Chilli Flakes, Marry Me?

Hello beloved readers!

Here is a random fact for you – today is Sunday and I am not hungover! Whaaaaaat? I know! I went dancing last night until 4.30am and today I feel fine! Christmas miracle? Nooooo, it is only the 30th of November – I think it is because I danced my ass off all night long. Fun times.

So in my Sunday non-hungover-productivity I have made my lunch and dinner and lunch for the next three days…..unbelievable! Literally the most organised I have ever been in my life (and I am a PA, alarming? Perhaps). So I thought what better to do than take loads of (very similar) photos of it and share it with you all……..

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Stir fry central. It all starts with a lot of garlic and ginger…..

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And then my new, personal favourite, coconut oil……

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I almost feel like this should be a song, don’t know why, maybe if have had too much sleep.

Anyway, moving on. Then you add in a delicious mixture of prawns and salmon……

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Cook it for a little while and then whack in the stir fry veggies. I wanted to add in water chestnuts but I realised I don’t have a tin opener so that went straight out the window…oh well, next time……

Then, the master ingredient – CHILLI FLAKES (dun da da dun….trumpets, music , drumroll). I have a serious dependency on chilli flakes. Seriously, I would actually put it in my cereal if I ate cereal. My family are terrified of my addiction – they like it when I cook for them but as soon as I move to even look for the chilli flakes it is like they turn into commandos and just appear out of nowhere screaming ‘nooooooooo and I feel like this happens in slow motion. Maybe it does maybe it doesn’t. The point is, yes I did actually have one, add chilli flakes – maybe just not as many as me unless you actually enjoy that sensation where you think ‘a Shake more of the chilli jar and I would be calling the fire brigade right now to use their power hose on my burning lips’.

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Then you just add in your noodles, stir it all about and that is it! I just ate it and it was delicious, I am not lying.

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I also made the exact same thing but with chicken which is also yummy. I love how the coconut oil makes it a little bit Thai tasting.

On a totally different note, a friend of mine challenged me to list my top five workout songs and I was really, really stuck. It was so hard. In the end I went for:

DMX- Up In Here
LL Cool J – Phenomenon
50 Cent – In Da Club
Ice Cube – You Can Do It
J Cole -God’s Gift

Even now I can’t stop thinking about what revisions I would make.

Anyway, tangent over – take another look at my delightful stir fry…….

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And that’s all folks! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Natalie

So what songs would you choose?

Bloody Mary? Don’t mind if I do…..

Good Morning World! Or afternoon I should say since it is now 1.30. I slept so well last night and I was completely in need of it. After starting running again every lunchtime plus doing Crossfit my body was absolutely exhausted! I have only been back to the Crossfit 1 -2 a week but needed to be sensible and let my body adjust. Next week I will go three times a week plus all the running and I’m really looking forward to it – I loooooooove Crossfit and I have missed it…..awwwwww.

So, last night was a dinner at my friends and it was delicious as usual plus there was a tonne of wine (as usual) and this morning when I opened the fridge I thought ‘CHA CHING…….Bloody Mary as my juice this morning!’ So that is exactly what I made ( a virgin version of course ) and it was delicious – five tomatoes, half a lemon, two stalks of celery, black pepper and Worcester sauce. Yum yum yum. It doesn’t look too appealing I suppose – I never thought the tomato juice would be that greeny, clear colour (makes me slightly concerned about what is in shop bought tomato juice) – but it was really nice! I strongly recommend it to everyone and hey, if you wanna de-virgin yours go right ahead, it is the weekend after all!

Happy Saturday!

Natalie

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Check out the Pulp Muffins

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Am I, or am I not, a genius? Well, not really since it was actually Lolly’s idea but I helped…that surely has to count for something?

So I have been AWOL for a while while my big sis was visiting for Easter and we had such a great time. Lolly is a great runner (and generally a fitness maniac – think energizer bunny that never charges down) and so we went out running every single morning that she was here. Yup, that’s right – even on our holidays we got up and went out to the park for a run and while at the time I would say it was somewhat torturous, when we finished I felt great (and then we drank loads of wine). It makes a massive difference to have someone with you who is a really good motivator I think and in three days I chopped a minute off my time…check me right out! I am developing a new love (kind of) for beginning to run again. Instead of the traditional thoughts before/during a run of ‘oh man, this is going to be awful’ ‘this is so hard, how am I ever going to be able to run further than this’ ‘did someone put glue on the soles of my shoes?’ etc etc I now have the following thoughts (and thank you Pinterest for this)

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I just have to remember that even if it is hard, if I keep going I will get better and what seems hard now will one day be much easier and progress should be slow and steady! So if I have an awful run, or if it seems like somehow I slipped through a black hole and am actually now running in hell, I try to remember that tomorrow is a new day and in a week from now I will be better! Ohhhh goodness…so much positivity for one blog post high FIVE!

So anyway, I have digressed as usual. I wanted to share our pulp recipe with you all. It isn’t rocket science and to be honest we basically just chucked a load of stuff in Mixie (food processor) and hoped for the best but sometimes randomness works out for the best and they are AMAZING. Here is what we did…..

Emptied pulp from juicer into Mixie (carrot, apple, celery, baby gem lettuce, ginger, broccoli)
Added 3 cups of wholemeal flour
A sachet of baking powder
7 cloves of garlic
A tonne of black pepper
About 2 teaspoons of cumin
About 2 teaspoons of curry powder
A sprinkling of rock salt
Two small pots of fat free sour cream
One egg

We then mixed it all together, put it in little silicon cases and cooked them for about 45 minutes at 180 and they are super duperly delicious……I personally plan to make some hummus later so I can have one with the hummus for brekkie tomorrow a couple of hours after my juice. Highly recommendable.

I hope you make them. I hope you love them.

Now, I must watch Suits. Harvey is waiting for me.

Natalie

Another Week of Running, Sister Visit, Wine and Food

The title pretty much says it all….I am a little AWOL because I am hanging out with my big sis Lolly who came to visit for the Easter holidays! We are having a great time of (as mentioned above) running, drinking wine, more wine and eating. Oh, and we also made pulp crackers (delicious) and pulp muffins (garlic party in your mouth)…. Recipe to come soon……

Happy holidays!

Natalie

Check out my jars…..

No no……not those jars…these ones……

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Cool huh? Ok, not really but they are at least kind of cute no? I can tell that I am getting older now (aside from the having birthdays and, you know, actually getting older) because I love looking at kitchen appliances and things for organising my cupboards. Take me to the home section of any shop and I will spend hours browsing through all the ‘really cool’ things I could buy and I don’t even feel any urge to pretend that I don’t find it as much fun as shoe shopping – and if you could see how many pairs of shoes I own you would know that I really like kitchen ware shopping. Anyway….the point of this post is to brag about the bargain jars I bought and how cute they are! Twelve jars for eight euro….I think that is pretty good myself and who cares if they are really meant for keeping jam in, I am keeping all kinds of things in mine which makes them much more exciting…..ok, not exciting at all……time for me to get out more maybe…..

But tomorrow I will be sharing the recipe below with you all so please don’t in follow me just because of one lousy post…..people deserve second chances you know…….

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Mmmmmmmmmmm………

Hope you had a good Monday!

Natalie

Am I alone in my love of kitchen stuff or are there any other losers super cool people out there?

Crossfit YESSSSSSSS and delicious juice!

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I am a genius! but more of that later…….

Yes, finally after seven weeks of doing hee haw (as we like to say in Scotland….means not a damn thing) I finally got approval from my physio to go back to Crossfit.

YES YES YES YES YES YES

I was quite excited and, not gonna lie, crapping myself. Seven weeks of nothing and then whaaaa bam…..straight into a hard core WOD (because when are they ever not hardcore) and I wasn’t worried about my ankle – I was worried about having a heart attack. I mean, in those seven weeks I did complete a detox but then the last two weeks I also ate and drank a lot…and I’m Scottish so you know I don’t just mean two large glasses of wine…..well….does anyone watch Cougar Town? Big Joe? Not following me? (Google). However, I was pleasantly surprised: don’t get me wrong, at one point my heart was beating so fast I was sure it thought it was at a rave and the thought of one more wallclimb was making it dance faster but I finished both WODs and….before the time was up! Unfortunately, I do feel like I’ve lost some strength but that is to be expected I suppose……so I am only going back twice a week for now until I get into my rhythm again – the last thing I want to do is go hell for leather and end up out of the game again. So mental high fives please everyone! Up high! That’s right….we rock!

RANDOM CHANGE OF TOPIC

When I got back from Crossfit I started to clean the house like a mad lady and suddenly realised I was hungry and I really wanted a delicious smoothie. And I invented the most yummy smoothie ever! That’s right…I said ever!. This is what it looked like in my nice blender:

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It is a lot of spinach, a frozen banana, two kiwis, spirulina, a pot of bio yogurt and…..the thing that made it so genius……a sprinkling of coconut!

WHY, WHY OH WHY have I never thought of that before? I feel like I just realised my full smoothie making potential and once I’ve finished this blog entry I’m going to update my CV to reflect this miracle. Have another look and imagine the delicious smoothie party you could have in your mouth if you copied me……..

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Break out the streamers and silly hats.

Natalie

What’s the most delightful thing you ever invented?

I’m never taking the rubbish out again….

Ok, that is not true but only because no one wants to live in a rubbish tip. After last nights experience I am feeling a little bitter. Ok, a lot bitter and grumpy. I went to take out the rubbish, managed to go down the five flights of stairs no problem (as you would expect from an able bodied 30 something year old) and then as I came out the front door , fell down the last stair and landed on my backside on the floor, rubbish everywhere while three men just stood and stared at me. Once they realised I actually wasn’t getting back up they came over to help me and I scrambled off back into the house whereupon I burst into tears and spent about five minutes trying to get back upstairs without putting any weight on my right ankle. Not easy, may I add, when your stairs are slippy and uneven and you are crying like a little girl. So…….basically I have a nasty sprain, my ankle looks like it swallowed a tennis ball and I can do NO dancing and NO Crossfit for the next week at least. I am trying very hard not to have a breakdown at this thought and so I decided to distract myself with countless (more) episodes of House and this delightful recipe:

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No, I am not claiming to have invented green sludge on brown frisbee, I invented avocado, garlic tuna delight on homemade crispbread. Much catchier I think you’ll agree. It is actually delicious and this is how you too can make a feast for your eyes and your stomach…….

In a bowl mix together a tablespoon of flax seed, a little salt, some dried basil and half a cup of wholemeal flour. Add a quarter cup of warm water and mix into a dough. Roll it out on to some foil and put it in the oven for about ten minutes or until brown and, well, crispy.

While it is cooking, get your food processor out and chuck the following things into it:

Five garlic cloves
A grated carrot
Two handfuls of spinach
Some rock salt
A tin of tuna (drained)
One medium avocado

Zoom,zoom, zoom all the ingredients together until it is like a paste. Spread half of the mixture on to your crispbread and enjoy! I also added a tonne of hot sauce to mine but then there about five foods in the world I wouldn’t add hot sauce to so that is no surprise.

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Now I am sitting with my foot in a bucket of freezing cold water. What can I say, it’s nothing but fun times with me.

Happy Monday everyone, may you not fall down the stairs.

Natalie