Adult Tastes – Giant Salads

I have just come back from a camping trip and we ended up talking about adult food tastes. Avocado and cous cous both came up as things we pretty much all love now but wouldn’t have even considered when we were younger. It was even suggested that one of the best things about being an adult was all the scrummy, delicious, healthy food we often prefer (or at the very least enjoy) now. Although I for one can’t deny I have a sweet tooth that would rival most children its certainly true that my taste pallet has developed.

In fact, one of the best things about being at home is the amount of fresh fruit and veg lying around. I do buy fresh veg at uni but I mostly skip fruit – I just never get through it all before it goes off. Therefore I’ve been making great use of it while I’ve been back and one of the things I’ve been making a lot is massive salads – falafel, hummous, avocados….mmm, mmm. I would never have been convinced that salad could be so yummy when I was younger, that is for sure!Falafel Salad

I’ve been using a packet mix falafel which is great. Falafel is one of my favourite foods – definitely an adult taste – but not something I’ve had much success in actually making. I tried making the baked falafel recipe from A Beautiful Mess last summer and while it was okay, it was super dry and didn’t really give me that crunchy but soft feeling I want from falafel. The packet mix worked a bit like stuffing – add water and it becomes a paste and then deep fry. I’m sure I will try making falafel from scratch again but for now its a pretty decent substitute. Add some freshly made tahini dressing and you are all set!

Is there anything you have come to like now as an adult but would have hated as a kid?

Ta-Ra,

Hannah

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Awards Evening

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Last wednesday evening I went to the student awards ceremony put on by Durham Student Union. The Theology Society was nominated for the Best Student Lead trip category, for our society run trip to Rome. This was really the President and myself’s baby so it is really lovely to be given such a generous acknowledgement of our work and the societies as a whole.

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I can’t recommend getting properly involved in a society enough. Its only this year that I have really been involved in the theology society and I have met some wonderful people. It has really contributed to me feeling much more at ease in my second year of uni. As I move to Melbourne I really want to get involved within a society, so I am spending a lot of time just now looking up the different things I could do when I move.

Sadly we didn’t win the award but it was still a fabulous event (much posher than expected). Its nice to be able to say something positive about the union after a year of obtuseness and struggle. We got a yummy three course meal and great entertainment. My favourite was the Gamelan society who played music throughout dinner.

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A lovely end to the year!

Ta-Ra,
Hannah

Craft Fair, St. Joseph’s and St. Helens

A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend a craft fair organised by my friends Gwen from Life, the Universe and Would you pass the custard creams? and Anna from Loose Leaf Tea and Letters. Although it was a little quiet due to it being their first event the stalls looked amazing. I picked up a few bits and pieces and am buzzing with ideas. Now that exams are over I am really looking forward to getting more creative.

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Chinatown, Birmingham

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Having gained power over my younger brothers for the week (muhahaha) I took my youngest brother (fourteen, grumpy but very much a foodie) out to experience the delights of Birmingham’s Chinatown. Although it is a very small Chinatown – a market, some restraunts and a couple of supermarkets – it still provided us with ample enjoyment for a couple if hours.

After completely freaking Josh out by looking at the pigs trotters in the market we had a bit more luck in the supermarket. We ended up purchasing gyozo dough, orange and mango oreos and lotus spread filled steam buns. A rather disparate spread but we were feeling suitably creative. I then introduced Josh to bubble tea. I actually think this was the most authentic tea I’ve had as it actually vaguely tasted like tea. Does anyone know why bubble tea always comes sealed, or is that just for affect?

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Either way, a successful visit to Chinatown and it’s worth a quick peak of you are ever around.