Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Quick and Easy lunch: Egg Salad

A salad can be your very worst enemy or  it can be your best-friend, I'm stuck right in the middle. My mother introduced me to salads when I was about 8 but back then I wasn't really fussed. Unfortunately with age comes fussy and complicated taste buds, now I'm all about creating a great tasting salad whatever the occasion. Today's lunch is made up of protein packed eggs and some leafy greens. These leafy greens are low in calories but rich in fiber which is awfully good for your digestive system.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Curried Fried Rice *Vegetarian friendly*

Are you in search of a flavourful side dish that takes just a few minutes to prepare or maybe you're just not sure what to do with all that plain rice you have left in the fridge? Here's an idea, rustle up some curried fried rice. Rice is a great staple food, you could eat everyday if you wanted to and nobody would complain, at least I know I wouldn't. It's versatility allows you to create various dishes in a matter of minutes, alas those days spent meal planning are nothing but a distant memory. This recipe is so simple and this dish smells really good too. That's one way to boost your appetite. 

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Film Review: Arrival

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I've just got in from watching 'Arrival' which I found rather ponderous. From the glowing reviews and huge media buzz, my expectations were already quite high and I'm really disappointed to say the least. Arrival is a movie that is based on a short story by Ted Chiang. This story covers mostly the role of language and the impact it creates in society, a story about great loss, growth and working together. As a Sociology and Criminology graduate, I found the inclusion of the importance of language very attractive as it was a big part of my studies, that's what caught my attention. Ultimately, Arrival will make you question whether or not we are alone in the universe and of course it will open your eyes to the negative and positive aspects associated with being human whilst leaving you perplexed throughout the movie.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Mushroom Stir fry

This little number is one that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare but tastes like a million dollars. Its quick and easy to make but most importantly, healthy. I've had a few emails requesting that I do more recipes suitable for vegetarians so here it is. There no way I can ever make mushrooms exciting but I promise you, this is one recipe that is definitely worth trying. 

Friday, 25 November 2016

REASONS WHY I'VE CHANGED MY BLOG NAME

With time and new life experiences, directions change and new, maybe hidden interests blossom. Changing my blog's name has not been an easy decision. It was actually my blog's 4 year anniversary this month and I'm still amazed by how much its grown, what I've been able to experience and the new friends I've made along the way. There are readers that have grown with me and watched this blog transition into what it is today, for that I am grateful. I had always put a lot of time and effort into CrystalCosmicChic, all the posts I’d written for other blogs linked back there, all the magazine and online features linked back there but I have always felt that the name reflected very little about who I am and what the blog is really about. CrystalCosmicChic was well established and had a great standing in the online community but unfortunately the name just doesn't fit my post topics anymore. My three little monsters are sticking around as they represent every single person that has ever felt like they were different; think of them as a celebration of individuality.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Douwe Egberts Smooth Caramel Coffee Review

When opened; a pleasant, strong scent fills the room and there is nothing I'd like to smell more first thing in the morning. This is the only coffee I truly enjoy; my only bother is that the whole family including some of my friends love this coffee which means that it vanishes rather quickly. Please stop stealing my coffee guys! I am in no way, shape or form a coffee addict but unfortunately this is the one coffee I can't resist. It contains very few calories and so it can be enjoyed guilt free. Douwe Egberts smooth caramel coffee tastes fantastic. With its warm, creamy flavour and gorgeous aroma, you'll be sure to keep going back for more.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Vanilla Crepes

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Spicy Chicken Curry

Oh my goodness it is cold! I hate to admit it but coping with the cold is proving to be quite the challenge & we are not even in Winter yet. The struggle is real! I thought I'd cook up something that was sure to warm me up pretty quickly; a dish that's flavourful and authentic. It's time to indulge in satisfying soups and curries, have I got you in the mood for a little spice yet? Spicy foods used to make up most of my meals but unfortunately I've had to cut down on the spice due to my Irritable bowel syndrome, gutted indeed. I think we can all agree that curry is one of the greats, the chicken is tender and juicy leaving the kitchen smelling divine.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Good morning call

No matter how much you claim to love what you do, there is nothing quite like the feeling you get from sleeping in. You get time to treat yourself, reflect on the past week and time to indulge. But the best part for me has to be Brunch and today I've thrown together a delicious & nutritious sandwich that is sure to keep me going until my next meal. Oh, did I mention that I plan on sashaying around in a crisp white shirt, my favourite jeans and sneakers all day. The glorious comforts that a Friday off brings, absolute bliss.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Spaghetti Bolognese

No matter how simple the ingredients you use are, a great bolognese sauce that is cooked right always taste great. This is one of the easiest and cheapest meals to make and it tastes wonderful; so comforting. That's to be expected because Carbohydrates make tryptophan more available to the brain.This classic dish is ready in less than an hour and makes a lovely comfort meal. 

Monday, 14 November 2016

Sticky Sweet and Spicy Pork Leg Joint!

Someone needs to hold me back; it seems I'm spending most of my free time in the kitchen trying out and tweaking different recipes. Still, there is nothing quite like a nice movie night in filled with laughter and of course this delicious slow roasted sticky sweet and spicy pork leg joint. I decided to marinate the leg joint in an Asian inspired homemade sweet and spicy marinade; it's all about finding that perfect balance.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Garlic and Chilli Rice Soup *Suitable for Vegetarians*

I don't know whether my lack of motivation towards a night out with the girls is just pure laziness or the first sign of old age. The past couple of months, I'd much rather sit in front of the TV with a huge bowl of berries and greek yogurt; movies ahoy! Just thought I'd make a rather substantial dinner today that did not require much effort or thought; it's Sunday, don't judge me. Anyway, this is more of a light stew than a soup as it's quite ample! It's a flavourful dish that is so easy and quick to throw together; one I'm sure the whole family will love.

Salsa

Now this my friends is a real crowd-pleaser, let's hear it for Salsa! Who doesn't love a bit of Salsa. It's low fat, super healthy and fresh; the flavours and scent are just insane which is why I challenged myself to make my very first Salsa today. Get those Doritos ready because this will be a quick one.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Wagamama Cardiff

Up for some fine Japanese food, Wagamama is where you need to go. We called in double date style for what seems to be the 100th time and were not disappointed by the service one. I don't know about you but being greeted with a friendly smile makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside; it's such a lovely feeling. It's very rare to find Wagamama empty and last week was no exception; buzzing atmosphere and full tables. No matter how hot it gets, I never sit outside a restaurant because for me that defeats the whole idea of 'eating out'. I want to smell the food's sweet aroma, undergo the noisy atmosphere; it's all about getting the full experience. Well, that and the fact that I need to snap lots of photos for reviews such as this one so you guys are aware of the best places to eat in Cardiff. We were promptly seated and handed some menus; can I just say it is really hard to pick one dish thanks to the menus being overly populated. Everything looked super tasty but I had to go with Chilli Sirloin Steak Ramen. As much as I love Udon noodles and as tempting as it was to order ginger chicken udon (teppanyaki); I'm just not quite over Ramen! The meals come out as and when they are ready which is one of my favourite things about Wagamama; freshly made food!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The oldest comfort food in the book; who doesn't love a good batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. I admit it; these are my guilty pleasure. They require very few ingredients, very little attention (you could make these with your eyes closed) and the method won't take up much of your time. Now that's what I call a win win situation. They're big, they're fat, they're chewy, they will become your new favourite thing.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

POLKADOTS

When I think cute, I instantly think polka-dots; been donning these badboys since 1993. Old habits die hard but fortunately this isn't a habit I'm ready to give up just yet. Knee high socks season is here and I couldn't be happier. Having added some new pieces to my wardrobe, I'm so ready to fight the cold in some cool knits and dapper dresses. Winter was made for layering, don't let that smooth turtleneck fool you; I have not one but two long sleeved tops underneath. Yes, I refuse to freeze all in the name of fashion.
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