Sunday, 11 September 2011

Bon Appetit!

For most of us it's back to work or school which means the dreaded task of preparing lunch for the next day. I find myself rushing around and leaving lunch until the last minute,sometimes having to make lunch 5 minutes before I left. This meant when it came to lunch time I was almost always disappointed with my efforts. Everyone else always seemed to have amazing lunches and mine usually consisted of a dry sandwich or a piece of fruit. I have decided I will not be that person this September. No, I will be the one with the lunch that everyone admires.

So first thing is first, I invested in some cute lunch boxes in various sizes as well as some small pots to store sauce in. I felt pride with my new tools of the trade and was surprised with the variety available.
This to me looks the most convinient lunch box and would make a great gift for a friend or partner. It even has a place to store dipping sauces and divided compartments for seperating foods.

I love salads! They are yummy, satisfying and good for you all at once. Here I will share some of my favourite lunch recipes including tasty salad recipes:

Chinese Chicken Salad:
This is very tasty and you can use left over chicken from the night before.
  • Chop half a spring onion into small pieces and peel a carrot ready.
  • In a saucepan add about 2 table spoons of soya sauce, a table spoon of oyster sauce and a table spoon and a half of sweet chilli dipping sauce or sweet chilli jam. You can always add more or less to suit your tastes.
  •  Add the chopped spring onion and cook for about 5 minutes on a low heat until the sauce thickens slightly and is mixed well.
  • In another pan cook about a cup of egg noodles and drain.
  • Toss the left over sliced chicken pieces into the sauce and stir so chicken is coated evenly.
  • In a lunch box add salad leaves of your choice, add the noodles and shred the carrot ove rthe top.
  • In a smaller seperate container place the amount of chicken and sauce you want. At lunch all you need to do is add the chicken to salad leaves and noodles. This prevents the salad leaves from becoming soggy.

Really Easy Tuna Pasta Salad:
This is so simple using left over tuna pasta bake from the night before.
  • Place salad leaves in a lunch box and wait for the pasta left overs to cool.
  • Add a cup, or however much you wish, of the cooled left over pasta to the salad leaves.
  • Your pasta salad is ready to enjoy!
Yummy Frittata:
Again very simple using left over salmon, you can even toss in left over chicken or pasta.
  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coat a dish that can be placed in the over with butter or spray with oil.
  • In a bowl beat together 4 eggs, half a cup of milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Stir in 1/2 a cup of cheese of your choice adding basil and rosemary to taste.
  • Add the left over salmon and mix in.
  • Pour mixture into an oven dish.
  • Cook for about 30 minutes until frittata is golden on top and set in the middle.
  • Leave to cool then slice and place in a lunch box with salad and spinach leaves.
I hope you are inspired by my recipes! Do you have any lunch time favourites?

Thursday, 1 September 2011

GO chains: Mixing the 80's with now!

GOrealler are taking over with their amazing designs which marry the 70's/80's style and music with now! If you haven't heard of them you will do soon! I bought a blue and pink GOchain and I love it.

I love GOchains not just because they are fun and quirky but they are, in a way, about nostalgia. That in your face 80's vibe with the bold chains and cassette tape takes you back to your love of music. If you know me you will know I love the 80's for it's music and crazy style. I for one remember listening to the radio  waiting for my favourite songs to come on and recording them onto a cassette.
 Ofcourse I thought the cassette had been lost in the modern world but not anymore! You can now wear your memories.

Go check out their creations NOW! You won't be disappointed!