Monday, 28 October 2013

Sweet Potato Fries

Upon arrival at Turtle Bay, I was so excited to try their famous 'Sweet Potato Fries' and I can 100% confirm they did not disappoint. Washed down with a Hummingbird cocktail which is made with white rum, Tia Maria, banana liqueur, cream, fresh banana & coconut (I have an obsession with the taste of coconut) I left the restaurant craving these chips. So, my mum and I decided to make some of our own and they turned out brilliantly. Now you can enjoy 'fried chips' without feeling too guilty considering sweet potatoes are good for you (albeit they are fried, but who really cares when they taste this good).  

You will need:

Sweet Potatoes (preferably pre-cooked because whilst cooking it will be easier to achieve a crispy outer texture and a softer, fluffy inside)
Olive Oil or any other kind of cooking oil
1 x pinch of sea salt optional

The pictures and ingredients list are fairly self-explanatory but just in case:

1. Pre heat the cooking oil in a pan until the oil is boiling (to test it, drop a prepared chip into the pan and if it begins to sizzle, it's ready!) 
2. Cut the sweet potatoes in to chip-size portions
3. Move the chips around the pan to avoid burning them 
4. Wait until crisp and golden 
5. Sprinkle with sea salt

They can be reheated, but I doubt there will be any left to reheat... 


Saturday, 12 October 2013

It's All About The Shoes

Vagabond - a brand name I hadn't known until I was looking at the endless images of shoes on the Urban Outfitters website. Now, I'm not one to follow current trends in the realms of the fashion sphere to an extreme extent, but I love knowing what is regarded as being 'in style'. I don't know if I'd say I have my own personal style because whilst at college I would usually just throw on a pair of black jeans with a jacket and leave the house! However, there is nothing I enjoy more than scrolling through the Zara and Topshop websites (maybe that's an exaggeration - I do have better things to do...promise) so I suppose I'd say fashion definitely interests me. 
I attended the London Fashion Week with one of my best friends in February and it was fascinating to watch the models walk down the runway wearing wonderfully quirky outfits whilst the lovely Zoe Hardman narrated the entirety of the show with her tremendously entertaining presenting skills! Throughout the show I didn't feel the need to recreate a certain look, nor was I tempted to leave Somerset House immediately to purchase similar outfits that were presented to the audience but I'd happily spend a whole day in a shopping centre, spending money I don't have on clothes I don't need. 

Anyway, I recently spent £68 (RRP £80 but received 15% off - being a student has its perks) on a pair of boots and despite the fact I hate spending large sums of money on single items of clothing/shoes, I don't regret this purchase at all. These Vagabond boots are absolutely beautiful and so comfortable to wear! I've worn them with dresses and I think I'd go as far as saying they'd complete any outfit. Due to the chunky nature of the heel with a height of 8cm, wearing the black boots with a pair of black jeans and/or trousers certainly elongates your legs so if you're looking for leg-lengthening boots, these are the ones you must claim as your own! 

Vagabond Grace Nubuck Boots in Black available here

Friday, 4 October 2013

Why Winchester?

Crossing the Severn Bridge on the 21st September, I was so excited to begin my university experience at Cardiff University in South Wales. Researching countless courses: Journalism, Multimedia Journalism, English language and English literature, I finally decided to combine the subjects I enjoyed and gained a place on the English language and literature course. After a two and a half hour car journey, we arrived and my parents and I began to unload the car. 

I started feeling very apprehensive, however I blamed nerves and disregarded the sense of uncertainty I felt. Saying goodbye to my parents, particularly my mum who undoubtedly blinded herself due to being in floods of tears (so many she couldn't see anything, I'm sure) was most definitely one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. The students living in my flat and I became friends very quickly; living with three boys and only one girl worked quite well! The next day, we walked to the Cardiff shopping centre which presented an array of different shops and the capital city itself is beautiful from the scenes and places I saw! However, I missed home a lot. 

Having lived in Southampton town my whole life, the concept of being quite far from home became difficult (at 18 years old I missed home after two days - is that shameful?). I love my family and have come to the conclusion I am very much a 'home girl', which is why I decided to transfer to a university closer to home; the University of Winchester. 
I saw myself spending money I didn't have - a taxi ride from my accommodation to the university itself cost £6.50 between us and although once we all put money towards it, it wasn't as costly, I felt I could be using my money more effectively. Arguably, we could easily walk the 20 minute journey but walking home late at night did not seem like the smartest idea... 
I decided that my familiarity with the area I grew up in could be used to my advantage, so my decision to move back was easily the best decision I've ever made. I'm incredibly lucky to have parents who were so supportive of my decision and now I am fully applying myself to the new course in an area I love, with the people I love. I now have the opportunity to travel anywhere and do things without the thought of expense being a problem.

University offers many opportunities, and I wouldn't dismiss the concept of living in halls to anyone, though doing what YOU personally want to do triumphs all. People have preconceived ideas of what university life is like but if it isn't right for you then that's that. You should never do something that doesn't make you happy just because everyone else seems to be doing it.