Monday, May 23

My week in pictures #173

(From top left) A selfie with the rocks at Portsoy on Monday. I woke up on Thursday morning so find out they had cut down two of the trees outside our flat - heartbroken! I have decided to get fitter over the summer and teach myself to run (of course this means buying appropriate footwear). A cheeky Burger King for lunch on Thursday. Lunch out again on Sunday this time at the Jute Cafe Bar in Dundee. Got to watch a historic moment as Scotland win their first rugby sevens tournament. 

I have been making the most of my first week of the summer holidays. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have been what I've been up to but if not then I will quickly fill you in.

On Monday my geology pals and went on a little road trip to Portsoy. We did some walking, took loads of photos, had lunch in a lovely little cafe and of course looked at rocks. I had such a good day and arrived home in the evening shattered in the best way possible.

Tuesday was also an adventure. If you saw Thursdays blog post you'll have seen that my flatmate and I went to Stonehaven for the day. Really the blog post says it all but we went for a picnic on the beach, Aunty Bettys for Ice Cream and a walk round the harbour before getting the train back to Aberdeen again. 

The rest of the week went at a slower pace - on Wednesday I went to the gym for the first time in years which felt really good. Forever Amber's post about running inspired me and I feel like it might be the thing for me. Very annoyingly I seem to have pulled something in my leg, worse than just normal stiffness after exercising so I spent the rest of the week hobbling around... I bought trainers with proper support though and plan to get back into it as soon as possible. I walked into town to get there trainers on Thursday and made my legs and ankle so sore I spent the rest of the day on the sofa!

Friday was definitely the worst day of the week though - I woke up with a horrible cold that had started out of no where. I couldn't spend the whole day in bed though because Scott had offered to take my clothes back to Montrose so I had to pack. He picked me up in the afternoon, we drove home then went to the pub for a couple of drinks. A few to many probably on top of my cold because I got home much later feeling very sick and falling asleep on my feet.

I woke up feeling much better on Saturday but we still had a pretty lazy day. We walked to Lidl to get food and pretty much just chilled in the flat for the rest of the day. In the evening we watched Planes, Trains and Automobiles which is a classic and very funny film. Sunday was more adventurous because we decided to go to Dundee for lunch and shopping. The food at the DCA was delicious as always and luckily for my bank account I didn't see anything I fancied at the shops.

We got home and the sun was still shining so Scott cut the grass and I sat in the garden, he finished just in time to watch Scotland's sevens game in the cup final which was so exciting. We then went to the pub to play darts (I'm pretty hopeless) and a bit of pool with one of Scott's friends. It was late by the time we got home to cook food and we were both more than ready for bed. 

My Instagram is looking very summery at the moment and I'd love it if you showed it some support - @ginger_claire.

This week on G is for Gingers: Giving Hello Fresh a Taste | A Day Trip to Stonehaven.

I've decided to have one more go at selling some of my things on ebay before I taken them to the charity shop. You can see what I'm selling here

Thursday, May 19

A Day Trip to Stonehaven

During exams I felt like I never left the flat and cabin fever was really starting to kick in. Since they finished last Friday I felt determined to go out and do as much as possible. I plan on staying in Aberdeen for two weeks after my exams so I can see friends and go out more.

On Tuesday I persuaded my flatmate, Eilidh, to come to Stonehaven with me. The train costs less than £5 and I thought it would be nice to get out of the city for a while. We took lunch and had a picnic on the beach, we had ice cream at Aunty Bettys and coffee at The Waterfront Cafe Bar. Being bloggers we took plenty of photos of our walk on the beach and wander round the harbour. I made a complete mess with my ice cream while trying to take the perfect photo for Instagram... and even though the day wasn't as warm as I would have liked we still had a great time.

Dunnottar Castle is also really close by - I'm desperate to persuade one of my driving friends to go sometime next week. I'm sure you'll hear about it if we do go!

Blouse: Warehouse* | Skirt: New Look | Coat: The Vintage Boutique Collection via TK Maxx | Shoes: Just for £5* (similar)
Annoyingly I didn't get to wear what I wanted so had to make do last minute. I ordered trousers from Fat Face but they arrived on Tuesday morning in the wrong size. Slightly annoying because they are normally such a reliable company. 

While this outfit might not scream 'day at the beach' it wasn't that warm so I was trying to be prepared. The colours in the blouse match the skirt so well I'm surprised I've never worn them together before. Coral is always a safe bet but this blouse never photographs very well - it is much prettier in person. 

Have you ever been to Stonehaven? I'd love to know any other places you would recommend for a day trip in the Aberdeenshire area.

Thank you to my flatmate, Eilidh, for taking the pictures of me. She also had a blog which you can check out here.

Tuesday, May 17

Giving Hello Fresh a Taste

A few weeks ago I tempted into a Hello Fresh box. It was my first week back in Aberdeen after the holiday so I didn't have any food in the flat, it would encourage me to eat a little better, cook new things and my first box was only £25.

Nick ‘The Knife’s’ Zesty Orange Beef Stir Fry

The first night I cooked this yummy beef stir fry. I don't cook with beef so it was surprisingly easy to get it just right - it wasn't chewy like I was expecting. Annoyingly I took my eye off the orange sauce and it went extremely thick and lumpy. I just about saved it though and it was a very tasty, light and fresh dish. 
This is the dish I cooked with my boyfriend - we both really enjoy fish but we've never had Tilapia before. It was really delicious and because it was quite firm it was very easy to cook without it breaking apart. I made one change to the Panzanella because I really can't face eating raw onions. I cooked the onions and tomatoes in a pan for 5 minutes to soften them. This was one of my favourite dishes in the box.
I really like the look of this one on the recipe card and it was probably one of the quicker ones to prepare. The slaw was so delicious even though I was dubious about the cabbage. However, the marinade has mustard in it. I'm not a huge fan of it anyway and this type seemed to be quite strong - really I should have tasted it before putting it all over my food! Once I scraped it off I enjoyed the meal okay just not my favourite.

Black Bean Chilli with Herbed Pork

I was excited for this one because I love chilli and thought making it with sausage meat was a good idea for something different. Basically it is just a very delicious, traditional chilli recipe. I really enjoyed the brown rice for a different flavour so I will be buying that again. Can't wait to make this again because this picture is making me hungry.

Jamie's Squash & Penne Bake with Ricotta & Golden Breadcrumbs

I was really excited for this one because I love butternut squash and Jamie Oliver recipes rarely fail for me. However it did let me down - it wasn't as saucey as I would have liked. Infact I found it kind of dry and hard to eat. I'm always trying to think of ways to improve recipes but I'm not sure with this one. 

You are able to go onto the Hello Fresh website to download all of these recipes which is great. Overall I really enjoyed for first experience and would be really keen to order again. All the meals serve two people so are perfect for sharing when Scott comes over or having for lunch the next day. 

At £49 full price it is out of my student budget every week. I think they are probably 'quite' expensive too. I feel like I could buy slightly cheaper alternatives in my local supermarket for less. That being said everything was great quality, free-range and there is no waste. It also takes a lot of hassle out of choosing and cooking meals. 

Definitely check out their website if you enjoy cooking and trying new things. If you use this code - UUKT9D - you will get £25 off your first box too.

This review hasn't been sponsored, I paid for my box and all opinions are from my own experience. If you have any questions tweet me @gisforgingers.