How to make Scotch eggs

Living in France, you can’t buy all of those lovely English things you can get back in the UK. I’m talking about the pork pies, the cheese and onion crisps, the Cadbury’s chocolate, the fish & chips, the scotch eggs, the list goes on…

Scotch eggs are very easy to make but a little time consuming. Here’s my take on the scotch egg.

You will need:

-16 quail eggs

– around 2 tablespoons of flour

– 1 egg

– around 125g of bread crumbs

– around 600g of sausage meat

– pinch of pepper

Firstly, boil some water in a saucepan with a pinch of salt and a splash of vinegar, this will make it a lot easier to take the shells off the eggs. Once the water is boiling, carefully put all of the quail eggs in.

After around 4 minutes take the eggs off the heat and cool down with cold water. Once the eggs are cooled, take the shells off.

Dip the eggs in flour, then in the whisked egg. If you want, you can add spices or dried herbs in the flour. I normally just add a little pepper. Flatten some sausage meat in your hand and then wrap it around the egg.

Finally roll in bread crumbs, fry and voilà, there you have a homemade scotch egg that’s even better than the real thing! Enjoy!

My Winter nighttime routine

I don’t know about you but my skin gets soooo dry during winter. The cold weather and heating just dries my skin up. I have sensitive skin too. So, here is what I use to put my skin to bed.

  1. Remove make-up

To start with, I always remove my make up. Now, this product was recommended to me by a friend who had heard how good it was and I have to say I am very happy that I listened to her. I use the Cleansing oil, make up remover by Occitane. I bought it for 19€, ok, it seems a bit pricey BUT this bottle has lasted me a year! Yes a whole year! So, for me, it has definitely been a good investment. One pump is enough to melt away your make up with no irritation. You just wash it off and your skin just feels so hydrated afterwards. The only downside to this cleansing oil is that it is not as good with waterproof mascara. But, I highly recommend this product if you have dry sensitive skin like me.

2. Wash face

I bought this face wash with the Occitane Cleansing oil make up remover, it is also from the Occitane brand. It is called Precious cleansing foam by Occitane and I love it! First of all, it is a foam, therefore it is light and does not dry out my skin like most face washes. It leaves my face perfectly clean and refreshed. After hitting puberty, I would often get break outs but since I have been using this product once a day for the past year I have not had one. Again, one pump is enough hence why the bottle lasts forever. This is definitely my must have in winter!

3. Mask

This year, my winter favorite is the Clarins pure and radiant pink clay facial mask. I tend to prefer masks that do not dry up completely because they just dry my skin ten times faster and my face just feels awful. Hence why I love this rose clay mask as it has a creamy texture and it does not dry up or irritate my skin. I use this once or twice a week. This pink clay facial mask is a face exfoliator and a deep purifying mask which leaves skin feeling so soft and moisturized. My skin is glowing and refreshed. Besides, Clarins is probably one of my favorite skin care brands out there.

4. Brush teeth

While I leave my mask to work it’s magic, I tend to brush my teeth. At the moment, I’m just using the basic Oral B toothpaste.

5. Moisturize

To moisturize my face, I use the All in one, egg mellow cream by Too cool for school. I have to admit, I did not like this product at first. It has a very thick consistency, is a bit greasy and takes a while to sink in but I soon got used to it and love how soft my face feels. It is collegen infused which helps with keeping skin elastic and therefore young.

6. Hands & Lips

I had never heard of Burt’s Bees before I was given the Honey & grapeseed hand cream and the Lemon butter cuticle cream. Burt’s Bees is an American company that makes their products from natural ingredients. The smell is great and it leaves hands feeling so soft, not greasy, which is why I love this product. I hate hand creams that leave your hands feeling oily, I feel the need to wash my hands. The lemon butter cuticle cream leaves nails feeling strong and makes them shine.

I also use the macadamia lip balm by Yves Rocher. I love the nutty smell of the macadamia!

What is your nighttime routine? What are your favorite products? Do you have any recommendations? I would love to hear!

La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a beautiful small city on the west coast of France in the Charente Maritime. This is where I went to lycée (college) and I can definitely say that they were the best school years of my life. I went to a boarding school in the center of town. On nice evenings after school, we would have a coffee on the port or hang out in the park and during our breaks we would go down to the beach.

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La Rochelle is a touristic city, with people from around the world coming to visit all through the year. If you love history, you will love La Rochelle. It is unique with it’s two towers (Tour de la chaîne and Tour St Nicolas) guarding the entrance of the port that used to be used to defend the city and control the ships wanting to enter. They were also used as prisons and the walls inside are decorated with carvings of former prisoners. There are many churches and a magnificent cathedral to visit.

You will find a choice of beaches ideal for a hot summers day and a huge choice of restaurants around the historic port and in the back streets. The restaurant “André” is famous for it’s fresh sea food. The best ice creams and gaufres (home made waffles) are from Ernest who have two ice cream pallors in the center of town. The daily market in La Rochelle is great to buy your fruit and veg and fresh fish caught the night before. And under the stone arcades you can find lots of different shops and boutiques.

Every year in June, the FrancoFolie music festival takes place. Many French artists such as David Guetta, Martin Solveig and Mika come and preform over a couple of days. It brings such a great atmosphere with lots of different bands playing music in the streets.

The aquarium of La Rochelle is well known for it’s vast variety of fish and it’s 1.5 million liter tank of sharks. It is a great place to spend the day with family.

The picturesque island of Ré is a bike ride away from La Rochelle and has many quaint seaside ports and villages such as St Martin and La Flotte (picture below).

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Île de Ré is famous for it’s salt, potatoes, oysters, donkey’s milk soap and donkeys wearing trousers. It is definitely one of my favorite places to go in summer when all of the chic boutiques, cafés and restaurants are open

Île de Ré has the ambiance of St Tropez. Don’t be surprised to see a famous face here.