Cooking has been a passion of mine since a really young age. Growing up I used to love watching my parents cook and baking was a regular weekend activity. Now, I find it a great way to wind down after a busy way and find it’s one of my favourite ways to spend time. Food brings people together and there’s something really satisfying about cooking something tasty and delicious to end the day.
Since January we’ve been slowly turning more plant-based in our diet. It started with just trying to eat a lot more veggies in January after an indulgent Christmas but we’ve continued since then and now most of our evening meals are veggie or vegan.
But, being relatively new to meat-free eating, our repertoire of go-to weeknight meals needs constant replenishing! We’ve been using recipes from some favourite cookbooks such as The Food Medic and Deliciously Ella but sometimes it’s hard to work out what to cook that’s quick and delicious after a long and busy day at work!
So, I decided to launch an Instagram for Em’s Scrapbook as a reminder of all the yummy dishes we make for healthy veggie midweek meals, and so that when I’m not there, my boyfriend knows exactly how to make them!
Buying a house is an emotional experience. And I’m not just talking about the eye-watering cost of stamp duty. No, I’m talking about the first conversation you have with your partner about making the leap onto the ladder, the weeks and months of frantic saving, the difficult financial conversations with family, the homes you fall in love with and then lose, the hours of negotiating on your non-negotiables, the packing up of childhood belongings, the decisions on what goes in which place, the first celebratory glass of champagne.
Then, you have The Process that sits alongside this…applying for a mortgage, getting surveys done, getting more surveys done, getting ripped off, negotiations through solicitors, exchanging, completing, moving.
Having recently heaved my way onto the property ladder in London, and waved goodbye to my fair share of dodgy landlords I’m calling for a serious overhaul of the whole property experience. There are so many opportunities to tap into the emotional experience everyone goes through when buying a property yet so little seems to be being done. Whether renting, buying or selling, the property market is an industry crying out for some ‘experience design’ thinking and there are huge opportunities to get this important, and emotional, experience right.
Since first seeing many snaps of banana and egg pancakes on instagram I have been pretty obsessed. This recipe is seriously fool-proof and so so delicious. You would not know that these pancakes are not packed full of refined sugar, butter and other ingredients that traditional pancakes are. I have been making these with some sliced apple and cinnamon on top but blueberries, maple syrup, greek yogurt are also great, or you can have them plan as they are so sweet and delicious on their own!
The very long ingredient list…
So, to make 4 scotch pancake size pancakes you will need…
A few weeks ago I went to Stylist magazine’s ‘Life Lessons’ event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. The speakers that evening were Miriam Gonázlez Durántez, campaigner for Inspiring Women, international trade lawyer and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister; Nicola Mendelsohn, VP of Facebook EMEA and previous CEO of Karmarama; and Charlie Webster, sports and television presenter, and campaigner for sexual abuse in sport.
The venue for the evening: London’s fancy Ham Yard Hotel
Each speaker was given 15 minutes to share their one ‘life lesson’ and then there was a Q&A session. I thought it would be nice to share some of the really valuable advice these 3 women gave us, and of course, some photos as well!
Last night my friend Maria and I went to the Honestly Healthy Supper Club at Beach Blanket Bar in Notting Hill. To those who are unfamiliar, Honestly Healthy is a lifestyle brand created by Natasha Corrett. She hosts supper clubs where blond-highlighted, yoga-pant wearing women come to sup on healthy cocktails and sample vegan food. And I’m all for embracing this new culture of healthy living sweeping the nation! I really enjoyed the event last night…but there were some things that could have been improved. If you’re thinking of going to one of these events hopefully this will make your mind up!
I recently went along to a personal branding session by Niki Mossman of Colour Me Beautiful on how clothing can reflect our personal brand and the importance of being authentic. [Update June 2017: I’ll caveat that this is more aimed at corporate dress and how to make a good impression early on your career – some good point but a little old school for me now]