These are a few of my favourite things #82

What a bleak couple of weeks it’s been since my last very upbeat post. I don’t know anyone at all who isn’t feeling a bit shaken by all of the recent going’s on in politics and the news, not to mention incredibly depressed by the weather as well. I think we can all be in agreement that as a whole 2016 hasn’t been the best, so far.

Whilst I’m having a moan, what the hell were Instagram thinking with their new algorithm change? I don’t get it, unless their objective was to decrease UX and engagement, I cannot possibly see who is benefitting from it?! Someone enlighten me, please!

In happier news, BBC’s Question Time is coming to Brighton on Thursday, and I’ve applied to be in the audience. I watch religiously every week and have got a mild obsession with David Dimbleby, so if I’m successful in my mission it’ll be a (slightly geeky) dream come true – I’ll keep you posted.

Democracy

In my last post I said how I try to avoid talking about world events on my blog, that’s not what you’re here for and I don’t want to be a preach, but seeing as we all watched history be made in the last couple of weeks, it would feel strange not to acknowledge it at all.

I think people are behaving despicably, across the board – many of the remain camp blanket-labelling the brexit crew; xenophobic bigtoted racists, the actual racist xenophobes using the result as a platform to spout disgusting insults at people of other nationalities, and the politicians who have lied, crowed, cowered and run away when we need them to be acting as leaders. I’ve hated the furore on social media and I’m appalled by the calling for a second referendum – whether or not you agree with the result, or how we got there, this is where we are, for a number of reasons. We all scream democracy until it’s not the result we want, then we attack the very idea of it whilst asking for more, and to what end, keep on having referendums until we get ‘the right’ outcome?

Using this Winnie the Pooh meme is in no way meant to trivialise the topic, but I think we’ve all seen enough of the sad flags with a missing star and endless EU puns. Other than the aforementioned (minority of) sick racist fucks, I think standing together, despite differing viewpoints, is the only way of keeping this ‘kingdom’ as united as possible. I just hope this idiotic mess will, at some point (soon), become a vehicle for positive change, for everyone, and that we can still cooperate and work closely with Europe as much as possible.

Food glorious food

I think it’s pretty safe to say that at over halfway through the year I’ve smashed my New Year’s resolution to cook more – I love it, it’s like therapy with the added bonus of delicious end results. If you’d like a more detailed description of any of the above dishes then check out my Instagram as it is literally like my online daily food diary.

I baked! 

Despite the name of this blog, I’m not massively into baking at all. The lack of margin for error freaks me out and I nearly always bottle it and overdo it on the cooking time. That said, this almond & pistachio cake with lemon drizzle and icing, was a triumph, and super easy to make as well. I don’t really post recipes on here anymore, because frankly, they are nowhere near as popular as reviews and round ups, so I’ll just leave a link to the recipe I used, here.

Cockle ‘popcorn’

This was inspired by my food envy of someone else’s fried cockles on Instagram.  Lots of you asked me to do a recipe post of it, but as they’re sooooo simple I thought I’d save myself time and energy and bung it in this post. You can use fresh or jarred/tinned cockles.

– Drain a jar of cockles in a sieve then transfer into a bowl and cover with milk
– Heat about an inch of vegetable oil until it is shimmeringly hot
– Combine self raising flour, salt, pepper and smoked paprika in a bowl
– Drain the cockles and toss in the flour mixture until coated
– Cook in batches until they look similar to the above

If you recreate these tag me in your pics please, it gives me the warm and fuzzies when people use my recipes!

An old favourite and an updated round up on the cards

That, dear readers is a jumbo breakfast from Billie’s, one of Brighton’s oldest and best greasy spoons, with extra black pudding, the ubiquotos farmhouse hash and extra hollandaise sauce, you say? All of the yes.

After reading my 2015 breakfast post again the other day I have realised it is hopelessly out of date, with two of the places having closed down, lots of new openings and Billie’s didn’t even get a mention?! There will be an updated breakfast post by the end of July, if not before. I promise you.

Fried roti with condensed milk and coffee icecream

I was in to review a Thai place in Hove last week, some of it was great, some of it wasn’t, however- this was incredible, truly. My full post will be up soon but the dessert alone was deserving of a mention in my favourite things, because I haven’t stopped thinking about it since!

Being good to myself

Someone asked me last night why I still do the occasional shift at night clubs, and the answer is simple, so I am always able to buy myself peonies, have baths with a fiver’s worth of product in and treat myself to endless M&S goods without feeling guilty about the expense! Not that anyone should feel guilty about doing anything nice for themselves, quite the reverse, any little thing that you can do for yourself to make you feel good – do it, life is short, and you deserve it.

Most long lasting nail products ever?

My love of all Essie products is well documented on this blog and my social media too, but they have totally raised the stakes with their new gel couture. The picture above is after 5 days which is fairly miraculous as I am very heavy handed and rarely get through two days without severe chipping and tip-wear. By day 7 they were looking slightly worse for wear, but I highly recommend picking some up if you’re into nail stuff. It’s 3 for 2 in Superdrug right now as well... you’re welcome.

Eternally optimistic Brighton – I love you millions xxx

What have been your favourites over the last couple of weeks? Post in the comments below telling me lovely things please, or head on over to my social media (links below) and give me a like, that always puts a smile on my face x

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 24, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Hi Rosie
    Love your blog and your reviews. Good Girl.
    Clonakilty white pudding on sale at R C Secker Richardson Road Hove
    Bill

    • July 24, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      Bill, thank you! I will definitely head down there, the stuff from the Brighton sausage co was covered in mould, I was so gutted! So pleased you enjoy, my post frequency has been a bit patchy recently, but lots more coming up. Your comment has made my evening x

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