Thursday, 22 December 2016

Healthy Christmas Sausage Rolls

Good evening!

So as it is that time of the year where there is so much party food that's so unhealthy for us but we can't not indulge in all these amazing party foods.. so here I have a little recipe for some healthy festive sausage rolls that you always need for a good ol' Christmas party!

These are apple and sage filo sausage rolls, and they taste great! Sometimes when eating healthier alternatives to things you can tell how different they taste and sometimes it just doesn't fulfill that want for that food. But these taste like the normal unhealthy sausage rolls that taste so good but are so much more better for you, what more could you want?!

 🎄 Ingredients: 🎄

Small onion
An apple
Slimming World sausages
healthy pork mince (5% fat or less)
Medium egg
Filo Pastry sheets
Low Cal cooking spray

This is quite a quick and easy recipe as it's one of those where you put it all into one bowl. 

Step One: 

Put the oven on 180 degrees to pre heat it. 

Chop the onion into small pieces and add them to a bowl. Do the same with the apple, and add that to the bowl with the onions. 

Step Two:

Chop up some fresh sage and add a table spoon to the bowl of apple and onion chunks. 

Next get 6 Slimming World sausages and peel off the outside skin before placing them into the bowl also. 

Step Three: 

Measure out 150g of the pork mince and add that to the mixture. 

Beat a medium sized egg in a separate bowl and then add most of it to the bowl with everything else, you need to save a tiny bit to brush onto the pastry. 
Step Four:

Next step you mix it all together, now you can use a spoon but I just used my hands, it's a lot easier. Once that's all mixed together here comes the trickiest part. 

So start off by dividing your mixture into two equal parts. 

Step Five: 

Lay out one strip of filo pastry and spray it with low cal cooking spray and then put another layer of filo pastry on top. Then cut in the middle so there's two long pieces of filo pastry. 

Step Six: 

Get one half of the mixture and roll it out into a long thin rectangle shape and place it on one side of the pastry. 

Then get some of the egg that's left over and brush the side of the pastry that the mixture isn't on. Then fold it over to join the other side. 

Do this again with the other piece of pastry and mixture. 

Try not to make the rectangle too thick as it'll be harder to fold the pastry over. Yes mine is a little too thick, so do it thinner than in this picture.

Step Seven: 

Chop them into small sausage roll shapes  and place them onto a baking tray. Spray some more low cal cooking spray on top of them all and place them into the oven for 25 minutes, or until they look a golden colour.

Mine don't look too neat, but if you have a thinner rectangle to begin with it'll fit inside the pastry nicely, but they tasted good so I'm happy!

Hope you enjoyed this post and make some of these yourself! As always, chat soon.


Monday, 12 December 2016

Favourite Christmas Movies!

One of my favourite things about the Christmas season is all the old favourite movies come on television, also some new ones too which is always nice to add to the collection! So I thought as it's around that time they begin to show on television that I'd write a little list on some of my favourites... and if you haven't seen them yet maybe it will inspire you to watch it and make it one of your new favourites.

🎄 Elf 🎄

Of course this was going to be on my list! It's such a great film, it's adorable, funny, and just all round great entertainment. If you don't know what this film is or what it's about, where have you been?? So Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf who climbs into Santa's sack of presents on one Christmas Eve when he was a little baby and ends up being looked after and grows up with all the elves and so he believes that he is an elf. He finds himself not to be very good at making all the toys or doing any of the general Elf jobs and he doesn't understand why and of course he grows exceptionally big compared to all the elves... so he gets told that his real dad is a human and so he goes off in search of his dad. So you get to follow Buddy on his journey in New York City as he searches for his dad, meets a girl who he falls in love with, and saves Christmas. I guess I kind of ruined the plot if someone hasn't watched it, but it's been around for so long, and it's still fab to watch.

🎅Arthur Christmas🎅

So this is a film that I hadn't really watched or heard of, and then one Christmas when it was on television I watched it... and loved it. So this one is all about Santa delivering all the presents out to the children of the world but using a more modern machine rather than a sleigh and reindeer. On Santa's return he congratulates the Elves on the successful night and his eldest son thinks that his dad will retire and give the job to him,but he doesn't. Arthur is his youngest clumsy son who looks at all the letters that children send to Santa, but he discovers that a present hasn't been delivered. So grandsanta who was the previous Santa convinces Arthur to take the old wooden sleigh and all the reindeer's to deliver this present, and so Arthur, Grandsanta and the Elf Bryony does. Things don't go to plan, and there's many things along the way that makes you think they'll never get this present to the child in time. It's a lovely film, and is up there with one of my favourites.

The Holiday

If you're into RomComs and want something Christmas-y to watch then this a good shout. It's got a load of famous actors and actresses in it as the main characters, and there's two lots of couples. So in one little cottage in England you have Kate Winslet who plays Iris who takes a house exchange holiday because she's trying to forget about her boss who she loves but knows he doesn't feel the same towards her. Over in America you have Amanda who's played by Cameron Diaz who needs the holiday away as she finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her. And so it begins, they both swap homes for two weeks where they both meet people who they end up falling in love with (Graham played by Jude Law and Miles played by Jack Black) and they both end up happy again. Obviously that's a very short description and along the way there's little hiccups that happen but it's a feel good film, and something easy to sit back and watch. If you like Love Actually I'm sure you'll love this also. 

🎁The Nightmare Before Christmas🎁

This is another film that I really enjoy to watch, it's a bit different to the usual Christmas films of Santa delivering presents. So Jack is from Halloween Town and every year they have a Halloween party however Jack is tired of the same thing every year and so he goes off searching for new ideas. While in the woods he comes across a load of trees with doors to different towns and he experiences Christmas Town and loves it so much that he goes back to tell Halloween Town that he wants them to takeover Christmas that year. They aren't extremely convinced with the idea, but they go with it. While Jack is trying to organise everything, there's also sally a rag doll woman who falls in love with Jack. However, she has a dream of a Christmas tree catching fire and tries to do anything she can to make Jack fail. Santa from Christmas Town is also kidnapped and taken to the evil Oogie Boogie. Jack also doesn't have much success in delivering presents around the world, and heads back to Halloween Town where he rescues Santa and Sally as she is also taken by the Oogie Boogie as she tries to rescue Santa. Santa heads back to save Christmas Town and snow falls in Halloween Town to represent the bond that him and Santa now shared. It's a cute film, the soundtrack is amazing, it's one of my top favourites also. I actually haven't watched this in a while, but I think I'll watch it one evening this week!

The Grinch

And finally... The Grinch. Of course I had to write about this, it is a Christmas classic. So if you don't know what it's about... Jim Carrey plays the Grinch who absolutely hates Christmas and is always pulling some mean pranks on the people of Whoville so they all very much dislike him. The only person that does have an interest in the Grinch is a young girl called Cindy Lou who gets saved by him in the post office. So she goes around asking people about him and discovers how his past wasn't so great. He arrived in Whoville by mistake and was raised by two sisters and at first he was quite timid and good, however, he was bullied at school for being different and at one point shaves his beard to fit in more but cuts himself badly so the next day at school he gets bullied again and goes on a rampage and storms up the mountain to where he lives now. So Cindy Lou tries to get him involved in Whoville's Christmas and many things go wrong, but of course it has a happy ending. It's a really good film, I've probably seen it over 30 times by now but it's always something you have to watch over Christmas!

What are you favourite Christmas films? There's so many, I could probably add like 10 more to this list, of course there's Home Alone, Christmas with the Kranks etc... but if you haven't seen any of the ones I've listed please do go watch them, you won't regret it! Hope you're all having a wonderful December so far, and as always, chat soon!


Friday, 2 December 2016

Things I love: November Edition

Good evening!

So we're in December already.. how crazy?? I still don't feel very christmassy.. I have a feeling this year I won't be feeling it till Christmas Eve. As always, here are my monthly loves from the month just gone.. November!

What I watched: 

I've been to the cinema twice in November and both the films were pretty good. I went to see Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, and also A Streetcat named Bob.  I was really impressed with Fantastic Beasts.. I'm not a huge fan of the Harry Potter films (I know everyone will probably hate me now, I'm sorry!) but I found this film very different. It's a bit more grown up, creepy in parts.. and I really loved that about it. The whole cast was great, and I would love to go see the other films that come out! 

Streetcat named Bob.. was absolutely adorable. It's quite a sad film, it's based on the book that was written by the man that this had happened to. So this film is about a man who is homeless and from being on the street is trying to get through his drug addiction. He's on a programme that is helping him to get through it and he manages to get a place to stay at which is where he meets Bob,the cutest thing. I don't want to spoil it but Bob really helps him turn his life around and when I got home from seeing it I have since tried to teach my cat to high five me, it's not going well. 

But yes, these are my favourites, if you are yet to see them, go see them!! 

What I snapped: 

I have to say it, I'm really bad with taking pictures. I've done a few things in this month... I've been to a Christmas Show Market, I've been to the German Market in Birmingham, I've been traveling to Birmingham for the past three weekends, I went to a mini festival, however, did I take any pictures? no. I'm a failure, I should remember really, as I know I have this to write every month! 

Instead I'll post a throwback picture of christmas 2013...enjoy.

Yes we are eating a Chinese on Xmas day.

 What I wore: 

I'm probably going to have to say my little aztec skirt which I just wear all the time! It's also getting a lot colder now as well and I still just wear it and then I go out in it and regret everything. But what can you do if you just love wearing something so much?!

What I did: 

I'm probably going to say the various places I went to watch things. So of course as I mentioned before, I went to the cinema a couple of times and I actually hadn't been for such a long time so it was really nice to do that. I will be going this month because I have to watch Rogue One. Also I went to the theatre and again, I haven't been to the theatre in ages! So it was something different to go and do, and I just love watching new films. 

What I ate: 

I'd say, a few days ago me and my mum made chicken risotto and we were following a recipe we had never cooked before, and it turned out amazing! Maybe if I made it again I could do a little post on it, I believe it was a healthy risotto and I find risotto's are always so filling which I love, I hate when you have a dinner and then a few hours later you're hungry again, whereas with this I was just stuffed for the whole evening! 

What I drank: 

Oreo Hot Chocolate. It's the best hot chocolate I've ever had. So I found out that you could get some little pot things for the coffee machine and I tried it out as they were on sale on Amazon for Black Friday so it was something stupid like 80 cups for 15 pounds which is insane. I just want to drink one all day every day. When its being made as well when you put the oreo chocolate part in the smell of Oreo's is just too good, mouth watering. So if you are looking for a new hot chocolate to try out for the Winter I would seriously recommend this!

Where I went: 

I enjoy going off to the German Market in Birmingham every year so that was quite a nice thing to go to. If you can I would recommend you go on a week day, I went properly on a saturday and it was extremely hectic. The train to there was crazy, I felt like a sardine, and of course walking around was crazy.. I also went on Black Friday weekend (good job there). As I did actually stand pretty much from 12 to late at night I actually got pretty sick from being too exhausted but other than that it's always joyful to go to! (Just pray that the trains don't have any problems when you go!) The food there is always amazing, I had some pork in a roll and a banana and nutella crepe, which is probably the tastiest thing I've ever had. The stalls all have lovely little christmas gifts, you just got to be patient as it can sometimes take some time to get to the front of a stall. 

What I used: 

So my favourite app, I'll probably go back to Pokemon Go again. I don't know how popular it still is, I still know a lot of people that play, but the buzz of the app probably isn't as big as it was. But they do have constant updates, and they had a Halloween event back in October, there's still new stuff being added to it all the time to keep people interested. I actually caught a Ditto last weekend which was exciting, I was out of the loop and didn't really realise you could them yet and also how it happens. But when I caught a pidgey and it came up with the 'Oh?' screen I was thinking.. huh has my egg hatched, and then pidgey just turned into ditto which was quite exciting. 

 And that is my November favourites, I hope you enjoyed. What were your favourites? As always, chat soon!