I’ve resisted writing this post since September, as each time I started writing, I felt wary. Meat is an extremely polarising topic, and I’ve found it hard to put my thoughts down for fear of saying something inauthentic, or worse, causing offence inadvertently to any vegan or vegetarian readers.
Just before Christmas Hatty hosted drinks in Finsbury Park, and I had the pleasure of meeting her friend Sammy, also a blogger. We got chatting about blogging and she complimented my writing style. I can’t remember exactly what she said, but it was along the lines of finding it down to earth and approachable.
I just finished my last bag of Teapigs Sweet Ginger tea. And I am sad about that. Here’s my first caffeine free tea review.
It’s not very British, or very healthy, but the thing that is most likely to tempt me off the wheat free wagon is not pasta, or sandwiches, but cinnamon rolls. Having made and tried them as a child at a friend’s house (she had an American mother), they’ve always seemed exotic, exciting, and omg delicious. When the Cardiff Sports Nutrition team got in touch to ask if we’d like to try any of their flavoured nut butters and I saw this guy, I was like, head over heels with excitement.
Last Saturday, Nom and I had a fantastic day with the guys from Wonderush sampling some of the vast array of classes and activities they offer. In the space of a few hours we took our first steps of Salsa, stretched and bonded in ‘Social Yoga’, tried our hand at life drawing and belted out some tunes during Ukelele practice.
Autumn is well underway. #PSL advertising is everywhere, leaves are changing colour, jumpers and scarves (and umbrellas) are out, nature is at its most bountiful. Fruits, nuts and berries can be spotted everywhere. Have you ever considered eating them? Maybe as a child you picked blackberries, or elderberries. Perhaps you’ve even made sloe gin as a grown up. But have you ever foraged as an adult?
I don’t think I could be accused of making a sweeping statement if I said that most people like chocolate. Health conscious and otherwise. For me, it’s always in the dip a few hours after lunch but when dinner is still a long way off. Somewhere around 4 o’clock. A longing (or should that be ‘sugar craving’) starts creeping in and it becomes harder and harder to fight the urge to give in and buy chocolate. The chocolate available is usually poor quality and full of sugar. Not really chocolate at all. So giving into said cravings is far from ideal.
However, since I discovered Madeleine Shaw’s raw chocolate fudge, I feel a whole lot less guilty, and a lot more satisfied. Based on just four core ingredients (coconut oil, almond butter, raw cacao and honey), they really, really hit the spot. Rich, sweet, chocolatey–they melt in your mouth. What’s more, they’re actually pretty filling, packed full of nourishing nutrition, as well as sweetness. So it only really takes a tiny square to kick the craving and let you descend into chocolatey-bliss.
Here is my (slightly tweaked version) of Madeleine’s recipe. You can view the original over here on her blog.
I usually mix the ingredients by hand. I don’t think a food processor is strictly necessary but it will give you a smoother blend.
Do you have any go-to treat recipes at the moment? Please let me know in the comments below.
Raw Chocolate Fudge with Dried Cranberries.
- 100g of coconut oil
- 100g of almond butter
- 50g of raw cacao
- 100g of honey
- 50g dried cranberries (other dried fruit eg. cherries also work well)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Mix the coconut oil and almond butter together in your food processor. (I also add the honey and vanilla extract at this stage too, although Madeleine recommends you do this after sieving in the raw cacao).
- Sieve the raw cacao into the mixture
- If you haven’t already done so, add the honey and vanilla extract. Blend everything together in the food processor.
- Add your dried fruit to the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon (definitely don’t blend this).
- Pour the mixture into a tray lined with greaseproof paper and stick it in the freezer for at least 30 mins.
- Remove from the freezer and roughly chop into small squares. Keep in the fridge to avoid melting.
As the nights draw in and the weather turns bleaker, it’s more tempting than ever to skip a run outdoors and settle instead for the treadmill. Don’t give in to the temptation though! I want to remind you all of the joys of running outside, and inspire you to discover new routes around the city.
It might sound rather shocking, but I confess that I had been living in London city for roughly two decades before I discovered the delights of its canal network. Snaking through some of London’s most popular landmarks (the Zoo, Camden Town) , and traversing areas not quite so high on the tourist list (Ladbroke Grove, Haggerston), the canals offer a slice of London viewed from an entirely different perspective. Slowed down, spaced out… a chance to escape the roar of heavy traffic and replace it with the soft lull of a longboat’s engine, the glass chink of a waterside toast, or the indignant squawking of ducks fighting over breadcrumbs. In other words… enchanting. Continue reading
As a child I was always a little put out at gift shops to find there were no personalised gifts for ‘Naomi’ – every time I’d scan through the Natalie’s and Natasha’s looking for my name and walk away feeling disappointed and not very special.
Now, my family and friends have affectionately shortened Naomi to Nom since I can remember, and when hilarious cat loving website ICanHazCheeseburger launched the whole OM NOM NOM NOM meme in 2007, I felt a sense of excitement. Nom became associated with enjoying delicious food, and, as a foodie, that made me feel special.