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November 30, 2012

Oxford lady

This was my outfit for dinner with friends today. I am glad I wore a loose shirt because boy did we pig out. You know you've gone a bit overboard when the very thought of gelato makes you feel sick (I'll do a food roundup post sometime).

In general, I belong to the school of tucking-your-shirt-in but today was way too hot for that.

Watch is the Classic Oxford Lady c/o of Daniel Wellington. When they asked if I wanted to pick one of their watches to try out, my first thought was: "that's really nice, but I don't need a new one right now". Then I looked at their site and realised that my life was indeed missing a watch with a red-and-navy natostrap (as you might have noticed, those colours are the basis of my entire wardrobe, and I could not pass up the potential matchy-matchy opportunities).

It's sooo pretty, I almost didn't want to wear it out (due to my habit of destroying things). The only drawback is that it doesn't have a second hand - I know a lot of people won't care, and some might like it that way, but as a med student, I need one to take pulse rates! So unfortunately I won't be able to wear this on the wards, but it will definitely be a fixture for uni days and weekends.

If you've taken a fancy to any of their watches (they also do leather straps if the nato ones aren't your thing, and the straps are interchangeable) you can use the code jane to get 15% off.

November 26, 2012

Hokey pokey

Or what we call honeycomb in Australia. Not sure why, since there are better names for it like "cinder toffee" and "sea foam". Anyway, I love the stuff, so ever since YY linked me to this Nigella video I've been wanting to try and make it myself.

You only need three ingredients: 4 tablespoons of golden syrup (I've heard honey works too), half a cup of sugar and 1.5 teaspoons of baking soda (sodium bicarb). See the video for the details, but basically what you do is heat the syrup and sugar together for a while, then add the baking soda to make the bubbles. Pour it out to let it set (takes about 20 minutes) and then break it up. Some tips from me:
  • To check if the sugar-syrup mixture is ready to take off the heat, use the hard crack test.
  • Nigella pours it out on a flat surface, but I poured it into a cake tin lined with baking paper. I would say this is a better idea, so it doesn't spread out too flat if you didn't get the measurements exactly right.
  • It's quite easy to break up, you don't need a hammer! Just tap it with the blade of a butter knife.
  • To clean up: boil some water in the pan you used to dissolve the residue.
Mine turned out surprisingly well! It tastes just like the honeycomb inside Crunchie bars, except a little too chewy and sticky. I think this might be because I didn't heat it enough, or I put in too little baking soda.

I then decided I'd take out a couple of the bigger pieces...

And cover them in chocolate.

So this is how I celebrated the end of exams. I thought today would never come. Three months of relative freedom ahead of me! 10 days til I leave for the USA! Going to try and catch up with everyone in between work and running errands. Unfortunately, the weather is going to be pretty terrible: hot and rainy. I mean, what can you even do with that?

November 8, 2012

That time of the year

Well this "Create post" page is looking more and more unfamiliar. I am currently in exam hell, due to get out in the last week of November - if I survive that long.

Comfy top and jeans for my first exam on Monday, but I think I need to wear a t-shirt for my next one. I always get really flustered when doing exams. You know when you can't answer a question and you can feel that redness creeping up your neck?

I got these freshly-baked Mars Bars cookies from Coles - they're ama-zing. I'm convinced my dad has been eating them (even though he denies it) because I don't want to face up to the idea that I had so many myself.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I read more during exams, because reading before bed helps me unwind after studying. I came across this one in Rooth's books set in London post - I love books set in London. This one was great, it was fun recognising all those places (especially now I've visited a lot of them), and it's reignited my love for urban fantasy.

Summer is so close! I might get a post in here or there in the next few weeks, but if not, see you on the other side!