HDL COOKS: Chilli Con Carne

As much as I am a clear introvert, and my kitchen is often where I retreat to be alone with my ideas, I love to cook for people. Part desire to show off, part innate need to please everyone I hold dear, part teaching opportunity for anyone unlucky enough to be in the vicinity, there…

23 things I’ve learned in 23 years

This week, I turned 23. I’m kind of at a point in my life where I don’t think birthdays are really much of a big deal to me. They don’t yet inspire dread, but they’re just a benchmark with which to measure how much of the year has passed. I had a wonderful, relaxed day,…

Meeting the red pandas at Longleat Safari Park

My boyfriend, historically, is not too good at presents. One year he got me a ‘cuddly toy’ that turned out to be a squeaky duck meant for dogs. No, that gift-giving experience was not great for either of us. That’s why I was incredibly shocked and amazed when last year, for my 22nd birthday, he…

HDL COOKS: Chicken Arrabbiata Pasta

I promise that one of these days I’ll do a recipe for something that’s not pasta. Maybe. It’s just that I love pasta so much (well, most pasta anyway – don’t get me started on spaghetti). It’s quick, cheap, versatile, and most importantly, it’s delicious. I’d happily kiss the person who first thought that boiling…

HDL READS: What’s On My Reading List?

You might think that as an English Lit graduate, I would be all about reading. A few years ago, you would have been right. The trouble is, I think my degree made me hate reading. When I’ve picked up a book in my spare time lately, it’s felt like a chore. My brain still can’t…

Lymington Seafood Festival 13th August

Well this post has been long overdue! This past week I’ve just been a bit busy sorting out my home and preparing for the end of my post-graduation unemployment, so I completely forgot about the fun I had last weekend in the quaint little place of Lymington. Now the autumnal weather is returning (did anyone…

Southampton Bloggers You Need To Be Following On Instagram

I’ve lived in Southampton all my life. It is by no means the most beautiful, exciting or progressive city, but it is home. I learnt to ride a bike on The Common, I went to my first ever gig at The Joiners, kissed my boyfriend for the first time next to the old walls. I…

HDL COOKS: Thick and Fluffy American-Style Pancakes

You know you’re starting to reach adulthood when your friends start moving away. It doesn’t hit you until people start graduating from university, and you realise that the temporary exit they made from your life is becoming permanent. Last week, one of my good friends moved out of Southampton and into the capital, and I…

HDL COOKS: Thai Peanut Chicken with Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles

When I received my spiralizer (a generous Christmas gift from my bestie’s family), I vowed that every week, I would make myself a delicious, spiralized meal. Now, while I definitely haven’t kept that promise, I have more than made up for it in the excellent quality of meals that I have used my spiralizer for….

How I lost my interest in politics, and how Jeremy Corbyn revived it

One of the (few) things I remember distinctly from my politics A Level was the huge problem facing UK democracy – political disillusionment of the youth. Turnout in the 18-24 demographic has been on the decline since the millennium, and with the tendency for older people to produce a higher turnout and be more right…