Saturday, 27 April 2013

Two Door Cinema Club Live!


Last night me and the boyfriend went to go see Two Door Cinema Club at Wolves Civic, with support from Chvches and some other band, but we missed them, so can't remember what they were called.

Image taken from Wodu Media
I was really pleasantly surprised by Chvches, my sister looked then up on Spotify and said that "they're ok, female singer" so on that basis I wasn't sure what to expect at all! They're very electronicy, and the singing is awesome. I'm no music reviewer, but if I had to say what their style was i'd say they're very Skins-esque.


Two Door Cinema Club came on promptly, which always makes me happy, when a band are over 10 minutes late I think it takes the mick a bit! I was really impressed by them, they put on an awesome show, with lasers, lights, big giant balloons being released and streamers. I also knew far more of their songs than I expected to! Sorry about the photo quality, these were taken on my phone, from a fair distance away, and i'm not one of those people who will spend half of the gig trying to take the perfect picture and videos. (Yes those people annoy me, sorry if you're one of them!)

And as i'm a lifestyle blog, I think it gives me permission to add a little outfit post every now and again? No? Nevermind, i'm going to show you what I wore last night anyway.


I'm wearing my sisters Topshop dress (none of my clothes fit very well anymore and she is a topshop addict who's the same clothes size as me, score!) with my treasured Doc Martens and super thick black tights.

Have you seen Two Door Cinema Club before? Any bands surprised you lately? 

PS- The boyfriend has come to visit this weekend, so there will be plenty of good cooking going on so hopefully more recipe posts to come next week!

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Basic Tomato Sauce


I thought today i'd show you all my basic recipe for tomato sauce. This is my basis for spag bol, chilli, lasagna, enchiladas... anything you can think of really! And as I have the ingredients in all the time it is a brilliant "oh my gosh I have nothing in and the shops are shut/I can't be bothered to go out and i'm starving" meal.

I do apologise about the photo quality in my blog. I take all of the photos on my mobile phone (Samsung Galaxy S2 if you were wondering) and in my kitchen I have no window, so they're all taken under a strip light, which I know isn't the best, but the best I can do in the circumstances. 

So you will need (makes 2 decent portions, or 3 normal sized ones):


A tin/carton of chopped tomatoes (I always buy the basics version, if you're adding things to it like I do I don't see the point in buying the expensive ones)
Tomato Puree
Worcestershire Sauce (Lea & Perrins is the classic)
Mixed Herbs
Chilli of some type (It's up to you what you use, depending on your love of all things spicy, I just use whatever I have in, whether it be a real chilli, crushed chillies, or chilli powder)


And whatever vegetables and meat you like. I was making a vegetarian basic one tonight as it's nearly pay day and i'm skint, so I used a courgette, an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, a pepper and some mushrooms. You can add or subtract as much as you want to this, but I do recommend the use of the onion and the garlic as a minimum.


I'm serving mine with tortelloni, or as I call it, stuffed pasta. I love this stuff, it's actually quicker to cook than a microwave meal, and a whole load healthier and more filling! It comes in loads of flavours, and I prefer the vegetarian ones to be honest as the meat can end up tasting a bit fake to me.

Instructions:

Chop all the vegetables you're adding into the sauce, and cook the meat as you wish. Fry the onion and garlic in some fry-lite until softened.


Then add in the vegetables and cook until to your liking.


Then chuck in your can/carton of tomatoes, approximately 2 tbsp of the tomato puree, a good glug of the Worcestershire sauce and a good whack of the mixed herbs and chilli. Adjust all of the amounts to how you like it, and don't be afraid to keep tasting it til you think it's perfect.

Give it a good stir in and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until you can't wait to eat it any longer!


I poured mine over half of the stuffed past and sprinkled 30g of grated cheddar on top. 

For all you Weight Watchers people out there, the sauce on its own is free as long as you only use fry-lite and less than 1tbsp per person of tomato puree. When I added the pasta and the cheese it all came to 9 points, which isn't bad considering how filling it is!


Do you have any staple recipes? What are your variations on my recipe for your basic tomato sauce?

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Sunday, 21 April 2013

New Season Resolutions

As it is now nearly summer (decided upon because I actually went to bed without putting my electric blanket on last night - ooh my life is too exciting) I thought it was time for some new season resolutions.

I like new years resolutions, and I've actually kept some before, the more realistic ones, like always making my lunch for work in the evening rather than the morning, and joining a drama group. But why should I only make these resolutions once a year when some are really inappropriate in winter? So I decided to make some now. And write about it, of course.

1 - Learn how to run




I've been really into end of the world type books lately, mainly because my lovely Dad keeps recommending and lending me them. They're brilliant, really gripping and some of them are so scarily realistic. And in all of them, if you can't run, you're doomed, especially as a woman. So i've decided to learn how to run, as currently anything more than 5 minutes is basically impossible, and if it was the end of the world, I think i'd be one of the first dead. I'll keep you all updated with my progress, and i'll be attempting the NHS Couch to 5k programme, using the podcasts on my old iPod, if anyone fancies joining in!

2 - Study hard




I have my final exams for my degree in May, and I really really want to get a first, so I need to get my head now to study like crazy for the last time ever! But i'm completely fed up with studying, so there will most likely be lots of shouting at myself to get it all done, but it will be totally worth it when I get to dress up like a Harry Potter extra and have my photo taken!

3 - Stop biting my nails




This has been on almost every resolution list i've ever made, and I thought i'd add it in on here for good measure. I can do quite well these days, but when they get long and split somewhere I don't have a nail file the temptation is too great and they all get nibbled off. I also like to play with them when they get long, which can weaken them. My main deterrent is painting them, because I think biting them when they have nail varnish on is just plain wrong! So the aim is to keep them painted as much as possible so I don't bite them. The photo above is my current progress, if anyone sees me with my nails in my mouth, be sure to tell me off!

4 - Lose the last half stone to get to my goal weight




As mentioned previously, i'm on WeightWatchers, and have done quite well so far, but since Easter there have been a few blips and i'm struggling to get going again, annoying because i'm so close to goal. I'm hoping the last half stone will get me to the point I want to be, able to wear shorts in the summer. Something i've never been able to do in the past due to my chubby knees! The shorts above are some that I love, the top 3 are Topshop and the bottom three are New Look.


I think 4 resolutions are enough to be getting on with, I don't want to overwhelm myself, I think i'm far more likely to stick to 4 than if I gave myself any more than that.

Do you have any resolutions for the summer? Any ideas how I can stop biting my nails? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Weightwaters Friendly Vegetable Lasagne


It does say in my blog header that this is a food and lifestyle blog, and although i'm not always the best at cooking food, I do love eating it! This is my first ever recipe post (yay) and it's what I had for tea tonight, vegetable lasagne.

I had a proper craving for my mums lasagne earlier, but as she's not here, and I don't have the points allowance left for it, I decided to make a vegetable, and therefore low point version. For half a lasagne (the recipe makes 2 portions) the damage is 8 propoints, not bad at all! And doesn't it look yummy.


You will need (makes 2 portions, but adjust amounts to taste, and don't forget to adjust propoints if you do):

2 medium courgettes
1 red pepper
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 stick of celery
1 large aubergine
400g tin/carton chopped tomatoes
1tbsp tomato puree
2tbsp Worcester sauce
2tbsp mixed herbs
250g quark
splash of skimmed milk
good handful of spinach
cooking spray
3 lasagne sheets
half a ball of low fat mozzarella
30g grated cheddar cheese

Instructions:

Cut the aubergine length ways and spray with cooking spray before grilling under a hot grill until cooked.

Meanwhile, finely slice the garlic, onion and celery, and chop the courgettes and pepper into roughly 1cm cube pieces.

Gently fry the onion, garlic and celery in cooking spray until softened.


Then add in the courgettes and pepper and continue to fry until the courgette is cooked.


Chuck in the carton/tin of tomatoes and stir through. Add the tomato puree, Worcester sauce and mixed herbs. You can also add in some chilli powder/flakes if you like at this point. Stir through and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced to become less runny.


Whilst waiting for the sauce to simmer down put the spinach in a bowl and blast in the microwave for 1 minute. Drain on kitchen roll to soak up the water generated, and then chop. Put about half of the quark in a bowl and add the spinach and a splash of milk as well as seasoning. Mix all together to form a spinachy cheesy sauce.


Once the sauce has reduced, take off the heat and put a thin layer in the bottom of your lasagne dish.


Add a layer of grilled aubergine.


Cover the aubergine with the spinachy cheesy mixture.


Cover with the another layer of the tomato mixture, trying not to mix the sauces too much. On top add the three sheets of lasagne, overlapping.


Cover the lasagne sheets with the rest of the quark, spreading it out evenly, then tear up the half ball of mozzarella and scatter on top, along with the grated cheddar.


Put into a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius (less if you've got a fan oven) for about 40 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbling, looking like the lovely yumminess below.


Dish up and dig in!



I'd love to know what you all think of the recipe, especially if you try it!

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Monday Munches and Monopoly

Yesterday my little sister and her lovely boyfriend A came to visit me in my little flat. I'm very lucky with where I live at the moment as it's not too far away from my family, but unfortunately I don't get to see them in the week as often as i'd like, as its just that bit too far to do whilst encountering rush hour traffic. Yesterday once A had finished work, they both jumped in the car and drove down to me, so we could all go and stuff our faces at Nandos. As you do.

Boyfriend is away this week on a course, so he couldn't make it, so lots and lots of whatsapps and snapchats were sent his way to make him as jealous as possible that we were all having fun without him (i'm a good girlfriend really I promise).

I had my usual, half a chicken, medium, with ratatouille.


Yes, I had already started to hack at the chicken before I remembered to take a photo, typical! It works out at 15pp for anyone who does WeightWatchers in the UK, the chicken is 13pp which is a bit expensive point-wise, but oh so worth it, and besides, i'd been good for the rest of the day by having 0pp soup for lunch, so I think I deserved it.

I also managed to takea picture of sis and A with their feast of chicken, chips and spicy rice before we all got  very sticky fingers from eating like cavemen.


The original plan had been to go and see Trance at the cinema after Nandos, but we were too late for the showing, so instead we decided to go back to mine and break out the Weymouth and Portland Monopoly that me and the boyfriend got for Christmas. (He is from there, it wasn't a random present. Imagine receiving a Monopoly board for a place you didn't live in. Weird.)


It had been years since me and the sister had played Monopoly, many a summer holiday afternoon had been spent playing it with our Dad, usually involving ganging up on him trying to beat him, as he was the usual winner. After a hard fought game, with no fallings out, A was the winner, and I managed to start up the leaderboard of that particular set of Monopoly. Does anyone else do this or is it just my family? Once someone has won we cash in all of their assets and write it on the leaderboard, to see who is the overall leader. A managed to get over 9000, so its a very good start. I did like landing on all of the places i've visited too, like the Sea-life centre and Portland Bill.


Do you enjoy playing Monopoly? Have you played your local version? And what do you eat at Nandos? Let me know in the comments section!

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Bloggers who inspire me

So, to start off my new blog I thought i'd do a little round up of some of my favourite blogs and bloggers out there. There are some who i've been reading for years, some only a few months, but all of them are brilliant, and all of them have played a part in me creating my own blog.

The Londoner 
http://www.thelondoner.me/
No list of brilliant bloggers can be complete without a listing for Rosie. Her blog depicts such an amazing life and such fun, you can't help but want to be friends with her! Her recipes are always great, and her lifestyle posts always inspire me to go to the same places as she does.
The post I think you have to read is the one which describes how to make the unbelievable slutty brownies.

Flying Saucer
http://flyingsaucer.typepad.com/
This is one of the very first fashion blogs I started reading, and Selina's style, although very different to my own, is gorgeous. And her 3D nail art is amazing! Check out these posts showing her amazing nails and style!

Charlotte's Web
http://www.charlotteswebblog.co.uk/
I've only just started reading Charlotte's blog, but I've read through most of her old posts (stalker alert!) and I love her funny take on couple life. Posts which particularly made me laugh out loud are this one and this one.

Slice of Slim
http://slice-of-slim.blogspot.co.uk/
Another relatively new find of mine. I stated weight watchers about 2 months ago now and was looking for a good recipe blog and hers is about as good as it gets, she's even featured monthly in the weight watchers magazine! Favourite posts include the recipe for healthy cheesecake and the one for healthy home-made pizza which me and the boyfriend love and make regularly.

So that's a good cross section of some of my favourite blogs, now I want to hear about your favourite blogs, and also if you've tried some Slutty brownies yet! I've be very interested to read your responses!
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Meet the Inelegant Wench...

So, i'm the inelegant wench, also known as Rachel, and this is my blog.

It's aiming to be a lifestyle blog with some food chucked in, mainly because every now and again i'll cook something which is so awesome I want to share it with the world and my Instagram addiction just isn't fixing that itch anymore!

So, a bit about me. I'm 23, live in the Midlands and work in the NHS. I'm not a doctor or a nurse, and this blog isn't going to be one of those awesome "behind the scenes" blogs of the NHS, mainly because I don't see enough patients, and those that I do see rarely produce enough interestingness for a blog post. I love cake, popping candy, tetris, awful chick flicks and adventures. I hate baked beans, sulking, yellow walls and the sound of knuckles cracking.

Why am I the inelegant wench? Because I am one of the most accident prone clumsy people ever, and elegance is not a word ever said in the same sentence as my name, as long as i've been alive. The most recent stupid accident I had was at work when I stabbed myself in the palm with a knife. Thankfully it didn't go very deep, but it did bleed a lot. Putting a plaster on the palm of your hand and keeping it there is difficult, especially when wearing rubber gloves!

I hope this blog will be entertainment for as many people who have entertained me with their blogs, and many more, and if nothing else, at least when googling inelegant wench, people may find a perfect example in me.

And here is a picture of me in a hat. Just so you know what I look like...


Yes. That is instagrammed. I have an addiction I know!
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