Ahh! I can’t believe it’s almost two weeks until the end of my internship, and I’m going a little crazy/stressed making sure I’ve gotten everything I need to complete both my courses. Hence, the lack of blogging recently!
I actually feel quite bad every day I don’t write on here. Not only because it’s fun and I enjoy it, but because I can get stuff out that I feel I need to. And I think Jamie has been on the receiving end of this – I mean, the second you want to say something and you can’t, and you’re holding it in, it just becomes so difficult not to be crabby at home (sorry Jamie!). BUT, It’s Easter (HAPPY EASTER!), and I’ve spent all weekend so far prepping food and being so, so busy. And I’ve actually gotten some much needed relaxation time, hence the blog :)!
So, what have I been up to this weekend to keep myself so busy? My parents just met Jamie’s parents for the first time today, and I’ve been SO nervous. And when I get nervous, I tend to over-do things. At least that way, if anything goes wrong, it won’t be because I didn’t try. But things went so right today, and it was amazing. And, I don’t mean to take the credit, but I’m going to at least hope that around 5% of it was down to my amazing decoration-skills and (non-existent) cooking talent!
No joke, I actually spent all of yesterday in Sainsburys, cooking, baking, decorating, tidying and cleaning. And I swear my back still hurts from this. I decided that you get out what you put into a situation, and made a three course menu!
Course one: Butternut Squash, Parmesan and Chilli Soup
This was really easy to make, I used a recipe from my Covent Garden cookbook, and just edited it to have a lot of extra seasoning, a little chilli powder and garnished with some fresh parsely. I mean, recipes are really just suggestions, right? This was a massive hit! I actually made this soup once before, without all the extra seasoning and garnish, and although other people liked it, I just wasn’t so keen – it tasted a little bland to me, which is strange because I usually love all Covent Garden soup. If you ever feel your soup is a little bland, honestly, a pinch of chilli, lots of black pepper, a bit of salt and some parsley are sure to do the trick.
Course two: Roast Pork with crackling and SO MUCH VEG.
So, I’m really sorry I couldn’t get a photo of this. But any person who can cook a massive roast for six people and actually wait to get a photo of it, rather than digging straight in, is a much bigger person than me. I had to delve into this, and although I couldn’t finish everything (cue my stepdad having a quick pick at the table about not eating all my greens *so funny*), it was really nice. And probably one of the nicest roasts I’ve ever cooked. BIG thank you to my brother, Dave, for the pork recipe -the crackling was AMAZING.
Course three: Double chocolate fudge cake with vanilla cookie topping.
I’m actually a little disappointed by this. It was Jamie’s mum’s birthday yesterday, and she likes chocolate – so I thought I’d make her a realy nice chocolate cake as a surprise. But, whilst I was moving it from one plate to another yesterday, I accidentally broke the cake. Luckily I salvaged it with some extra frosting and it still tasted lovely, but it’s not quite an instagram dream (sorry!). The cake itself though was delicious, and I would definitely make again, but maybe without the cookies! I got the recipe for the cookies from my Hummingbird Bakery cookbook and found them really difficult to get right. To be honest, I know I usually try not to go processed – but I’d rather buy the oreos pre-made for this in the future. Then again, that may just be me and my limited baking skills.
Also, please, never try to do all this by yourself. Jamie’s been at work most of the weekend, and I’ve had to take up the job of so much washing up, my hands are going to fall off! Always have a helper (or a handy dishwasher) nearby.
And now, I’m off for a cheeky episode of gossip girl before I drag myself to bed. Happy Easter to everyone reading this and I hope you’ve had lovely days! I’d love to hear about what you’ve been up to?
– Megan Grace, xo
P.S. I know I keep mentioning about the Birchbox reviews and I am so excited to do these. I’ve just been so busy recently. But I have tried some amazing new products which I can’t wait to write about and these will be up soon :).