Sunday, 11 September 2016

The August + September Watchlist

IHello, Lovelies. I'm mentioned countless times here that I love me some telly! Whether it's a good old Netflix binge, sitting down with a cuppa and a soap or cringing at some reality tv, I'm there and watching eagerly. So, I thought I'd round up the shows I've been in love with over the last few weeks and share it with you guys. 

Could I really have done this post without Casualty? It's featured in nearly all of my tv loves posts, and I'm certainly not about to stop now. Any episode is a winner for me, but with the recent feature length episode and that helicopter scene, they definitely upped their game. I'm absolutely over the moon they've brought back Alicia, and can't get enough of the Hardy/Knight brother combo. Step aside McSteamy and McDreamy - Brit Doctors definitely do it better!

Ever since Rosanna Pierce started mentioning Suits in her Vlogs/on twitter/everywhere, I knew I had to give it a shot. I'll admit that when I started watching episode one, I just didn't get into it. I took a break, and sat down again a week or so later, and ended up binge watching 2 seasons in the week. Yep. It's addicting. Harvey Spectre is definitely my newest TV crush, very closely followed by Mike Ross. 

I've seen a lot of chatter about this recently, and it was definitely a Netflix binge. This at times was definitely a bit too obvious for my tastes; in particular, the commentary which in all honesty I found a bit silly. That said, I found myself suddenly deep into the second series when I'd only meant to be watching the very first episode to kill a bit of time. Definitely one of those "so shit it's actually quite good" shows. A bit silly at times, definitely a bit obvious at times, but addicting nonetheless. 

Much love, Maxine xo
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Saturday, 3 September 2016

What I Eat In A Day | Vegan Recipes

Hello, lovelies! Who doesn't like food? I love food! And, nearly more than that, I love finding new recipes to try. Now, I don't always eat vegan, which is terrible I know, but I try to as much as I can. That said, I spend far more time than I should watching vegan what I eat in a day videos on youtube and jotting down the recipes to try, and I adore spending my time in the kitchen playing about until I've got a dish that I just can't stop eating. So, I thought I'd join in and tell you all what I eat in a day, along with the recipes so you can try them out too. 


Now, this is pretty non-negotiable. I'm not one of those people who can sit down to a huge plate of pancakes or a cooked breakfast. I almost always have the same thing - porridge. I switch my add-ins and toppings around pretty often, but you can almost always bet on the fact that I'll be sitting down to a bowl of hot porridge on any given morning. Even the summer. Because I'm always cold. 

This one is pretty simple. Add 1/2 cup of oats and 1 cup of your liquid of choice to a pan, and heat over a medium heat. About halfway through, add 1/2 a mashed up banana, a small handful blueberries and 1/2 tsp maple syrup and keep stirring until it's combined fully and your consistency of choice (I like mine pretty thick, so I cook for a longer time). The banana and syrup make this super sweet, but the tartness of the berries cuts through the sweetness really well. And, it's loaded with fruit so you're already well on your way to your 5 a day! Top with the remaining banana and a drizzle of peanut butter and you're good to go.


Unlike breakfast, I try to have a different lunch every day. I get bored very easily, and if I have the same food too often I literally can't eat it again for months with the exception of a few things, but this veg soup is a super simple, versatile and filling meal. You could even double up the serving and have it with some crusty bread for dinner. I don't have a set-in-stone recipe for this, I just use whatever veg looks like it's about to go off with my go-to base of onion, garlic and chilli, so no matter what you've got you can just throw it in without having to go out and spend a fortune on new ingredients. 

This makes about 8 generous portions. 
Cut up any veg you've got lying around into medium sized chunks. I used 2 sweet potatoes, about 7-8 carrots, and about 6-7 mushrooms in this but you can use anything. Finely chop one onion, and 1/2-1 chilli, and mince 3-4 cloves of garlic. Fry this off in a small amount of oil and a pinch of  smoked paprika until everything softens. Throw in your veggies and add enough veg stock to cover everything. Leave to simmer over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until you can easily break apart the veg with your spoon (this will depend on what you use, but about 30-45 minutes). Leave to cool, then blitz everything in a blender. You can then divide into portions, and freeze what you aren't going to use. 

I forgot to take a picture, but here's one from last week! Sorry.

Now, I'm not a fan of spaghetti. At all. But, this pasta bolognese is one of my favourite dinners. I switch out the spaghetti for whatever pasta I've got lying around, and even chickpeas if I fancy a change. You can also use this to top sweet potatoes, quinoa.. the list is endless! Topped with a nice helping of vegan cheese, you can't beat sitting down to this comforting pasta dish.

The sauce makes 2-3 portions. 
Cook your pasta according to the pack instructions. Chop 3-4 cloves garlic, 1/2 red onion, and cook in a pan with 1/2 a veggie stock cube and 1-2 tbsp boiling water. When the garlic and onion have softened, add 1 can chopped tomatoes, 1tbsp tomato paste/puree and 3-4 chopped mushrooms. Leave to simmer over a medium heat until the sauce is piping hot. Drain the pasta, add your sauce and toss to coat. Grate some vegan cheese over the top, and you're done! Freeze any portions you haven't used.

So, that's that! I didn't add snacks into this because I'll be doing a separate vegan snacks post soon, but I hope you liked these recipes. They're all so easy, but super delicious. 

Much love, Maxine xo
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