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    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

    Fitness, Food, Green Tea, Tip

    Kicking off Green Tea with – Homemade Matcha iced latte

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    Alright beauties, its time to kick off Matcha week here on the blog. Why have I decided to base an entire week around green tea? Not only is green tea full of antioxidants and nutrients but it also helps improve brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Its like skinny in a form of a drink! Which is all super duper great, but to me green tea taste like cod liver oil. And nobody in the right mind wants to drink that for pleasure. It took a long long time to get used to drinking it and even now I much prefer lemon or mango green tea over the regular none flavored kind. So I decided to start looking into other ways I can get my green tea on, and in walked Matcha Lattes. I love love love love matcha lattes. It’s like a Chai Latte, but not as intense and green obviously.

    Only problem is, its like 25 degrees out. I don’t want a warm cozy cup of Matcha Latte. I want something cold and fresh. I want something that will cool me down.

    I introduce an Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte, pause for applause.
    Now you can find lots of recipes for this online, this is just my little twist.

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    INGREDIENTS
    • 1 1/2 cup Vanilla almond milk (Diamond Breeze is on offer at Sainos right now for £1 – RUN RUN RUN RUN)
    • 1 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
    • 1 teaspoons honey (increase this if you feel the matcha is too over powering!)
    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend  until the matcha powder is dissolved, or put in a shaker and shake shake shake. Pour over ice.

    Voila! Iced Matcha latte! Yum yum yum! Healthy, and very low in kcal!

    NOTES

    You can even double and triple this recipe and store in the fridge.
    I’d say no more than 3 days…

    Are you a matcha lover? I would love to know your favorite green tea recipe!

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    Food, Giveaway, Lifestyle, London, Shopping, Tip

    Real Greek cookbook Giveaway

    This giveaway is sponsored by Blink Publishing and The Real greek.

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    Guys, I have GREAT news. No, seriously they are really really great! I have totally won the lottery! Jokes, I wish though! No so the news it is actually that the aaaamazing people at Blink Publishing have given me a copy of the Real Greek cookbook, to give to one of you guys! How cool is that?! Oh and just in case you didn’t know this, this is actually my first giveaway so it’s KINDA a big freaking deal to me!

    Before you even stop to think if this is even worth entering I want you to take a moment and look at the pictures in this blog post right here. Now tell me you aren’t drooling. If you do, you are lying.

    I mean look at these deeeeeelish fried aubergines I made from the book. Yum YumIMG_8699 IMG_8726

    And then there was the peach and halloumi Salad.  Say whaaaaaat?
    Let me say that again, PEACH AND HALLOUMI SALAD!!

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    and not to be forgotten, the delish roast pepper and feta dip that was so good it didn’t even make it into the photography stage. Rest in peace you beautiful thing. You tasted like heaven.

    So basically, you want this book. Hell, if you are a foodie, or just a person who you know, eats food, you need this book and its super simple. Since greek food is all about eating together all you gotta do is

    1. Tag two friends you would like to eat a greek meal with on Instagram

      or

    2. Share this post on facebook here

    To double your chances, do both! Voila and you’re entered!

    Giveaway ends Monday 29th 🙂

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    Thanks again to Blink Publishing and The Real Greek for gifting this book and sponsoring this post!

    Food, Giveaway, Green Tea, Hey World!, London, Tip

    Just another manic monday

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    Well not really. It might be Monday but for me, it’s certainly not manic… more like magic. This is kinda what I am loving at the moment, being a week into the life of unemployment. I love being the boss of my own time, my own schedule, my own life. Enjoying the sunshine, making healthy choices and pushing my body at the gym. I just feel so much like me right now, and its been a long time coming. Life is just so exciting right now, and I know this sounds like such a cliche but I just feel so freaking alive. The last week flew by, seriously just flew by. Which took me slightly by surprise, in a good way of course!

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    There is also a lot of things happening on this blog this week which is making me so excited! I am hosting my first giveaway in collaboration with Blink Publishing and The Real Greek (so stay tuned for some awesome freebies!) – and this week it’s also Green Tea week on the blog! Because who doesn’t like feeling like they are super healthy while drinking something that usually taste of cod liver oil? Or is that just me? Anyway, this week I’m testing and sharing with you 3 of my favorite ways of using green tea in cooking. Sound good to you? Sounds great to me! Mostly because I love free stuff… (give me aaaalll the stuff)

    Also how cute is our kitchen?

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    Food, Misc, Tip

    Just peachy

    HURRAY ITS THE WEEKEND! Wait – it is Friday, right? Sorry I’m getting my days a little mixed up. I’m kinda glad its the weekend. Why you ask? Surely every day feels like the weekend to me now? Well, it doesn’t and the weekend gives me a sense of normality oddly enough.

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    So with all of this time on my hands, I have spent a lot of time cooking and finally, I have had the time to open up my Real Greek cookbook and dive into the world of greek cooking. You might remember that I went to a pre-launch lunch with Tonio Buxton back in July. You can read about here, and while you’re at it book a table at the Real Greek. The food is to die for!  First off was this gorgeous Warm Halloumi and Peach Salad. Halloumi, good. Peaches, good. I do apologize for the poor quality pictures. The lighting in our kitchen isn’t great and we were in a hurry to eat while it was still warm.

    Oh my though, this salad is so super tasty I realised that screw it. Screw the fact that pictures aren’t great. I have to share this recipe with you guys! This is perfect as a main, and perfect as a side. We had it as a main 🙂

    Serves 2 as a main or 6 as a meze

    Ingredients

    3 ripe, firm peaches, halved and stoned
    2 tbsp olive oil
    250g Halloumi cheese
    3 red chicory, root intact, quartered (also we used green as we couldn’t get red)
    1 bunch of spring onions trimmed and chopped diagonally into 5cm slices

    For the dressing

    1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    1/2 large bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
    5 tbsp white wine vinegar
    3 tbsp clear Greek honey

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     Method

    • First make the dressing: Place all the ingredients in a large lidded jam jar and shake to mix well
    • Cut the peach halves into 5 wedges. Cut the cheese into 1cm slices. Heat half of the oil in a large frying pan and fry the cheese for 3-4 minutes on each side or until a golden crust forms. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
    • Add the chicory and spring onions to the hot oil, fry for a minute or two to lightly colour and wilt the leaves. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen towel
    • Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the peaches over the high heat for 1 minute just to soften and colour slightly.
    • Now gently combine all the prepared ingredients onto a big plate and fold in the dressing.

    and voila!

    Ps: next week is Matcha Week on the blog and I will be sharing 3 ways to use matcha powder 🙂 Stay tuned!

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    Food

    Better than Tortilla naked burrito

    Back when I worked at AS&K a Tortilla restaurant opened across the road from the office and bam suddenly every Friday became burrito Friday. Not great when you are trying to loose weight and you know, stay on a budget. But resisting the cool guacamole and the spicy Cholula sauce was sometimes too much. So I opted for the naked burrito to cut back on the carbs, and sometimes I would even skip the sour cream and cheese to cut down on the calories. However it did not help on my budget. So I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands. I just need to add that if you haven’t tried Cholula hotsauce before then you are fool and as Mr. T says – I pity the fool.

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    My homemade burrito bowl. Its super easy, and you can customize it to your liking. I make it in bulk so there is enough for at least 6 meals for the boyf and I. Covering dinner and a couple of lunches.

    Method

    I start by marinating a whole chicken with smokey paprika, thyme, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic and chili. I pop it in the slow cooker for 4-6 hours on high.

    Fastforward a few hours, I take the chicken out, remove the skin (that goes in the food waste bin) and start shredding it. Once all the skin and bones are gone and the meat has been shredded I start seasoning it. Here I usually wing it, but in this picture I have used A LOT of cholula (seriously those guys should sponsor me. We go through a bottle in like a week), dried coriander, garlic powder, crushed chilies, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and cumin. I start off small, but I like a lot of flavor so I can’t give you an exact measure other than taste your way to the right flavor combo. (but Cholula is the secret ingredient to make it so super tasty!)

    Once thats done, I throw together a sweet corn salsa using sweet corn, lime, red onion and some fresh coriander. The  brown rice was boiled while the chicken was slow cooking. Cut up some lettuce and throw in some of your favorite beans, grate some cheese and voila! Your very own burrito bowl! You can add some sour cream (or 0% fat greek yoghurt for a healthier option!), some delicious home made guac, chillies, refried beans, pico de gallo, the list is endless 🙂 – Oh and did I mention, top it off with some more Cholula?

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    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have seconds that are waiting.. nom nom nom

    Food, Lifestyle, London, Misc, Shopping, Tip, Travel

    9 Things to do in London this summer

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    Ladies and Gentleman, it is July and when you look out the window you would think its September? What ever happened to summer? I have sandals I want to wear, Pimms I want to drink and tanning I want to do but alas not. When it comes to summer, I have a tenancy to dream of long strolls along the Saines, drinking prosecco by the eiffel tower and people watching at beautiful french bistro while stuffing my face with all the bread. I dont know why though because every time I go to Paris all I do is complain about the urin smell and also because Bergen is without a doubt my favorite place. Not Paris. There is no place like Bergen during the summer. I try to spend most of my summers there but this year London is the place to be. It’s not so bad though London has a certain je ne sais quoi to it when the sun is shining and is always packed with thing to do come rain come shine. So I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things to do in London During the summer

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    Food, Misc, Tip

    The Real Greek Experience

    You just wouldn’t believe the last 7 days I have had! It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, good food and a chest infection.

    Speaking of good food, have you ever been to The Real Greek? They have locations all over London, but for some reason I always end up at the one in Westfields.  Like the time I ended up there a few years ago, when my friend Veronica was visiting, post me just getting mugged on the bus. ON THE BUS! Did you read that? It was so traumatizing, it took months before I took a bus anywhere again. I was also dead broke with not wallet (having just been mugged), and I remember I ordered some meatballs. Which actually was just 4 meatballs on a plate. Thats all I ate and if memory serves me right I think I spunged a glass of wine off of V. (Wow, what a good friend I am! V – if you ever come back to London, vino on me babes!) Having just lost all my personal belongings to a sneaky horrible woman on the bus, I wasn’t in the best of moods and in the right mind frame for the Real Greek experience.

    So fast forward to Friday 1st of July ( we are back in 2016 now) I had this amazing opportunity to meet the head chef of The Real Greek AND author of the new The Real Greek Cook Book, Tonia Buxton. (Quick fact for my Norwegian readers, this woman is Fedon Lindbergs new business partner!)  What a babe! She is face of Greek food in the UK and presenter of the award winning ‘My Greek Kitchen’ TV series. Hello total girl crush! It’s incredibly empowering meeting women who are so passionate about healthy eating. Myself and a group of lovely other bloggers had the chance to taste some of the incredible food Tonia has developed for The Real Greek. Everything from cold and hot Meze to mouth watering greek salads. The food was to die for. I left wanting more, and ask everybody I have spoken to last weekend, it’s actually all I have been talking about. Some of my favorites included a Roasted pepper and cheese dip, finished with a touch of chilli called HTIPITI, mouthwatering grilled octopus (which FYI I am still dreaming about!) and TIROPITAKIA which is a filo pastry parcel filled with creamy leek, spinach and feta. If you are a calorie counter, or just trying to watch that waistline, don’t panic, they have stated the calories on the menu next to each dish. Which is golden if you’re like me trying to get beach body ready. (Yes I laughed when I read that too)  You’d be surprised though, how healthy greek food actually is! We ended the feast with some delicious desserts, one of them being GREEK YOGHURT WITH WALNUTS IN SYRUP. My mouth started to water just typing that. Forget everything you think you know about walnuts and open your mind to tastebud heaven.

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    This dip? Get in my mouth!

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    Walnut heaven!!

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    Now if you don’t live anywhere close to a Real Greek restaurant, don’t fret mon petit cheri, The Real Greek Cook book is coming out on July 14th which means you can make these beautiful dishes at home! OPAH! You can pre-order yours from here. Whatcha waiting for? You know you want to! 🙂

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    Fitness, Food, Tip

    Mango Salsa

    Anybody how knows me, knows I have a huge obsession with Mexican food. Its my absolute favourite! (ok I lie, I dont discriminate against food. I love all food) – I think I have even mentioned it at least 5 times on the blog already, how much I actually love mexican food. Therefor it is my absolute pleasure, ladies an gentleman to introduce you to a very dear friend of mine. Mango Salsa. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to embrace the fruit in salad sensation but now – I love it. (That doesn’t mean Im gonna be jumping on the monstrosity that is pineapple pizza though. Ew and no.) It’s really perfect for warmer days, when you just want something light and fresh to eat.

    There are lots of different variations of mango salsa, but this is my favourite. This made enough for two big portions, and works beautifully with some grilled salmon.

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    Ingredients

    • 1 ripe mango, diced (you can speed ripe them over night in a bowl of uncooked rice)
    • 2 small tomotaos, chopped
    • 1 small chopped red onion
    • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
    • A splash of lemon or lime juice, to taste
    • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
    • Splash of olive oil

    Method

    Mix it all together, and try not to eat it right from the bowl! 😉

    Food, Tip

    Halloumi Wrap, get in my mouth

    I wasn’t planning on doing another food post, but then I came across the wrap of all wraps and I just had to share it with you guys! It’s damn right almost sexual. There is so many textures and flavors going on, it’s like a party for your mouth! I posted a picture of it on my Instagram and it kinda blew up! So I thought it was only fair that I share it with you. Man I am just too nice!

    You can of course customize it but I highly recommend sticking to these ingredients because they work beautifully together. You can also swap the wheat wrap for a lettuce wrap for extra healthiness.

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    Ingredients

    3-4 slices Cyprus Halloumi cheese (make sure you get the goat/sheep milk kind, its the healthiest)
    1 Tortilla wrap (I used reduced fat wrap)
    1/4 Chopped red onion
    1/2 cup Rocket
    1 tablespoon chopped sun dried tomatoes
    2 teaspoons Hummus ( I used reduced fat hummus)

    Method

    Its very simple, get yourself a non-stick frying pan, fry up your halloumi.
    Smear the hummus on the tortilla, add your rocket, sun dried tomatoes and the red onion. Topp off with the finished halloumi, wrap it up and tuck in. Yummy!

     

    Let me know how yours turned out 🙂

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