Slow Cooker Top Tips

Do you own a slow cooker? If you do, does it hug a corner in the back of a cupboard? Do you long to use it but you’re just not sure what to do with it? Take action, dust it off and get cooking. If you do not have a slow cooker then you can…

How to Hygge Your Garden

How to Hygge your garden, is an article that I wrote for the Thompson & Morgan website. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish term that describes a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Read the Click here to view How to Hygge your…

What is mindfulness?

Most of us want to feel calm and happy in life, but achieving this can be a challenge in the 21st century world – life is too fast, too crowded and too 24/7! As we become more stressed the ability to find this sense of calm becomes increasingly difficult – just at the time you…

Just how amazing is avocado?

Since starting on my journey most days include either half or a full avocado. I have fallen in love with this rocket filled veg (actually its a fruit!) yet as a child growing up in the 70s and 80s they were viewed as the dieters nemesis. So just how healthy are these little brown (or…

The Showcase Pavlova

Recipe taken from Mary Berry To me Mary Berry is the queen of the kitchen. I trust her recipes 100% and this recipe certainly did not disappoint. The recipe serves 12-15. I was making pudding for 11 and there was plenty left. If you have a food mixer then this recipe is surprisingly easy to…

Day 28 -Milestone reached

Well, well –  no dark glasses needed for me today. Admittedly quite a considerable lay in this morning but no headache tablets needed and no nipping off to bed for a Sunday afternoon catch up sleep. At the point where the tequila shots came out last night (yes, I had two …. ouch!) I called…

The Easiest Pulled Pork

Recipe taken from http://www.walthamstowefoodies.com. Having never cooked pulled pork before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the recipe, but oh boy is it easy and well, let’s just say the four of us managed to polish off a kilo piece of pork belly in one sitting, both the kids and adults loved it….

Day 26 – Back with avengence

Alarm: 06:20. Up: 06:25. HITT complete: 07:00. Left for work: 08:03…. nailed it this morning! What a difference a day makes. Totally full on day and finally sat down to relax and start writing this: 22:40. But amazingly I still feel full of energy … and that feels just great. Tonight I’ve even prepared a…

Day 25 – Struggling …..

This week has turned out to be a bit of a tough week. It’s been a really hectic week which has been quite stressful at times which probably hasn’t helped. Although it hasn’t felt great, I’ve still completed 2 HITT’s this week and a pilates class, no Diet Coke and my healthy eating regime for breakfast and…

Day 22 – Lesson learnt

Boy was I feeling tired last night having run in the morning. I hit a brick wall around 9pm. I am sure it wasn’t helped by being on my feet for most of the day cooking. Feeling a bit achy I’d pretty much resigned myself last night that I would not be up for a HITT…

Slightly healthier roasties

One of the things that puts me off of cooking a Sunday roast is the smell of the food throughout the house both at the time of cooking and for hours afterwards. A revelation for me today was cooking the roast with different fat resulting in not only a tasty dinner but no nasty cooking…

Day 21 -A run at last

At long last – I managed to get out for a run this morning. The plan is for a run on either Saturday or Sunday, but this is the first weekend one I’ve managed so far. A wee bit of a frosty start this morning and it was colder out than I thought. So much…