Sunday, August 20

My week in pictures #233

(From top left) Bernie looking handsome on our day off on Tuesday. The beach in the sunshine. Macaroni for lunch from our local restaurant. The phone case and battery pack arrived for my new phone so it doesn't randomly die. The cows were back on the beach on Thursday. Sunday mapping views over Loch Borralie.
Hmmm what to say about week six apart from we are almost finished! Only one more week to go then it is home time. That is about the only thing that has kept me going this week.

We did something fun on our day off on Tuesday, we went somewhere very picturesque and took some photos then went out for lunch. A much needed break after weeks of nothing but work. 

However, mid-week we had a bit of a falling out which left the house a bit divided and everyone feeling really down. I'd love to say it is resolved how but I think we all need a bit of space away from here.

As for my mapping project, I feel like it is going well and I'm going to get everything done before it is time to go home. I've sent plenty of emails to my advisor though pleading for help... oops!

Feels weird to have gone out mapping on a Sunday but it means we will be able to take the rainiest day off next week so it will be worth it. I'm ready for bed already and it is only 8pm.

Go and give me a follow on Instagram because I've been sharing lots of photos of the beautiful area I'm working in over there.

This week on G is for Gingers: Butternut Squash Muffins

Friday, August 18

Butternut Squash Muffins

I can't say this is the batch of baking I'm most proud of however they tasted damn good so I thought I would share the recipe anyway. It has been adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe because I am a big fan of his. You'll need a food processor for this recipe but I feel like a smoothie maker or similar will have the same effect.

For 12 muffins (I made 6) you will need:

400g of butternut squash
350g of light brown sugar
4 eggs
300g of plain flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of ground cinemon
175ml extra virgin olive oil

With the skin still on (it really didn't make a difference) add the chopped butternut squash into the food processor until it is finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. Don't over process - once it is all mixed that will be enough. 

Fill the paper cases and bake in a preheated oven at 180° for 2o minutes. You'll know they are finished when a knife comes out of the center clean. 

For the frosting you will need:

zest of one lemon
140ml of sour cream
2 heaped teaspoons of icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

All you have to combine the ingredients in a bowl - the consistency is more like a drizzle (which is the reason these photos aren't very pretty) but they still tasted good.

There is something about baking with vegetables I really enjoy. I think it is the 'fruity' taste that it gives the sponge I like. The last thing I made with vegetables in them was these Chocolate and Beetroot Brownies but I loved them too.

Check out my last baking recipe - Spelt and Sunflower Dog Biscuits.

Sunday, August 13

My week in pictures #233

(From top left) This week I watched 'The Life Aquatic' for the first time and loved it. I fell on the rocks on Tuesday... more details below. My boyfriend came to my recuse with an old iPhone so I am no longer phoneless. I do not like mapping in the rain... I was soaked! The sun finally came out again on Saturday. Probably really late to the party but I've been binge listening to my 'My Dad Wrote a Porno' and finally it laugh out loud funny.
Week five of my mappy project was definitely the most difficult so far. Everyone is getting more and more tired meaning things in the house are a little tense. Especially when you can't go out anywhere or see other people.

To help kick off my rubbish week I was mapping a particularly slippy part of the coast on Tuesday morning. I was being very careful but still managed to slip on a wave cut platform, cutting my hand and really hurting my wrist. As I was totally on my own I had no choice but to sit on the rocks until I got over feeling sick then drag myself the mile or so back to Durness. 

After I got patched up I spent the rest of the day lying on the beach feeling sorry for myself. Wednesday was improved by my new phone arriving for me - the battery is a bit dodgy but it has a great camera so it will do for now.

I've made up so many days so far that I was able to take both Wednesday and Sunday off... which both ended up being pajama days to make up for having to keep working. Apart from this I've got nothing interesting to update you all on.

Final push for the last thirteen days and I'll be home!

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