Recipe // Homemade Pitta Chips

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pitta chips and guacamole are by far my ultimate weakness. I could easily eat an entire bag of Marks and Spencer pitta chips whilst watching an episode of Embarrassing Bodies: Fat Edition (ironic, I know, but that show is another weakness of mine!).


I normally make pitta chips at home using store bought pitta bread, but, last week, I got to thinking. There are so many articles out there that claim the healthy food being thrust in our faces isn't, in fact, as healthy as they seem. So, I got adventurous and decided to make pitta bread from scratch.

I don't know why I  never thought about it before really. Pitta bread to me always seems so foreign like Naan bread and I never thought i could actually recreate it in my own kitchen! I will admit, it's not as enjoyable as the store bought kind, but the taste is there and at least I know what's in them!

You can find the recipe I used to make the pitta bread here. It was surprisingly easy and I definitely recommenced you give it a try!

Once the pitta bread was done, I broke it up into pieces, laid them out on a baking sheet and drizzled some olive oil on top. Top it off with some salt, pop them in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes and you've got yourself some (relatively) guilt free pitta chips!

While they were in the oven I also whipped up a bit of my 'famous' (If two people are obsessed with it it counts as famous, right?) guacamole. This recipe couldn't be any simpler: 2 Avocados, 1 red onion, 2 cloves of garlic, the juice of 1 lime and some salt all mushed up in a bowl.

Done in less the 5 minutes and incredibly delicious!

Let me know if you try out this recipe! What's your ultimate snacking guilty pleasure?

The One Week Technology Break

Monday, July 28, 2014

As you're reading this post I'll be flying 30,000 feet up in the air on my way to Turkey for my summer holiday.

The sun, sand and relaxation possibilities weren't the only things counting down the hours until take-off: I've decided to leave my phone, iPad and laptop at home, giving myself a complete technology and social media break (bar the use of my Kindle and digital camera, of course).

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels like their phone is an ever too present accessory in their lives and, I don't know about you, but my mobile phone literally consumes my life. It's the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing I put down before I go to sleep. What has me so preoccupied? Who knows! Constantly streaming through my Instagram feed, keeping up to date with my favourite people on Twitter and mindlessly scrolling through Facebook are just a few things that keep me glued to my iPhone.

Will I die if I don't know what Kourtney Kardashian posts on Instagram this week?


Will I crumble if I don't know what my friends ate for lunch on Tuesday?

I don't think so.

Will I benefit from a break from technology to focus on being present on my holiday and spending time with people I love?


I've literally been looking forward to this almost as much as I've been looking forward to slipping my feet into the sand.

So, it's elveda (goodbye in Turkish, who knew!?) for now! I'll see you in a week with a refreshed mind and lots of holiday snaps to share!

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Chrissy Reads // If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Oh, how I've missed reading.

I used to literally devour a book in the space of a few days, but I've stopped reading as much as I used to lately. With being super busy in work and having so many great blogs in my feed to keep me fully entertained, I've let it fall by the wayside (not to mention my excuse that my lamp isn't next to my bed, meaning a little reading before bed requires me to actually get up and turn the light off when I'm finished. Yes... I'm that lazy).

After seeing 'The Fault in Our Stars' in the cinema last month, I got the urge to read another tear-jerker. I was literally sobbing into Gary's shoulder in the cinema watching 'The Fault In Our Stars' (as I was when I was reading it) so the stakes were set pretty high.

That's when I started seeing a lot of people talking about 'If I Stay' by Gayle Foreman and how it was equally as emotional so I decided to give it a go.

'If I Stay' is a story about Mia. It begins on a snowy, winter day when her and her family decide to go for a drive. They get into a fatal car crash that leaves Mia an orphan and in a coma. The story continues with Mia recounting various scenes from her life including telling the tale of her and her one true love, Adam, and trying to decide (as the name implies) whether to stay on earth or to go be with her family in the afterlife.

Apparently I have a heart of stone. While it was a very well written, emotional book, it just didn't do that job for me (why do women crave devastatingly sad books/movies? We're a strange bunch, I'll tell ya!). Even though my cheeks were dry when I read the final line, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

As with most popular books these days, a movie adaptation has been made starring Chloe Grace Moretz. It's coming out in August and, with Chloe as Mia, I have high hopes. I just pray they don't ruin it!!

Have you read 'If I Stay'? Thoughts?

If you've read anything good lately, please leave your suggestions in the comments! I need some books to add to my holiday reading list!

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