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Ingredients for Chicken Escalopes
4 skinless chicken breasts
10-12 fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
12 black peppercorns, crushed
8 tbsp plain flour
2 free-range eggs, beaten
150ml milk
250g fresh breadcrumbs
180g unsalted butter
1 lemon

Method:
1. Sandwich each chicken breast between two sheets of cling film. Using a rolling pin, flatten each chicken breast until it has widened & become thinner. Remove and discard the cling film. Season the chicken escalopes with the chopped parsley and black pepper.

2. Tip the flour into a bowl. Beat the eggs and milk together in a separate bowl. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs onto a plate. Place each chicken escalope in the flour and shake off any excess. Dip each floured escalope in the egg and milk mixture, then place it in the breadcrumbs until completely coated.

3. Heat half of the butter in a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add two of the breaded chicken escalopes, in batches, and fry for 4-6 minutes on each side, or until the breadcrumbs are crisp and golden-brown and the chicken is cooked through (the juices will run clear when the chicken is pierced in the thickest part with a skewer). Remove the breaded escalopes from the pan, plate it with salad (or couscous, which I did) & squeeze lemon juice over the escalopes along with serving a wedge of lemon on the side.

Quick, Simply & Yummy as hell!

It was a fun weekend spent with one of the greatest friends who I’ve known since Day 1 at University, 10 years ago. We spent the weekend shopping, eating, drinking cocktails, getting drunk, eating rather LARGE hotdogs & going to the movies drunk at midnight LOL. Not to mention tons of crazy photos, drunk tweets & text messages hahahaha <3 Fun Times!

Note: If you’re a friend on facebook, more uncensored photos are up there 😀

A few weeks ago I was sent a book to review by Rebecca Dean. I have to admit, it has been nearly a year since I’ve properly read a book due to the fact I have a crazy job & I’m worn out by the time I get home, so find it hard to fit in the time.

However, instead of listening to music on my way to work, I decided to start reading again. Getting this book sent to me was just at the right time & I’ve been reading more ever since.

Rebecca Dean is a pen-name of best-selling novelist Margaret Pemberton. Inspired by her own German/British family history, her fascination with the multi-layered character of Edward VIII continues to fuel much of her fiction. The Golden Prince, the latest book written by Rebecca Dean could not have been better timed for the UK Market seeing as there will be 2 Royal Weddings next year. The book has been met with amazing reviews such as ‘An impressive, epic debut’ by The Daily Mirror as well as being long-listed for the 2011 Romantic Novel of the Year by the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association!

Edward VIII became notorious for abandoning the throne for Mrs Simpson, but in the summer of 1911 he was a prince straight from the pages of a fairy-tale. Raised by the harsh disciplinarian King George V and his unfeeling Queen Mary, the prince longed for the warmth that had been deprived of him. The high society Houghton girls’ lives however, were full of fun, both at their magnificent family seat Snowberry, and at the whirlwind of glamorous parties which punctuated their lives. When a moment of serendipity brings Edward and Lily Houghton together, the pressures of a stuffy court are replaced with the lightness that Edward has dreamt of. But a future monarch could not choose his own Queen, and even an enduring love might falter under the furious gaze of a King. Could the devotion of Edward and Lily triumph against him and the impending doom of World War I? Or would they bow to the inevitable and set in train events that could bring down the Crown, and change the course of history forever?

Now, I’m the first to admit, this style of book is not my usual cup of tea, however, I loved the way the book was written, it was captivating & I couldn’t put it down. The sisters were fascinating as well as the young Prince Edward. The book also makes you think about how the Royal Family has changed since the early 1900’s, nowadays you wouldn’t think twice about “a commoner” marrying a member of the Royal Family, but back then, they had no choice. I can’t even imagine how hard it was growing up during that era, how difficult a decision it was for Edward & how his future changed forever until he abandoned his throne later in life for love.

If you love a good old romance novel, this is for you!

Buy Online via Amazon UK RRP £7.99.

I sometimes wish there was a pause button in life where you could stop for a minute, take a deep breath & wonder what the hell to do next. Sadly, life isn’t like that & for me right now, everything seems like it’s on fast forward, with no pause button in sight.

I’m in desperate need of a vacation. My job is ultra crazy & it burns you out like you wouldn’t believe, not to mention all my stomach crappy issues I have at the moment, I don’t just want but NEED to pause everything and relax.

February shall be my month of sorting my head out, relaxing, vacationing in blanket bay (bed!), watching daytime tv, reading books, walking Doggy Dog & finally mastering Macarons & Heston Blumenthal’s Popping Candy Chocolate Cake.

If not, I’ll probably have a mental breakdown. I’m burnt out.

After work today, I was running late leaving the office & missed my bus home. I had to wait 30 mins before my next bus so I decided to buy some fries as I was starving.

After I ordered, I was waiting for it & an old guy comes in, says “alrite hen” to me then asked the lady behind the counter what was the cheapest on the menu. He looked at his money then notices he didn’t have enough for his bus home and food. I put £3 on the counter then said “there you go”, he then looked at me in amazement & said “I never asked for anything”. I said “I know” before the lady behind the counter repeated “I know but she’s being nice”. I then go to walk out the door, said bye & he turned around and called me an angel & smiled like a fat kid with candy.

Even though I’m not mega rich, every so often there are people out there who deserve your help, it doesn’t have to be much, to me it was only £3, the cost of my daily Starbucks, but to him, it was probably the only hot food of the day he’d get.

It’s the little things that count, putting a smile on someone’s face & that in return, makes me happy.

Do something good today.

Thanks to those who hated me, you made me a stronger person.
Thanks to those who loved me, you made my heart bigger.
Thanks to those who envied me, you made my self-esteem grow.
Thanks to those who cared, you made me feel important.
Thanks to those who worried, you let me know that you care.
Thanks to those who left, you showed me that not everything is forever.
Thanks to those who stayed, you showed me the meaning of true friends.
Thanks to those who entered my life, you made me who I am today.

Love,
Me <3