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Playing catch-up

Many uni students hear of someone playing catch-up and shudder but thankfully I don’t mean it in that sense today!

I’m playing catch-up because, as seems to be normal for me, I forgot to post the last few days’ posts. Not much of a Photo A Day challenge if you forget to post daily! 


The last thing you bought – 22nd

Friday as a good day in the end. I had a horrible day of revision and was beginning to feel rather disappointed in myself when I received an invite to a friend’s flat for dinner. After dinner, we went to see The Jungle Book at the IMAX cinema near us. This is the last thing I bought that day:


It was a great film. Not sure if I loved it because I loved the idea of it or if I genuinely really enjoyed the film. IMAX made it all the better, having never seen a film in IMAX before. Add in the fact it was in 3D and you might understand why I was so happy to sit there and watch.
Vegetable – 23rd

This is a strange one, probably why I missed it on Saturday. I mean, how can you write about a vegetable? So here’s one I liked:

Something you’re grateful for – 24th

Now this I can write about for a while. At this point, I’d like to redirect you to Someone who makes you happy, a post I wrote on the 4th day of this challenge. However, as that’s a bit of a cheat, here’s something I’m grateful for – being alive and able to see this glorious sunset last night.


It doesn’t look like much in the picture but a friend needed an escape for a while yesterday so we drove to Cathkin Braes. We got there just on time to watch the sun set and chatted for a while. Whenever I see something like this, I am reminded of how small and insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things. Our lives can feel like they’re falling apart, and yet the sun will continue to rise and set, bringing hope for the new day. 
I will write today’s later. For now I need to get back to revision. I swear, I wish these exams were over but at the same time I want to backtrack to January/February – where has the time gone??
Ktkinnes xx

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Posted in Food, Lifestyle

Red lentil, chickpea and chilli soup

Once again I’m behind on Photo A Day April, I will fix this asap. However I wanted to take the time to show you a lovely recipe that I’m having for lunch today.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Large pinch of chilli flakes
  • Red onion
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 140g red lentils
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 400g chickpeas

Method:

  1. Dry fry the cumin and chilli flakes until bouncing in the pan or the aromas are released.
  2. Add the oil and onion and fry for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the lentils, stock and chopped tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and blitz.
  5. Stir in the chickpeas and season to taste.

There you have it, a nice simple recipe that really takes half an hour at the most! In my opinion, there needs to be more chilli in it but apart from that it’s a great meal.

Not the best picture I’ve taken

Following these quantities, I’ve managed to make 5-6 servings. Now, BBC GoodFood predicted that, if I was to buy the ingredients today from tesco, it would cost me 56p per serving (4 servings). 


So taking into account that I have 5-6 servings from it, and don’t need bread because of the chickpeas, lunch today has cost me between 37p and 45p. That’s fantastic for a student on a budget! 

Do you have any cheap, go-to lunches for days when you just can’t think?
Ktkinnes xx