Amy’s amazing health story

I was catching up with my YouTube subscriptions and I spotted a really helpful video that I thought I would share, in case anyone finds it interesting.

Amy was told when she was 16 that, due to osteoporosis, she would likely need a wheelchair full-time by the time she was 25. Last year, when she was 19, she decided to become vegan, and after only a few months, she was able to go back to work, where previously she had been off work sick. Also, when she saw doctors about 6 months ago, they said she wouldn’t need a wheelchair until she was at least 60.

I’m so pleased for her! Being told such devastating news at a young age must have been so hard, but it’s great that through changing her diet to vegan, she’s managed to improve her health and her life so much!

I’m not here to try and convert anyone, I just wanted to share in case this was useful, plus with all of the doom and gloom in the news, it’s nice to see a happy story  🙂

Vegan recipes I’ve spotted on Pinterest

Even though we haven’t yet transitioned over to being vegan, I’m getting really excited about going vegan fully. It won’t be without its issues though as between us we also need to avoid bread, honey, soy and chickpeas, so nice and easy, eh? I have recently become addicted to Pinterest (I’m a late adopter) and I have been pin-pin-pinning so many vegan recipes. Below are my favourites so far and I am going to make them all at some point 🙂

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

Vegan Lentil Curry

Happy Yorkshire Day!

Happy Yorkshire Day everyone!

Being from Leeds, today is an important day. I may have lived in Merseyside since 2009, but I am still a Yorkshire girl at heart. But why do we celebrate Yorkshire Day? According to Wikipedia,

“Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire. It was celebrated in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as “a protest movement against the Local Government re-organisation of 1974″, The date alludes to the Battle of Minden, and also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, had campaigned. The day was already celebrated by the Light Infantry, successors to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, as Minden Day. Together with five other infantry regiments of the British Army, a rose is permitted to be worn in the headdress. In the case of the Light Infantry, the rose is white.”

I completely forgot all about it being Yorkshire Day today, or I would have definitely planned to make a Yorkshire Pudburger (this looks awesome!)

http://metro.co.uk/2014/11/27/the-yorkshire-pudding-burger-is-a-thing-and-its-actually-not-that-annoying-4964421/

All washed down with a bit of Yorkshire Tea

With lovely, lovely parkin for pudding. Parkin is a form of gingerbread and parkin in Yorkshire is made with oats. You can make the below parkin by following this recipe. Although parkin is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night, you really can enjoy it whenever 🙂

You can find out more here about Yorkshire Day here.

Desserts from my childhood

I have to be honest and say that I have been inspired to write this post because of my friend Nostalgia Pie‘s blog post Old-Skool Ice-Cream Flavours! I was writing in the comments that when we kids we used to eat neopolitan ice cream slices (from an ice cream block) between two ice cream wafers, which was known in our house as an “ice cream sandwich”. This got me to thinking about other desserts that we had growing up, and here we are!

Apple Charlotte
Now, from having a look around Google, it would appear that Apple Charlotte is actually a completely different pudding! The Apple Charlotte online uses bread as an ingredient, whereas my Apple Charlotte didn’t. It actually looked like the below:
Apple CharlotteThe way my mum made it was to layer the bottom of a bowl with canned apples (I think they were puréed). She would then make up some Dream Topping for the middle layer. The top layer was cornflakes mixed with golden syrup. I remember it went in the fridge for some length of time, which as a child just seemed aaaaaages! So, I have no idea what mine was called, but it was decadently delicious!

Arctic roll
Arctic roll was a roll of ice cream (we only ever had vanilla) which was wrapped in sponge with some raspberry sauce between the sponge and the ice cream. To make it last, as it was a treat, we had the thinnest slices going, so if I had some now, I think I’d probably try and eat at least quarter of it in one go!

Supermousse
Before I started researching for this blog post, I hadn’t even known that this pudding had a name! The strawberry ones were my favourite. You were supposed to let them thaw a little but we could never wait and always ate them frozen, which took ages with a small spoon. It kept us quiet though 😀

Instant Hot Crunch Pudding
This was one dessert which I thought I had no chance of tracking down online, but it was actually fairly easy. It was made by Birds and you’d get two packets in the box. One packet contained powder that you added hot water to which created a type of custard, which you’d then serve up in bowls. The other packet contained a crunchy topping which was like bashed up Hobnobs which was sprinkled on top. I think there was a petition a while ago to bring it back, but it never happened. That’s a shame because I would have bought it!
I really want pudding now!

Recipe: apple & cinnamon oatmeal

Inspired by Paula, I have made this today 🙂

Porridge

Enjoy by Paula

This weekend I came up with this warm and delicious cinnamon and apple oatmeal recipe that Jonas asked me to make for him again on sunday 🙂 I love this combination of apple and cinnamon a lot! Especially during the cold winter months. This recipe is quite easy and only takes about 10 minutes:) I hope you try it out!:)

Recipe (makes 2 portions)

Ingredients:

1 cup porridge oats

1.5 cups of milk

.5 cups water

1/4 cup raisins

1 diced apple

1.5 tbsp ground cinnamon

Procedures:

1. Dice apple and place in a pot along with the raisins. Add water and let this mixture come up to a boil and let it cook for about 2 minutes.

2. Add oats and milk to the raisin and apple mixture- cook on a low simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Turn off heat and mix in cinnamon.

4. Serve with some…

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Smashed Avocado Dip

I love guacamole, and love trying different variations of it. I was going through some old Tesco magazines when I came across this recipe. I can’t wait to try it!

SMASHED AVOCADO DIP
Serves 8

Ingredients
4 ripe avocados

1 lime, juiced
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
Handful coriander, finely chopped
8 drops Tabasco
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Method
1. Cut each avocado in half and remove the stones. Scoop the flesh into a bowl and lightly mash with a whisk. Next, add the lime juice along with the remaining ingredients.

2. Season, and mix thoroughly. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Source: Tesco Magazine, June 2014

Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glass

Christmas is coming, which for me signals the start of the Baileys drinking season. Oh, sweet sweet Baileys. I also love marshmallows. So imagine my joy at finding the below video! I cannot wait to try it 😀

If you try it out, let me know how it goes for you 🙂

Benefits of the avocado

I love guacamole, but to be honest that’s the only avocado recipe that I’ve ever tried. I found the below infographic on Twitter a while ago and it reminded me all about the humble avocado.


Source

I found so many fabulous new avocado recipes to try from this article on Buzzfeed, but the one I have to try first is Fudgy Avocado Brownies. Like fudge, and brownie, and avocado? In one recipe? I am so there…. I’m drooling already 😀

Goodbye sugar, goodbye!

I have decided that as part of my healthy eating, and the ‘lose 3 stones in 9 months’ campaign trail that I’ve set myself on, that I’m going to stop having unnecessary sugar in my diet. I suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and sugar has never agreed with me. I had been eating healthily over the last two weeks, and I felt great, so I really felt like I’d turned a corner. But then some Krispy Kreme doughnuts and some other cakes made their way into the house (totally not my fault – honest!), and I honestly couldn’t tell you how many I ate. What I can tell you though, is how wretched I feel from the sugar rush and how I feel like someone has been using my kidneys as a football. I really won’t miss this feeling, and I used to put myself through this all the time, by eating healthy, then eating crap food, and so on, and so on, like some really rubbish rollercoaster I couldn’t get off.

But now, I want off the rollercoaster because I’ve had a tasty of ‘healthy’ and I like it. It certainly tastes better than a quick hit of chocolate, which then gives me a quick hit of feeling poop for ages.

So yes, goodbye to the sugar for me. Hurrah!

Tomorrow is weigh-in day, but I’m not hopeful after this weekend’s debauchery!