Monday 18 November 2013

Recipe: Red Wine Risotto

Risotto. Perfect in the colder months to provide a warm comforting meal, and great in summer to have packed full of garden vegetables. I enjoy eating risotto all year round, the only problem is, the recipe isn't all that student budget friendly. Especially if you're like me and like to add lots of parmesan cheese.

My usual risotto recipe is very similar to this butternut squash one here, however if I've run out of butternut squash I tend to add whatever ingredients I have lying around in my fridge or cupboard (another good thing about Risotto, you can add pretty much anything)

Whilst I was In florence I tried a different type of risotto I'd never had before. It was Tuscan sausage and red wine. I'd never thought of using red wine before, I'm not sure why because it was delicious! Since then I've tried to make my own version, and with resounding success (read: housemate approved!)

BBC Recipe for Red Wine Risotto

Friday 15 November 2013

Bits and bobs from Florence

I am so excited for the weekend. Not that I have anything particularly exciting planned but it will be nice not to have to get up early, and just stay in bed all day, with tea and work. Perfect! (well if it really was perfect, I wouldn't have the work to do, but we can't have everything can we)

Anyway, as promised here are some pictures of the pieces I bought for myself whilst I was in Florence :)

Friday 8 November 2013

Little Loves (including the cutest video)

Uni has been a tough one for me recently.  With tons of deadlines approaching, I've been working every spare minute I have. Although, I feel bad for complaining when I've only recently come back from Florence and had a wonderful birthday. But I feel like I just need a day of doing nothing rather than being constantly rushed off my feet, to recoup. Not that I will be getting one any day soon (damn assignments) so until the Christmas holidays I need to find little things to keep my spirits up and find pockets of time to relax. 

Here's what I've been loving recently:

My housemate are entirely to blame for this one. They are both huge lovers of the program and have got me hooked.The story lines are awful and overly dramatic, but I just can't get enough of it!

Birthday Food
Both the amazing meal that my boyfriend took me out to, and the lunch that my housemates made it. They all know me so well and served up some of my favourites.

I know we're well and truly in Autumn now, but I've been particularly enjoying it recently. I guess I just love wrapping up in one of my all time loves, scarves. Though I did not enjoy being caught out by the rain today without an umbrella. Thank goodness for friends with cars, is all I can say!

Monday 4 November 2013

Florence pictures

Surely there is not a single person in the world who likes exams. Bleurgh! Thankfully my one is now out of the way. I think it went well but it was one of those exams where it's very hard to tell. Guess I'll just have to wait until I get my results back. Eeak!

As some of you know I spent last week in Florance (can I now tick go on a spontaneous holiday off my bucket list?) and had an amazing time. I'm planning on putting up a Florence haul as I managed to fit some shopping around the site-seeing and food-eating (and boy was there a lot of amazing food that was eaten). So let me know if you'd like to see my purchases. 

In the mean time I thought I'd share some pictures of my holiday with you :)

Lucy, Me