Saturday Summary: bubbles o’clock

We were at a wedding last night and the prosecco was flowing (and the wine and the gin)!

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A quintessential English wedding with afternoon tea, including the lost delicious macaroons I’ve ever eaten!

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This week has definitely been more 80:20 in favour of unhealthy food and very little exercise, and it’s not finished yet as we have a christening tomorrow too!

But training for the We Love Manchester 10k starts FOR REAL on Monday including a real focus on nutrition and some work on my speed including the dreaded hills!

Here’s a  shameless bathroom selfie!

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Happy long weekend my UK and US lovelies!
Xoxo

xoxo

Monday moments

It’s Monday, and I forgot to do both a Friday Round-Up and a Saturday Summary! #sorryguys

I’ve just done a 30 minute plyometric HIIT workout focusing on legs, and my right knee is a little niggly. Hopefully a good stretch will get rid of it.

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I bought the pink geo version of the Panache sports bra as my old one had lost half of the underwire:(

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It’s a nice design which is hard to find at a 36G (UK size) and offers good support.

Tonight I made dinner out of roast veg (carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli tips, new potatoes, peppers) with a boiled egg, bagel thin and some allioli.

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Here’s a “ooof why does the floor make so much noise during jump squats” face…

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Happy Monday everyone xoxo

Eats of the Week

Now I have to admit, some of these Eats didn’t actually happen this week, but I found pictures on my phone so thought I’d share them all with you!

  1. Baked Paella
    Please don’t lynch me for my non-traditional take on paella, but this meal gives you all the garlicky, salty, spicy flavour of paella, and the texture, without the hassle of standing over a pan for hours. I shared the recipe back in 2013!

    20160428_204624 baked paella

  2. Dinner at The Ivy Chelsea Garden for my birthday
    I know, I know, my birthday was back in April, but I visited my sister in London a couple of weeks after and we treated ourselves to dinner at the Ivy Chelsea Garden. She’d just bought a new flat so it was a dual celebration. That meant, dual puddings!
    We had the chocolate bombe which was a chocolate globe covering heavenly combination of milk foam, honeycomb, ice cream and sauce
    Chocolate bombe
    We also had the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae – Poached strawberries, vanilla ice cream, shortcake, crème Chantilly and baked meringue
    strawberry shortcake sundae
    They were so, so good.
    For our main course, we’d had a selection of starters, side dishes and a fish main. Whatever you do, if you visit the restaurant, get a basket of the courgette fries!
  3. Courgette Spaghetti (again)
    I don’t think there’s a week goes by that I don’t have some take on my courgette spaghetti recipe!
    courgette spaghetti
  4. Pasta Bake
    I really wanted the comforting carb load of a pasta bake, without all of the calories and unhealthy fats, so I made a green pasta bake. I’ll share the recipe this weekend. To say it had a bout 1/4 of the cheese I would normally put in, it still tasted satisfying and stodgy! Just what I wanted.
    Pasta Bake

Hang on everyone, it’s nearly Friday!

If you try any of these recipes let me know in the comments!
xoxo

Pizza Bianco = tomato no no!

I don’t like tomatoes! Whole, canned, puree or sauce, as much as I try to like them, I can’t. So eating pizza for me has always been a bit of an experiment. When dining out, I’ll ask for a garlic bread topped with cheese, and then pick toppings that are available on the traditional pizzas.

Usually, this is either a combination of spinach and pancetta or chicken with spicy peppers. Pizza Express started doing a béchamel base, so I’ll go with their Pollo Forza with béchamel instead of a tomato base.

So when it comes to having pizza at home, I’ve started to experiment with different toppings and I think I’ve cracked it! The perfect pizza for a green veg loving, tomato hating wierdo like me!

Now you might want a napkin because you’re about to start drooling, just look at this beauty….

Pizza Bianco

A garlic and herb base, topped with a Boursin and shredded Brussel sprout ‘sauce’ with crispy pancetta, courgette, mozzarella and chilli flakes.

You’re welcome!

Recipe – Serves 1 as a main meal, or two as a smaller portion

  • 1 x garlic bread base – choose your favourite, but make sure it isn’t frozen and the cooking time should be around 15 minutes or less
  • 5 x brussels sprouts, shredded (if you don’t like sprouts, you can leave them out of the recipe, but they truly add a nutty crunchy texture)
  • 30g x Boursin or roule
  • ½ x small courgette, sliced into VERY thin rounds
  • 3 x pancetta rashers
  • 1 x pinch of chilli flakes, or you can use fresh red chilli

Shredded Brussels SproutsSliced Courgette

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to the temp stated on the garlic base packet
  2. Place your garlic bread onto a baking tray or pizza tray
  3. Mix the Boursin and brussels sprouts in a microwavable bowl, and heat on full power for 30 seconds, just to soften the cheese
  4. Spread the cheesy sprout mixture evenly onto the garlic bread
    Pizza Bianco
  5. Add the courgette slices in an even layer over the sauce
    Pizza Bianco
  6. Cut the pancetta into 1-inch pieces and top these over the courgettes
  7. Sprinkle your chilli lightly over all the other ingredients
  8. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the bread is piping hot all the way through and the pancetta and courgette have started to sizzle and crisped around the edges
  9. Take it out the oven and cut the garlic bread into 6 pieces
  10. Eat the hell out of that bad boy!

Pizza Bianco

Let’s get posh – this wine goes exceptionally well with a crisp white wine like a Riesling. If you’re feeling flush, treat yourself to a Sancerre!

What’s your favourite pizza? Have you tried making cauliflower crust?
xoxo

Friday Round-Up: Have you seen?

Happy Friday everyone! This week, I’m sharing some of my favourite topics from the week, including food I’ve tried, workout plans I’m following and favourite blogs.

The girls from A Bikini A Day have teamed up with Self magazine to launch a 6 week to summer challenge. The challenge has started already, but you can see all of the posts here:

SELF x a bikini a day Summer Challenge


Last week I went all hipster and did a half top knot when I was working out.

half top knot

#socool #notreally


There’s a new Inspiralized book coming out called Inspiralize Everything, check it out here:

InspiralizeEverything

Inspiralize Everything


I’ve been a long-time fan of the Magnum double caramel ice cream, and last week I tried the new Peanut Butter version. Peanut butter ice cream encased in dark chocolate, a layer of peanut butter sauce and a final layer of milk chocolate. #myideaofheaven

Magnum Double

http://www.magnumicecream.com/uk/home.html


If you have a blog or website, and you’re looking to turn it into a business, or at least get some advice, let me recommend Media Marmalade. Melissa creates some fantastic content including blog advice, business plans, how to make money from your content, and general lifestyle and work style posts! Plus, she’s a mega babe and her style is on point!

Media Marmalade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.mediamarmalade.com


My favourite song to exercise to at the moment is Sia ft Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills. Whether I’m running, dancing or doing some toning, this tune always puts me in a happy mood!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYh-n7EOtMA

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!
xoxo

Spring Breakfast Bowl

You know I love a good smoothie bowl, they are my favourite healthy breakfast! But we’ve been hauling the smoothie maker out nearly everyday for the past couple of months, so we’re switching it for spring with a non-blended breakfast bowl.

spring beakfast bowl

I’m not a fan of yoghurt in general, it’s too sour or too sweet and I really don’t like lumps of fruit! However, I recently discovered The Collective, a UK brand of yoghurt (I’m not sure if its available anywhere else) which comes as a smooth, thick yoghurt that balances sweet and sour perfectly, with a range if flavours.

My favourite is the passion fruit, which adds a lovely tart bite to the yoghurt!

The Collective Passion Fruit Yoghurt

We’ve been topping 150g of The Collective with 30g of Fuel 10k chocolate protein granola and fresh blackberries, blueberries and sweet cherries.

Fuel 10k is another brilliant find from the supermarket. It’s high in protein and comes with tiny dark chocolate chinks, but it isn’t too sweet and adds an almost bitter taste (in a good way).

Fuel 10k chocolate granola
My nearly 3 year old loves this breakfast just as much as I do, it’s really filling, satisfying and doesn’t feel too virtuous!

spring breakfast bowl

spring beakfast bowl

What’s your go-to breakfast?
xoxo

Recipe: Tuna salad for Summer

Happy Monday everyone!
My hometown has been bathed in glorious sunshine for the past few days so I made the most of the early evening sunshine with a 5km around town after the toddler went to bed.

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I followed up with a dinner of tuna salad, with some summer updates!

It’s so much easier to eat salad in warmer weather, don’t you agree?

This salad had the classic tuna, sweetcorn and mayonnaise with a mixed salad of spiralized carrots, chopped cucumber, raw red cabbage, sugar snap peas and wait for it…fresh mango!

I chopped up all of the vegetables and tossed them together, with a little raspberry balsamic vinegar – but you can use any dressing you like, or none at all!

Then, I mixed a tin of tuna, a tin of sweetcorn and a teaspoon if mayo together. This covers two portions and I’ll have the rest for lunch tomorrow, with another portion of the vegetables and mango.

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The mango really added a freshness to the meal that cut through all the other flavours, without being overpowering. The lack if leaves made it feel less like rabbit food and the different textures kept the eating experience exciting!

What’s your favorite summer salad?
Xoxo