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!
For the base
For the caramel layer
For the chocolate layer
Ps. I’m on snapchat as Smallkellebelle, Instagram: blink_and_youll_miss
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!
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.
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❤
I went into Pret’s Veggie Pop-Up in Soho yesterday….
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:
Have you been yet? Would love to hear your food recommendations!
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.
Et voila ✌🏼️
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.
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 💩
I may have been a magpie in a former life.
I love anything shiny.
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!
I bought this beautiful little book from Kikki.K in Covent Garden today.
“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” ❤️