Vegan Beetroot Veggie Burgers with Dill Sauce

Welly and I we’re talking about having one day a week where we eat no meat or fish to be kinder to nature and help sustainability in this world of overfishing, overbreeding and general mishandling of animals.

In essence we want to be a bit more food smart. Therefore I’ve been doing some research on the matter as I want to make sure we still get protein and all the nutrition packed in our meals.

I stumbled upon this blog and found this lovely vegan burger that packs a punch in all directions – I can’t wait to try it 🙂

DIY can actually be quite relaxing…

DIY is often said to be the make or break of a relationship and I’m definitely not about to say that my experience has been blissful and romantic – it has not…

Now that’s out of the way I want to make my point. DIY can be quite relaxing when you’re waiting for the next step – such as varnishing your newly sanded wooden floor – after and before the sanding:
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Welly did an amazing job with the floor and my job on my day off this week was to varnish it, sand it and varnish it again. Now this might seem like quite a lot of work and it is BUT there is quite a lot of waiting around in between to allow the varnish to dry and the dust to settle.

So what did I do to entertain myself in between?
– Absolutely nothing 🙂 well I watched lots of cooking programmes, drank lots of tea and got even more excited about Christmas

I’m pretty happy with the final result and can’t wait to crack on with the next room. The countdown for Christmas is on!

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Healthy, quick breakfast

I know it’s dreadful but recently I’ve starting missing breakfast. Not because I’m consciously doing so but because I simply forget. I’m still trying to map out my routine when it comes to fitting everything in, in the morning – training, breakfast, commuting. I thought this blog post was incouraging and an easy way of preparing for the most important meal of the day!

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Mid-week, always the part where you start missing breakfast, the alarm, the train and everything seems to not go to plan. But Thursday always seem to be fine, so to keep you on top of things we want to share with you one of our favourite recipes. It was hard for us to share this, as it is our little secret in the Hello Fresh office and it is what keeps us going.

What we absolutely love about this recipe is the fact that you can use any leftovers and cook them the night before. We’ve tried a bit of roast chicken, chorizo, onions and peppers which were amazing. We did just have veggies and cheese in the other half, just so you know we can fit our quota of 5/7 a day.

Start making these so you can put them in the oven and after dinner, you’ll have breakfast…

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Commuting – Me time

If you read this blog regularly you will know that I’ve recently started commuting as for five years I was lucky enough to be able to walk to work.

I thought I’d miss it and dread the commute but I’m actually liking it. At first I thought it was just due to the excitement of change but I’ve realised that it’s a lot less stressful then walking to work – something I never thought I’d say!

Sure there’s rude people and the delays are never exactly thrilling or welcome BUT mostly everyone minds their own business because it’s ‘me time’.

So often we don’t make enough time for ourselves and although commuting isn’t glamorous I’ve been able to do things I was never able to do when walking to work:
– I’ve read lots of books including Gone Girl (omg it’s SO good)
– I’ve read blogs on food, life, health and well-being
– I’ve written blogs
– I’ve planned my mood boards for Christmas (I love Christmas)

It’s not all glam of course as I’ve also spent full commutes starting/finishing work, heck I’ve even written a press release on the train but for me that’s just using my time productively so I’m OK with that!

Sure I’ve gained a few pounds by not walking an hour a day but I’ve gained so much more and really is it all that bad?!?

The bread revolution – baking with alternative flours

The bread revolution began a year or so ago with bakers, health specialists and independent shops starting an uprising against supermarket bought bread.

The thing is bread should only have 3-4 ingredients and no artificial adjectives however, if you look at the back if your shop bought loaf you’ll see a list of 8-10 so called ingredients (say what?!?!).

Azodicarbonamide (even the name scares me) for example is used in the food industry as a food additive, a flour bleaching agent and improving agent – these type of adjectives can be harmful and cause deceases which you don’t want to have. I’m not a preacher of health as I believe it’s a life choice however, I do think that as we have one life we might as well do our best to stay here for as long as possible – to me that means treating my body right!

Also my philosophy in life is if I can’t pronounce a word I shouldn’t go near it – now, this proved fun in our each for a house as I implemented the same philosophy. That’s a perfectly insane sane one right 😉 anyway each to their own!

I attended an alternative bread making class by thehornbeam bakers in the winter where we made a variety of breads with alternative flours and I was hooked!

Now that I have my own little kitchen I tested out my skills last weekend.
This one is spelt, cinnamon, honey and chia seed cookies – I’m not the best baker but they tasted better than they looked 🙂
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You know my obsession with rye bread so I had to try and make it myself – It turns out my rye and flaxseed bread was out of this world!

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These flours are no more expensive than the normal white nutrition less flour you get in the shops so next time you want to bake maybe try the flour next to your usual buy. It’s so worth it!

What’s your favourite bread?

Do you ever stop dreaming?

My blog is personal to me and as you know from about me I set out to write it as a sort of therapy / reflection / diary of life.

One of the things I’ve been contemplating is whether we ever stop dreaming? I see myself as a realist, I get up and get on with things, I get things done and don’t dwell on them – it’s who I am, take it or leave it. However, as you get older I think your dreams slow down a little bit and I’ve learned that you don’t have to hurry to get there. So I had a cuppa:
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I can be impatient, which is why Welly is probably good for me. I tend to want everything at once but he once said that he doesn’t want our lives to pass us by and I love that. However, when I invited my sister to a walk and a pub lunch in the country and her reply was ‘we’re not 50 yet’ it really made me think. So I made myself a cocktail:

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I think that as you get older your goals and dreams become long term rather than short term ones – for example you can’t renovate a house in a month or even two and that’s OK.

I am still a dreamer and I don’t ever want to give that up. I’m also a doer and I will make my own dreams come true, they will just take a bit longer to get there which is AOK with me!

London, this one’s for you!

It’s a tough one to crack sometimes, I should know – the countryside or city life? Well, what if you don’t have to choose?

This week has been one of incredible highs in the city of London. I’ve been part of something pretty awesome with work, met some of the social world’s most inspiring people and worked with an amazing team.

After eight years of living in one of the world’s most inspiring cities I still fall in love with its harsh, cool and yet welcoming atmosphere. Who says early morning starts are so bad http://instagram.com/p/tW3gb4RuO5/

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There is always something to discover and as I walked down Bricklane with the crew from Alternative London I realised that you never stop discovering things in The Big Smoke. Who knew that there is art on most posts in Bricklane made by a 62 year old east end metal worker? I didn’t, but it blew my mind:

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People always say to look up when you walk in a city but yet most, including me, look down. I’ve made a promise to myself to start looking up, love the city I’m in and appreciate how truly amazing it is to see this place develop each day.

Thank you London, this one’s for you!

What do you love about your city?

Dreamy bank holiday – diy, friends & food

It just so happened that the last bank holiday of the year was the first bank holiday in the house on the lake for Welly and I.

We have extensive plans for the downstairs of our home so we wanted to paint a bit and put in some colour before we get going with our kitchen extension next year:
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I love Habitat so safe to say we paid them a quick visit. Our eBay antique and history-filled furniture are perfect backdrops to a punch of colour:

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Upstairs is another story. We’re currently getting the second bedroom ready for mama and papa Hansen’s visit in September – check out Welly exposing the fireplace:

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And ripping up the gorgeous chocolate brown carpet:

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Between all the diy and interior goodness we got to have our first dinner party with my favourite gal over at the house called abe and her hubby herringbone kitchens which was just dreamy! We followed this with a BBQ with good friends enjoying the fab weather until the bats came out to play!

This weekend has been one we’ve dreamed of for a very long time and the fact that we did it all is another tick on the to-do list 🙂

Healthy living – it’s all in the preparation

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I love a good food post and lately I’ve had lots of comments and questions about how I have the energy to make breakfast that delicious. And I must say it’s all in the preparation!

I, like everyone else, have a time demanding job and actually having time to put good things in your body can be difficult – if you don’t plan a little bit ahead that is. If you’ve read my blog post on making the most of your mornings you know that I love setting myself up for the day with exercise and a good hearty breakfast. It’s not a diet, it’s my lifestyle and one that I simply have come to love. I wanted to share a few tips on what I do to make it quite easy:

– Do a bit of meal prep. I boil my eggs a few days in advance for example which means all I have to do is peel them and pair them with what I love such as avocados, nuts, fruit, meat, fish etc – this was awesome:

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– buy what is on offer at your local shop that week to make sure you have a varied diet. Doing a weekly shop gives you an idea of food for the week and makes breakfast, lunch and dinner easy to manage. We had some awesome cooked mackerel from ocado this week:

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– use leftovers from your store cupboard or from last night’s dinner to make an awesome lunch. I love some good liquid proof tupperware to take to work:

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– get ready the night before. I love my juicer and get my veg and machine set up ready to go just before I’m off to bed. All I have to do is press play and we’re good to go:
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A good and healthy meal makes me smile and with just a few minutes prep each day it really is easy to achieve!

What are your tips on preparation?