Oats & fruit yoghurt jars

In my ever continuing, yet unsuccessful quest fora healthy lifestyle I started to make some yoghurt jars to bring to work as a snack. Below is how to make them! (Need to start making these again because instead of eating them for breakfast I end up having a sausage and hashbrown sandwich and instead of having as a 3pm slump snack, I have a bar of chocolate and a cup of tea! 8 weeks to my hols so need to start behaving and working towards fitting into my summer clothes!)

What you need

  • Jars
  • Porridge oats
  • Fruit (fresh or frozen works)
  • Yoghurt (I use natural yoghurt but flavoured would be nice too!)

Directions

  • I reuse jam jars but a friend of mine in work has bought little mason jars for this so any kind of lidded container at all will suffice.
  • Pour some oats (super exact I know) into the bottom of your jam jar (ensuring the jar is cleaned..duh)

Frozen fruit from Aldi that I use

  • Take a handful of fruit, either straight from frozen or washed/chopped fresh fruit, and put in as much as you can fit into your jar
  • If you’re using fresh fruit, it can be found good to add a small bit of fruit juice into the oats to ensure that they soften.. When the frozen fruit defrosts it soaks into the oats but fresh fruit didn’t always have the same affect!
  • I sprinkle some sunflower seeds over the top… partly to give it a little crunch, partly to use up an old bag of sunflower seeds that’s been sitting in our cupboard for months.
  • Pour yoghurt over the contents to your desired yoghurt: fruit: oats ratio.

    The Aldi yoghurt I used, definitely prefer Glenilen Farm though!

    • I just used natural yoghurt that was from Also but have since made these again using Glenilen Farm Natural Yoghurt and it is simply delish!
    • I sprinkle some sunflower seeds over the top… Partly for the crunch, partly because there’s an old bag opened in our cupboard for ages and I want to get rid of it!
    • Put the lid on your jar and leave in the fridge until you want to eat them, at least a couple of hours to let everything soak together – Overnight is ideal!
    • Enjoy!

    End product!

    Byyyyyye! 

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    An Italian Summer – Bergamo

    Something I love to do is TRAVEL. My most recent summer trip was to Italy.

    My boyfriend and I have been going out years and our anniversary is at the very start of the year, right after Christmas and my boyfriend’s birthday – they all come within 2 weeks – so we rarely get each other “anniversary” presents. This is why it was such a lovely surprise to get a one way flight for both of us to Bergamo (near Milan) in June!

    Kind of typical of us to not have even a return flight booked for a few months after this (we eventually booked home from Rome with some days accommodation in Rome at the end of our trip) so we only had a provisional plan for our trip- this is the freedom the interrail pass gives you – check out ticket prices here!

    We landed into Bergamo at 9am local time and got the bus into the train station. We found a locker for our bags at the train station (actually across the road from the station) and hopped onto another bus to bring us to the funicular. This is the little uphill train to save those legs from trekking up the steep hills to the amazing old town high above.

    Looks like clever me cut out the sides of the map of the “lower” old town…

    Where the funicular lets you out is in, what we later discovered to be, a “lower” old town. There are really lovely squares and magnificent churches and buildings to wander around here.

     

    Our wandering led us to discover there was another funicular that brings you up to the “upper” old town where the views are spectacular from the top of castle (Something you’ll learn about me is that I love castles and ruins and old buildings in general, so this was a great find for us!)

    The funicular approaching to collect us from the “upper” old town

     We had a lovely lunch here at San Vigilio where not only were the pizzas delicious and the wine cold but the lighting views were incredible! You can’t really see the amazing views that await you from the street but just trust me and try it out! 

    View from our table in San Vigilio – picture doesn’t do it justice!

    After lunch, we rolled (literally!) back down the hill in the funicular and caught a bus from here back down to the modern city of Bergamo. We browsed a few shops because I realised I hadn’t brought a white top away with me – an essential for travel (you’re probably getting a sense for how unfashionable I am when my whole holiday would’ve been difficult without a plain white top!) My boyfriend went into a phone shop to try get a data only sim for his phone, we eventually broke down the language barrier and got that working! 

    We got a bus back to get our bags and headed to the train station to sprint onto a train to Milan 🚂

    That whole post took waaaaay longer then i thought so I’ll leave Milan and the rest of my 2 week holiday for another day.. going to be slot of blog posts at this rate! Below are some more pictures​ from Bergamo. 

    Byyyyyye.

    Piazza Vecchia

      

    Flowers leading the way to the Duomo from Piazza Vecchia

    Did i mention there was loads of churches with amazing architecture, including a huge Duomo? Ooppps….

     

    The perfect poached egg

    Well if my intro post didn’t grab you, I’m sure that title will definitely make you read my second post! Welcome to your lesson on how to make the perfect poached egg 🥚

    My dad read in a cook book one day that instead of doing a raw egg in a swirling pot off boiling water and hoping for the best, you should make little parcels for your egg to poach in. And such is the recipe I’m going to share with you today! 

    Required:

    • A little mug or tea cup, not too deep or wide
    • Cling film
    • A pot
    • Water
    • White or black pepper
    • And an egg (duh)

    Directions

    • Boil some water in a pot/ boil water in a kettle and pour into the pot.
    • Keep the water at boiling temperature in the pot.
    • Get your little cup and enough cling film to place inside the cup with a little extra sticking out. Do just that, put the cling film into the cup.
    • To stop the cooked egg from sticking to the cling film it can help to suggest some butter on the inside of the cling film before putting the egg in.
    • Crack the egg into the cling film and season with pepper, if that’s your kind of thing.

    Notions with my Orla Kiely mug

    • Wrap your parcel by bringing together the outside of the cling film together and twisting shut.
    • Repeat steps 3 – 5 depending how many eggs you’re having (one egg per parcel – or maybe it’d be interesting to have a double yolked parcel, be creative!)
    • Drop your parcels into the water in the pot.. not from a height or anything, that’s probably a splash hazard.
    • It’s handy to hang the top of the parcel over the side of the pot to keep it from sinking underwater.

      The cling film kind of melts to the shape of a hook after a few seconds in this position

    • Leave for MAX 5 – 6 minutes, depending on how runny you like your eggs and how hot the water is.
    • Sometimes with this method I find that the top of the parcel doesn’t cook because it’s above the water level. A good solution for this is to open the parcel (careful not to burn your fingers!) and put the half cooked egg directly into the water to cool the top.
    • When the egg is cooked, put it on a slice of buttered toast, sprinkle some white pepper (delish with eggs), make yourself a cup of tea and bone apple teeth! 

     

    Need to get myself a pretty spot for overview shots

    Another riviting read I’m sure.. byyyyyyye

    Hello!

    My name is Lisa and I like to moan a lot. Not that kind of moaning, you filth bag. I like to give out, whinge, complain, bitch… whatever else you want to call it. Here’s the link to Thesaurus.com I’m sure they’ll help.

    Speaking of whinging, I’ve been complaining about how frightfully boring 90% of blogs are. So in order to be fully confident that my blog would be better, I decided to start one. Odds are it’ll be equally as sh!t as the rest of them out there but nothing ventured, nothing gained!

    Not terribly sure what this whole blog will be about but we’ll play it by ear and see what comes out of my brain. I have minimal beauty routines and habits, not terribly fashionable, occasionally cook the same 4 meals and am not disciplined (read: I love my bed and Netflix) enough to be a fitness hun. I do like to travel but don’t get to do half as much as I’d like or enough to warrant a full blog on (any travel companies out there looking for a gal to send away, hit me up). So let’s pop me into a Miscellaneous blog type for now.

    FUN FACT #1: I learned the word Miscellaneous from playing The Sims and picking out furniture that didn’t fit into “Kitchen”, “Living Room”, Bathroom” or “Outside” buckets.

    Enough waffle for one post – byyyyyyyyyye!