These are a few of my favourite things #54

I think this may be a a bit of a lacklustre favourite things. It wasn’t the easiest week, and it definitely wasn’t the greatest weekend either, but I haven’t skipped a single one of these posts since I started them over a year ago, and I don’t intend to break that because I’ve had a shit few days. It’s honestly taken me about four attempts to write this though, I usually rattle through it in half an hour while I’m waiting for whichever disappointing roast I’m having that week, but yesterday/today it’s been a real struggle in terms of trying to be articulate, and positive.

January overall was better than anticipated, it’s been complicated and at some points quite painful, but I’ve had a good old ‘clear out’ in almost every sense, and my ‘New Year motivation’ doesn’t seem to have deserted me just yet, pity the same can’t be said for my sense of humour and ability to smile today!

New favourite cereal

I absolutely detest the thought having any sort of food intolerance, but I’ve had to admit defeat when it comes to oats. Nothing would make me happier than being able to chow down on a bowl of porridge for breakfast every morning, but the stomach cramps that would ensue as a result of this, were enough of a deterrant for me- SAD FACE. Garlic also has a similar effect, but I can’t not eat that, that would be ridiculously hard to cut out altogether.

As I don’t spend much time lingering in the ‘free from’ aisles of supermarkets, nor do I visit Infinity Foods frequently (mainly because I cannot bear the other customers) I’ve been keeping a half-hearted eye/ear open for an oat-free alternative to porridge, and thanks to the internet, I’ve found one. It’s from Tesco, and if Alpen, Rice Crispies and Cinnamon Grahams had a love child, this is what it would be like.  At £3 for a smallish box it’s not the cheapest, but if I could put a price on not feeling like I’m going to explode after breakfast, it’d be a lot higher than 3 quid.

Oh M&S, I love you so.

M&S knocking it out the park with their luscious new range of desserts again. The base had no hint of sogginess, the caramel choux buns were incredible and the cream actually did taste of the promised salted caramel. I honestly cannot imagine anyone not liking this. Not cheap at £7.50, but it is huge.

Biggest breakfast at Joe’s Cafe

My first Joe’s Cafe breakfast of the year, and I’m happy to say that they nailed it, as per usual.  I’m nearly finished on my updated Brighton’s best fry up post, with a load of new places that I’ve tried out fairly or very recently. You can read my previous post here, cannot believe it’s been nearly a year since I wrote it!

Sugardough Bakery coming up with the goods (again)

It was getting a bit embarrassing the amount that I was loving up Sugardough almost every single week in my favourite things post, but each and every time I visit, I eat something so fabulous that I can’t resist sharing it with you all. I’ve had that creme brûlée tart, many, many times and it never ceases to amaze me just how crisp the pastry is and how perfectly cooked the softly set and nearly molten-middled custard is. I’ve never eaten anything I haven’t totally enjoyed and polished off, but if you have the choice between the salted caramel or pistachio cupcakes, opt for the former. Incredible. Follow them on Twitter for delicious updates.

Postbox wisdom

I’m not about to go all spiritual on you or anything, but being in a foul mood and also hyper aware of how unhappy a few people very close to me are at the moment, I think this is easy advice to overlook, but I mustn’t.

Sunday cuddles with my Mum <3

Soz for being such a misery, I’ll feel better tomorrow.  To cheer me up, tell me your favourite things from last week?  Did you eat anywhere nice that you’d like to see me review? Please do comment below or Tweet me x

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  1. Deb
    February 3, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Ahh you and your mum look so sweet, I have a daughter about your age and a sofa and film together is bliss! Also love Sugardough – their almond croissant better than ones I've had in France and staff so lovely. Keep on with your posts, I do enjoy reading them and hope life is better for you soon xx

    • February 3, 2015 / 3:08 pm

      🙂 Thank you Deb, she's gone away for 5 weeks on the 'trip of a lifetime' with her boyfriend, don't know what I'm going to do without her! I hear great things re the almond croissants, I know the owner's wife and they're her fave too. So pleased you enjoy reading, comments like yours make it all worth it <3 Just a shitty week, it'll get better. Thanks so much for reading and commenting xxxx

  2. Jen
    February 3, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    I'm now completely obsessed with sugardough thanks to your reviews! That creme brulee tart is honestly one of the nicest things I've ever had and the Portuguese custard tarts are equally delicious. Chocolate cupcake however was almost inedible so stay away from them! Those sausage rolls…..omg. pains me a bit to say but they're better than the Brighton sausage company 🙁

    • February 3, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      So pleased to have opened your eyes to the wonder that is Sugardough! Noted re the chocolate cupcake and YES, the custard tarts are definitely on a par on the deliciousness scale! Sausage rolls, I've only ever had one from the BSC and it was 'fridge cold' so never bothered again- I do hear good things a lot though so maybe I need to reassess xx

  3. February 3, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    If you're looking for a porridge alternative, Tesco does rice flakes which are really nice. You cook them in the same way as porridge and it turns out a bit like rice pudding (maybe a bit less creamy). Delicious and filling. I think they're in the free-from aisle.

    Also sorry to hear you've had a crappy week, I hope the upcoming one is better!

    • February 3, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      OOOOOOOH Amy, you may be my new favourite person for telling me that! I've been experimenting with quinoa porridge and I do like it, but it's a bit of a ballache to make on a daily basis so will deffo try it and keep you posted!

      Re crappy week, thank you, so do I! and I hope yours is fab too. Thanks so much for commenting, for me it's the biggest reward I get from my blog x x x

  4. February 3, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Writing something when you're having a shitty week both sucks and makes things better, I find. Writing my blog often helps me to see things in a slightly better or at least more nuanced light – the fact that your weekly posts are 'favourite things' posts must help with that too, even if sometimes you feel more like writing a 'most shittiest ballaches' post. I hope the week pans out better for you! 🙂 x
    PS: I don't know why, but I have STILL not been to Sugardough. Must rectify that situation soon – as well as lurking in M&S until they restock their dessert chiller haha 😉

  5. February 5, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    'Most shittiest ballaches' 🙂 that would be a whole blog in itself, under a pseudonym too!
    Go to Sugardough immediately. Breakfast pasty, almond croissant, any of the pies, creme brûlée tart, sausage rolls and salted caramel cupcakes, any and all will totally satisfy all of your needs 🙂 xx

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