Healthy* Festive Food Delights 2

Happy first day of Advent!
Ok, so you skimmed over my last post and want to go all out cholesterol-conscious this year instead. I get it, the health and fitness industry is booming, and we’re reminded everyday how sugar, meat, dairy, gluten are gradually ruining our bodies and the environment. To keep trim and ever so slightly smug over the Christmas period then, feel free to indulge in these healthy recipes that don’t scrimp on flavour and flamboyance:

Christmas Mains + Starters:

Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing – KitchenTreaty.Com

Vegan/Vegetarian Dinner Alternatives:

Root + Nut Traybake – Realfood.Tesco.com
Mushroom, Chestnut and Cranberry Tart – JamieOliver.com

Christmas Pudding:

  • GF, Vegetarian Christmas Pudding The perfect way to still enjoy the traditional Christmas tradition, catered to your dietary needs!
  • Lighter Christmas Pudding Not vegan, but a healthier alternative that doesn’t compromise on flavour or spectacle.
  • GF Apple Christmas Cake A lighter offering than the aforementioned Christmas puds, this should go down a dream.
  • Winter Pudding Bombe This is pictured below. Just look at it! The heavy stodge of its traditional sibling has been replaced by ice-cream, and that sounds just fine to me.
Winter Pudding Bombe – JamieOliver.com

[Vegan/Vegetarian/GF] Pudding Alternatives:

Chocolate Chip Cookie-Dough Blizzard – OhSheGlows.com

Will you be going for the healthier alternatives this year? Maybe it’ll mean you can devour a whole selection box for breakfast guilt free.. Or maybe not.

TTFN, P x
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Festive Food Delights 1

I haven’t forgotten about you oh little blog! The pace and pressure of fourth year is well and truly under way, but I’ll always have time to squeeze in a post. 
If mentioning the C-word [Christmas] was frowned upon in previous weeks, I feel I can freely shout it from the rooftops now, as advent begins next Tuesday! My Christmas playlist is currently playing, I’ve just had a nosy at Paperchase’s divine decorations collection, and the temperature outside is plummeting, pronto.

All in all then, I feel my first festive themed post is due; a neat round-up of the recipes I’m wishing I was making, and dreaming I was eating. This week’s recipes have gone all out, rum-lit blazing, and are stupendously gluttonous. Put away the spiraliser til at least January 2nd, pop the chia seeds in the pantry, and treat yourself to some of these delights I’ve handily collated for you:

Breakfast


Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls – Bakingdom.com

Christmas Dinner

Stuffing

Christmas Pudding

  • Classic Christmas Pudding Only in the last two or three years have I truly enjoyed Christmas pudding. If you use a great recipe and good quality fruits, the dry mouth and overwhelming richness will be a thing of the past.
  • Celebrity Chefs’ Recipes Check out Eliza Acton’s and Nigel Slater’s for the 5/5 rated recipes.
pssst. Next week’s post includes healthier + vegetarian alternative pudding recipes

Classic Christmas Pudding – BBCGoodFood.com

Alternative Desserts


Mincemeat 


Soups

Leftovers


..And if in doubt, shovel everything into a large bap and have pop the dishes in the sink for soaking.

Roast Chicken With Maple Syrup, Figs and Farro – Telegraph.co.uk

Round-Up Lists:

Keep your eyes peeled for posts on healthy alternatives and beverages guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart..

TTFN, P x

A Week In Photos ~ Easter

So I came home from uni last Wednesday night, and I go back to uni tomorrow morning. Since then I’ve put on a nice extra layer of body “wadding” from eating triple the daily amount I usually do, made some lovely memories with family and friends, and soaked up some glorious, completely unexpected sunshine. 
I take several photographs of things each day. I don’t even really bother to get the composition right, I miss out the corners of objects,they’re often blurry and certainly not taken at the most aesthetically pleasing angles. But I am totally fine with that, because I’m desperate to live in, and enjoy the moment, so I’ll whack out my phone, snap once or twice a shot of my meal, or the view from the top of the hill we just walked up, and then I’ll put it down, and devour the food, and take in my surroundings. Appreciating, but on a kind of fast motion scale.
I take the photographs because I want to go back and savour the moment, now a memory, the next week, the next year, the next day, and remember how delicious that strange food concoction was, a visual recipe for me to go back and recreate again someday.
Here are (some) of the pictures I’ve taken, each with an anecdote about why what was captured was special to me:

Waking up to somewhat greener surroundings on my first morning back.
Mum and I headed out for a gorrrgeous walk later that morning, exploring a hidden away hamlet and house-nosying. The blue sky gave me happiness like no other.
Left-Right: Finally got my mitts thanks to mum on Essence’s hazy, tropical ombré blush. Cheap as chips and a work of art. 
Sunbathing in my room a little later in the week when the sun properly came out to play. I opened my huge window wide and tried to sunbathe. 
Because a hot chocolate with marshmallows should not be confined to the seasonal restraints society has placed on it. 
A snap of another walk with ma and pa. Daffodils everywherrre. So lovely.
HAPPY EASTER! 
The photo below the egg and coffee was captured at my friend Emma’s house where we, and our other pal Amy ate enough crisps and chocolate to stock our bellies up for a year. Along with wine and other bevvies, it’s safe to say I made up for the sugar I cut  out  of my diet when I’m back at uni.
Taken on daffodils-walk. The first day it became properly take-your-outer-layer-off warm. This lil hang-glider was having a whale of a time.
Ahh, finally some proper food shots I hear you say! 
Top left-right: Steak & red wine pie, mash, veg. 
Last lunch of the holiday! Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives, grapes, apples, strawb yoghurt and probably a few other bits and bobs nestled in there. 
This lamb wholemeal wrap fandango was incredible! Lamb, lettuce, sweetcorn, tomato, cucumber, peas, sweetcorn, mint sauce, sweet-chilli sauce, and something else I can’t remember.. The rice was amazing, cooked and mixed with gravy – I KNOW, what an invention.
Easter Sunday’s lunch bowl of banana, strawb yoghurt and broken up easter egg. 
The final walk of the holiday with mum. She’d been up here recently, but I hadn’t ever walked around where we did. Over the holiday I developed the worst cold imaginable, (thank you family 😉 ), but getting out in the fresh air does you the world of good! A lovely afternoon spotting lambs, rabbits and pheasants. And more house-nosying.

A lil montage of revision shots. Left to right: A slice of my brother’s leftover pizza after breakfast/before lunch. I honestly eat everything and anything, espesh when it’s free, and something that I never eat in my usual uni diet (cheese, white carbohydrates.)

Left – right: FINALLY met the latest addition to our family; a 1927 Singer sewing machine. Dad got it to sew patches on, and mend his biker gear. I’m obviously also going to be having the time of my life with  it in summer.
First lunch out in the garden. Ginger beer, banana, Emmental on oatcakes and the usual salad.
Below: Last supper before heading off. I assembled this absolute bayeauuuty of a lasagne, again something I never had at uni. Glorious, whilst reminiscing with family about past-neighbours memories.
The shot from my wonderfully, unbelievably quiet train carriage heading back! My half was completely empty up until a couple stops before Glasgow, and amazingly, my whole table enclave was empty! Nothing worse than being squished up around a table trying to work. Especially the TransPennine ones. Oh TransPennine..
How did you spend your Easter? Did you get a day off, a week, or currently on Spring Break/Easter holidays? I’m currently on my “holidays” in the ever-dreaded-but-also-quite-enjoyable revision period! First exam is Wednesday 29th April. The memories of Easter and the memories I’m going to make as soon as I walk out of that last exam hall, will be what keeps me going! Oh and food.
Always food.

TTFN P x