Tuesday, 27 June 2017

*One less thing to worry about with Bidvine

In this modern world we live in, time is not something we have much of. Whether it's working life, family life or sport that takes up most of your days;  there comes a time when something goes wrong or you're in need of a professional. Getting something done may not be the issue but dedicating your time might be. That's where Bidvine comes in; what is it? Well, Bidvine is an online company that offers a variety of services and they are all in one place. Need a painter? Find one on bidvine. Want to get healthy for the summer? Get yourself a Nutritionist through Bidvine. Emergency move and in need of a man with a van? That's right, find the right van man through Bidvine. This is a fast, free and effective way to obtain quotes from professionals in your local area. 

Their mission: "We make hiring local, trusted service professionals ridiculously simple - and help people use the time saved to pursue their passions." All you need is 10 minutes and Bidvine does all the work for you. You just need to answer a few questions specific to the service required e.g. Fitness (personal training, nutritionist, yoga etc), Photography (wedding, family etc), Home (Handyman; interior painting etc), Learning (piano; spanish etc). If you have a budget, you can also enter it at this point and of course your postcode to ensure your quotes are from local professionals. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Breakfast with Nutritional Benefits

I love a good breakfast bowl, my favourite being a steaming bowl of Oats topped with delicious summer fruits. This is the greatest way to start off a busy day ahead. Oats are extremely versatile and nutritious; they can be used in a variety of meals and snack. A few of my favourite oat-filled snacks include oatmeal Pancakes, strawberry oatmeal bars and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Let's talk about their nutritional benefits; Oats are packed with insoluble and soluble fibre. Insoluble fibre helps aid movement during digestion by reducing constipation and this is one of the main reasons why I eat oats everyday. As an IBS sufferer, constipation can be a daily struggle. It is unpleasant but with the help of insoluble fibres and of course Magnesium hydroxide which is prescribed to me on a regular basis; bowel movement does improve. 


Soluble fibre helps lower cholesterol through the formation of a viscous gel and also helps with stabilising glucose levels. Oats are also naturally gluten free, it's nice to not have to watch my gluten intake for a change. They also keep you fuller for longer meaning avoiding unhealthy snacking gets easier mid morning.  One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 150 calories, 6g of protein and 4g of fiber, this makes for a nicely balanced breakfast. 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

*Jamie's Italian Cardiff Super Lunch Menu Review

Gorgeous aroma; Italian-inspired, quirky interior decor and a buzzing, friendly atmosphere at first glance are just some of the makings of a great restaurant. Last week I received an email from the lovely people at Jamie's Italian asking if I would be interested in popping into my local Jamie's Italian to try out a few dishes on their Super Lunch Menu then review. Of course I jumped at the chance and my lovely boyfriend came along with me. This was my very first visit to the Jamie's Italian restaurant here in Cardiff and I had always wondered how it would compare to so many other popular restaurants. I've been so busy with my studies this year that I haven't had much opportunity to eat out as much as I'd like. Then again, I thoroughly enjoy cooking so no complaints there. Now that my studies are over for the summer; I'm delving back into blogging head first. 


When we walked in, we were greeted with a smile and seated at our table promptly. We had a nice table by the window and this was effective as I had lots of natural light for shooting my food photos. After being handed the menus, we schemed through & ordered our drinks. Our waitress (Megan) is probably one of the nicest people I've ever met; she was young and bubbly, extremely helpful & our conversation with her was free flowing which instantly made us feel comfortable. 


Perfectly situated in the city centre, Jamie's Italian offers delicious Italian food prepared with "fresh, carefully sourced, seasonal ingredients". Their super lunch menu offers gluten free, vegan and healthy options all at a very reasonable price. Jamie Oliver as we all know is a big brand and I'll be the first to admit that I was expecting their prices to be a lot higher than they actually are. Do I have your attention now? You know you want to read more 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Genius Gluten Free Toast 2 ways: Sweet & Savoury


After making my own bread the last few months, I'm on a Genius Gluten free bread kick. Thought I'd give it a try as I don't always have enough time on my hands to bake. This morning, I'm having both sweet and savoury toast, why stick to one flavour when you can have both? These two versions are definite favourites; toast topped with yogurt, whether sweet or savoury, is as flavourful as it gets. 


This breakfast is IBS friendly and can easily pass for lunch or even a snack. It's nutritious, requires minimal ingredients and takes just a few minutes prepare. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much to scarf it down; disappears as fast as it appears.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

*Jamie Oliver’s Infographic: The Buyer’s Guide To Olive Oil

A very handy how to guide on professional tasting from me to you; you can thank me later. Cooking oil is one of those things that can be rather challenging to shop for depending on what dish you're planning to make. Jamie's Italian to the rescue, this guide is very handy; one that should be hanging on your fridge for easy access.

Summer was made for light, colourful salads and it seems I was using the wrong oil (pure olive oil) all along for my dressing. After using extra virgin oil in my Greek salad last night, I could definitely tell the difference in taste. Extra virgin oil added a richness; this my friends is a crowd-pleaser and the greek salad, outstanding! Want to know more? Read n...

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wagamama Cardiff Review

Up for some fine Japanese food, Wagamama is where you need to go. We called in double date style for what seems to be the 100th time and were not disappointed by the service one. I don't know about you but being greeted with a friendly smile makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside; it's such a lovely feeling. It's very rare to find Wagamama empty and last week was no exception; buzzing atmosphere and full tables. No matter how hot it gets, I never sit outside a restaurant because for me that defeats the whole idea of 'eating out'. I want to smell the food's sweet aroma, undergo the noisy atmosphere; it's all about getting the full experience. Well, that and the fact that I need to snap lots of photos for reviews such as this one so you guys are aware of the best places to eat in Cardiff.
 We were promptly seated and handed some menus; can I just say it is really hard to pick one dish thanks to the menus being overly populated. Everything looked super tasty but I had to go with Chilli Sirloin Steak Ramen. As much as I love Udon noodles and as tempting as it was to order ginger chicken udon (teppanyaki); I'm just not quite over Ramen! The meals come out as and when they are ready which is one of my favourite things about Wagamama; freshly made food.

Teapigs Mao Feng Green Tea Review


With it's delicate, refreshing taste that feels like a warm summer's day, Mao Feng sure is a top contender. All my tea lovers where you at? Summer's approaching fast and with the weather getting warmer, tea will most likely be left behind which is very unfortunate. Well it sure won't be left behind in my world. Hot or cold, tea is my number go to beverage due to its comforting ability as well as the health benefits that come with it. Teapigs have been on a mission since 2006; their mission, to get the nation drinking tea again. A mission I'm more than happy to support as I'm an avid tea drinker, one that always goes for the mug that tells a story.
This is the first of their teas I've ever tried and of course I went for Mao feng green tea; a strong favourite of mine. Now the most important question as always is what is in this tea? Absolutely nothing but pure Mao feng green tea. Now that's music to my ears.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Roasted Lemon Mint Chicken Thighs

The delicate flavour of mint and lemon goes so well together, a great way to finish off a nice, relaxing weekend. I'm giving the casseroles a rest this week to I explore lighter, more summery foods that go with this gorgeous, sunny weather we've been having lately. & well, chicken is never a bad start.

I officially finished my course on Thursday so it's been a very relaxing weekend. I cannot remember the last time I woke up and thought 'wow, I have nothing to do today'. Everybody deserves a break and I strongly believe I have earned mine. No thinking about Chemistry or Biochemistry; for the summer at least. For a no-fuss Sunday dinner, these chicken thighs are a perfect choice.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Ground Beef Chickpea & Broccoli Casserole

Somebody please stop me from constantly making casseroles; it's starting to feel like this is all I eat. Well in reality, casseroles do make up a big part of my diet mainly because it's such an easy way to get in my 5 a day; depending on the ingredients in the casserole, they are IBS friendly; no brain power is required to make it and the amount of dishes at the end of the night are significantly lower. At least my boyfriend seems to be perfectly content with our home-cooked meals.
I love Chickpeas, there I said it! These little bundles of joy come equipped with a number of health benefits. A few tablespoons of chickpeas are equivalent to one portion of the recommended 5 a day. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals as well as fibre. The soluble fibre provided by chickpeas can help lower cholesterol. Why not cook this up on one of those 'what on earth are we having for dinner' days; you will not be disappointed.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Garlic and Chilli Rice Soup *Suitable for Vegetarians*

I don't know whether my lack of motivation towards a night out with the girls is just pure laziness or the first sign of old age. The past couple of months, I'd much rather sit in front of the TV with a huge bowl of berries and greek yogurt; movies ahoy! Just thought I'd make a rather substantial dinner today that did not require much effort or thought; it's Sunday, don't judge me. Anyway, this is more of a light stew than a soup as it's quite ample! It's a flavourful dish that is so easy and quick to throw together; one I'm sure the whole family will love.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Gluten Free Brown Loaf

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread on a Saturday morning. Whilst others are excited about the UEFA Champions League Final taking place today in my hometown (Cardiff), I'm more ecstatic about the fact that I have finally mastered the art of making wholemeal bread! Give me cakes, pastries, biscuits; you name it, I'll bake it. Getting Bread's texture right however was quite a challenge. Because of my IBS, gluten has become one of my worst enemies, its all about portion size. Because wheat is a high FODMAP food, it isn't digested and absorbed well in my body. Basically my Gut lets me down every time. This is why I used Doves Farm Gluten Free Brown Bread Flour.


If you are unable to eat Gluten, Dove's flour is the flour for you. I also used Dove's quick yeast which is also Gluten free, wheat free, daily free and vegan friendly. Are you loving Dove's yet? Bread is actually a nutritious food, it's a good source of fibre and contains, zinc, manganese, iron and magnesium. Oh yes, the recipe; I won't keep you waiting any longer.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Salsa

Now this my friends is a real crowd-pleaser, let's hear it for Salsa. Who doesn't love a bit of Salsa especially in the summer? It's low fat, super healthy and fresh; the flavours and scent are just insane which is why I decided to make myself some Salsa for the 100th time. Get those Doritos ready because this will be a quick one.
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