Friday, 5 February 2016

FOOD: Balsajo Black Garlic - a unique take on traditional garlic

Balsajo Black Garlic

Black Garlic, nope I'd never heard of it either. But as a massive foodie, I just knew I had to find out more! 

I was kindly sent a couple of boxes of their ready to eat Balsajo Black Garlic* to try out. 

For the first taste test, Dann ate some raw. He loves raw garlic anyway, so of course he had to try it as it markets itself as a sweet balsamicky garlic, with a milder taste than traditional white garlic. 
We're going to be trying this with olives to marinate them, probably with some chilli's and harissa - yum right!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

BLOGGING: Super easy tips to improve your SEO

SEO improvement tips for bloggers

I'm by no means a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) expert but I'm not too shabby having done a digital marketing diploma, and worked in marketing to some degree for the last three years.

Over that time, and especially recently with this blog, I've been learning and implementing new techniques that improve my SEO and ultimately increase my traffic and site views.

So I thought I'd share some super easy tricks and tips to improve your SEO and hopefully increase your blog traffic too.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

LIFESTYLE: A bloggers night out

Bloggers beauty night out

It's been a little while since I've had a good little evening out, but last Friday I ventured out with some of the Southampton Bloggers for a beauty and food evening.

We started our evening at Clinique at Boots for their Pep-Start Eye Cream launch.
Now I'm no beauty blogger but I am growing to like trying out new products and learning about new techniques, innovations and brands.

Monday, 1 February 2016

LIFESTYLE: Why I'm happy I married young... and other stereotypes

Today is a bit of a personal post inspired by a couple of posts I've read recently.
The first is from Amie Hayward, who like me, married in her early 20's.
The second is from Alice. I know Alice in real life, we're even good friends. We're basically the same age (approximately seven weeks between us) and are incredibly like-minded, however our actual lives are polar opposites. In fact we often joke how completely opposite our lives are.

Alice recently defended her lifestyle in this post and it's honestly one of my favourite a blog posts. She loves a night out with drinks, has no immediate plans for marriage or kids and fairly regularly updates our group Whatsapp chat to 'Alice is getting drunk'. I love Alice's lifestyle because she loves it, she damn well chose it and she owns it.

Me, well you all probably know I followed the stereotypes. Met a guy, fell in love, moved in together, got engaged, got a cat, got married, got another cat, bought a house and are having a baby. I married at 23. I was engaged at 21. I moved in with Dann at 19. I met Dann at 18.
Our weekends and evenings are spent renovating our house, cooking together, planning for the future and binge watching our favourite shows.

Friday, 29 January 2016

FOOD: Friday Night Homemade Chicken Laksa Curry and Coconut Buns

Jamie's Thai Chicken Laksa
In my house, we love love love Thai, Japanese and Chinese food, particularly if it is home cooked or from Wagamamas. Whilst diving through our Jamie's 15 minute meals book (see previous recipe here) we found a Thai Chicken Laksa that we just had to try. For once we actually stuck to the recipe very closely, and had a lot of the spices already in the house. Towards the end of this post you'll also see Coconut Buns too. By the way,  this post is VERY picture heavy - we actually took almost 60 photos doing this!