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BOUNCE BALLS.

Healthy, Home Cooking, Recipe, Recipes

If you’re fond of a Bounce Ball then you’ll appreciate this cheap and easy way to create your own. If you don’t know what a Bounce Ball is then this probably isn’t for you. Unless you’re one of those people who hashtags #protein in your Instagram pictures. If you do that then you’ll love these. I’m really not one for following recipes so please excuse my haphazard measurements but I created this concoction after reading a few variations online and I’m really rather impressed.

Ingredients
100g cashew nuts
100g / a handful of dried pitted dates
100g desiccated coconut
1 scoop chocolate whey protein (I only used about 15g but more would be acceptable)
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
4 heaped tablespoons / 200g of low fat peanut butter (I recommend Sainsbury’s – you can use almond butter or something similar)
1 tablespoon honey / agave nectar

Method
Whizz the cashew nuts up in a blender until you have a fine powder, add 3/4 of the desiccated coconut and all the whey protein. Mix it all together and put to one side. Melt the peanut butter and coconut oil in a bowl above a pan of boiling water. Stir together until smooth and runny. Whizz the dates until it forms a smooth paste – this could take a while, I added a splash of water to help it along. Mix the liquid buttery concoction with the date paste and add the honey. Stir in the powdered nuts & protein until combined. Roll into little balls – it should make about 14. Roll the balls in the remaining coconut and pop in the freezer for 20 minutes until firm.

They can be kept in the fridge or freezer depending on when you want to eat them. They’re about 150 calories per ball and they’re fucking delicious. I’m going to experiment with different flavour combinations over the next few weeks so let me know if you have any tips, tricks or feedback for my next batch.

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GREEN GODDESS.

Courgetti, Healthy, Home Cooking, Recipe, Recipes, Spaghetti, Spiralizer, Uncategorized

This is for those of you on January health kicks. It’s green, it’s full of nutrients and it’s pretty easy to make. All you’ll need is a spiralizer and a blender / mini chopper / food processor. It’s a good one if you spiralize a lot because I used spiralized courgette scraps to make the sauce. If you’ve never spiralized before you won’t know what I’m talking about but if you do you’ll be thankful for the suggestions of what to do with them. If you don’t have any scraps then just use 1 regular courgette.

The recipe is inspired by Rosie Londoners ‘Avocado Spaghetti’ but I’ve altered it slightly to a. Make it healthier and b. use up the things in my fridge. Check her one out if you fancy something a little bit more substantial!

I’ll talk you through it step by step so you can try it yourself. Here’s what you’ll need:

2 large courgettes per person (for the courgetti)
Courgette scraps or one chopped courgette (for the sauce)
1 ripe avocado per person (mine was slightly bruised but that’s fine because you just don’t use the gross bits)
Low fat feta cheese (you could use fresh Parmesan instead)
Chopped fresh parsley (I used parsley because I had it in the fridge but basil would work better!)
Juice from half a fresh lime
A dollop of low fat Greek yoghurt
A dollop of low fat cream cheese
A handful of pine nuts
A glug of good olive oil
Salt & pepper
Spray oil (I like Lurpack’s Cooks Mist)

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JANUARY.

Courgetti, Healthy, Home Cooking, Kale, Spiralizer

January is a depressing month. We’re only 10 days in and it’s already proving to be pretty shit. I’m not a fan of the whole ‘dry January’ thing and it kills me how broke everyone is. Nobody seems to want to go out and I’m yet to let a carb past my lips this week. I thought I’d be grateful for the excuse not to go out (as I’m turning into something of a hobbit since I moved into the flat) but part of me really still wants to party. Seen as though that’s off the cards and my friends have all gone into hibernation mode I guess my only option is to spend my free time cooking and playing house in the tiny little rented flat I call home. I’ve always liked to refer to myself as a domestic goddess (without the aspect of cleaning and keeping too tidy) but since I moved out, my love for cooking and entertaining has become someone beyond my wildest imagination and it’s all I want to do these days.

As well as all this, I’m jumping on the January bandwagon along with everyone else this year and I’ve gone into health kick mode with a, dare I say it – ‘detox’. Every January I promise myself I’m going to change my ways, become a healthy person and make the lifestyle change I need to be thinner. This usually lasts a few months and then it gets to my birthday in April and goes downhill from there. I’m fully aware this year isn’t any different but I’ll give it a go anyway and hopefully get fit for summer or something along those lines. Either way I’m sick of overindulging and feeling gross so from the moment I stepped off the plane from Amsterdam on January 3rd I’ve been in ‘green goddess’ mode and so far, so good.

Apologies to those of you who really enjoy my gluttonous burger posts because I’m hoping to lay off the patties for the next few months and indulge in some of the finer AKA healthier things in life. With the odd exception (I’m only only human and food is my thing after all) expect mountains of courgetti, avocado on everything and kale. Lots and lots of kale. Maybe I’ll expand my audience and appeal to the fitness freaks among us or maybe everyone will hate it and I’ll no longer feel the need to post about everything I eat. Who knows. All I know is that I’m going to be eating a lot of green things going forward.

Here are some of the wonderful things I’ve enjoyed this year so far…

P.S. Don’t judge me if I fail and free food don’t count.

Love from, thefoodporngreen (LOL joke).

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MISCELLANEOUS DECEMBER.

Breakfast, Courgetti, Home Cooking, Lobster, Lobster Rolls

I ate some nice non festive food in December too. You’re not going to get much to look at on here throughout January so please can you all take a moment to appreciate this.

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Smashed avocado & cream cheese on toast with runny egg, lime & coriander. The secret to my runny eggs is to boil medium sized free range room temperature eggs for 6 minutes and then run under cold water and peel. Perfection.

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My favourite thing to make. Courgetti Bolognese. With a Parmesan & poppy seed crisp.

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Smack Lobster Deli. Still the greatest lobster roll I have ever and will ever have.

You’re welcome.

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FESTIVE FEASTING. PART 2.

Festive, Uncategorized

So I know I promised you that part 2 of my Festive Feasting post would be another review of the best Christmas sandwiches on the market but it all got a little out of hand in December. Below is a selection of turkey based treats that I ate throughout the festive period – including my actual Christmas Dinner on the 25th December that I’m still thinking about right this second. Enjoy (and sorry if I ruin your January detox)…

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Above is the Boots Christmas Sandwich – it was extremely disappointing. Don’t bother next year.

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This impressive looking delight was from the Co-op – I wasn’t quite sure about the carrots and parsnips but it was moist and tasty and I was quite impressed.

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This was not so tasty. Our work canteens festive feast – better luck next time maybe.

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Molly Bakes gingerbread men – dreamy.

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One of my favourite things about Christmas this year was one Sunday spent at my parents friends house with all the family and some of their close friends. There was an incredible selection of food to feast on, including one of the best Christmas sandwiches I’ve ever had and mini cheese and ham toasties that made my mouth water. I also fell in love with red wine and got far too drunk with my Mum for a school night.

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The Pret veggie full works was interesting. It tasted a bit like a nutty citrus mush and I wasn’t keen. The crispy onions slightly saved it but I’ll stick to the meaty one next year.

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I know it has nothing to do with Christmas but the Artichoke dip at Chucks is well worth a mention and I ate it in December so it kind of counts.

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CHRISTMAS DINNER. Nuff said.
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This is me pre Christmas Day feast. My lips are brilliant aren’t they.

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Festive hamper from Fortnum & Mason. I love Christmas.

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I also sampled the Pret Christmas Wrap and the Costa Festive Toastie – neither really blew my mind but were pretty satisfying at the time.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to more turkey, cranberry and stuffing next year. Bring it on.

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CEREAL KILLER CAFE.

Breakfast, Cereal

Over the festive period I went to check out the new Cereal Killer Cafe on Brick Lane. Like everything else on Brick Lane it has been over hyped and over Instagrammed but I’ve got to admit it was pretty enjoyable. The staff were very friendly and patient and extremely helpful when it came to choosing from the billions of cereal options. I went for Cocoa Puffs & marshmallow Rice Krispies with mini marshmallows and espresso milk. It was dreamy. If you enjoy cereal then I imagine you’ll really enjoy this place.

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AMSTERDAM.

Amsterdam

I went to Amsterdam over New Years with my galdem for some NYE14 fun. We ate a LOT. Here are some of the things we did and all of the things we ate. We ate lots. (And lots and lots and lots).

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The breakfast in the above images was without a doubt my greatest Amsterdam food experience EVER. Possibly even my best brunch experience of all time ever and definitely my best Mexican eggs experience to date. Paper Planes is a pop-up so it may not be there when you next visit. This means you should probably book your flights now and eat every single meal in the comfort of their beautiful restaurant. Paper Planes is off to Paris next and I think I want to go with. The ‘Bloody Harry’ AKA a bacon laced, banging Bloody Mary, was the highlight of my trip. It really doesn’t get much better than that. I haven’t got a single negative word to say about the place and I’m seriously considering starting a petition to get them to London. I love you Paper Planes. I really do.

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Everything on a Stick‘ was an interesting culinary experience. I was a little disappointed that not EVERYTHING was actually on a stick and a bit confused as to why there was only one waitress for the whole restaurant but the food was good value for money and I left feeling VERY full. The ‘tornado potatoes’ were the winner for me, JUST LOOK AT THEM!

Basically Nutella waffles, Febo chicken fingers & krokets, cheese, hot Chocomel, cold Chocomel, cheese, white chocolate covered Oreos, Paprika crisps, Looza Juice, New York Pizza, Space Cakes, Wok to Walk, Barney’s… I AM SO FAT.

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CARPENTIER&CO.

Delicatessen

This year a friend of my opened a gorgeous little delicatessen round the corner from where my family live. I’ve been meaning to visit ever since they opened back in September but I only got round to going yesterday now that I’m home for Christmas. Carpentier & co is situated on Pinner high street so if you live in the area then you must go check it out. They serve sensational freshly made food, sell a selection of fine food produce and offer event catering for Greater London and hertforshire.

The menu offers up things like fresh hearty salads, yummy antipasti platters, real ice-cream milkshakes, individually-prepared sandwiches on artisan breads and home-made cakes. There’s so much to choose from and it’s all irresistible so make sure you visit with a big appetite.

My favourite thing about the place is that you don’t have to order off the menu, they’ll happily create something bespoke for you if that’s what you want. I went for roasted vegetables with pesto and halloumi on seedy bread and it was divine. We shared the greek mezze platter and enjoyed a selection of coffees and smoothies – I’m pretty sure I’m going back tomorrow for more because I can’t stop thinking about it.

Big up yourself Harriet!

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VINOPOLIS.

Wine

This week I got to experience wine tasting for the first time. If you know me at all you’ll know that I’m pretty narrow minded when it comes to what I drink and I only ever really order a Pinot Grigio rosè blush or a Prosecco. I’m not proud of this though so I was delighted when I got the invitation to taste wine at Vinopolis and decided to take one of my favourite people with me as a birthday treat.

Vinopolis is tucked under the Victorian railway arches of London Bridge and is the perfect place to spend the day learning all about (AKA drinking) wine. They offer extremely reasonably priced self-guided tours where you can wonder round drinking alcohol in the middle of the day with absolutely no judgement from others whatsoever. It’s brilliant.

You have the choice of going for the 7, 12 or 16 token packages which range from £27 – £38 (except at the moment because it’s Christmas and everybody ups their prices!) – We were given 12 tokens each and were nicely tipsy about 20 minutes into the whole experience.

We started off with a 15 minute ‘introduction to wine’ where we learnt to slurp, swish and guzzle instead of just swallowing. Our tour guide was delightful. He put up with us being silly and with Bint (birthday boy) nearly downing the taster glass before being taught how to taste it. He was also the friendliest French man I’ve ever come across. Once we were fully educated and ready to explore on our own we were set free to enjoy the wonder that is Vinopolis.

The building is filled with wine vending machines that squirt out little 25ml samples of wine into your glass. GENIUS. It’s on average 1-4 tokens per sample depending on the type of wine you choose. There are red wine rooms and white wine rooms as well as a Canard-Duchêne champagne lounge and a tapas bar. You can get steak, pizza, meats and cheese to accompany your wine and if you’re not hungry (AKA crazy) they have interactive quizzes (that Bint got 100% on), interactive maps and an interactive wine globe for you to play with.

The whole experience is extremely fun and educational and perfect for anyone that either really likes wine or wants to learn about wine or just wants to drink loads of wine during the day and have nobody bat an eyelid.

As well as all the wine they have a selection of Absinthe, that we sampled, set on fire at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. A Bloodshot Vodka station, Whitley Neill Gin and Element 29 Vodka for experimentation. It’s like Disnleyland for alcoholics and I highly recommend it!

We ended our experience with mulled wine and a mince pie and wondered round the shop (HUGE off licence) for a bit before we left…

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We went on a stroll round Borough Market afterwards as it’s just round the corner and we treated ourselves to a Rare Str’eat meatball burrito which was SENSATIONAL. It’s worth making a day of it and walking along the river as the sun sets. It made me realise how lucky I am to live in London and how stupid I am that I haven’t made the most of it before. Get over to London Bridge before its too cold to leave the house and make sure you seek the warmth of Vinopolis some time soon.

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Thanks Vinopolis and happy birthday Bint!