Monday, 30 January 2017

Quick Pan Fried Plaice

Plaice that's ever so delicately flavoured and fried in the most minimal oil presents an absolutely gorgeous texture. Seafood has fast become a regular occurrence in my household and I wouldn't have it any other way. I guess you could say I'm making up for all those years spent expressing my dislike for seafood; two thirds of which I had never ever tried. But fortunately, there is still time to explore. The combination of spices I used to make this succulent Plaice really brings out its tenderness. According to the NHS, a healthy diet should consist of at least two portions of fish every week. This is because they are a great source of vitamins and minerals; oily fish being high in omega-3 fatty acids that help keep your heart healthy. Now there's a worthwhile reason to dig into some major seafood. I'll be making a sushi spread as part of our Valentines Day dinner and I'm really looking forward to playing around with different flavours. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Quick Life Update

I've been so busy this week seeing as it is University interviews season! As most of you know, I sent off my Ucas application for Dietetics back in October 2016 and I have heard back. Why do I want to be a Dietitian? I want to be able to prevent, even cure disease with food; I want to know the Science of food and all the chemical reactions that take place in the body; I want to make a difference no matter how small or how big it may be; I want to remind people that food isn't just a biological necessity, it is also there to be enjoyed. I could give you a million reasons why I want to be a Dietitian but I'll refrain from doing so as I don't want to keep you here all day.

Friday, 27 January 2017

*Rhubarb Breakfast Bars

These tasty breakfast bars mark the last Friday of January & the end of January breakfast inspiration in collaboration with Rachel's Organic. We've brought you a gorgeous Sunny breakfast skillet, apple & raisin oatbran porridge and so we are ending it with something light, Rhubarb breakfast bars. These bars' building blocks are muesli and rachel's fat free rhubarb yoghurt. Muesli is high in fiber and whole grains which are great for regulating the digestive system. They allow you to stay fuller for longer which is one of the things that make up a good breakfast. Muesli also tends to have less calories and sugar in comparison to most breakfast cereals. These bars allow you to cut down on your calorie intake and save time and money. This is a good-sized batch that is sure to keep you going through the week.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Honey Glazed Pan Fried Pork Chops

Pork chops are a great source of Protein and so today I'm sharing a quick honey glazed pork chop recipe. I was raised in a very cooking oriented household and so I'm accustomed to hot lunches. These honey glazed pan fried pork chops are a new favourite because they are so tender and flavourful. When you're looking to make a quick lunch, rice noodles are a great side dish as they take just 3 minutes to prepare. Perfectly cooked pork tends to be slightly pink inside but I like mine crunchy and pretty well done which is why I leave it frying a few minutes longer. This is an extremely enjoyable and comforting meal to tuck into. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

*Apple & Raisin Oatbran Porridge

And my Friday January breakfast inspiration in collaboration with Rachel's Organic continues. January seems to be fitness month, everyone is trying to loose those extra pounds gained at Christmas. The gyms are packed, cakes have been traded in for snack bars and joggers are everywhere. As efficient as exercise is, it's unavailing without a nutritious diet. This apple and raising oatbran porridge offers a nutritious breakfast that is sure to keep you going until lunchtime. No more snacking, just a great tasting breakfast.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Healthy Snacking

Unhealthy snacking is something we all do, I used to do it myself  until I put a stop to it 2 years ago. The real purpose of snacking is to take the edge off hunger that suddenly comes along before meal times without exceeding your everyday caloric needs.This careless snacking offers you no nutritional benefit and can take you over your daily energy requirement which isn't exactly ideal. It can lead to weight gain if you tend to snack out of habit, boredom or stress; and can also cause tooth decay if you're particularly fond of sweet, sticky and carbohydrate-rich foods. I know it's easier said than done but why not swap that creme egg for a healthier, more nutritious snack?

Monday, 16 January 2017

Gluten Free Rainbow Cake

A friend of a friend requested a simple gluten free rainbow cake for her 27th birthday party a few days back and so I've been busy baking tonight. Snapped and sent her a photo, thankfully she loves it and now I breathe again. I did intend to do the full 6 colours but she didn't want it too high so I stopped at 4. Do you love baking? I know I do and there's nothing quite like baking with Stork. Why you ask? Simply because I've found that my cakes made with stork are a lot more fluffy than those made with pure butter and it is easier to cream. The secret behind stork's success is that it is a combination of stork and butter, every keen baker's best friend. Using highly concentrated food colouring is really important for this cake (gels or pastes). I've always stuck to using Sugarflair for every colour, it works wonders. The colours of my cakes are deep and vibrant, there's nothing worse than a weak coloured cake.









Sunday, 15 January 2017

December 2016: Top 6 dishes

I've been so busy with my studies lately which is why this post is a little late. December was a great month; it was festive, it brought families from all over the world together and of course Christmas food somehow tastes better than 'everyday' food. This may be because everyone gets into the Christmas spirit. I've quickly put together your favourite dishes of December 2016. I'm so glad you're trying out the recipes and I'm really grateful for all your lovely emails and kind words.  I've been trying out some new recipes the last few weeks and so I've got lots to share, just wish I had more time on my hands. Anyway, I hope you've all had a great first few weeks. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

*Sunny Breakfast Skillet

There's nothing quite like a delicious fry up on a Friday morning, heck, why not fry another one up for Saturday brunch maybe? Eggs are a great source of B Vitamins, protein and anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, the explosion of flavour is a bonus. This sunny breakfast skillet is nutritious, takes just 20 minutes to make and of course is a good breakfast option. Rachel's greek style yoghurt makes this gorgeous fry up fluffy and creamy, a true work of art that's almost too pretty to eat. 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Thai Lounge, Cardiff


I sit here in stretchy yoga pants and that's a sign of a happy woman! If you want a feel of Thailand, the food Thai Lounge here in Cardiff is definitely worth a try. The strong aroma and spicy edge presented in their dishes is great, the taste exquisite. Now, I've always been a fan of Chinese and Japanese food more than anything which is why Thai food has never really had a place in my tummy. My boyfriend however is very fond of Thai food, he literally dragged me out to Thai Lounge after making a secret booking so we could have a nice meal together. When we got there, we were greeted with a smile which is always a nice way to start out an evening meal. We were promptly seated and handed some menus; choosing what to have proved challenging thanks to their overly populated menus. I might have missed Sienna's crazy antics in Hollyoaks today but it was worth it. To be frank, I was sold at the very first bite.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

5 Creepy must see shows on Netflix right now

I'm an avid fan of shows based on true events,suspense movies, thrillers and romance but sometimes you've got to get that adrenaline pumping and well creepy/horror kind of does the job. I don't jump out of my seat, I don't look for monsters under my bed and I most certainly do not sleep with the lights on. Horrors have my attention, I'm not sure whether it's because of the suspense or maybe I'm just at a point where I've watched so many they have no effect on me anymore. Either way, I just can't get enough and there are a few shows on Netflix UK that I've thoroughly enjoyed, shows I'm sure you'll love too.
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