All posts tagged: Lifestyle

Honey-Mustard Roasted Carrots & Cauliflower

Walk into my family home back in England right now and I promise you’d find a cupboard full of mustard – my Dad single handedly keeps Colmans in business. As a kid I hated the stuff but I am going through a serious mustard stage right now. I’m addicted. If you’re not then you might be after this recipe, have you tried Roasted Vegetables in Honey & Mustard? Incredible. (so thanks Dad) There is nothing better than simply roasting up some veg, the flavours are amazing and it’s such an easy meal, you know when you dread when a meal ends? This is me every time we make this, weeping at the final carrot. But first off, we all know how important your daily dose of vegetables are for us, they contain an abundance of benefits and nutrients, vital for keeping your body healthy. But did you also know that both carrots and cauliflower are some of the veg with the lowest calories and are renowned for their antioxidant qualities? Make a dinner with these and your onto a healthy winner. What you’ll need: – bag of …

Citrus & Ginger Health Elixir

Maybe it’s because I’m sat here watching Harry Potter (the Deathly Hallows Part 2 if you’re wondering) but there is something about the word Elixir. I mean why bother calling this a tonic when it can be an Elixir, see just saying it makes it sound more important Elixir, Elixir, Elixir. And as drinks go this ones pretty powerful, (Apparently I have to tone down the Harry Potter vibe according to Jonny…kill joy. He’s probably sulking because he’d be in Hufflepuff) This little beast is packed full of antioxidants, if you’re looking for a kick up the ass in the morning to fire up your digestive system then look no further, it acts as a detox to give that withering body a much needed boost. We all know that ginger is a god send if you have a cold but did you know how it’s anti inflammatory qualities can help soothe sore muscles, bloating and digestive issues? Today it’s been my life saver, I feel pretty run down, nauseous and just pretty crap, I think the …

Waterfalls in Lombok

Whilst we were waiting for our flight to Bali, Jonny and I sat and made our bucket list for the trip. It’s become our little ritual before we go somewhere to make a note on our phone of everything we want to do and then we try to work through it and tick it off. It can include anything: eating a particular meal, to have a Mojito whilst watching sunset on a beach, visit a special landmark… our way of making sure we don’t forget something and get even more excited at the same time, plus I’m a sucker for a list of any kind. Anyway back to the point, at the top of Jonnys Bucket list was: – visit the waterfalls in Lombok, and who am I to stand in the way of a guy and his waterfalling dreams. Whoever told you not to go chasing waterfalls clearly hasn’t ever hiked to the waterfalls at the base of Mt Rinjani, Incredible (and sorry about the reference, but I mean really, what would a waterfall feature be without that song). …

LOMBOK PART 1. Kuta & Gerupuk

As travel goes the start of ours is how to put it…basic. After our little ‘holiday’ in Bali for the first few days now the ‘real travelling’ has to begin. We left our friends and their 5* resort, gained Jonnys brother and another surfboard and set off. 2 days and a missed flight later and we finally arrived in Lombok. First stop from the airport was the nearby town of Kuta. Thankfully Kuta, Lombok couldn’t be further away from its Bali namesake, which is pretty much like an Indonesian Malia. First impressions could definitely have been worse, it’s calmer, more beautiful and just all round nicer than Bali in my opinion. It’s the landscapes that got me, luscious greenery everywhere and mountains dominating the skyline, finally this was real. But apparently not quite real enough for the boys, because we left our little bamboo bungalow and moved to Gerupuk, a local fishing village where Robbie spent last summer and trust me when I stress ‘local village’ I’m talking not a sniff of wifi anywhere. I …

Citrus & Coconut Smoothie

Lets talk about Smoothies. (I mean everyone else seems to be at the minute) Making a smoothie is the quickest and easiest way to get some of your important 5 a day and rev up your metabolism first thing in the morning. It should be simple and nutritious, so why, why, why is everyone is trying so hard to complicate them. Don’t. It shouldn’t be. We have all become guilty of overlooking the importance of our everyday fruits in favour of some exotic sounding superfood from the depths of the Amazon that none of us can even pronounce, so let’s just stop for a minute and take it back to basics. You get so many of the same qualities in all the simpler fruits as you do the superfruits, we just need to remind ourselves, just because it’s a “boring” fruit doesn’t make it bad. Jonny and I try to get up early most morning for a jog before an hour of hot yoga and then by the time we get home we are in desperate need of some sort of boost (*reward) but I struggle …

Banana, Blueberry & Avocado Smoothie

Like everyone, I am obsessed with juices and smoothies at the moment. Every morning after yoga we make one for Breakfast. It’s so quick and easy to throw something together when you’re in a rush and even better it’s so good for you because it’s packed full of nutrients. This recipe is one of my favourites and it’s a classic,  some might say boring but why does that have to mean it’s bad? Why overcomplicate something that works perfectly well. It’s simple it’s tasty and being Potassium deficient the combination of avocado and banana is a real life saver. What you’ll need – – banana – avocado – frozen berries (we use blueberries) – dollop of Greek yoghurt – decent glug of apple juice then blend all together. And Voila. What’s more this is the perfect recovery smoothie with it’s anti- inflammatory qualities. Just what you need to get all your vitamins and minerals in one easy go without the heavy meal. Perfect for Breakfast after exercise this will keep you going all morning. What do you think?  Do you prefer this one or our …

Top Paddock

You’re probably thinking, ‘O look another brunch post’. But what can you do when there’s so many places crying out to be visited and we will happily volunteer to eat our way around Melbourne or any place for that matter. First things first though is getting to grips with the local places near by and luckily for us one of these places is the very popular Top Paddock. And by popular I mean a good 40 minute wait outside on the curb popular. I always think a queue outside a place can almost be a bad thing, it’s obviously good because clearly it means the place is popular but then it builds up your expectations which is dangerous because then you’re expecting big things and the slightest fault and you’re let down. Just me? But luckily Pillar of Salt are well prepared for the constant crowds for brunch. The lone barista was serving up coffees quicker than people were ordering, Jonny was suitably impressed and the coffee passed his critical taste test. One tick. The …

Make your own Garlic Oil

Do you know what you can never ever have enough of in a meal? Garlic. Garlic, Garlic, Garlic. It has got to be the key player in any recipe, the Jay Z of the vegetable world. I’m completely addicted, and I don’t just mean I like a little bit extra, I’m talking 5 cloves more still isn’t enough, it’s a running joke amongst my friends. So in the efforts to maintain this love affair we decided to try and make our own garlic oil, so now everything can be saturated with the stuff at the drop of a hat. It’s like I died and went to garlic heaven (pucker up Jonny?). We picked up some little glass bottles at the local charity store with the intention to first try garlic oil and then progress to a chilli oil. Right little creative ones aren’t we. Now apparently it is dangerous to think you can make a garlic oil by literally chopping up raw cloves and adding them to olive oil, ooops, because that is exactly what …

Smashed Avocado

There are two types of people in this world…those who always pay to add guacamole and then those other ones. Which are you? If you’re even considering this predicament then I suggest you stop reading now and go away and have a long talk with yourself. For everyone else this recipe is going to change your mornings (*lunches, dinners, snacks, we aren’t prejudice). Introducing my new obsession, Smashed Avocado. I stole this idea from the breakfast menu of practically every cafe in Australia, god knows why we’ve never seen it back home. A crime I tell you, this is the stuff brunch dreams are made of. Even more importantly it’s healthy, its fresh and it tastes so unbelievably yummy, I cannot and will not ever find a fault, apart from there can never be enough. It’s a pretty fool proof recipe, we end up with a different version every time depending on what I can find in the fridge but it’s always essentially the same key players: I challenge you to find a better way to start your morning, plus with all the …

Melbourne Botanical Gardens

If you’d of suggested going for a walk round some gardens a while back I’d of awkwardly laughed, suggested something much more exciting and not gone. How things change. Almost every city has a version, and more often than not lets be honest, they’re pretty crap. Someones half heartedly planted a few shrubs, maybe dug out a little pond, thrown in a couple of flowers and bam. Hello Botanical Gardens. However sometimes you stumble across a gem and it changes your opinion. Melbournes Botanical Gardens are beyond gorgeous. Potentially one of my favourite places to go in the city. Like London and some of the parks there, you walk in, become immersed and suddenly you’re not in a busy city anymore. A little safe haven or paradise. I love the feeling of this place. You walk in and it’s like you’re just escaping everything for a little while. Nauseating I know but bare with me. Now I like flowers just as much as the next girl, Jonny is a whole other story. First time we went I thought I’d lost him to …