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 🥂 •

Post-holiday Post!

It’s taken me a little while to write this blog post since coming back from holiday and resuming the start of a new job, but I have finally gotten around to summarising our food-filled trip to Sardinia. It was a beautiful country to visit – such stunning scenery and a vast range of bars and restaurants for us to try in the capital city of Cagliari.

From the gelato we treated ourselves to on the very first evening, to the seafood feast we devoured on the final night, I was amazed at the quality of the food and drink we were lucky enough to enjoy throughout the week.

We based ourselves initially in Cagliari which is the capital and although is quite a small city, it certainly was buzzing with vibrancy as local residents, students and holidaymakers roamed the streets. It was busy enough without being claustrophobic and overly touristy – the perfect combination for me. 

We had two fine dining meals when we were there at Dal Corsado and Da Marino al St Remy. I have never visited such elegant Italian restaurants before and it was a fabulous experience to taste some familiar flavours executed in a very different way, and also some flavours and textures I had never had before. We also ate some rustic, traditional meals in bistros and bars such as a delicious sausage and cheese pizza, green pesto & breadcrumb pasta, calamari & chips on the beach, and a seafood ‘meze’ in a family run restaurant where the fish / seafood caught that day is the menu! Couldn’t fault any of it, each one was so different and unique but special in their own way.

Next we moved to Costa Rei which is on the South East coast and is a very unspoilt, quiet coastal town with a handful of apartments, hotels, bars and restaurants on a long and beautiful beach. We had visited Cagliari food market on one of our final days there which was incredible, and bought fresh pasta, cheese, herbs, tomatoes, olives, wine and olive oil. We then cooked these ingredients in our Costa Rei apartment and enjoyed a deliciously simple meal on our balcony. The final evening was spent at an elegant seafood restaurant in Costa Rei with some of the freshest fish I have ever had.

I absolutely loved our week in Sardinia and a lot of this was down to the food and drink we enjoyed. I didn’t expect to be eating so much seafood and fish but it felt so right, being close to the sea for most of the time! We also treated ourselves to many refreshing cocktails, beers and glasses of wine along the way!

It was the perfect holiday for us, a mixture of sightseeing, pottering around and relaxing on the beach.  I was sad to return home to reality and a normal routine, but all good things come to an end and I must admit I have enjoyed being back in my own kitchen!

Monday nourishment

After a busy weekend away, Monday evening calls for some nourishing but comforting food. This is a sausage & chickpea tomato bake with mozzarella & parmesan, served with freshly made crusty rolls and a simple green salad.

Birthday Cheesecake

My younger sister turned 21 yesterday and to celebrate we are having a party at my parents’ house with many of our family and friends today. My contribution to the preparations includes this strawberry cheesecake, along with some of my spiced nuts and Parmesan biscuits, and drinking more than my fair share of the champagne! 🎂🥂