Saturday, 27 February 2016
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Fiona went for the Shack-ago Dog (£5.25), Ruth went for the SmokeShack (£7.50) and I went for the classic ShackMeister burger (£6.50) which came with ale marinated shallots, and all of us ordered a side of fries with cheese sauce (£4).
I'm just going to say it, I really really enjoyed the burger. The portion size was perfect. I managed to eat every single bite but didn't quite feel like I was going to pass out (that came around the dessert stage). The patty was tasty and well cooked, the bun held it's shape perfectly so there were no embarrassing spillages, the shallots and ShackSauce added interesting flavours and textures. A burger lives and dies by the accompanying chips in my mind. The cheese fries were probably some of the best I've had. My only niggle is that I hate having to pay extra for chips but when they are this tasty I can get over it.
Sunday, 21 February 2016
So despite living alone I struggle with finding that perfect 'alone time' feeling.
I think it's mostly to down to the fact that I'm still trying to find that perfect work life balance and during the week I'm normally too exhausted to try and find some me time which is actually a little sad.
This weekend I wanted to make sure that I spent some time outside of the house relaxing and doing something a little different. I try and reserve my Sunday's as sofa days so it seemed a shame to waste Saturday by sitting on the couch as well. A day at the museum and a delicious brunch seemed like a cheap and fun way to get out of the house.
The weather has been grim in Cardiff recently, Saturday was no exception and I was battling with an umbrella all day. But in the end I forced myself out of the house and squelched my way to the Cardiff National Museum.
As expected because of the free entry it was quite busy. A lot of families were there with their children. Thankfully most of these people gravitated towards the exhibitions about the geology of the earth and archeology discoveries.
I had my eye set on the Ivor Davies exhibition. Sadly it was strictly no photos so you'll have to go and see that for yourself. I really enjoyed parts of the exhibition others less so but it's great seeing some truly amazing Welsh art all under one roof.
There was a beautiful Augustus John exhibition which I enjoyed more than the Ivor Davies collection. The Augustus John collection features paintings that he never managed to complete or that were partly completed. The way the paintings were curated was wonderful as well as how they were displayed.
Even though art can be so hit and miss for me, I really enjoy going to museums alone. I always do it in London when I stay for longer than a day. My mum and I used to go to museums a lot when I was little, it's probably some of the best education you can get when you're younger. Plus when you're older it's a great place to people watch and you don't feel lonely.
I rounded my solo day off with a visit to The Early Bird which is fast becoming one of my favourite places in Cardiff. Having already tried their Hulk Smash (avocado on toast with poached egg) I thought it was time to try their brioche french toast with bacon. I never want to eat anything else for the rest of my life, highly recommended if you're in the area!
I tried to wait out the rain with my coffee and F. Scott Fitzgerald but the weather had other ideas. In the end I managed to swim back home and spent the rest of the evening relaxing.
Alone time is so important to me, it gives me some time to rebalance myself and focus on the week ahead. I'm going to try and actively go out by myself. A holiday alone is the next step I think! Any suggestions?
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
- 175g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp caster sugar (optional as the caramel sauce is sugary)
- 2 large eggs
- 175ml milk
- M&S salted caramel sauce
Let me know if you end up loving this recipe as much as I do. Especially let me know if you've used it to woo someone, I'd love to know if this humble little recipe is the start of something wonderful!
If you are also riding solo like myself for the big V Day, just remember that your friends will always love you and that on the 15th chocolate will be half price. It could always be worse!