High-heel ankle boots for this season – are they comfortable though?

The answer to that title question is…unfortunately not always. They feel comfortable to have them on, however to work them is a totally different story. Especially where I live, in London, most women gave up wearing high heels in the tube. Wearing boots like that on the London pavements can cost you an ankle. So I’ve decided to stick to the flats on the way to work and change in those beauties in the office. If you had a car I guess that would be a different story, but for now I need to save those for more flat surfaces.

Antik High-heel ankle boot with buckle – ZARA 69.99 GBP

"Zara black boots"

"Zara black boots"

"Zara black boots"

And a dress that nicely goes with them:

Dress – Asos

Necklace – local jewelry shop

"lovely black and white dress"

"black and white dress"

"statement necklace"

Top Tech Travel Destinations For Nerds

When the summer rolls around, travel becomes the hot topic on everyone’s lips; your friends talk about their upcoming party trip to Ibiza, your neighbour talks about jetting the family off for a relaxing time in the Caribbean, even the old woman you see at the bus stop has booked a Mediterranean cruise. But what about you? Rowdy nightclubs aren’t your thing, you hate the feel of sand between your toes and you’d be bored out of your mind spending two weeks at sea. You’re a nerd at heart, and you want your holiday to reflect that, right? Then check out these awesome travel destinations that are positively swimming in geeky gadgets, eccentric electronics and nerdy knickknacks.

Akihabara

Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Surely there’s no better travel destination for nerds than a place commonly known as ‘Electric Town’? This buzzing central Tokyo district is home to markets and department stores filled to bursting with everything from wires and headphones to fully functioning robots and gadgets that you have to see to believe, and even then you still might not believe it! Some of the country’s largest comic stores are located here, showcasing the best in Japanese anime and manga. Be sure to take photographs of the massive Sega Towers and the Sunday afternoon cosplayers.

Las Vegas Strip at Night

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
While Sin City is more commonly known for gambling, drinking and general debauchery, each January it becomes the place to be for those with a love for gadgets. The city plays host to the annual International Consumer Electronics Show, a 4 day event that is renowned for introducing technologies such as the Amiga, the Commodore 64 and, more recently, the 3D HDTV to the world. Beware that hotels on the strip will fill up quickly over the CES week, but that flight operators usually offer discounts, meaning you could bag yourself some cheap airline tickets.

"International Consumer Electronics Show"
London, England, United Kingdom
OK, so you don’t have to be a nerd to love Harry Potter, but it helps! Explore the favourite haunts of the boy who lived on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in North-West London. As well as seeing some of the sets, you’ll also be shown the state of the art technology used to animate Dobby, the green screens used to make the Nimbus 2000 soar through the sky and the secret techie methods for making Hagrid appear twice as tall as the average wizard. Of course, no trip is complete without stopping by Kings Cross to try and find platform 9 3/4!

"Harry Potter Warner Bross Studio tour, London"

These destinations are just the start, only your imagination (and the availability of flights!) can limit you. There are plenty of alternative ways to spend your holidays rather than lounging on the beach or clubbing. See the largest radio telescope in the world in Puerto Rico, witness a shuttle take off at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida or take a wander around San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, home to some of the most famous tech companies in the world!

Signature dish: Fried sweet chilli chicken

"fried_Sweet_Chilli_Chicken"

Pic: Channel 5

Everyone has their signature dish, a meal that they treat their friends and family with on the big occasions. I’ve never fallen for classics like a Sunday roast or meet dishes but I do love Asian cuisine and have been always fascinating with the flavours from that part of the world. Once watching a Channel 5 programme called Chinese in minutes, I’ve fallen in love with a fried sweet chilli chicken dish. At first it looked dead easy to make and the girl indeed cooked it in 10 minutes.

I thought to myself, this is it, tasty Asian meal in just 10 minutes! I’ve decided to make my wok in a good use and bought all the exotic ingredients and realised that actually the dish will take more than an hour to make. 10 minutes takes to make a sauce in the end when all the ingredients are chopped and chicken has been previously fried. Chopping is fairly easy but deep frying pieces of chicken, especially if you want to make a dinner for 6 people takes forever and you end up being closed in a hell hot kitchen for more than an hour! But don’t get discourage there as all that hard work is so worth it in the end and make everyone compliment your cooking skills.

Here is a recipe for my signature dish Fried Sweet Chilli Chicken, which I keep making every couple of months regardless of the time I need to spend on as it is really delicious. )The recipe below is for 4 people).

"sweet chili chicken ingredients"

Ingredients

1 kg of chicken breasts (can also be thighs & drumsticks skinned and halved on the bone)

two glasses of cornflour (you can add more if needed, depends of amount of chicken you have)

4 egg whites

groundnut oil for deep-frying

salt & ground white pepper

For the sauce

1-2 garlic bulbs, finely chopped (depends on how much  you like the garlic, I always add loads)

4cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced

2 medium red chilli, deceeded

600 ml of sweet chilli sauce (this time I added two small bottles plus 1/4 of the big bottle I have left over from last time)

4 tablespoon light soy sauce

juice of 1 lime

1 small handful of freshly chopped coriander

Method

Season the chicken breast pieces with salt and white pepper.

"chicken pieces"

Combine the cornflour and egg whites to make a batter.

"mixing the batter"

Place all the chicken pieces in the batter as it saves you time to dunk it one a time later.

"chicken in the batter"

Heat a wok over a high heat and fill it to one-third of its depth with groundnut oil. When the oil is heated well dip the previously covered in batter chicken pieces in the oil. Deep fry the chicken for about 5 minutes until crispy and golden.

"deep frying chicken"

Lift the chicken out of the oil using some kind of spider spoon (I got mine from Chinese shop) or tongs. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

"chinese spoon"

"deep fried chicken"

"deep fried chicken"

After all the chicken is deep fried, pour the oil from the wok through a sieve into the heatproof container. I usually tend to clean the wok after deep frying before putting it back on the hob to make a sauce. That is because sometimes the chicken get burnt to the bottom of the wok as I don’t use a proper spider for deep frying.

To make the sauce, wipe out the wok and heat over a high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of drained oil and, when it starts to smoke, add the garlic, ginger and chilli and stir fry for a few seconds.

"chopped chili, ginger and garlic"

"stir frying garlic, ginger and chilies"

Then, add the chilli sauce, soy sauce and lime juice. Mix well.

"sweet chili sauce"

Return the chicken to the wok and turn the coat in the hot sauce, then stir the coriander and serve immediately (I tend to add coriander after the chicken is on the plate, look better, but ironically this time I forgot about the coriander because I was so hungry!)

"Fried sweet chili chicken"

Enjoy the chicken with some fresh vegetables & white or brown rice; beans work very well with this dish.

"cleaning the beans"

ENJOY!

"Fried sweet chili chicken with beans"

 

Sunday treat – Homemade Fruit Salad

"fruits in a bowl"

In our busy lives we tend to forget that instead of buying chocolate bars and crisps we could have a healthy snack instead. There is nothing better than a fruit salad made from fresh fruits! It works out cheaper than buying an already cut and packaged fruit in the supermarket and you decide what you put it in.

I’ve used my favorite fruits this time: Mango, Banana, Kiwi, Nectarine, & Blueberries. (you can also add peaches from a can if you don’t have nectarines)

"fruits"

"fruit salad ingredients"

"fruit salad"

"fruit salad"

"fruit salad in a bowl"

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