Pea, Asparagus and Feta Pearl Barley Salad with a Dill, Mint and Lemon Dressing

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This dish is simply perfect for the gorgeous summer we are having at the moment.  It’s light, fresh and zingy, not to mention perfect for those desperate to sculpt those bikini bodies.  It’s great also for making ahead and having … Continue reading

Raw Chocolate with Sea Salt

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This health kick thing seems to actually be sticking for me for some reason and I’m pretty sure it’s down to my secret weapon…my very own raw chocolate! I’m not claiming this to be the “cleanest” but my goodness, I’m … Continue reading

Strawberries Dipped in Avocado Chocolate Mousse

So here we are, it’s early summer and our old friend panic is beginning to settle in.  Most of us are now the a final countdown to that looming summer holiday and the thought of stepping into a bikini sends a shiver down our spines.  Yesterday morning, I went along to a body confidence masterclass with Cosmopolitan, and we had 2 exercise classes (which, as a result, I am pretty much unable to move today), a visit from Birchbox (a fantastic beauty subscription service) who were very generous with their goodies, and finally a talk and demo from healthy eating guru Madeleine Shaw

I must say, Madeleine’s talk was the highlight of the event from me.  I personally find your usual #eatclean healthy gym bunny type incredibly intimidating, but Madeleine was different.  She delivered an amazingly interesting well informed talk, she was engaging and gave eating clean a human and friendly face.  For the first time I felt that perhaps this is something I can try out after all (as opposed to the usual overwhelming urge to run off and cry into a cheese toastie), the food we tried was delicious and easy to make.  So here is my own version of a recipe shown to us by Madeleine yesterday:

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For the Mousse:

1 Small avocado

1 Tbsp raw Cacao powder

1 Tbsp Raw Honey

1/2 Tbsp Skimmed Milk

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

And a punnet of strawberries

It really is as simple as whizzing it all in a blender until smooth and creamy then dipping your strawberries in.  And the proof is really in the pudding (‘scuse the pun) when the men hadn’t the foggiest they were actually munching on avocado!

Here’s to a healthy summer!

H x

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Roasted Carrot and Beetroot Soup

My my my, it’s been months.  I won’t attempt to sum up the roller coaster of the past few months, but in a teeny tiny nutshell…I’m now a full time employee of a magazine publishing house, working in marketing…very busy. blah. boring. OK.

Hi! just thought I would post up this recipe for my roasted carrot and beetroot soup.  I have made this a few times for a few different friends who have all begged me for the recipe, so, guys…here you go! Enjoy!

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Ingreedies:

600g Carrots

200g cooked beetroot (not in vinegar – it will be far too sweet if it is)

2 finely chopped white onions

Half a bulb of garlic

a bunch of fresh thyme

2 pints vegetable stock

Preheat your oven to 180, peel and roughly chop your carrots and place them on a baking tray.  Quarter your beetroot and add to the carrots, throw in your unpeeled garlic bulbs whole.  Give the lot a generous lug of olive oil and bake in the oven.

In a pan on a low heat, add your chopped onions and cook slowly until transparent, add the thyme, stalks removed and take off the heat.

Leave it all for about 40 minutes.

Make up your stock and add to the pan, bring to simmer then once roasted, add your carrots and beetroot, squeeze the roasted garlic from their skins.

Using a hand held blender (or a magimix if you are lucky enough to own one), thoroughly blend it all for about 5 minutes – it’s best to be really thorough as this soup is best enjoyed very very smoothly.

Voila :)

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Aubergine Parmigiana with a Crunchy Garlic and Herb Breadcrumb Topping

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I actually think that aubergine has got to be my favourite vegetable, one which is often forgotten and not celebrated.  This fantastic dish is all too often seen as a side dish to something else, but I think it is … Continue reading

My Spiced Pumpkin and Marmalade Cake with a Cream Cheese Topping

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I’m back and officially a graduate! I have walked away from Newcastle with some of my favourite memories and amazing friends, I must say I almost did a classic ‘panic’ post grad course just to go back for one more … Continue reading

My Version of Yo! Sushi’s Aubergine Salad with a Ginger and Garlic Dressing.

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I had to.  The addiction was getting unhealthy, particularly to my bank balance, so I have been brave and attempted my own version of this delicious dish, and I must say…the girl did good!   I now have enough for three … Continue reading

Homemade Granola with Berry and Vanilla Compote

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Once again I have committed the ultimate cardinal blogging sin and neglected it for a few weeks…I’m sorry! I have been home for Easter and without a kitchen for three weeks which has been thoroughly miserable I can tell you. … Continue reading

Blueberry, Honey and Lemon Pancakes with a Cream Cheese Topping

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The weekend is almost here and for me, that means one thing: a license to faff about all morning making breakfast! These pancakes I must say have the wow factor so are perfect for a birthday breakfast for a housemate … Continue reading