Food I’ve Cooked This Week!

I thought I would blog about something different today! Since I’ve been home from university, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking because I really enjoy trying out new meals and making old-time favourites. I planned meals for the week in advance and my Mum got all the ingredients so that we could make them together. These are hardly professional meals but I thought it would be fun to share anyway.

Meal #1: Cottage Pie

I forgot to actually take a photo of this one… what a great start!

Meal #2: Souffle Potatoes (with sausages)

I made these potatoes about 6 years ago and I remember absolutely loving them, so had to make them again! They consist of cheese, egg and spring onions.

Meal #3: Burgers with a cheesy inside (ft. lots of ketchup and a j2o spritz because I’m a child at heart)

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This meal was from my childhood cookbook and honestly, I have no shame in still using it now because it’s wonderful.

Meal #4: Macaroni Cauliflower Cheese

I’ve always been a fan of both Macaroni Cheese and Cauliflower Cheese but somehow never thought of actually mixing them together as one dish! I would definitely recommend this – I enjoyed it a lot!

Meal #5: Creamy Herb Chicken (with mash & leeks)

This recipe was ridiculously simple as it pretty much only consisted of milk and herbs alongside the chicken. Who knew milk could make such a great sauce?

Meal #6: Zahtar Spiced Chicken

 

This meal was actually part of Hello Fresh (a box you can get delivered to your door every week to try new meals), but I thought I would include it because it was such a delicious meal and I like the photo!

Meal #7: Out for Pizza! (ft. the controversial pineapple)

 

Okay this is kind of cheating but our last meal was going out for dinner to eat pizza, but I feel like we deserved it after all the cooking!

Added bonus: I made Chocolate & Banana Cake!

I’ve never made this kind of cake before but it’s probably the best cake I’ve ever made so I highly recommend trying it!

If you made it this far, thanks for reading about my cooking journey this week! If you’re intrigued by any of the dishes and want to try them out, I’m happy to give anyone the recipe if they wish!

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The band CAMINO [music review]

I was scrolling through my Instagram, as I usually do when I’m avoiding doing something else, when I came across a video of the lead singer from one of my favourite bands (In Her Own Words). He was singing a song called ‘I spend too much time in my room’ and, whilst at first I thought he wrote it himself, it was actually the work of the band CAMINO. [They are called ‘The band CAMINO’ not just ‘CAMINO’, it’s confusing I know].

Whilst their music is quite different to what I usually listen to, I was instantly drawn in with their ridiculously catchy melodies and a rawness to their sound and lyrics. Some people compare them to the 1975 – perhaps this is true? I guess you can decide that for yourself. Either way, I haven’t been able to stop listening since and I can’t wait to go into summer with these tracks blasting out my speakers.

Below are links to my favourite songs of theirs – please give them a listen! I reckon they have a bit of something for everybody and they 100% deserve the recognition. I’m honestly shocked they haven’t blown up yet.

[The first two are their latest singles, the next one is a chill acoustic stripped back song and the final two are slightly older songs but equally good!]

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know what you think and if you’re fan too!

For more music reviews, visit my page here.

A Peek into a Sculpture Garden

A week ago, I took a trip to a sculpture garden (it was actually about 10 minutes away from where I live so I didn’t really have an excuse not to go!). Apparently it’s only open every two years, so it was perfect timing that I had just got back from university in time to see it – plus student tickets were free!

I can’t say I’ve ever been to a sculpture garden before. I love browsing art and books and all things creative so I knew I was going to love it. It brought out the photographer in me who ran round taking photos of everything she could! So naturally, I’m here to share them with you all!

 

 

Have you seen any interesting art lately?

Do you have any suggestions for where I should go next?

My Views on Body Image

To end Mental Health Awareness week, I wanted to write a more freeing post on my views on body image. There might be a bit of ranting and some personal stuff thrown in, but I think it’s important to share your opinion to help change people’s perspectives.

I feel like there’s so much out there that focuses on “the perfect body image” – there’s no denying this. It’s all over the media and the internet and advertisements. There’s no escaping it. I hate that the world has come to believe that someone should look a certain way, as if personalities are not important at all. Phrases are thrown around like “oh she shouldn’t be wearing that when she’s so overweight” and it makes me so mad because who decided there had to be a set of criteria for a body to wear anything? Everyone is always saying “don’t care about what anyone else thinks” and yet when people who may be considered overweight wear what makes them feel happy and confident, other people judge it and make them feel like they need to fit their rules of “appropriate clothing”. This means that they end up wearing clothes based on what they know other people will deem acceptable, rather than what they honestly want to wear themselves. And this is not okay.

It is understandable that people want others to be healthy and this is why they advise people to lose weight etc. but there is definitely a limit to what constitutes genuine, kind advice and full on abuse. I think that the person whose body it is has a choice and if they want to be healthy they can be healthy and if they choose not to then that’s okay too, as long as they’re willing to take the consequences. You can’t decide that someone else should be a certain way – they make that decision.

There are many people out there that don’t love their body and it’s easy to think that all of these people fit the stereotypical overweight person, but this is totally not the case. In my personal experience, I’ve always been super skinny and I used to always feel really self-conscious about myself. People would make remarks like “wow, your legs are so thin” but I never really took it as a compliment because I thought, if I was just an average weight, then surely no one would comment at all? Sometimes I tried to put on more weight but because of my high metabolism, nothing ever made an effect. When I was around 14/15 years old a teacher sat me down and asked me what I ate for each meal every day. I know they had good intentions, but it made me feel really bad about myself. I knew they thought I was starving myself but in reality I was eating totally fine. I went home and looked in the mirror and thought: do I really look that bad that someone had to ask me that?

Now, I don’t feel nearly as bad about myself. I still have days when I dislike certain parts of my body but I know that I’m at a healthy weight now and I shouldn’t worry about it. The thing is, no one else notices your insecurities but you always notice yourself. And so you should focus on other people’s perceptions of you. They don’t care about what you look like because a) they’re too busy worrying about how they look themselves and b) they only care about your personality and the way you’re interacting with them.

With this in mind, I really want to reiterate how body image does not matter. The world makes it into something that should matter through media and stereotypical remarks, but it does not. It’s good to remind yourself of this every time you look in the mirror. You are so much more than what you look like and you are so much more than what you think of yourself. 

You can view my other posts for Mental Health Awareness Week here:

How Would You Define Anxiety?

help me see the real me. [poem]

How Would You Define Anxiety?

I have recently finished reading How to Survive the End of the World by Aaron Gillies (@technicallyron) which gave a really interesting insight into dealing with anxiety. Whilst researching for the book, he asked various people “How would you define anxiety?” At the end, he asks the reader to write their definitions in the front of their edition of the book.

I think this is such a super interesting question because people explain it in different ways. Here are some definitions that I’ve come up with, based on my personal experiences. Please feel free to share yours in the comments.

Anxiety is worrying excessively over something that you know is completely irrational, and yet your body won’t listen.

Anxiety is the fight between needing to escape and wanting to stay – escaping the panic but afraid of being left alone to think.

Anxiety is feeling like the edges of the world are the sphere of your skull; everyone else is on another planet that you can’t quite escape to.

Anxiety is the worm at the back of your mind; sometimes it’s buried within the apple and you can pretend it’s not there, but when it comes back up you can’t help but notice.

Anxiety is sitting out a blazing fight inside your head whilst seemingly calm on the outside.

Anxiety is pretending to be confident so much that others eventually believe you, but you know you can never believe it yourself.

Anxiety is waiting for the next train and it being delayed and rushing to another platform and rushing back to the previous platform and then finding out there were no trains after all and it was all pointless. You could have taken a taxi but your mind doesn’t like the easy route.

Anxiety is smiling and crying at the same time. No one else notices and sometimes you don’t even notice yourself.

This week is Mental Health Awareness week so I thought it was a good time to share these thoughts. I’m feeling great at the moment and a lot happier than I was a year ago so I really wanted to share this post to help those who may be in the place I was last year. If you feel like these relate to you, it may be worth considering talking to someone about it – whether that is a family member, a friend, or a doctor. It’s not a weakness to put your hands up and say “hey, this sounds like me”. These words define anxiety, but they don’t define you.

You can view my other posts for Mental Health Awareness week here:

help me see the real me. [poem]

My Views on Body Image

I kind of got published?!

I am so excited and very grateful to say that I have had the chance to have four of my poems published in my university’s (UEA) creative writing anthology! Egg Box Publishing (run by students) publish this anthology every year with content from those who have taken at least one creative writing module at the university.

About half a year ago, I took the chance and sent my poems off hoping that I could be a part of it and somehow I am! Maybe I seem a bit too excited about this, but this is my best writing achievement so far.

Of course, I couldn’t help but take some aesthetic photos to remind myself of this moment, so I’m sharing some below 😊

You can also buy a copy here if you like: https://www.eggboxpublishing.com/product-page/undertone

help me see the real me. [poem]

A few weeks ago I posted about reaching 500 followers and asked you to give me future blog post ideas. Sorry it has taken so long to write these posts but here is the first one! Suggested by ~Express1on~ is: a poem on acceptance/love of self. With it being mental health awareness week, I think this is the perfect time to post this, focusing on the theme of body image.

I look in the mirror

and sometimes I don’t know who I

see

to me

it’s another game of the mind.

I fall into reflections

perceptions

it can’t be true

you can’t see me

how I see you

it’s not

it’s not

true.

but the way you see my smile

is how it’s been for a while

but I was stuck

so stuck

in my ways

you try to say,

“look at yourself differently

look at yourself kindly

take your own hand

and guide me

show me how you see the world.”

and I show you how I see my world

and then you know

you know and you can help me

see the real me

the real me

not in the mirror

but in everything around me.

 

You can view my other posts for Mental Health Awareness week here:

How Would You Define Anxiety?

My Views on Body Image