Chicken is such a versatile meat. From simply roasting with spices, or slow cooking with lemon rosemary, to using in a homemade curry, butterflying and grilling with peri peri, or making enchiladas. There’s so much you can do with it. Alex being a big meat eater, and requesting meat for every dinner we have together, chicken has become somewhat of regular every week. A big pack of breasts, or legs, can last a few meals, and as long as you shake up the dish, you never get bored! Following a night of simple fajitas (yes, sometimes I do buy those sets as they’re super quick and easy for after work), I got creative in the kitchen for our second day of chicken. Cooking off sliced…

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I hardly ever go for a cake when out for coffee. I almost always exercise my will power (which is apparently very strong according to my mum) to resist the temptations. No cake, no extra gym time needed is what I tell myself…silly I know. But when I was off recently for a long weekend, I had cake with a coffee not once but twice! The second time was so good I had to tell you about the cute spot I discovered. I say discovered, I mean shown. Out for a catch-up with Lorna, one of the girls, she took me to one of the sweetest places. Stepping inside the old Palmers pet shop where Yumchaa teas is located, the interior had such a country…

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It’s become a birthday tradition of sorts that on/for Alex’s birthday I take him out to one of the best meaty restaurants in London. This year, following a fab recommendation from KS Ate Here, we celebrated his birthday at basement bar and chop restaurant, Blacklock. The city restaurant, situated close to Sky Bar, looks almost a little hidden and mysterious from the exterior. With just a black fascia and sign, Alex didn’t have a clue where we were, which added to the birthday surprise effect. Downstairs, the restaurant feels minimalist yet chic, with bare brick walls, dark woods and black leather seats. It almost likes you’ve just entered an American ranch. The menu, focused around chops and steak, looks small but don’t be fooled. With…

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Eton Mess is a classic. A truly British dessert loved by many. The fresh, juicy berries, light and airy, sweet meringues, runny coulis, and thick indulgent cream, a dreamy combination. A treat to be devoured every now and then. But for those moments when I crave a classic, like an Eton Mess, during the week I like to put a healthy twist on it. Less guilt, no feeling like I need to gym to burn it off, and yet still just as delicious. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with this Eton Mess version. Using low fat or fat free vanilla yoghurt instead of cream, with plenty of fresh strawberries, sauce and crunchy meringue, I created a seriously tasty dessert, which radiates the feel of…

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Thrill seekers. This one’s for you. My final birthday surprise for Alex. All he knew was to wear full length trousers or jeans, sleeves, trainers, maybe a coat in case he got cold, and to bring no bag. As we were walking from Lambeth North station he actually asked if we were going to Battersea Dogs home to walk dogs. He had absolutely no idea. And his London geography was so out..you’d expect better from a London born and bred 26 year old considering he wasn’t blindfolded. Haha. Easy to find in Archibold Park, somewhere between Lambeth North and Waterloo, the postcode will take you to one of the side entrances of the public space. All you have to do then once entering the park…

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