Feeling the heat in Delhi

Two plane journeys, some faaancy plane food and 14 hours later we have arrived in New Delhi. The heat and humidity knocked us back after we left the air-conned airport. It is HOT, HOT, HOT here.

We experienced our first car ride to the hotel, with plenty of beeping, twists and turns, no road markings and not an indicator in sight. We arrived at our hotel, Sunstar, in the Karol Bagh area. We were checked in straight away and given a bottle of water each, which I was tempted to throw over my face never mind actually drink it. The room was lovely and spacious and it had sweet, beautiful air-con in it too. We dumped our things and decided we’d brave the metro into town.

Paths are something of a mystery here in Delhi as people rarely use them, although they’re barely paths to begin with, we ended up taking the longer route to the metro and were asked several times whether we wanted a tuk-tuk but we got there. Once we figured out the map and what route we needed to take it was pretty straight forward, a ticket cost INR 20, so cheap. Continue reading “Feeling the heat in Delhi”

Packing for India

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Pretty much every summer I head away for a few weeks. A couple of years ago I went backpacking in South America and South East Asia for 8 months and by god was I bitten bad by the travel bug after that trip. I absolutely loved it, although I will be the first to put my hands up and say that it wasn’t easy but I certainly don’t regret doing it. After that trip I get the urge to travel for long periods of time over the summer.

Two years ago I went camping in Africa and last year I went backpacking around Central America. After last summer I decided I was tired of the backpacking lifestyle, the constant moving from one hostel to another every few days and the stress of getting from one place to another. I packed away my reliable backpack and thought that’s it now, no more big travels.

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Of course as any travel addict knows the niggling feeling of wanting to book flights and feeling restless doesn’t take long to kick in and sure enough by the new year a travel friend had mentioned that she was heading away for a few months and that India was her first stop and was I tempted. Well rubber arm Tanya that I am it didn’t take too long to persuade me to book my flights and the addiction was being fed again.

Originally we had planned on travelling around India ourselves but after chatting to a few friends that had been over there and after browsing Tourradar we decided we’d go with a tour instead. We booked a 22 day tour and with a few extra days leftover we booked a flight down to Goa and thanks to good ole Hostelworld booked two hostels down there too.

All of that was booked a good few weeks ago and so the last few weeks has been spent trying to figure out what to pack for India. After looking at the weather we realised that we’re going to absolutely melt over there, you’ll be able to spot us from a mile away with our lovely pale, Irish, sweaty skin, haha. When I did the big RTW trip back in 2014 a friend gave me the best advice for packing for long trips, bring enough clothes for a week and that’s exactly how I pack now, well usually.

  • So I packed
  • 9 sleeveless tops,
    one long sleeved top
    3 harem pants
    my cardigan that has been on all of my travels
    a light scarf to cover my shoulders and head
    leggings
    10 pairs of underwear, (I made the mistake of only bringing 7 when I went on the RTW trip, dunno what I was thinking then)
    4 pairs of ankle socks
    2 bras
    one pair of runners (I brought a pair I’d bought in Guatemala last year)
    Teva sandals
    flip-flops
    a hat
    2 pairs of pjs
    Bikini
    Pair of shorts
    Playsuit

I ended up buying a few t-shirts and swapped them with some of the tops I had in there originally. I had made sure that the tops went with a few of the harem pants and that I didn’t bring anything that I wouldn’t wear at least once.

Now everything else I packed was

  • 2 travel towels
  • a nod-pod liner
  • a light rain jacket
  • a plastic shopping bag for laundry
  • a water bottle
  • travel journal
  • little folder for holding tickets etc
  • head torch
  • hand sanitizer
  • sun cream
  • Pyramid bite spray
  • bite cream
  • painkillers
  • Imodium
  • dioralyte
  • toilet paper
  • shampoo and conditioner which I put into smaller containers
  • skincare products
  • locks
  • hairbrush, bobbins and pins
  • Deodorant
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Inflatable neck pillow
  • Eye mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Head scarf/band – good for protecting your scalp and hiding your hair on bad hair days too
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, also have a little container/cover for my toothbrush too.
  • Needle and thread, which came in handy when I went to pack my bag last night as you can see from the pic below.
  • Little travel money belt and a bra purse that’s so handy.
  • I think that was pretty much everything I packed. I also had a little handbag thats been everywhere with me too. So after doing a very quick DIY sewing job on the bag I was all packed.
  • I was all set for heading off this morning but as I put on my Guatemala shoes I spotted a tear, with only ten minutes before my bus I did the only thing I could of and I took out my glue gun to repair the tear, we’ll see how long that holds for, haha.
  • Here’s by bag heading on it’s own little journey and hopefully I’ll see it tomorrow morning in Delhi. Watch this space for an update on how our sweaty selves are getting on in Delhi. Off to enjoy some airport food and duty free browsing now, bring on the inflight entertainment, woohoo.

Oaty, rhubarb streusel cake

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As I was browsing through this months Delicious magazine I came across a rhubarb recipe, there’s bags upon bags rhubarb in the freezer, the recipe also has oats so I thought that seems nice and healthy. You’ve got one of your five a day, a cereal and plenty of dairy too of course, haha. Continue reading “Oaty, rhubarb streusel cake”

A little lime, a lotta coconut.

So I’ve been given another opportunity to make a wedding cake, this time for a friend’s wedding in a few months time. I’m super excited to try out some new recipes and you will get to follow me on the wedding cake journey for the next few months, whoop whoop. So one of the layers that I suggested was a coconut and lime cake, one I’ve never made before, but sure it can’t be that hard, right? Famous last words, I will never learn, haha. I found this recipe on……..yes you guessed it, BBCGoodFood, just can’t beat it.  Continue reading “A little lime, a lotta coconut.”

Who wants to be a millionaire?

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This week I decided to try my hand at making millionaire’s shortbread. It was my first time making them even though I have made a similar version of a caramel square but with a brownie base and hazelnuts in the caramel. I used two different recipes to make these, I used a BBC Food recipe for the shortbread base and a Donal Skehan recipe for the caramel. So I preheated my oven to 180C and lined a 23cm square tin and off I went.  Continue reading “Who wants to be a millionaire?”

Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?

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So it has been waaaaaay too long since I last put up a post, terrible baker I know but I’ll be baking plenty this month hopefully, so I’ll make up for it in sugar bags full. So this weekend I decided to try out a good ole fashioned American recipe, half inspired by some lovely little measuring mugs my mam bought this week and half by my trip to NY last October and the delicious oatmeal cookie I had in Dean and DeLuca. Continue reading “Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?”

A baking disaster saved by everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup

So my aim to bake healthier things was short lived after browsing through the January edition of Delicious today and spotting what I thought was a really easy recipe for something called Savoyard cruche. I had never heard of this before and it looked delicious and really easy to make. So off I went with my cocky self and measured out 250g of butter and placed it in a pan and left it on a low heat as the recipe stated, then when it had melted I added in 250g of plain flour and proceeded to stir it for 10-15 minutes, waiting for it to turn a light brown colour and smell biscuity. I waited another 5 minutes and it still wasn’t turning a brown colour for me, I added in 125g of caster sugar and I wasn’t happy with it so I dumped it.  Continue reading “A baking disaster saved by everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup”