Hey everyone, I'm back! Bit of a lengthy gap between this post and my last blog I know but hopefully you'll agree that this one was worth the wait. I'm diving back in with a foodie post and my favourite theme, snacks. Todays blog is all about the homemade mango fruit roll ups. I've seen these appear now on various social medias so I decided to whip some up as a go to snack that I can eat whenever. Bit of a lengthy cooking time but if you have a spare afternoon the prep is quick and simple so get them in the oven and just let them do their thing. If you remember fruit winders you'll like these, they use to be a regular feature in my school lunch box however these are a much better alternate with all the flavour and a lot less sugar! Getting fruit into my diet is something I always strive to do so to be able to have a small little mango roll up that fits into my daily nutritional intake is perfect. Give these a go, they are definitely a new regular feature on my snack go to list.
It happened today; I finally gave in and whipped up some of the crazed cloud eggs that every foodie influencer is posting about on social media. My conclusion in short, very tasty but they do take a lot longer than pretty much every other way you can cook eggs. If you want to post an aesthetic photo of your cloudy egg brunch then this is a go-to but if in a rush I don't think you'll want to be separating yolks and whipping up stiff egg whites. This being said, I had a nice free afternoon today so the electric whisk came out and I made this tasty combination to eat in the sun on my balcony. Thoroughly enjoyable. I had a delicious stone baked flat bread covered with avocado and chilli flakes as the base and simply ate this topped with eggs alongside a small salad. It's so hot today (not complaining at all) so this light meal that isn't to carb heavy was the perfect mid morning summer satisfier.
Another Sunday and another great day exploring in the sunshine. This time at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, somewhere that I've wanted to go explore for ages. I finally have 4 wheels again so my ability to venture further out just increased dramatically and this place found itself at the top of my list for a little afternoon wander. I'm glad I had my sat nav at hand to get to this place, seems you literally have to get lost in order to find the gardens, I kind of liked that though. The place in general is very relaxing; the scenery is so capturing, so much so that the hours will just fly by. There's tonnes of photo opportunities so my GoPro finally got some good action alongside my legs with all the walking. Definitely worth a visit.
The title doesn't lie here, this is the most simple yet tasty raw broccoli salad that takes no time at all to produce. I couldn't think of a more nutritious, flavoursome yet easy to make lunch, I really hope you try this one. The picture below contains the complete ingredients you need, 6 items to be specific. If you want to make this vegetarian/vegan friendly then it will of course be less, you will still get the massive flavour and the intriguing variety of textures though. Crunchy fresh tasting raw broccoli, soft chewy sweet dates and the deliciousness of bacon. What's not to like! It's all in there and topped of with a dash of honey and mustard dressing (Mine was bought but so easily home made if you like) Go on, get in the kitchen.
Quick dinner idea here and one that is so full of flavour it's unreal. Not quite sure where the flavours in this one are inspired from but they work well and that's all that matters. This one makes for a great dinner or lunch. It was lunch for me today and it hit the spot perfectly. I still have slight leftovers but it's unlikely that they will see tomorrow. The ingredients are fresh, the method is simple and the taste is massive. Just how I like it. Time is often an excuse for not making nicer meals or more nutritious meals but when you can whip something like this up in less than twenty minutes, that excuses becomes pretty invalid. Have a read, see how simple this one is and give it a go next time your stuck for a lunch or dinner idea.
Hey all, just checking in on this fine Sunday evening with a little food blog post as it's been a while. I've literally just got eating this and it was delicious, not to mention it's super practical to make for several people as a 'help yourself' dinner. I'm not a huge fan of a big roast on Sundays so these spicy chicken and avocado wraps really hit the spot for me. Not to heavy, just the right amount of heat and nutritionally sound for my food intake today. Give these a go, quick prep time, big taste.
Route 66 was a long lasting addition to my ever expanding bucket list but it's one that in 2014 I fortunately was able to tick off. Over the course of 3 weeks I travelled 2500+ miles, crossed through 8 separate states and thoroughly enjoyed the various cities that I visited whilst doing so. I included my own little side trip towards the end of my journey, making my way to Vegas before departing towards Death Valley and my eventual end point in Santa Monica; not part of the original Route 66 but an awesome inclusion that gave me some of my best moments. My trip started in Chicago, Illinois. I arrived at the airport and shot off to collect my car; I'd never driven in another country and I'd never driven an automatic. Add a quick snow storm to that mix and you can imagine how interesting my initial drive to downtown Chicago was.
What a beautiful day it was today. Another excellent opportunity to get out and about and explore many of the brilliant locations that are just so close by. Today I got the bike out and free-styled a route to Pencarrow House and its beautiful accompanying gardens. Next time we have a sunny weekend like the one we've just enjoyed I urge you to make this visit as it's just a tremendous way to spend a day. Cycle the Bodmin camel trail, pull off around halfway down and make your way to the top of a pretty steep back road hill. You should take in views of the vineyards at Camel Valley so once these appear you know your on the right tracks. Once you near the top of the hill just cycle a small section of road, all sign posted appropriately towards the house. It's actually a nice leisurely cycle and the perfect way to make room for a bit of naughtiness in the cafe at Pencarrow.
Hey everyone, just a quick blog post here detailing three of my favourite National Trust locations that I've visited so far. I've still got so many to explore which fills me with excitement but if I can even start to get you slightly interested in making a visit yourself then that is great. I personally don't think there's any better way to spend a weekend than wandering around a beautifully persevered house that is just bursting with history and character. Not only that, you can then head outside hopefully into the sunshine (I've been fortunate enough to have this most visits I've made!) and explore some exceptionally maintained gardens before making a quick pitstop into one of many quaint little cafes. Just a great way to spend a day. You can get a National Trust membership which for a small annual fee will entitle you to free parking and entry at an extensive list of locations so get one sorted and get exploring. Enjoy the read.
Hey everyone and happy Sunday. I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend enjoying the brilliant sunshine, I certainly have. You may have seen I've been uploading some overnight oat creations on my Instagram throughout the week and I've finally got the chance today to sit down and type this blog out so have a look and see if any take your fancy. They are all incredibly simple yet tasty creations and the recipes are all so flexible you can't really get it wrong. I purposefully haven't included any nutritional information for these overnight oat recipes as they will change depending on your nutritional goals, how much you prefer to eat at breakfast etc . . . I change these recipes slightly each time I make them with regards to the toppings and the amount of oats which will vary from 75g - 100g. Each one for me personally will also include a 35g scoop of whey protein (varied flavours) as I love to get a good amount of protein in my first meal of the day. Soaking your oats overnight is great in so many ways! It not only intensifies the flavour combinations that you put together but it makes for a very easy first meal. All you have to do is take your bowl/container out of the fridge, create some toppings and get stuck in. A big time saver in the morning with absolutely zero sacrifice on taste. Give these a blast and let me know what you think.