Monday, 29 July 2013

Chicken Harira with Spinach and Lemon

This recipe is inspired (heavily pillored but changed from) a recipe from the Waitrose Magazine. I have made it several times now, each slightly differently however I feel this is it's most successful incarnation.

A chicken harira is a middle-eastern style stew but which in some ways reminded me of a risotto. It was filling, nutritious and less than 500 calories for dinner! A real winner!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Something for the Weekend - inspire a generation.

This weekend marks one year since the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. An event which changed the atmosphere in London and which has changed the attitudes of many.

There were numerous things I adored about the Olympics. As I walked around London I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride in every step I took. Games makers everywhere we went were smiling and happy to help. People were flocking to London to see people participate in sometimes little known sports but be instantly hooked. Children were creating new heroes. Olympians dominated the New Years Honours list.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Something for the Weekend - keeping the Wimbledon spirit alive

The Wimbledon fortnight perfectly epitomises all that is fabulous about being British; hoping for success in a sport we invented but being beaten by the rest of the world, the tournament being interrupted by heavy rain, strawberries and cream and pimms. In fact I will be honest, over the last few years it has become my favourite sporting event of the year.  And this year if of course did not disappoint; not only was the mens final won for the first time in 77 years by a Brit (please note, commentators, there have been a number of British female singles champions over the years) but... rain only interrupted play on one day.  What a miracle.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

#Challenge2013 - June, a Moroccan adventure

I have been rather fortunate in my the travelling I have done this year and June merely added to it.  My foodie highlights from the West Country can be found in 'Something for the Weekend' posts from 14th June (Sherborne) and 21st June (Beer to Buscombe).  However, I wanted to reserve this post for one of the most fabulous mini-breaks I am ever likely to go on; my trip to Marrakech.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Granola to go

I am a HUGE fan of starting the day with a hearty bowl of porridge.  It has been one of the keys to losing weight over the last few years and the combinations you can have mean that this delicious and nutritious breakfast never gets dull.  However, with the current mini heat wave I was looking for something lighter (and colder) to