Vegan Cashew Chow Mein

This simple and quick recipe is perfect for a midweek dinner.

What You Need:

2 Handfuls Cashews
1 pinch of Golden Caster Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Chinese 5 Spice
4 Tablespoons of Vegan Soy Sauce (I use This )
600g Thin Soba Noodles (Get there here )
5 Cloves of Garlic
Medium knob of Ginger
2 Tablespoons Coconut oil (or sesame)
5 Spring Onions
2 Handfuls of Edame Beans Frozen
2 Radishes
2 Tablespoons of Sesame Seeds
Handful Fresh Corriander

 

How To Make:

Simply start by prepping all the ingredients, crush the Garlic Cloves right down, peel and finely grate the ginger and thinly slice the spring onions.

Bring a large Saucepan to the heat add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and wait until melted. Once hot add in the spring onion, Ginger and Garlic. Cook for 2 Minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a separate pan of water to the boil and follow the noddle cooking instructions.

Next, Add the Cashews and Edame Beans, allowing to cook for a further 2 minutes.

Mix in the 5 spice, Soy Sauce and sugar along with the remainder of the oil, stirring continuously.

Once the noodles are cooked add these as well as half of the coriander and sesame seeds and mix together for around 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and serve in bowls with sliced radish, sesame seeds, coriander and an extra slug of Soy on top.

Enjoy

 

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Almond Milk

Are you an Almond milk drinker? – like it in your coffee? Porridge?

Well this recipe for Almond milk will get you wondering why haven’t you been making your own before it sure has me! It’s so easy and it means you know exactly what you’re putting in your body!

So you will need an Almonds, almond milk bag, you can buy this here. You will also need a sealable container/jug you can store it, a blender, a large bowl

So here we go… take 1 cup of almonds and soak these over night in water.
The next morning, rinse the almonds and pop in a blender, this doesn’t need to be a super powerful one. Add 3 cups of water and blend until smooth.

Next take your nut bag and a mixing bowl and strain the almond milk through the nut bag, squeezing to ensure you get all the juice out.

Transfer the mixture to your sealable jug and voila! Delicious Almond milk that will last up to 4 days in a sealed container in the fridge! Enjoy.

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Easy Granola

I have been super busy these post months! But I have got some delicious recipes and some great things to talk about so keep your eyes peeled and your bellies ready for a treat!
This is the first of a few recipes to try this is a delicious breakfast treat you can prepare at the weekends ready for the week (if you can keep it in the Jar that long).
**please note all the ingredients I use are Organic

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You’ll need:

  • A variety of nuts, I use raw Cashews and Almonds – 2 handfuls of each
  • Seeds – I use raw Sunflower Seeds -2handfuls
  • Goji Berries – 1handful
  • Oats – 4handfuls
  • Desicated Coconut – 1handful
  • Acacia Honey -2-3tablespoons
  • Pinch of Salf
  • Dash of cinamon
  • 1/3 of a vanilla pod

To make:
(this step is optional) Soak the nuts seeds and Goji Berries in water for a minimum of an hour.*
Pre heat the oven to 150°C (fan).
In a bowl mix the berries and nuts with the oats,Acacia honey, Salt, Cinamon and Vanilla.
Take a sheet of baking paper and lay the mix down evenly.
Place in the oven untill starting to brown.
Sprinkle the Desicated Coconut over the browning mixture and place back into the oven.
Once golden brown remove from the oven and leave on the side to cool.
Place into an drystore pot and serve portions for breakfast along with almond milk, and fresh berries.

*I soak the nuts, seeds and berries to release any toxins and help with digestion.

 

Cauliflower Base Pizza

So for my birthday I was super lucky and a great friend brought me a brilliant book by ‘Sarah Wilson’ called ‘I Quit Sugar’. This is a truely delicious cauliflower based pizza and it’s super healthy too! I’ve adapted the recipe myself but you can pretty much put whatever you want onto it. I couldn’t not share this with you all!

A great way to eat healthily and deliciously this January,  

So to make this delicious pizza (enough for 2), you will need;

For the base:

1 cauliflower- grated, cooked, drained and cooled

100g goats cheese

1 egg

Sea salt and pepper to taste
Topping:

2 tablespoons of Passata

4  tenderstem Broccoli  stalks

1 finely sliced red onion

2 eggs 

And whatever else you fancy really
To start pre-heat the oven to 200C. So to make the base mix all the ingredients together. Flatten the mixture out to around 1cm thick onto baking trays the mixture can make 2 large or 4 small pizzas spending on how you want to divide the mixture. Cook these for around 30-40min until the base is crusty.

Remove these from the oven and the add your topping, really this can be of your choice or you can use my suggestion. If using my suggestion, smear the Passata over the base and lay your toppings on top leaving the egg till last. Find somewhere to crack the egg, and then place into the oven for a further 10-15 mins (or until the egg is cooked)

Serve warm and enjoy!

Birthday Surprise

IMG_2847 copyThis year for my Birthday I was in for a lovely thoughtful surprise from Josh. All I knew was that the Tuesday before my Birthday I was to have nothing planned after work that evening and that he would meet me at work. That Tuesday came, we walked through Hyde Park and I still had no idea what we were doing or where we were going I was looking at everything and suggesting that it might be it…

However we then showed up outside Claridges, I was so excited to be so lucky to be dining in such an amazing place (whilst feeling slightly under dressed). We walked into such a Grand Entrance that just sparkled. We were shown to the restaurant where we left our coats and bags in a cloak room and made our way into Fera a 1 Michelin star restaurant (ahhhh I was so amazed happy and excited and this point). We were treated so well with a glass of Champagne waiting for us. We were having a set menu which came with a nicer price tag and a great variety of foods.

The Service was out of this world, we had some delicious taste warmers followed by a tasty 3 course meal! I was in a foodies heaven.

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Chocolate Treats

The Other weekend me and Josh were setting off to Central London, for some shopping and to see the iconic Harrods Christmas lights! They really do make you feel christmassy. We then went in to see if we could see any decorations for the tree that tickled our fancy, and on the way to the Christmas hall, got completely distracted by the Godiva Chocolate Cafe, and boy what a great distraction it was. With so much chocolate around I think anyone would struggle not going in there.

We were seated really quickly, but then we were left with the difficult decision of what type/form of chocolate should we get? Hot chocolate, cold chocolate drinks,white, Milk or dark, fondue, cake, crepes or chocolates. I mean seriously I’ve never seen such a variety of ways chocolate can be done. So finally having spent a fair bit of time choosing our decisions were made. I opted for a white hot chocolate and josh a dark hot chocolate, along with a chocolate cake layered with mouse and genâche served with a hot chocolate sauce. Essentially chocolate on chocolate.
Yes, it was delicious, yes it was sickly!  It really is a great place to take that Chocolate lover in your life.

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Beetroot Brownies

Following the The Great British Bake Off I have been inspired to get back into the kitchen! Trying to sneak a healthy twist in there too. I came across this delicious recipe on BBC Good Food and made a couple of amends to make it gluten free. I also use all organic ingredients as a preference! This is a must try as they are truly delicious!

  • 500g Whole Raw Beetroot (3-4 medium beets)
  • 100g Unsalted Butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 200g Bar Plain Chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 250g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 100g Brown Rice Flour
  • 25g Cacao Powder
keeping my fingers stain free, and getting messy!

keeping my fingers stain free, and getting messy!

  1. Start with Beetroot, I pop on a pair of rubber gloves so I don’t get Beetroot stained fingers. Then peel and chop the beetroot, pop in a steamer and cook until soft.
  2. Pre-Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. While the Beetroot steams, butter and line a 20 x 30cm tray bake or small roasting tin. Roughly break the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes and pop into a blender with the vanilla. Once the Beetroot is tender, add this to the blender and mix it up until you have a smooth mixture. (The heat from the Beetroot will melt the butter and chocolate)
  3. Pop the Sugar and Eggs into a large bowl, and whisk together preferably with an electric whisk until it is thick, pale and foamy. Gradually spoon in the Beetroot mixture, and using a large metal spoon, fold the mixture in. Trying to retain as much air to the mixture as possible.
  4. Sift in the Flour and Cacao powder, gently folding into the mixture to make a smooth batter
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30mins or until the brownies are completely risen and there’s a tiny bit of mixture left on the knife when you check the centre of the bake. Once cooked cool in the tray and cut and enjoy!
delicious and soft here's the final thing (they didn't hang around long)

delicious and soft here’s the final thing (they didn’t hang around long)

Halkidiki, Greece

Hey long time no speak! I have just come back from a truly beautiful holiday with Josh. It was a week long in what felt like paradise! We flew into Thessaloniki, Greece last Thursday, from there we hired a car and drove to the first peninsular (Kassandra) it was around an hour and a hal drive, but so easy. We arrived late at night to the hotel in Pefkohori Anna Maria Paradise – the area really was a paradise. We woke up earliest ate a buffet breakfast at the hotel and headed to the beach straight away. What a beautiful site, white beaches and beautiful blue clear seas!  

me on the beach in Pefkohori, wearing a new hat I got from the bloggersmarket

 

From there we also then walked into the town where we discovered ice creams were only €1 this made it for us the rest of the holiday was filled with ice creams! They were very delicious too.  

ice creams on the sea front

 
We then walked along to the end of the prominade and stopped in a restaurant called Asterias for a light lunch. It was cheap, delicious and a big portion, we ordered a Greek salad each and this filled us right up. Yum! 

greek salad yumm

 
The next few days were spent in the clear blue waters, sipping cocktails in the beautiful sunshine. It was so lovely and relaxing, we spent a day on a boat that we rented out exploring the coastline from a different angle, this was such great fun – and cheap too! 

yes I was driving

 
We also took a day out to the other side of the peninsular where we went to a sulphur spa – not going to lie I forgot what sulphur smelt like until I went there and it’s not a pleasant smell at all, think rotten egg. None the less we gave it a go, we did only last no longer than 5mins. Then we headed straight to the nearest beach where we did some snorkelling and checked out some of the amazing views. 

trying out the smelly sulphur spa

  

exploring under the sea

 
That evening we treated ourselves to a delicious meal out to trip advisors number #3 restaurant called Bakalis, right on the sea front it was a brilliant location . Where we ordered veg, salad and seafood, there was just so much, we ended up with a table full of food which we both gradually throughout the night made it through. It was slightly pricier here but well worth it. All the food was booming with flavour!  We then took a night walk along the beach and back to our hotel where the Greeks were having a party at the bar that we were invited to join in on, so much fun glasses getting smashed (in true Greek style) and shots flowing!

Josh and the table full of delicious food


  

post Greek Glass Smashing photo

 

Our time was nearly up in this beautiful part of the world, we spent our last day in a slightly different way, in Thessaloniki the second city of Greece. A lovely place (very hot) but lots to see, the old walls of the city (what’s left) that were built BC, Aristole square and the White Tower. Some great sites to visit and really we didn’t have enough time to explore the markets and more of the city. 

     
All I can do is massively recommend this place to go and explore we found so much out, history and culture as well as the tourist things to go and do. The people, are lovely and just so helpful too! 

Treat your taste buds

treat your taste budsLast week I was lucky enough to visit Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Chelsea! It was by far the most flavoursome experience I have had to date! The food was simply divine, out of this world tasty. It is an expensive place to eat however  ‘you get what you pay for’ really is what you have to remember here, the service was flawlessly do food unexplainabley good. All I can say is that this is somewhere you have to go to really understand what it’s like. So for now I hope you enjoy the photos! If you’ve been to a Michelin star restaurant I’d love yo know your experiences and recommendations too! So my thought for the day is go and Treat those taste buds, they deserve it.

The delicous courses

The delicious courses