Friday, February 6, 2015

Squeezing in some down-time

Bonjour, and Happy Friday! I'm off to Edinburgh for a couple of days to meet up with my little bruvbruv for a weekend full of stuffing our faces, so I've been counting down the days all WEEK. Whilst we're on the subject, does anyone have any good eats/drinks recommendations? I feel like I always going to the same places when I'm down there and today I've got culinary adventure running through ma bones.

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Tonight's post is the last in my series about the Microsoft (...Surface Pro 3 - it always feels wrong not giving it its full name, kind of like calling your mum by her first name) tablet. I've talked a little about the tablet itself and how I was going to use it to help me with my travelling plans this year, so tonight's post is based around what else I've been using this little guy for!


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Now that we've moved into the new flat, I promised myself that I'd get a little more adventurous in the kitchen. A natural cook I am not however - I meticulously follow recipes, reading and re-reading each instruction before I go ahead with it, and even then a large part of me worries I've done it wrong. For this reason, I love a good cookbook (Jamie Oliver, of course, and The Hairy Bikers are two of my favourites right now) but recently I've also taken to reading different food blogs for recipes too, so the tablet's become my little kitchen companion. I tend to have it sitting upright on the stand with the page a little zoomed in so that I can read it without my specs and hey presto, I can scroll through as I cook! Recently I've used it to make - clockwise from top - egg, mackerel and veg salad with teriyaki sauce, Nutella and pretzel brownie (I overdid the base a little but apart from that it was an absolute winner) aaand turkey and leek burgers with halloumi salad and homemade tzatziki. Mwah!

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I normally lug about my huge laptop whenever I need to work on the go, so it's been a nice change for my back to now only have the tablet to slip in my bag. As you know, the sheer size of the tablet (12 inches, he's all man) is one of my very favourite things about it, so once I've clipped the keyboard in it's basically just like working from a laptop but without the added weight. Rob saw me using it the other night and shouted, 'AMY... DO YOU KNOW THAT'S THE TABLET THAT'S PRETTY MUCH A COMPUTER?! OH MY GOD IT'S JUST LIKE THE ADVERT'. I fear that from here on out it's 'our' tablet.

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I do try and read in bed but sometimes it's nice just to kick back and catch up on some programmes I've missed or binge on YouTube videos (I think I've watched this video of Hozier perform From Eden... 1078? times this year already). Rob likes to sit up and hold it when he pinches it from me, but I prefer to have it propped up on the stand at the end of the bed so that my hands are freed up for other important things. Like eating.

So there we have it! I hope you liked this series and, if you're on the lookout for a tablet I really couldn't recommend this one more - its quickly taken up the position of third arm for me. Just in case you missed my earlier posts, you can find them here:

Getting to know the tablet | Using the tablet to travel 


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