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    Fitness, Food

    The best ever high protein no cheat McDonalds Milkshake

    Happy post-Easter babes!

    I hope your Easter was filled with some R&R, lots of chocolate with a little bit of vino ze side. I am desperately trying to shed 5kgs at the moment, so I am EXTREMELY proud to say I spent the WHOLE easter weekend chocolate and booze free.

    Take that chocolate addiction!

    I feel so bad for the boyfriend though, because even though he still gets to enjoy the small joys in life, he had to suffer through listening to me rant rage over pretty much every little thing you can image. I kinda feel like it was PMS on steroids.

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    Fitness, Food

    Power smoothie

    Guys, it’s officially spring! Can you believe it?! I certainly can’t! I’m currently on crutches having torn a ligament in my foot so everything I do is taking twice the amount of time… very very frustrating when you have a super busy week ahead. Therefore today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet!

     

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    Christmas, Food

    Homemade chocolate balls – I mean truffles

    You know how like last year I went a little fudge crazy? Dont worry – I have learnt from my mistakes. There will be no fudging fudge this year. Mainly because I think I might be sick if I have to ever make another batch of fudge. Instead this year I thought I would make something that didn’t require so much erm candy knowledge… dont know if thats even a thing..

     

     

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    Food, Tip

    Spicy fake thai noodles

    Wondering what to have for dinner tonight? Look no further babes, I’ve got you sorted!

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    I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted a good ol’ recipe and when I saw this guy kept popping up on my Pinterest, I took it as a sign from the shoe gods – I mean food gods, that I just had to try it! And I’m so so so glad i did! It also gave me a babin’ opportunity to whip out my pantone chop sticks! Cause I’m cool like that yo!

    Originally posted by Domestic Superhero here. It’s a GREAT addition to the recipe collection before the festive season, just incase you need a christmas food break 🙂 and nothing beats a little heat on those chilly winter nights!

    The original calls for eggs, and is one of those one pot recipes, but I have changed it a little to cater more to my tastebuds/life style. What’s so great about this recipe is that it mostly contain things you already have in cupboard, or maybe thats just us? Cause we are obsessed with food…. No YOURE an inner fat kid.

    So you need

    1 pound (or 500 grams) spaghetti

    2 TBS olive oil, divided

    1 zucchini, cut in half vertically, then sliced in half circles

    8 ounces (or 240 grams) mushroom, chopped

    3 cloves garlic, minced

    2 TBS Sukrin Gold (or brown sugar)

    1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

    2 TBS Sriracha hot sauce (this is A LOT of spice, tone it down if you don’t like spicy)

    2 inches (or 5cm or length of your thumb) fresh ginger, grated

    1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped

    4 green onions, chopped

    1/4 cup cashews, chopped

    What you need to do

    1. In a large stock pot, fill halfway with water, salt, and bring to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

    2. In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha, and ginger; whisk well to combine; set aside.

    4. Return large stock pot to stove, heat remaining 1 TBS oil over medium heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms, and garlic. Saute over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes or until veggies are cooked through.

    5. Turn heat down to low, add pasta back to pot, then pour the sauce mixture over the top. Using a wooden spoon, stir well to coat pasta and vegetables with sauce. Remove from heat, add cashews, green onions, and cilantro; stir to combine.

    6. Serve immediately.

     

    This works great warm or cold, and you can add protein such as shrimp and chicken, cook separately and add towards the end after veggies.

    There you go – Tuesday nights are officially sorted!

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    Food, Tip

    [Seriously] good brownies

    Guys, I don’t know if you know this but it’s Chocolate Week! Yup, no lies. A whole freaking week dedicated to deliciousness that is chocolate. I’m really gutted I just found out. I feel like I have massively missed out on something super important. Like FashionWeek, but for Chocolate. White, dark, milk, powder, chunks, chips,  bites, bits, drops, or melted. We do not discriminate against chocolate. Not even chocolate that includes mayonnaise.

    I’m a super chocolate fan, I’m pretty sure it runs in my blood, my mom has always been a huge chocolate fan. White, dark, milk, powder, chunks, chips,  bites, bits, drops, or melted. We do not discriminate against chocolate. I don’t even discriminate against chocolate that includes mayonnaise. Yeah you read right, chocolate that includes mayonnaise. (Because y’all know I am a huge mayo fan too so that helps)

     

    Created by Super Golden Bakes, I just had to share these with you! 🙂  I am not gonna lie, they are probably the best brownies I have ever tried. I had the pleasure of enjoying a spoonful at the Heinz Seriously Good Event, and the first thing I did when I got home was to whip up my own batch. I took them to work and they went down like a treat. Even the boyf when a bit brownie crazy and he doesn’t have sweet tooth.. Or so he claims…

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    SERIOUSLY GOOD CHOCOLATE-FROSTED BLACK FOREST BROWNIES (Super Golden Bakes)

    Makes about 30 big squares or 50-60 small cubes

    Ingredients

    200g | 7oz Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise

    200g | 7oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped small

    300g |10.5oz soft light brown sugar (make sure it’s free of lumps)

    125g | 4.4oz plain (all purpose) flour

    100g | 3.5oz candied cherries, halved

    60g | 2oz cocoa powder

    2 large eggs

    2-3 tbsp cherry brandy (optional)

     

    For the glaze

    100g | 3.5oz dark chocolate, chopped small

    100ml | 3.4fl oz double cream

    2 tbsp runny honey

    extra shaved chocolate to decorate, optional

     

    Method

    Preheat the oven to 180C | 350F. Line a 18cm (7in) square brownie pan with baking paper, letting it hang over the edges.

    Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl and set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Allow the chocolate to slowly melt, stirring it from time to time. Set aside.

    Put the eggs and sugar in large bowl and whisk vigorously until frothy.

    Whisk the mayonnaise and cherry brandy into the eggs and then add to the melted chocolate. Mix together until smooth.

    Sift the flour and cocoa into the chocolate and mix together until the batter is smooth. Fold in the chopped cherries.

    Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 28-30 minutes. Leave to cool completely in the tin then lift out using the baking paper.

    Put the chocolate for the glaze into a bowl. Put the cream and honey into a small pot and heat until small bubbles appear around the edge of the pot – do not allow to boil. Pour over the chocolate, leave to stand for 2 minutes, then use a balloon whisk to slowly stir until the chocolate is completely melted, glossy and smooth.

    Spread the chocolate glaze over the cooled brownies and top with chocolate shavings (use a potato peeler on a bar of chocolate to create those or use store-bought).  Set aside until the glaze is set and then carefully slice into small cubes.

     

    And voila! Seriously good brownies! 🙂 Would you eat brownies with mayo? Id love to hear if you try the recipe!

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    Food, Tip

    Seriously good comfort food

    Chunky knits, candle light. Snuggly blankets and comfort food. Hello Fall, Hello Winter. I’ve been expecting you and so has Heinz.

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    You might remember this post, when I headed to the Heinz Seriously Good Spoonful event, where they had invited bloggers to come up with their own seriously good meal, using mayo. There was so much tasty food it was unreal. It was heaven for a foodie mayo lover like myself.

    That’s why I am so excited I get to share some of my favorite recipes with you!
    I absolutely fell in love with this spoon, even though I have never been a fan of steak and ale.

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    It might not look like much but its bursting with flavour, with a smooth creamy mash. It’s comfort food from the gods, and I am converted.

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    HEINZ SERIOUSLYGOOD MAYO MASH WITH STEAK AND ALE (The Crafty Larder)

    Makes 2 portions, or many many spoons!

    Prep time: 20m

    Cook time: 1h 0m

    Total time: 1h 20m

     

    Ingredients

    1 onion, diced

    1 carrot, diced

    400g stewing steak, diced

    1 clove garlic, minced

    1 sprig fresh thyme

    250ml ale of your choice

    150ml beef stock

    800g potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks

    2tbsp Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise

    A splash milk (optional)

    1tbsp cornflour

     

    Method

    In a large saucepan, fry the onion, carrot, steak and garlic in oil over a medium heat for a few minutes until browned.

    Add the thyme, ale and beef stock and bring to the boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low for 1 hour.

    Around 20 minutes before the steak is ready, put the potatoes on to boil.

    Once cooked, drain the potatoes and mash. Add the mayo and splash of milk and mix well.

    To finish the steak and ale, mix the cornflour with a little cold water then add to the saucepan. Simmer for a minute or two until thickened and luxurious.

    Serve! Feel free to have some green vegetables on the side.

     

    So if you do anything this week, make a seriously good mayo mash with steak and ale dinner to snuggle up with 🙂

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    Event, Food, London

    [Seriously] Good times

    When I was a little girl I had a huge obsession with mayo. No joke, it went on everything! Along side ketchup but thats a different story… I remember it got so bad at one point my mom would have to hide the mayo in fridge so I couldn’t find it, or I would throw myself over it like a savaged beast and just go crazy. Now that I think of it, my inner fat kid now makes total sense.. although my obsession has digressed over the years, mainly due to the fact that its not acceptable from a diet or adult point of view to put mayo on everything, its still close to my heart.

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    So when Golin invited me to their Heinz Seriously Good Spoonful event, I wasn’t exactly gonna say no. The event was to showcase their new campaign, challenging wannabe foodie influencers and top bloggers to create a seriously good meal with a twist. The meal had to feature Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise as a an ingredient and fit on a single spoon. Just typing that makes my inner mayo heart fluttered with glee at the thought of consuming spoonfuls of delicious food. The event was held at IceTank in London, and judged by food stylist Nico Ghirlando, Heinz spokesperson Andy Bacon, by food critic William Sitwell. The latter giving me a serious case of celeb butterflies being the massive MasterChef fan that I am.

    The event was beautifully decorated with blue light, clever ways of displaying the dishes and voting jars, letting you drop in golden spoons in the ones you found your favourites! I fell in love with a black forrest brownie recipe that Im still dreaming about…

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    I got to taste so must tasty food, leaving with a full belly and a goodie bag filled with mayo and new recipes to try. I cant wait to try the challenge my self! Dont worry, I will of course be sharing it with you guys! 😉

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    Thanks to Golin and Heinz for having me! It was a blast!

    Food, London, Tip

    #AddALittleMagic

    Guys, guess what? IT’S BANKHOLIDAY WEEKEND!
    Hello tan, hello sun, hello booze and most of all, hello all you deliciously sexy BBQ food. Get in my mouth! Seriously in weather like this,what else are long weekends for? As life of unemployment trickles on (do you like how I have basically shoehorned that in, in every blog post for the past 3 weeks? Just incase you had forgotten) I have started to get my days a little mixed up. Every day is a bank holiday to me now and I feel like I can’t really appreciate the gloriousness that is a long weekend. However, I’m not taking this sun for granted so I was super duper happy when Lauren and I had the opportunity to attend a Marinade Masterclass with Golin PR, Heinz, and chef Josh Katz at BERBER & Q Grill House (known for their grilled whole cauliflower head) in East London.

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    Josh Katz (the guy in the yellow hat above) has created some delicious dishes exclusively for Heinz, using Heinz sauces, #addalittlemagic and let me just tell you, my mouth waters just thinking about them. Not only did I get to stuff my face with them, I also got the chance to pick Josh’s brains on his best bbq tips as well as getting a chance to create the meals in a professional kitchen. DREAM COME FREAKIN TRUE for a massive foodie like me. I mean look at these pics, don’t I look like I should be a chef?  YES YES I DO! Also I look totes cute in my Heinz apron.

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    We smoked chicken, we blitzed the broccoli and we chargrilled some spring onions. It was hot, it was intense and it was exciting!

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    #spicerackgoals #spicerackenvy

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    It was a day of discoveries for me like I do not hate salad cream anymore. Which for those of you know me, know this is kinda huge AND get this, I had duck and I liked it. Hell, I LOVED IT. (Wow for a wannabe chef I am surprisingly picky!)

    I also discovered a few new Heinz favorites, like Heinz Peri Peri Sauce, and mustard with honey, AND OMG THE SWEET CHILLI, I just want it in and around my mouth.

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    The food was absoluetly to die for. The chicken wings were finger lickin’ and I am so glad I get to share the recipe with you. So if you do anything this bank holiday weekend it should be making these chicken wings yourself!

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    Heinz Peri Peri & Honey Glazed Smoked Chicken Wings

    For the rub- preferable to rub and marinade the day before

    1tsp Smoked Paprika
    1tsp Cayenne
    ½ tsp Cumin, ground
    1tsp Black Pepper, coarse

    For the marinade


    60ml Heinz Peri-Peri Sauce
    1tbsp Lemon Juice
    10ml Maple Syrup

    For the glaze- combine all together and heat on med/high before using on the wings

    150ml Heinz Peri-Peri Sauce
    90ml Clear Honey
    30ml Lemon Juice
    ½ tsp Black Pepper, coarse

    Method

    Grill the wings skin side up first. You want the grill HOT and you want to make sure you have the glaze ready with brush. You want glaze the wings, flip ’em, glaze ’em again, flip, glaze and then you are done 🙂

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    I left full of inspiration, with a belly full of food and a bag of delicious Heinz Sauces I couldn’t wait to get home and try. Thank you so much to the team at Golin, Berber Q, Josh Katz, and Heinz for such a wonderful  day at the marinade masterclass with Heinz!

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    Food, Green Tea, Tip

    Matcha cupcakes

     

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    HAPPY WEEKEND!

    Ok so before you say anything, yes I can still appreciate the weekends, maybe not the bank holiday weekend but a regular weekend. Hell yes.
    Monday marks my 3rd week of unemployment, which took me by surprise. These weeks have gone so incredibly fast, and I have no shortage of things to fill my time with. Like deciding to make cupcakes. A matcha cupcake, with strawberry frosting. Say WHAAAAT? Hola Cheat day you sexy thing! Also they photograph better than Marilyn Monroe. I mean, check out these puppies! And you know, appreciate my flat lay skills. 

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    They also mark the end of the Matcha week here on the blog, which is a little sad so I might just have to do one again soon. Anway I bet you’re a little jelly right now. I would be too if I were you. But fret not mon petit cheri ! I have the recipe for ya right here! I’m nice like that.

    Also don’t you judge me for my lack of piping skills. That shit is hard man!

    Ingredients Cupcakes

    1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

    1 cup sugar

    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1 tbsn. matcha powder

    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1-inch cubes

    2 large eggs

    1/2 cup Almond Vanilla Milk

    Ingredients Frosting

    2 cup frosting sugar

    Half a tub of Cream Cheese

    1/4 cup chopped strawberries

    Method Cupcakes
    • Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and matcha powder.
    • Add the butter
    • Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla.
    • Add the wet ingredients in 3 parts, beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Divide the batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 17 – 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
    Method Frosting

    Mix together sugar and cream cheese with an electric mixer until it becomes froffy. (Yes I have made up a word)

    Slowly fold in chopped strawberries and lightly mix with mixer to make it all pink.

    Now eat your heart out baby!

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    Food, Tip

    Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

    Remember a few months ago, I was posting recipes for chia seed pudding like every week? No? Shame on you! I do. So you know what I just realized? It’s been AAAGEEES since I posted a Chia Seed pudding! I can’t believe nobody said anything! Anyway, if you thought you were rid of them, think again suckers! Because here comes a Matcha flavored chia seed pudding. Yes, that’s right, this week’s second Matcha recipe is chia seed pudding AND overnight oatmeal. See what I did there? I’m giving you 2 for 1! Man, I’m so nice to you.

    Matcha chiaseed pudding

    Ingredients
    • ½ cups of old fashioned oatmeal (can be gluten-free if needed)
    • 1 cup of  vanilla almond milk
    • 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
    • 2 tablespoon of chia seeds
    • dash of vanilla extract
    • As much coconut as you like!
    Method
    1. Add oats, milk, vanilla, matcha powder and chia seeds together in some Tupperware
    2. Shake well until its all mixed.
    3. Leave in fridge overnight.
    4. Next day layer with some coconut it in a bowl (or just drizzle some over yuuum yuum)

    Perfect for busy mornings, and those of us who are too greedy to wait until we get into the office fro breakfast… although according to the boyf you’re supposed to have breakfast BEFORE work… all lies if you ask me!

    Matcha oats chiaseed overnight pudding

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