10 Random Things I Hate...


I saw this awesome post by my friend Hayley at Sparkles and Stretchmarks, called 10 Random Things That I Hate.  Hayley was inspired to write her list while reading  Bill Bryson's book The Road To Little Dribbling. 

In the book Bill states that he believes every person should be allowed to have a list of things that just irritate the life out of them, without having to apologise for it or explain why, no matter how trivial it may seem.

Of course, there are a lot more pressing things in the world that I hate, like cancer, bullying and animal cruelty, but this isn't that type of list.

So, inspired by Hayley and the musings of Bill Bryson, I decided to try and create my own list. My first thought was "How can I narrow the many, many things I hate down to a list of just 10?" But it actually came pretty easy. So, in no particular order of hatred, here's my list!

1. People that say 'Pacifically' when they really mean 'Specifically'.

Or when they say the Specific Ocean.



2. The words 'Minge' and 'Moist'

 Don't ask me why, but I just can't stand the words. I've grouped them together as one, as the 2 words together create a whole new hell, and lead to physical cringing from me.

3. Cold Egg. 

I love eggs in every form, except cold. The minute the temperature of a cooked egg is cold. it's a no from me.

4. When people misspell my name.

L A T O Y A H. The H is very important to me, and it get's left off by everyone, all the time.


5. Feet.

All feet. Including my own. I find them so weird, if I could not have feet and still function normally as a human I would be very happy.

6. Michael BublĂ©'s Singing Voice

I was tempted to just put Michael BublĂ© himself, but seeing as I don't know him, I thought that was a little strong.  BUT, his singing voice gives me the creeps. Like, properly makes me feel a bit queasy.


7. Cherry flavouring.

I love cherries, but the fake cherry flavour makes me gag.  I think it reminds me of medicine when I was younger, and I now can't even deal with the smell.

8. Facebook.

There are so many many reason's that I hate Facebook.  I just don't seem to have the patience for dickheads any more, and Facebook is full of them. Even when being selective with who I befriend, they seem to leak through.

Unfortunately, my blog Facebook page has my largest following and generates the most views for me.  So I have to keep it and use it. Facebook also has really weird algorithms in place that control how many people see my posts, and they also try and back small businesses into a corner and force them to pay up to £12 a post to get current followers of mine to be able to see the post in their feeds?! Grrr...

9. My Resting Bitch Face. 

It's bad. In fact, my face in general is bad. But mainly I look like I want to stab people up and am in a vicious rage, when I am in fact just in rest mode.



10. Mrs Brown's Boys

I'm still waiting for someone to explain what is funny about this show? When are the jokes supposed to star?

So there you have it.  10 Random things I hate.  I feel better already!! What are yours?  Let me know on my social media channels.

Mental Health Awareness Week: It's OK not to be OK.


I'll start by giving you a warning: This isn't one of my usual posts.  There are no food pictures, recipes or reviews. It may not appeal to those that usually frequent my blog, but I request that you please read it until the end. 

As I write this post, we're half way through Mental Health Awareness Week– a national campaign designed to help shed the stigma around the topic. 

Only a small minority of people (13%) report living with high levels of good mental health.
More than 4 in 10 people say they have experienced depression.
Over a quarter of people say they have experienced panic attacks.

Even though so many people are affected, there is a strong social stigma attached to mental ill health, and people with mental health problems can experience discrimination in all aspects of their lives. 

I have personal experience with mental health issues, as a teenagaer and in adult life.  If I'm being honest with myself, I feel slightly uncomfortable writing that sentence, in public, and for anyone that looks at this page to see. But that's also partly why I wanted to write this post. I'm certainly not a celebrity, and I'm certainly not someone to look up to, but I do have this blog platform (that a surprising amount of people read!)

On some of the few occasions I have spoken to people about my experiences with mental health in the past, I've been told things such as,"But you're so bubbly and outgoing, how can you be feeling depressed?" Or even worse, "Why don't you just cheer yourself up and get on with it?" 

The truth is, it isn't as easy as 'snapping out of it'. Mental health issues are a real life thing that can take over your body and control you, and it feels like every bit of happiness has been removed from your body and will never return.

Most people who experience mental health problems recover fully, or are able to live with and manage them. But for people to get the support and help that they need, there needs to be an end of portraying mental ill health in a negative light.

It's OK to not be OK. Something that has taken me a long time to realise, and something I wish that I could make everyone see. There is support out there, and it is OK to ask for it.  You don't need to feel this way forever.

When I started writing this post I wanted to make sure that there was a purpose. I found some great resources that I wanted to share.

Ever thought about your own mental health?  Find out how you're doing compared to the national average, by taking this survey from Mental Health Awareness.



Click the image below to find out about looking after your mental health.


Check out this head space app. Learn to meditate in just 10 minutes a day with the Headspace app. Daily meditation has been shown to help people stress less, exercise more and even sleep better.


If you need support or need to speak to someone, there is a huge amount of support numbers here.

Slimming World Friendly Recipe: Low Syn Patatas Bravas



One of my favourite tapas dishes is Patatas Bravas. Fried potatoes topped with a spicy tomato sauce and Aioli. To make this dish Slimming World Friendly, the potatoes are oven baked, or cooked in an airfryer like my Tefal Actifry.


I like my Patatas Bravas to have a good amount of spice, but you can reduce the amount of cayenne pepper if you prefer it milder. You could also swap mayo for fat free fromagr frais or quark to make this syn free!


This dish goes perfectly with most foods, but is also great as a large plate for 4 people to share. You can provide cocktail sticks so that you can sit and graze with some wine.


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Serves 4

Extra Easy Syn Value- 1 per serving

Healthy Extras- None


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You will need-

900g salad potatoes, skin on, quartered
Low calorie cooking spray
1/2 Carton Passata
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp cayenne pepper  (reduce according to how spicy you like it)
Pinch salt and black pepper
1 small onion, finely diced
3 tsp minced garlic
Handful of fresh parsley
Juice half a lemon
2 tbsp extra light mayo (or fat free fromage frais/ quark to make this syn free)

Method-

Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

In a large bowl, add the potatoes.  Spray with low calorie cooking spray all over, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix the potatoes up so that they are evenly coated with the low calorie cooking spray and seasoning.

Lay the potatoes out on a large baking tray and roast in the oven for 35-40 mins,

Meanwhile, add the passata, chopped tomatoes, smoked paprika, cayenne, onion, half the garlic and lemon juice to a saucepan.  Bring to the boil and then turn down to simmer on a low heat, until sauce has reduced.

To make the mayo, mix the mayo, rest of the garlic, and salt and pepper. 

Once the potatoes are roasted, lay them out onto a serving dish.  Top with the sauce and then the mayo, and sprinkle fresh parsley over the top!

Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 

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Chicken with Creamy Bacon Mustard Sauce



I wanted to make a super easy weeknight meal that used some things up that I already had in the house. I have played around with wholemeal mustard and chicken before, and took that idea and developed it further.

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I cooked everything in my cast iron casserole dish on the hob, but you could also use a skillet or frying pan with a lid. 


Extra Easy syn value: Syn free

Health Extras: None

You will need-

2 tbsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
8 strips of smoked bacon, all fat removed.
1 onion, finely dice. 
4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
300ml chicken stock (can be made up from a cube)
2 tbsp fat free fromage frais
Low calorie cooking spray



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Method-

Mix the mustard powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper together to make a flavour coating for the chicken.

Sprinkle the mixture over the chicken breasts and coat evenly. Set aside.

Spray the cooking dish with low calorie cooking spray and heat over a medium heat. Add the bacon and fry off until crispy.  Remove bacon and set aside.

Fry off the diced onions until softened and golden.  Remove and set aside with the bacon.

If the dish is dry, add more low calorie cooking spray. Add the chicken breast to the dish and cook on a low heat, turning once, for 2-3 mins each side. Remove the chicken to a separate plate.

In the same pan, add the stock, bacon and onions and mix well. Add the chicken breasts back to the dish, cover the dish and cook on a low heat for 15 mins, or until the chicken breasts are cooked through and the stock has reduced.

Once cooked, stir through the fat free fromage frais to get a creamy sauce and sprinkle a little extra smoked paprika on top!


Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 

All images and content on Sugar Pink Food is copyright protected. If you wish to share this recipe, then please do so by using the share options provided. 

Do not screenshot or post recipe or content in full 

L x
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