Posted in Food, Lifestyle

Two for Tuesday!

Hello! Me again 😊 Not only is it Two for Tuesday because tonight I share 2 facts about myself, but this is also my 2nd post of the day. How about that? My posts are a bit like buses – none for ages then 2 come along at once.
My favourite meal is the first of tonight’s reveals. Now as it’s “meal”, I’m including starter, main, pudding and cheeses – yes cheese gets its own mention, what sort of lactose-tolerant, omnivore would I be if I didn’t like cheese?

The best starter has to be prawn cocktail with either a salad or a thick slice of fresh wheaten bread. I’ve recently started to put some avocado in there too! Definitely my all time favourite starter. Unless there’s something with goats cheese. Goats cheese always wins in the end…

Main course, and please wait a minute before passing any judgement, would definitely be scampi and chips from the Ramore Wine Bar in Portrush, here in Northern Ireland. There aren’t really any words that would explain why this is my favourite except that it’s tradition and when it’s cooked fresh beside the sea you can’t help but fall in love with it. Served with a nice portion of mushy peas and lots of vinegar and ketchup, there’s very little I can think of that makes me as happy as when that plate arrives in front of me…

Ramore Wine Bar, Portrush

All time favourite pudding would definitely be sticky toffee pudding served with honeycomb ice cream. Need I say anything else?

Now for my favourite course. I love cheese, can’t get enough of it. To be honest, for 10 months of the year it’s my main source of dairy as I tend to only eat natural yogurt with fruit during the summer months and I’m really not fond of milk. For years I would’ve told you that my favourite was either Brie or Camembert however this changed a couple of years ago. I was introduced to Stilton and marmalade on hovis biscuits and I promise you there is nothing better on this earth. You have to try it! I’ve now moved on to stronger blue cheeses as I love the salty tang from them. Again, I can never turn down goats cheese but it is rarely on my cheeseboard so I don’t count it in this list.
I love knitting. For years, Rachel and I would go visit our grandparents in County Fermanagh. After Granda died, we went more frequently but often found ourselves sitting inside a small bungalow with only basic analogue TV – hands up if you remember having at most 8 channels to flick through! Granny decided, to pass time, that she would teach us to knit. From scarves to blankets to dolls and bears and clothes, Rachel and I were taught to knit quietly and it kept us happy. There was no DVD player for years, and Granny didn’t have wifi. Also, with our location so close to the Republic of Ireland, we couldn’t use 3G on our phones even if we caught signal (which was rare in itself). It actually makes me sad that a lot of kids these days wont grow up with somewhere to go to just shut off from technology… Does that make me sound old?

Good night!

Ktkinnes xx

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Posted in Book reviews, Lifestyle

Room

Hello again! Sorry for not being active the last few days, I’ve been working slowly but surely through maths and physics, trying to consolidate them in my head. How are you? Feels like a lot longer than just 3 days of not blogging!

The reason for no Sunday Review this week is that I really don’t feel I did anything worth noting for you all… Is that wrong of me? Let me know if you missed it! Then, last night, instead of Monday Musings (especially with missing the Twitter chats again), I read Room! I actually finished a book in advance of the end of the month! Have you read it yet?


Written by Emma Donoghue, Room is 5 year old Jack’s perspective of life with his Ma. The story opens on his 5th birthday and follows the events of the next few weeks of his life. Wikipedia describes room as

Jack lives with his Ma in Room, a secured single-room outbuilding containing a small kitchen, a bathtub, a wardrobe, a bed, and a TV set. Because it is all he has ever known, Jack believes that only Room and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are “real.” Ma, unwilling to disappoint Jack with a life she cannot give him, allows Jack to believe that the rest of the world exists only on television. Ma tries her best to keep Jack healthy and happy via both physical and mental exercises, keeping a healthy diet, limiting TV-watching time, and strict body and oral hygiene. The only other person Jack has ever seen is Old Nick, who visits Room at night while Jack sleeps hidden in a wardrobe. Old Nick brings them food and necessities. 

I don’t want to ruin the story for those of you who haven’t read it yet but it’s another must read in my opinion! How many is that now? I haven’t watched the film yet but I might get round to that tonight.

It took me a while to settle into Room, I found the style of writing difficult to follow for the first few pages. All the things in the room are personified as they are all Jack knows. As you might expect, as a 5 year old, Jack’s grammar isn’t perfect either which kind of threw me a little. However it was a fantastic read once I got used to it. In fact, I read the majority of it yesterday in one sitting! 

Now the real question is, what do I read next??
Ktkinnes xx