Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Making Strawberry Ice Cream with Irma

I can't believe my opening sentence is about the weather but what the HECK, July? It's been so rainy here, but I invited my friend and fellow blogger Irma over to have a go at making some summery ice cream. You should know that I am a disaster when it comes to baking, and honestly I was relieved I'd have someone to share the blame with if this went terribly wrong.

We looked at lots of recipes online, but settled on a pretty basic no-eggs strawberry ice cream recipe. I was given a small ice cream maker as a wedding gift, and this was its debut! It went pretty well - the flavour was good and the texture was okay after some additional freezer time. I think we both liked it more than anyone else who has tasted it, so there is an aspect of pride at play here. There was also a failed attempt at making some edible bowls but the less said about that the better.

I'm gonna paste in the ingredients and then just leave you with photos of how we got on. Also, Irma's puggle Humphrey tagged along and shredded the contents of our recycling bin. Check out her lovely blog for more of both of them and a proper step-by-step of ice cream making!

  • 500ml full fat milk
  • 500ml double cream
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 475g mashed fresh strawberries

ice cream recipe

homemade ice cream

If you want us to attempt more ice cream recipes (or general recipes!), let me know! 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

My Favourite Internet-Based Yoga

...because humans in the outside world do not need to see me attempting downward-facing dog. Nope.

Hello! It's summer and in summer I go through little phases of eating lots of foods that start life in the mud and drinking copious amounts of water and rekindling a spark with my old friend yoga.

I got into yoga a couple of years ago when I was feeling a bit BLEH (a word that is not yet in the dictionary but one day it will be) and TKMaxx had a sale on yoga mats.

As of last week, I have a full time job that involves a lot of sitting down and staring at a screen (which sounds very like I've become a full time Youtuber but that is not the case). I sort of subconsciously visited my old favourite yoga workout last night in an attempt to stretch out my poor back. I guess the warning that should come here is that if you do any sort of fitness at home, you could be doing it very wrong and doing more harm than good. Please be careful and research proper 'form' before you become a yoga queen or king. Here are my favourite places to find yoga online:

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown Level 1

I love this video. It's just over half an hour long and if you commit to doing it, it's an absolute killer for a weak sprout like myself. I enjoy the repertoire between the three women, and Jillian delivers a couple of funny moments that I have heard at least half a dozen times, but I still chuckle. This is a workout, so it combines yoga with movement and repetitions in order to burn fat and make you all sweaty, but she's good at constantly reminding you to breathe, which is a big old aspect of yoga. This was the first video of this kind I ever found, and I can remember how rewarding it was to do it three days a row and feel how much stronger I was becoming.

Namaste Yoga

My pal Melanie featured this channel in a video of hers a few months ago, and I really like watching the videos, even if I don't partake in any yoga whatsoever. It's more of a calm, relaxed, namaste vibe, with beautifully recorded videos and a whispery voiceover. When my job becomes more stressful, I will probably be frequenting this channel a lot more.

Yoga With Adriene

This channel is my newest find. It feels a lot more like watching a Youtuber than watching a fitness tape. The video I've linked is the first of a 30 Day Yoga Challenge which I am definitely going to try... although maybe not thirty consecutive days. She references The Simpsons within the first 42 seconds of that video, what a gal.

Also, in this video I am aware it seems like I have ZERO YOGA SKILLS but I do, I swear! Let me know if you ever use Youtube for fitness inspiration.

Have a lovely week!


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Out of Print Clothing

this giveaway has now ended

Hello! And a special welcome to anyone who is new to my blog but got here because of my new video. In it, I unboxed a lovely parcel from Out of Print Clothing. As promised in the video, I am giving away one of the tote bags. Either the Library Card or the Punk Rock Authors bag. All you have to do is leave a comment saying which one you would like (you can see them both in the video) and I'll pick a comment at random. It would be nice if you could leave your email address and of course, know that if you win I'll need to ask for your address so make sure that's okay. The giveaway will end in one week, at midnight on the 23rd. 

As promised, here's some photos of what I unboxed!

Good luck!


Thursday, 2 July 2015

This Is Where I'm At | July

It's not one thing or the other, it's all things all at once.


I am couch-bound, a day late with this post because yesterday we arrived back in Dublin at midday but my brain and possibly part of my body were in a different timezone. Making the drive back to Belfast last night felt like - and I borrow this sentence - driving a marshmallow. You know those nights where you can't remember anything after your head hits the pillow? As someone whose mind panics most at night, I truly savour such nights.

Anyway, June.
Here's the thing about travel. We sort of force ourselves and other people to make it this huge, life-changing, forever treasured experience. And though being able to travel is a big old privilege, especially when you're young, sometimes you can't find that kind of experience. Sometimes you don't have time to get into the wilderness of a country and see its true beauty. Sometimes you're exhausted and you spend an entire day in a hotel room. Sometimes being a vegetarian is such a pain in the arse that you end up eating at Chili's. And I think these things are fine, travelling is a personal thing and is often put in a weird category of rhetoric. And I do feel a huge responsibility to represent countries well when we make videos, to show us having fun and going off the beaten track and smiling. It's a thinker, friends, maybe I'll get to talk about it on a panel at a big Youtube event soon...

18 flights, 8 countries and 6 shows. I loved Singapore. I loved Sydney. I loved meeting people who live THOUSANDS of miles away and have such interesting lives and plans for their futures. I loved returning to sharing hotel rooms with Dodie, and seeing people react to songs that have so much life poured into them. I had long overdue meetings with some wonderful friends, and I also met a koala and a kangaroo, which also felt kind of overdue.

When I spend time in other cities, I'm always amazed that no matter where you go, everyone is just doing their thing. No matter how beautiful the surrounding, there will always be someone working at the ticket desk, tapping the meter on a taxi, propping up a hotel reception. Living your life for yourself and for your needs is universal. I'm not sure why this is note-worthy, but it strikes me in big, overwhelming waves every time I am on a rush hour train but not partaking in the rushing.

This month I graduate. I get to experience a summer that is not an in-between from education, but the first page of Absolutely Everything Else. On the first flight I took last month, I watched a movie called Laggies which came out last year. I watched it because I love Keira Knightley and I love Chloƫ Grace Moretz, but also because it was directed and written by women. It reminded me that you don't have to be just a teenager or just an adult. There's a big blurry middle space and I think we all live there.

Have a wonderful summer, or if you are in a different hemisphere (look at me with my newfound respect for that), have a great July.