Christmas Gift Recipes, Gluten Free Tiffin And Pecan Crumble Cookies

As I’ve got older I’ve definitely become less obsessed with presents and the “stuff” that comes with Christmas. It’s much more about quality time with family, catching up with friends, long wintery walks, cosy Christmas films and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I still love the gift giving part of it and really like to take my time and think about what that person would really love.

Tahini And Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies for my bestie Venetia’s birthday on Friday and as someone that makes cookies a lot, they were very well received and potentially my best yet. I usually make tahini cookies with ground almonds but when coming to make these late on Thursday night I discovered I didn’t have any so I improvised and used oats and coconut. The coconut gives such a nice texture and the oats actually make them less heavy than when I use almonds. I’d been to an event that night too and had a bar of Lindt sea salt dark chocolate from it in my bag so decided to break up some of that and mix it in too and therefore ended up with my best cookies yet. The key is not to over bake them and to allow them to completely cool before handling them. It’s hard to resist but worth it! We enjoyed them with booja booja ice cream and it was heaven. 

Foodie And Fitness Hotspots In New York

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So I’ve recently had the best week of food in my life in New York, we were visiting my aunty and Sam’s friends who live there and also having a little holiday for ourselves. I’d last been as a teenager with my family and Sam was there for work in his early twenties and told me he spent pretty much every day at Soho House, eye roll, so we definitely wanted to make the most of it this time and of course both being foodies, we had a huge list of foodie spots to get through.

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The Most Delicious Nourish Bowl

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Since writing my last blog post about my Spring reset, I had a little relapse. I got hit by the flu which completely wiped me out for a week but surprisingly it actually put me right off coffee and chocolate (two of my hard to budge vices), and I’ve launched nicely into my Spring reset this week-lemon water, green tea and lots of yummy fruit and vegetables. The illness also helped get me started on another of my Spring reset points which was to read before bed. The TV and my phone was giving me such a headache so I actually finished the book I was reading and am on to my next. I hate to say it but thank you flu. On Sunday, I was feeling well enough to take a trip to the farmers market and spend some time in the kitchen. I was craving all the vegetables to feel nourished from the inside out and I made my Mum and I this delicious nourish bowl. What is a nourish bowl?

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Where I’ve Eaten Out Recently In London

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I love cooking at home, making recipes from my many many recipe books and creating my own concoctions from scratch but I must admit I do also eat out a lot because I love it! I live in London where it’s very hard not to be a foodie. I don’t really go to bars or clubs anymore and have definitely cut back on how much I spend on clothes so I feel this justifies that I do like to spend my money on coffees and food. Eek! From brunching to date night to the trendy new vegan fast food place here’s where I’ve eaten out recently and what I recommend ordering. Enjoy foodie friends… 

Breakfast At Farmacy With Daisy London And Crystals

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I was honoured to be asked my one of my favourite jewellery brands (Citrine Birthstone), Daisy London, to be one of the ambassadors for their new healing stones collection. I represent the Rose Quartz pendant which is the crystal of unconditional love and has a subtle pink complexion. I absolutely love it and have been wearing it every day. To have a healing stone that is said to carry a soft, feminine energy of compassion and tenderness around my neck daily is really special and reminds me to always choose love over fear. I got together with the Daisy girls at Farmacy in Notting Hill for a morning of teas, coffee, avocado on toast, pancakes and to talk all things crystals…

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Tahini and Pistachio Porridge

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So a pretty famous recipe amongst my retreat and event attendees is a tahini and pistachio cookie I learnt to make when on retreat with one of my favourite chefs, Kimberly Parsons. I make batches all the time for my boyfriend and to take to friends houses too. I love the creamy nutty combination of tahini and pistachio and it’s what inspired this porridge recipe because why not turn a cookie recipe into porridge so you can enjoy it every single morning! As you know I’m partnering with the NEW Oat So Simple Protein and bringing you yummy porridge recipes throughout the winter months. The protein sachets comes in two variants; Original and Cinnamon and this recipe works perfectly with the cinnamon one. This breakfast is delicious and convenient for any busy morning routine or pre workout. Porridge and Pilates is becoming my motto for life 😉

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Baked Egg Portobello Mushrooms With Homemade Salsa

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I think my favourite vegetable is most definitely the mushroom; all types but especially Portobello ones. I made this the other weekend around 11am after a lovely lay in and some Pilates at home, it’s the perfect at home brunch dish and a nice alternative to eggs and avo on toast. Once you’ve mastered the art of getting the egg to stay in the mushroom, this recipe couldn’t be simpler. You could even skip the salsa part and just have the baked egg mushrooms which means you only need 2 main ingredients but the chilli salsa really takes this dish to another level.