Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Southend - Beachy outing

After seeing my friend Charlotte do a blog post on a recent outing of ours to Southend-on-sea, I really wanted to do one of my own although I had planned originally not to.
Like hers, this post will be a collection of pictures we took - and might I add we tried to capture super pretty pictures (did someone scream AESTHETIC?)

For those of you that don't know Southend-on-Sea is a seaside town not far off from London. Now by no means is it the best beachy place to go in Britain but for a quickly planned day out we couldn't complain.

The day before we went I picked up a bubble wand from Asda with visions of beautiful Instagram worthy pictures in mind, and I think I got just that.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Thorpe Park

Now many of us love a good theme park (hint hint including me) and this year post exams a lovely bunch of friends organised for a group of us to go to Thorpe Park and it actually happened. I usually have little faith in friends when it comes to organising trips as such (#whatsappgroupchatplanhorror) but they pulled it all together and it happened.

So the first Tuesday after exams had finished (woohoo freedom) we all got on the tube and began the (lengthy) journey to Surrey. Once we got to the actual park it was all excitement and we all ran around everywhere trying to get on as many rides as possible - Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Rush, Swarm etc. The day was full of laughter and sore feet and as we got back to Waterloo we caught the tube in which probably all of us were forced to keep our faces in a stranger's pits (if you're a Londoner you know what the tube is like around rush hour or you just know what the tube is like).

All in all it was a super fun day and I just want to put out there that your summer is what you make of it (speaking especially to year elevens that have college/sixth form ahead of them as this is your last real, relaxing and long summer) so have days out with your friends as much as possible and do things - I'm not one to really talk I can't lie but what's wrong with a bit of encouragement.

This was 2014 - slightly less demonic looking than the recent one pictured below.



                                        
 

Friday, 24 July 2015

Crepe/Pancake recipe (the one that I swear by)

Last year I posted a fluffy pancake recipe on here (I do question my blogging schedule sometimes) and was asked by a commenter to do a post on the crepe-y style pancake I had mentioned, so here I am like seven months on (ouch) with the post - I'm trying to do a post overload to make up for the months I have been gone.
 
This pancake/crepe recipe was actually one my old French teacher uses and it was one of the better ones I had tried, I will insert a picture the next time I make these to give you guys somewhat of an idea of how they come out. And so on to the actual recipe...
 
Ingredients:
  • 250g plain flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp. caster sugar or any white sugar
  • 2 tsp. of a flavourless oil (e.g. sunflower)
  • 250ml milk (I usually use whole)
  • 250ml water
  • Extra oil for frying
* If you're using semi skimmed milk you can increase the ratio of milk to water just make sure you have 500ml of the milk/water mixture.
 
Method:
 
  1. Mix all the wet ingredients (Milk, water, eggs, oil) together in a jug or large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the flour and sugar together and create a well in the middle of the ingredients.
  3. Slowly add a little of the wet mixture and whisk adding in small amounts until the wet mixture and dry ingredients are combined completely to leave a smooth thin batter.
  4. Heat a large frying pan (depending on what size you want your crepes to be) over a medium heat.
  5. Pour some oil into a saucer and fold some kitchen towel/tissue up. Dip the tissue in the oil and spread this tissue in the pan to grease it evenly.
  6. Once the pan is hot add a ladleful of batter and swirl around the pan until the base is coated and it cannot spread anymore.
  7. Allow to cook on that side and when the edges begin to brown flip over and allow to cook on the other side for two minutes or until golden brown then remove from pan.
  8. Serve with whatever toppings you like - I usually go for nutella (duh) and some form of fruit or whipped cream. BESTBREAKFASTEVER.
Do try out this recipe if you get a chance and if you have any questions just comment below. Let me know how they were if you did try them out :)
 
Asiyalulu xx

Leavers' Tea - the prom we never had

[I understand I haven't blogged in literal months and I apologise but the first one or two months I was away my exams were on so that was definitely a time where I could not blog and then I had been fasting the past month (should've done a Ramadan faves) so again sorry sorry sorry. If you would like to see anything specific from my blog please do let me know I would be more than happy to do requested posts.]
 
Okay, so I go - CORRECTION: went - to an all-girls secondary school (oh the joy) and so prom was always out of the question for us. What's the next best thing? Leavers' Tea obviously. And so on the eighth of May (a week before exams might I add!) was my year group's Leaver's Tea, yay. I don't know why I'm making it out to have been really bad because it was actually a really nice day (yes really).

The day began with speeches from staff and students alike which honestly brought tears to my eyes (the memories :) ). In year seven our head of year gave us the task of basically putting together a 'timb bomb' where we'd write our likes, dislikes, friends and experiences at the time. Five years on we got them back and it was really funny if slightly cringey think to look back on. Oh and we also ate a ton because hello? the buffet was calling.

Then we all got on coaches and this is when it gets real fun because we were heading to central (London) for a boat party woohoo! *insert confetti cone and dancing Latina emojies*. It was slightly drizzling with rain but whatever right? The boat went up/down the Thames and it was so fun having everyone together for once enjoying themselves. It was much better than anyone had anticipated, none of us really have high hopes when it comes to anything organised by our school but it was pretty amazing and the credit goes to our head of year who did a brill job of organising the day.

I think the only downside was that it was LITERALLY a week before exams so stress levels were naturally high due to "Oh my God I haven't gotten my dress!" and "I need to revise our exams are IN A WEEK!"

I'll insert some pictures below so you guys can have a glimpse of the day. Also I would love to know how your prom/s or equivalencies went or if they haven't happened yet how are the preps going? Do comment below :)

Asiya xx
 
I wasn't meant to be looking down :'(