Saturday, 25 July 2009

i have to see this movie

ok, isn't this like an awesome dream but in animation?! i can't wait to watch cloudy with a chance of meatballs!

Friday, 24 July 2009

ikea + swedish food

mum and i went for a little late night ikea shopping, and popped into the cafe for a little dinner. we had been too busy shopping to think about food. i think maybe the first time thats happened in a long long time, if ever :)

anyway, we always have meatballs at ikea, and they had them on a summer holiday offer: £1 for 10 meatballs, with fries, sauce and gravy. thats instead of its reguar £3.75. we were two very happy customers. the word had obviously spread to all the students in the area, as the place was packed out with them!

we went to the swedish food shop after and stocked up on meatballs, herring, rye crispbread, marabou and cinnamon rolls. one delicious breakfast is mustard sil on crispbread. yummy.

these cinnamon rolls are 100% delicious and very addictive...try them. you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

john robbins 'healthy at 100'

i've been longing to re-read this book for the last couple of months, and I discovered it at the back of my bookshelf this week. i immediately got it out and started leafing through it to remind myself how good it is!

seriously, this is the best health and nutrition book I have EVER read! it is so inspiring. jammed full of facts and evidence to support everything he says. i am going to read healthy at 100 again and again and again to try to take in all of the information that is in it.

plus, its definitely an added bonus that it happens to be written by John Robbins, aka Baskin Robbins. it gives this book a definite edge.

the book looks at longevity amongst certain tribes of the world and seeks out their secrets. if I were to let you in on the secrets, now that would be telling wouldn't it?

but I can tell you looks at diet, lifestyle, exercise, family and love. all of which are super important in living a long and healthy life. it deconstructs myths and tells it as it is. how old are the oldest in Vilcabamba or Abkhasia or Okinawa or the Hunza really?

but the most interesting parts are the end of chapter summaries, what Mr. Robbins thinks should be tips and guidelines for a healthier lifestyle. very very interesting.

i strongly encourage you to get this book or rent it from your and enjoy. and practice some of the things he preaches.

Monday, 20 July 2009

flourless chocolate brownies

hey everyone!

sorry there hasn't been a post in a long while, but i am heading off round the world on Sunday (no joke) so there's been loads of things to pack and organise!

i have been a baking machine these last couple of weeks though, i eat a lot when i get excited! but so many of these have been repeat recipes, based on what is in the fridge/freezer/store cupboard.

anyway, yesterday i made some delish brownies for the people at work as a goodbye gift. they were THE BEST BROWNIES I HAVE EVER MADE!

I found the recipe on Enjoy Healthy Eating, it was for Healthy Chocolate Brownies. Who knew? I know Nigella does a version of flourless brownies, but I think there's maybe way too much sugar in them... Anyway, of course I had to change it slightly because I didn't have everything it asked for!

Here's what I used and did:
- 225g plain chocolate melted with 225g butter in a saucepan. Once they melted I added 50g caster sugar and 100g fructose sugar, and left it off the heat.
- then i added 140g ground almonds, 100g chopped walnuts, 3 beaten eggs and about 2 tsps of vanilla extract.
- i lined two loaf tins with baking parchment, and divided the mix between both. cooked in the oven at 180c for 25minutes.
- then i left it to cool completely, which makes it easier to cut, as well as giving that delicious squidgy bit in the middle! YUM!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

lentil lasagne recipe

i went round to a friends house for dinner yesterday and we cooked an amazing lentil lasagne. i had never thought of making lasagne this way before. how much healthier is lentil lasagne than regular? oh my. so, i was really happy to help her cook it so then i could nab the recipe for you all!

thanks E for such an amazing meal! followed by lemon drizzle cake, which was also delicious :) we didn't take exact measurements, as we've both made lasagne a million times, but the joy of lasagne is that you can't get it wrong that easily!

2 onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
2 red peppers (or 1 large one), diced
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
a little drizzle of vegetable stock
red lentils
a squidge of tomato puree
lasagne sheets (ps. did you know tesco's value lasagne sheets are low gi!)
bechamel sauce
cheese (we used parmesan and cheddar)
salt and pepper to taste

1. start by mixing up your tomato and lentil sauce. sweat the onions and then after 5 mins add the red pepper and the garlic. mix together, let the flavours infuse for 5 mins.

2. then add the tinned tomatoes, puree, oregano, stock and red lentils. mix together and let simmer for 30 minutes, or until the lentils have softened (it will start to look a bit like porridge)

3. meanwhile make the bechamel sauce. it should not be runny, but it should be dropping consistency. melt butter, mix in flour and then add milk. stir constantly until it starts to thicken. you can easily make it thinner by adding more milk if necessary.

4. start to layer your lasagne. the order should go tomato sauce, lasagne sheets, bechamel, tomato sauce, lasagne sheets, bechamel. smooth out the ingredients, so its nice and even. sprinkle a little cheese on top.

5. bake in a medium oven until golden. we put ours on for about 1.5 hours at 100c, but thats because we had to do something else. it would have been delicious for 40mins at 180c too!