Tuesday, 17 January 2017

#GinLover

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Do you ever get asked that question 'What's your drink?' - I have to say I hate that question! It's one that I could spend an hour answering because well I could never just settle on one drink.

I can't actually remember the first time I tried gin. As far back as I can remember I was introduced too and drank Gordon's gin and Schweppes tonic water - I just didn't realise there was so many different gins out there or tonic waters for that matter.

I recently got talking to Sarah (one of my managers from work) and another #ginlover and told me that I should try Tanqueray No. Ten and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic so that's what this post is all about!


Firstly, the appearance and presentation - definitely a 10/10! The box is a shiny, smooth box with lots of artwork/decoration all over it. The bottle inside is a lovely deep green colour and had a thick expensive-looking lid. I paid £32 for a 70cl bottle from Sainsbury's (Tesco and Morrison's had none in stock). Gordon's is normally around £17 so this is a big jump so already I am anticipating this gin is going to taste amazing ... hope I'm not disappointed!


I then picked up the tonic also recommended by Sarah. It made such a difference to the drink. This is the Mediterranean version, but there is also a light version and a Indian version. One of my other managers Karen suggested trying ginger beer with the gin (yet to try this).



So I firstly tried lemon - as that is normally my go-to with gin and it tasted amazing! Normally I just add a couple of slices and let the lemon slowly flavour the drink but I squeezed a third slice's juice into the drink to get some extra flavour.



Secondly I tried lime - lime is one of my favourite citrus fruits! Again a couple of slices and a squeeze too. I enjoy lime because I find it doesn't have that acidic taste that lemon has! You could say its a bit blander.

I also tried grapefruit (suggested by Sarah) and raspberries (didn't end good and a bit seedy)

Overall I'm quite in love with my new gin and tonic! I think I may have been converted to Tanqueray instead of Gordon's now!

Let me know in the comments what your tipple is?! Are you a #ginlover?




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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Graze ¦ Limited Edition Mince Pie Flapjacks

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What can I say about Graze that I haven't already said in several other posts throughout my time as a blogger!

The idea, the range, the boxes, the small packages, the designs = amazingness! (yes I'm aware amazingness is probably not a word).

During the festive season last year (yes I'm still harping on about Christmas stuff - this is how far I'm behind with my posts) I got an email from Graze, I think partly because they were promoting their flapjack but also because I hadn't bought anything in ages - gullible old me was hungry and thought 'hey those look good' and 'they'll make a great blog post' ... so here we are!

Now I think I accidentally ordered the display box and stock you order if you were going to sell them in a store ... but who cares! Lots more for me!


Flapjacks are one of my favourite 'traybakes' - my gran used to make them and I loved over-cooked flapjack as it went all chewy and there was crunchy bits too! They are also one of the easiest things to make too! It's basically rolled oats, sugar, golden syrup and margarine- you can then stop there and you've got a plain and simple flapjack ... or like Graze you can add some dates and spices and you come up with a slightly spicy Christmas mince pie flapjack! - GENIUS!




The flapjack was very crumbly (a good thing), slightly spicy - you can definitely taste the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove and overall very tasty. I even took some to work and one of the managers Sarah loved them.



The packaging itself too was very colourful and exciting. The outer packaging (that came in the post) was covered in little snow hats. The box for display purposes I'm assuming was covered in fruit, veg and sweets.

Let me know in the comments below if you got a chance to try Graze's Mince Pie Flapjack.



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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Scottish Slang: An A to Z

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When I was thinking up ideas for my YouTube channel - I came across lots of slang videos and posts and I thought why not do an A-Z of Scottish Slang. Some people might refer to these as just 'words' or perhaps 'slang' so this is my take on them. I went home for Christmas this year and I have to be honest and admit that I do miss the accent so I thought I'd start this year off with a Scottish inspired post.

I couldn't find any for Q, X or Z though so I've left those blank for now (but if you know of any ... I'm all ears):

A - ahin (behind)
B - bonnie (beautiful)
C - claes-horse (clothes-horse)
D - deid (dead)
E - ee-sicht (eyesight)
F - flouer (flower/flour)
G - Glesca (Glasgow)
H - haiver/haivering (talking nonsense)
I - inkling (rumour/hint/idea)
J - jaggy (prickly/spiky)
K - keek (peeping)
L - lum (chimney)
M - mingin (bad smell/disgusting)
N - nicht (night)
O - onie/oniething/oniewhaur (any/anything/anywhere)
P - piece (a sandwich)
Q -
R - raip (rope)
S - snaw (snow)
T - tattie (potato)
U - unnerstaun (understand)
V - voddie (vodka)
W - wean (child)
X -
Y - yerself (yourself)
Z -

What I enjoy about Scottish words is that so many people think we make up words or they don't actually exist. I do get odd looks when I saw words like 'a cheese piece' (meaning a cheese sandwich) or tattie soup (meaning potato soup).




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Sunday, 1 January 2017

M&S 2016 Christmas Ad: Christmas with love from Mrs Claus

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Just a short post ... I know it's January 1st but near Christmas I found one of thee most amazing Christmas adverts ever! I think I could actually say ... well for me ... it was better than the John Lewis advert this year.

As you can probably guess from the title it Marks and Spencer's Christmas advert - I won't say anything else ... I've embedded it in a player below :)

ENJOY!










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