Barcelona is a city very close to my heart. Not only was I very fortunate to call it my home for 3 years, but the city is like no other, with it’s unique and magnetic energy. I first visited when I was 17 years old, and that’s when I decided that I wanted to live there at some point in my life. Fast forward a few years on and my dream became reality, when I decided to go to university there over a decade ago. I experienced so much during those years living there, and the city will always hold a special place in my heart. Surprisingly I have only been back twice since moving away (both times being 24-hour work trips) – so needless to say, the excitement levels were high, when my husband whisked me away for a whole weekend in the city, to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary a few months back. Good food and wine was on the top of the agenda, and I was excited to visit some of my old haunts, as well as adding some new ones to the list! Here are my top 7 places.
A lot of you guys have been asking me about my diet during my pregnancy. I was always very curious to see what my cravings would be, if I had start to introduce specific food groups such as dairy or meat (which are not usually part of my diet) to support the pregnancy, and just in general; what types of foods one should be having to stay healthy (with the occasional treats of course!). If you read my last Baby Diaries post, you would know that I was recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, which has meant that I’ve really had to alter my diet with a low sugar, low carb, high protein diet. The good thing is I will be super healthy for my baba – the annoying part (which is obviously very insignificant); no more treats for me! Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of teaming up with top London Clinical Nutritionist, Kamilla Schaffner, to guide me a long the way, and has also collated all her top tips for a healthy and wholesome pregnancy, as well as how to manage a low sugar diet if you happen to have Gestational Diabetes (or if you’re just looking to cut out sugar in general).
I’m all about guilt-free indulgences – where you get all the flavour, but you’re not left with that major sugar rush afterwards (and a load of guilty calories)… One of my favourite weekend brunch foods, are these super simple Buckwheat Pancakes, which literally take minutes to make. Serve them simple with a dash of lemon and a sprinkling of coconut sugar, some freshly cut fruit or make it that bit more indulgent, with this gorgeous, also super simple, berry compote…
The other week, I had the pleasure of attending such a fun and inspiring foodie event, at the HelloFresh HQ in London. If you’re not familiar with HelloFresh, it´s essentially a meal delivery service – offering only the freshest ingredients, with healthy recipes to follow, straight to your doorstep (pretty simple – but so genius). The event I attended was a super fun Spice Cooking class – where I had the pleasure of meeting with Patrick Drake, the co-founder of HelloFresh, as well as Sabrina Ghayour, the renowned British-Iranian Chef, food writer and author…
One of the things that excites me the most about Spring, is not only the warmer weather and a new wardrobe re-fresh… But a switch in eating habits; swapping heavier and starchier ingredients, for fresh and light veggies and fruit! I am a salad girl at heart; and no, not a boring salad girl at heart – far from it; the more experimental and tastier ingredients, the better! And who said salad was a boring anyways? I don´t really follow recipes when it comes to my salads, but tend to just go for what I fancy during my weekly food shop… Here is a typical every-day lunch for me during Spring – a salad with a mouthwatering (and healthy) dressing, served with a slice of my superfood bread…
Brunch (breakfast/lunch) has been the thing and the time to be eating out, for years. And not just in London; come the weekend, popular spots cafés and restaurants across the globe, can count on Saturday and Sunday´s being their most busy time of the week. Naturally, London is heaving with so many places to go to – from hipster-ville in East and South London, iconic institutional spots in Central, to more cozy and on-trend places in the West and North parts of the city… Below, I´ve listed my personal go-to´s in London; although I have many more favourites – these are the ones which are always top-of-mind.
Do you have a go-to breakfast staple which you just can´t live without? Well, aside from my trusted avo and eggs, I am obsessed with my homemade superfood muesli, which is pretty darn good (if I can say so myself). Not only is it bursting with nutrition (it ain´t called superfood for nothing!), but it´s the ideal breakfast staple when you´re on the go, and you have limited time in the mornings – as it´s already prepared. And the actual making of the muesli, takes less than 5 minutes.
I get a lot of e-mails and comments from you lovely readers about my diet, and recipe ideas/tips. I am a self-proclaimed foodie – and although I have finally reached the most balanced stage I have ever been at when it comes to my diet (something about hitting 30, I tell ya) – I always tend to favour more healthy, wholesome food options, bursting with flavour. I´m a Pescaterian (I eat fish, no meat), and have limited dairy and gluten in my diet – for no real reason other than it makes me feel better. Here I´ve compiled some of my go-to cookbooks, containing some of my favourite type of foods and recipes – all with real, no-nonsense diet philosophies.
My immune system is pretty solid and I seldom get ill. I think the last time I had a cold or a flu was well over a year ago, and then it was only that one time (sorry if I´m sounding super annoying right now). But I swear it´s because of my diet and the level of immune-boosting ingredients that´s in my daily diet, such as citrus fruits, tons of ginger and daily doses of turmeric… For the past few months, I have religiously been drinking this daily morning tonic, and I swear, not only have I not picked up any bugs or germs; my energy levels are so much better – which is pretty ideal during the darker winter months…
There has been so much about Superfoods these past few years; but what really are they? Technically, they´re described as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”. Many might assume that superfoods are rare, exotic, expensive and found in specialist shops. But superfoods are (luckily for us) all around us – and can even be found in your local corner shop or supermarket! Here are 6 of the top ones, shared by Nutritionist and Chef, Juliette Bryant.
Anything which reminds me of typically Scandinavian winter flavours – with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and ginger – combined with Coconut (one of my favourite foods) – has got my mouth watering in an instant. And when it´s healthy too? Well, it´s pretty much a winner in my eyes. Hence why I just had to share with you one of my go-to sweet dishes during winter, with this delicious Apple & Coconut Crumble. I am obsessed, and hope you will be too.
One of the many things I love about the changing of the seasons, is the switch up with food – particularly when it comes to breakfast (my favourite meal of the day). During the warmer months, I tend to eat pretty simply; boiled or poached eggs with avocado, a creamy smoothie, a bowl of homemade cereal… But come autumn and winter, all I´m craving is big bowl of warming and comforting porridge.
Who doesn’t like a bit of comfort food every now and again? Especially in the form of good old´Mac & Cheese… But why not make it healthy and guilt-free, yet taste just as good (I promise!). And when my husband approves (who is the first to snub his nose up to anything overtly healthy or “clean”) – I knew it was a winner. I hope you love it too.
I am so excited to bring you my new food series, Recipe of the Month – where (surprise, surprise), I´ll be sharing my favourite go-to recipe with you every month! From seasonal salads, go-to breakfast ideas, cakes, dinners, smoothie ideas, and more… All healthy, mainly vegetarian (some vegan too), gluten and dairy free options, accessible and as easy as possible, with hopefully lots of flavour! This new series has been a long time coming, following a lot of reader requests – so I hope you like it!
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I’ve spoken a bit about my daily rituals and routines in the past; but I thought I’d give you a little insight into my new morning routines for the summer months (it’s important to switch things up from season to season), and how I like to inject more energy into my life, whilst making the most of the longer days.
I´m OBSESSED with Matcha. I have it near enough every day. I don´t drink coffee, so Matcha is my daily caffeine fix, always giving me that extra hit and boost of energy. Don´t know what Matcha is? It´s basically finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. So a really condensed version of a regular green tea bag (one single serving of Matcha is the equivalent of 10 cups of regular green tea!). Do you see why I´m addicted?
Anyone who really knows me, will agree that I love to entertain. A lot. Nothing more makes me more excited than preparing a lunch or dinner party, gathering my loved ones and feeding them (yes, I´m a massive feeder too). I am no perfect host by any means, there are times when I totally flap and get stressed, wanting everything to be perfect (did I mention that I am perfectionist too?). But as soon as the party arrives, I crack open a bottle of wine, relax and enjoy the company and food… What life is all about, right?
New York holds a very special place in my heart. Other than it being one of the greatest cities in the world (FACT), it’s also where Sam proposed to me nearly four years ago – so needless to say, NYC will forever be one of my all-time favourites… In celebration of our two-year wedding anniversary (I still can’t believe how fast time flies by!) – we jetted off to NYC last weekend to celebrate…