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Take 2

14 Feb

I recently saw bloggers complain about people claiming how easy it is to be healthy, and then listing recipes that have 10000000 ingredients you would never normally buy or use more than once. It’s a valid argument, and one that reminded me why I started this blog. It’s one thing to understand nutrition and to want to make an effort to eat better, but it is 100% different to have the financial resources and access to stock your fridge with vegetables and your cupboards with almond milk and flax seeds. Seriously, there has to be another way to maintain good nutrition on a college budget and a college skill set.  And that’s why I’m going to try my best to revive this blod. I know I’ve been M.I.A, and I am truly sorry. My best explanation is that I started this during my easiest semester in college, and I came back to my hardest semester of college. I gave up everything that wasn’t school and dance to make sure I didn’t crash and burn, which was the right plan. Now I have a slightly easier schedule, and a date with the North American Irish Dance Championships in Montreal this summer, and I decided it’s time to start making an effort to cook more, and buy Wendy’s on campus less. 

I will try and make sure everything on here is still “culinary impaired” friendly, because believe me, I’m still very much a mess in the kitchen. But I will also make an effort to make sure I’m offering options for healthy meals that are cheap and affordable. I can’t promise it’ll be regular but I’ll do my best! My roommate and I want to try a new recipe every week, and then build up a few favorite to make in bulk and freeze. I’ll keep you updated on that. 

Anyways, I just wanted to check in and say that I haven’t forgotten about this blog! 

P.S. Hope my fellow east coasters are enjoying snowpocalypse part 2. 4 day weekend for us at UNC! 

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“You must forgive me if I’m up and goin’ to Carolina in my mind”

18 Jun

“In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina
Can’t you see the sunshine
Can’t you just feel the moonshine
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine
To hit me from behind
And I’m goin’ to Carolina in my mind”

– James Taylor

You guys, I’m home. Well, one of my homes. I have many, but right now, Chapel Hill feels a lot like home and man have I missed this place. It is SO good to be back in this beautiful town. I had an amazing 5 months abroad that I wouldn’t trade for the world, and all you college students thinking about studying abroad: DO IT DO IT DO IT. I had an amazing time and have made best friends I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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Sunset on the river Lee near my *former* apartment in Cork. I will always love this beautiful place.

Nevertheless, I am loving the heat, the blue skies, the scorching sun, the endless tree cover, the ridiculous thunderstorms, driving my bug again, living in a proper house with a real kitchen and no flat mate, and did I mention the fact that it actually feels like summer? I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for warm weather.

I actually go here. And yes, it’s actually this beautiful. (Not my picture)

Alright, enough gushing about how Chapel Hill leaves a stamp on your heart. You guys get the picture. I’ve actually been back for a solid 2 weeks if not more but it’s been a crazy time involving dance competitions, catching up with friends and family, birthday parties and readjusting to American life. This week is finally looking like it’s settling into normal life, so I figured I’d kick it off by getting back to blogging!

I’ve not really cooked much since getting home since my mother dearest is home and she is an amazing cook (thanks for nothing on those genes, mum) so she kind of just does everything for me food wise because she assumes my state of uselessness in the kitchen. I’m trying to do more, but it won’t be as frequent as when I was in Ireland. That being said, as a result of the various parties, I’ve done a fair amount of baking, which I happen to be really good at, so don’t be surprised to see some yummy baked goods in the next few recipes. I can’t promise they’re healthy but they’re really quite easy, and everything in moderation, right? 🙂

Alright, no recipes today because I’m still recovering from a tummy bug and don’t even want to think about food right now, so instead, I’ll leave you with picture highlights of my month abroad, and a little note that while I will try to post consistently over the summer, I’m actually leaving the country (again) for 6 weeks at the beginning of July! This time I’m off to Asia… but more on that later!

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Cork at christmas!

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St. Finbarre’s Cathedral in the winter

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London in January snow

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London from the top of The Shard over Easter, equally as cold as when I was there in the snow in January!!!

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Heineken Cup quarterfinals at Twickenham!

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Buckingham Palace, half mast for Margaret Thatcher

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more London ( I could’ve gone on forever with my pictures from London, really, it’s probably my favorite city ever)

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BEACH!!

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Streets of Malaga

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Streets of Malaga

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Panorama Malaga from the Alcazaba- Moorish fortress

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View of Puento Neuvo from El Tajo Gorge in Ronda. Prettiest place ever.

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View of Granada from the Alhambra

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St. Finbarre’s Cathedral in the Spring (this was actually late May so almost summer but it was the first time it felt like spring in Ireland!!!)

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Celebratory post-finals drink at the college bar. Woo!

Oats on Toast

27 Apr

Well hey there! It’s been a while… I know. Remember how I told you about that awesome trip to Spain I was going on? Well that happened. I’ve actually been traveling for the past hiatus, hence no cooking. I also can’t promise there will be much in the next month or so either. It is officially exam time, and my mind is about to turn into a mush of information I will forget the minute I walk out of the last exam room. Also I have no money. Turns out, traveling for a month will do that. (This is when I start to realize why people get jobs. Anyways…) My term here is coming to an end soon (unfortunately) and once I am back in the great state of North Carolina (and in a house that has an actual kitchen with proper cooking utensil and parents buying food for me) I will hopefully be posting a lot more! Then again, I’ll also have parents cooking for me (they spoil me to death, especially when they haven’t seen me for 6 months), so yeah we’ll see how that goes.

Alright. Onto today’s recipe. Found on pinterest (where else!) but originally from the lovely Pepper Lynn, this recipe is a breakfast you can prepare the night before and finish off in those 5 minutes you have for getting dressed, eating breakfast, and getting out the door when you wake up half an hour late. So an every day thing for me. Pepper also claims that this wonderfully nutritious breakfast keeps her filled up until about 1pm. I’m currently having it as a snack (and loving it- so much that I couldn’t wait to finish it to type this) thus I can’t speak to how filling it is… but I’ll get back to you on that internet.

I realize I haven’t actually said *what* it is. I should get to that. Well, it’s uncooked oats. Pepper goes for overnight oats… probably a more appealing name. If the thought of uncooked oats turns you off- yeah me too. Bear with me you HAVE to give this a go. The base is a mix of oats, yogurt, and milk. The rest that you do in the morning is flavor- and this can be WHATEVER you want it to be. You automatically have your favorite flavored breakfast.

And it’s so easy. And quick. And yummy. And good for me? I’ll take it.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of rolled oats (and then a little extra for good measure)*

1/2 cup of plain vanilla yogurt**

1/3 cup of milk

~ From here, choose your own flavor. I chose strawberry jam, so I threw in about 3 spoons of jam.

Instructions:

1. Pour out your oats, yogurt and milk in a jar or bowl and mix it all up .

Pro tip 1: The original recipe calls for Greek yogurt and more milk but I can’t stand Greek yogurt so I opted for vanilla yogurt and less milk. Works just as well- just make sure when you’re adding the milk your final consistency is thick and creamy. If the milk makes it too liquidy just add some more oats.

2. Put it in the fridge overnight. If you get the munchies during the day (not those munchies, silly) and fancy a nice snack, this is great too, just make sure it’s been refrigerated for at least 30 mins to let the oats soften.

3. When ready to eat, add your flavor of choice and enjoy.

Pro tip 2: When I first tried it I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure about the texture. I’m still not sure I’m too fond of it on it’s own. So like I do with a lot of things I tried it with bread. DO THIS. Especially if you didn’t like the texture or the feel/taste of the oats. When spread on toast it takes away all of that. The warm toast and cool spread and taste of jam was like heaven. I really wish I hadn’t tried it because I already eat SO MUCH BREAD, but man oh man was it good. I refuse to eat it any other way. It also means I only use about half of it on 2 slices of toast. Could easily see that as a nice afternoon snack or breakfast the next day if it makes it that long.

Pro tip 3: Always say yes to nutella. Nutella is a personal favorite of mine, and if you fancy that sneaky chocolate in the morning, put a light spread of nutella and your jam oats on your toast. YUMMM.

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It doesn’t look that appetizing, I know, but it’s worth trying. Some love it, some hate it. Don’t be that guy that hates it until he tries it…

 

Not Your Average Grilled Cheese Sandwich

13 Feb

So, last night after my day of pancake binge eating and emptying the cupboards of sweet things (I miss you already nutella), I decided on a more savory dinner. Ok confession time, up until about 2 years ago (when I started college), I’d never had grilled cheese. Never ever. It just wasn’t a thing where I grew up. Because of that, the only grilled cheese I’d ever had was dining hall grilled cheese, which was greasy, fatty, and mediocre at best (and yet I ate it all the time…) I decided last night, it was time to branch out and make my own. I mean, how hard could it be? Not hard at all, is the answer. So, I had one grilled cheese sandwhich. As I was going back to the fridge for more cheese, I saw my jar of jam and thought, gee, I’d really like a jam sandwich, but golly that grilled cheese was so good I’m craving another (yes, those exact words). Easy solution: jam grilled cheese!! This sounds disgusting, I promise you, it’s not. The jam gets nice and hot and it all just melts in your mouth and it adds an incredible burst of flavor that I have no words to describe.

Ingredients:

2 slices of bread

Butter

1 slice of cheese

Jam

Instructions:

1. Put the stove onto medium-low heat and let it warm up

Pro tip 1: I put the stove on quite low heat because I don’t quite understand the settings and any higher than medium burns everything almost immediately. It takes a little longer, but it also means you can just pop it on the stove and go do other things around the kitchen, checking back every once in a while. Something that doesn’t require constant attention is my kind of meal.

2. Butter 1 side of each slice of bread

3. Place 1 slice butter-side down in the pan. Let that sit for a few minutes.

4. Cover the upwards-facing side of the bread on the pan with jam, and place the cheese on top.

Pro tip 2: So in hindsight, spreading jam on the bread while it’s already in the hot pan was not the greatest idea, so I don’t see any reason why you can’t put jam on the other side of bread before you put it in the pan. It’s just a little hard to hold.

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5. Allow that to sit, as you want the cheese to start to melt.

6. Once the cheese is softening up, place the other slice of bread butter side up to finish of your sandwich.

7. Once the under side is a nice golden brown, flip the sandwich and let the other side brown.

8. Serve and revel in it’s glory ( I mean it, this is fantastic and I will be making about 5 more of them tonight.)

Please comment if you have your own creative ways of doing a grilled cheese!! I’d love to hear them 🙂

 

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