Sweet potato and chorizo pitta pizza

I’ve been doing a bit of cooking recently and thought I’d share some of my recipes. As much as I love spending time cooking proper meals, sometimes there just isn’t the time (or energy). So this is a quick and easy meal with gorgeous flavours that are perfect for winter.

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First, dice a sweet potato. The smaller you dice, the quicker you eat… Drizzle with oil and roast at 200C for 10-15 mins.

Throw chopped cherry tomatoes, some sliced chorizo, half a chopped chilli (less if you want it less hot), garlic (I use pre-crushed stuff from a tube), and a squiggle of tomato purée into a pan with some oil. I added a dash of BBQ sauce and some Cajun spices at this point, but this is optional.

Once the tomatoes have softened, add in the roasted sweet potato. While the flavours mix, warm up a pitta bread.

Top your pitta with a handful of rocket, then the sweet potato & chorizo mix. Scatter with crumbled feta. Enjoy!

The sweet potato and chorizo go beautifully together with a bit of spice, the rocket adds a crisp peppery note, and the creamy feta takes the edge off. Such a great combo!

The longest part is waiting for the sweet potato to roast. You could microwave the diced potato to move things along quicker, but I like to think taking the longer route gives a warmer flavour.

What are your favourite quick recipes?

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The six month review

Somehow, July is creeping up on us. Half of 2013 is gone already! Where did it go? I guess this means it’s time to look back a bit, look forward a bit, and hope that the forward stuff is an improvement on the back.

Backwards:

The last six months has been the last half of my fifth year at uni. I turned 24, avoided having a crisis over how I’m still in education six years after I supposedly left school, and have somehow emerged from the other side of finals relatively unscathed (potentially scathing results still to come, however).

I got more blog obsessed and decided it was time to try my hand at this again. Ergo, Inner Unicorn. I remain concerned that my various online alter-egos are all rather more girly than anyone who knows me in real life would ever suspect.

The end of my savings account was finally reached. I think the fact that it took five years of uni to get to this point is a minor miracle and that somewhere along the line, some kind of water into wine/ toilet paper into sterling notes event must have occurred to keep this moment at bay for so long.

Forwards!

Firstly, summer! I want to chill out and get my blood pressure back to non-pathological level. De Musset’s sign is not something you want to realise you’re experiencing in the middle of the library. I’m looking forward to hanging out with the boyfriend. Thanks to my parents moving house, I have a new bedroom to set up – my inner interior decorating fiend is gonna come out!

August brings the start of final year, the start of job applications, the start of me having to at least look like I know what I’m doing. I’m starting in a really enthusiastic department, and then 2013 is going to be topped off by an amazing elective.

Yeh, I need to deal with my money situation. Final year means even less contributions from SFE and NHS Bursaries, and the short summer means probably no temporary employment, so I’m turning to eBay to make some extra cash. I’ve got some nice beauty stuff from a Clarins splurge a while back that I’m selling off, and anything I haven’t worn this year is headed that way too.

I always see New Year Resolutions as a bit of a cop-out, as no-one really expects you to make it to February, so I like setting half-year resolutions instead. This half, I’ve making these changes:

  1. My beauty product collection is operating a one-in, one-out policy. The one-out has to come first – I can only replace empties, not buy extras.
  2. However, any money I make from eBay sales can be my little luxury fund for extras.
  3. I’m growing my hair. Every time I’ve tried this before, I cut it off once it reaches my shoulders. Not this time.
  4. Improving my diet. Stop snacking between meals and learn to eat a decent meal instead.

Am I the only one who makes half year resolutions? What changes are you making for the rest of 2013?

Summer nails & L’Oreal Confetti

My exams are finally over, so I get to break out the nail polish again! I was planning on using Revlon Vixen as a base to try out my new Confetti topcoat, but the exam overran, a few pre-dinner glasses of wine trumped nail-painting, and I went out with bare nails.

The hangover this morning meant laying comatose on the sofa with Wimbledon on the telly (on mute, clearly – I can’t take the noise the girls make normally, nevermind with gin-head…) contemplating my bare nails and deciding that Vixen is so inappropriate for summer and sunshine. Instead, out came 17’s GoGo, my go-to polish to cheer myself up and perfectly bright to match the weather! And my first attempts with confetti….

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L: 17 GoGo
R: L’Oreal Confetti

It’s easier to apply than I expected and a bit of angsty splodging gets it pretty much where you want it. There’s a good mix of large and small dots that give it a more interesting and varied look. My only gripe is that I seem to be getting a lot more black dots than white ones out of it – I’ll give it a good shake and try again another time to see if I can get more of a mix! And I seem to have misplaced my clear topcoat, so it looks a bit rougher than it would normally.

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Bright summer nails

Overall I love this, and I can’t wait to try it out over some other colours! I’ve got a Mavala grey in mind that I think would make an awesome almost-monochrome nail.

Hiatus – back soon!

If it’s possible to take a hiatus from a less-than-active blog, I’m doing so. My finals start in a week and the amount of revision I need to do is overwhelming right now (note that the amount of revision I’m doing is not overwhelming, which may be the underlying problem…), so I don’t have the time to update properly here.

I’ll be back in a few weeks, so check back for a bit of a revamp then! x

Tuesday #3

I’m lusting after…

This ombre jacket from the Kardashian collection at Dorothy Perkins.


I don’t even like the Kardashians (reality tv show of choice: Made In Chelsea, I’m utterly addicted), and I’m not a baby pink kind of girl, but I love this jacket. It would look so good with black leggings and a casual top. I just need to find a way of it not clashing with my hair, which currently looks like this:

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Byebye, plans to turn my hair raspberry pink for summer…

I’ve started…

Journalling. I really want a record of my life as it is now, before, during, and after the big job application and the end of uni and the start of actually having to pretend that I’m a real adult. And everything is less terrifying if it provides an excuse to go stationery shopping, and a daily procrastination exercise.

I’m stuck in a remote town for placement so my shopping options were fairly limited to just WH Smiths and Waterstones. I picked up this A6 notebook from Waterstones to be my journal. I love the green accenting, the fabric binding is the same shade as the elastic, and the pages have a little divot so the elastic is never going to slip off. And it’s tiny enough that I can write a few pages easily, so less of a writer’s block trying to fill a page! I’m not the most natural writer (hence doing a sciencey degree where I write less than one essay a year!) so anything that encourages me to keep going is a good thing.

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I also picked up this notebook, just because. I was going to use it as a gym log, but I’d rather not end up with a soggy notebook covered in liquid chalk (yet somehow I’ll take my iPhone?! Logic – not my strong point) and I realised that the Fitocracy app is so much better for that, as I can track my progress more easily on that, so it’s now got all my learning objectives for my upcoming exams so that I can tick each of them off as I revise them – only 307 to go…

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I would lose my head if it weren’t screwed on

I got a Filofax to be more organised. So far, not so good. I now have a to-do list telling me what I need to do, but it hasn’t yet magically translated into this stuff actually getting done. Even staring at that to-do list on a daily basis isn’t helping… Maybe I’m just not focusing enough *stares harder*

 

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Inside front cover of my Filofax

 

Isn’t it pretty? I’m trying not to fill it with junk, so it just has my NHS organ donor card (in case I get hit by a bus on my way to the library), a discount voucher for Joy, stamps, coloured page tabs, and a gift-tag with a message from my sibling in it.

It’s great for being my diary – I know when I have tutorials, and where. I’m not so sure about the to-do functionality though. I have a to-do sheet inbetween the two pages of my WO2P diary each week, with a completely unorganised list of stuff’. I can see everything I need to do, but without any priority system or tasks being assigned to a time, I don’t feel any compulsion to get them done. That pink post-it note that just says ‘revise: resp, O&G’ isn’t particularly helpful either.

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Diary and to-do pages

One thing I do love is that one of my to-do sheets is near the front of my planner with all the details of trains I’ve booked – where I’m going (though not when – maybe I should add that!), where the ticket can be picked up from, and what the collection code is. It means I always know that I’ve got my travel sorted, so I don’t get caught out by missing advance fare discounts, and don’t turn up to the wrong station to get my tickets (given that the two stations I use a lot at the moment are 100 miles apart, this would be a very big mistake to make!).

I also have a notes section planning specific things that are coming up this year, like my job application. It’s nice to have a timeline of when the application deadlines are and when we’ll hear back, and the pages behind it are documenting how I can meet some of the points criteria and which deaneries I think I’ll go for. Later I’m going to include person specifications for the AFP job I want, and how I can meet those.

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FPAS section header

And finally, a super important section… My emergency tea bags! Our library makes us pay for hot water, but it’s still so much cheaper than buying hot tea from them, and Twinings is nicer 🙂

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Emergency tea! If only I could fit chocolate in here too…

Still pondering how to make my task lists more efficient… I don’t think a filofax alone is going to cut it.