hills-innitIMG_5864IMG_5850As we enter a new season I’m excited to introduce new pieces into my wardrobe. I’m drawn to neutral and earthy tones, especially at this time of year. Combining textures gives my look subtle dimensions without drawing the eye to a particular area, everything just flows. These are valuable pieces as I can combine them many ways depending on my mood.

The last couple of weeks have been full on with work. Last night I worked into the evening getting everything done so that I can relax throughout the weekend. I can feel the season changing from late summer to early autumn, day by day the leaves are turning from green to yellow and the bite in the air is a refreshing change to the lovely hot summer we had in Germany. I love this time of year when the jumpers come out and I want to curl up, read a book and eat comfort food. This is my perfect time of year where it’s cooler and cozy but not unbearably cold. There’s been a pile of beetroots sitting in the kitchen which I haven’t been in the mood to juice as I’d intended. Feeling creative I decided to put together a quick, simple and healthy meal using ingredients from the kitchen.

I started by roughly chopping and then parboiling the beets before discarding 80% of the water and then adding tin tomatoes, a jar of mixed beans, a beef stock cube and a couple of bay leaves. In a hot frying pan I added a splash of rapeseed oil then some chopped red onion and garlic. Turning down the heat to let them gently fry for about 10 minutes I then mixed the garlic and red onion with the beets and beans adding salt, pepper and hot chilli sauce. Putting a lid on the pan I left to gently simmer for about 25 minutes. Rice seemed like the perfect sick kick which worked out well as there was loads in the cupboard.

This tasty meal is healthy and super cheap to make. It’s can be warmed up and eaten throughout the weekend which means I don’t have to cook or spend money on a pizza. Next time I’d like to try adding mushrooms and red wine. It can even become vegan by replacing the beef stock with vegetable stock.

Ingredient ratio’s;

  • 4 large beets
  • 2 tins of tomatoes
  • 1 jar of mixed beans
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 stock cube

Leave a comment if you have any questions of tweet me.

In the last 24hrs some work related issues have come up causing me to feel stressed. Recently I’ve been doing some work on myself and through these teachings I am slowly learning to deal with day-to-day anxiety. Naturally I’m one of those people who becomes stressed or anxious quite easily and now that I’m aware of the damage it causes to both my body and state of mind, well I’m ready to kick it to the curb. For a long time I was unaware of the stress I was under and how it become a day to day reaction, popping up if I was running late for work or with someone not replying to an important e mail. It’s got to the stage where I’ve had enough, now I’m at a point where I manage to catch myself and make the decision to turn the situation around. I’m hoping that one day I will get to a place where it isn’t my go-to response when something doesn’t go as I had intended. For now I simply pause, clear my head of any thoughts and just breathe. Taking a few breaths with a clear head put’s me back in control of the situation which feels a lot better, for a second or two at least. I tell myself I’m not doing this, I am NOT going to stress. After all, is it going to make a blind bit of difference other than making me feel exhausted which just prevents me from finding a solution.

Another thing I am learning is that worrying about something that might happen is the dumbest thing ever. The amount of times I’ve sat somewhere anxiously worrying that I might lose that important business client and then it turns out I didn’t and everything was fine. I will never get that time back and I’m not OK with that. Until the moment comes when the business client say’s bye bye I’m not going to worry because it’s all a big fat what if.

There are so many facets to every daily event that other people, the horoscope or past situations must be factored into these moments. Because of this it’s no surprise that things don’t always go how they are supposed to. Taking this on board can be comforting, I don’t take it so personally and it certainly put’s things into perspective. Stress has it’s function and whilst I hope it never happens I would like to reserve it for the moment when I am required to fight off a sabre toothed tiger.

Ironically, as I’m finishing off this post. I just received an e mail regarding the work related issue that had been bothering me, and guess what. Everything is OK! But, if that situation hadn’t happened then I’d be wracking my brain trying to find something to blog about.

Another lesson learned.

Working from home I tend to snack throughout the day and lunch usually involves something bread related. I’m one of those annoying people who can eat the contents of a fridge and still be skinny but this doesn’t mean I don’t try to eat healthy. When it comes to this I’m all about balance so eating enough super healthy food allows me to enjoy pizza, beer and Chinese food at the weekend. I have started eating a huge salad during the day that’s healthy and easy to prepare.

Once or twice a week I buy fruit and veg from the local market, it’s way cheaper than the supermarket and tons better quality. When I get the stuff home I wash it and store it in the fridge so when it comes to using it I’m good to go.

The salad in the picture has the following ingredients;

Spinach

Lettuce

Beetroot

Tomato

Sunflower Seeds

Your Superfoods, Antioxidant Superfood Mix

As I’ve already cleaned the salad I begin by tearing up the spinach and lettuce then chuck it into a large salad bowl. I chop the tomatoes and beetroot which I add to the bowl with a handful of seeds. I’m currently sampling the Antioxidant Superfood Mix from Your Super Foods. I’m totally into this as it contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals which transform the salad into a super salad.

I finish off with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing and some salt and pepper. If you have any alternative suggestions then leave a comment or tweet me as I’m always looking for new ideas.

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Ahh Sunday. When I’m in London this is a day of rituals and traditions. Providing I didn’t have a heavy night on Saturday I like to get up earlyish to get some coffee, pick up the newspapers before returning home to veg out on the sofa and read whilst some trash tv plays on repeat in the background. I drink about a million cups of tea and then start calling up friends around noon to see who’s up for a Sunday roast at the pub. This is my perfect Sunday.

I’m wearing a bomber jacket from We Fashion, chino’s from Zara and a sweater from Cos.