In this Week





1. Marmite galore. 2. Bake Sale for Alzheimer Scotland. 3. Cheese Rice Slice. 4. Creamy Parmesan Pasta

Morag x

Marmite: Love It or Hate It? Cupcake Edition

So yes, they're messy. I did the icing at 9pm, okay? 

Even though you might brush it off as a marketing campaign, a lot of people I know are either a Marmite lover or a Marmite hater. The only people I know who state no opinion are those who haven't tried it. 

Personally I love it. I discovered it as a ten year old after having had a sleepover at a friend's house. Her mum had put it on her toast and I was intrigued by the brown sticky mixture. And then I insisted my parents bought it for me. 

I only recently got back into Marmite two weeks ago when I agreed to help a student out with her honours project which was about the public's perception of Marmite. Which involved eating Marmite and various other Vegemite products. My desire to have it came back. That week I purchased a new tub of Marmite and also picked up some Fudges Marmite Biscuits after having accidentally spotted them in Tesco (they were delish btw!)

And with an impending bake sale I had just the idea! I think we all know where this is going (a picture says so much doesn't it?). I hit up Google and discovered a surprising amount of recipes for Marmite Cupcakes. But I settled on this particular blog post which contained Chocolate Marmite Cupcakes and Caramel Marmite Cupcakes. I settled for the latter. 

My opinion?
These taste not nearly as Marmite-y as you might think! As with all Marmite recipes the Marmite makes up such a small amount of the composition. Even us Marmite lovers don't sit around and eat spoonfuls of the stuff (I don't!) but have it mixed in somewhere. These cakes had a hit but honestly if I had said they were toffee you would have believed me. Albeit a bitter toffee. Truthfully you do need a certain palette to like these cakes but I did manage to wow over someone who generally puts herself on the haters fence. 

If you like Marmite, or have a tongue that can take bitter notes, then I think you should give this recipe a try. :)

How do you feel about Marmite? Would you try these? 

Morag x

Adventures in Speed Dating

The centrepiece. Includes condoms. 



After a year and half of singledom and researching cat breeds I decided it was maybe time to put myself back out there. Last Thursday I had my first foray into the world of speed dating. For anyone new to the concept, the set out of this one was 40 guys and 40 girls, with all girls sitting at their own table (I had a corner booth to myself!) with a centrepiece with questions, love hearts and condoms! Originally having agreed to this because it was my friends fundraiser I still walked having found speed dating not as desperate/ embarrassing/time-wasting as I had originally thought. 

Some observations?

There were a variety of guy "types"
I had been thinking beforehand that the event would be full of guys that could only make it due to a lack of big game released in the previous fortnight. And with my history of attracting game programmers and my mum consequently banning me from dating any more this didn't excite me. Thankfully on the night I found programmers, scientists and sporty guys. 

The dates I was most nervous about were with guys I already knew
A guy I've known since I was seventeen was also taking part and when he came to my table he admitted he had been bursting for the toilet and used my table as a reason to go. Charming! But after he came back we had a good catch-up and he spied my tick-sheet and said "Oh! Get you! Loads of ticks!". But still, was weird having a date with a guy you placed in the friend zone years ago. 

Some questions get old. Quickly. 
If partaking in speed dating there gets a point when asking someone what they study/where they're from/what they're drinking gets mind numbing. Saying "International Management" to 40 guys in a row hurts my mouth a bit. Also my name? Yes, it's uncommon but not worthy of a three minute conversation. Not commenting upon my name is attractive. And that guy who knew my name was Gaelic for Sarah? I was close to proposing. 

There really are some small qualities that will remind you too much of an ex
I discovered during this night that there are some qualities that really do get ruined because of an ex-boyfriend. Irish accents might be cute to most but because my heart was once crushed on by an owner of this accent the second I heard an Irish twang, it was over. Also the guy who mentioned the Zeitgeist movement got the chuck immediately too. All because I had an ex who got too into it and declared that my choice of degree made me "inherently selfish". 

Telling someone your dad works in Forensic Psychiatry scares boys 
Or as I would say separates the men from the boys.

Have you ever tried speed dating? How was it? Agree with my observations? 

Morag x




A Baking Feminist! OMGWTFBBQ

From the Tumblr blog: unpopular opinions. I'd like to say this was an unpopular opinion, but it isn't. 

The idea of baking and feminism going together can be an odd one. Haven't feminists fought for years to get out of the kitchen and into the work place? To be something other than a cooking, cleaning and child rearing phenonomem? 

Thursday I baked cakes in order to raise money for women in Africa. Thursday, in-case you didn't know, was International Women' Day. General reaction I got to this was you BAKED CAKES? As if we couldn't call ourselves real feminists. It just couldn't connect in some people's brains. It was ironic, apparently. 

Well, yes, women don't "belong" in a kitchen and feminists have been fighting this stereotype for years. But some choose to place themselves there. Feminism is about choice and it might surprise a lot of people to know not all feminists have hairy armpits and break men's balls all day. Some like to bake, wear pretty dresses and even take up dancing as a hobby. Like myself. 

"I bake because I want to, not because I feel a biological urge to" - myself. 

I am vehemently pro-choice. I am proud to support the LGBTQ community. I am living proof that a child who had a stay at home dad and working mum can turn out to be a perfectly stable adult. Prior to my birth my dad was a nurse, and I will bite back at anyone who says "male-nurse". I stand my ground when my own mum doesn't respect the fact that I fail to see the appeal of motherhood. I do however respect the decision of a woman to be a stay-at-home mum. Because that is what some women truly want. I refuse to use the word "slut" because no woman should be judged for her sexual habits or the way she dresses. I think it's wrong that in some parts of this world a girl still has to place a white sheet beneath her on her wedding night to prove she remained "pure" for her future husband. I have been using the prefix "Ms" since I was seventeen. Never, ever, will I be a "Mrs". I might be married one day but I will never use a prefix that states that I belong to a man. 

I am a feminist because I do not believe equality has been achieved. What I choose to do in a kitchen should not be taken as a political statement. But as a hobby. A politically neutral hobby. 

Morag x

In This Week


This week was mainly filled with coursework and presentation planning. Thus, I did not do much else. And thus, I won't bore you with pictures of my coursework.

So here are some cookies I made last night. They have pine nuts in them.

Plus some links:

How to Date Yourself in 10 Simple Ways - I added in the simple myself ;)

Possibly my favourite new blog ever: Upon a fold

40 days of choice is all about counter-acting 40 days of life, which I'm not going to bother linking.

Naomi talks us through her homemade sugar lip scrub. Her other blog posts are also worth a look!

How about a sushi salad for diner? Seems perfect for summer.

Morag x

Review: Lush Caca Rouge Henna Dye



This is the second time I've purchased the Caca Rouge Lush Henna hair dye. I used to dye my hair a lot when I was fifteen however my hair got frizzy and began to lack any natural moisture. So I stayed away for years. When I began to delve more into the world of natural beauty products, as par my new years resolution of 2011, I became aware of henna hair dye existing within the Lush stores. My first impression is that it was more bother than it was worth and I came to like my natural hair colour anyway (brunette but with auburn and copper tones) but at New Year of 2012 I went for it. And I'm glad I did. It didn't destroy my hair and gave me a nice natural red colour. The adverts say it gives a bright look, but for me it looks natural. I didn't take any "before and after" pictures so the best you can see it my outfit photo posts. My Saying Goodbye To 2011 post shows a selection of me posing with my natural colour. Every other photo shows me afterwards with red locks.

 The Application Process



It's messy! When the sales assistant was going over the process with me I did feel a bit out of my depth. Is this not the sort of thing we go to hairdressers for? The brick has to be cut up and placed in a heat proof bowl and then mixed with boiling water. Once it is of whipping cream consistency and the water is now touchable it can go on your head. It gets everywhere, as it is a paste and doesn't come with a handy tube that traditional hair dyes do. 

The first time I used it was with my mum and I followed it to the letter, as I was new to the process. Plus, my mum likes stain free floors and t-shirts (even old ones that belong to me) so everything from me, to the floor and the sink was covered with something. The mixture also looks disgusting with my nurse mother saying it reminds her some of things she has to deal with when it comes to her patients. If you're squeemish about bodily functions, maybe stay clear. 

The second time I did it was back in my own flat so it was messier as I didn't care about my skin getting a slight stain, plus I'm not always a to-the-letter instruction follower. I did pick up a tinting brush to see if this could help with the application. It helps to put the mixture on but after it's on I just took my hands and rubbed it through. And saved me more time. I also decided to grate the block this time, as seen in the photo, which made mixing it all in much easier and less time-consuming. 

As for mess, it gets everywhere. But it does not stain as badly as you would think. Not to say you should throw it about your bathroom but don't shriek (like my mum did) if it gets on the floor. The t-shirt in the photo has lost the vibrancy is the bits hair dye got on, but my skin has no stains and all bowls, sinks and floors look fine now. The only stain that exists is on my toilet seat but it's faint and is nothing anyone could lose a deposit over. And I forgot to pick up gloves the second time, so my hands were orange (they looked exactly as if I had a fake tan accident) but faded natural after two days. 

When washing out my hair, it felt like sand. As if I had been having a crazy day at the beach rolling in the stuff. And it took ages to wash out! Ages! And it got splashed about my shower (but again didn't stain) so if you're in a rush maybe not. This takes a night aside to do.

The result
The first result was red, but not bright. If you had seen me in real life you would have twigged it had been dyed but in photos it couldn't be picked up without the flash. The result the second time was very vibrant, as in you could tell my hair had been dyed, even in photos. But it is still a very natural shade of red, as most of my pictures show. I have a few blonde patches near my fringe which were very red, so if you are blonde the result may be very bright for you! But as a medium brunette as I turned out looking like a natural red head.

Also the shop assistant had told me that I might need two blocks to make it vibrant due to hair length, so I'm not complaining about this.

Also my hair was S-O-F-T. Yes, capital letters were needed.

Recommend it? 
I love this product, as shown by me buying it twice. It is messier than traditional hair dye but I'm very committed to the natural product cause and it makes my hair feel really soft, rather than destroying it. Lush only have four colours of this stuff so if you're after a very specific colour than it might not be for you. Or if you want a slightly less-fuss hair dying experience. But personally I am going to keep buying this all over again.

Morag x

Month in Review: February

Something my lecturer posted on Twitter two weeks ago. Probably the highlight of my month. 

For anyone new, Month in Review is not a recollection of what I've done, but more how I've improved. I use it as a check on my resolutions. I gave each month for this half of the year a theme and to use it as a guide for my year.

February's Theme: Buy Those Essential Purchases
"There's been a few purchases I have been meaning to make for a while that I just haven't, mainly in the world of electronics. This includes portable charger/spare battery, shredder, external hard drive, phone case and new keyboard/mouse. Whilst hardly exciting as buying dresses these purchases need to be made so my life can remain smooth running. I'm not naive and I know this will costs some money but if I could ever just purchase half of these it make me feel more satisfied."


Unfortunetly when budgeting for my Nikon D3100 purchase I completely underestimated everything I would need to purchase that month. I didn't own wellies before my gardening project and there were some semi-professional social events that I felt slightly obliged to be at. So a lot of February was spent. saving money and not going overboard, you know, rather than spending it on things that had been on my to-buy list since I was sixteen. 

Don't get me wrong I love my new camera. It's came in brilliant for personal and professional reasons and I believe the investment is paying off. Plus, I had wanted a camera like this since I was sixteen. I just need to realise how much I spend on essentials, which is more than I thought. 

But I think it's safe to say I didn't complete this months theme, but thanks to me sticking up for myself and getting an old deposit back I'll have more money than average next month which means I can combine February and March goals together. Here's hoping. :) 

And your other resolutions?

Learn to stand my ground
Out of all my resolutions this was the one that meant the most to me. And it's the one I'm following through with most. So if you piss me off beware ;) Joke joke. I'm still an absolute wimp when it comes to standing up to people. Aside from getting my deposits back (finally!) and making it a big more publicly aware that I generally don't like certain things, or people I still have a while to go until I can line up all the people who've made me cry and tell them why, in an eloquent way of course ;) 

How's your month been dears?

Morag x

Things I Love Thursday #24



In all honesty I've not had the best week so far. Nothing traumatic has happened it's just a few things have come together to form a not so great couple of days for me. So today's Things I Love Thursdays is something to help me with all that. 

Free wine (and free food)
I attended an event ran by someone that I help do the marketing for and was given the leftover wine. Go figure.

Meat-eaters admitting the vegetarian option is the best option
At said event there was a cheese and pepper quiche - which went quicker than the sausage rolls. Just sayin'. 

That feeling of an improved living space
You know, after changing the three light bulbs that went out in the living room months ago. 

Continuing to stick up for myself
In little steps. Even if is just to people I'm not scared of. The chronically angry people can come later. 

Someone you barely know giving you some of best advice ever
I got upset on Saturday night and it was someone I've met maybe three times who was to take me aside and talk to me. They were on the ball too about what was wrong - great intuitive! And even independently stating an observation that I had been thinking for a while. But I felt like I had been imagining the situation. And encouraging me to do the biggest sticking up for myself I'll ever do before I leave this city. 

Morag x