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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Self-Love Playlist

A note from Joelle... 
girl, music, and black and white image
Here are some tracks you know and some you don't.
I like these track because they buck the trend of songs about putting people or themselves down. 
There are songs in this list about survival, love or just sheer ecstasy after realising that it's okay to do your own thing and by yourself.
They are not all 'happy-clappy', but they are all unapologetically positive, which is so refreshing. Click the links and have a listen:





























Have I missed a track that you think people should know about? Let me know! 
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Thursday, 7 April 2016

The 'Deen Scene: Spring Menu Tasting at Revolution Bar

A note from Joelle... 


Once again, apologies for the camera quality. I dropped my camera, so have to make do with crappy iPhone 4s quality until I get a new one!
At night, Revolution Bar (or "Revs", to students) is a haven for colourful cocktails, loud music and endless trays of flavoured vodka shots.
But during the day, it's a beautiful kitchen restaurant with live music with a summery terrace feel to it.
I have not been dined in the Aberdeen Revolution Bar for a long time, and the revamp was a lovely surprise.
Spring Menu Tasting at Revolution Bar

Food highlights: 

Lobster ravioli - smothered in pesto, the ravioli is perfectly cooked with a generous amount of lobster and ricotta inside. I can't lie, I was a bit greedy and didn't really want to pass this dish round the group!
I didn't expect such a fancy, yet affordable dish from Revs, if i'm being totally honest!

Buttermilk-fried chicken strips - Really tender and golden chicken with a tasty mayo dip.

Macaroni cheese burger - you don't think it's going to work, but it actually does!

Calamari - Really tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I wasn't keen to try it at first because I've have some pretty dodgy calamari before, where it was all chewy and oily. But this was cooked to perfection and the garlic mayo dip complimented it really well.

Goats cheese bon bons - move over mozzarella sticks, it's all about another cheese. 

Whilst we wined, dined and chatted away, a guy with his guitar serenaded the terrace with his chilled renditions of current pop songs. It was such a nice atmosphere.
I will definitely be coming back with a few pals to try more of the menu.
Thanks for having me!

Have a look at the menu HERE to see what else is new on the menu.
Check out Part I: Cocktail Masterclass

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Baking with Betty Crocker

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ 'The Tide Is High' - Atomic Kitten ♫♪

Because of intense uni work, we never really got an Easter break and won't actually get time off until before graduation (in JUNE!).
So, my flatmate, Claire and I decided to take a few hours out to relax and do a spot of home baking.
The lovely folks at Betty Crocker sent us a red velvet cake mix kit (both our favourite cake flavour!)
Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake
Our Red Velvet masterpiece made from the Red Velvet cake mix kit.
It looks a bit more Valentines-y than Easter, to be honest!

A few months ago, I bought a (cheap and dodgy) red velvet cupcake mix and made the WORST cakes in the history of mankind. It was brown, weirdly bitter and the butter frosting I put on top had curdled...
So with this cake, I was keen to redeem myself!
I was happy that I only needed to add a few "wet" ingredients: 3 eggs, water and oil.
Note how there is no raising agent or butter - the Betty Crocker mix has everything in it already.
The red colour remained in tact and after the cake cooled right down, we sliced it, filled it with cream cheese.
Neither of us are huge fans of cream cheese all over the cake, so we opted to smother the top of the cake with melted white chocolate and sugar sprinkles instead.
The chocolate coating adds more flavour and a lovely crunch, so we were really happy with the finished cake!
Isn't it a beauty?

If baking from scratch isn't your thing, but you still want a slice (sorry, my puns are getting worse and worse) of the baking action, Betty Crocker kits are for you!
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Monday, 28 March 2016

Spring Clean Printing with Epson ET-2500

A note from Joelle... 
Springtime is a weird time for me. On one hand I'm buying tulips, lighting scented candles and spending time replacing my grey/black winter wardrobe with more colour.
But as it's my final semester at uni, I'm super busy and bogged down with tonnes of work. 
Epson were kind enough to send me their fancy new eco printer to try and I was interested to see if it would make my uni and writing life (I write novels and poetry) a tad bit easier.
You may think it's odd that I'm doing a whole blog post about a printer, but this thing has really saved my bacon (and pennies!) over the past few months.

Let me explain...
During my four years at uni, I've spent so much money on printer credit and have never actually had a printer in any of my flats. This meant running to the library before a deadline, having to wait in line for about ten minutes and then always having some kind of technical error. It's been really stressful!
Epson ET-500 eco printer.
 The Epson EcoTank (*) is something I've never seen before. Instead of faffing around with pricey ink cartridges that you have to refill every month, this printer has a much more time and cost-efficient system. You pour your coloured ink into the designated tank and you're good to go! I've been using this printer non-stop, and the ink is nowhere near empty. 
I read that this ink will not need to be refilled for TWO YEARS.
What kind of awesomeness is this?
Epson ET-500 eco printer.
 Wanna know something else that's pretty nifty? No only can you print wirelessly, you can also print wirelessly from your mobile or tablet when you connect to the printers strong wifi connection.
Epson ET-500 eco printer.
After a really (thankGod, because I had been dreading it), the print was good to go in under 30 mins - no errors, no annoying beeping sounds, just smooth eco printing.
Epson ET-500 eco printer.
If you are a student, who spends so much money on uni/college printer credit and is sick and tired of having to go on campus to print, I really recommend investing in an Epson ET-2500 EcoTank printer. It can save you up to 70% in printing costs!
Epson ET-500 eco printer.
Right now, I'm working on my debut poetry pamphlet, and printing off those dreaded past papers for my last ever uni exam. Deadlines are looming, but I'm feeling less stressed out now that I don't have to worry about wasting time with uni printers!

Wish me luck guys!
How is your Spring going so far? :)
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