Friday, 22 September 2017

Quick & Easy Lunch Ideas - Tuna Rice Noodles



Now the madness of the Summer is over at work, I am triyng to get back on track with proper lunches and prepping them in advance instead fo going to nearest deli or shop. 
I was rooting through the fridge for lunch the toher days and found enough ingredients to attempt to emulate a lunch I'd get in the English Market here in Cork.
Thankfully ti turned out quite well. it gacve me enough for 3 desk lunches at work this week and cost me less than if I was to pop to the market and get one portion. 


Ingredients:

1x Packet Rice Noddles - I got the fresh ones from Aldi
1x tsp of Minced Garlic - I got the squeezy tube of garlic in Aldi
Button Mushrooms - As many as you like, I love them to added in loads
Large Handful of Baby Spinach
Cucumber
1x Carrot
Soy Sauce 
1x Tin of Tuna in Spring Water
2x Tblsp Light Mayonnaise
Salt & Pepper to taste

Method:

  • Start by chopping your mushrooms and carrots. I peeled and thinly slcied my carrots. Add them to a wok with olive oil and cook on a medium heat
  • Add the teaspoon of garlic
  • Shred the spinach leaves and add them to the wok 
  • Once your veg has soften, add the rice noodles making sure you coat the noodles with the oil in the pan.
  • Add a splash of soy sauce and salt and pepper
  • Let them cook for about 5 minutes in a medium heat, stirring them to ensure they don't stick
  • Drain the tuna and add it to a bowl with the mayonnaise and mix well.
  • Take the noodles and veg off the heat.
  • Slice your cucumber and add it to the noodles and veg mix while it's cooling.
  • Once cooled you can store in the fridge. 
I boxed mine up seperately - rice noodles and veg in one box and the tuna in another. When it came to eating them at lunchtime I heated the noodles for a minute in the microwave at work and then mixed in my tuna. 



So tasty and filling and so many options to load it up with more healthy vegetables!  



Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Folláin Jams

Jam always reminds me of childhood, not mine in particular but just of being a kid and having jam sandwiches or those butterfly cakes with jam and cream in them. A treat if you will so I was only delighted to recieve this pretty little hamper in the post from Folláin, any excuse to make some fresh scones (or for the mother to make fresh scones so I could eat them!). 




Folláin is an Irish company based in Ballyvourney, Co Cork , my home county and have been producing delicious jams, relishes, sauces, marmalades etc since 1983. 


We were sent 3 different flavours of the No Added Sugar range but the Blueberry & Raspberry is my favourite, it's so delicious and not too sweet, just sweet enough. It was so smooth and spreadable, if there was a cruunchy and smooth version of jam like there is with peanut butter, then this would be the super extra smooth version, if that makes sense. 


If you ever needed an excuse to whip a fresh batch of scones or bread, trying out this delicious jam is the perfect excuse to do so.

You can find Folláin products in your local Tesco, Dunnes Stores, SuperValu and Super Quinn. 


Monday, 4 September 2017

Things Making My Life Nice Lately #1

I've been absent on the blogging front, regular followers will be used to it by now, same time every year, works kicks up a notch and I lose my life outside of work / keeping the family alive hours! 
However in the last couple of months there have been a few things making my days that little bit brighter.


  • Sunshine and beach trips. Well one beach trip but Luke had so much fun I can honestly say it was the highlight of the Summer. Unplanned but with a hand towel and spare pair of shorts in the car, he just couldn't wait to get soaked on day trip to Ardmore Beach. 


  • Getting my make up and hair done for my best friends wedding. My bestie aka the bride is my usual MUA and my hair dresser Debbie of DKH Hair was busy looking after the bridal party so I had to look elsewhere for these services on the day and I'm fussy so it wasn't easy! A bit of late night Facebook scrolling though led to to me finding an MUA and hair stylist that would come to my house on the day, sure totally spoil myself altogether! Kristina MUA did my make up on the day and Bozena of Freelance Hair Styling Cork looked after my hair. I was delighted with their work. Y'know when you just feel great in yourself, hair was on point and make up was on point, I liked my dress, my whole look came together so well and I was delighted heading off.  These ladies are so professional and truly talented in what they do, I'd highly recommend them. Also the convenience of getting it all done in my own was only fab, no rushing around or being late for appointments! 
  • Colourful nails! I'm always changing the colour of my nails, usually to match what I'm wearing (because there isn't a million and one other things I could be doing in the evenings!) but the brighter the better in the Summer months. This shiny orange was my favourite - yes my ring finger is always a different colour, it was a trend, it may not be anymore I can't keep up but I just cannot cope with all of my nails being the same colour, we'll put that down as a weird quirk of mine! 
  • Glenisk Vouchers - Sure who doesn't love a freebie eh?! Especially when it helps to fill the snack boxes and keep a bit off the weekly shopping bill. The lovely peeps over at Glenisk sent us some along with this cutesy bandana bib that is just perfect for my little 10 month old godson! 
  • CozyPhones - How cute are these things eh?! We were sent these for review and while Luke thinks they are "awesome" he won't let me get a blimmin' picture of them on him. They are headphones in a soft fleecy headband, to protect their little ears and you can pick from various designs. I should really get an adult pair for when I listen to music in bed becuase it's slightly uncomfortable trying to doze off with an earphone stuick in your ear! 
  • Lipsticks - I should wear them more I think. They always finsih off my made up look but I just forget to put them on. I picked these shades from the Essence range in a sale in the chemist next to my office, serioudly need to stop with the lunch time buying but I love them all.
Normal blogging shall resume soon! 
Hope you all had a lovely Summer.

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