Glorious recipes

I think we all try and eat healthy, but convenience and budget can play a huge part in determining what ends up on our plate at the end of the day.

With ‘Julie and Julia’ being the last film I watched before making the move to London, I’d considered doing my own mini challenge to cook Julia Child’s condensed thirty recipe version of Mastering The Art of French Cooking, for about 30 seconds when I turned to page 44 ‘Pate De Canard En Croute’ knowing that was maybe beyond my capabilities.

Finding the balance between nutritional, easy to cook and staying within my minuscule budget is one I think will be a new challenge in itself.

A favourite from my university diet that will be still a regular treat is a Glorious Soup. Being relative new to the fresh soup and sauce market, I expect Glorious Foods will become a household name in no time. With its mix of exotic ingredients and heart-warming recipes from across the globe, its bold flavours and beautifully designed packaging make both its meal and skinny soups a prime shelf contender in more and more supermarkets.

Personal favourite… check the new sauces too

Another fun feature on Glorious is its Recipe Wall, having spend hours on Pinterest searching and re-pinning gorgeous looking dishes, this wall brings tried and tested recipes from Glorious’ fans. Goat’s cheese, sweet potato and spinach mini pies are already being added to my weekly food plan.

I’m hoping to make the sharing of recipes a permanent fixture on my blog, but I think I’ll see how tonight’s mix of Mediterranean cous cous and mozzarella in a hollowed out red pepper goes first. I am hoping it’s at least edible.

Another resource that I regularly use for new dishes is BBC Good Food so I hope my boyfriend is ready for my take on some of its ‘Cheap and healthy recipes’ Lemon spaghetti with tuna and broccoli here we come…

Until next time!

Thanks @GloriousFood for our magnets, see we really are big fans!

9 top tips when visiting Budapest… have you got a tenth?

  1. The pink-capped bottled water is the still one
  2. It’s a must to get funnel cakes* everyday
  3. You’ve got to visit the Szechenyi Baths*
  4. Expect unexpected thunderstorms (that may follow glorious days)
  5. Bus tours are two days of hop on hop off fun*
  6. Get yourself to the Ruin pubs*
  7.  The views at the top of the Buda hill are breath taking of the River Danube
  8.  You have to taste the Goulash*
  9. There is some hidden gems so always follow the local’s advice*

The pressure of having a tenth piece of advice I’ll leave to you…. please comment with your favourite moment or great find in Budapest.

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Hard Rock Calling at London’s Hyde Park 2012

This post promises to be short and sweet unlike Hard Rock Calling’s epic Friday night performance on July 14th. As my first introduction to The Boss, the legend Bruce Springsteen was utterly show shopping. Leaving me completely speechless, funnily enough just like how the concert ended.

More than three hours of truly fantastic pure American rock along with The E Street Band, I felt like I was being embraced into London’s Hyde Park family. Bruce’s devotion to the fans was evident, a love that was completely reciprocated.

This was a real highlight of my summer and now Bruce’s classics and Wrecking Ball tracks rank highly on my iTunes.


Bruce and McCartney’s half a ‘One Last Song’




Ed Sheeran’s home coming to Thetford Forest

Discovering Ed Sheeran a couple a years ago and learning he was an East Anglian boy, his name became household (in our house) long before his rise to super stardom.

Following his international success, Ed’s return gig to local Thetford Forest was sold out in minutes and lucky for us on July 12 my sister and I were metres away.

The atmosphere at High Lodge, Thetford Forest was incredible as Ed’s performance was just audible over the singing rain-drenched crowds.

In the beautiful surroundings music lovers are encouraged to bring picnics and enjoy the laid back feel of a festival in the forest, being the first time I’d ventured to Thetford, I will certainly be going again. Check those coming soon here.

This had to be my favourite of the night along with the first song I ever heard from Ed Sheeran.

Fifty Shades of Grey

In search for that captivating summer read, Richard and Judy’s Book Club is often where I start, but with the growing almost underground popularity of British author E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey was the first on list to get stuck into.

The explicit content and erotic storyline has lead most to read book in secret, but the increased interest in the first instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, has encouraged more to openly talk about the hidden world of BDSM.

Set in Seattle, it follows a newly graduate college student Anastasia Steale, who experiences an awkward interview with a handsome, young successful business man Christian Grey, that she thought would never lead to a second meeting. The pair embarks on an enchanting relationship testing each other’s limits, exposing secrets and naivety to the sensual scenes.

The passionate descriptive prose is broken up by email-structured conversations between the lead characters, as their journey into a dangerous connection, makes this page turning novel an instant best seller.

Its consequence books: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed promise to further explore the dark side of sexual tendencies.

Having long awaited the next Victoria Hislop novel, Richard and Judy’s Book Club summer reads present The Thread.

Both previous books The Island and The Return leaves me with high expectations for this Greek adventure into the countries untold past.

Lastly it was nice to see a very apt, Jubilee by Shelley Harris featured as a Jackie Magpie ‘Book By Its Cover’ in the 10 recommended reads. Find the rest of the Summer 2012 list here.

Lianna La Havas “Is Your Love Big Enough”


I’ve wanted to share this artist with you for a while, but doing Lianne La Havas justice has had me worried.

With her debut album being released on July 9, 2012 now is the perfect time to introduce her folk soul sound as I’m certain she’s set to explode all over the mainstream and some selected UK festivals this year. You need to experience Lianna now before commercial channels get hold of her unique voice.


“Nothing like Corinne Bailey Rae or Andreya Triana, but we all have similar hair.’ Lianna La Havas form her Facebook page.

Here is the first track that had me hooked…

Lianne wrote her first song at age 11 having been brought up in London, her Greek father and Jamaican mother’s diverse musical tastes have had a big influence on her music. Now 22, Lianne’s first TV performance on Later… with Jools Holland back in October lead to supporting Bon Iver on his North American Tour. Her next single ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ comes as her album titled the same is launched this summer.

I’m very jealous that my little sister, Kelsey will be able to watch her first at Latitude Festival, Suffolk (July 13-15) but thankfully Lianne is also performing at this years Bestival, Isle of Wight (September 7), honestly I think I’m more excited to see her than headliner Stevie Wonder!

From listening to her EPs Lianne’s remarkable voice promises a unforgettable album pre-order now, and make sure you follow this one too @liannelahavas