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Already?

October’s here? Already? Seems like only yesterday I was writing Wake Me Up… to mark the start of September.

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Another Monday draws to a close, it hasn’t been too unsuccessful!
Maths tutorial this morning I actually made friends with people! That may sound pathetic but I find it really difficult to make friends and so this was quite a big achievement. Also that fact that I even made it to that 9am lecture was a success! I didn’t get to sleep until after midnight last night due to yet more creepy criminal minds episodes.

It felt good to be in a tutorial where talking and working in groups was advised. Last year we were expected to sit in silence and listen to the tutor go through questions and how to do them. This year we can still ask for help on how to do questions but they strongly advise working in groups to go through each question first. 
Fundamentals of Education was good. I love the subject. Somehow I always leave the lectures with a smile on my face and it means I’m ready for whatever Physics decides to throw at me that day. Today in fundamentals, we were learning about Sparta and the education system in 6BC. It was interesting and I felt like I was actually learning something. A potential essay question perhaps? Who knows! Will have to see how I feel about the Athens part of the course next week.
This of course lead to Physics and today was especially boring. I think they forget that a prerequisite for Physics 2 is Maths 1 in which we learnt the difference between whole numbers, natural numbers, complex numbers and imaginary numbers – yes there is such a thing apparently! All those times your high school teacher said something like “You can’t find the square root of a negative number!” He/she was wrong – go look it up! Well today was a dull lecture but instead of doing something practical I played on my phone.
Home for lunch and I can safely say the eating healthy plan is screwed. However I did counter it by going to box fit! 45 minutes of hell and I know I’m going to be in a lot of pain tomorrow morning but it was great and right now I feel optimistic about life. Optimistic and ready to sleep! Kind of hoping that there’s something I can do tonight that isn’t notes or watch tv because this is becoming repetitive. However if I write notes today it gives me more time tomorrow… I don’t know, we’ll figure it out after my shower.
Hope you all have a productive day!
Ktkinnes xxx

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The Longest Day

Today seems to have lasted a lifetime. Having woken at 9 and finally got out of bed at 12, I did think it would be a short day and I would run out of time for everything that I wanted to do. However, 3 episodes of Greys Anatomy and a rugby match later, I am an emotional wreck.

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Tomato and Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

Hello!

Today I decided to make a dinner for the whole flat, so once again I was experimenting with gluten free cooking! After an early start to wish my darling sister a happy birthday, I got ready to start cooking.
With one flatmate needing gluten free food and another refusing to eat anything with tomatoes near it (out goes any lasagne, chilli, tomato soups…) I had to combine a few recipes. Here’s what I did, I think it will serve 6-8 portions:

Ingredients:

  • 500g chopped chicken breasts
  • 4 rashers bacon chopped
  • 285g pasta (gluten free in my case but use whatever)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • 150g mushrooms chopped
  • 250g chopped tomatoes (shh don’t tell Jason)
  • 100g grated cheese
  • 25g butter
  • 1tbsp plain flour (again gluten free)
  • 200ml milk
  • 250g asparagus chopped
  • Handful ofmangetout cut in half.
  • Basil for on top when serving

Method:

  • Cook your pasta as instructed on the packaging and drain.
  • While that’s cooking, brown the chicken in a pan then add the bacon.
  • Once the bacon is browned, add the onion and garlic.
  • When the onion is see through, add the rest of the vegetables and cook until soft.
  • In a separate pot, melt the butter with the flour and mix.
  • On a medium heat, add the milk and whisk until thick and smooth then remove from the heat.
  • Add around two thirds of the cheese to the milk mix, and stir well.
  • Pour everything together into a large bowl and add the chopped tomatoes at this point. 
  • Mix together well and pour into an oven dish before sprinkling with the remaining cheese.
  • Cook in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve with some black pepper and basil

Fingers crossed they all like it!
Ktkinnes xxx

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Brownies

As the title suggests, tonight I made brownies! Not only was it the first time I ever made brownies, it was the first time I have baked anything gluten free!

Nuala, one of the girls in my flat, can’t eat gluten and I wanted to bake something all of us could eat and so I borrowed her flour to make these. One thing I would do differently next time would be to add a small amount of coffee to the mix. Due to them being gluten free, they were a bit dry but this was easily sorted by serving with ice cream or a cup of decaf coffee – it was 8:30 pm afterall!

Ingredients

  • 200g butter
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 200g gluten free flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp cocoa
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 125mls milk
  • 3 medium eggs

Method

  1. In a large bowl, melt the butter and chocolate (in a microwave) or over a pan of simmering water stirring occasionally. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the flour,baking powder, cocoa and sugar.
  3. Whisk together the eggs and milk and add to the dry ingredients, along with the melted chocolate mixture.
  4. Beat together untill thoroughly combined. pour mixture into a lightly greased and lined tin about 15cm(6inch) square tin and bake in a preheated oven
  5. bake for about 15-20 minutes at 180C/350fan/gas mark 5 until well risen and firm to touch. Allow to cool and cut into squares and enjoy!

Although Jason didn’t really like his, Nuala said they were good so I’ll take her word for it! I didn’t mind them but I know a normal brownie would’ve been nicer. We’ll have to wait for Mary to come home and try them!

Since the others are all out somewhere, I am currently blaring my music around the flat and singing along at full pelt so I will apologise if any of this doe’t make sense, it is very possible I have typed what I am singing!

Hope you all had a good day!

Thanks for reading!

Ktkinnes xxx

thursday

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Nothing much

What to do when bored? I have found myself asking this question multiple times today. Waking up at 8am to go to a lecture, I realised i now take forever to get ready for university. By 9:45am, however, I decided against going. All the information that was being given was online and I had read that last night. Another thing I learnt while on Moodle last night was that we already have homework for Maths! This wasn’t exactly a pleasant realisation… However the work is done!

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