Sunday, 31 July 2011

Chin Chin Laboratorists, London... Again...

I came across some videos of my Chin Chin experience (see earlier blog post and my review on Dooyoo). Thought it might be cool to post them!

And then you get Ice-cream. The most amazing ice-cream. Amaze...

Nanna Kate X

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Book Club!

I'm one of the most avid readers you will ever meet! In a week long holiday I take at least 3 or 4 paperbacks and not always easy-to-read holiday fiction either. This year I took Zadie Smith - White Teeth, Tristan Garcia - Hate: a Romance, Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (the best dystopian novel since The Handmaid's Tale) and I picked up Dear John by Nicolas Sparks; from a random Spanish supermarket who sold 'left' and donated books for €1 to raise money for the British Legion. Almost made up for them charging approx £6 for a packet of 'British' bacon... ahem.

I wanted to 'do' something with my passion for reading and my ability to produce a 'written' review of a book isn't up to much... so, tomorrow night I am attending my Women's Institute monthly committee meeting to pitch the idea of setting up a book club to them!

I was thinking of ways to set up the club which would make some pocket money for the WI and also be cheap for members - I looked everywhere online and I couldn't find any funding or support for a book club. Eventually I stumbled across Colchester WIGs after googling 'Women's Institute Sub Groups'; and they successfully run a book club - so I emailed them to come to my rescue!

Their secretary Nicky Harley promptly emailed me back a lengthy email with loads of ideas for our book club; including getting support off our library (genius!). I don't know why but I never even thought of getting in touch with our local library, probably because I haven't been in there for over 10 years! I called the library and would you believe it, they have a whole section for reading groups!? I popped in to join as a Reading Group (perhaps a bit pre-emptive) and I discovered they have a great selection of titles with at least 10 copies of each available. I'm tempted by Jodi Picoult's Keeping Faith, one of my all time favourites...

I'm just working on my plan to pitch the reading group to the committee... looking forward to setting this up - really hope they go for it...

Wish me luck!

Nanna Kate X

P.S. I love Green Metropolis for buying paperbacks - they're cheap most importantly and you're giving a donation each time you buy/sell to charity/supporting sustainability of woodlands. Hard to get hold of books aren't always available here though, so I use Amazon or eBay for special titles like Hate: a Romance.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Much Love Mondays

So, I just stumbled across this super cute blog and want to try linking to and from the post (my first attempt at doing such a thing!) I'm also posting my Much Love Monday heart shaped object and story... it's a lollypop, and who doesn't love lollypops, which I won in a competiton at work. Left over Valentine's promos I fear, but still spreading the Love

Nanna Kate X

Sunday, 10 July 2011

The End of the Weekend

It's coming to the end of the weekend and I thought it would be nice to update you all (my avid readers(!)... come on, talk to me!) on the way I've filled these precious 48 hours off work

First up I made my Lady Luck Rules OK DIY Bracelet which I purchased from eBay now that proprietor Leona has shut up shop and refocused her attention on new venture Thrift-ola. I was lucky enough to have my Step Dad give me a pair of small flat nosed pliers (no way I was paying £12.50 for a pair when the bracelet only cost £4.50!)...

So, this crafting adventure awoke a long dormant crafting bug and I pulled out my first copy of Mollie Makes I started at issue 3 and I set to work on my fabulously floppy felt flower ring! I chose to use the two shades of grey felt and the 'rose' style ring...

And then, whilst wandering the aisles of Hobby Craft on Saturday I acquired a simple scrapbook and started decorating it today with some odds and sods I found in my old craft box

Last week, I signed up to Shimelle's Scrapbooking course 'Explore', so hopefully I'll have a good opportunity to improve upon my work so far... it's been a long while since I scrapbooked

So, as the weekend comes to an end all there was left for me to do was check my Google reading list - all of the blogs I subscribe to - but you knew that, right? And I discovered that there's an Android App for Reader, so now I can read on the go! As well as blog (though Blogger doesn't allow me to upload more than one picture and Reader doesn't allow me to comment... frustrating, much?!) on the go, I can also keep up to date with all of my favourite, wonderful bloggers!

Good night, God bless

Nanna Kate X

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Lomography adventures!

Another Lomo (kind of) review published, this time on the Vanguard MK 2 Tripod which is my most recent bargain (my Dad donated it to me and he got it out of a chazza!)

I've also added more pictures to my LomoHome including my favourite ever picture so far (Me!)

Ooo and I happened across an absolute bargain today too. Shop4makeup is an online shopping site where unsurprisingly you can shop for make up (amongst other luvvverly things like fragrances). I found Bourjois Shimmering Shine Liquid Eyeshadow on there for £1.49! It used to be £6.99 before they discontinued it. I can't wait to get it it's one of my all time favourites. I'll post a picture on here when I get it and there might even be a review coming up!

Nanna Kate X

Monday, 4 July 2011

Perfect Poached Eggs

I have spent many years searching for the perfect poached egg method. I have spent a small fortune on 'gadgets' such as those weird silicone and microwave poachers to be presented with a stuck on, hard boiled, eggy mess.

And I am, quite frankly, useless at stirring the water to create a vortex - I end up with egg whites streaming round the pan like little whisps of uncooked clouds.

Until recently I had all but given up hope and dreams of my perfect poached egg, when I was shown a method for making the best, softest yolked, easiest poached egg. And though you may be familiar with this method, I wanted to share it with you!

One important thing to note is that you must use the correct equipment - I've tried using alternatives (when I can't be bothered to load / unload the dishwasher - the height of laziness!) and they never produce quite so perfect results...

1. Take a frying pan (standard size with a minimum 2" depth) and fill it with cold water
2. Pour in 1.5 capfuls of White Wine Vinegar (no other vinegars taste right)
3. Bring the water to the boil in the pan, until the point where the bubbles are 'rolling'
4. Using a tasting spoon stand (or an extra pair of hands!) prop up a soup ladel and crack your egg in to the bowl of the spoon
5. Gently lower the bowl of the spoon until it almost touches the water - tip it extremely carefully in to the bubbling water
6. Watch as the egg white first disperses slightly, then clings to the yolk, folding back in on itself and forms a perfect shape, when the white goes white rather than clear it's cooked - this usually takes approx 2 minutes (you don't have to watch the full time, though I do as I find it super exciting!)
7. Using a skimmer gently fish out the egg allowing the water to drain off
8. Lay the perfect egg on to a clean linen tea towel (the smooth kind not the fluffy ones!) and allow it to drain for a couple of seconds
9. Transfer to a slice of spinach topped sour dough and add generous amounts of cracked black pepper, rock salt and matcha for a healthy, energising start to your day
10. Enjoy on the lawn or (like me) at a sprawling kitchen table with the morning papers

Let me know how you get on!

Nanna Kate X

PS: Depending on the diameter of your frying pan, you can cook up to 6 eggs at a time this way!

Friday, 1 July 2011

They weren't kidding...

...when they said I would ache today. I can barely lift my fore arms off the desk as I am typing here and I can't help but notice the invisible weights strapped to my legs as I walk around the office.
And I can't wait for next weeks class!
Nanna Kate X