Friday, 20 March 2015

Gluten free savoury quinoa pizza muffins

Thanks to my IBS I find gluten a little tricky to digest so I really try to limit it during the week when at work. So trying to find a gluten free lunch that is easy to take to work, easy to make and actually filling and healthy can be difficult to find (cos let's be honest, sometimes that salad has the best of intentions but isn't always enough to fill our bellies). 

I found this recipe on popsugar for quinoa pizza muffins which are tasty, filling and gluten free. 

fresh batch of quinoa pizza muffins 

They are also really easy to make. Literally bung everything in a bowl , mix, pop in a muffin tray and bake! 

I love mozzarella on a pizza, so this was my choice but don't be afraid to get crazy with the flavours - olives, chicken pieces, peppers, chorizo... anything will work! 

great as a snack too! 

I cooked these a little longer for a crunchier top

What you will need for about 10 pizza muffins...

1 cup of uncooked quinoa
2 large eggs
1 cup of chopped (red) onion
1 cup shredded mozzarella
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 can of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp of tomato purée
selection of herbs (I used oregano and rosemary but get creative)

simple ingredients needed 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Get super soft hands with this one trick

Winter plays havoc on most people's skin. The blasting cold air and the constant change in temperature as we go from freezing cold to hot central heating inside. In particular for me, it is my hands that take a battering and I am always left with sore, red, chapped hands.

But I have found a new trick which has left me with lovely soft hands this winter!


Sleeping in gloves!

doing my best Michael Jackson impression 

Yes, really.

Ok these aren't gloves in the sense of thick winter outdoors gloves. These are specifically for wearing at sleepy time. 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Raw cookie dough protein balls

Regular readers of my blog or followers on instagram will know I love balls! Protein balls that is! I have experimented with loads of combos of flavours over the past 12 months or so. Energy dense, nutritional and protein packed, these are a fantastic snack. 

nutty and packing the protein 

each one is about 100 cal 

I also enjoy munching on these when I need a sweet fix and am avoiding sugary snacks like chocolate.   

This recipe is taken from The Kitchn, and they taste great. I don't think they taste quite as cookie dough as I hoped but they are still tasty nonetheless. 

Here is what you need to make these:

this is it! 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Mum's homemade Japanese chicken katsu curry

I have introduced Chicken Katsu Curry to all my friends and acquaintances now and I can happily say that not one of them disliked it. In fact, everyone absolutely loves it.Mostly the Boy, who quite happily consumes a "double katsu curry" at our favourite Japanese restaurant. 

rich thick gravy like curry sauce 

Katsu Curry is an amazing ensemble of fluffy white Japanese rice (which is slightly sticky and in my opinion knocks the socks of boring basmati), topped with thin breaded chicken or pork fillets (the katsu) and a deliciously creamy and mild curry sauce covering it all. 

It’s undoubtedly  amazing. It’s one of those dishes you can’t get enough off, and as it’s so filling, you probably will end up over eating.

hard at work with the spices 


My favourite little Japanese restaurant in London is "eat Tokyo" near Trafalgar Square (which I have previously blogged about) which does an epic double katsu curry for about £9! But nothing will ever come close to the deliciousness of my mum’s katsu curry.

Since my mum moved to Cambodia this has quickly become my signature dish, as I keep making it in the quest to fill my tummy with the good foods that she used to make me. Although I am no where as good as her in making this dish, my friends (none of whom are Japanese and therefore don’t know any better) think its spot on!

I made some takoyaki as a side! 

It’s a pretty simple dish to make but be warned, takes ages to simmer, so this is more a lazy Sunday dish that a quick throw-together-after-work dinner.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Big Easy Bar.B.Q Crabshack

The other day, me, the Boy and a few friends ventured to Covent Garden for a Sunday lunch at The Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Crabshack (it is also labelled as a lobstershack which seemed to totally confuse me!). There is a Big Easy on Kings Road near to where I live but since moving to the area, I had yet to go, so I was really looking forward to it! 

After being seated with the others (at first the waitress tried seating us with a 70 year old couple - we might have been drinking heavy the other night, but not that heavy), we were offered a menu that was tasty BBQ come American diner, offering steaks, grilled seafood and of course, lobster. 

served with a bib for you messy eaters! 

Seeing as the lobster was a pretty good deal, this seemed obvious choice. 

the whole lobster deal

leather jacket - River Island,
top (with matching skirt) Miss Guided 

For £20, you can get a small whole lobster, with a portion of tasty chips and sauce, which seems to me a pretty sweet deal but it also comes with a slushy cocktail! Yea it was a Sunday but when it is technically free, it would be rude not to have a strawberry daiquiri slushy. 

lobsters are actually blue, they change colour when cooked 

crack 'em open for a low cal meat 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Frozen yoghurt "cupcakes" - only 30 calories each

No matter how hearty a dinner I have, I always seem to crave something sweet afterwards!!! I have been trying to satisfy cravings by swapping sugary puddings with snacks that are naturally sweet. 

A recipe I am loving at the moment is from, for this frozen yoghurt cupcakes. 

tangy frozen puds

I made these the other week, a few of which me and my friend nibbled on, and she loved them. 

And why wouldn't she? They are tasty and low in fat. 

a healthy alternative to cupcakes! 

They are so simple to make and taste delicious - tangy but sweet at the same time. 

All you need is:

250g of plain Greek yoghurt

9 strawberries
half a ripe banana
a few mini choc chips
vanilla essence

The Boy helped - he done the blending! 

Line a 12 hole cup cake case with a sheet of cling film (this will stop it sticking and help ease out the desserts)

With a spoon, carefully plop a bit of yoghurt out into the 12 cup cake cases

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Ballet DVD - the total body workout with Helen Bowers

Last year, one of my goals for 2014 was to have a go at ballet!  Of course I knew that at 27, ballet wasn't going to be easy but me and my friends were keen to try it and signed up for a 12 week course at the National Ballet (read my blog here about that!)

A year on and I don't do any lessons but I have bought a ballet DVD which I love and which I am hoping will strengthen and tone my legs up for the summer!

the shoes are just for show :-)

Having a google, there were quite a few on offer, but I went for this one as it works the whole body! And trust me , it does hurt! 

The DVD is led by Helen Bowers, Natalie Portman's trainer for the infamous Black SwanHelen may look like a graceful swan, gliding through the sequences and movements but this buuurrrrnnnsss. Especially the legs sessions! 

hold it!

The DVD is broken into sections for each body part, so it is up to you if you want to work the whole body or just choose sections, such as legs. Each section is only about 5 -7 minutes so it is really easy to squeeze this in around your day! Just pop the DVD on and ballet away! 

working the outer thigh

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Banoffee pie - with a hint of effort to make it healthier (and a blond moment)

It was a few weeks ago, for Valentine's day I decided to make a little treat for the Boy. A banoffee pie. 

Admittedly, it isn't the fanciest dessert in the world but the boy loves it and I don't make it that often (this was my second go in 4 years to be honest!) because I am not really a cream fanatic. 

the shaving off chocolate sets it off I think! 

I also decided to do my best and make it a little healthier by swapping some of the biscuits for oats in the base and swapping some of the cream for natural Greek yoghurt. Slightly healthier but still delicious.

hmmm, there is a layer missing here?!?!

Whilst this is an incredibly simple dish to make, my blondness still took over and I still managed to balls this one up! How? Well, I forgot to put the bananas in it!!! 

I didn't realise until the end, once all the photos were done and I was feeling pretty smug with myself and then I noticed my bananas sitting on the kitchen counter still! 

banoffee pie, with the banana on the side! 

So less "banoffee" and more just "offee" pie, I guess. Tasty none the less. I definitely got away with with too, by slicing and serving the banana on the side and finishing off with chocolate caramel balls! It just looked the kind of banoffee you are served in a fancy restaurant! 

Here is how to make the banoffee pie (with the banana in it!)