Thursday, 27 July 2017

Degustabox | BBQ Box

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If youve not heard of Degustabox, then where have you been? Its a food & drink monthly subscription box bringing you 10-15 surprise products, many of which are new to the market. When you sign up, you get to fill in your very own profile, meaning a couple of the products may differ. Its actually the highlight of my week when this little beauty arrives on my doorstep so (much later than planned) what was in June’s box (themed a BBQ box)?

·         A bottle of Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc alcohol-free wine
·         A sachet of Capsicana Brazilian chiili & coconut quick cook sauce
·         Two bags of Haribo Summer Frenzy
·         A packet of Spoon apple & peanut granola
·         A packet of Walkers shortbread Scottie dogs
·         A packet of Original Os cumin & sesame nibbles
·         A packet of Superdrug Light Bites – mango with yogurt fruit chips
·         A Superdrug Light Bites – superfood fruit bar
·         Two sachets of Schwartz Authentic American flavour seasonings
·         Two cans of Westons cider
·         A bottle of Berry Whites organic drink
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Last month’s box was themed a ‘BBQ box’ and there were plenty of items perfect for barbecue season, or even for summer garden parties and picnics. As always, let’s begin with the drinks... Unfortunately, I couldn’t try the two cans of Westons cider, but the two fruit flavours (damson and rhubarb) sound really good – and different compared to the usual flavours found in the supermarkets or pubs. I can’t wait to give these a go. Eisberg have featured in previous boxes, but the mini bottle of Sauvignon Blanc was much-welcomed and I enjoyed mine one Saturday night while everyone else was having a proper drink. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Berry Whites organic lemon & lime soft drink. I’ve not seen it in shops, but would buy it again – it was so refreshing!
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I’m yet to try any of the sauces or marinades from this box, but there’s plenty to get through. By Schwartz, there were two American-inspired seasonings: spicy buffalo wings and bbq pulled chicken. These will be perfect for barbecuing – I absolutely love chicken wings, too! I was even fortunate enough to receive three sachets, rather than two... winner! The other cooking sauce may be too hot for my tastes, but sounds delicious nonetheless. The Capsicana chilli & coconut sauce will be perfect with chicken and peppers, accompanied by rice; or even used as a sauce in a fish or seafood stew! I think we’ll be giving the former a try this week!
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There have been plenty of cereals in recent boxes, much to my enjoyment as it’s given me the opportunity to try some things I usually wouldn’t. Spoon’s apple & peanut granola was absolutely lush. I had this over 10 days in 40g portions, with some natural yogurt – and it was so filling, meaning I didn’t need to snack. I would definitely buy this again. Superdrug now have their own range of ‘diet snacks’ and there were two products to try in this box. The freeze-dried mango with yogurt chips were perfect for a sweet fix, although the texture was quite unusual. The superfood bar was packed full of seeds and was naturally sweet. It was enjoyable, but I doubt I’d buy either again.
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Perfect for pre-barbecue snacks or even as an accompaniment to an aperitif, the Original Os cumin & sesame snacks look good – although I’ve not tried them yet. You can’t go wrong with shortbread though and Walkers are much-loved and respected brand. I loved the Scottie dog shapes, which actually tasted a lot better than the petticoats, but not as good as the original fingers. The only downside was they went soft quite quickly once opened – any excuse to eat the whole box quickly!
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And finally, my product of the month: Haribo! There were two varieties in the box, both from the summer frenzy range: berry Starmix and ice cream & sorbet Tangfastics. I’d had both before and still couldn’t choose between the two. I ate both bags within three days... it’s little wonder the hospital called me in for a GTT!

Try your first box, with a £7 discount. Either follow this link. Or go to the website and enter my special reference code: LUCYW-2B19. Enjoy!

What were your thoughts on June’s box?

Love, Lucy xx

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Instagram #18

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Sunday stroll to Dunstable Downs – TBT: Mallorca 2016 – Lush weekend in the garden – Soy glazed chicken with courgetti – Monthly Favourites – Walk around Grove Lock – Happy 57th Birthday, Daddy – Work Awards, ft. Paddy McGuinness – Thai banquet with the fam at Lemongrass – TBT: Love old family photos... that blonde hair!

So despite feeling massively busy recently, I’ve not done too much to shout about. I’m also really relishing a quiet weekend, because my energy levels are at an all-time low and I’d love nothing more than not worry about my social calendar and driving. I realise my little space and presence on social has deteriorated – but sometimes, there are far more important things to worry about... I’m honestly so tired at the moment, so don’t feel I can give the time to it all or give you the best content to read. I know for a fact this will change soon, so keep with me.

The weather may be pretty awful now, but we did have some lovely weekends and I made the most of it – spending time outside, whether it be in the garden, or going for walk. Surprisingly, I have a better tan from being outside in this country, than I did when I was in Sicily... not saying much though, I’m still pasty AF! We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon walking to Dunstable Downs, where we sat and watched paragliders, as well as the local gliding club in action. More recently, we drove to Grove Lock and enjoyed a cold Pepsi in a beer garden, before walking along the canal – almost making it to Leighton Buzzard... But I got too tired!

A couple of weeks ago, I attended my annual work awards, which was an enjoyable evening – even if I was drinking and drove home early on. I bought my dress from Little Mistress the week before and I was so pleased with it – it fit so well. I received some lovely comments from colleagues and on Insta as well, which made me feel a million times better, as I’ve been feeling a bit bleugh, lately. Paddy McGuinness hosted the night, which was amazing – and one of the Cruise Lines also sponsored it – but the magic mirror photo booth was incredibly popular and a hit with me!

That weekend, my auntie and uncle were over from Madrid – so of course we went out for dinner (read: An extensive Thai treat at Lemongrass, Brentwood). Earlier in the day, Ashley and I went to visit my Nan; before we came back, ready for an evening in Brentwood. On the Sunday, we spent the afternoon at Ash’s mum’s house. And on Monday, after work and a trip to the hospital, we (me, mum, Robert, my auntie and uncle) went to the local pub for dinner. So it was definitely a weekend of eating! But like I’ve said, it was incredibly busy.

What have you been up to lately?

Love, Lucy xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

An extensive Thai treat at Lemongrass, Brentwood

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Brentwood has been screaming out for a good Thai restaurant for years now and finally we have one – hello Lemongrass! I had previously ordered a takeaway from there, following a friend’s recommendation and knew it wouldn’t be long until I dined in.

My auntie and uncle were over from Madrid and as they both like Thai food, I suggested to mum we book a table for the Saturday night. Booking is definitely recommended, especially if you’re a larger party – the restaurant only has two tables that accommodate six and they were both occupied that night. However, there was only five of us, as Robert couldn’t make it.

We were trying to work out what Lemongrass was before, but couldn’t remember and considering the size, the interior is lovely and modern. Brentwood’s other Thai restaurant is very dated and lacks atmosphere, but Lemongrass is the complete opposite. The section by the bar is quite narrow and can be a bit of a squeeze when busy – especially with people calling in to collect takeaways – but the space between the tables is reasonable. We were sat at the far end of the restaurant and didn’t feel out of the way, nor were we forgotten about.

Enough about that – let’s talk food... and what a feast we had! When we previously ordered a takeaway, the portion sizes were large and we made the mistake of ordering a portion of rice each – and we certainly made the ‘order too much’ mistake again! But it’s so hard not to, as there’s lots of choice and the food is incredible.
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To start, we ordered the Lemongrass mixed platter (for five) – a selection of hors d'oeuvres and accompanying dipping sauces. We sampled golden vegetable spring rolls, chicken satay sticks, prawn toasts, filo prawns and Thai fish cakes – with satay sauce, sweet chilli sauce and a vegetable relish. I particularly loved the prawn toasts, which were crisp and golden – and not at all greasy, like you often get at a Chinese. The chicken satay was tender and fell off the skewer; while the sauce was also divine.
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We decided to order a main course each, with the intention of eventually sharing... not that I tried many other dishes, I loved mine too much. I ordered my favourite: beef penang, which is what I ordered when we got a takeaway – and it was even better second time round, possibly as it was fresher. There was plenty of beef and the sauce was the perfect consistency, while also being mild enough for my palate. Ashley chose the Thai green chicken curry, which I did try. It was lovely but a lot spicier, with coarsely chopped chilli in the sauce. There was plenty of chicken and vegetables and rice mopped the sauce up well. Mum picked her favourite: lamb massaman; while my uncle opted for the roasted duck red curry and my auntie chose the lightly battered chicken with cashew nuts, vegetables and dried chilli. We had a good selection of dishes between us.

We shared three bowls of jasmine rice and a portion of prawn pad Thai, which was very good – with all the condiments around the edge of the plate, ready for us to dress the noodles to our personal tastes. This was more than enough.

The drinkers shared a couple of bottles of rosé, which is always my drink of choice when having a Thai, because it complements the variety of flavours, fragrances and spices well. Unfortunately, I couldn’t partake – despite the waiter trying to get me to taste it. He also offered it to mum, who was the designated driver. He was such a character and the staff overall were friendly and efficient – the service couldn’t be faulted at all.

We had a really good evening: great food, atmosphere, company and service. There’s no doubt we will return to Lemongrass and I am so pleased there’s finally a decent Thai restaurant in Brentwood. And when we can’t secure a table, there’s always the takeaway service!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Stone Roses @ Wembley (17.06.17)

It seems so long ago now that we went to see Stone Roses at Wembley – well it was nearly a month and a lot has happened since then – but what an afternoon/evening it was! The weather was absolutely lush all day and into the night. We made our way to North West London early on and the atmosphere everywhere was buzzing beforehand. All the pubs had their beer gardens open and there were even tents set up at the local Premier Inn. Given all the recent events, no-one was perturbed and I have to say that the security everywhere was excellent. I won’t lie, I did feel a little anxious in the weeks leading up to it, but I had no reason to be.

Ashley bought the tickets back in October and I still can’t believe he bought them for me – I honestly thought they had sold out, but he knew that I was desperate to go, having missed out the last time. After months of anticipation and excitement, it certainly lived up to my expectations!

We had seated tickets on level five – which were perfectly fine – and while everyone stayed seated for the support acts, you couldn’t help but get on your feet when the Roses arrived to the stage. The views were still decent and the acoustics, really good.
There were three support acts before the main show. We missed the first of these – the G-O-D – but arrived in time for the Sleaford Mods: a duo whose musical style I genuinely couldn’t describe, but it definitely wasn’t my cup of tea. Blossoms are one of my favourite bands of the moment and they followed. Looking around at the people around us, it was clear, they’d only come for Ian Brown and Co – I think I was the only one enjoying the last of the support – singing along to every song... the album’s been on in my car loads lately! I would definitely go and see them again.

And to the Roses set...

1.    I Wanna Be Adored
2.    Elephant Stone
3.    Sally Cinnamon
4.    Mersey Paradise
5.    (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
6.    Where Angels Play
7.    Shoot You Down
8.    Waterfall
9.    Don't Stop
10.  Begging You
11.  Elizabeth My Dear
12.  Fools Gold
13.  All for One
14.  Love Spreads
15.  Made of Stone
16.  She Bangs the Drums
17.  Breaking into Heaven
18.  This Is the One
19.  I Am the Resurrection 
I was so pleased that the set opened with I Wanna Be Adored, as it’s my all-time favourite – but I did have a sneaky feeling it would feature first. It was such a good set, ending with some of the more popular tunes and I heard everything I was expecting. We had a really good afternoon/evening and although leaving the stadium and getting home was long, the jovial atmosphere continued long into the night – and I definitely won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.

Love, Lucy xx 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Simple Eats | Soy Glazed Chicken with Courgetti

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It’s been a while since I posted a recipe and this one got lots of feedback on social, so I thought I’d share it. It’s incredibly easy to make, as well as being so simple – especially when you don’t have time on your side. Dependent on your tastes and supplies, you could easily add vegetables to this. I absolutely love Courgetti and while I do have a spiraliser, sometimes it’s so much easier to just buy some of the ready-to-cook from the supermarket. This recipe really is idiot-proof!

Serves 2

Ingredients
·         Two chicken breasts
·         4 dessert spoons soy sauce
·         2 dessert spoons rice wine
·         2 tsp honey
·         Freshly grated ginger
·         1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
·         1 bag courgetti

Method
·         Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl
·         Chop the chicken and add to the marinade, mixing thoroughly
·         Heat a frying pan with coconut oil or fry light and add the chicken
·         Fry until cooked thoroughly and turning golden
·         Add the courgette and stir-fry for two minutes
·         Serve

It really is that simple and so tasty! Like I say, you could easily turn the meal into more of a stir-fry and make it more substantial by adding veg – I recommend mixed peppers, mange tout, beansprouts and baby corn... or whatever you fancy! The marinade is one of my go-tos and is also a great alternative to my sticky soy one.

Please let me know if you try this, or any of my other recipes.

Love, Lucy xx

Friday, 7 July 2017

June Favourites

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Tonight’s post is very holiday/summer inspired, as I share my monthly favourites for June.

I am totally obsessed with my white Kurt Geiger sandals, which I originally bought for holiday but have been wearing loads to work. I’m praying they stay in good condition for a wedding I’m going to at the end of August and I’ve got a work do coming up, that I may also wear them to – if not, I’ll definitely be buying another pair. They were a complete bargain from one of my favourite websites: Shoeaholics. The bow detailing over the toe is so cute and they are really comfortable... unless you’re planning on walking 20km!

Also from Shoeaholics is my new Fiorelli handbag. I’ve needed one for ages and as everyone knows, I was saving up for a Mulberry, which I think is just a dream now. You may have seen it already in my What’s in my hand luggage? post and it’s the perfect for size for work on a daily basis. It really isn’t summery looking, but the quality is good and I can see it lasting a lot longer than my previous bag (which was surprisingly more expensive).

Is it just me or is it fab when you find a new shampoo and conditioner you can’t get enough of? Step forward Alberto Balsam Blends damage repair. Enriched with coconut and avocado, the scent is lush and very summery – but I love how it’s kept my hair in good condition. The last time I visited my hairdresser she remarked on how good it was looking and this has only helped strengthen my locks.

My Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry lipstick has been with me everywhere recently – I took it away and it’s constantly in my handbag for work... it’s just the perfect shade for day to night. It’s so long-lasting and unlike other matte lipsticks, I don’t find it drying. I really wish I had more CT lipsticks in my collection, because the ones I currently own are amazing and are amongst my favourites. Plus, you can’t go wrong with rose gold packaging!

And finally, two more summery items to complete my faves. I’ve always loved The Body Shop’s range of body butters, as there are so many scents to choose from, they’re deeply moisturising and each tub lasts forever! I’m currently loving the papaya one, which is incredible – and almost good enough to eat! I also love the Hyasoft instant moisture boost, which I’ve been using on my face in the mornings, instead of a day cream – which I find can be too rich/sticky during the summer months – as I prefer something lighter on my skin. This feels like I’m wearing nothing at all and prevents my skin from drying out in the sun, or from the air conditioning at work. I would love it if there was a similar product in mist form, has anyone got any suggestions?

What were your June favourites?

Love, Lucy xx 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Degustabox | Picnic Box

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If youve not heard of Degustabox, then where have you been? Its a food & drink monthly subscription box bringing you 10-15 surprise products, many of which are new to the market. When you sign up, you get to fill in your very own profile, meaning a couple of the products may differ. Its actually the highlight of my week when this little beauty arrives on my doorstep so (much later than planned) what was in May’s box (themed a picnic box)?

·         A can of Zeo soft drink
·         A bottle of Crabbie’s original alcoholic ginger beer
·         A bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk peanut caramel crisp
·         A packet of MOMA gluten-free raspberry & coconut bircher
·         Two packets of chocolate Millions
·         A packet of sour Millions
·         A pouch of CerealLovers crunch time nuggets
·         A packet of Deli Kitchen skinny wraps
·         A tub of Homepride strong white bread flour
·         A packet of Hippeas
·         A packet of Portlebay popcorn
·         A packet of Candy Kittens sweets
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This month’s box was themed the picnic box and there were so many items perfect for picnicking, as well as other snacks and treats. Starting with the drinks, as usual, and I loved the carbonated cranberry & raspberry drink from Zeo – it was incredibly refreshing and kept me hydrated on a hot day. I still haven’t tried the Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer – but growing up, I never liked it. It was one of my dad’s favourite drinks – and would be perfect for a barbecue, picnic, or afternoon in the garden... the weather just needs to brighten up!
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If like me, you have a sweet tooth, you were in luck this month – with two products from Millions: sour strawberry (far too sour for me, think Toxic Waste x 10) and chocolate coated (still not sure how I feel about these, although I ate both packets on consecutive days, without sharing). There was also a bag of Candy Kittens sweets – I had the sour watermelon flavour which were truly divine and gave me all the summer feels – I’d definitely buy again. And there was also a large share-size of Cadbury Dairy Milk peanut caramel crunch, which is still sat in the fridge because I’m trying hard to have some will power... but I won’t be sharing it.
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In terms of the snacks, I’ve tried Portlebay Popcorn before, but always prefer sweet corns over savoury – so not sure how I feel about this wasabi & sweet ginger flavour. I don’t even think I’m brave enough to try it. However, I loved the chickpea-based puffed snack from Hippeas and the herb flavour was a lot tastier than some of the other flavours I’d previously tried. They’re a great alternative to crisps – so light, it’s like eating air!
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I absolutely love granola and bircher muesli so was pleased with the two additions in this month’s box. The MOMA raspberry & coconut bircher muesli was lush soaked in yogurt (plain or fruit) with berries (strawberries, blueberries or raspberries) and kept me full until lunchtime. The combination of flavours just worked so well. I’m yet to try the CerealLovers crunch time nuggets, but they’d make a great snack on their own, or as a yogurt topper.
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And finally, I was looking forward to trying the NEW fresh product – which totally didn’t disappoint. It was recommended to eat this within three days of receiving the box, but thankfully it could be frozen. The Skinni wraps were perfect for lunch and at 90 calories each, I had two a day filled with chicken salad. I would be inclined to buy these again, although they were quite thin and I prefer the traditional style-wraps. As I don’t eat white carbohydrates generally, I gave my mum the Home Pride strong white bread flour – and as we have a bread machine, I’m sure she’ll put it to good use.

Try your first box, with a £7 discount. Either follow this link. Or go to the website and enter my special reference code: LUCYW-2B19. Enjoy!

What were your thoughts on May’s box?

Love, Lucy xx