Breakfast in advance: Porridge Pucks

Now I have to admit I have started calorie counting at the moment. I used to spend every minute I have in the gym, and now I don’t seem to have any free time, particularly in the morning. As a result I quickly got myself into a habit of skipping breakfast, then munching biscuits mid-morning at work when the hunger really kicked in.  Determined to break that cycle, I decided to make Porridge Pucks (their official name as far as I’m concerned) so that I had breakfast ready for the next week ahead at least, with no more excuses for missing it.


Oh, I’d like to point out that this basic porridge recipe costs about 6p per portion (before you put the toppings on anyway), and that’s using half almond milk and half water. You could be extra thrifty and just use water and oats which works out as a whopping TWO PENCE per ‘puck’ (using good ol’ Tesco Value porridge oats of course).

Mix up a big pot of porridge. Like I said, I use Tesco Value porridge oats for this. They taste fine and at only 79p for a 1kg bag I can make a ton of this stuff and barely think about it.  

For 12 pucks I used 1/4 of the bag, so 250g.  My preference for porridge is 1 part oats, 2 parts liquid – of course you can adjust this to suit you.  I’m happy making porridge with water alone, but for this batch I opted for half water, half almond milk. 

When the porridge is ready pour it into a deep muffin tray (if you can do this without slopping it all over the sides you have more patience than I do!) and leave it to cool. 

After it has cooled enough you can decorate it with whatever toppings you choose. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, a cheeky drizzle of honey or maple syrup etc.  When they’re completely cold pop them in the freezer. This is ideal for making on a Sunday, ready for the week ahead.

To warm them up either pop them in the microwave or heat them on the hob. I know I’ve made mine quite thick so I may end up adding a dash more almond milk when I cook mine. This is great for portion control too. 

Cost-wise each puck has cost 6p for the porridge base. Including some of the toppings that takes it up to 20-30p each, but even so that is still a bargain of a breakfast, and even on those days when I have to fly out of the door I know I can grab one from the freezer and heat it up at work. No more skipping breakfast, and no more bloody biscuits!

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Missing: Have You Seen This Nail?

Knowing full well that October 4th is #NationalCatDay I decided to play around with some feline-inspired nail art, so that I could treat you to several cat-themed nail designs on the day. Because I’m nice like that. And mostly because I like cats.

I started off with a soft lilac base, then added black cat tips. It looked great. Slightly Rockabilly or Halloweeny (I could picture several outfits in Blue Banana that would have coordinated beautifully). It was too late in the evening to finish with a top coat (I didn’t want to climb into bed and destroy my handiwork) so I made the executive decision to save the picture-taking to the following day.

The following day

I was in the shower, like I am every morning, and this is when disaster struck. I slipped with the razor. Don’t ask me how – I’m still trying to work out exactly how I managed to do this. I hadn’t nicked my knee or sliced my shin; I had managed to carve a deep gash right through the centre of my fingernail. RIGHT THROUGH THE FINGERNAIL I HAD PAINTED CATS ON AND SUBSEQUENTLY NOT PHOTOGRAPHED. It was instant trauma, and I yelped loudly in pain the second it happened. Simon rushed in like a hero but at that moment I couldn’t decide which was worse; the pain and blood pulsating from my finger, or the fact I hadn’t taken a photo of my bloody nails, and now wouldn’t be able to for some time. 

To add insult to injury (and it really was an injury) it happened to my left hand, which was of course painted by my much neater right. Typical…

I may be quiet on the nail art side of things while my finger heals (and my nail grows back) so for now you will have to make do with more arts, crafts and edible makes. At least I can still celebrate #NationalCatDay with some kickass Hello Kitty plasters!

Flying Tiger, Hidden Goodies

Flying Tiger surprise bag

Surprise! My goodie bag haul from Flying Tiger

I’ve been very quiet on the blog front over the last couple of months, partly due to a particular project I’ve been working on for a certain wedding!  I’ve now got some more time on my hands, plus lots of pictures of my latest shortbread endeavours to upload, so in every sense I am back.  But before I get stuck in to painting my nails etc. here’s my latest blog-worthy purchase, from one of my all-time favourite shops for ‘stuff’, Flying Tiger.   Continue reading

MY DETOX HELL (a.k.a. Day 1)

I’m less than 24 hours in to my hardcore 7 day detox, and already I’m feeling the heat.  I have also come to the conclusion that I must be addicted to chocolate.  Like, actually addicted.  Not just in the giggly ‘Ooooh, I had half a Mars bar at lunch, I’m a total chocoholic!’ sense, I mean I am fully dependent on chocolate.  It is hard-wired into my brain that chocolate is an essential food group, and giving it up has left me feeling like a crack-addict going cold turkey.  Probably. (I’ve never actually experimented with hardcore drugs (I was far too shy for that sort of thing as a student) but I’ve seen enough Channel 4 documentaries  and Irvine Welsh films to know that it is a pretty bad thing)

 

I can also tolerate much more chocolate than a normal person.  Much, much more.  In fact my blood type is O which stands for “Oh my god, your blood has been tested and the results are 20% cocoa solids, how are you alive!?”.  This is clearly inherited through my father’s side of the family, as Dad is also one hell of a chocolate fiend (he also makes a killer chocolate mousse).  We both have a penchant for bitter, dark chocolate too; the real chocolate for dedicate cocoa-lovers.  Because Dairy Milk just doesn’t give you the fix you need.  Because Galaxy is for pussies.  Chilli chocolate has always been a favourite of ours, which reminds me I need to post my ‘Darth Naga’ dark chocolate chilli milkshake soon….

Why am I talking about chocolate?!?  Oh my god!  This is why I’m so irritable and shaky (and hungry) because chocolate is as important to me as air.  Wish me luck – the next 6 days are going to be brutal….