Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes!

With my holiday to Portugal in two weeks time, I am starting to think that I should do a last minute health surge to (hopefully!) make me feel that little bit better in a bikini! I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘detox’, but I am definitely trying to avoid foods that will make me bloat, and am trying to eat as much fruit and veg as I can. I have never had the flattest of bellies, and I try to do sport as much as I can, but I can confirm that I notice a big difference if I cut out all wheat and limit the amount of dairy (or lacto-free dairy) in take I have. Downside: this can make me a lil grumpy.

So this morning I thought I would try some Banana Pancakes- I had heard of them before and thought I would give them a go- and they were pretty damn good!

Banana Pancakes: 

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Serves 2 people: makes 4 pancakes- don’t worry they’re pretty filling!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • A dash of vanilla essence
  • Oil- I used olive oil

Method 

Beat the eggs in one bowl and mash the banana in another. Make sure the banana is pretty well mashed, more of a paste. Then mix the banana with the eggs and add the vanilla and a pinch of baking soda. Mix it all together and you have your pancake batter.

I always seem to add too much oil so today I brushed it onto the pan, so I had a thin coat of oil on the pan. Heat the pan on a medium heat. When the pan is nice and hot, spoon out enough mixture for two pancakes- so half the batter.

Leave them to cook for one to two minutes on each side, and then flip them. Once they’re done, put them to one side and do the other two. Remember to add another coat of oil on the pan, and remove any burnt or excess pancake from the last lot- burnt pancake can smell pretty gross.

Then enjoy with whatever toppings you like, or even plain! They’re pretty sweet due to the banana and the vanilla.

Here are a few of my favourite toppings: 

  • Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the top.
  • Honey, maple syrup or golden syrup- depending on how healthy I am feeling.
  • Nutella- for my cheat/treat days!
  • Caramelised apple with cinnamon- I have blogged about these before and OMG they taste insane, however do contain a bit of sugar, so probably not the healthiest option.
  • Lemon or orange and sugar.
  • Chopped fruit- strawberries and raspberries are the bees knees on pancakes.
  • Yoghurt- I have lacto-free yoghurts, or soya yoghurts, but my favourite is the strawberry flavoured.

I hope you love these as much as I do- kick start your day with a healthy, non-bloaty breakfast and experiment with your toppings.

Bee xoxo

Beauty and the Beast- Review 

When I went in to watch the new Beauty and the Beast I was expecting to see far more sexuality references than I did, given the media surrounding Gaston and his supposed homosexuality. Often with a spin off or remake of a film, it is either mind-blowingly fantastic or a complete flop.


Twenty-six years ago, the original Disney production of Beauty and the Beast was produced. Today, I went to see the new version described by Empire as:

“An anabashed musical with its heart on it’s sleeve and energy to spare, it is undecidedly unbeastly”.

I can, hand on heart, say that it was one of the best remakes I’ve ever seen. Emma Watson, will most definitely no longer be Hermione Granger, but in fact Belle. I love the idea that young girls watching the new Beauty and the Beast will be idolising Emma Watson. It’s been suggested that Watson refused to wear a corset, stating that if gives an unrealistic image of women. The more I learn about Watson and her Feminist Campaigning, the more I appreciate her influence on the cause.

Emma Watson’s singing voice is also fab, of course, in Harry Potter, Hermione Granger had no need to sing, but blimey that girls can belt some decent notes!

As a Downton Abbey fan, I also adored Dan Stevens, who played the Beast. It’s funny when you walk into a cinema with an idea of the character a person can play, to me he was this Upper Class Englishmen that soon became a fantastic reincarnation of the original Beast.

As a child, Belle was not the top of my list to be. I was more interested in Cinderella and Snow White personally. But in reflection, Belle is arguably the figure I would most encourage my children to aspire to be- clever, independent, level headed and brave.

The entire film was full of incredible music and vibrant, almost hypnotic colours.

It was truly fantastic and to anyone that is thinking of going- do it! You won’t regret it.

University Pet Peeves

Like most people, there are some things I just cannot stand. Here are a few of them:

  1. When people steal your milk.
  2. When people don’t put the bins out and your house smells like a bag of wotsits.
  3. When people use my tea towel- and never knowing what they used it for…
  4. Driving around every single car park on campus, hoping someone is leaving. Maybe this is a Warwick thing?
  5. Leaving tupperware out on the side, sealed, with food in it. (Despite it being a kind of weirdly interesting science experiment- it’s still completely gross)
  6. Not knowing what to order when you reach the front of the queue.
  7. Alcohol thieves- it’s even worse than milk.
  8. Super loud conversations in the library.
  9. When people don’t wear deodorant.
  10. People hogging the sandwich section of the shop, especially when I’m hungry. Or hangry, depending on how long I’ve been waiting.
  11. People refusing to move their bags on the bus.
  12. Using all the loo roll and not replacing it.
  13. When clothes are left in the washing machine for hours after its finished- like those clothes are going to stink now anyway.
  14. Not knowing what and when bills have to be paid aka TV licence.
  15. Slow walkers- I have a genuine belief that pavements should be split into a ‘trying-to -get-somewhere’ lane and a ‘dordling-through-life’ lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Life Update

Hi everyone!

I feel as though I haven’t posted anything on here for ages, but the last two weeks have been the hardest of my entire University experience.With a History Degree, it’s kind of expected to feel as though the deadlines are never ending- 50% of the course is based on coursework. But crikey, the last fortnight has been slightly hellish/ very hellish.

But today I submitted my first Essay that counts towards my degree- a whopping 4,500 words of complete desperation. Who cares if five minutes before the electronic deadline I realised the referencing was wrong? Pfft, not me! (Slight lie, this was only after crying and realising there was nothing I could do about it.)

Seriously though, I am in a weird limbo at the moment, having gone from mega stress to kind of nothing to do. So I have filled my time with fake tan, nail polish and YouTube- oh and street food and coffee!

I always find that around stressful parts of term, life in general likes to give me a hard time too.

  1. Formative Essay Feedback- one of my lecturers gave me my essay feedback in German. I don’t know much German. The best I can do is ask to take my blazor off, or tell someone I own a dog.
  2. No Hairbrush– this is kind of pathetic, but proves I am pretty lucky to have a boyfriend like Jack. So, just to set the scene, it’s 2 am, I’m making some last minute touches to my essay aka writing a conclusion. And I had just got out of the shower. I look in my overnight bag and I have no hair brush. Naturally, this was the end of the world. Jack then pulled out this tiny little comb and starts brushing my hair while I write the conclusion- it took roughly 20 minutes to get my hair knot free.
  3. Sitting on ink in my favourite coat– need I say more?

However, it is not all doom and gloom- as shown by the pictures of Leamington Spa that I took last weekend, while taking a walk with Jack. It was actually a really nice day, we had cake and tea, and watched the geese and mallards in the pond. While sat on a little bench. I promise it was more exciting than that sounds!

It was kind of fun watching the Mallards trying to woo the lady Mallards- those ducks get sassy.

I am officially done for Term 2 of my 2nd year at Warwick University and I am so, so happy to be going home for Easter in just 2 days.

 

 

 

University of Warwick- My Insurance Choice

When I was originally looking at Universities I had no idea where I wanted to go. So I decided to make a list of the things I ‘needed’ out of a University and a list of the things I ‘wanted’.

Location.

I started this process by looking at a map. I am going to be honest, my Geography skills are truly appalling- from this I decided how far away from home I was willing to go. As a complete home bird, I decided that three hours was the maximum for me, which automatically ruled out a fair amount of Universities. University was rather daunting to me and the idea of being able to get on a train and be home within the day was greatly appealing. Of course, this is a personal preference and it’s most important that wherever you choose to go, no matter how far, you’re comfortable.

Transport.

This leads smoothly onto the next thing on my list- transport. Having visited King College London, I realised that the hustle and bustle of London and the constant use of transport to get to and from lectures and seminars, was not for me. I loved the idea of the full on, hectic and movie-like lifestyle of London, but I actually found it rather overwhelming. This was where I started to realise that I quite liked the ‘bubble’ campuses, where everything was close together. Of course, I was open to using trains, buses and even tubes, but I didn’t feel that London was for me. Certainly, as a second year, checking out transport is crucial- living in Leamington Spa this year means that using a bus is part of my normal every day routine. With this, there are at least two big train stations to get home quickly. Transport is definitely worth considering when choosing a University. At this point I had narrowed down my search to Royal Holloway, Oxford Brookes, Exeter, Southampton and Warwick.

Employment Opportunities and League Tables.

Certainly, these are not to be forgotten. Warwick is currently 8th in the country for the Complete University Guide of 2017. Even when considering where you would like to study your degree, it’s a good idea to consider the opportunity that specific University can give you. Not only does Warwick have great Graduate Employment, but also has a number of events which welcome employers into the University. Also, unlike some other Universities, Warwick is in a great location for employment- with easy routes to Birmingham, London or even more locally- Coventry and Leamington.

Can I see myself here?

Having lived in Southampton all my life, it seemed silly not to check out Southampton University. There are so many benefits with going to a local establishment, rent can be cheaper, less student loans and of course transport is easier when you don’t live too far away. However, there are also disadvantages- you don’t automatically form the relationships with your flat mates (of course you can with those on your course) and it’s not as easy to go ‘out’. Whether that’s clubbing, going to the pub, a restaurant or even chatting with a friend to the early hours of the morning. So I would highly recommend considering these when choosing your University. I personally was not put off by these disadvantages, in fact the University itself just didn’t feel right. My parents were certainly pretty keen for me to fall in love with Southampton University- we did two open days. But everything was very familiar and not overly exciting as a result. I just couldn’t see myself there.

I was so nervous about University and leaving home, but visiting the University of Exeter made me love the idea. They were so enthusiastic, everyone was so friendly and the whole campus was green. Just so pretty, with lovely big trees, huge buildings and beautiful accommodation. Plus it was within my three hour radius. I fell in love with Exeter and I could see myself there.

First Impressions of Warwick

Despite absolutely loving Exeter, Warwick was my second choice because I felt I could see myself here too. Though it wasn’t as green, Warwick was, and is, the perfect ‘bubble’ campus. I loved the mixture of buildings, the coffee shops and restaurants on campus and the open spaces to socialise- people studying at Warwick seemed really happy.

Why am I at Warwick now?

Exeter offered me: A*, A*, B for my History degree, and I was on track to achieve this. However, when it came to exam results, I didn’t reach them, instead I got A, A, B and an A* in my Extended Project. Though Exeter offered me a History of Renaissance Course, I rejected the offer as I had been offered a place at Warwick. There was absolutely no sense of disappointment as, over the summer, I had had a lot of time to think, and was actually starting to question my choice. Warwick was higher in the league tables than Exeter, had better student satisfaction and much higher levels of Graduate Employment.

I have a genuine belief that things happen for a reason, I am unbelievably happy at Warwick, I love the course, the campus and the surrounding area. I consider myself super lucky to be here.

25 Facts About Me!

I’ve spoken quite a bit about my lifestyle, but not so much about me as a person, so today I’m going to share with you 25 things you probably don’t know about me!

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  1. I’m scared of horses- when I was 7 I was at a party and the supervisor let go of the reins and the horse ran, with me on it. We were in the New Forest and it was terrifying.
  2. Crossing fingers, or toes, makes my stomach flip.
  3. When I was 3 I fell into a tank full of crabs at a Nursery Trip to the Aquarium.
  4. I have an overly sensitive nose and have an obsession with candles, especially cinnamon and apple flavour.
  5. I am horrendous when it comes to spicy food- my nose runs,  I sweat and sometimes my eyes run too.
  6. I suck at long distance running. But was always good at sprinting and high jump at school.
  7. I’m hangry 99% of the time.
  8. I have been attacked by dogs on 3 separate occasions and am a little apprehensive around dogs I haven’t met. However, big, fluffy dogs are my favourite. Beside my little Border Terrier Jim, he’s pretty damn awesome.
  9. I am obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy.
  10. I used to do singing lessons from age 11 to 14. I love to sing, but mostly in private.
  11. The biggest thing I miss (apart from my family of course!) when I’m away from home is the Sea- it’s just my happy place.
  12. I met my boyfriend, Jack, on a bus, first year of college, aged 16. Now we’re at University together!
  13. When I was 5 a boy at my school pushed me into a tank of sting rays- another School Trip.
  14. I hate spiders.
  15. When I was 12 I sold cup cakes at my Dad’s offices and that was my first sort of job.
  16. I learned the clarinet from age 8 to 13.
  17. I am not a big clubber- I enjoy drinking and socialising, but don’t enjoy the being drunk aspect. Or the cramped spaces. I prefer coffee shops and cake.
  18. Anything Avocado I adore.
  19. I have a fair size list of allergies: food colourings, dairy, a large amount of fruit, in particular peaches. Peaches and I do NOT get along #anaphylaxis
  20. I have a ridiculous amount of blond moments.
  21. Sea food is my favourite- especially mussels.
  22. I like/attempt to play Fifa with Jack, and I’m getting pretty damn good at it- I think!
  23. I hate, hate, hate confrontation. I just cry.
  24. I drink a ridiculous amount of tea each day.
  25. I am the worst person to go clothes shopping with. I am not remotely claustrophobic at any other time, but if I get caught in a top in a changing room its freak-out time.

I hope you enjoyed learning that little bit more about me.

Thank you for reading! Happy Monday!

Bee

xoxox

What I Eat in a Day

25/10/2016

Breakfast:

  • Scrambled egg and half an avocado, with piri piri salt on top (don’t knock it til you tried it!)
  • Vitamin drink.
  • Coffee with lacto free milk.

Coffee Shop:

  • Soya Latte

Snack:

  • Chocolate orange rice cake (from Aldi- they are the best invention of all time!)

Lunch:

  • Crackers with lacto-free cream cheese and (other) half an avocado sliced.
  • Pineapple cubes.

Snack:

  • Granola Bar

Tea:

  • Tagliatelle with chicken, goats cheese, peas and mushrooms.

Side note: Tuesdays are my busiest day of the week, and I am on campus from 10 to 7, so I have to make sure I pack a lunch that will fill me all day. As someone with a few allergies, I am still trying to work out what is best for me and my diet. Fruit and vegetables is always a pain to squish into my diet as I am allergic to quite a few and of course, the milk situation doesn’t help! So I try to keep a rounded and healthy diet, but am open to any suggestions!