Thursday, 26 August 2010

Handmade Jewellery by Yours truly ^_^

Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung. -William Morris
It's my friend Nina's birthday gathering tomorrow, and I decided today that I would make her some jewellery as part of her gift. I've been tinkering with jewellery-making for a while now and I love that I can make anything I fancy in any colour that I want (provided I can find the pieces to suit my needs). I've already made myself a few things, but Nina will have the honour of owning something I've made before anybody else! HOW PRIVILEGED IS SHE? AMIRIGHT? I'm a big fan of the earrings and it will pain me to give them away, so she better like them xD

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Keeping Friends

The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. -Oscar Wilde
Last Thursday I went down to London to meet a group of friends from University--some of the fair few that I've managed to like. I bumped into a couple from my course about a week ago in Reading town centre, and it was like seeing a fish out of water, or a teacher outside of school; apart from that, though, I hadn't seen anybody from school since it ended. It was nice finally making the effort to maintain the friendships that I do have, without shying away from them.  
The original plan was for us to buy cheap theater tickets on the day, but we ended up finding that there wasn't much choice, and out of the options we did have, the more appealing cost a lot more than we could all afford to spend. The stress of expensive tickets made us all very hungry and we made our way to Westfield to eat. We decided on Wagamamas, and I was glad of course because they're pretty gluten-free-friendly. They even offered me Tamari/gluten-free soya sauce! Mains were followed by dessert, which was the coconut reika for me, Sonal, and Danielle, while Emma and Vaneeta had the fudge cake. Curse my coeliac to hell--If I didn't have this autoimmunity disease I would have had the fudge cake, too. I mean, the reika is a deliciously refreshing ice cream dish with a mango sauce and grated desiccated coconut, BUT HOW I CRAVED A WHOPPING GREAT SLAB OF MOIST GLUTEN-FILLED FUDGE CAKE :-(
Here we have Danielle and Sonal attempting to work out who pays how much. 

Monday, 2 August 2010

Poached eggs and Lego

He that looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart - C.S. Lewis.
I'm in Reading with my boyfriend for a huge chunk of time now-- 3 weeks! Periods like this are pretty important to me, and to the relationship. We have to settle with fortnightly weekend visits while I'm at University, and of course it could be much worst, but the weeks we spend together are practice for the future. Our goal of living together would seem a lot less plausible (to me, at least), if I didn't get to spend a big amount of time with him in one go and get a real feel of things to come. The same with him, too. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I think I'll be great to live with minus my crazy. I love to clean, especially when I'm stressed, and I love making cake. I honestly don't know what else anybody could want...
:-D 

Jonathan and I had a very lazy Sunday which we spent building a Lego model and learning how to make poached eggs. I bought him the Lego for Christmas, and a quarter of the way through building we discovered that a piece was missing and so of course that brought everything to a grinding halt. It's such an agitating feeling when you can't find a piece that you're looking for -_-' It was okay in the end though because we e-mailed Lego and they sent the spare piece REALLY quickly which was nice. 
Eggs. While browsing John Lewis (and planning what we would buy when we live together xD) Jonathan found himself being drawn to the little egg poaching device thingamajigs that make the whole process a bit easier, but we decided that we would try and make them ourselves first. Turns out boyfriend is an egg-poaching pro and he managed to make edible poached eggs straight away. Tip: Boil your egg for 20-30 seconds max before cracking it cleanly close to the water ^_^ As you will see from the picture I've posted below, Jonathan also made us some HAM&BEANS to go with our toast and poached eggs lol. I was Lego building while he created this concoction and had the AUDACITY to laugh at him when I saw it. BUT IT TURNS OUT HIS HAM AND BEAN CREATION WAS DELICIOUS.
Jonathan's concentration face, saw a lot of this yesterday:

Thanks for reading!

P.s. The bread that's shown in the picture above is by Genius, and it is the best gluten-free bread I've found yet. It is pretty much exactly like normal bread STRAIGHT OUT THE PACK. You do NOT need to heat this up before using. I nearly cried with happiness when I first found Genius. You can find it in Tesco and Sainsburys! 
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