Water Revelution

Sunday, June 15, 2014

So, I've joined the water revelation and bought myself a Bobble. 

The mission? To reduce plastic waste by starting a revolution around stigmatising single-serve water bottles and the outrageous waste they create. 

To entice myself to drink more water, I've been flavouring my Bobble with sliced cucumber, mint, lemon, camomile and orange slices - flavoured filter water, without costing the earth. 

Join the revolution. Hashtag your bobble photos with taste the #waterrevolution 

Simply Seafood

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The simply seafood stall next to the Warren Wood pub in Buckhurst Hill is causal dinning at its best. 

This no frills hidden gem is based on the outskirts of Epping Forest, making it the perfect place to grab a bite after a walk around Connaught Waters. 

The Eastend styled stall may not be pretty to look at, but serves up an array of seafood such as dressed crabs, king prawn kebabs, jellied eels and hot smoked salmon. 

My favourites include their fresh water Oysters (£1 each), scallop and bacon roll (£3.50), chorizo halloumi and scallop salad (£5) and hot mackerel with horseradish (£2.50). 

If you live locally it's defiantly worth a visit on a warm day - but be prepared for queues around lunch time. 

There's pleanty of benches to sit on outside, and there's the pub next door to grab a pint from. 

The stall is open Thursday - Sunday until 11pm. 

Glowing Green

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Not all smoothies require a fruit base and creamy consistency. 

For a thirst quenching refreshment this summer, blend: 

Coconut water (my favourite is by Chi) 
1 pear 
1/4 cucumber 
A handful of kale 

Looking for something different? Add tangy ginger to aid digestion, blend a stick of celery to help lower blood pressure or for a sweeter taste drizzle in a teaspoon of  honey. 

Home-made Rhubarb and Lavender Cordial

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Since getting my allotment last month we seem to be overrun with rhubarb. 

Having fed the family copious amounts of crumble, I decided to give cordial a go after being inspired by BBC 2's Allotment Challange. 

Whipping up a cordial is easier than I thought it would be - all you need is a seive and Muslim cloth. 


Boil rhubarb and lavender with half a glass of water and a good sprinkle of sugar for an hour or so (be careful with the lavender, it's rather overpowering and strengthens during the simmering process). 

Once the rhubarb has turned to mush, pour the mixture into a Muslim linned seive over a bowl and leave overnight (weighing the mixture down will help extract liquid). 

The cordials strength will vary on it's water content. You'll find each batch will taste different too, depending on the sugar content of the rhubarb. 

Ingredient measurements can be adjusted depending on individual tastes. 

A Bowl of Eastern Promise

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Having been obsessed with my blender for a good few months, I've been hard at work experimenting with smoothie and soups combinations. 

Last week GLORIOUS! asked of I'd like to try their SkinnyLicious Persian Tomato Soup*. Curious at how my homemade creations would stand up, I accepted their offer.

Promising an explosion of flavour by combining roasted tomato and yoghurt with Eastern spices (including Ras El Hanout and Saffron), it had a lot of hype to live up to.

As I slurped my first spoonful I was pleasantly surprised with it's fresh and fragrant flavour - it really is as good (if not, better) than anything I've whizzed up in the blender - and takes a lot less washing up after!

Most prepackaged soups seem to lack the intense taste found in fresh ingredients, or compromises on taste to offer low calorie options.

However, with the addition cinemon, lavender, nutmeg, cloves and rosebuds this Persian Tomato Soup packs a real kick! 

It also contains no nastys - just natural ingredients - and half a pot contains one of your five a day. 

After polishing off a large bowlful I was surprised at how full I was.

This simple soup contains bold flavours, giving a great alternative to the classic tomato combinations I'm sure most of us have grown tired of. 

With just 114 calories and 3.3g fat per half pot, this soup really is both easy on the eyes and waistline.

The skinnylicious range will retail at £1.99 and is available from both ASDA and Morrisons.