SOTOL MARGARITA

You know things are bad when you are thinking of Margaritas at midday, right? 

Things in the UK are HORRIBLE* at the moment and i need cheering up! i've been wanting to share my favourite Margarita recipe with you for ages (it's SO simple) and so i thought that now, in the midst of this shit-storm**, would be the perfect time. 

Sotol is hands-down my favourite tipple of all time. It's an absolute treat to have it because it's a) quite pricey and b) it takes about 15 years for the plant to mature and when it does, it only yields about (when processed) 750ml of Sotol - eek. Tequila is obviously much easier to get your hands on over here, in Doomsville, but make sure you go 100% agave, none of that crap that comes with the bottle wearing a plastic hat, or a gimmick worm at the bottom, FFS!

Simple Sotol / Tequila Margarita (aka my favourite drink / lets cheer this crappy time up)

Ingredients

  • 1 part sotol / tequila
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 3 cubes of ice

Method

  1. Add all the above to a cocktail shaker, and shake. Serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.
  2. Drink & keep them coming because..

 

 

*UK - what did you do? What the fuck did you do? Let it be known, that I am one of the 48%. I wanted to remain the European Citizen I was born as. I believed I lived in a country where the majority of us believed in a future based on love, kindness and hope. I was wrong, I was in the minority and now I have to sit back and watch all the vile hatred unfold. I am totally depressed about what we seem to have become.

**sorry for all the swears, i'm just really, really pi$$ed off.

AH, DEVONIA

When in Devon, you eat cream teas, you dip your feet in the sea, you take lots of photos and you drink cider and fizzy lemonade. Well, that's what we do and as i'm Devonshire-born, Devonshire-bred, thick in the stomach and thick in the 'ed, I consider myself somewhat of an expert.

If you're in 2016, you can also stay in an amazing Air bnb, like we did. What's even better than this though, is that if you are a blogger, you get to take one of those mirror-selfies, then edit it in photoshop when you get home, to make you appear less like you've eaten nothing but chips and fudge for days. 

We heart Devon. I sometimes think it would be nice to return home & live a slower-paced life down there, but I know I'd miss the city too much. And anyway, having A Cheese Ploughmans for every meal, probably isn't something you should attempt for longer than three days. 

See you in August, Devon!

OUTFIT NOTEBOOK - ENTRY #3

I get stuck in fashion ruts. BIG TIME.

There are a couple of reasons for this;

a) I don't really like shopping for anything other than trainers and tequila.

b) If i discover an outfit that I can breathe out in, i'm pretty much going to wear it until it falls apart. 

c) I like black. 95% of my wardrobe is black, the other 5% left for grey cardigans & striped tee's, because nope,  i'm still not over the stripes.

So, with those rules, and whilst deciding what to wear to my school reunion, I cobbled together this ensemble. And I love it! So much so, that i've worn this exact thing to the last 3 eveningy/socially things I've been on and the best part? NO HEELS! Hurrah.

Oversized dress - I got one from Asos

Superstars -  office 

Bag - I can't find a direct link to mine as I picked it up at a little indie shop in Bath - but look at this beautiful one on etsy 

Bangles - similar

HAPPY SUNDAY / I LINK YOU

Hello Sunday, nice of you to pop by. My Sunday morning sounds like Joni Mitchell (it always does) and it smells like fresh coffee and sourdough toast with butter & marmite. The sun is streaming through the window and my paper has just landed on the doormat, so we're off to a good start. Here's some linky dinks if you fancy lazing yourself into Sunday with me.

- I love the idea of this foodie mashup

- i'm trying to get here with my hair, but it's taking forever

- i'll be adding to this board, prepping for our trip next month to Sweden, Norway & Denmark. I'm SO excited.

- vegan teens. An interesting read!

- a gorgeous bedroom makeover from Lori and a beautiful living room one too from Lottie

- speaking of makeovers, check out this amazing camper 

GHERKINS, TRUMP & JOSE.

Hello Internet, it's been a while (again) but here I am, finally talking about the best gherkins i've ever tasted. They are of course homemade, because apart from Asdas mixed pickle, my new addidas superstars and Nandos medium hot sauce, all the best things are. Sadly, I'm not responsible for creating this recipe, all that credit goes to Freddie Janssen, who pickles like a boss. 

So, here is the recipe - they really are insane. Not insane as say, the fact that there is now a 50% chance that Donald Trump will be President (what the effing hell are you doing, America?!) or Jose going to Man U (sobs) - but insane as in "Woah, these pickles are INSANE".

Aren't you glad I cleared that up for you? You're welcome.

 

GHERKINS

 

Ingredients (makes 1 litre jar):

  • 750g pickling cucumber, rinsed & quartered
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled & sliced
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon (no pith)
  • 250ml rice wine vinegar
  • 250ml white wine vinegar
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • pinch chilli flakes

Method:

  1. Put your quartered cucumbers and the dill into a large sterilised jar.
  2. Add the garlic & lemon zest.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients with 250ml water and simmer over a medium to high heat. Stir constantly for about 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Turn off the heat and allow to cool slightly - 5 mins.
  5. Pour the warm liquid over the cucumbers, making sure they are fully submerged. Put the lid on and refrigerate.
  6. The pickles will be ready in two days, but best after a week. They will keep chilled for 3 week, but will lose some of their crunch after a couple of weeks.

Enjoy!

PICKLED TURNIPS & FAILING TO BECOME A RADIO SENSATION

They sound weird, i know, but trust me on this one. If, like me, you are pretty keen on pickles, then do make a batch of these because your world will be a much nicer place. 

I'm so keen on these pickles, that I even texted Liza Tarbuck during her Saturday night radio show to tell her. She thought that my current pickled turnip situation sounded, and i quote "actually quite beautiful".  Celebrity endorsed pickles - hurrah!

You see, i'm equally as obsessed with radio as I am with pickles. Since I discovered Red Dragon FM circa 1993 and fell in love with the DJ's voice, I was hooked. I called up a show once called Jukebox Jammin' - where I got to have a little chat with the host, say hello to 'my mum downstairs, my best friend Caz, any anyone else that know's me really' and pick a song of my choice from an album selected at random. The album was Michael Jackson's Thriller and obviously, being a teenager obsessed with The Beatles, I chose The Girl Is Mine, featuring Paul McCartney. I've still got the recording somewhere on a cassette, which my children think is hilarious.

Fast-forward a few years and I found myself being chosen to compete in a Movie Quiz during a Radio One roadshow, with Dave Pearce. Despite being in the sunny and beautiful Woolacombe Bay, he was a right grump. He became even grumpier still, when I said 'shit' live on air whilst talking about our local cinema refusing to show my favourite film, Reality Bites. Don't tell anyone but I may or may not have been able to see the answers to that quiz, on a piece of paper to the left of me...

I wanted to be a part of the radio world so much that I decided to study radio journalism at uni, mainly taking inspiration from all the fun Holly Hot Lips seemed to be having on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show of a morning. I got kicked out after failing my first year because I was a girl from Devon, in London with a load of free money and attending lectures was the last thing on my mind. I was told I was only allowed to stay at the university if I switched courses within the department. That's why I ended up studying for a degree in Media Arts with Television Broadcasting, resulting in a half-arsed career helping people make TV programmes like Bo' Selecta! and my personal fave, the groundbreaking, Jordan & Peter: Laid Bare. It was my only my fave because it was voiced by Sir Terry Wogan and not only did I get to meet him, but I also gave him two of my paracetamols once because he had a headache. I cured him.

So, that's it. That's why I like pickles and radio in equal measures, I just thought you should know. Now, i'm off to tweet 6Music (ok, Shaun Keaveny) like it's my job.

Have a good day!


This is the best recipe I've found so far, from Bon Appetit:

Ingredients:

  • 1 small red beet, trimmed, peeled, quartered

  • 1 red chile (such as Fresno), halved lengthwise (optional)

  • 1 pound small turnips, trimmed, peeled, quartered

  • ½ cup red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Method:

  • Combine beet, chile (if using), and turnips in a 1-qt. heatproof jar or container.

  • Bring vinegar, salt, sugar, and 1½ cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.

  • Pour pickling liquid over turnip mixture and let cool. Cover and chill at least 1 week before using.