Sunday, 2 August 2015

John West Steam Pots

John West Steam Pots - infused tuna and cous cous - just add water to the cous cous, stir in the tuna and you have a quick, easy and filling lunch!

There is nothing I like more than browsing supermarket shelves for new goodies to try whether it's a new recipe kit, some weird and wonderful veg or a new seasoning or spice.  My latest find are the new John West Steam Pots - a complete meal in one convenient bundle!

Normally I make a little extra when I'm cooking dinner so I can pack up a portion for lunch to take to work the following day but sometimes that dinner-making doesn't happen so have to resort to *cringe* whatever the canteen at work has to offer.  

OR I could just keep a supply of these steam pots in the cupboard so I can pop one in my bag in the morning…

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Photo a Day 2015: June

June is when you'd expect the sun to be shining, the world to be BBQ-ing and summer to be in full swing.  Not this June!

It's not been properly warm until the end of the month and then summer hit us with a big sweaty bang!  I've spent the last few days near the south coast and there has been a nice cool breeze to compliment the sun but Mr Jones has reported that it's ridiculously hot back at home.  Time to buy an air conditioner before the entire country runs out?  

Friday, 19 June 2015

Iceland Day 3: Reykjavik

The stunning view of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, from the top of Hallgrimskirkja

After spending a few hours stewing in the Blue Lagoon we headed back to Reykjavik.  There were a few things that I was interested in doing that I knew Mr Jones wouldn't be interested in so we took the opportunity to split up for a few hours and explore on our own.

We walked through the town centre and down to the harbour where I legged it across the main road to have a look at the view across the sea, thinking "the next bit of land from here is Greenland" and breathing in the salty air.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Photo a Day 2015: May

May = best month EVER!  Partly because it's my birthday month but mostly because we visited Iceland which is something I've wanted to do for many, many years!

Earworm of the month: For some reason "Castles Made of Sand" by Jimi Hendrix has been on a permanent loop in my head this month.

Tv of the month: "Peter Kay's Car Share" - a really simple idea with few characters but really fun to watch!  Peter Kay plays John, an assistant manager of a supermarket who is thrown together with Kayleigh in a car share scheme through the supermarket.  From the made up radio station to the daydream sequences, it's easy to binge-watch!

Film of the month: It has to be two this month - "Age of Adaline" because the story was something different and it was nice to see Blake Lively in something other than Gossip Girl, and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" because who doesn't want to see Colin Firth taking baddies out with an umbrella in a very gentlemanly way?!

Favourite food of the month: Kjötsúpa - Icelandic meat soup.  Nothing fancy but simple, hearty and surprisingly packed with flavour!  Something I think I might have to make myself very, very soon!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Iceland Day 3: Blue Lagoon

Day 3 in Iceland: The Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in the middle of a lava field.  Read about our visit (including some top tips!)

Our last full day in Iceland and we had planned for a morning trip to the Blue Lagoon followed by a bit of a wander in the afternoon to do or see things we each wanted to do.

The Blue Lagoon.  I am not a very "warm" person - I don't enjoy saunas, sunbathing is out of the question, I don't think I'd enjoy a hot tub too much and I have been known to take one of those frozen blocks used to keep picnics cool to bed with me in the summer months as a sort of "anti" hot water bottle.  So why would I be even remotely interested in sitting in a geothermal pool?  Well, why the heck not?!  With a cave, a "waterfall", boxes  full of skin-nourishing silica mud dotted around the pool AND a bar right there in the lagoon, why would I not want to visit?!  Oh and did I mention the view?  If you can see anything through the clouds of steam, you can see snowy peaks in the distance. It's a pretty special place!


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