! It turned out great.
After making a few quick DIY decorations, which included carved apple candles, festive nuts and the cliche kitchen welcome message, I was ready to begin the pumpkin pie.

So You Want to Quit Your Job?

We've all felt it, that overwhelming urge that the hell hole we are engulfed in (that is full time work) is the wrong career/role or company – and we want out.

Okay, so you've been sitting on this for a while now and your work is starting to suffer. You not only care less and less, each day, about what you’re doing but you’re starting to resent it. You think the majority of people you work with are idiots. You feel as if the company you work for is a metaphorical life vampire, squeezing every last drop of energy and happiness you have. So, what should you do?

Well, the first thing you need to do is assess if the career you’re in is one you can see yourself continuing to flourish in for the next 5 years. Because, if the answer is no, and you don’t quite know how you ended up where you are, then you need to get the hell out of there.

But wait – not so fast! I know telling your boss to stick his targets up his arse and giving Carol in Sales the middle finger may seem like a good way to go out, but it’s really not. You've got to be smart about it.

26 Things I Have Learned At 26

I recently turned 26, which I feel, is a bit of an awkward age. You're not quite in your mid twenties anymore, so there's that lingering expectancy from society and your parents that says you should have your shit together by now.
Here are 26 things I have learned at the ripe old age of 26:

  1. Never put washing up liquid in a dish washer.
  2. Definitely don’t get black-out wasty-faced at the office party.
  3. Having more than a bottle of red wine on a school night is never a good idea.
  4. With that being said, tequila is not your friend. It’s out to f*ck you.
  5. Your childhood matters, but don't let it control your adulthood.
  6. It’s okay to embrace your inner sloth; finish work, go home, cook dinner and change straight into your jammies. You’re 26, you don’t need to go out during the week to keep up appearances.
  7. Embrace your inner nerd. I like NASA documentaries, programmes on serial killers, docs about insects, natural disasters, and aliens. So what?
  8. Neglect Social Media in favour of spending time in the present. People are so concerned these days with documenting every aspect of their life with photos and statuses. Social media is not an accurate portrayal of real life.
  9. Selfie sticks, although beneficial for large group photos, are for narcissists and kids.
  10. If you hate your career, get the hell out of there, like yesterday. You spend around 70% of your waking hours working and life is too short.
  11. Invest in good quality, expensive bedding.
  12. Care less about what others think. So Helen from Sales hates you for no apparent reason. F*ck Helen, Helen is a loser and has self-esteem issues. Choose your battles, wisely.
  13. Everyone’s families are weird. Don’t think you’re on your own.
  14. Toxic friends: identify them, get rid of them. Do it quickly.
  15. Be mindful.
  16. Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life.
  17. Know your body type and what looks good on you. Don't feel compelled to wear the latest fashion trend. 
  18. Learn to cook and get decent at it.
  19. Experiences make people happier than possessions, so travel and explore whenever you can. There are 196 countries in this world and there is more to life than Ibiza and Marbella.
  20. Learn from past relationships, the good ones and the bad. People will come and go throughout your life, you'll consciously breakaway from people because your values will change, and vice versa.  
  21. Don’t ever feel like you’re restricted by your chosen degree or education.
  22. Hangovers get worse as you age, it’s science.
  23. If you are lucky enough to still have your parents around, make it a priority to spend time with them. Give them a hug and tell them you love them, whenever you can.
  24. The best burger you will ever eat is an In’N’Out burger. They are only available in 5 states in America. Double double animal style, every time.
  25. If you don't know what to say, silence is always an option. I have definitely come out with some awkward one liners in my time.
  26. Stop being so self conscious. No one is paying attention to you, they are too busy paying more attention to themselves.

Guns in 'Merica

In light of the recent shootings at Umpqua college in Oregon, where 10 people were killed and 7 wounded, President Obama consequently made one of the most powerfully delivered and monumental speeches of his time at the White House (you can watch this here). Obama stressed that shootings of this nature were happening so often now, ‘that it has become routine’ and that the nation is ‘numb to it’. I wanted to briefly weigh in my two cents on the gun debate.

White Truffle & Rosemary Fusilli

  If you haven’t gathered by now, then yes, I admit it – I love pasta. There’s just so many different variations and versatile ingredients you can use to achieve completely different dishes. And whilst I don’t advocate eating it every day, I definitely cook at least one pasta dish a week for dinner.
            If you haven’t cooked with truffles before, then this is a great introduction to them. Truffles are actually a type of fungus that grow underground. You may have heard of pigs or dogs that are specially trained to sniff them out in forests. They are renowned to be quite expensive, but don’t be put off by this. You can buy some beautiful truffle oil from most large supermarkets for around £5 - 10 and it will last you ages.
            One of the things that go really well with truffles, are mushrooms. This recipe is a new one I conjured up the other day and the flavours work really well together. I’m not usually a huge fan of creamy, rich sauces, but I feel this one has just the right balance.

The Ultimate Mexican Scrambler

This is one of my favourite breakfasts of all time. A dish that will turn you into guaranteed wife material. (Serves two)

Throughout my life I’ve regularly been back and forth to the states, doing a year stint there in my early twenties and I absolutely love it. One of the things I miss the most about America is the food.
 Mexican food plays a huge part in the American cuisine, particularly in places such as California and Texas, where you’re closer to the boarder. It’s a far cry from the standard Chiquitos restaurant quality we’re so numbingly used to over in the UK. It’s fresh, cheap to make and (in most cases) pretty healthy too.
 I’ve found it difficult to find decent Mexican restaurants here in the UK, where as in the US they’re a pretty bog-standard food establishment. So, here’s a recipe you can easily follow at home that stays true to a typical Mexican egg breakfast (Huevos Rancheros) and I hope you like it.

The Mother of all Sunday Brunches

Fluffy Yank Pancakes with Bacon (Serves two)

Americans love their sweet and savoury flavour combinations. I was, at first, completely opposed to this. I remember sitting in the cafeteria at the University of North Carolina, observing in horror, as a guy opposite me poured glugs of maple syrup onto his sausages, bacon, and “French toast” (AKA Eggy bread, to us Brits). Where was the HP sauce? Why was the sausage shaped like a burger? It got weirder. One day, innocently looking to fill my plate for lunch, I stumbled across some sweet potato mash, it was covered in a thick layer of a gooey white mess. Would you believe me if I told you it was marshmallow and that in the South this is a perfectly normal and acceptable accompaniment?
So, eventually, I caved in. I tried some of the delights that the dirty south had to offer and I’m unashamed to admit, they are definitely onto something. 

Spicy Sausage Tagliatelle

(Serves two)

A lot of the time, when I get home from work, I’m starving because the Boots salad I had at lunchtime was offensive and I’m tired as hell. So, I just want something quick and easy to make with minimal effort and mess. This is definitely one of those dinners. If you’re watching your calorie intake, be warned, this clocks in at around 1100 calories. However, with that said, this tastes absolutely gorgeous and will leave you feeling satisfied. Just set your alarm for that 5am run you will definitely snooze through tomorrow morning.

Prawn & Chilli Spaghetti

Light, healthy, and full of flavour (Serves 2)

If you're looking to commit carbicide without completely falling off the wagon, this pasta dish is a healthy and protein filled option. It only takes around 15 minutes to make, so you can whip this up and go to watch the newest episode of I Am Cait whilst feeling awkward and frustrated as to why some of the woman on there are hotter than you.

Spanish Frittata

 This is a great lunch to make from all of the tapas you have left over in the fridge. It’s filling, bursting with Spanish flavour ,and won’t leave you feeling bloated in that bikini later. (Serves two)