Month: June 2017

The Good Old Roast Chicken.

Who Doesn’t love a roast? And unless your a vegetarian or vegan, then roast chicken, would have to be a firm favourite in most family homes, right?  Today, I am going to share with you;  *my favourite flavourings/rubs, to enhance your roast *how to roast simply with minimal fuss *then over the next week, share with you tips on how to make a roast chicken, last at least another one or two meals. A traditional roast chicken, with its tender meat and crispy skin is a wonderfully economical meal, that can easily be turned into even better money and time savings, when you can reinvent the leftover, into another tasty meal on another night, and/or used for lunches. But today is all about the flavours! I like to keep my chook, fairly simple and don’t use stuffing. I opt to enhance the flavours from the outside, on the skin. I do this because as I mentioned above, I always reinvent the leftovers to really stretch out the cook, and I don’t want too many flavours …

Letting go of the guilt!

The last few days I have been feeling quite unwell. Nothing too major, just the winter lurgy and a little sinus infection.  It’s been a busy year so far, juggling 2 business’s, family and domestic life and a small, but worth it social life! Although I am very good now at setting boundaries, acknowledging my limitations and prioritising me and my body…. well lets just say, I’ve let the ball drop a little over the last few weeks. I have been still eating ‘quite’ well ( ok, a  few take away meals may have snuck in?).  A few extra glasses of vino have definitely been sneaking in ( I have a liver condition and alcohol does not agree with me!) but the one thing I have noticed mostly, is I have dropped my morning routine. Now my morning routine is about ‘me time’, I rehydrate, do some exercise ( mainly yoga, but also a session or two of HHIT on occasion) and meditation. This sets up my day for great energy, clarity and focus. But …

Lemony Tuna and Cannellini Dip

I recently had some girlfriends over for a little get together of ‘shits and giggles’! Don’t you just love it when you have an impromptu gathering of a few girlfriends, where you have a few nibbles to snack on, a bottle of bubbles and lots of chatter and laughs? Well, as I said, it was impromptu and I had a short time frame to whip something on a platter for us to nibble on. I had some leftover sushi from lunch, chopped up some veggie sticks, some rice crackers and always a jar of olives in the fridge. I quickly looked in the cupboard, saw a time of tuna, a tin of cannellini beans and thought “I know, some lemony tuna and cannellini dip!”. This dip takes moments to whip up and uses ingredients you usually have in your pantry/fridge. Not only is it great for a dip to serve on a platter but you can also serve it as a sandwich/wrap filling on the side of a salad for a quick lunch to take …

Oven Baked Trout with Lemon Mustard Sauce

  I’m a big fan of fish, but the other members of my family, well, not so much. But this dish was enjoyed by most members of house! I particularly love Trout, as it has a delicate flavours, creamy texture and a rather neutral taste. With light meats the taste is often highly influenced by how it is prepared, so served with a very simple lemon and Dijon mustard sauce and  slices of  herby sweet potatoes and potatoes, you can’t go wrong, This recipe is so simple and quick, it doesn’t even have a fancy name. I just call it oven baked Trout. This is such an easy weeknight seafood dinner. It’s a really nice way to cook fish, especially if you’re new at cooking fish or not a huge fish fan. Oven Baked Trout with Lemon Mustard Sauce Print Recipe This fish dish, is super easy and quick. Served in one pan with sliced of herbed potatoes and steamed greens,( or a green salad!) you can’t go wrong. Trout, has a delicate flavours, creamy …

5 tips for work life balance!

  Does your life sometimes feel like your juggling so many balls in the air? You feel anxious that at any minute, you just might drop one ball and then they’ll all come tumbling down? Juggling family, work, schools, kids activities and if there is any time left, maybe a social engagement, too! The first thing you need to do to is to just; STOP! Take a deep breath Then, let go of this constant pressure we and society are putting on ourselves. Ok, feel better?…..maybe or maybe not? Ok, I’m not saying taking a deep breath is going to change your world here, but taking the pressure of yourself should. Easier said than done, right? What I can do, today is share with you my 5 top tips on what helps me, juggle my family life and my 2 business’s amidst all the other commitments and responsibilities I have. Menu plan- Yes, you may do this and there is a simple strategy I apply here. The benefits of meal planning is life saving in a …

Self care…selfish act or self love?

I’ve just finished reading a lovely little book, written by the insightful and very public persona, Oprah. You know your famous when you are recognised by your first name, right? The book is called ‘What I Know For Sure’. A opening paragraph on one of the chapters states- “When was the last time you laughed with a friend till your sides hurt or dropped the kids off with family or a sitter and went away for the entire weekend? More to the point, if your life ended tomorrow, what would you regret not doing? If this were the last day of your life, would you spend it the way you’re spending it today?” I gets you thinking right? One thing that I know for sure, not only in my coaching practice, but in all my years of hairdressing and the trillions ( yes, trillions!) of conversations with girlfriends, is that as women, we put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. We provide, prioritise and tirelessly strive to make everyone in our lives happy, but …