Friday, October 31, 2014

The Cake and Bake Show - Halloween special

Friday, October 31, 2014

Last month I went along to the Cake and Bake Show to feed my obsession with all things baking after watching the Great British Bake Off. It was right before the final and it was great seeing all the contestants at the show at Earls Court in London doing demonstrations. I will show more pictures from the show in another post, but as it's Halloween, I thought I would show you some of the cake designs that were also on offer.

There was some serious talent on show! These were my pick of the spookiest and most creative there. Which one is your favourite? And if you have any tips on how to make these creations I would be eternally grateful!

Halloween Nails

Happy Halloween Ghouls and Goblins! I hope you are getting in to the spooky spirit. I have decided to channel my scary side by painting my nails tonight. I tried to go for something a little different to what I have been seeing on other blogs and decided to go for these cute/ scary faces. It's not the neatest I admit, but hey ho, I like it.

The main colours I used were Mavala in Samarkand, LA Colors in Sea Foam, Ciate in Snow Virgin and a Barry M Nail Art Pen.

What do you think of the design? And which is your favourite? I would love to see your nail art designs, so link them below!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bodybuilding Warehouse Muffins and Cookies

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello lovelies! I hope you are well this morning. I have something for you today that might be useful for the gym bunnies out there. As part of my healthy eating series, I was sent a breakfast range of muffins and cookies from the sports nutritonist Bodybuilding Warehouse. The range is aimed at people who go to the gym or who have busy schedules and want some protein on the go. Now protein shakes may not be for everyone, but you can still get your daily dose through an alternative like these.

The extensive range includes Protein Pancakes, coffee, muffins, cookies and Pure Green Tea aimed to accompany your breakfast.

Kieran Fisher, Managing Director at Body Building Warehouse, said: "With our new breakfast range we have taken one of the most popular breakfast treats, pancakes, and developed the ingredients to create a healthy food option. The new range is designed to provide your body with optimum levels of protein to complement your workout to help it rebuild and recover.

I've been having these muffins, which have a hint of a coffee flavour in them, and these chocolate chip cookies. I did wonder how anything like this could also be healthy, but it's because they are packed full of protein and keep you feeling fuller for longer. They are not like regular muffins and cookies, and are quite dense, but after sharing with one of my friends who is a gym pro, he assured me this is exactly what his protein snacks taste like and said he really liked them.

So let me know what you think? Do you have any favourite protein snacks and what do you think of these? They are available from

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Natur Boutique Diet Tea

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I hate Monday mornings - apart from the obvious Monday blues at work I nearly always forget to take a fresh pint of milk in to have a cuppa to start my day off. So if I forget to buy one - I can't have my wake-up tea! But I have started having some herbal and fruit teas at the ready for these times. One of the ones I have stocked up on are these Diet Teas from Natur Boutique. I've been having one every morning and despite how strong the tea bag smells, it only has a slight hint of a herby smell once it is made into tea. The instructions say to leave the tea bag to stew for 3-4 minutes, but I prefer a lighter taste and have been doing mine for up to 2 minutes and it tastes really good!

My colleague who loves her herbal tea also tried one and said she liked the taste - so it got the thumbs up from her too!

It contains organic green, organic pineapple, organic hibiscus and organic java teas - and it tastes like a sweet green tea. It is recommended as a diet tea, especially as green tea has weight loss properties and helps to stave off hunger, to help you lose weight in conjunction with a healthy diet and at least one cup a day is recommended. It is too early to say whether it has helped me to lose weight, but after having one every morning I feel more healthier - kind of like having hot water and lemon to start your day off, and mentally I am less likely to hit the snacks as I have been putting more effort in.

The company says the combination of ingredients together is recommended to help lose weight or reduce appetite - especially the java.

For more information visit: naturboutique.comHave you tried this range? What are your favourite herbal teas?

For more details on the tea, or to buy, ask at your local health store or visit

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Roasted red pepper pesto pasta - with Good Oil and Good Seeds

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Today's recipe is one I have been making for a while now and is surprisingly quick and easy it's a good one for a weekday dinner. It has been adapted slightly from a Good Food magazine recipe from July 2013. For the Good Food recipe and instructions you can visit here.

I've adapted it by adding some vegetarian-friendly hard cheese, some Good Oil and some Good Seeds, both of which I have received from the Good Hemp Food company to test out in recipes. The oil is a good substitute for olive oil though much lighter. I've also been trying this out in salad dressings too. The Good Seed Italian Herbs are good for a bit of added extra flavour with a healthy kick. I've been using these in stir fries and pastas too. They are a little like pine nuts and can also be eaten as a healthy snack.

I boiled the pasta, and while this was cooking I whizzed the roasted red peppers, garlic, nuts and parsley in a blender. When it was done I mixed in the cheese and the Good Seeds.

When the pasta was just done, I drained it, put it back in the pan and added the sauce on top. With the heat from the cooker still on, I mixed it together for a couple of minutes to heat the sauce through and melt the cheese.
And once done I served with some parsley on top. It's super tasty with some garlic bread for dinner, or just on its own for a light lunch. What's your favourite pesto recipe?

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Primal Kitchen

Friday, August 29, 2014

In my bid to eat more healthily I have been looking at ways to cut down on snacking on junk food, especially mid-morning and mid-afternoon. I've been trying these bars from The Primal Kitchen. Handmade in the UK, each bar contains no more than five ingredients. And they are gluten-free, and free from refined sugar, soy, vegetable oil and and flavourings or additives. There are three bars in the range: Coconut and Macademia; Almond and Cashew; and Brazil Nut and Cherry.

I've been tucking into these when my energy was getting low during the day and I was surprised at how super tasty they were! They are densely packed with nuts and fruit and are full of flavour. They kept me feeling full for longer and satisfied.

A bit of background: they have been developed by nutritionist Suzie Walker, who wanted to make the paleo lifestyle and more accessible, which advocates 'eating the way our ancestors did' by giving up sugar, processed foods and grains and focusing instead on meat, fish, vegetables and fruit.

They launched in March 2014 and cost £1.49 each. They are available from Ocado and The Primal Kitchen.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Total Greek blueberry ice cream

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Today's post is a simple recipe to help cool down in the hot summer weather. I had recently bought some lolly makers from Primark and thought I would give them a go with some blueberry ice cream. I heated a handful of berries with a couple of spoons of sugar, water and lemon juice until the blueberries popped and the juice came out and it became a syrup. Separately I mixed some Total Greek yoghurt with some honey to taste and then spooned the yoghurt and blueberry mixture into the lolly makers with the syrup showing through the sides.

Yummy goodness! What's your favourite ice cream combination?