World Tapas Day

As a regular reader of this blog will tell you, I love food, so I am delighted that today is World Tapas Day because I love tapas. In fact, I love many of the Mediterranean foods we are so lucky to have access to today. Whether its chorizo sausage, beef, prawns, meatballs, rice or other foods, tapas is wonderful. Celebrate by eating tapas today.


German Chocolate Cake Day

Today is German Chocolate Cake Day. This cake was not invented by our good neighbours, the Germans. No, it was invented by an enterprising man called Samual German. Like the Black Forest Cake (which is German), German Chocolate Cake contains lots of chocolate, black cherries and coconut. Delicious. I am away to find a recipe now.

World Gin Day

As a late-comer to the wonders of gin, I am looking forward to celebrating today, World Gin Day, with a little gin and ginger ale. There are loads of great gins out there – some of which come from my own dear country, Scotland – so why not give them a bash?

There’s only one question I still need to ask though: when is World Vodka Day? I love vodka.

Go Barefoot Day

This is something I don’t do often enough (mainly because I live in a cold country and hate having cold feet), but today is Barefoot Day where you are encouraged to scamper about without any socks or shoes on. I don’t advise doing this at work, particularly if you suffer from stinky feet, however, why not get your tootsies down to the beach or a nice grassy area and let them enjoy the sensations of being bare?

Biscuit Day

Oh yummy! Today is Biscuit Day (and by ‘biscuit’ I mean the type of goodies you see pictured and not the American idea of biscuits, which look like our scones). To celebrate, bake your favourite biscuits for family and friends or pop down to the local shop to pick up a packet of loveliness. Now where is that shortbread recipe? (shortbread, btw, is a type of incredibly gorgeous Scottish biscuit)

Tiara Day

There are very few women (and some boys) who would give anything to try on a real tiara. They are just lovely and today is Tiara Day.

So, if like me, you love a bit of bling in the form of a tiara, why not invest in a wee tiara and wear it with pride today? Or, failing that, if a tiara is just too fancy for the office, today is not just about wearing something sparkly on our heads. It is in fact about women feeling good about themselves. So, today treat yourself to a massage or facial, buy a new thing to wear or simply put your feet up and watch your favourite tv show.

I’m making Empanadas and other things

Today I’ve spent a happy few hours in the kitchen cooking. My parents are coming for dinner on Saturday along with a couple of friends, and I’m doing tapas for our meal. This afternoon, I have made the sauce for meatballs, empanada fillings (not strictly tapas, but who cares? – spinach and ricotta, and chilli), the base for strawberry shortcake and Bolognese sauce for tonight’s dinner.

Spinach for the empanada filling.
Chilli for the empanadas
Strawberry shortcake mix. That’s butter being mixed into the batter.

I’ve still got to make potato cakes, garlic prawns, tortilla and some fritters. My mum is providing arancini (she makes the best arancini I have ever tasted) and I will maybe do a paella as well. Can’t wait. It all looks nice.

As I’ve decided we’re doing a cocktail taste test for an event I’m holding in August, we’re also having cocktails. So, today I also made sugar syrup and my own grenadine (which is surprisingly easy to make!):

Home-made grenadine…delicious!

I have a list of about seven cocktails I want to make to see which ones I will serve at the aforementioned event. Will let you know how I get on.

I have really enjoyed this afternoon. I used to really love cooking, but over the past few years, as the kids turn their noses up at my always-delicious-meals or I am too tired to cook, that love has diminished. However, with the radio on and the dogs looking up hopefully every time I walked past them (see below), I found myself really enjoying it. There was no stress, no worry, just me and my chopping board and a tonne of garlic!

Give me cheese!

How can I resist that wee face? Well I did. Cos it was butter I was chopping up and not cheese!

So, how are you all today? Hope you are all well. What’s been happening in your life. I’ve had a really nice week this week. On Monday, I met up with my editor, Graham, for lunch. We went to Zizzi’s in Royal Exchange Square and talked for ages. We had a good laugh and it’s always nice to see him. I also sent off my final assignment for this current uni module on Tuesday – phew. Once I sent it, I was finally able to relax. Have been stressing about it a wee bit. Don’t know why because I’m doing this course just for the sake of it and not for any other purpose. My future career doesn’t rely on it. However, I want to do really well in it, which is why I’ve been like Stressed Eric recently. Do you remember Stressed Eric? I used to love it.

Yesterday, I took the morning off doing any work (well, I deserved it) then went to Zumba in the afternoon. When I came back, I did a bit of gardening and shocked myself by actually enjoying it. The garden looks a lot neater, but still needs a fair bit of work on it. I’ll get that done over the coming weeks. That’s my current plan anyway!

Right, I am going to love you and leave you now. I am away to vote. Not sure why. Doesn’t seem like there’s any point really what with Brexit coming up (again), but I’ll do it. Til next time.


World Meditation Day

Meditation is great. You don’t need a lot of money to do it or follow a particular religion, and you can do it anywhere at any time. Meditation is great for stress, for sleep problems and for general overall health. I cannot stress enough how beneficial meditation is, so please give it a try. There are loads of free guided meditations available online or, even better, why not go to a class? You’ll not regret it.