Monday, 29 December 2014

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

When I was asked to make dessert for Christmas day, 2 things sprung to mind... cheesecake and peanut butter! My 2 favourite things. I searched Google for a Reese's cheesecake recipe but couldn't find anything that didn't need baking. In the end I modified this recipe to suit my peanut butter cup needs!

  • 1 cup crushed plain digestives (or peanut cookies would be amazing!)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 500g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 100g chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
  • 1 cup whipping cream
Make your usual cheesecake base by melting the butter in a pan and mixing the crushed digestives until it soaks up all the butter. Press this into a lined spring-form tin and pop in the fridge while you prepare the rest.
I lined mine with cling film which was a bit of a disaster when it came to trying to slide the cheesecake off.

To make the filling just beat the Philadelphia, sugar and peanut butter together. It will go quite thick but the cream will smooth it out later. Slowly mix through the chopped peanut butter cups and then whip the cream in. Once everything is mixed together, pour it over the base and leave it in the fridge to set overnight, or stick it in the freezer for a few hours if you're pushed for time.

I decorated mine in the morning with mini Reese's peanut butter cups and melted chocolate drizzled across the top. Pretty simple and absolutely delicious! (If I say so myself...)

Christy xx

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas Dinner

Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a good one? Gordon spoiled me with a Mulberry surprise and my favourite Dior perfume, and my Mum & Dad got me the GoPro I'd been after so mine was very successful on the present front! This year Mum was in charge of Christmas dinner and did a fantastic job...

Pate and oatcakes, parsnip and apple soup, turkey with all the trimmings; brussels, stuffing balls, honey roast carrots and parsnips, pigs in blankets, my favourite roast potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce! Homemade crackers and everything... Epic.

I was in charge of pudding and ended up making this Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake - recipe to come soon! Mum went OTT as always and also bought a plain cheesecake, chocolate and raspberry cake, sticky toffee pudding, Christmas pudding and macarons. Mental. Needless to say we needed a long walk on Boxing day to burn off a few calories...

How did you spend your Christmas and Boxing day?

Christy xx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It's Christmas eve!! Only one more sleep til Santa comes :) There's an actual jingling present under the tree with my name on it that I am dying to open, but in the meantime here's how I've been getting into the festive spirit this year...

Putting up our Christmas decorations with a glass of Baileys!

We have a bauble from just about every place we're ever visited. My favourites are the ones we picked up at the Central Park Christmas market right after getting engaged last year...

I had a bit of a disaster and broke the Paris one from New Year 2013 - devastated doesn't even cover it. Watching Home Alone and Elf relieved the pain a little though. Almost as much as eating all of the Christmas food...

Baked Camembert with cranberry sauce in filo pastry, a la Foodie Quine.

The Boozy Cow's epic Christmas dinner!! I've been staying on plan with my diet with just a few cheat meals here and there, I'm calling it damage limitation! Calories don't count on Christmas and Boxing day though ;)

We got in a bit of extra exercise with a trip to the ice rink in Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens. I've kept up my usual training right up until last night, will chill Wednesday-Friday and be back swinging my kettlebell by Saturday. Summer bodies are made in the winter as they say! If you fancy some festive exercise the Aberdeen Inspired ice rink is open 12-8pm until 4th January - it's only £3 or a tenner for a family pass.

How have you been getting festive? Hope you all have a fantastic day with family, fun and ALL of the food!

Merry Christmas!

Christy xx

Monday, 15 December 2014

10 Gifts Ideas for Fitness Lovers

It's only 10 sleeps til Christmas guys! If you're struggling to think of a gift for the gym bunny in your life, I've got your back. From £1.99 - £120, here are a few ideas that would be right at home in any fit friend's (Nike) stocking...

MyProtein Almond Butter 1kg - £10.99 Boxing day breakfast...?

Nike Pro Flow women's training gloves - £22 I don't care how tough you are, nobody likes rough hands.

Kettlebell - £14.99-£37.99 If they already have one, get them a heavier one! It might be the push that they need ;)
Vie Rockell full length elite compression tights in black leopard - £85 Stylish gym wear is always a good idea.

Multipower Whey & More Protein (double chocolate 2kg) - £42.99 It's gluten free too!

Women's Health magazine subscription (or Men's Health) - £20 Including a free bundle of beauty and nutrition gifts, worth £100! 
Dumbbell Alarm Clock - £12.72 at Amazon. Perfect for a Secret Santa gift - the alarm doesn't go off until you do 30 reps with the "weight"!

GymTote Ltd Reese tote - £120 "Looks like a handbag, performs like a gym bag" - I'm looking forward to the release of the Sophia Tote for yogis!

MyProtein Max Elle mini blender bottle - £1.99 One of the best protein shakers I own!

Nike Free 5.0 Tr Fit 4 magenta black cheeta - £84.99 Good for running. HIIT fans should try out a pair of Nike Bionics instead, but really any pair of Nikes will get you into their good books!

If you have any other ideas please share them in the comments below. :)

Christy xx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Dublin: The Morgan

The Morgan was just a few doors up from our hotel in Dublin. We'd passed it every day and finally decided to visit on our last evening. It had rained all day, we were cold and tired and didn't want to travel far for something to eat.

The Morgan is a hotel with a stylish bar/restaurant on the ground floor. It's filled with quirky decor and some of the most random seating I've seen - we sat in hanging egg shaped chairs and at one point we were sipping cocktails on a white leather bed! As you do. 

Speaking of cocktails in bed, you have to try the Pillow Talk - Absolut vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur and strawberry topped with toasted marshmallows. Amazing!

Gordon had his first steak of the holiday and enjoyed it. I was in a carby mood so went for chicken and feta rigatoni pasta. Nothing fancy but it did the job! Dessert was Bailey's cheesecake and a fresh fruit tart. I wasn't sure if I'd manage pudding after all the pasta but the tart was light enough to not overdo it.

We ended the evening with a few more cocktails (the smoke infused Woodlawn and watermelon martinis!) and an early night. I know, we're so rock n roll.

If you're not an OAP like us, the Morgan has live DJ's every weekend to keep you entertained all night. Prices go up 20% after 11pm though, you have been warned! You'll find them in the heart of Temple Bar at 10-12 Fleet Street, Dublin 2. 

Christy xx

Friday, 12 December 2014

Dublin: The Fumbally

It was around 2pm when we left the Guinness Storehouse. Somehow we ended up having a late lunch every day we were in Dublin! This time we decided to have something a little lighter and more nutritious, so jumped in a taxi to The Fumbally. If you've ever been in Aberdeen's Foodstory Cafe, this is Dublin's much larger, slightly hippy-er version. Everything is very laidback, no fuss, no frills... just a blank space filled with mismatched furniture, an old piano and lots of amazing looking food laid out like some sort of casual picnic with your friends. 

Gordon was a bit less excited about The Fumbally than I was. They focus on fresh, local, organic produce with lots of vegetarian options. Gordon's 100% a meat eater and there wasn't much meat on offer. Now that I think about it, he isn't as keen on Foodstory as I am either...

Anyway, he ended up with a pulled porchetta ciabatta off their lunch menu and enjoyed it! That quote about bread on their blackboard? That has to be from someone who ate The Fumally's bread. Honestly, I've never tasted bread like it. So damn good!

I clocked somebody else's food arriving and decided to go for the salad plate. For £8.50 you get a selection of three salads, a huge dollop of hummus and a chunk of that amazing bread drizzled with oil. The sweet potato and lentil salads were great but I wasn't too keen on the noodle one. We also shared a bowl of their soup of the day - I can't remember for the life of me what kind it was but it was good! After a couple days of chips, chips and more chips I was just chuffed to fill my body with some colourful, nutritious food.

As well as lunch, they do breakfast (self-service porridge? Yes please!) and daily specials and also have a space nearby where they host yoga classes. The place was packed when we got there but another couple were happy for us to perch on the end of their table. The Fumbally is a proper local haunt filled with friendly Irish faces and not a tourist in sight. (Except for us, obviously... our taxi driver was impressed when we asked to be taken to his Mum's favourite cafe, rather than some Temple Bar tourist trap!) 

You can find the Fumbally on Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8 - only a 5min taxi ride from the Guinness Storehouse!

Christy xx
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