4 Nov 2013


'It's our fuel, it's a social bond and for many of us it's a happy place. Today we celebrate food'

today we celebrate food. this is just the right thing for this blog and I am really happy that it's back in the challenge, in may I posted this beautiful recipe in this category.

today however I am going to be doing something a little different, it's something I've been meaning to do ever since I moved and stopped doing 'a week in meals' posts, which will be coming back by the way. 

today I am going to be posting a kind of summary of the meals I've had ever since I moved. I have taken pictures of most of them as I've gotten so used to it but just never had time to post a week in meals, so I thought I'd do this instead to not waste all the lovely pictures. I've chosen some of my favourite food moments and there will be a story to every picture and some eating out recommendations aswell.

my mum's first dinner in Manchester

my mum came to visit me and my new town only a week after I moved here and I was so happy to be able to show her around. on the first evening we went to TGI Friday's as it's a place we'd been to in London and we love. they do really great food and sing a lot of birthday songs to people (can that many people have their birthday on one day?!) it was a great evening with my mum and I can't wait to go back with her sometime (because really as nice as it is it's just not in my budget).

our first sunday lunch at the new house

since one of my housemates had never had a proper sunday lunch we decided we had to introduce her to it, and we did so properly. yorkshire puddings made by a yorkshire women, amazing beef (thanks to my housemates mum) and looaaads of veg and mash. that's what I love about sundays.

Jamie's Italian with my mum

definitely one of my favourite meals so far. those are the two things we had for starters which are crispy risotto balls with arrabbiata sauce and same fried gnocchi which I can't seem to find on the menu anymore hence the bad description. the meal was great and the King Street restaurant is so beautiful, I just want to eat there every day. which of course I won't but I do really want to.

so those are some of my favourite impressions so far, let me know if you liked this post and if you want me to maybe do those kinds of posts more often? thank you for reading!


this post is part of the Blog Every Day In November series.

3 Nov 2013

#BEDN - LIGHT (a candle wishlist)

'Happy Diwali! It's the Hindu festival of lights. Whether you are Hindu or not, let's think about light'
 A Candle Wishlist

now, first when I saw the topic for today I really didn't know what to write about, but then it came to me, candles. it's this time of the year again where it's grey outside and dark most of the time so it's lovely to have some candles around to light up the mood from time to time. 

1. Spiced Apple Halloween Jar Candle - Flamingo Candles
I first found out about this company over at love, Tilly and fell in love with it. I've not tried any of the candles yet but if I were to choose one it'd be this one. for me this sounds more like a christmas scent than halloween but really I don't care, I just love apply in every shape or form and you just can't go wrong with flamingos ever.

2. Jam Scented Candles - dotcomgiftshop
aren't these cute? I just love the look of them and the scents also sound pretty nice, especially the apple, again.

3. Cheesecake Crunsh Candle - Flamingo Candles
this is another flamingo candles one and I just had to include this as it sounds so delicious and I thought my blog readers would like the sound of a cake scented candle (just as much as I do!) this sounds really nice to me actually even though I'm not a fan of really sweet smells I think the notes of this would be lovely. I'll have to try it.

4. Market Peach - Bath And Body Works (found on ebay)
now this is not really an autumn winter scent, but I love peaches and I've been wanting to try this candle ever since I first heard about it. I am not going to as I can only really get it on ebay but if you ever find yourself in america would you mind bringing one back for me?


this post is part of the Blog Every Day In November series.

2 Nov 2013


Share something you made - it can be a craft, a recipe, your latest DIY attempt, your babies, a home remedy or even you local community group. Interpret any way you like!

I'll be honest here, I was going to and really should be posting a recipe today but since I actually made something different the other day I really wanted to show it as I'm not usually one to make things that aren't food.

It was halloween and me and my housemates thought we'd do some pumpkin carving. now I never used to really celebrate halloween back home, I've carved pumpkins before but the online time I really did it was last year with my boyfriend and it was great. (the really cool one on the left is the boyfriend's by the way, he's certainly the talented one)

and after that I thought it would be a great idea to give it a go again this year. not as much planning went into it I have to say but I spent all day trying to figure out what I wanted to carve and then basically decided about five minutes before the carving started. I ran up into my room, took a picture of my textbook and used it as a template (can you guess what's coming now?)

yes! it's a heart! (well done to those of you who actually guessed it, many of my friends didn't but I assume that just means that my skills will have to improve next year).

however, I am actually really proud of it and it means I shall always remember the shape of the heart and where all the important things are and stuff. so yeah, that's pumpkin revision right there.

and here's the other thing that I made which shall be in a recipe post really soon. it won't be halloween anymore then (since it's not even halloween anymore now) but pumkin is yummy all year around right?


this post is part of the Blog Every Day In November series.

1 Nov 2013


introduce yourself to fellow BEDN-ers and maybe tell your long time readers something new. Let's get to know you!
hey everyone, so since elizabeth over at rosalilium has started another challenge to blog every day in one month, this time Blog Every Day in November or #BEDN, I thought I would use this is a chance for me to get back into blogging. it really worked back in may when I took part in the #BEDM challenge (see some posts here) so I thought I'd give it a go again.

I will not promise to actually post every single day but I most definitely will try my very best to post as often as possible.

so today I am supposed to introduce myself, this is always a difficult thing for me but I guess I'll just get started. I'm Magdalena and I'm originally from Austria but I've moved to the UK two months ago. I love in the beautiful north west and study biomedical sciences at university here. I love food which is why I've started this blog. I love watching and playing football and it makes me really happy that now that I'm at uni here I can finally play with a great club. I'm only in the beginners team but I love it.

I'm not your typical student in any way, I like going to bed early and I love my 9 o'clock lectures, I don't sit in my room and study all day every day but I do enjoy a weekend where I can do just that (like this weekend). 

I love being in the UK as I've always wanted to live here and I certainly don't regret living here. it's actually not even rained all that much yet which I know will not last but since I have an umbrella now (after living here for two months!) I don't mind that either.

I am really happy to have found some great people over here already and I know I'll make many more friends over time. I do really miss my friends at home though but I'm glad skype exists which means we can have long chats while I make food.

so that's a little bit about me, some old and some new things. I hope you enjoyed this post and wish me luck that I'll manage to post almost every day in november. also, good luck to all of you who are taking part aswell!


this post is part of the Blog Every Day In November series.