Chorizo for the win

I really vividly remember a story where my friends boyfriend made her pasta for dinner one night and when asked the contents he confirmed it was indeed chicken and tuna. I mean, chicken AND tuna. I’m sure it tasted fine but I just can’t comprehend putting these two pals together in a pasta dish.

So needless to say I’ve since been slightly sceptical when Rich offers to cook dinner, not to tar him with the same brush but he did one pick up a packet of skips to accompany our stir fry when I’d asked him to get prawn crackers (reason enough for concern?!)

So when Rich offered to make me scrambled eggs for breakfast I was marginally hesitant when he told me he had added a “secret ingredient”. The secret ingredient was in fact chorizo and I haven’t looked back since. There is no need for you to have scrambled eggs when even just the smallest amount of chorizo makes this a taste sensation. Fry the chorizo (sure, chuck in some onions if you really wanna be fancy) and let it go crispy. Then take it off the heat, add the eggs and let the residual heat cook them. Serve with avocado and sour dough. Perfection, sorry I ever doubted you, Rich.

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Lentil Love in

So in the last year our eating habits have changed a little, I found a bit of my mojo back in the kitchen and have been mixing it up a little- and cooking a few more vegetarian meals (are you even a millennial if you haven’t started being more conscious about the amount of meat you eat?!)

First things first, eating a massive steak and chips with peppercorn sauce, a little rocket and a massive glass (bottle) of red wine will always be my favourite dinner but having a few vegetarian things in the mix is good too for a few reasons: getting in your 10 a day (apparently it’s 10 a day now- who knew?!), cheaper, freezes well and is super easy way to use loads of stuff from the fridge.

So Lentil daal has fast become one of my most batch cooked recipes- I give 100% credit of this to my Pal, Sarah who used to have it for lunch most days and introduced me to its easiness- cheers!

Super easy, I usually make a batch on a Sunday morning and crack if in the fridge or freezer in food bags ready to heat up in the microwave at work.

Ingredients:

2 x white onions

5 x cloves garlic

Garam masala x 1 heaped teaspoon

Medium curry powder x 2 heaped teaspoons

Chilli flakes x pinch

Cumin x 1 teaspoon

Coconut oil (or whatever oil is in vogue at time of reading)

Butternut squash or sweet potato (or both, because yolo)

Red lentils

Vegetable stock

To serve:

A dollop of mango chutney (yes you could make your own or you could get a life)

Greek yoghurt raita- i rustle this up with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and coriander all chopped fine and chucked in a bowl of greek yoghurt with a pinch of salt and pepper

Pomegranate seeds (if you’re feeling jazzy)

Poached or fried egg

Method:

Fry the diced onion and crushed garlic in the oil for a few minutes, add the spices. Cook off for a couple of minutes.

Chuck in the butternut squash and/or sweet potato – cut into 1cm chunks. Fry for a minute or two.

Chuck in 200g red lentils (I’m absolutely guessing I don’t think I have ever measured anything) and cover with veg stock.

Keep the heat around medium and it should take around 25 mins to turn into a really unappetising but tasty mush. Keep checking there is enough water and top up as needed. After 25 mins, The butternut squash should be soft too. If not just cook a little longer.

You can chuck some spinach in at the last minute if you’re feeling jazzy and fry your eggs for added protein on top if you’re eating straight away – obvs leave the egg if you’re heating up at a later date.

Serve with all the above accoutrement and voila perfect healthy dinner come lunch! 🙂

This actually looks really horrible but taste good

Stressed-ercise ?

So you’ve heard why I’ve been gone for so long, but thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up-to with regards to health and fitness (which is why I’m here obvs).

Despite being super stressed this year, I’ve actually managed to maintain my trips to the gym averaging 4-5 sessions a week. I totally get that for most people, the first thing to pack up and fuck off, in stressful periods is exercise and going to the gym. But for me, it is the only thing at times, that i have felt I can do which is truly for me and puts myself first. The only section of the day where I can put my headphones in, block out the rest of the world and do something that genuinely only benefits me. So I’d be fucked if I gave that up too.

When you have people in your lives that you want to and need to offer support to and care for, you find yourself completely wrapped up in them (understandably) and it becomes so easy to put yourself last. However, one message that I heard loud and clear from lots of different sources this year, was to actually focus on keeping myself mentally healthy in order to be able to better look after those around me who need me and are reliant on my ability to buckle up and knuckle down.

So that’s where, for me, the gym comes in. I’m lucky because I am pretty good at opening up and talking about my problems, which does combat one side of mental health. However, the other big thing for me is the science of keeping my body healthy and therefore myself, as happy as possible.

I totally appreciate that dragging yourself out of bed after a shit nights sleep worrying about things, is not the ideal for some people. I guess in a weird way I am lucky because I am programmed to make myself do it because I know (as do you) that after working out of any kind- just a walk, a cycle, a swim, whatever it might be, you WILL 100% feel better. The problems you have will still be there of course, but even for a moment a nice dose of endorphins will give you life!

I mean I sound like a right preaching Insta wanker as if I don’t understand how different people cope with stress so let me caveat this with the other major reason I’ve been still working out- I AM A MASSIVE STRESS EATER! Rich and I are truly terrible at controlling our eating when stressed- the first thing I’ll do if Rich is down is buy him all of his favourite treats (he thinks it’s because I know he will find comfort in them but it’s mainly because I want them obviously).

So in order to not balloon back to my former self, the gym has had to stay so the dairy milk can stay too 🙂 they’re best mates and see each other most days.

So I guess for me a big combat to stress is exercise but I know this doesn’t work for everyone. If you’re reading this and you are super stressed and having a shitter, just do something you love. Make yourself feel good- paint your nails, go to the seaside for the day, get some fresh air. And, if, and only If you feel up to it, get some endorphins going however that may be- they’ll come say hi and make you feel a little happier 🙂

Xx

I’m backkkkk….

Well hello there, apologies that it has been a little while- well in fact over a year since my last post. I’ve actually really missed it.

I’m in Croatia in holiday at the moment, I went for a run pre breakfast today and suddenly had an epiphany that I wanted to start writing again, so here I am, sat on a sun lounger in a cloudy but warm Croatia and writing again 🙂

So, why the absence?!

Those of you who know me well, will know that this year has been a pretty shit year for Chez Bolan. I won’t bore you with the details, but when i say shit, I really do mean shit. We’ve been dealt two big blows with regards to family members health and have been working through that which has taken a massive toll on us both. On top of this, I Started a completely new job in October, and whilst this is fine now, it’s been a bit turbulent getting used to working in the wonderful world of sales! And then, just to round this year off nicely on the stress levels, we have bought a new house and moved from our beloved North London, to modern day Suburbia, Surrey.

The latter of the stressed is actually a very welcome one (although try telling Rich that as I abandoned him on moving day because I “had” to work). We found that with all of the uncontrollable stresses we have in our lives, going back to our tiny, albeit it perfectly formed (if I do say so myself) flat in Finsbury Park each evening, through tubes at rush hour and dodging dodgy people on the way home, just added more stress than we needed- hence operation move!

Now we have moved to Surrey, I genuinely feel a real sense of elation and release from London life and stress. Sure, I wailed quite a few evenings before leaving London and I sure as hell miss our pals already but we are only an hour into central and my face is no longer quite as close to someone else’s armpit twice a day. And did I mention we have a garden?! Literally so excited to be in the sunshine in our own garden- lots of BBQ plans and making our friends come out to the suburbs!

So, aside from still being under a lot of stress, now feels like the right time to start focusing on writing, and re-motivating myself (and hopefully some of you guys) again!

So much to talk about- watch this space for usual fitness, health and real life chat.

Xx

Mexican boats…

Yo.

So I saw some pictures of myself from 18 months ago and DANG I looked good. It’s only when you look back you realise you’ve let things slip a bit. I’m still happy but with a lot of life stress going on the wagon is slightly further away from me than I’d like.

So we are back to it… made a great chilli last night and obviously I’ve been thinking all day about the left overs and here’s what I did tonight for dinner-

Chilli con carne boats:

    Lettuce leaves
    Left over lean beef chilli
    Greek yoghurt
    Low fat cheese
    Spring onions
    Avocado
    Lime
    Pop chips (i mean they are better for you than nachos right?!)

And hey presto delicious little boats.

N.B The lime is ESSENTIAL, don’t skimp on the lime. Normally I’d be like “Pah, who has limes in the fridge”, but I genuinely think it makes all the difference. ZESTY.

I reckon this would make a cracking little work lunch too!

CHILLI
YUM
Cracking on some jalapeños would be a dream

Cheat’s lunch

If you’re like me and my pals, you probably spend 90% of your time thinking of lunch ideas for work- I’m not a fan of reheated food which makes lunches for me at work a real chore. I quite often make me and Rich different lunches due to this.

Lunch is such a snore. So boring that sometimes I resort to breakfast again- banana pancakes for lunch. Sometimes I eat a tin of beans with a wholemeal role. I’m not gonna win any Michelin stars for lunches that for sure.

But I just rustled up this and thought I would share- it’s one of our go to lunches on the go as it’s super quick and something I don’t hate eating which is a bonus!

Hummus, cheese and ham, tomatoes, pepper, carrot, celery, pitta bread

Super simple- usually a combo of these things:

Carrot sticks

Celery

Cucumber

Pepper

Cherry tomatoes

Hummus

Avocado

Cheese (I obviously usually pre fry halloumi and put it in but Tesco had sold our yesterday- how dare they!)

Babybel cheese

Ham/ chicken

Pitta bread (I realised VERY quickly that this was essential for my lunch as I’m a real prick if I don’t eat carbs at lunch)

Falafel (again, Tesco, where are you at with your falafel?! You’re killing my lunch vibes)

A veritable picnic/ picky lunch! Enjoy guys xx

BOSTON DELIGHTS

So I am a Londoner but my brother and family have just moved from Houston to Boston! I’ve been to Houston many times but last week was the first time I visited them in Boston.

OH MY GOD I MISS TEXAN FOOD! Everything really is bigger and better in Texas. (N.B only when it comes to the food though as their new home in Boston is gorgeous- loved it there!)

Had some good food in Boston though- snaps below for your viewing pleasure! Are you even on holiday if you don’t eat ice cream everyday?!

In terms of consistency on holiday there wasn’t masses this time around- I was there for 10 days and fitted in 3 work outs but made sure I ate lots of fruit and vegetables and we actually didn’t eat out that much- so maybe moving to Boston is a good thing- for my waist line at least!!

Cherry and blueberry slushie- that’s two of my five a day right?!

Trying desperately to find good Tex mex in Boston!Banana french toast!Excellent ice cream

Classic pancakes, bacon and maple syrup

Now i am back In London it’s back to slightly less treats, more work outs and more food prep 😦 waaaaaaaa!