Duvet Reading: Nutella, Risotto and Lindsey Kelk

It’s finally the weekend, and this weekend I am bringing you something new, my weekly duvet reading post, so snuggle under the duvet, relax and enjoy.

What’s gone on in the world?

Let’s start with some happy news shall we? President of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has announced she is pregnant. Why is this important? Because she stated that “it’s what ladies do” when asked how she ran the Government whilst suffering with morning sickness. Ruby Hamad has written a brilliant opinion piece for The Guardian on this but also on how women in history have proven they really can do anything whilst being pregnant.

The second piece of news which caught my eye this week was less an article but more a tweet, from Jamie Oliver no less. As part of his #NotForChildren campaign he shared this image about how much sugar levels are in an energy drinks which many young people consume.

But for me, the tweet reminded me of this image of what is in Nutella, a popular spread for children to enjoy on toast in the morning. A popular spread with nearly 50% of it’s ingredients being sugar.

Where did I venture too?

This week was spent mostly relaxing, after a hectic December focusing on Uni work with deadlines which came all too quick. I decided to take the week off, plonk myself in front of the telly and relax. But one place I did go was to the radio studio to work on my podcasts. The first one is now live and the second one is coming on Monday.

The podcast can be found below but is also available on Apple PodastsYouTube and SoundCloud.

What I ate?

After chatting with James Baker from Food and Baker for my first podcast I had a strong desire to make risotto, so this week I decided to give it a go, and I am so happy I did. I now understand why people bang on about it so much, it was such an easy and quick recipe I’m not entirely sure why I’ve never made it before.

The full recipe will be come in a few weeks but for now here is how you can make it at home:

All you need is: 1/2 red onion, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 75g risotto rice, 75g frozen mixed vegetables, 1 mug vegetable stock/gravy granules, 1/2 lemon, 1 tbsp yogurt, 1 tsp garlic, 15g grated cheddar and 1 tbsp butter.

To make it just: In a saucepan place the onion diced in then cover with balsamic vinegar and cook on a low heat until the onions have absorbed all of the vinegar. Remove the pan from the heat and all remaining ingredients mixing well. Place back on the heat and bring to the boil then cover and reduce the heat leaving to cook for a further 20 minutes.

What I read

Always the Bridesmaid, one of Kelk’s stand alone books was top of my reading list this year. Unlike many romcom books this one focused on friendships, particularly the relationship between Maddie (the protagonist) an events planner who’s not-so-recently been dumped, Lauren her soon-to-be-married best friend originally from the US and finally Sarah the divorcee who wants nothing more than to try and move on with her life.

While Lauren may be incredibly annoying and a pretty shit friend – in my opinion – the way Maddie and her remain friends throughout shows the true power of female friendship. Of course Sarah is a much loved character, one of my favourites, while she may seem pretty bitchy at times, she can be excused since her husband is leaving her.

This is still a romcom though and we have the possible boyfriend and the guy on the sidelines and well, we all know how that plays out. Predictable boys aside, this book truly is a great light hearted read it’s great if you want to read something less of a romance novel and more of a girly feature.


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