Porridge is that breakfast I eat whatever the day and weather. Even on a hot day you’ll find me tucking into it (I do let it cool first as not to make myself hot and get sweaty after). A satisfying and filling bowl of oats gets me through most of the morning without getting hungry. I shake it up when I fancy something a little different to the usual comforting peanut butter and banana combo, switching up the toppings, cooking different fruit into it, and using different milk at times. This recipe is from one of those times. A morning I wanted my good old porridge but craved new and inventive. With strawberries to use up, a strawberry and almond porridge was on the menu.…

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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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