Reality Without You…

I should have seen it from the start,
A fake love disguised as what I wanted in my heart
It was convincing enough, it was so easy to trust
Oh, I just couldn’t resist, it was the look in your eyes and the grace of your lips
You looked so different in the light that I’d been shining on you

You gave me heaven then you took it away
You let me in but you said I couldn’t stay
Now my feet are back on the ground
And I’m stuck in a reality without you

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Healthy Living with Rizopia

The lovely people at Rizopia sent me some of their products to review a little while ago and this week I finally managed to get some time in the kitchen to create my healthy masterpieces. Their range includes only 100% Natural Organic brown rice pasta.

I started with a vegetable lasagne and used their Gluten-Free brown rice lasagne sheets. I added so many vegetables it was ridiculous! There were mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, courgettes, peppers, with garlic, onion and paprika to add some depth of flavour. I also put a fine layer of cheddar cheese in between each layer of lasagne just to hold it all together.

The healthiest lasagne I’ve ever made and it was gorgeous! The pasta tastes even better than the regular stuff I buy from Tesco and knowing that the whole dish was probably half the calories of a normal one made it that much cheekier! The texture was soft but still a bit firm, like a really good kind of chewy and the nutty aftertaste sold it to me.

Lasagne

The second dish I made was using their brown rice Fusilli twists. I cooked the pasta as normal, drained off the water but kept a little bit to add back into the pan with the drained pasta. I then added my box of passata until it was stirred through and then added a handful of frozen garden peas just at the end so they were still a tiny bit crunchy when I bit into them! I topped the dish off with just a sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese.

tomato pasta

This is an amazing dish to make if you want to plan ahead as you can make a big batch and freeze it for later, although this is what I have when I’m in need of comfort food and isn’t going to help your route to healthy eating if you have it every night.

Rizopia pasta is so good that it has been NHS approved and is available on prescription for those who suffer from Coeliac disease

For more information visit http://www.rizopia.co.uk

Summer Tapas at Cosy Club

Anyone who knows me well, knows there is only one place in Cardiff I continually return to time and time again and that’s the hidden gem that is Cosy Club.

A discreet hideaway, it’s perfectly positioned in a central location with a great view across the main shopping street in the city.

Cosy Club is like a grown-ups’ social playground…Whether you’re grabbing brunch with a friend, booking one of their wine tasting sessions or curling up on the sofas for an intimate date it’s the perfect setting.

I recently went there for dinner with my friend Jack and we might have spoilt ourselves just a little bit.

We opted for a starter each… I had the mushroom bruschetta & Jack went for the Goats cheese pearls with sun-blushed tomatoes and black olive tapenade… These were just so scrummy!

Cosy Starter

We decided that we simply couldn’t choose which tapas dishes to go for…so we went for all of them! The only 2 we didn’t try were the ham hock and the herring as they had run out.

Mini Cumberland sausages with a sticky, wholegrain mustard & cider sauce– 10/10 WE LOVED! If I had my own Last Supper, this is what I would serve.

Crispy potatoes with pesto mayonnaise-9/10 Lush flavours, crunchy texture, creamy mayo!

Honey glazed shredded 5- spice pork– 9/10 A party in your mouth with each soft, gooey piece

Watermelon & crumbled feta with black olives, mint & extra virgin olive oil– 9/10 The naughtiest salad you’ll ever have… Going to make this at home!

Chorizo braised in cider– 8/10 Mouth watering texture, scrummy sauce, could’ve eaten a whole bowl of this

Mushroom rarebit made with their guest ale and mature cheddar– 8/10 Just like mumma makes it!

Home cured raspberry salmon with a raspberry vinegarette– 6/10 Lush salmon, bit too much fruit…

Grilled courgettes, red peppers & roasted vine tomatoes with a walnut & parsley pistou– 6/10 Superb flavours but this dish deserves to be served warm!

Mini fish fingers with tartare suace– 8/10 Always a winner for me… Gotta love anything mini

Houmous topped with spiced sultanas and chickpeas– 10/10 Made us feel very festive, I want to smother this on top of everything I eat at home.

Sweet potato and basil falafels with cumin & coriander yoghurt– 6/10 We are not falafel people, but we tried them and loved the aromas that came from within.

Pulled chicken poached in buttermilk and ginger with fennel & apple coleslaw– 7/10 Bit too much slaw, not enough chicken but blimey the chicken was good!

Cosy Tapas1

Okay…we were so full by this point we contemplated stopping but then we remembered… there’s always room for dessert…hehe!

I went for the Peach Melba Cheesecake which arrived in the cutest jar and tasted phenomenal… nom nom nom!!

Cosy Dessert

Jack chose the Rhubarb, stem ginger and custard fool… It looked outstanding and the heavenly noises Jack made whilst eating it only made it seem even better.

After feeling suitably stuffed we made our way home, but not before saying goodbye to the evening’s host Nathan who always gives you a warm welcome and makes sure you’ve had a great time.

The whole team at Cosy Club always make you feel like one in a million and it’s for this reason that I will continue to keep going back!

If you’re looking for a great deal then head to Cosy Club on Tapas Tuesday and you can get 3 tapas dishes and a glass of wine for £11.50!!!!

http://www.thecosyclub.co.uk/cardiff

 

   

Guilt Free Goodies

The lovely Natasha from Guilt Free Goodies sent me a beautiful package the other day!

There was a beautiful preserve jar filled with granola which consisted of nuts, seeds, coconut, coconut oil, honey & vanilla bean. There was also a packet of 6 Energy Balls which are made up of a mixture of nuts, coconut, vanilla and coconut oil.

Energy Balls

Natasha started eating Paleo a few years ago after trying Crossfit for the first time. The principles of the diet are eating as naturally as possible- no processed foods, no wheat, dairy, gluten or processed sugars.  After battling with food demons for years this lifestyle changed her life and helped her gain a healthier relationship with food and her body.

Her baking journey began when she took to the kitchen to recreate her favourite childhood recipe of banana bread in line with a paleo diet. Most of the goodies she sells, she has been making for herself for years and have helped her curb cravings and lose weight when eaten in moderation.

‘Guilt Free Goodies’  came from Natasha’s own guilt experienced when she ate something labelled as ‘bad foods’ throughout her years of trying to gain a healthy relationship with food.

We all know that guilty feeling when we eat something naughty. Guilt Free Goodies aims to produce homemade, all natural healthy goodies. Get all of the taste of something naughty, but none of the guilt! Dairy free. Wheat free. Gluten free. Preservative free. Refined sugar free.

From gorgeous granolas, creamy nut butters and delicious cakes, they aim to provide a selection of products that proves ‘healthy’ doesn’t have to mean taste free.

Perfect whether you are gym fanatics, paleo, have special dietary needs or just purely health conscious. Satisfy your cravings without ruining your hard work. Strictly natural sweetness means products are suitable for diabetics too.

The energy balls tasted like little balls of heaven… all coconutty it reminded me of being on holiday and were really filling.

With the granola I didn’t want to waste the beautiful jar so poured in Organic Vanilla bean yoghurt and topped with blueberries and orange blossom honey.

Granola

Visit Guilt Free Goodies Facebook page on: https://www.facebook.com/GuiltFreeGoodiesAndGifts

or email directly at: sales@guiltfreegoodies.co.uk

Eating Clean: The Beginning

As is the same every year, July held host to a wealth of Christmas Press events which officially put me in a festive mood. It made me think about how full my fridge and cupboards would be filled with fudge, cheese, cured meats, artisan bread and lots of cookies. Add mince pies to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster when it comes to healthy eating.

So, how am I going to stop myself from completely de-railing as we head into the Autumn season?

 It’s tempting to say, “What the hell. I already blew it with that Hoagie from New York Deli, so why not continue inhaling everything with butter and sugar that’s in sight?” Tempting, yes.

But is it necessary to be an all-or-nothing kind of gal? Of course not. I have a plan!

It involves starting the day with a healthy breakfast and  focusing on eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins the rest of the day. This will help me to balance those decadent dinner parties and piles of seasonal treats.

Here’s a snapshot of my first week of clean eating!

Stay tuned and follow me on my healthy living journey…

Courgette & Garden Pea Omelette with Avocado Greens Salad

Courgette & Garden Pea Omelette with Avocado Greens Salad

Sweet Potato

Baked Sweet Potato with Smashed Avocado & Beetroot

Tuna

Smoked Garlic Green Salad with Flaked Tuna

Yoghurt Peach

Organic Vanilla Yoghurt with Peaches & Orange Blossom Honey

Kind Of, Sort Of Dating, Maybe?

Thought Catalog

Are we supposed to be dating? Or are we more like good friends? Special buddies? No, not specialbuddies, that just sounds awkward. Hmm, maybe this is just about hooking up mostly. So like, are we one of those whatever with benefits type deals?

If you have to ask yourself those types of question, you’re probably treading in dangerous waters. When it comes to relationships or dating arrangements, details should typically be pretty clear-cut if those involved have unswerving sentiments. These things can’t end well with hesitance or indecision. And I know, some people say that they are just fine with strictly physical connections, but far too often those result in the development of feelings and one or both sides getting a shank to the heart.

Does anything break more young hearts in this day and age than the unclear, we-like-each-other-but-not-enough-to-put-it-on-Facebook, vague connections? So many people are involved in…

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