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!
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…
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!
Last week I was down in Devon with my parents – I’ve definitely passed the stage of going away with your parents being uncool and boring and I now see it for what it is – a free holiday. Winning.
We were in North Devon which is a beautiful, rugged part of the English coast. I find being by the sea really therapeutic and I’m able to think a lot more than when I’m in London. In fact, I thought so much in Devon that I decided to restart blogging again. I go in and out of phases of blogging, and don’t like to make it a chore, so some downtime seemed like the perfect boost to my content.
I thought I’d just share this quick and easy recipe because it’s just that: super easy and simple to make! I’m trying hard to cut refined sugar out of my diet so I’m a big fan of health bloggers such as Honestly Healthy and Deliciously Ella. This recipe is an adaptation of Ella’s Cacao, Banana and Avocado smoothie. It’s great if you’re in a rush for breakfast as you could pour into a bottle and take it with you, alternatively it’s a delicious snack at any time as the avocado packs it with protein to keep you going.
To make 1 large glass (around 250ml)
1 large avocado 1 ripe banana About 150ml of milk or nut milk A tablespoon of almond butter A dessertspoon of cacao powder A tablespoon of date syrup Simply place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. The milkshake should be really thick and creamy – you may want to add more milk if you like it runnier. If it’s too bitter then add a dash more date syrup to taste. Enjoy!
Back in late August I’d just returned to work after a relaxing week in Devon. The first day back at work after time off is always a peculiar one: overwhelmed with email, I’d attempted to start somewhere, then stopped and wrote a list of what I needed to do, then prioritised this list, then colour-coded it…. Desperate for a distraction I dragged a colleague out for a coffee. Little did I know that £123 and lots of ‘such a great way to get fit!’ comments later I was signed up for Tough Mudder London South 2014…
It’s been a good few months since I’ve written on this blog. For the few people who read the posts during the first quarter of the year, you’ll know that I was travelling around the UK managing an exciting project in my first role at IBM. I was in a different UK city every day for 4 weeks, and then in New York City for a further 2 weeks. It was a whirlwind to say the least, and I got to a social media saturation point!