11 More Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

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I listen to podcasts constantly. When I’m cooking, when I’m running, when I’m driving, when I’m putting on make-up. There’s a podcast for every occasion; they can be funny or educational or entertaining or a mixture of all of those things. I thought I’d shared my favourites with you on numerous occasions, but since I first posted about podcasts back in 2014 and again about book-ish podcasts earlier this year I’ve discovered so many new ones so I thought I’d give you a little update on what I’m listening to right now. I’m always looking for new ones to follow, so do leave your suggestions for me, too! 

Call Your Girlfriend

I want to be best friends with Amina and Anne, the hosts of this podcast. These two long-distance besties talk about everything from pop culture and periods to politics, and I could listen to them chat for hours (and have done, on occasion!). They describe themselves as ‘highbrow and lowbrow, unapologetically feminist, and not afraid to realtalk each other about everything from menstrual cycles to workplace dramas’. Listening to Amina break down the Kanye/Wiz Khalifa situation is one of the highlights of my life so far. Every other week they interview another awesome lady about her life and work, and they’ve all been fascinating. If you’re a feminist on the Internet, you’re gonna wanna check this out. 

Stuff Mom Never Told You

Each episode, Cristen and Caroline tackle a different subject from a feminist angle. The topics are wide-ranging (some of my favourites are on cults, Taylor Swift, knitting and The Gilmore Girls) and there’s almost nothing they haven’t covered in their years of podcasting. These episodes are definitely more on the educational side, and are really well researched with lots of sources if that’s your bag (it is mine), but Cristen and Caroline are charming hosts so it’s never dry. Obviously I’m a feminist geek, so Stuff Mom Never Told You is totally my jam. 

The No BS Guide to Life 

Need some real talk, no-nonsense advice from two sassy ladies? This is the place to come. Bangs and a Bun and Lemara will give it to you straight. No BS, just like the title. This podcast is focused on life advice, but it’s also a chance for Bangs and Lemara to share their own anecdotes and problems, so it’s definitely not preachy! I particularly enjoyed their episode on friendship.

Ctrl Alt Delete

This is maybe cheating a bit, as I’ve only heard the trailer but Emma Gannon’s new podcast is going to be focused on interviewing inspiring women, with a particular focus on how the Internet and social media has influenced their stories. The first episode is an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert, so you know that shiz is gonna be good. 

Women of the Hour 

I’m a big fan of Lena Dunham’s other projects, so there’s no surprise that I’m a little bit obsessed with her podcast. Each episode has a broader theme like work or friendship, but there is so much scope for exploring these topics and Lena brings in some excellent guests to help her navigate and unpack some pretty big issues. I’ve cried more than once listening to this podcast, which is warm, friendly and honest. It’s exactly the kind of conversations I would like to have with everyone in my life. My favourite section, however, is when Lena tells the story of a forgotten woman from history – trailblazers who have lived incredible lives and that I’ve never even heard about. The word inspirational is bandied about quite liberally, but this podcast truly has inspired me. 

The Becoming Podcast 

Another newbie on the block, Laura Jane Williams is sitting down with some incredible women and finding out how exactly they became who they are. It’s all in the lead up to her book, Becoming, which is out later this year and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I listened to the first episode of this podcast yesterday – an interview with Daisy Buchanan who Laura describes, quite accurately I think, as the ‘big sister of the Internet’. It was exactly what I wanted and needed to hear – two smart women discussing body image in a way that had me nodding my head at every other sentence. I’m excited to see (hear?) what else is to come on this one. 

Here’s the Thing 

If you don’t want to listen to Alec Baldwin telling you stories, then I don’t think we can be friends. He just has the best voice, but he’s also a really good interviewer and has access to some brilliant guests. I love his interview with Lena Dunham, Lorne Michaels and the makers of Making a Murderer. There are lots of SNL-ers in the back catalogues and some pretty famous names, too. 

Anna Faris is Unqualified 

In this podcast Anna Faris invites other lovely celebrities to come on and be interviewed, and to help give advice to listeners. She may be unqualified to give relationship advice, but she’s also completely adorable and so lovely to the people that call in. This podcast is funny, light-hearted and witty, and has some great guests, including Lisa Kudrow, Aubrey Plaza and Ellen Page. 

Beaks and Geeks 

A book-ish podcast that I discovered after I wrote my last list. This podcast is run by Penguin Random House, hence the ‘beaks’ (!), and bills itself as candid conversations with authors, which in my experience is pretty accurate. The interviews range in length, and I tend to only tune into the authors that I’m already interested in (Margaret Atwood, in particular, was excellent, as was Emily St. John Mandel) but if you’re into literary things then this is definitely one for you! 

Lore 

This one is for the geeks amongst us! Lore explores the frightening history behind common folklore, from werewolves and vampires to more specific spooky tales. As they say, sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction, but also more interesting and I love finding out the human stories behind what we believe to be supernatural. Each episode is quite short, and there are some really unusual topics, too. 

Dear Sugar Radio 

Most of you are probably familiar with Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, and here she and co-host Steven Almond give ‘radically empathic’ advice in an agony-aunt style podcast that will tug at your heart strings. It’s almost the polar opposite of Savage Love, who I also love and would recommend highly. I think we all have a bit of a fascination with advice columns (or is that just me?) and this one is a good’un. 

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Weekend Link Love

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Hey friends, how are you doing? I hope you’ll forgive my self-indulgence here, but I wanted to write a little tribute to start off this Weekend Link Love. My Great Uncle Jim passed away this week, and since I won’t be able to attend his funeral next week, and writing this blog is what I do best, it feels a fitting place to write a few sentences. There are some people who are so full of life, that you can’t quite believe it when they’re gone – and my uncle Jim is definitely one of those people. If there was ever someone who typified the word ‘eccentric’, it was him, and he was one of our favourite family members for that very reason – the very life and soul of any party. At my wedding, he twirled around every girl who would have him – and despite his slightly advanced age, he put the rest of us to shame and surprised his dance partners with his excellent moves. He was the sort of man, who, on deciding he wanted to climb Mount Everest, went and did it. Just to Base Camp, mind you, but I’m pretty sure he was in his late 60s by this point! He was late to every gathering but brought with him stories and a certain joie de vivre that will be sorely missed. The reason we will sadly be unable to attend his funeral is that we’ll be attending a wedding ourselves, and as my Dad pointed out, I have no doubt that it’s a much better tribute to tear up the dance floor with joy – so that is exactly what I shall be doing. 

As well as shedding a few tears and laughing at some excellent memories, this week has been fully consumed by house-moving. Things have been put into boxes, dates have been set (not in stone, but they are there!), sofas have been bought and new flooring has been picked. I am so excited to get my hands on this house and transform it from the tired, sad state that it is in to something vibrant and new. It’s a lovely house, it certainly deserves it. I’ve also been reading up a storm, ready for my book club brunch this morning, and baking lots of rhubarb-based items. I’ll leave you with these lovely links…  

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8 Things I Think I Should Be Doing But Never Will

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Like any typical Millennial woman, I am constantly striving for self-improvement. My time spent feeling guilty for not continually improving my habits, efficiency and happiness is topped only by the time spent reading self-help articles online. I am a sucker for those life hacks, people. I know how basic I am, don’t worry. There’s always something that I *could* be doing, that I am very much not. Some of those are legitimate things that would make my life better – running more often, drinking more water, putting away my coat when I come in every night… Some of them, however? I’m never gonna do. 

Going ‘No ‘Poo’ 

For those in the know, the ‘no ‘poo’ movement actually refers to not shampooing your hair. According to evangelists, washing your hair with just water and occasionally some baking soda, will make your hair healthier and be better for the environment. Purging yourself of chemicals will mean your hair will start to self-clean and you’ll have Elle Macpherson locks without even trying. As someone who has to wash their hair everyday so they’re not standing in a grease puddle? This ain’t gonna happen. I’m drawn in by the promises of hair in better condition with more volume, believe me I am, but the weeks it takes to get there? Nope. 

Being Vegetarian (or Vegan) 

I do feel a lot of guilt around this, believe me. I know how terrible eating meat is for the environment, and how terrible these industries are. But I just cannot make that leap. I love steak. I love cheese. I am a foodie through and through, and that includes all foods (except avocados, soz). I definitely want to eat more vegetarian and vegan meals, moving forward – because they are delicious and wonderful and healthy. But I’m not going to go the whole hog (or without the whole hog, as it were). 

Meditating 

It’s good for your mental health, it helps you relax and de-stress, you all know the drill. As a highly strung person, I would benefit from meditation, there’s no doubt about it. But I know I’m not going to do it, despite the advice that everyone gives. 

Theming my Instagram 

This is a very ‘blogger’ problem to have, but I just cannot do it. However pretty it looks, and however much people want to follow themed accounts, I do not have the artistic skill or the patience for an Instagram theme. I just want to take pictures of my food and post them to uncaring people, just like the old days. 

Doing a Facebook Friend Cull 

I like having quite a lot of friends on Facebook. Sure, some of them I’ve not spoken to in years and probably would avoid if I saw them on the street due to potential awkwardness (or genuine lack of recognition) but sometimes it’s fun to spy on people that you went to primary school with. I don’t care if they unfriend me, but I’m probably not going to bother going through my friend list and selecting who I do and do not want to see my stuff. I’m not that interesting on Facebook, believe me.  

Solo Travelling

It’s something you’re supposed to do if you’re a strong, independent woman. It’ll change your life and make you a better person. Except, I hate spending time alone and would be bored senseless. Also, I’d be scared. Yep. I’m strong and independent but I’m a bad traveller and I would be pretty freaked out travelling on my own. I want to want to do some solo travelling, but I just don’t. There’s nowhere I want to go that I think would be better experienced alone than with a friend. 

Eating Packed Lunches 

I really try with this one. It’s healthier and saves you money, and basically every bit of budgeting advice ever lists taking your own lunches as the number one you can save money. I like cooking and so you’d think I’d be good at this one, but I just get very lazy and I’m also always tempted by the very delicious food on offer in the city centre. So much easier to pick up a jacket potato dripping in cheese or a box of sushi than fix myself the kind of lunch I would actually want to eat come midday. New aim? Bring lunch three days a week and treat yo’self the other two. 

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March

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Learning to like red wine. Am I an adult now? 

Sipping prosecco & eating fish tacos with my female colleagues

Celebrating the lighter evenings. At last! 

Bringing the sunglasses out for the first time this year. 

Making ramen and bread and pies. Easter weekend, FTW. 

Enjoying all the Easter chocolate. Lindt bunnies are my jam. 

Re-reading the Georgia Nicholson series. So many memories. 

Wearing all the nude lipsticks. 

Getting back into running. Slowly but surely. 

Reflecting on International Women’s Day. 

Spending the day in London with some of my favourite people.

Travelling first class, baby! 

Trying to save money. Not very successfully… 

Sobbing over A Little Life. So, so sad. 

Waiting to get the keys to our new house. 

Feeling frustrated about how long we have to wait! But also excited. 

Discovering some new podcasts. Does anyone want a list? 

Sending love to my Grandad for his 80th birthday. 

Being the last person to finish Making a Murderer. Say what! 

Stuffing my face with Chinese takeaway with my in-laws. 

How about you? 

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March Book Reviews

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The Lie by C.L. Taylor

Jane Hughes has a perfectly nice life, but it’s all a lie. Five years ago, she and her three best friends took the trip of a lifetime to a retreat in Nepal but when only two of the group came back, Jane has run away from her past. Now, the truth is beginning to surface and Jane finds herself a target of a mysterious stranger who seems determined to destroy her life. If you’re looking for an easy-read thriller then this is probably one for you – at times it’s a little far-fetched and sometimes the leaps of faith you have to take to believe in the story were too much for me, but overall it was an enjoyable read with a few twists and turns, and an interesting exploration of the toxic friendships between Jane and the other girls. Despite myself, I was racing to the end to find out what happens, which is all you really want from a thriller, right? 

The Life of a Banana by P.P. Wong

Xing Li was born and raised in London, but she’s never felt like she fits in. When her mother dies in a tragic accident, she is forced to live with her rich but poisonous Grandma, her strange Uncle Ho and meek Antie Mei. At school, she is bullied horribly and at home, she is bullied by her Grandmother. Her only friend is Jay, a mixed-race boy with a passion for classical music (who is also one of the loveliest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about). Your heart will break for Xing, as she tries to navigate the world without her mother to protect and guide her; the racist bullying she experiences will shock you to your core, whilst her home life isn’t much better. Thankfully, there is a happy ending (I won’t spoil it for you!) which, although a little trite and soppy given the characters’ previous actions, is just what you want for Xing, who really is a sweet girl. 

Flawed* by Cecilia Ahern

In the world of this young adult dystopian novel, citizens are singled out for showing poor moral judgement and branded as ‘flawed’. They’re not criminals, but they’re treated as such (sometimes worse – since they are literally branded with an ‘F’ on a part of their body corresponding to their lapse in judgement); what was designed to stop corruption in the upper echelons in society has turned into a witch hunt, led by Judge Craven. Our protagonist, Celestine, is obsessed with being perfect – she’s a Maths scholar who thrives on logic; she’s the perfect student, the perfect daughter and the perfect girlfriend. Until one day, when she makes a mistake and finds herself facing the ‘Flawed’ courts, embroiled in political battles that she doesn’t understand, and trying to work out what to do… 

This book was so promising; I like the premise, where we face a society when people are ‘branded’ on social media for mistakes and blunders. However, it kind of fell flat for me – I really didn’t like Celestine and not in a love-to-hate-her sort of way, and other characters weren’t all that fleshed out. Judge Craven, for example, is so obviously a bad guy from the beginning despite Celestine’s initial protestations and it seems ridiculous that he would be in the position of power he has given his behaviour and demeanour. The whole thing felt a little rushed to me; the bare bones of a really great story were there but it wasn’t given the time to develop – the politics of the world weren’t particularly nuanced and veered from not being explained at all, to being blatantly laid out for you so you go what was going on, whilst the love triangle that is set up is kind of ridiculous – she literally spies the second love interest across the room and decides they have a connection. The incident that sets the whole thing in motion doesn’t really warrant the reaction it gets, and is also out of character for Celestine, but it happens to early on for you to establish the level of tension between ‘flawed’ and ‘unflawed’. I wanted more from this novel, and despite the cliff-hanger leading to the inevitable young-adult-trilogy, I think I’ll be leaving Celestine to fight this one on her own. 

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari 

I’m a massive sociology nerd – my degree is in Gender Studies – and I’m a big fan of Aziz Ansari’s comedy, which basically made this the perfect book for me. Contrary to the trend of most comedians, whose first books (and often subsequent ones…) tend to be memoir-led, Ansari used his book deal as an opportunity to undertake a massive research project into how dating has changed and the issues that our generation face as they try to find love in the modern world. It’s absolutely fascinating, and I think something that everyone can relate to – whether you’re single, coupled up or somewhere in between. We’re facing a pretty interesting dating world – with Tinder leading the charge, but numerous other factors playing a part as well. I was genuinely hooked by this book, and it was written all in Aziz Ansari’s signature tone of voice (I really love when authors can do this – Mindy Kaling is another one who I can really hear when I read her words) so it was not only informative but funny. It’s a pretty hefty topic but it’s a light read with plenty of anecdotes – I can’t recommend this enough!

Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes 

There’s something completely loveable about this short story collection. It somehow managed to be gentle and yet very sharp and witty towards the characters, with an interesting mix of stories to get your teeth into. I devoured it in a day, but I think you could happily read one at a time over the course of a few days as they’re all quite different and it would be fun to sit with each of them for a while. Each story is a sketch of a life, with no definitive ending, but they are evocative slices of time and are focused on intimacy in one way or another – whether that’s sexual, familial or friendship. They are narrated by a series of young women in different circumstances – one who is forced to move to Germany and attend school there by her parents, one who has a one-night-stand that turns into something longer, one who gets a job at a sex toy shop (and has to lie about being a lesbian to get the job). They’re entertaining and humorous, with a feminist bent that I really enjoyed – they weren’t polemic, they just accepted feminism as a fact and worked with it. The titular story – Barbara the Slut – was definitely my favourite; you follow briefly the story of Barbara, a star student who cares for her autistic brother, but who also never sleeps with the same boy twice and is slut-shamed for it. It was quite obviously an adult take on the story – I’m not sure I’ve ever met a teenage girl who was mature as Barbara’s inner monologue, but it was definitely thought-provoking. 

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne 

I wish I had read this book as a teenager. As an adult, young adult books sometimes frustrate me – because teenagers are sometimes frustrating in how they see the world and that often jars with me. That’s not to say their concerns and thoughts and feelings are not completely valid, but I’ve stopped identifying with many characters in young adult books and for that reason often get a little annoyed with them. Which is why I wish I had read this book as a teenager, because that wouldn’t have been a problem at the time, and I could have fully enjoyed this book for what it is – which is quite brilliant. Evie has OCD, but she desperately wants to be ‘normal’. She’s started college and found new friends and begun dating, all whilst trying to hide her condition from the new people in her life. But as she tried to come off her medication whilst dealing with the usual ups and downs of teenage life, she finds herself on a downward spiral, unable to control the symptoms of her condition – and it’s getting harder and harder to appear ‘normal’. This book is a great introduction to a mental health problem that is wildly misunderstood (it’s not just washing your hands all the time, or liking things to be neat and tidy) and has a great feminist angle to it, too – Evie and her friends explore feminism together and it’s great to see them getting so passionate about gender equality. Like I say, I wish I had read this book when I was an angry, feminist teenager – I would have loved it even more then than I do now. 

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Mini Egg Brownies

Mini Egg Brownies // Amy Elizabeth

There are a lot of things that I can’t resist. An ASOS sale code. New books. Tuna’s little paw when she’s begging for food. But my biggest weakness is, and has always been, Mini Eggs. There’s something about the crunchy sugary shell and the creamy chocolate within that just hits all the right spots, and opening a bag of them is a surefire way to have me scoffing the whole packet. So it’s probably a good thing that they’re only really easy to get hold of for a few months of the year, because replacing meals with Mini Eggs is definitely not the sort of balanced diet that I’m going for right now.

Mini Egg Brownies // Amy Elizabeth

However, I do like to make the most of them when they are here, so as well as tipping them straight into my mouth, I baked them into some brownies because… well, why not? If it’s good on its own, then it’s bound to be better in a brownie. See also: Toblerone, which is also one of my weaknesses, chocolate-wise. With only a few days left until Easter, chances are that Mini Eggs aren’t going to be around for much longer – so bake up a bunch of these and share them with your friends (or polish them off yourself, I won’t tell anyone. Easter is a chocolate holiday, after all!). 

Mini Egg Brownies // Amy Elizabeth

Mini Egg Brownies
Yields 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  2. 175g unsalted butter
  3. 325g caster sugar
  4. 130g plain flour, sifted
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 200g Mini Eggs, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C. Line a square tin with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, followed by the flour, making sure each is well incorporated. Beat in the eggs until you have a thick mixture.
  4. Add about two-thirds of the chopped Mini Eggs to the mixture and fold in until spread evenly through the batter.
  5. Pour into the prepared baking tray and sprinkle the remaining Mini Eggs on top, pressing down slightly into the mixture.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until set on top but still soft and squidgy. Brownies are better slightly fudgy, so don't worry if they seem a little underdone - they'll firm up out of the oven. As long as they don't seem liquidy when you move the tray, then you're golden!
  7. Leave to cool and cut into 12-16 squares with a sharp knife.
Adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery
Adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery
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Weekend Link Love

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Hey friends! How are you doing? We got back late from London last night, after a whirlwind trip to see some of my best girls, so today I am planning to do nothing but read books and catch up on TOWIE (#sorrynotsorry). You might have noticed that I managed to break my blog last week, which is very embarrassing because I’ve been doing this blogging thing for years but still have almost no technical knowledge. I need to brush up on my web skillz, for sure. But what it really made me realise was how much I love this little blog. It’s a labour of love, and like most labours of love it can be frustrating and draining and irritating at times, but when I thought that I had managed to delete it from the Internet altogether, I wept very real tears. So I guess, despite my declarations otherwise, me and this blog are staying together for the foreseeable future. Other than that, this week I’ve been eating Mexican food, making candles, trying to make Tuna love me, and going for two whole runs. So all in all, a bit of a success. Here’s to another awesome week, pals! 

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Rhubarb & Strawberry Galette

Rhubarb & Strawberry Almond Galette // Amy Elizabeth

Did you know that it’s Pi Day? And do you know what’s better than pie? Pie. 

And do you know what’s even better than home-made pie? An easy galette that requires almost no precision. It’s all the beauty of pie – sweet, fruity filling paired with crumbly pastry – but with less of the work. You just squidge this one together, and embrace the home-spun, rustic look. Tart rhubarb, sweet strawberries and crunchy flaked almonds, all held together by this almond pastry made by your own fair hand, Is there anything better? And on Pi Day, of all days. 

Rhubarb & Strawberry Almond Galette // Amy Elizabeth

Rhubarb & Strawberry Almond Galette
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For the pastry
  1. 225g plain flour
  2. 150g ground almonds
  3. 175g golden caster sugar
  4. 200g cold butter, cut into 1cm cubes
  5. 1 egg yolk
For the filling
  1. 200g rhubarb, in 1cm slices
  2. 200g strawberries, halved
  3. 2 tbsp. golden caster sugar
  4. juice of 1/2 lemon
  5. 50g ground almonds
  6. 1 egg, beaten
  7. big handful flaked almonds
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, ground almonds, caster sugar and cold butter by using a food processor or by 'cutting in' using a knife or pastry cutter, until the mixture has the texture of breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the yolk and mix together until the mixture forms a soft pastry. You may need to get your hands involved! Press into a flat disk, cover in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least half an hour.
  3. Pop your fruit into a bowl with the caster sugar and lemon juice and leave to one side.
  4. Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll into a circle that's roughly 30cm across and 5mm thick. I rolled mine straight out onto a lined baking tray to make it a little easier to manoeuvre later on.
  5. Scatter the ground almonds into a circle in the middle of your pastry, leaving a thick border around the edge. Pile the fruit on top, leaving behind any juice at the bottom of the bowl.
  6. Fold the sides of the pastry around the fruit. Patch together if you get any cracks as best you can - there's no rules with this one!
  7. Place the galette in the fridge for a further 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 170C. Remove the galette from the fridge and brush with beaten egg. Scatter over flaked almonds.
  9. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the pastry is golden and the fruit is tender.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature, with cream or ice cream if you fancy it!
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Rhubarb & Strawberry Almond Galette // Amy Elizabeth

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Weekend Link Love

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Hey, friends! I hope you’ve all had wonderful weeks. I’ve been re-reading some old favourite books, which is a heart-warming way to spend the time, checking out some comedy with my work pals, and thinking a whole lot about feminism. It’s something that occupies my mind on a fairly regular basis anyway, so there’s no doubt that International Women’s Day would bring it more to the fore. I’ve been musing a little bit on a post about my life as a feminist – it’s been a big part of my identity for about ten years now, and it’s exciting to see changes happening (and frustrating when nothing seems to change). Would you be interested in such a thing? As well as contemplating life, the universe and everything, I’ve also been whipping up some of this Easter Rocky Road, celebrating the engagement of some sweet friends of ours and – as you read this – checking out my new house-to-be again. This time with tape measure in hand! I bought my first piece to go in the house – a gorgeous West Elm rug that we got for pretty much half price, so I hope I’m not jinxing it now. How about you? 

 

 

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Prawn & Chorizo Puy Lentil Salad

Prawn & Chorizo Puy Lentil Salad // Amy Elizabeth

I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to make, and this one came at me at a very unusual time. You wouldn’t usually expect hen dos to be a source of foodie inspiration, but I found myself very well fed at my friend Katie’s hen do a couple of weeks ago, which lead to mixing up this salad for lunches this week. I am always a little apprehensive about hen dos, and always proved wrong in my apprehension when I actually attend them. This one was really lovely; it really does my heart good to spend time with women – even when they are women that I don’t really know all that well. Between bottles of prosecco, a little life-drawing (!) and a kitchen dance party in Pikachu onesies, it was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Prawn & Chorizo Puy Lentil Salad // Amy Elizabeth

Cooking for 15 is no easy feat at the best of times, so I was particularly impressed by bridesmaid Millie’s kitchen skills as she whipped up a range of delicious dishes for us to feast on – including a warm lentil and chorizo salad for lunch before the aforementioned life drawing class. Served with lashings of pinot grigio and a pile of garlic bread, it was the perfect way to feed a hungry crowd, and it worked just as well scaled back for my lunchboxes this week. And since it’s technically a salad, albeit a warm one, I can kid myself that this means I’m making summer dishes already! 

Prawn & Chorizo Puy Lentil Salad // Amy Elizabeth

Prawn & Chorizo Puy Lentil Salad
Serves 3
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Ingredients
  1. 100g Italian-style salad leaves
  2. 250g cooked puy lentils
  3. 200g chorizo, sliced
  4. 180g uncooked king prawns
  5. 150g feta, crumbled
  6. olive oil
  7. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Put the puy lentils, salad leaves and feta in a large bowl and place to one side.
  2. In a small frying pan, gently fry the chorizo over a medium heat until browned and sizzling. Tip into the bowl along with most of the oil that's been released by the chorizo.
  3. Pop the prawns into the pan and fry until cooked through. Add to the bowl.
  4. Pour over a generous lug of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and toss together all the ingredients until well-mixed.
  5. Serve warm with crusty bread.
Notes
  1. As this is a salad, all quantities are approximate and can be adjusted for taste or for whatever you have in the cupboard.
Amy Elizabeth http://amyliz.co.uk/

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