Pancake Day

5 March 2014

I think for the last 3 years, Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday as I call it) has come and gone without me noticing it. I've always been too busy or out with work. This year, I vowed it would be different.

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Gemma and I decided to get together to make some fluffy American pancakes. For Gem, this was a whole new experience as she'd never eaten an American pancake before..something I couldn't really get my head around. I wanted to prove to her that they were the best type of pancakes. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad with an English pancake..I'm just more partial to the fluffy American kind (preferably with bacon and maple syrup please and thank you.) Despite me loving these cakes of goodness, I maybe only make pancakes about twice a year, if that. They're a bit of a luxury in my opinion and I like having them on special occasions like birthdays or for a family reunion brunch. Seeing as I hadn't eaten pancakes for about 7 months, I was pretty much drooling by the time we started cooking them.

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With the dogs swirling around our legs, we attempted 'the flip' - something that I found myself to be pretty damn enjoyable. There's nothing like a victory dance after a successful pancake flip. And nothing better than eating them after. We found that preparing yourself for 'the flip' in a Jonny Wilkinson rugby kick type pose was the best way to organise yourself.

Is anyone giving up anything for Lent? I will be attempting to give up Diet Coke - something I'm pretty terrified about as I'm a bit of a DC addict. I've warned all of my friends, family and colleagues that tantrums and withdrawal symptoms may follow. Eek. You can watch our vlog of the pancake flipping bonanza below. Remember to subscribe for more - that always makes me happy.

 

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London with Brogan

3 March 2014

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One of my fav things about blogging, vlogging, tweeting...the lot...is making friends. I can honestly say that I have made some fabulous friends through a variety of platforms - some of whom will be friends for life, and Brogan is one of them. I think we started talking in 2011 sometime and we haven't really looked back. Our personalities seem to click and we just seem to laugh constantly together. We decided to have a very overdue day out together in London. As Brogan is from Bournemouth and I've grown up with London on my doorstep, I was happy to play the role of 'tour guide'.

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We met at Waterloo and dashed over to Covent Garden by foot for breakfast. I think if there's one thing I taught Brogan this weekend, it is that London is small and walking is the best possible thing. And I know every shortcut going ;) We had breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien (as it was a little too early to devour Shake Shack for brunch) and caught up over fruit salad, green juices and scones. We soon headed back to the Southbank so I could treat Brogan to an outing at the London Dungeons. There was a lot of screaming and hand holding I can assure you, and after a hilarious face on the ride at the end, we made it out alive and Brogan felt pretty proud of herself. Next stop was a spot of shopping on Oxford Street and Piccadilly, followed by a late lunch sitting in the sun at Ed's Diner. As nightfall came, we stepped aboard the London Eye. It was a clear night so even in the darkness, you could see for miles. I honestly prefer the London Eye at night - seeing all the landmarks illuminated is just magical. At about 8pm, we said our goodbyes and headed our separate ways.

It was such a lovely day and I'm so glad I got to share a little bit of tourist magic with Brogan (thanks to my trusty Magic Pass). Honestly, I feel so lucky to have grown up in such a wonderful city. I don't think I could ever move away. I'm also lucky to have such wonderful friends, and true friends are like gold dust.

You can watch the vlog from our day out below - remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more!


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