Week one of six
Week one of my six week reboot has officially been completed! The good news is that I’m still functioning and appear to be unscathed. My challenge for the last week was to get to grips with the Bullet Journal and to start using it on a regular basis. The idea was to try and bring some kind of order and calm to my busy life.
Starting an Allotment from Scratch
I’ve always wanted an allotment. When Debbie and I moved into our first house together, we had a dabble at some herbs and a couple of bucket potatoes. The following year we bought a tiny greenhouse for some tomatoes. I quickly realised my ‘growing’ ambitions, forgive the pun, would need more room.
Properfoodie’s proper life changes
A post with a different angle…
This post goes a little off topic from my usual recipe content, but I feel it’s time to get more ‘with it’ in terms of my work-life-blog balance. So for the next 6 weeks I’m going to start a new mini blog series, which will follow my 6-week reboot journey of attempting to get back on track with living well and being more organised. I will be doing this with my friend Katya from Katyas cake hole, who will also be following her own 6 week reboot plan.
Pancake Day is nearly here and I can’t tell you how highly delighted I am about that fact. I’ve always got way too excited about Pancake Day; we don’t even get a holiday out of it. But I just can’t help get over-the-top, giddy about the mixing together of some eggs, flour and milk. Put on a bit of pancake-making-music from Matilda (AKA ‘Send me on my way’ by Rusted Root) and you’ll have me leaping around the kitchen, spatula in one hand, pan in the other; and with a wiggle of the hips, the scene is set for a full blown, larger-than-life, happy celebration of the good old pancake.
Guest blog post from Katya’s Cake Hole on her favourite Manchester restaurants
My name is Katya and I’m author of Katya’s Cake Hole.
The blog title is a bit of a give away but if you haven’t guessed yet, I’m a food blogger. Debbie has kindly invited me to guest blog on ProperFoodie about my favourite five restaurants. My boyfriend Jamie and I have done an awful lot of eating in and around Manchester in the last year, so I’m in a good position to give you the low down.
So here we go:
A really easy dauphinoise, which is more than just a side dish. This haddock dauphinoise with Cypriot potatoes is so scrummy that I nearly ate the whole bake to myself. Its full of lovely chunky fish, creamy potatoes and is dotted with lardons of pancetta and circles of roasted leeks. This is certainly a great dish to come home to, any night of the week.
Imagine light, crumbly chocolate brownies, dotted with hazelnuts and white chocolate chucks, then finished off with zig zags of melted chocolate. Then imagine surprising that special someone with these incredibly tasty squares of chocolate goodness, made just for them, by you, with your own amazing baking skills! Or don’t just imagine it: make it, bake it, love it, eat it, gift it and never go back to shop bought brownies ever again!!
Chicken skewers with a fiery rocket, lime, and baby corn salad. Its another show stopping platter!! I just love serving up mine and Ben’s tea like this. Everything piled on to one board ready for us to devour.