blink and you'll miss

lifestyle & culture

Pom poms

These are shoes I would have LOVED as a five year old.


…. And I love them even more at 28!


Shoes: River Island

Kellebelle

x

Vegan chocolate & salted caramel tart

This is amazing. Go make it now!


This recipe is from The Happy Pear (book 2) and is delicious. I mean, I’m actually having it for breakfast right now as I write this. Getting bikini ready for my trip to Barcelona this weekend of course…


I made it while home in Ireland so eating as much of it as I can before I fly back to London. Nom!

It is really easy to make and I can’t believe the caramel is made from dates and almond butter! 


Ingredients 

For the base

  • 150g walnuts
  • 150g almonds 
  • 100g pitted dates
  • 1.5 tablespoons vanilla extract (I used 1 teaspoon vanilla powder)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)

For the caramel layer

  • 300g pitted dates
  • 150g almond butter/cashew butter/peanut butter (I chose almond as it is more subtle and less overpowering than peanut)
  • 10-12 tablespoons water
  • 10 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • A large pinch of salt

For the chocolate layer

  • 300g good quality dark chocolate (more than 50% solids)

Method

  1. Line the base of a 24cm round non-stick cake tin with baking parchment.
  2. To make the base, blend the nuts to a flour like consistency. Add the dates, vanilla and coconut oil and blend until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Press it firmly into the of the cake tin.
  3. Put all the ingredients for the caramel layer into the same food processor and blend until super smooth. This may take 5-10 mins.
  4. Spread an even layer of caramel over the base in the tin.
  5. Gently melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and pour over the caramel layer.
  6. Put into the fridge and leave to set until the chocolate is solid (at least 4 hours). Use a hot knife to cut this tart as it helps to prevent the chocolate from cracking.


Et voila!

Kellebelle

x

Ps. I’m on snapchat as Smallkellebelle, Instagram: blink_and_youll_miss 

Wild Food Cafe


Delicious ‘White Zen’ smoothie (contains Irish moss!) from the Wild Food Cafe in Covent Garden.

I went there yesterday and it is an amazing vegan/vegetarian spot 💚🌱

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, it was a lovely little escape. We sat by the large open windows overlooking a little courtyard and it almost felt like we were in Spain or Italy! 


I need to go back there soon for food as their menu looked amazing! Here’s some drink selections:


Love finding new veggie places and the staff were really lovely at the Wild Earth Cafe. Highly recommend !
Kellebelle 

x

BuddyBox: Blurt Foundation 

Ever since I was a child, I have always loved a ‘lucky dip’. Post-party goody bags were the holy grail of childhood parties and I remember comparing the contents and swapping Spice Girl stickers while devouring popping candy. Those were the days!

Nowadays, subscription boxes filled with goodies from the likes of Glossybox, Graze (do snacks count as treats?) and Pink Parcel are hugely popular. There’s often a choice to purchase a one-off box for yourself, or loved one, if you don’t want to commit to a monthly service.

But what if you fancy some positivity or a pick me up? Or just want something a bit different to the norm? 

The Blurt Foundation has devised the BuddyBox which is packed full of positive and comforting items. Blurt’s aim is to help those affected by depression and increase awareness and understanding about the coundition. 


They describe their BuddyBox as a “hug in a box”. The BuddyBox is a subscription box with substance, designed to counter the pressures we face in modern life.  When you consider the amount of people suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, the BuddyBox and Blurt are hugely important and beneficial. It is rare to speak to anyone who has not been affected in some way and creating a culture of openness is essential. I constantly see articles discussing the rise in numbers suffering from mental health issues and how this generation, in particular, are suffering terribly with anxiety/stress disorders and feeling the pressures of modern society. 


Packed full of thoughtful, mood-lifting treats, the BuddyBox aims to comfort, delight and give you that warm, ‘I’ve been cared for’ feeling inside.
Each BuddyBox contains at least 5 full-size quality products hand-picked to nourish, inspire and encourage self-care.

All the items included in the box are intended to make you feel good: helping you de-stress, find calm, feel pampered, relax, get creative, or simply have fun.

What a wonderful idea!


I decided to get a one-off box (£21.50)… And look at how fabulous it is! It is packaged so wonderfully and I was really excited to unveil its contents. A really lovely thing to open at the end of a long day at work.




Although Blurt is an organisation that focuses on helping people with depression, the BuddyBox was created for ANYONE who could benefit from a boost, or a pick-me up, or a big dollop of self-care.

I genuinely love the BuddyBox idea, and think it’s a great gift idea for anyone needing a little lift and to know that someone cares❤

Kellebelle

x

Veggie Pret

I went into Pret’s Veggie Pop-Up in Soho yesterday….


… And loved it. No surprises there! 💚🌱

Pret has always had a great selection of vegan and vegetarian food and their pop-up doesn’t disappoint. They have showcased some exciting new recipes (such as the vegan chakalaka wrap) and old favourites (posh cheddar).

They’re also bringing some of these new recipes to Prets around the country. I have a confession to make… I had that chakalaka wrap 5 times last week (what is wrong with me?!)…


I went slightly overboard at Veggie Pret (surprise, surprise!) and bought quite a few (seveal!) vegan snacks while there. 

What I loved:

  • Asian tofu salad
  • Artichoke & tapenade baguette 
  • Dairy free coconut bites
  • Orange and cacoa pots



There was a notice board for customers to review and rate their favourite food. 


Veggie Pret runs for all of June. 

Have you been yet? Would love to hear your food recommendations!

Kellebelle

x

Vegetarian breakfast muffins 

I sometimes struggle with variety at breakfast during the week. Weekends are fine and dandy with plenty of time to prepare lovely food (namely pancakes!) but the Monday to Friday options for me are super repetitive. Totally my own fault as I am rubbish at preparing my own breakfast before work.

I often go to the gym first thing so either have quinoa porridge (from EAT which is delicious) or sourdough toast when I get to the office. The problem I have is that I often overdo the porridge and have it every single day so that by the end of the week I just opt to have a hot drink for breakfast. Not ideal!

This weekend I decided to try out making some breakfast muffins. They are basically mini omelettes! Very easy to make and you can have them hot or cold. My recipe  below makes 6.


Ingredient:

  • 5 eggs 
  • 4 spring onions finely sliced
  • 2 mini bell peppers
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes chopped into quarters
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp curry powder (this makes them taste ah-may-zing)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees 
  2. Line a muffin tray or use cupcake paper cases (I used 2 cupcake cases for each muffin so they were sturdy which is recommend doing).
  3. Chopped the veg up. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them with a fork.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the cupcake paper cases.
  5. Cook for 18-30 minutes until the tops are golden.

Et voila ✌🏼️


Follow me on snapchat for more: smallkellebelle 👻

Kellebelle

x

Healthy ‘nutella’ drink


I love Nutella and hot chocolate… So have found the  perfect combination for a lovely hot drink!

Ingredients

  • I mug of hazelnut milk (warmed up), mixed with 1 tbsp of cacao powder.

This drink is so nice and comforting. It’s dairy free and sugar free plus cacoa is full of antioxidants! If you need it sweeter you can always add some agave syrup or maple syrup.

Next thing on my list: I need to make some homemade hazelnut milk! It is definitely my favourite nut milk right now. 

Kellebelle

x

Weekend reading in the sun (now in the rain…)


I am currently ready ‘Gut’, the inside story into the body’s most under-rated organ. A fascinating book written by Giulia Enders and illustrated by her sister. 

Giulia has a very accessible and humouress writing style (yes the gut can be funny!) that makes this book book both enjoyable and insightful. Some reviews have said the style is too childish but I would rather this than being overloaded with boring jargon. I’m a massive nerd for fact-based science/biology books but find many (most!) are written with no personality and can sometimes be taxing to read (requiring me to be in a ‘switched on’ mood which can be hard after looking at a screen all day!). 

However, this book is easy to pick up and read whenever. I’m really interested in the gut in general (fabulous sentence!) and how a gut imbalance can be linked to anxiety, depression etc.

A clinical trial at Oxford University, the results of which were published in January, suggested that “prebiotics”, which promote the existence of certain kinds of bacteria in the gut, may work as nutritional therapies for stress, anxiety and depression. “We don’t have all the evidence figured out, but there are some great scientists who are doing tremendous work on this and really pushing the hypothesis forward,” Enders says.

Not just a book about 💩

Kellebelle

x

Rose gold 

I may have been a magpie in a former life.

I love anything shiny.


I recently bought these rose gold trainers from Puma on Asos. 

I won’t be wearing these to the gym, mainly because they are so damn pretty. But also because they really don’t feel like workout trainers when I wear them. 

I got them in a size 3, and as I have tiny feet I have to wear insoles. Perhaps I should have searched for size twos but I’m impatient and liked these!

Kellebelle

x

100 random acts of kindness


I bought this beautiful little book from Kikki.K in Covent Garden today.


What a lovely idea! (Plus beautiful illustrations)

“Brighten someone’s day by choosing to be kind and sharing the love with 100 acts of kindness. Embrace life’s magical moments and enjoy feeling wonderful by helping others feel wonderful too” ❤️ 
Kellebelle 

x

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 144 other followers