A Rare Sighting

I know! An outfit post! But one with a difference – the photos were taken and edited on a phone, and I’m writing the post on the phone as well.

I’ve been sent the Samsung Galaxy S6 by Three to test out as a long term Apple girl and without spoiling the posts I have planned about it (I’m going to post here and on Bonjour, Blogger! about the phone, because I have a lot to say!) I’m surprised to find that I’m really enjoying using the phone. (It doesn’t hurt that Three is SO much better than Vodafone (my current supplier) in BS1, so I can use my phone at lunch!)

Last Sunday, I headed over to At Bristol with some of my favourite bloggers for some crafting fun with Laura Ashley (which I also want to post about – you wait forever for a post to appear and then you’ve got two more promised for the next week or so!) and thought that I should wear a pretty outfit instead of my current love of jeggings and t-shirts. (mmmm, lazy)

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Blouse: ASOS* | Skirt: Boden* | Shoes: Primark (because no matter how much I spend on shoes, they always fall apart, sigh)

Now it’s time for work, where I’ll be impatiently waiting for my Apple Watch to appear. You know this mini movie from Despicable Me where the minion keeps typing and reaching for the banana? That’s gonna be me.

 

Affiliate links used for the clothing items, link to phone not requested by Three as part of the review

Yes, It’s Another Voting Post

I know, I know. You’re hearing it from everyone around you. You should vote in the upcoming General Election because people died so you could vote, blah blah blah. I’m not going to tell you that. Partly because you already know it, and partly because it doesn’t matter how many times you hear it – if you weren’t persuaded the first time, you won’t be the hundredth time you hear it.

So registering to vote is difficult?

Wrong. It’s super easy – you just need your National Insurance number and this web page – www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Voting is a total faff!

Well, yes, going to the polling station can be a right ball ache. I’ve not voted in the past because it would take me 90 minutes each way to get to work, and by the time I got home, there was no chance I was leaving the house again. But then I realised that anyone can register to vote by post (I used to think it was just for old people and people who couldn’t get out!) and now it’s super easy to vote.

Who should I vote for?

Honestly, I had no idea. In my constituency, there are 8┬ápeople standing – from the main three parties to the not so serious ones and I had no idea (and not really time to go through all of their manifestos). But thankfully, there are sites out there like Vote for Policies and VoteMatch which I preferred the format of the questions asked – you’re given a statement, asked whether you agree, are neutral or disagree with it, then are asked how important it is to you if you’re not neutral about it. At the end of the quiz, you’re asked which parties you would never ever vote for, but I wanted to see what my choice was without any bias.

If you want to know everyone who is going to be standing in your constituency, YourNextMP is really useful – just pop your postcode in and get a list of who will be sending you a ton of leaflets.

Do I really need to talk about the election?

No! My mum always said that her vote was between her and the ballot box, so it was a bit of a shock when I went to uni and everyone was talking about politics so openly. I still don’t feel comfortable talking about politics openly – whatever my opinion is on who will be best for my area and the country, it’s not going to change your opinion on who is best.

 

That’s the last I’ll say about politics on this blog – back to your not at all regularly scheduled content.

#dumplingfest

Dumplings!

Dumplings dumplings dumplings, dumplings.

 

Wait, that doesn’t make sense. Let’s start again.

DUMPLINGS!

The first week of May is Bristol Food Connections week, where lots of different events happen all over the city as part of a big food festival. Two of my favourite tweeters, @waiyeehong and @restingchef are getting together to host a dumpling making workshop, and I had a sneaky preview one Sunday afternoon when the craymart needed to test the recipe. Obviously, I couldn’t say no because, well, dumplings.

So! We put together a pork based filling which was quite unphotogenic

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For the first batch of dumplings, we used ready made wrappers. You can buy these frozen from Wai Yee Hong if you’re in Bristol, or you can make your own with just flour and water.

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A small amount of filling is put on the wrapper, and if they’re frozen, you need to wet the edges so it will stick together.

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Pinch, pinch, pinch…

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Once we had made enough, we cooked some off because testing is super important, you know.

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Oooh, look at those dumplings! Crispy and delicious, with a bit of sauce on the side to dip into.

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While photos and videos can show you how something is done, being shown in person is even better, so if you’re free on Saturday 9th May, head over to the Wai Yee Hong website and book your spot on the dumpling making workshop. You’ll learn how to fold jiaozi, how to cook them and…ok, you don’t need any help eating them, but you will get a bag of ingredients from Wai Yee Hong to go with your creations and will be shown other things like how to make wontons and other ways of folding.

(Oh, and if you’re not really the cooking type, you can buy ready made dumplings from the craymart, and you can go to one of the supper club events because Danielle makes one of the best roast dinners in Bristol)