Boots and Brollies.

Boots and Brollies. Spring has sprung and with that up here in Scotland the inevitable drizzly rainy days. I always have a small brolly in my bag as we rarely get a day without a shower! There is nothing worse than getting caught in the rain. I live in my Hunter wellies when it’s wet enough! Here are some of my favourite boots and brollies:

1. Hunter’s Original Tall Gloss Wellington Boots

2. Joules Mid-Height Wellies, Yellow Wildflower

3. ASOS GANGSTER Wellies

4. Barbour Tartan Telescopic Umbrella

5. Hunter Original Moustache Bubble Umbrella

6. Fulton Changeant Tiny Umbrella

DIY | Glitter Mousemat

Glitter Mousemats

Desks tend to be rather um, boring. In order to spruce mine and my Mum’s up I decided to do an arts and crafts project. I am in no manner, crafty.. I struggle to cut in a straight line. However, this was so easy even I could manage.

You’ll need:

Glitter Mousemats

Start by taping of the sections you want to add glitter to. Add the mod podge to the cupcake liner as an easy glue holder!

Glitter Mousemats

Paint on your mod podge, let dry for about 15 seconds.

Sprinkle your glitter over the glue.

Glitter Mousemats

Glitter Mousemats

Shake the glitter off, after 5 minutes whilst signing Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.

Leave to dry for 45 minutes. Add another layer of mod podge, leave to dry for an hour!

Glitter Mousemats

Ta-da, glitter and fabulous!

Glitter Mousemats

Glitter Mousemats

Glitter Mousemats

Mousakka

Moussaka Delia Smith

Mousakka is one of my all-time favourite classic meals. The dish itself isn’t overly complicated, but it does take a while to do. A housemate at university may have forgotten just how long it takes and had to miss a few lectures. (Ahem). This is Delia Smith’s Moussaka with Roasted Aubergines and Ricotta, from her ever-used Delia’s Complete How To Cook book. I serve mine with some leaves, balsamic and a glass of white.

Moussaka Delia Smith

Moussaka Delia Smith

One of the key steps is to dry out the aubergines. This involves adding salt to the aubergines to draw the excess moisture out, and then placing a weight over them, preferably using a colander. Turns out I don’t have a colander, just a sieve, so this was my method.

Moussaka Delia Smith

I do have roasting tins though!

Moussaka Delia Smith

For whatever reason, I don’t like red wine. I have a does-what it says on the label bottle of red in the house for cooking!

Moussaka Delia Smith

Moussaka Delia Smith

Moussaka Delia Smith

Moussaka Delia Smith

Moussaka Delia Smith

Adding ricotta cheese and an egg to the bechamel sauce thickens it a lot so it serves like a dream!

Moussaka Delia Smith

Moussaka Delia Smith

Moussaka Delia Smith

On the River Clyde

On the River Clyde

The days up in Scotland are starting to stretch, hinting at the long endless summer nights to come. Whilst the winters here are dark and long, we get rewarded by it with hours of light in the summer months. The view from my flat is one of my favourite bits, it looks onto a shipyard and I am constantly fascinated watching the ship being built. I can spend hours just watching the water, I’ve bought a table and 2 chairs to enjoy the evenings. Will be spending a lot of time, with my book, a glass of wine and good food!

On the River Clyde

On the River Clyde

You could be on a balcony anywhere!

On the River Clyde

On the River Clyde

Siempre

Siempre, Dumbarton Road

My Saturday mornings have got into an oddly healthy routine, 8.30am 24 class. 24 sounds like such a short exercise period, but let me tell you 24 minutes of HIT, squats, squat jumps, burpees, push-ups, lunges is definitely tiring. After 24 I like to treat myself with breakfast. The west end of Glasgow is filled with cafe’s, a new favourite is Siempre on Dumbarton Road. I frequently walk passed this place and it’s full of cyclists both pre and post their cycles, so I figured that they would not mind me in my gym gear.

Siempre, Dumbarton Road

The cafe is covered in cycling stuff, from paintings of the infamous yellow jersey to a workshop filled with all the spanners and gears a bike would ever need.

Siempre, Dumbarton Road

Siempre, Dumbarton Road

I don’t even cycle, but the kit selection is awesome. I love the simplicity of the tables, quite simply planks of wood.

Siempre, Dumbarton Road

Siempre, Dumbarton Road

My breakfast of choice – long black coffee, avocado, salmon on rye bread.

Siempre, Dumbarton Road

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