Sunday, 23 October 2016

Avocado buns

When a new trend comes out, once 6-12 months have passed and everyone has done it and it's no longer fashionable or new anymore, I tend to hear about it and get involved. This happened with skinny jeans which I detested and mocked for months before noticing that everyone was wearing them and they actually looked nice, and it's just happened again with avocado buns which a few months ago were something I screenshotted on Instagram and now appear on restaurant menus.
In that vein, then, I couldn't help but jump on the bandwagon and have a go myself. They're pretty easy to make, mainly because as long as you can peel and avocado and cut it in half, you've basically done it!
They're also, pretty disappointing, they really aren't a substitute for a burger bun, there's no way on earth you can eat one like you would a burger, avocados are pretty soft and it will slip and slide and disintegrate if you clasp it and try to eat it like a burger, plus it's much, much too tall! Also, even being a mammoth avocado like me, let's face it, if you're eating a burger, an avocado isn't really going to cut it as a bread substitute! If you're truly avoiding the bread then I'd sooner make buns out of my low carb bread recipe, or even shape the cauliflower crust pizza mix into bun shapes and use that.
I gave one a try without much though about what to put in it which was my first mistake but to be honest it didn't for me make much difference as in the end it was far too awkward to eat it as an actual burger so once I'd photographed it for here I chopped it up and ate it as a salad, which my fillings were just perfect for. I guess you could fill it with an actual (veggie) burger but again I think you'd be taking it apart before eating it.
I'll talk you through how I did mine, though they are pretty self explanatory!

  1. Take an avocado that you're pretty sure is in perfect condition and at the perfect stage of ripeness, it's going to need to look good as, let's face it, the very point of having one is to photograph it!
  2. Cut it in half, though not lengthways as you usually would, but the other way
  3. Peel it,  taking great effort not too mark it too much as you do, because, photo
  4. Cut a little piece off the bottom so it has a flat bottom and will stand up independently
  5. Prepare your fillings, I just sliced an onion and tomato but next time I'll be slightly more experimental
  6. Pop the first piece on the bottom, then add your fillings, then pop the top piece on
  7. Sprinkle sesame seeds on, if you have them, I didn't!
  8. Take photo's, post them on Instagram, then dissemble, cut up and eat, as there's no way you'll be able to eat it normal burger style!
If you do give it a try I'd love to know what you think, did you eat it like a burger? Do you think I've been a bit harsh? Is this an Instagram fad that'll just blow over?

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Cruelty free beauty - & Other Stories

It's been a little while since I posted, and even longer since I posted a beauty post. I've had these for ages, I picked them up in the sale at & Other Stories a while ago, and forgot all about them until I found them while unpacking the other day, yes I'm still unpacking despite moving months ago!

& Other Stories, from what I can gather, is a reasonably new addition in the UK, but I love it. I don't have very way out/ experimental fashion tastes and always prefer pretty plain, neutral pieces, and this shop is full of those! Plus it sells everything from clothes, candles, shoes, jewellery, bags, and of course beauty, including makeup so you can do a pretty comprehensive shop while you're in there!

Anyway, onto these products. Like I said they were in the sale, but even full price the products here are really affordable. 

I haven't used body spray since my Impulse days but picked this up and thought it'd be nice to use as a much cheaper alternative to perfume, it smells really fresh (as they all do, because they're all in the same scent). 

I especially like layering lots of products with the same scent, and this is such a cheap way to do this. I love it after a shower, particularly after the gym, when I can smother myself in the body souffle and hand cream then go heavy with the body spray. 

Anyway, as it's name suggests, the body souffle is a lighter alternative to a body cream, it's really light and sinks in really quickly and leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft. It's definitely more of an everyday product, so after a bath or if I'm having a bit of a pamper evening I would use something a bit more intensive. 
The body mist, like I mentioned, is something I would throw on after a shower, I like the fact that it's so cheap that I can cover myself with it with reckless abandon so I'm completely immersed in the scent. Something I'm always reluctant to do with perfumes. It smells lovely and fresh, and using it over the top of the body souffle just intensifies the scent further. 
Lastly the hand cream, now I am a bit of a hand cream fiend. I wash my hands a million times a day because of the work I do in my *real life*, and as a result my hands are consistently dry. This is a lovely, thick hand cream, that's thicker even than the souffle and makes your hands feel so soft, and they even look softer!

Now I couldn't find out much online about it's cruelty free status, but the lady in the shop assured me it most definitely is cruelty free, and their website confirms this also so let me know if you know any different.

Well that's it for now, just a quick one for today, but I have so much planned for the run up for Christmas and beyond, so keep checking regularly as things are about to get pretty exciting!
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