France Weekend | Part I

Chateau Soulac

A couple of weeks ago some friends and I booked some very last minute tickets to France for a surprise weekend hen do. Of course I booked my tickets for the wrong dates and almost had to pull out, but I felt devastated at missing out on such an important moment in my best friends life and came to the conclusion that the experience was more important to me than the money. Lesson learned, triple check all details before booking flights and, you know, get your head screwed on straight!

After sending a few messages to throw the future bride off our scent we all travelled to the airport in our not so subtle disguises and managed to all board the flight without being spotted. After a one hour delay we were finally in the air and as soon as the seat belt signs were turned off we went and surprised our unsuspecting friend. It was a really funny and memorable moment which is all safely caught on camera.

It was the most perfect, relaxing weekend and when I got back to London I felt like I'd been away for a whole week. But, I'll go into more details later in the week. For now, I'll leave you with some fun pictures from France!

Airport Disguises
Cat Love
Chateau Grand Renom
Macarons
Aquitaine Barbecue
Cat Love
Aquitaine Barbecue
Aquitaine Barbecue
Pimms O'Clock
Pimms O'Clock
Chateau Grand Renom
Blowing Out Candles
Outdoor Yoga
Aquitaine Market


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Still Feels Like Spring

Elderflowers
Spring Walk
Elderflower
Spring Walk
Red leaves

It's officially Summer here in ol' London however the weather is always a bit slow to catch up with the seasons. It's more like spring still, there are new flowers sprouting everywhere and the place is like a Spring wonderland.

Orlaith is obsessed with picnics so it's always something we do a lot of during the Spring and Summer months. I want to get back to waking up early to go for a run with Orlaith before school. It always gave me the best start to the day and now the weather's nicer there's no excuse!


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RECIPE | Kick Starter Juice

Kick Starter Juice

It's no secret that I'm in love with juicing and having a fresh juice first thing in the morning always gets me energised for the day. I've been juicing daily for the past couple of months and I've felt so many wonderful benefits. I've been making good choices in other areas of my diet which all goes hand in hand but one of the best changes for me is the amount of energy I have these days and living without the constant brain fog I've suffered with for so long.


Ingredients:
(Enough for 2 glasses)

half a lemon
2 carrots
2 oranges, peeled
1 grapefruit, peeled
1 apple, stalk removed
fresh ginger, thumb sized piece
health powder (optional)
water (optional)


Directions:

If you're using a health powder for that extra burst of goodness put a teaspoon or two in your juicing jug and add some water. Give it a good shake or stir until the powder has totally absorbed into the water (I currently use Baobab and Maca powder with citrus juices).

Juice all of your fresh ingredients through the juicer except for the lemon, which should be squeezed separately (you can also squeeze the oranges and grapefruit separately instead of putting them through the juicer if you prefer). Add the squeezed juice to the extracted juice, give everything a good mix with a spoon. Add water to dilute if you wish. Pour into a glass (with or without ice) and enjoy.


Quick Tips:

This is a very citrus rich juice. If your stomach is sensitive to acidic things I would probably dilute the juice even more, omit the lemon and not drink it on an empty stomach.

I am the worst at drinking water throughout the day so I often dilute my juices to get some water into my body. If you're sharing or making juice for kids always dilute with water!

Kick Starter Juice
Kick Starter Juice
Kick Starter Juice
Kick Starter Juice

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London | Tanya's Cafe

Tanya's Cafe

Last weekend I got to try the breakfast menu at Tanya's Cafe in Chelsea. Tanya's Cafe is an organic, raw cafe where I arranged to meet a friend for an early breakfast.  We had the best start to our day sipping cold pressed juices and catching up over a delightful raw breakfast.  This is my second time dining in a raw restaurant, and while the whole of the breakfast menu didn't jump out to me (I have weird food issues), there was definitely something for everyone and I really enjoyed my breakfast choice, Avo Un-Toast. My friend tried Jam Un-Toast and by the end of our meal we were all un-toasted out (in a good way).

The cold pressed juices were divine, in fact I think it's the first time I've had my juice cold pressed and, while I love my home made juices on my centrifugal juicer, the crystal clear juices at Tanya's Cafe are what dreams are made of. I had My Alkaliser for my first juice of the day and then My Doctor for an after meal treat. Both juices were lovely with a fresh ginger tang to them. My friend also had the My Calm shooter which is bursting with goodness and perfect if you don't want to fill up on a whole juice. The juices arrive so beautifully garnished with bright edible flowers.  If you're in the area but don't have time for a meal you can pop in and grab a juice to go.  Whenever I need a pick-me-up nothing does it better than a fresh juice. 

You can find Tanya's Cafe at myhotel Chelsea, 35 Ixworth place, London SW3 3QX and check out their menu online at www.tanyascafe.com.

Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe
Tanya's Cafe

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RECIPE | Eggs And Spinach On Rye

Eggs And Spinach On Rye

This is one of my favourite snacks. There's something about rye bread that is just so good. Orlaith isn't a fan of rye so this is one I get to make and devour all to myself without any chance of it being pinched by little hands (oh the luxury).


Ingredients:
(serves 2)

2 eggs
2 slices rye bread
2 handfuls fresh spinach
butter or spread (optional)


Directions:

Bring a pot of water to the boil and boil your eggs for around 5/6 minutes. While the eggs are cooking steam the spinach on a low heat for 5 minutes or until bright green and limp. In the meantime put the rye bread in the toaster (you may need to turn it over and toast the other side if you've got a small toaster).

Once everything has finished cooking spread the toasted rye bread with butter or spread (optional), put some wilted spinach on top then put an egg on top of each piece of bread. Slice the egg to cover the bread (I do this on top of the bread incase the yolk is still a bit runny).  Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly milled pepper.


Quick Tips:

This recipe is so easy to adjust. My favourite adjustments are adding marmite or mushed up avocado to the rye bread. Also toasted sesame seeds on top of the wilted spinach is lovely. Vegans or anyone with an egg allergy can replace the egg for tofu scramble!

Eggs And Spinach On Rye
Eggs And Spinach On Rye
Eggs And Spinach On Rye
Eggs And Spinach On Rye
This post was written in collaboration with British Lion Eggs.

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