I have been putting off posting my favourite vegan chilli recipe for a while. I made it on a slow, rainy afternoon a while back. A staple recipe that I have been making and tweaking for a few years, never thinking of it as a glorious, blog worthy recipe. Yet I make it often and enjoy it a little more every time, why wouldn’t I share it with you all? Then the heatwave hit the UK and the last thing we would want to be reading about let alone eating is a chilli, so it sat here in my drafts for a little while. I used to be quite against chilli growing up. Read more
As this blog grows and evolves I want to take some time to create a series of posts dedicated to some talented, local companies. Let’s call it Local Creatives shall we? Focussing on creative and skilled people from the South West and surrounding areas. Supporting local businesses is so important to me, and I am lucky to live in an area full to the brim with some fantastic business owners and products. First up in my Local Creative series is Ladytree Designs.
A few weeks ago, a rather large parcel arrived on my doorstep. It was a package I had been eagerly awaiting for a while. It was my Rocket Gardens delivery. Rocket Gardens was started in 2005, by Mike Kitchen. What started as a few seeds in his garden has now developed into a vegetable and herb seedling delivery service, with all plants starting life on their organic nursery in South Cornwall. They offer selection boxes, from Window Box Garden up to Allotment Garden, and also plant packages (hello pumpkin and squash patch!) When I was offered a Rocket Gardens review opportunity for the blog, I jumped at the chance. Since moving into our cottage, I have found myself in the garden more often than I thought I would. Enjoying the peacefulness and tranquility that comes with gardening. Read more
I’m sitting here on the sofa, it’s late May, I can see the sun slowly setting and the sky changing colours. My belly is full with a hearty weeknight meal. The cats are twirling around my legs, purring softly. The birds are singing their evening melodies. I take some moments to be calm, and still, and breathe. In this world of terror and heartache, make time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you are here. We’ve had some terrible news here in the UK today, and my thoughts are with those who have lost someone they love. Do not let this hate beat our love. Love will overcome, it has to. Read more
It’s no secret now that I have quite a high interest in how food can improve our wellbeing. In the last 3 years I have been reading up and following blogs that practise eating to feed and nourish us to help us feel that we are the best version of ourselves. When I was asked if I’d like to join a Food for Wellbeing course run by Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine, I jumped at the chance. The course would take place one evening a week, for 6 weeks. The venue was the fantastic space at Bakesmiths, Bristol.
Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person. It combines conventional and holistic approaches together to improve health and wellbeing. It actively supports lifestyle change and self care.
The Food for Wellbeing course was to be led by a team of experts; Elizabeth Thompson is a holistic doctor and CEO of The Portland Centre, Helen Cooke is a nutritionist with 25 years of experience, Helen McCarthy is a psychologist who offers programmes for permanent weight loss, Francine Russel is a food educator with an interest in mindfulness. We were also joined by 2 more food educators; Bev Campbell and Jane Morrice.
The course brought together tips around cooking healthier food from scratch; psychological expertise; and nutrition and medical knowledge to help us understand why food is so important for our health and overall wellbeing. During the course, we also had the opportunity to find out more about the role of exercise in health and wellbeing.
Each session also contained a practical demonstration with the community food educators, a delicious shared meal, and a variety of input from experts interested in non-drug approaches to health and wellbeing. Some sessions contained group participation; we all got to make some lovely overnight oats. We were given a selection of recipes to try and make at home, like this hummus.
We looked at which foods to eat regularly (hello vegetables and wholegrains!) and which to eat sparingly (dark chocolate…sob). We focussed on mindful eating, which is something I need to practise much more. We also talked about foods which are anti-inflammatory, and pre-biotic and pro-biotic foods.
I found the course to be really informative, and I particularly enjoyed hearing Helen Cooke speak about nutrition. We also had a session on raw foods, and had a delicious raw dinner together after the session. Our cookery demos from the food educators cemented the fact that eating a healthier diet doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. For each demo, we covered 3 or 4 dishes that anyone can make, and were given the recipes to take home with us.
The next course will begin in Autumn 2017, and if you’d like to find out more,
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Disclaimer; I was given a complimentary place on this course. I was not paid to write a positive review. Anyone who encourages food for wellbeing and improving health is fab in my eyes. Thank you for supporting those who support this space.
I generally see my self as a pretty healthy person. I drink water all day long, I exercise daily, I eat my greens and devour fruit. I don’t eat meat and I barely eat dairy. Smoothies are a daily routine. I don’t feel under the weather often. But every few months, when the seasons turn, my weak spot takes a hit. The hit comes out as a cold or cough, or both, and sometimes it can take me a while to shift it. This cold and flu busting citrus smoothie is a daily ritual when this lurgy comes knocking. I keep a batch in the fridge and guzzle some down every morning. Read more
There is nothing better than reminiscing back to memories of fond childhood events. I was fortunate to have a happy, supportive upbringing. A childhood supported by parents who loved me no matter how many tantrums I threw, how many times I broke my curfew, and even the small event of sneaking my friend from another school into my maths class and telling my teacher he was my Swedish cousin over for an exchange! Yes, we have happy family memories. Read more
Today I am bringing you some of my three favourite foods. Chocolate, almonds and cookies, chocolate almond butter cookies to be precise. These cookies aren’t just any cookies, these cookies are inspired and dedicated to a dear blogging friend, Isabella King AKA Coriander Queen, who tragically lost her battle with cancer last month. Izzie was part of a close group of bloggers who I am honoured to call my friends. We bonded over our love of Bath, coriander and cookies. We sadly never got to meet in person, but we chatted so much online, I felt like I had known her for a lifetime. Her death shocked us all, and I know I speak for all of us when I say it was an honour to be even a small part of her life. Read more
Popping in to give you lovely lot a bonus recipe to celebrate this Easter break. I present you Gluten Free Chocolate Quinoa Nests. Think a healthier version of chocolate rice crispy cakes. Because what better way to celebrate a few extra days off than with chocolate? I’ve loaded these up with pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and a little coconut oil. Meaning these little bites of awesomeness have the added punch of amino acids, protein, magnesium and omega 3’s! Hip hip hooray for Easter ey?! Read more
Spring (well, we like to call it Summer here in the UK) has been dancing around in full force for the last few weeks. I have relished the time outdoors, exploring new places, watching the trees become green again and breathing in the crisp air. Time outdoors keeps me sane, and I often forget how important it is to me. Winter can make me cranky and irritable, Spring gives me hope again. We are lucky enough to live right next to some woods, where we often go for a quick explore. If you need me, I’ll be wandering. Read more