Friday, 26 June 2015

Kale & Feta Omelette

Omelettes are one of my favourite meals. They're quick, easy and you can have them for breakfast, lunch, dinner... any time of the day really. I say they're easy, but it's taken me about 2 years to master them! This recipe is one of my favourites to throw together after a Saturday at work. I pack it full of egg whites, chicken and turkey bacon for extra protein, and the feta and kale makes it super tasty!
  • 1 egg, 4 egg whites
  • 25g feta cheese
  • 50 g cooked chicken
  • 1 slice turkey bacon
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful of kale
  • Salt & pepper

Switch on your grill, chop and mix everything together apart from the feta and kale. Lightly coat a frying pan with any oil of your choice, allow the pan to heat slightly and then pour in the mixture. Cook for roughly 5 minutes on a medium heat, until the outer edges are cooked right through. Sprinkle the kale and feta on top, remove the pan from the heat and pop it under the grill instead. It only needs another 5 minutes here, so that the rest of the egg mixture cooks through, the feta starts to melt and the kale begins to crisp up...... YUM! Take the pan out and slide the omelette onto a plate, no flipping skills needed!

Approximately 320 calories, 43g protein, 13g carbs, 10g fat.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

SAMH: The Cetco Ythan Challenge

Towards the end of last year I started taking part in obstacle course races. This year I decided to do them again but to raise money for charity. I chose the Scottish Association for Mental Health for personal reasons, and so far I've managed to raise £310 - thank you to every single person who has donated so far!

My first race was this time last week. The Ythan challenge is a 11k-ish course with mud, obstacles and a few dips in the freezing cold river! There wasn't as many obstacles as some of the races I've done before, and they weren't as hard either, but it turns out it was actually more like 13.5k (according to one of the marshalls) which means lots and lots of running. I suck at running so I still found the race pretty challenging! I ended up with 2 friends from the gym which helped me keep going even though my legs felt like giving up. My goal was to complete it in an hour and a half and I managed to finish in 1 hour 28 mins, which I'm quite pleased with.

Anyway, I took my GoPro along on the day and filmed this video, so if you fancy seeing how I got on give it a watch!

You get such a buzz when you reach the finish line and collect your medal! I'm a firm believer in using exercise to maintain good mental health - endorphins and all that jazz! - and the Ythan Challenge was lots of fun. If there's any OCRs near you, I recommend you sign up and get training, it'll do wonders for your health and self esteem.

To donate to SAMH through justgiving you can click here or text "CBMH83 £amount" to 70070. Every penny counts and I am so grateful for all the support I've had so far - roll on the Beast Race in September!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Eating London: The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Getting a table at the Ivy Chelsea Garden is a pain in the backside. We were told they couldn't change our booking time or add a couple of guests to our table, despite the fact that when we arrived there was plenty of empty tables and even space to squeeze a couple of chairs round the table we were at. The unaccommodating booking system has clearly been designed to make the new restaurant seem exciting and unobtainable. They did however move us from inside to the outdoor garden area on request, which was nice...

Both areas of the restaurant are beautifully decorated - I want those lights! It was a Monday afternoon and the garden was full of perfectly dressed, blow dried ladies and men in chinos. The atmosphere was a little too uptight and pretentious for my liking. Of all the Chelsea restaurants I've visited, this is the only one that's felt like this. We were even told by one waitress that their policy was not to take photos for diners, even though we could take them ourselves, because of the celebrities... what celebrities?

I was trying to keep up a healthy, protein based diet while we were away, so couldn't help myself when I saw the "Which whey to go?" on the menu. A mix of vanilla whey and almond milk with added amino acids! All about the gains in Chelsea... Gordon had a peach and elderflower iced tea, which wasn't as good as his favourite cherry iced tea from Bumpkin!

We both opted for fish for lunch - the fish and chips for Gordon and Chelsea Garden fish cake for me. Neither of the dishes looked anything special, and Gordon didn't really enjoy his (sh*t chips apparently) but mine was a treat! Afterwards I ruined all my healthy eating efforts by ordering dessert...

It was worth it. The strawberry shortcake sundae was Gordon's dessert of the day - vanilla ice cream topped with creme Chantilly, meringue, shortcake and strawberries! I'm a sucker for a chocolate bombe though... The waiter pours hot salted caramel sauce over the sphere of chocolate and it melts into the ice cream, honeycomb and popping candy centre! Don't tell anyone but I think I actually enjoyed it more than Bob Bob Ricard's version.

Our experience at The Ivy Chelsea Garden was fine. The service was a little slow and confusing, with too many different waiting staff attending our table but it is a gorgeous setting. The food was average, nothing to write home about. The highlight was definitely the chocolate bombe but overall the restaurant has been over hyped and I wouldn't rush back.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Eating London: A flying visit...

Also known as, how much food can I fit into 24 hours?
Lots, is the answer. But you probably already knew that.

After a fab weekend in Essex with my soon to be in-laws, Gordon and I jumped on the train to spend a night in London. It's less than a month since our last visit so we didn't really have anything planned, just a potter about, pretending to be locals. As soon as we arrived we headed to what is fast becoming my favourite London restrautant - Granger & Co. It was pretty much just around the corner and a straight 10-15 minute walk from our hotel.

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 Turmeric spiced chicken, slaw, peanuts, lime & coconut dressing.

 Crispy duck, plum, star anise, jasmine rice & citrus salad.

 Banana fritters, citrus caramel & honey ice cream.

Pistachio pavlova, passion fruit & yoghurt cream.

8.30pm Unlike a Saturday morning, we didn't have to queue outside and were seated at a table in about 5 minutes. My favourite thing about Granger & Co is that you feel like you're out for a fancy, indulgent treat, but about 90% of the menu is made up of healthy, nourishing foods. There's a really chilled environment that makes me feel at home - all the fun of date night without the fuss and guilt!

My turmeric spiced chicken was super moist and had a really nice, nutty flavour but the crispy duck was out of this world!! So much flavour! Gordon actually choked on his main course when he saw the man next to us eating the banana fritters, so that was when we decided we'd be ordering pudding! I toyed between the chocolate peanut butter mousse and pavlova, but the pavlova was a really good, light choice. If this is how the Aussies eat, I'm moving to Sydney!

11.00pm We headed back to our hotel - the Blakemore Hyde Park - and crashed out pretty much straight away. The 4 star hotel was absolutely stunning, much more luxurious than we'd expected and we got a really good deal on I was worried when we were put in room 001 on the ground floor, but it was actually a really good size, perfectly clean and had everything we needed.

7.00am I got up early and went out for a run. It took me less than 2 minutes to reach Kensington Palace Gardens from the hotel. The park was busy with other runners, cyclists and dog walkers but the sun was shining and I really enjoyed it. Even if I did get a little bit lost and have to double back on myself! Running is not my favourite but it felt so much easier being in a park full of landmarks and gorgeous views. Maybe I'd be better at it if I lived in London...

10.00am We checked out of the hotel, leaving our luggage and headed back to Westbourne Grove for breakfast. I love a healthy breakfast but Gordon is more of a fry up kind of guy, Luckily I knew just the place - Daylesford Organic. We'd visited the Pimlico cafe for lunch on our last trip but headed to the Notting Hill one this time. Predictably he had the Daylesford Farmhouse breakfast - sausage, streaky bacon, 2 fried eggs, grilled tomato and portobello mushrooms with sourdough toast... and 2 thumbs up from Gordon. I've developed a habit of ordering 2 breakfasts and enjoyed the boiled eggs with sourdough soldiers as well as natural yoghurt with stewed fruit and honey. I'd rather they switched the natural yoghurt for Greek but I guess that's just what they make on the farm.

11.00am After breakfast we pottered around the shops on Westbourne Grove, took my handbag back to Prada to be repaired, tried to visit the Saatchi gallery but it was closed for a private event, got into trouble for taking photos of Reese's goodies in Partridge's (really?!) and had a wonder around the King's Road. The Reebok store there is one of my faves! For lunch I had reserved a table at the newly opened Ivy Chelsea Garden, which I'll share in a seperate post soon... :)
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