On the menu this week

Dinner last night was a Turkish inspired Chicken, Mushroom & Green Bean Pilaf garnished with fresh parsley, mint, sumac and preserved lemon.

Combining spices of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne and paprika with chilli, garlic, salt, pepper, chicken stock and the gentle flavours of chicken, mushroom and brown basmati rice worked really well as a healthy one pot meal.

It’s the ideal summer comfort food when the weather isn’t so great! The only improvement I would make next time is to use chicken thigh fillets instead of breast for their succulence and deeper flavour.

Heatwave ☀️

Family and friends know how much I struggle in hot weather… so today has been particularly hard! I do love it when the sun is shining, and I know it’s daft to complain about it, but anything above 25 degrees leaves me feeling physically exhausted and, in all honesty, a bit ill 🥵

After a busy day travelling to and from Leeds via train for a work meeting, followed by a yoga class I do my best to never miss, I really wasn’t feeling great and didn’t have much of an appetite for food (a very rare occasion!).

HOWEVER I knew from experience that a nutritious and tasty dinner would help sort me out. A cold shower and this Tuna and Duck Egg Salad with a lemon mustard dressing definitely did help me feel a bit more human! And dining al fresco is always a novelty that is not to be under-appreciated 👌🏼

Summer Supper Club

Last night’s summer supper club was absolutely lovely – all of my guests were so friendly and easy to talk to, and they all got on together really well. Home cooked food and good conversation = a match made in heaven!

Ahimsa Yoga & Meze Event

I had a wonderful day practising Ahimsa yoga with Lianne @flowyogauk and the lovely people who attended our event.

We started the day with a energising welcome juice and a talk with Lianne about the elements of Ahimsa and what self care means to each of us. It was really interesting to hear more about it and also share stories within the group.

Lianne then held a flow yoga session while I finished preparing lunch, which was a pleasure to make and share with everyone who came. It was truly fantastic to see all of the new faces with a similar mindset come together and share a meal.

The dishes I served were all vegan (in the theme of ahimsa which means non harming) and as well as being kind to the planet, they were designed to be kind to our bodies too (even the desserts… because we all need a bit of sugar every now and then!) The afternoon consisted of a brilliant self massage lesson with Joanne and finally a very therapeutic and relaxing hour of yin yoga.

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the day and it was a pleasure to meet everyone who came. Huge thanks to Lianne to organising it for us and I can’t wait to host more events like this in the future!

Glastonbury goodies

Baked these tonight for my other half (a savoury alternative to the obscene amount of confectionary he is also taking with him!) These are cheese, courgette & chilli flapjacks with a hint of marmite and cayenne. Hope they go down well!

We are Family

A perfect summer evening spent with family and friends in my grandparents’ garden. I loved everything about it, from the food preparation over the past few days, to the setting up with my grandma and auntie Christine, to the mingling with our guests over drinks and of course seeing all of the dishes being eaten and enjoyed by my loved ones. Cheers to all of these wonderful people that I am proud to call my relatives 🥂 •