Category Archives: Food

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Get The Skinny – Breakfast Smoothie

Whilst the lovely Roz is away enjoying the last of snow, the rest of us in London are starting to think about the impending Summer that is drawing closer. And of course with that, comes bikini season. I love food. I love brunch. I love going for a cocktail with the girls. So starting summer prep now, means that you don’t have to deprive yourself of wonderful carbs and crash diet two weeks before your holiday, and you can still have fun.

There are things you can start doing day-to-day, and the one big thing is looking at your daily meals. Try this easy breakfast switch. Instead of a bowl of porridge in the mornings or toast, make this smoothie. It’s full of good fats and protein, and tastes like a chocolate milkshake, but its good for you! Don’t believe me?

Take a look at the ingredients of this healthy breakfast smoothie.

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Brunch at The Delaunay

The Wolseley easily rates as one of my top places in London for breakfast or brunch (you can read my review here) but I’d not made it yet to The Delauney which is its sister restaurant on 55 Aldwych, on the edge of Covent Garden. Just like the Wolseley, the Delaunay is all-day café-restaurant inspired by the (Austrian) grand cafés of Europe. Talking about brunch at The Delaunay, on their website they say; brunch is “cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” And I think that is the best sum-up of brunch, it’s without a doubt one of my favourite past times ever and always puts me in a good mood.

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Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill Zoodles Recipe

During the weeknights when I cook dinner at home, I try to eat as low-carb as possible to stick to my 80/20 diet. This can be a simple salmon stir-fry, a delicious meal salad (like this butternut squash & chorizo one) but more often than not dinner features zoodles. Zoodles? Well you can call them zucchini noodles, courgette noodles, zucchini pasta or spaghetti – whatever floats your boat really but they are the best! I use them as a replacement for pasta dishes like Spag Bol (my go to recipe here), or add them to salads or noodle soups! Today’s recipe is a super quick, easy, filling and healthy dinner or lunch dish; Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill Zoodles.

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Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Now I love anything peanut butter flavoured. I don’t know why but I have always been totally obsessed with the stuff. I have it on my porridge almost every morning, I spread it onto bananas, apples or rice crackers for a healthy snack – or I could easily consume it by the spoonful from the jar really. Another favourite combination for me is peanut butter and chocolate. Growing up in the Netherlands we have a sandwich topping called ‘Hagelslag’ which is pretty much large chocolate hail that you sprinkle (generously) onto a slice of bread slathered in either butter or in my case peanut butter. Yummmm!

Anyway, when I was at the Good Life Eatery in Chelsea (review here) recently I tried their raw peanut butter cups and instantly fell in love with their healthy alternative to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. So I thought, I need to learn how to make these at home so I can have my bite-size peanut butter and chocolate fix at any time. Turns out there are quite a few variations on the Internet for healthy peanut butter cups recipes, some completely raw or vegan but I decided to just go simple and use only 3 ingredients. These homemade healthy peanut butter cups are rich, sweet and decadent while being nutritious, sugar free, gluten-free and without the excess calories, fat, sugar and strange additives & preservatives that are in the store-bought version. And this recipe for homemade peanut butter cups is really quick and easy to make too! 

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Exploring Maltby Street Market – The Ropewalk

I think there’s no better way of experiencing the vibrant life of London than to visit a London market, and as a self-confessed ‘foodie’, especially food markets are a bit like heaven to me. Some of my favourite London markets are; Borough Market (SE1), Brixton Village Market (SW9), Columbia Road Market (E2), Broadway Market (E8) and since a recent first visit this list now also includes Maltby Street Market (SE16)!

Maltby Street Market, or also know as the Ropewalk, is the smaller, cosier brother of it’s better known neighbour – Borough Market. It’s about a 10-minute walk from Borough, being just across the river from Tower Bridge, tucked under and beneath the railway arches. On a Saturday a few weeks ago I went to the Ropewalk with my sister to explore the lively street market that has a combination of stalls, under-arch shops, pop-up bars and eateries.

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Little H in Parsons Green

You might remember me loving Hally’s in Parsons Green (review here),  so when I found out late last year that the husband and wife team behind Hally’s were opening a little sister cafe just across the road, I couldn’t wait to check it out. Little H opened their doors in January and it’s a slightly more deli style / pop-in eatery but with the same emphasis on “Californian-inspired food” ranging from breakfast, brunch and freshly made salads served alongside their fresh juices and smoothies.

On Valentines Day I met up at Little H with my friend & fellow blogger Tania (www.joyfelicityjane.com) to catch up with her following her one year adventure in Australia so we could talk life, love, travel, photography, blogging and food; all of our favourite topics basically!

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