Le Weekend: Nina Food


I am absolutely loving this book by Chef and high-end caterer Antonia Parker! As you may know, I have a strong connection to the South of France so was instantly drawn to this book. I am happy to report that I have not been disappointed. The recipes are refreshingly simple yet classically French in provenance.

Those requiring a little more hands on instruction should head to Nina’s YouTube channel for wonderful recipes filmed in equally beautiful locations.

Homemade Soda Bread


Flax-Seed Soda Bread

Every now and then I wake with an overpowering desire for warm, buttered bread. Most of the time I can take or leave bread but on these rare occasions I like to knock up a batch of my hearty soda bread. When I say my soda bread I do of course mean Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for a no kneed bread.
I like to make a few minor adjustments to the recipe by adding a hefty table spoon of flax-seed to the mix and supplementing the wholemeal flour for organic Splet flour. Enjoy!

To make you will need:

350 grams plain flour, plus extra for dusting
150 grams wholemeal flour or Spelt Flour
1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar or Stevia
450 ml buttermilk (if you can’t find butter milk just squeeze a lemon into 450 ml of milk and leave to stand before adding)

Mostly Lovin’: A Porridge Breakfast

Porridge with Flax-Seed & Flaked Almonds

Let’s be honest, I have to be in the mood for porridge. The recipe must be indulgent with not a hint of the prison breakfast gruel my beloved (if somewhat overly pragmatic) father attempted to serve us in my youth.

These days I demand only the best for my oaty goodness! I like to add a tablespoon of flax-seed to the mix together with ground or flaked almonds to up the protein hit. I love the creamy flavour almond milk imparts. Now here is the very important bit… do not be tempted to microwave your oats! Not only does this nullify the health benefits, it also fails to produce the creamy texture slowly heating on the stove will impart.

As a final flourish I like to drizzle with untreated honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I’m fairly certain they don’t serve this at Belmarsh! Bisous.

Mostly Lovin’: Five Guys Burger & Fries


“I’m just so Happy!”

Christmas Prep with Natur Boutique Tea

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Just two more sleeps…

Firstly, may I apologise for being somewhat “off piste” of late… (ah, the joys of family life). Anyone who knows me will no doubt be aware that Christmas is a feast fete which must be approached with the military precision of a small but as yet unclaimed regiment preparing to do battle.

I know I will be eating an obscene fair amount over the festive period and to that end I have devised a cunning plan…a week of hard exercise, abstinence and appetite appeasing tea courtesy of Natur Boutique.

Currently, I am supping the Diet Tea with Garcinia Cambogia. This is a lovely mild and vaguely sweet blend of green tea, garcinia cambogia, java tea, and liquorice. I like to add a cinnamon stick whilst steeping to add to the festive mood and really get those fat cells moving. Now, where did I leave those biscuits?

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Mostly Lovin’: Oppo Sugar-Free Ice-cream


Bring Me My Spoon!

Finalement…Oppo has arrived! The brainchild of brothers Charlie and Harry Thuillier Oppo is a lucious alternative to standard sugar and fat laden ice-cream. Made from fresh milk, virgin coconut oil and stevia leaf, at just 40 calories a scoop, Oppo is a great alternative for diabetics and ice-cream lovers alike. I went for the Madagascan vanilla and baobab – a nutrient dense African fruit rich in vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. In my humble opinion, Oppo is a win win treat!

Mostly Lovin’: A Slow Sunday

At last...a Day Off!

At last…a Day Off!

V’s Skinade Tips


Image Courtesy of Skinade.com

Recently I have heard a lot of chatter as to the benefits of using Skinade – a dietary supplement which promises to transform your skin. It comes in the form of a liquid supplement come sachet which is added to water. Skinade claims to allow you to “drink your way to younger looking skin in just 30 days“! That’s quite a claim so I thought I had better see what all the fuss is about.
Unfortunately, I had not anticipated the somewhat excessive price tag of £99 for a 30 day supplement…but then I had an idea…

The manufactures of Skinade very kindly list the constituent active vitamins and minerals contained in the supplement so I thought why not buy the individual vitamins such as; Vitamin C, MSM (a type of organic sulphur which improves skin elasticity), Mangosteen, Vitamin B complex, Omegas 3 & 6, amino acid and L-lysine?

I have been using the below concoction of supplements for a month now and I have to say I have noticed some real changes. There is a very real radiance or sheen to the skin. My complexion appears less prone to monthly breakouts and dry patches. In total I spent a mere £35 on a selection of good quality vegan supplements. It definitely seems to make sense to give ones skin a helping hand. Bisous



Le Weekend


Bon week-end à tous!

This weekend I will mostly be devouring these cook books I picked up in my local Cancer Research shop. Cooking at my leisure is quite simply one of my favourite ways to unwind. Of course, the resulting foodie treats are a bonus! Kisses.

Mostly Trying: Hemsley & Hemsley Pablo’s Chicken

Whatever would the Colonel Say?!

Whatever would the Colonel Say?!

Last night’s dinner, Hemsley and Hemsley Pablo’s Chicken, Spiralizer sweet potato chips and salad. This was my first attempt using the Hemsley’s recipe for so called “chicken shop chicken”.
My feeling is there are far more straight forward and dare I say tastier ways to achieve a southern fried chicken taste without smothering the chicken in ground almonds. For example, I have used flax-seed in the paste with my own secret spice mix and it was very moreish and seemed lighter also. That being said, I would certainly recommended this recipe if you are a coeliac and struggle to find alternatives to breaded recipes.
I would be interested to know your preferences when it comes to Southern fried chicken mixes.