Friday Round-Up: Bits and Bobs

This week hasn’t been out of the ordinary, and I don’t have any enlightened thinking like my post last week on Finding the much sought after work/life balance. So here’s a few bits and pieces from this week!

Cheat meal Extreme – Grilled chicken, pulled pork and smoked cheese in a brioche bun – called the Cluck Oink Burger from Oakleys in Skipton.

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Another very sweaty Zumba session – and because the instructor is recovering from a cold, I led half of the routines #Proud !!!

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Last Sunday’s tea looks sinful but is actually saintly! “Vegetable” pasta bake with courgette, asparagus, broccoli tips, broad beans and soy beans with fresh pesto and some smoked cheddar, topped with 2 slices of parma ham.

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I ran a 10k on Sunday and then a 5k on Wednesday, and even though I’m no where near my time from last year’s Salford 10k, at least I’m feeling fitter than I was before Manchester earlier this year!

I’m very grateful to live inĀ  my little part of the world, for many reasons, but they include the beautiful routes that I get to run around. This week I ran through Skipton Woods and along Skipton Castle walls. My pictures REALLY don’t do the views justice!

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Homemade Turkey Burgers, y’all!
I forgot the courgette so these were straight up turkey breast mince with sesame seeds, fresh red chili and fresh thyme. I served them with sauteed vegetables (carrot, red pepper, asparagus and broccoli tips) and new potatoes.

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This weekend is a bank holiday in the UK which means no work on Monday, whoop whoop! So, I’m taking advantage and will do a 10k on Sunday morning and then lots of active fun with the toddler!

Happy weekend folks! xoxo

Breakfast: Wholemeal Bagel With Peanut Butter & Maple Syrup & Apple

Just a quick post today to tell you about a new breakfast I have started enjoying, which keeps the hunger pangs at bay and tastes delicious!

You start with half a wholemeal or wholewheat bagel – toasted. Top this with a thin layer of good quality peanut butter and drizzle with maple syrup. Core and slice your favourite type of apple and enjoy!







A nice glass of cold water is the perfect accompaniment!


Today’s Recipe – Homemade fish cakes

So today’s recipe is for healthy homemade fish cakes that pack a tasty punch whilst filling you up on good stuff!

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2 x Canned tuna in brine, spring water or sunflower oil
  • 1 x Red chilli – finely chopped
  • 1 x clove of garlic – finely chopped
  • 1/2 x Red onion – finely chopped
  • 1 egg


1. Mix the tuna, chilli, garlic and red onion in a bowl until all the ingredients are equally distributed.

2. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl and then add to the tuna mix.

3. Stir thoroughly until everything is combined.

4. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and form into 4 small circles, place on a lined baking tray and press each down so that they are flat on top and bottom

5. Put the cakes into the fridge to cool for 30 minutes (this stops the fishcakes from falling apart during cooking)

6. Heat a frying pan with a small amount of oil (chilli or garlic oil would be nice)

7. After cooling, take the fishcakes out of the fridge and heat in the frying pan for about 5 minutes on each side, flipping regularly to stop burning.

8. Serve with salad or peas and new potatoes.

Easy, healthy and delicious!

Enjoy xoxo