Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Day 14 - Mum

I'm missing my parents. This is something I wrote a while ago in a sudden creative burst. 

I love my mum.

Recently when with her I've been thinking of all the things I used to associate with her as a child.

 Mum used to always wear bright red lipstick when we went out. Still does, although now a little darker.  I don't think she noticed, but I used to always watch her pull out her lipstick in the black plastic case. Watching the red waxy stick rotate out before she delicately tapped it onto her pink pencil lined lips. I always used to love the smell. Sweet, almost like chocolate. When she wasn't looking I'd sneak it out of her bag and smell it for ages, I even tried putting a little on my lips. Needless to say she noticed that, having her daughter come downstairs with sticky red lips and a slightly dented lipstick. Obvious.

After the lipstick would come the perfume. I've always known the fragrance, it's been familiar to me since I can remember. Chanel No.5. Jasmine and lily flowers. That's what I remember. I only ever referred to it as a child as "the stuff my mum smells of". It reminds me of the way I'd fit into the shape of her chest and stomach when I'd hug her, her hair would tickle my head. The morning after a party I'd go into my parents' bed (they would still be asleep, I'm sure they weren't pleased), dive into the duvets and straight into my mum's arms (occasionally my dad's back, it proved a good surface to sleep on.) where the faded smell of Chanel would tickle my nose.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Day 13 - I have no time. BUT.

If I ever see another piece of pasta, a pot noodle or a grain of rice in my flat again, I'll be sick.

My culinary skills are waning.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Day 12 - Freshers Conversations

It is 4AM. Although it won't show that up on my post - I've had issues with setting the time on my schedule for a while. However, I have a feeling late night/early morning blog posts are going to become a regular thing for the next couple of weeks, while I settle in here.

One thing about moving away to a university is that pretty much everyone else is in your position. They're an undergraduate, new in some way to the area, around few to no familiar people. Having spoken to what seems like hundreds of people during the Freshers events is the way in which people converse. There very quickly becomes a set conversation people have. Almost like a questions checklist.


In that order.

It's only after these four things have been established people decide if they want to continue their conversation or not. Which is fair enough - when you're in a club, it's pretty easy to scream this information into someone's ear before allowing the crowd to carry you off elsewhere. I have to admit though, I'm not a fan of screeching in ears to get heard - one gentleman this evening managed to sneeze halfway through his sentence, giving way to a delightful mix of sweat, saliva and general nasal liquids to insert themselves into my ear canal. He didn't seem to notice my horror at the entire situation and carried on speaking. No one tends to notice much in a club. The person you were speaking to probably didn't notice you left. In fact, they were probably drunk enough to not notice the fact they were speaking to you in the first place. It works out though - makes for less awkward conversations when you bump into people the morning after.

"Did I speak to you last night?"

"I don't know, did you?"

"I don't know. Fresher? Studying? What's your name? Age?"

"Yes. English literature. Aisha. 18."

The above sentence has been repeated and is now like a mantra in my head. I wonder how many more times it'll be uttered!

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Day 11 - Kinda.

Okay, so technically, if I'd been a good blogger, this would have been Day 12, but instead, university started and I've only just sat down now. At precisely 2:09AM. After having all five of my senses brutally pummelled in a club.

I'm sorry. I'm very sorry.

I shall update you on what's been happening today, and then write another blog post in a few hours after I've gone to bed and slept. That shall be Day 12.

I moved in today. I made the mistake of moving in in the evening, which basically meant that I had to unpack all my stuff and then desperately find someone to go with me to the event taking place in the next hour or so. I found someone in a different flat. It worked out well.

 Once my parents left, nerves kicked in. To top it off, there is no one in my OWN flat at the moment. At least, there is no one responding in my flat. Someone has moved in their kitchen things, and yet I cannot find that person. It's deeply unsettling. I knocked on a few bedroom doors in the flat before giving up and joining a pre drinks party in a separate block of flats. Which turned out well, I must say.

Anyway, that is why I didn't find a chance to blog today, and I apologise. At this hour, I doubt I'll write anything productive or of much substance, so I will end here and sleep soundly tonight.

Until the next few hours, readers. Aisha CM hands out her most solemn apologies.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Day 10 - Contemplations

There is a church nearby to where I live, surrounded by a very tranquil green where the cemetery is. In all of the ten years I've lived in this town, I'd never actually spent any time there, other than when I occasionally walked through it to get to the town. On account of the fact that I'm leaving for university tomorrow to move in, and will be moving my family home to France in a few months, I decided to change that the other day. I made myself a sandwich at home, decanted some apple juice into a plastic bottle, and sat down after I'd gone shopping to have my lunch there.When I walked over to the green I made a point of walking up and down the small hill as I used to when I was 6 or 7. I don't know why really, but I enjoyed it. I'd not done so for years.

I'd been very aware of this entire "growing up" thing that had been playing on my mind since I got my A-Level results, and yet I tended to lose my patience with friends of mine who started to panic about the fact they were older and suddenly would have a huge amount of responsibility to cope with. While I was sitting on the green, however, I felt something along the lines of panic starting to set in myself. Not so much panic, but my mind suddenly just drifted.

"Are you ready, Aisha?"

I did not mourn the end of my being a child, or the end of my school days. They happened, I regretted nothing and I felt satisfied. This panicked feeling was coming from the fact new things were starting, and I wasn't not sure how to fully embrace them without tripping up somehow. If I was going to trip up, was I ready? How did I know?

It was at this point, I picked up my bottle of apple juice, opened the lid, and poured it all over my face.

Accidentally, I mean, I had been lying down thinking, and as I brought the bottle to my mouth, the contents of the bottle had emptied across my nose and lips. I sat up quickly and mopped myself up. I took a deep breath, and laughed. In some ways, this was exactly what helped me realise the answer to my problems.

"Are you ready, Aisha?"

"I think so."

"What if you trip up?"

"I've tripped up before. I'll learn. I just learnt not to think and drink at the same time. That's always good, right?"

"Sure. Maybe you'll manage, in that case."

"Yeah, maybe I will."

Everyone is going to make mistakes, and I have no doubt that when from when I move out tomorrow until I move back home next year, mistakes are going to be made. I'll learn from them. I'll make sure to learn from them. Now I just have to wait and see what happens.

I'm excited.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Day 9 - Cooking Day 2 - Hob Nobs

I made these today again to practice my skills and find a way of winning over my fellow roommates this weekend. There's not going to be many more recipes after this but I really hope you enjoy this one! 

I thought it would be great to spend an hour making these amazing crunchy chocolate oat biscuits. They're great with a mug of tea, and a fine size too! 

Equipment you need is simple:
Weighing scales
Mixing Bowl
Baking Tray
A spoon or two (duh!)


 100g (4oz) soft margarine

 75g (3oz) Demerara sugar

 100g (4oz) plain flour 

 100g (4oz) porridge oats

           And the tiniest bit of vanilla extract - optional. 

You're going to want to heat your oven to 180C (350F). I have a horrendously old Circotherm oven, so for those of you who do as well, here's a conversion table! If you have a Circotherm you're going to need to switch your oven to 160.

Now to the fun part. Get your ingredients together, and in a large mixing bowl, throw in your margarine and sugar. You can use butter, but if you do, be sure to soften it with a little heat first. Once you've got them in the bowl, mix it up well so it's soft to stir. 

 Next throw in your oats and flour, and mix them slightly before adding a teaspoon of your vanilla extract. 

Now that you've got all your ingredients in the bowl, stir it up a little more and use your hand to mash it up into a slightly dry dough. If it's refusing to stay put and crumbling a little, just add a little more milk until you feel it's fine to flatten onto a surface. Don't worry though - the dough should be a little dry and crackly anyway! 

Clear away a worktop surface and sprinkle flour across it next. Then grab your dough and press it out into a flat shape onto the surface. Make it NO thicker than a centimetre, otherwise it won't cook in the time! Now you're going to start cutting your shapes. 

Don't worry if you don't have a cutter - you can just as easily use a glass or another round rim to do this with. When you take the shapes out, press out the excess dough flat again to cut out more circles, and repeat the process until you have barely any dough left. You should be able to make about 18 biscuits in total. 

Place your biscuit shapes onto a greased baking tray - you can grease it using margarine. Pop into the oven for fifteen minutes, before taking out to cool. If they're a little soft when you take them out of the oven, don't worry - they harden as they cool! 

You could leave them now as it is - they're sweet and warm and ready to go - however, in my opinion - chocolate makes everything better. Melt together as much milk chocolate as you need to in a bowl over a pan of boiling hot water. Then, when the chocolate is melted, just dip one side of the biscuit in, take it out, and place chocolatey-side-up on a plate to cool. 

Ta da! Place them in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes or so, until the chocolate is hardened. That's it! It's so easy and only takes an hour or so if you go for it. Once done, be sure to send me a photo or tell me how you found them. 

I have a couple waiting for me with a cup of tea now, so I'm off! 



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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Day 8 - Cooking Day - Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

I just finished making these, and the smell coming from the kitchen up to my little bedroom is pretty damn heavenly, I'm not gonna lie. 

I improvised a lot with these as I went along, but recorded it all. Now that I'm going to be living away from home and away from the luxury of time to prepare food properly, I've been brushing up on making things that are A, convenient, and B - good for sharing. I'll be living with people soon, and hopefully my baking skills will be enough to win them over! Free from complications, strange equipment, and impossible to find ingredients, it takes less than 45 minutes to make, which is good when you have a free evening with friends. 

Serves 12 very easily - you may even have some mix left over afterwards!

So, what you need:

100g butter, softened
2 eggs

175g (6oz) caster sugar
225g (8oz) self-raising flour
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon hazelnut butter - or any peanut butter of your choice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 ripe bananas, mashed
50g white chocolate chips - that's for the mixture, but you may want extra to sprinkle on top of your muffins before baking.

First things first, heat your oven up to gas mark 4/180C/160C fan. Get out your muffin tray, line them with cases, and get on with your mix!

To do this, measure all of your ingredients into a bowl except your chocolate chips. 
Make sure to sieve in your flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the bowl in order to prevent any weird lumps that may occur! 

Mix together until smooth, using either a wooden spoon or an electric mixer (always easier!) and then add in your 50g of chocolate chips.

When that's done, place your mixture into each of your muffin cases. Don't be afraid to make them quite full - even though they'll rise, they're not going to expand so much that they overflow. If you have any chocolate chips remaining sprinkle them over each of your muffins before putting them into the oven. Then, you're pretty much ready to go! 

Stick the tray into the oven for 25 minutes, until they're nicely brown and have risen. Make sure to take them out and leave them to cool fully before eating them. 

You should get something like this!

Go on, tell me those don't look good. I dare you!

Have fun with this recipe and enjoy! Be sure to send me any pictures of your attempt at making these on Instagram or Twitter. I'd love to see them! Details below!

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