Monthly Archives: February 2014

Clean Sweet Potato Balti – Delicious Veggie Curry


Gareth and I try to have one fish dish and one vegetarian dish per week. One of our favourite meals is this Clean Sweet Potato Balti recipe.

•750g Sweet Potato, peeled and cubed
•150ml Vegetable Stock
•1tsp Coconut Oil
•1 tin of copped tomatoes
•1 tin of chick peas (drained and rinsed as always.)
•150g Spinach
•1 Onion

(and for the Balti Sauce)
•1 tbsp Cinnamon
•1tbsp Coriander
•1tbsp Turmeric
•1tbsp Paprika
•1tsp Mustard
•2tsp Cumin
•1tsp Chilli Powder
•1tbsp Lemon Juice
•1tsp Chopped Garlic

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Put the sweet potato and stock into a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until tender, drain and reserve the liquid.

Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Chop and cook the onion in the oil. Add all of the Balti sauce ingredients into a bowl and add to the pan with the onions.

Add the drained sweet potato and cook for a few minutes. Cover the potato in the sauce.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas and the reserved liquid. Bring the entire mixture to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the spinach and keep stirring until it has wilted.

Serve immediately! (Well you don’t have to but I can’t wait around when something as tasty as this is in front of me.)

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Clean Stuffed Chicken


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• 2 chicken breasts
• 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes
• 2 tbsp feta cheese
• 2 tbsp olives
• 1 tsp minced garlic
• 1 tbsp pine nuts or sesame seeds
• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• Coconut Oil

Pre heat the oven to 220. Throw together all of the ingredients in a bowl. Slice each chicken breast with a knife and stuff the pocket with the ingredients in the bowl.

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Smear a little coconut oil on each chicken breast and cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

I served this with a little brown rice cooked in chicken stock.

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Coconut Oil – A Clean Eating Must!


For anyone that is looking to “eat clean”, cooking with Coconut Oil is an absolute must. Unfortunately, the cost of most jars of Coconut oil is extortionate!

The Coconut Oil found in the ‘Cooking oil’ section is an eye catching jar that will set you back £6.00!

Dig deeper… today I found myself in the ‘World Food’ isle in Tesco Bar Hill.

It was there that I found a 500ml jar of Pure Coconut Oil for just £2.20! More ‘Coconutty-goodness’ for a cheaper price! #HappyBargainHunter.

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No one is pretending that the packaging is even half as nice as my previous Coconut Oil purchase but at that price I couldn’t care less.

The catch is that the small ‘World Food’ section in Newmarket is unlikely to stock this so let me know if you would like me to pick you some up as Tesco Bar Hill is opposite my head office!

 

Kings Restaurant, Newmarket – Who can they accommodate?


Knowing full well that Kings Restaurant, Newmarket can provide a romantic meal for two with ease and grace, I invited two friends from Cambridge, my brother and his girlfriend to join my boyfriend and I for a meal.

Will a table for 6 still receive the same charming attitude from staff, efficient service and of course, most importantly, incredible food?

YES! The atmosphere was great on Friday evening. A bustling kitchen could be seen through the viewing window, aromas of rich food could be smelt and every diner in the room seemed to be on good form and enjoying their evening.

We knew at least one person on each of the occupied tables in the restaurant but that is bound to happen when you consider the amount of people we know in Newmarket and the small quantity of wonderful restaurants to dine in.

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Our table came to the decision that we highly recommend the following:

Starter- Pan Fried Pigeon Breast
Main- Dingley Dell 7hr slow cooked belly of pork
Dessert-Rhubarb and Custard dish (accompany this with a shot of warming Chambord – delicious.)

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Image courtesy of Kings.

In conclusion, whether you are looking to have a romantic meal for 2, catch up with a select few friends or have a large group get together Kings Restaurant, Newmarket should be an ideal location for outstanding food, service and atmosphere!

What was your favourite Kings Dish?

Bloom & Wild – Flowers Reimagined


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As a young girl I would always be picking the prettiest flowers from the garden, putting them in a vase and proudly displaying them on our kitchen side.

Despite our garden frequently looking less colourful because of this, my Mum could appreciate my admiration for red hot pokers, daffodils and tulips! As I got older and with pocket money to spare, I would buy lots of different flowers from the shop and wrap them myself in cellophane and ribbon to present to friends and family. Six small flower sets at around £4 each would create two beautiful home-made bouquets.

And now?

Well now I know about Bloom & Wild!

“Longer lasting whole flower bouquets. Through your letterbox. At prices you won’t believe” they say on their Twitter page. Not one part of that is a lie.

Bloom and Wild have a slick and easily navigated website. Single purchase bouquets start at just £16.00. The flowers will be freshly cut on the Wednesday, neatly laid out in a box suitable for most letterboxes and delivered on a Thursday.

The novelty of receiving flowers through a letterbox just does not seem to get old and allows the recipient to be in, out, washing their hair or simply unable to get to the door to sign for a delivery.

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Each stem seems to spring to life as you take it out of the box and into a vase. So far I have purchased just-because flowers, Break-a-leg flowers, Sorry flowers and Happy Birthday flowers. Now it’s about time I signed up to their subscription service! The idea of Bloom and Wild is that you subscribe to receive monthly (or weekly) flower deliveries.

Bloom and Wild subscriptions start at £13.95 per month and includes free delivery. For more information take a look at their website: bloomandwild.com

Psst: Bloom & Wild have also just partnered up with Neom Organics to offer an incredible competition prize. Find Bloom and Wild on Twitter ( ‏@BloomandWild ) or sign up to their newsletter for more details!

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Wildwood, Newmarket – Slow food in the fast lane


I hate to compose a negative review so soon but we have now dined at Wildwood, Newmarket on two occasions and have been disappointed both times. The first visit was soon after their opening date so we put the experience down to teething problems. Our second visit took place on the last Sunday of January. We popped into the small chain restaurant for a quick bite expecting a tasty meal and good service. The slow service probably felt longer due to the cold restaurant area. I asked a manager if we could move due to the draft coming from both the door and the stairway but her reply was an abrupt “NO.” Yes, the restaurant was busy but she made no attempt to make us any more comfortable. There is just one door into the restaurant which means that as people leave and enter the building a strong breeze enters the room.  A thick curtain can be pulled across the entrance but I presume that as the manager was busy moving around and therefore didn’t feel the cold she didn’t care to pull it across! Admittedly the food was fine but when recalling our experience the atmosphere and service negatively taints the visit. The initial food and drink service was slow and sloppy but when the food finally arrived and we were assigned with just one waitress to bring us our food and check on us throughout the course, we both thought she was very pleasant and witty. It seems the management team let the entire place down. A venue as grand and eye catching as Wildwood, Newmarket has such potential! Add some warmth both in temperature and staff temperament and this would be a more popular place to head to! The top floor looks gorgeous – I would love to hold a drinks evening up there with a jazz pianist! Sadly, at the moment I wouldn’t feel confident that my guests would be looked after and made to feel comfortable. Have I been unlucky at my time at Wildwood, Newmarket? Tell me about your positive experience I am genuinely keen for restaurants in Newmarket to succeed!

Bren Pauls Beauty – Wax, chat, and always go back!


Newmarket’s gorgeous beauty salon (and my favourite waxers), Bren Pauls have launched their website.

http://www.brenpaulsbeauty.co.uk/

Offering a full range of waxes for both men and women, I regularly pop along for waxing and to have a catch up with the lovely Michelle and Sasha.

The interior decor is glam but has a feel that welcomes both sexes.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing pamper session or a less-painful-than-you-might-think waxing session make the effort to book in to  Bren Pauls, Newmarket!

Each time I have my eyebrows “done” I am surprised by how much my facial shape changes! When will I learn that this is a treatment that I need to regularly keep up with. I have never fallen into the trap of waxing or shaving (!) my eyebrows into a skinny slug like shape on my face but the flip side of this is that perhaps I have had years of bushy brows!

During one trip to Bren Paul’s, Michelle gave me “HD Brows.” -What a phenomena!

Before the treatment, Michelle explained that  HD Brows is actually a  treatment, developed to leave with you the best brows for your face.
1526819_10202128026074801_417703135_n Results of my HD Brow experience!
The steps experienced are as follows – 

1) Consultation – Michelle will chat to you to determine which brow shape will best suit your face and what colour your brows should be.

2) Tinting –Unlike me,  if you have over-plucked brows, Michelle will will tint your brows to match your natural colour. As it was my first HD treatment Michelle gave me a light greyish black colour. My brows are naturally quite dark so next time I am ready to go a little darker to achieve an even more striking effect! The dye is left on for a matter of minutes and then simply wiped off gently.

3) Waxing – Ankles are a no-go area for waxing for me but I find eyebrow waxing pain free. Both Michelle and Sasha are so quick and skilled that by the time i’ve started to recall my latest “interesting” story I want to share with them, they are finished! Michelle will then wax your brows to create the perfect arch for your face shape.

4) Trimming –Michelle then gently combs and trims your brow to ensure that each single hair perfectly sits in place.

5) Tweezing – My least favourite part of any waxing experience but lucky for Bren Pauls clients it is always a quick step of any treatment.

This is my favourite treatment to have done! HD Brows completely changes my look and has honestly lasted around 2 and a half months before (now) it is ready to be done again. It is great value for money and something I highly recommend.

Michelle or Sasha can be contacted on 01638 664441

Clean Stuffed Butternut Squash with Spicy Beef and Quinoa


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•1 butternut squash (halved, seeded)
• Beef, mince portion for 2
• Coconut Oil
• Chickpeas
• 1 onion
• 2tsp Cumin
• 1/2 Tsp extra hot chilli
• 2tbsp Paprika
• Handful Cherry tomatoes
• 1 cup Quinoa

Heat grill to high.

With the skin facing up place both halves of butternut squash on a baking tray under the grill for 15minutes.

Add quinoa to boiling water and cook on medium heat for 30minutes.

Turn the butternut squash, season and add 1/2tsp of coconut oil to each piece. Cook under grill for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the mince on high heat for 15 minutes.

Season the mince whilst cooking. Add chopped onion, chickpeas, cumin, chilli, paprika and tomatoes.

Scoop out butternut squash flesh and chop. Mix the vegetable with the mince and quinoa and pour it into the space available in the butternut squash shell.

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If you wish, add a light layer of Parmesan.

Return dish to oven for just under 5 minutes to bond/set.

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(Not at all Clean) Gooey Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies


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Now and again it’s okay to treat yourself… right?

I convinced myself that these were part of my boyfriend’s Valentine’s gift… even though I knew full well I would be eating them.

This recipe makes about 20 small brownies or 10 BIG ones. Lucky for us, we have a hungry loved one at uni that we could ship the leftovers off to when we needed to get them out of sight (never will these tasty treats be out of mind!)

•85 g plain flour
•2tbsp cocoa powder
•170g milk chocolate
•113 g butter
•2 eggs
•140g caster sugar
•1tsp vanilla extract
•10 Cadbury creme eggs
Followed by…
•85g golden syrup
•2tbsp butter
•1/2tsp vanilla extract
•170g icing sugar
And finally…
•100g milk chocolate
•50g butter

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Grease and line a baking tin. I used a 20cmx20cm tin – just remember that the smaller it is the chunkier the brownie will be.

Melt the butter and chocolate together over a low heat in a pan. Keep stirring to ensure the mixture doesn’t burn.
Remove the mixture from the heat and beat in the eggs, vanilla extract and sugar.

Sift in the flour and cocoa powder. Gently fold it into the mixture until it begins to combine.

Pour the entire mixture into the lined baking tin. Keep the paper tall around the edges!

Stud the mixture with the creme-eggs, pushing them right down into the brownie mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on this part. I took mine out at 25 mins exactly so they were still a little gooey.

Next, beat the golden syrup, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Slowly add in the icing sugar and beat until creamy.

Once the brownies are cool spread this mix over the top. Then chill the brownies in the fridge for approx 2 hours.

Finally, melt the butter and chocolate together in a heavy based pan. Pour over the top of the brownies and leave to set.

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