Currently Reading | Versions of Us

The Versions Of Us

This book took me a-while to get into, it’s based on two characters, Jim and Eva and the decisions they make when they meet in Cambridge as students and the different lives they subsequently have based on that decision. Once the varying plotlines develop I quickly grew to love the book. Much like Harry Potter, it just takes a while to get into. It’s a very realistic look at life, fate and how decisions, however minor can alter how your life pans out. How friends can be so close at one point in your life, but for a million and one reasons, that friendship changes at different stages.

I actually cried at the ending of the second plotline which I was not expecting, also not sure the last time, if ever I cried at a book!

I am glad I picked this book up, as I had started it months previously but wasn’t wowed. The advert of it as I get into Glasgow Central station for my train home was a good reminder to pick it back up!

 

Berry Proats Smoothie

Some mornings the thought of breakfast is too much, or your running late and need something quick and easy that will see you through till lunch. Introducing a berry proats smoothie.

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Berry Proats Smoothie

Simply blend, a scoop of oats, 2 tablespoons of flax seeds, 1 tablespoon of chia seed, 1 scoop of whey protien, a handful of frozen berries and milk. Blend.

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Enjoy.

 

Hummus

Hummus is pretty much a Fiona essential and has been for the last 10 years. The majority of my school lunches costed 5dhs, or 95p and consisted of plenty of hummus and arabic bread. My take on hummus is simple, chickpeas, plenty of tahini, lemon, paprika, garlic, chili and that’s it. Stores in Britain are awash with plenty of flavours but for me it’s all about keeping it simple and authentic. Hummus without tahini is not hummus, it’s just chickpeas!

I used Yotam Ottolenghi’s Hummus recipe and it could not be simpler.
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Leave chickpeas to expand over-night.

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Drain. Cook for 3 minutes with a teaspoon of bicorbanate of soda. Bring to the boil for 30 minutes.

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Drain. Use a food processor or hand blender to blend the chickpeas.

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Add the tahini, cold water, and lemon, paprika, garlic, chilli. Blend.

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That is literally it. Keeps in the fridge for a week. Ottolenghi’s recipe makes a lot of hummus for half the price of store-bought.

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My heart will forever long for my favourite hummus from either Spinney’s or Eat & Drink. #expatproblems

Currently Reading | Entry Island

Entry Island

Entry Island is a stereotypical murder/thriller novel with the expected twists in the plot-line. I loved that the history between the Hebrides islands and Cananda, was mentioned throughout the book also making the plotline a little more interesting, that ultimately tied the whole story together the end. At first relating 18th century with modern day did confuse me, as the book became a little jumpy, but it does make a lot more sense on reflection!

Peter May has a trilogy of books based on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, the Lewis trilogy. All 3 books are going to be read soon.

Ted Talk Thursday | 5 ways to kill your dreams.

This Ted Talk was presented at a networking event at work last week. It’s short and simple and entirely relevant at any point in a career. I’ve got an internal battle about whether I made the right decision moving into technology away from engineering, so the pipe analogy held true. “The pipes are infinite and you’re going to bump your head, and it’s a part of the process.” If I had gone down the engineering route, I would have bumped my head in other manners. 

As cliche as it sounds, Bel Pesco is correct, life is about the journey, not about the goal. My goal last year was to run the half marathon, which I did but more importantly, I found a group of friends, found a new hobby which I partake in whatever the weather and found something that helps me to clear my head, definitely worthwhile.

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