Monday, 27 March 2017

Earl Grey Banana Bread

This is my favourite recipe to make and coincidentally my favourite to eat. When I tell my flatmates I'm making banana bread they squeal with joy and the whole loaf is gone in a day. 

Earl Grey Banana Bread

140g butter
140g caster sugar
140g self-raising flour
2 large eggs, beaten 
3 ripe bananas, mashed 
Earl Grey tea (bags or loose leaf)
vanilla extract 

1. preheat oven to 180C. line the loaf tin with parchment paper
2. cream butter, sugar, vanilla extract together. add in a teaspoon of earl grey tea
3. add in the eggs. 
4. fold in the flour and add the bananas
5. whilst it is in the oven poke some holes in it and drizzle steeped earl grey into it
6. leave in the oven for around 40 minutes
7. let it cool down and then enjoy!

I've not tried any variations yet but you can use other teas as well!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Early Spring Playlist

March has been peppered with days of glorious sunshine and a cool breeze, spring is around the corner. 

Lorde / Green Light
Lawrence / Come On Brother + Albi 
Father John Misty /I Went To The Store One Day 
Dear Evan Hanson / Waving Through a Window

Alt J / 3WW
Janelle Monae / Isn't This The World

Kishi Bashi / In Fantasia
Local Natives / Colombia 
Francis Lung / Oh My Love
Tom Rosenthal / It's OK

Monday, 20 March 2017

Everyday Emily

So it turns out third year is a lot busier than I anticipated, hello again my lonely blog. 

I am currently halfway through my university spring break*, and after a week at home I am back in the library writing an essay about imperial architecture in Pompeii, the fun never stops. * I am aware that this is a very American term and also that it isn't spring yet, but that's what its called.

I've done a lot of fun things in these past few weeks, including getting news about more fun things that I am doing this summer. 

Castles, walls and rain:

I am now the president of the archaeology society for 2017/18 and we went on a trip to the incredible Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire last Saturday. The last time I went it was a beautiful sunny day and I only had to climb the stairs. This time was very different. Firstly, it rained for most of the day, and secondly, we walked along the coastal path to the castle. As much as I love coastal paths, walking in the rain is never fun. Despite the weather I had a great time, which is probably due to the fact that all three of my flatmates came along, so it felt like a flat trip. (#ladsontour anyone?).
On a very similar note I got to spend a week at home with my dad, which was very much needed. It's not a trip home without going to a historical or archaeological site. We managed to fit in a lot of trips including a roadtrip to the highlands where we made sandwiches and only left the car to take photos. We drove through many small towns and past lochs, discovering little snippets of history, including a tiny one room church with the most incredible painted ceiling. We also visited a section of the Antonine Wall, aka the Scottish version of Hadrian's Wall, and as someone who is hopefully doing a module on Roman Britain next year it was cool. I spend so much of my time reading and studying about Roman sites in Italy that I sometimes forget there are ones so much closer to home. 

I know it is only March but I have been planning my summer since October, mostly because I will be applying for masters courses next year and I need practical experience but also because filling out applications is a practical way to procrastinate. It turns out that I have a seven week period over the summer where I will be extraordinarily busy. I'll be staying in St Andrews in June to start reading for my dissertation, which I am weirdly excited about and would happily start now. After one week at home I am flying to Athens and then catching a boat to Andros in the Cyclades. I'll be spending three weeks getting sunburnt whilst digging a Neolithic settlement and learning very basic Greek. Then come July 29th I will be packing up for the journey back to Athens to do a two week internship and somehow squeeze in visits to all the sites and museums. August 12th is where it gets interesting and also the point where I may burst from being too busy. I fly back to Edinburgh for midnight and then have less than twelve hours to wash seven weeks worth of clothes and pack for another excavation. Come noon on the 13th I will be in the car driving to Hadrian's Wall where I am spending two weeks digging in the rain and learning loads of archaeological skills. Then I get to come home and relax for a week before my final year of university starts! I've been very productive and applied for scholarships and bursaries and any opportunity that came my way!, and it has clearly paid off! 

Everything else:
I moved on from my Hamilton obsession (even though I bought tickets to the London show..) and moved straight onto another musical, Dear Evan Hanson. I also love the La La Land and Hidden Figures soundtracks, and of course Moana. Artist wise I am loving Tom Rosenthal, Lawrence and Lorde blew me away with Green Light. 

I lasted approximately a week of being vegan before I had a bad day and needed cheese. I'm definitely eating less dairy and more vegetables than before, so all is not lost. Speaking of food: I am trying to broaden my palate in anticipation of summer in Greece and a lot of food I don't like. (I'm looking at you fish).
I've also got really into plants. I have always loved having flowers in the house but this year I've branched out and started my collection of house plants, and so far they're still alive!

(I actually enjoyed writing this and feel like I've got my own style of writing now? Plus it is refreshing writing and knowing that no one you know will read it. Maybe this blog will be making a comeback, who knows?)