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Thursday, 30 October 2014

RECIPE: Crispy Kale Chips (Baked)

A note from Joelle... 
Following on from my Cinnamon Apple Crisps, I bring you a new super-simple vegan snack recipe!
RECIPE: Crispy Kale Chips (Baked)

I had had kale chips before, but my friend Elsh got me hooked again with her really delicious recipe.
My East African friends are very fond of kale and even Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong'o shared her love of kale on a talk show last year.
Kale is a new type of veg that has been taking the UK by storm due to it's nutritional benefits. Very rich in antioxidants and known to lower cholesterol, people are mashing it up and slapping it on their faces, while others are blending it in a smoothie.

This recipe literally takes 6 minutes and it tastes amazing on it's own as a snack, so on the side of a larger meal. It's funny because lots of my friends were sceptical about this, but when I made it for them and they tried it, their opinion totally changed (and the kale was eaten up in minutes!)

You Will Need:
 - Chopped and Washed Curly Kale - I picked a fresh packet of chopped kale in ASDA for 95p!
 - A lashing of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 - A sprinkle of Garlic Salt (or separate garlic powder and salt)

 - Wash the kale and place on a baking tray
 - Sprinkle on the garlic salt and drizzle on the olive oil
 - Bake at 200 for 3-5mins or until it's turning slightly brown and crisp

Let me know if you give this a try!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

"Whistle Down The Wind, Let Your Voices Carry"

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Whistle Down The Wind' - Tina Arena ♫ ♪

It's that time of the year - my favourite season. The trees have shimmied off their leaves and have graciously littered the streets with their crunchy, golden leaves.
I love the sound of the leaves as they get swept up and whisked by the wind into a whimsical whirlwind - the little things!
My university is exceptionally stunning at this time of the year, so I decided to do this outfit post on campus after class!
febgirl, george at asda knitwear, autumn fashion
I guess I have bucked the trend a wee bit this season with this block colour cropped jumper. Can't you believe it's from George at ASDA?
More specifically, it is designed by Thea Rose Saunders, a designer from Graduate Fashion Week.
As soon as I put it on, I let out a loud 'ooooh' sound. Why? Well, not only does it fit like a glove, the fabric is ridiculously soft! 
If you're like me and often shy away from knitwear due to possible 'wierd fabric feeling', then have no fear, because this is the one!
febgirl, george at asda knitwear, autumn fashion
That's a lot of leather I'm packing into one outfit, but it's just so lovely (and waterproof!)
Jumper - ASDA *
Leather Skirt - ASOS
Boots - Primark
Necklace - Topshop
Jacket - H&M
febgirl, george at asda knitwear, autumn fashion
I the jumper was also showered with lots of compliments today! Looks like people appreciate a 'pop of colour' during the Autumn season!
febgirl, george at asda knitwear, autumn fashion
Both my rucksack (£8.00) and boots (£20.00) are from Primark! I only got them two days ago and they've had a lot of use already!

What do you think of my outfit and the George at ASDA jumper? Too daring for Autumn, or an interesting change? :)

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Day Trip To Palma - Thomson Dreamliner 787

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Volare' - The Gipsy Kings ♫ ♪

I've been stuck in cold, grey Aberdeen for so long now, I had forgotten what the sun looked like. So when Thomson Airways invited me on a trip to Palma, Mallorca on the new Dreamliner 787 I couldn't help but squeal and do a little happy-dance!
Here's a photo diary and some info about Thomson Airline's exciting new plans for #FutureFlying!
 This was definitely the lightest I had ever travelled out of the country!
Clutch - Primark (I know, right?!)
Sunglasses - ASOS
I arrived bright 'n' early and met up with with the blogging crew (Katie, DaisyXanthePoppy and Alison) as well as some other journalists. We whizzed through security and headed straight for the departure gate.
Goodbye grizzly, grey England!
We were greeted in lovely smiles from the staff, which was really nice. I notice these things as I am used to travelling on other airlines where staff do not even look at you!
When we took our seats in Premium Economy, it was hard not to play around with the super-cool mood lighting feature. It's something I had never heard of on planes, but is a really cool feature! Personalising your view to suit your mood? Thomson have you covered!
Windows on the Dreamliner 787 are 30% bigger than regular plane windows, allowing passengers in the aisle to also be able to admire the view!
 - Bigger, padded seats with foot rests
 - More leg room!!!!
 - TV set and headphones to use on the journey (Film playlist is updated every month)
As soon as we set off, I put my feet up, sipped some bubbly and admired the beautiful sky view. It's hard to imagine we were in 3 degree thunderstorms just minutes ago.
Here are a few of Thomson's exciting #FutureFlying plans as outlined by Carl Gissing (Director of Customer Service at Thomson), David Burling (MD of TUI UK & Ireland) and Cpt. John Murphy: 
 - Beach Snack Bar on the 787 MAX
 - Duo Seating for couples on the 787 MAX
 - Family booth (four seats around a table) on the 787 MAX
 - Complimentary drinks in Premium and Economy 
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Now THIS is what plane food should be like!
Spanish-themed warm breads, sweet capsicum and onion tortilla, roared vine tomatoes, baked portobello mushrooms with sautéed peppers and a balsamic glaze!

Seasonal fruit skewers with strawberries, dragonfruit (my favourite!), melon, kiwi, pineapple and pomegranate.
Thomson are ahead of all other British Airlines when it comes to air cuisine. There was nothing left on the plate within the space of ten minutes!
Okay, just one last look...
Hello Mallorca! Ain't she pretty?
Here is the wonderful Cpt. John Murphy (our Pilot) giving us a wee tour of the cockpit. So many buttons to press look at!

John outlined some pretty cool features of the Dreamliner 787:
 - At 43,000 feet, the Dreamliner flies higher, quieter and smoother than any other aircraft
 - Staff are gifted iPads to use onboard to help customers with questions and queries, quickly
 - More fuel efficient too!
787 Dreamliner cockpit

Co-Pilot Joelle, ready to take off! 
I met a lovely Air Stewardess named Vicky. She has been with Thomson for more than twelve years and hearing her speak so highly about her job and her travels was truly special.
We stepped off the plane and into 27 degree heat - no one was complaining!
Hi, Daisy! 
Thomson even gave their loyal customers the chance to name the Dreamliner 787, and this is what won!
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We were greeted by the Thomson Palma crew and headed into Ca'n Eduardo - a seafood restaurant with a stunning terrace area.

We mingled with journalists and holiday reps about the trip so far and also about the new Ipad scheme, which all reps and air staff are given to personalise customer service.
Classic, crispy calamari, and spinach croquettes and cava were on the menu first.
The main course arrived, much to everyone's delight. I went for a beef steak (well done), with hasselback potatoes, chunky chips and a roasted vegetable skewer!
Next up was this dessert platter of Spanish pastries and meringue treats - they really did spoil us, didn't they?
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After the meal, we all headed out to enjoy a few hours in Palma. The blogger girls perused around Palma Harbour, soaking in the marine and city atmosphere!
Daisy and I lapping up the sun!
Palma Harbour is ideal for after-meal walks, romantic strolls and sightseeing!
La Seu, Palma Cathedral stands tall above the aromatic lime trees.
Stuffed to the brim with delicious food and slight tans, we piled back on to the coach and waved goodbye to beautiful Palma.
 Back on board, we were all surprised with our favourite drinks (soft or alcoholic), all personalised to our taste! We were asked about our favourite drinks over lunch, but I didn't think much of it at the time. I was served a J2O, which I luuuuuuurve! What a wonderful perk!
Passengers on nighttime flights can receive hot drinks, warm cookies  and a (very cosy) duvet that I was reluctant to give back! This fabulous scheme launches in February 2015.
Thomson truly believes that the holiday experience starts with the flight and their holiday-makers come first.
After meeting the genii behind the press, business and hospitality sectors, it's safe to say that Thomson's services are second-to-none.
Being a student, who studies in another country, I am so used to Airlines that genuinely do not care about their customers. And as I am sometimes quite nervous about flying, it was lovely to feel well looked-after and safe on these Thomson flights.

I can't thank the team enough for inviting me! I now have to convince my family to book a Thomson holiday to Costa Rica next year (available from November 2015) - I am sure they won't be able to resist after reading this!

I did not really know much about Thomson before I came on this trip. However, seeing with my own eyes the passion of the staff (both on ground-level and air-level), it's clear that they are really revolutionising holiday travel. Any customer who chooses to fly with Thomson are making a great decision!

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