GINGER AND LIME RAINBOW STIR-FRY

Thank god it is (almost) New Years Eve... I hate the week between Christmas and now. I'm constantly in a state of bewilderment and confusion, recovering from food comas and Christmas excitement, with nothing much to do with my day. Anyway, this isn't one of those 'New Year, new me' posts as I vowed not to make any more unrealistic resolutions here. Instead it is about getting back on track after binging on too many mince pies and too much alcohol, when your body is lacking essential vitamins and minerals.. know the feeling? So, the recipe for this ginger and lime rainbow stir-fry which I cooked with my auntie on boxing day. We just about fed nine with this amount of food so I've said serves eight to be safe, perfect for detoxing after Christmas or a dinner party with friends any time of the year!


Ingredients

Coconut oil
7 shallots
7 cloves of garlic
6 chicken thighs or breasts (optional)
1 medium broccoli
225g or one packet green beans
3 large carrots
3 peppers
130g or one packet baby corn
4 heaped tbsp grated ginger

2 limes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Maggi 

600g any rice
Unsweetened coconut milk (optional)
1 tsp salt

Serves 8


Method

Boil rice in water or 2:3 parts coconut milk to water. Add salt. Chop up the carrots and broccoli. Par-boil the carrots and steam the broccoli over them. Chop the green beans, peppers and baby corn and steam. I steamed them all together in a large frying pan as you can see above. Dice the shallots and chop the garlic. Brown both in coconut oil in a large pan. I used a paella dish. Dice the chicken and add to the shallots. Add all the veg to the chicken when almost fully cooked then add the grated ginger. Prepare the sauce by mixing the soy sauce, Maggi and juice of the limes. Add to stir-fry and season to taste with salt and pepper. Leave to simmer until the sauce is hot and then serve with rice. 

So basically chuck everything in, cook it and serve with whatever rice you fancy, maybe even noodles. Maggi can be bought in most supermarkets, I got mine in Tesco and it is suitable for vegetarians. You can put any old veg in this, the main flavour comes from the massive amount of garlic, lime and ginger. You could also add some leafiness like pat choy or spinach wilted on top or even some chilli when you add the ginger. If you have leftovers it tastes great cold with the rice so good for lunches! Hope you like my first ever food post!! 

THINGS THAT MAKE ME FEEL CHRISTMASSY

Why the late night post? Christmas Eve dinner and a lack of self control have left me too full to sleep... so I am sitting in front of the fire, with a large glass of wine, relaxing. Perfect blogging conditions! Obviously feeling pretty Christmassy right now so I thought I'd share some little things that get me in the spirit of the holidays. I hope you're all having a thoroughly relaxing break from work/school/general life and Merry Christmas from me and Rue (cat) who is quite innocently trying to sit on my keyboard.



1. Snow... haha.

2. Obviously... unsurprisingly... mince pies. I have spoken previously of my love for a good mince pie and how they just make life/the world a little more bearable.  

3. Watching Strictly Come Dancing. How can you not? The professionals are all beautiful and incredibly fit and can I please have one for myself? I also love the costumes and dancing...

4. Christmas limited editions from Lush, especially Lord Of Misrule bath bomb (reviewed by yours truly here). These little guys, though taking anual affect on my bank balance, really make me feel festive and are therefore totally worth it. 

5. Mulled cider... no explanation needed. 

6. Planning presents. Potentially because of my slight control/organisational freak tendencies I love to plan, in huge detail and advance, perfect presents for each of my family members. 

7. Then of course, wrapping presents. So many people see this part as a chore which I cannot understand. I get super creative with ribbons, strings, bows, washi tape etc and it is so much fun! 

8. Bahama Mama by Essie.

9. Making Christmas cards, honestly not something I do every year because... life. But when I do have the time, like this year, it is something I really enjoy doing and makes me feel super festive!

10. Jumpers, not necessarily Christmas themed but big, chunky, warm knits which you can snuggle up in.

11. Love Actually and The Sound Of Music. Favourite Christmas films everrr!! 

12. Decorating the tree twelve days before Christmas. Close enough to the actual day to start getting excited. Especially enjoyable with a little brother when their excitement becomes uncontainable because tree = Christmas = presents. 


*correction- mulled cider and wine... girl isn't fussy ;)*

Rome in December

Guys, if you take one piece of advice from this post let it be to visit Rome in December. It is perfect... no queuing, no sweating, no crowds just beautiful plentiful sightseeing opportunities! My friend Connie and I booked the spontaneous trip a few weeks ago and despite seriously lacking funds (thanks mum for the early Christmas present flights!) we had a seriously good time. Our adorable Airbnb was in the centre of the historic old town but unbelievably cost £15 per night (December, off-peak, need I say more). From there we explored the tiny streets, Roman ruins and the nightlife as much as a four day break allows!



The Roman Forum is breathtaking, tops the Colosseum by far! Definitely a must see, and you don't really need a ticket as from any vantage point nearby you get a perfect view. This was one of my favourite parts of the trip as I love Roman history and mythology. But prepare yourself... street sellers don't take winter off and tourists spots like these are impossible to navigate without a selfie stick being thrust in your face (upside down smile face emoji). The Colosseum was cool too and obviously unmissable when in Rome.



But you guys already know the famous sights in Rome - Trevi Fountain, Vatican City etc so I won't ramble on about them (other than saying they're well worth the visit and I recomend a guided tour for the Vatican). Potentially more interesting to some, you HAVE to visit Gelateria del Teatro for the best freaking icecream of life... seriously just go, no need to thank me haha. Also for those who enjoy a night out, do it! We had a hilarious and eventful time in the bars around the district of Parione. The locals and bar tenders were very generous leaving me with an ever so slightly patchy memory of one night. As well as a video of me and a lovely Italian man riding around on what I assume was his bicycle, a memory Connie and I will surely cherish for its comic value for years to come! 

Anyway... Rome in December, by far the best month to visit if you want to pack as much in as possible and be able to appreciate the sights to the fullest! It is a beautiful city, something to see on every corner and I can't wait to go back.

An Anthropologie Christmas

To begin what I plan on being the best Christmas ever... let us pay homage to Anthropologie and their beautifully festive Instagram account! If you don't follow already then you definitley should. I prefer the EU account to the main account even though these pictures are collected from the main... just to be confusing haha. But aren't they amazingly christmas-y?! Scrolling through their uploads is definitley a sure fast way of getting into the spirit. I can't wait to have my own flat to decorate with Anthropologie everything and to live that perfectly quaint and rustic but still chic life they sell/encourage so well!


If you're stuck on Christmas presents for someone, friends or family, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be able to find something suitable on their website or in store, if you're lucky enough to live near one. An item from their textile range, rug or bedding set, would be a really thoughtful and useful but unusual gift, something I'd definitley cherish. Or if you're not looking to spend so much (as they tend to be between the £150-£250 mark) their crockery range is really beautiful. On the Anthropologie website there is a specific gift section which is split into different groups depending on who you're buying for! 

GENERAL LIFE + BLOG UPDATE

I can't stop singing Christmas songs... I can't wait for this term to end... I can't wait to get back into blogging!! University literally takes up all of my time, even when I'm not working I'll be thinking about work (upsidedown smile emoji) so home is greatly anticipated right now! Plus there are fun things planned for the holiday, traveling and potential work placements but also REST & RELAXATION. I am going to live Hygge, take full advantage of the big bath tub at my parents, bake christmas-y treats to my hearts content and forget about life/responsibilities for the duration of the holiday. Doesn't that sound blinking perfect! 

Alsooo, I've decided to start taking the importance of anonymity more seriously on my blog and other online platforms so will no longer be using my real name on here. I have also unlinked my Instagram account as it is my own and not blog related but instead will have specific Insta posts, similar to this one! As the end of university draws closer *freaks out* and the prospect of working and adulting becomes inevitable *freaks out more* it seems like a good idea to keep my real name professional. 

Sorry, that was probably super boring to read. Back to thinking about christmas and christmas-y things. I haven't had a mince pie yet and we are four days into December... wtf?! I also need to start thinking about buying/making presents for my family! I love this time of year, v v excited. Also going to Rome soon so lots to blog about! Here's to an amazingly festive, less stressful but productive December! x

*update* have now had a mince pie... petitioning for them to be sold all year round