August 23rd, 2016

Baked Avocado With Egg and Bacon

Baked avocado with egg and chives

Avocados are, I am sure we can all agree, one of the greatest things to eat ever. I bloody love guac, then there’s the classic avocado on toast (preferably with a poached egg).

Recently I decided to try baking one with an egg in, cos I’d seen it all over Instagram. I’d also seen a video on Facebook, where someone baked an avocado wrapped in bacon, and it looked insane, but I wasn’t quite up to the challenge as I didn’t have enough bacon left. Instead, I decided to just sprinkle with bacon pieces and add some chives.

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July 23rd, 2015

Grill on the Alley Manchester

Grill on the Alley Manchester


Lately I’ve been kinda obsessed with burgers. I feel like it kinda came out of nowhere, but for the past couple of weeks I’ve just been eating a lot of burgers. I recently popped down to Manchester, to pay a visit to Grill on the Alley, who have teamed up with Thomas Cook to produce 4 American inspired limited edition burgers, to celebrate Thomas Cook’s new Stateside routes.
These went on the menu on the 4th of July, for one month only, so you’ve still got a bit of time to pop down and try them for yourself.
The offerings in question are as follows:


NY Deli Burger: Classic with pastrami, pickle and Lancashire cheese
Boston Burger: With prawns and crayfish, garlic butter and back bacon
The Miami Burger: Pickled watermelon, pineapple and horseradish coleslaw
The LA Burger: Onion rings, guacamole, chipotle mayo and beer battered pickles

The LAX Burger

I brought along one of my friends, and we settled down with some cocktails and the menu. I ended up going for the LAX burger, and she ordered a beef burger with bacon. We couldn’t decide which starters/sides we wanted, so we opted for the platter to share, which turned out to be an excellent life decision.




Everything we had was absolutely delicious, I was a big fan of the involvement of beer battered pickles, and my friend said I should definitely mention how much she enjoyed her cocktail. They asked us how we wanted our burgers cooked, and we both asked for medium, and received burgers cooked to perfection.


If you do manage to pop down before the end of the month to try any of these, use this link to book to be automatically entered to win a flight out to America yourself, and be sure to tweet a picture of your burgers to @GrillManc and @TCAirlinesUK Twitter accounts, and use the hashtag #TCABurgerTakeover for an extra entry!
I’ve never actually been to the States before, so winning a flight to Miami or NYC would be amazing! You can read more about the destinations on the Thomas Cook blog.



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September 6th, 2013

Choosing The Healthy Option – Weekend Away Edition

So I recently did a post about my healthy lunches for work, which you can read here. I was really happy that it inspired some of you, it’s great to know my posts are actually helping people. My favourite piece of feedback was when George of said I inspired her to create this awesome mini salad bar in her fridge which is probably the yummiest looking foodprep ever.
Anyway I thought I’d definitely carry on with this sort of ‘mini series’ (which may turn into a full blown food feature tbh, I love food).
Last weekend I went away with a group of friends. We got a cabin in the woods all to ourselves and just chilled out and ate and drank and had campfires and generally just an awesome time. It was all self catering, and since we were going to be there a few days everybody brought food. Storing food was no problem because we had two fridges and a freezer, so there was definitely no excuse for me to fall off the wagon and live off pot noodles (which I hate anyway).
So the night before we went, I set aside a couple of hours to just prepare a couple of meals for me and my boyfriend to eat while we were there. Doing this is really not as big of an undertaking as it seems, especially if you time it so that you can make one of your regular meals at that time anyway. All I did was make myself my tea for that evening, but up the quantities. I put some salmon in the oven to bake, and put on quite a lot of sweet potato, broccoli, green beans and rice. Once all of this lot had finished cooking, I ate my meal, boxed up portions of the extra I’d made, and set about making some chicken and throwing together a quick stir fry using the rest of the rice, a bit of the chicken, and some extra veggies I keep prepped in my fridge for salads and stir fries, just for a bit of variety so we didn’t have to eat the same thing every meal.
Preparing food in advance is really much easier than you think, and it can save you time in the long run, as well as helping you stay healthy!


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August 6th, 2013

Choosing The Healthy Option – Work Lunches Edition

So lately I’ve been asked quite a few times how I manage to still eat healthily when I’m not at home, and I thought it would be good to do a series of posts to help out anybody who might be struggling for ideas. When I’m at work I almost always take food with me, most work places have a fridge and a microwave, which makes it very easy to bring something with you to heat up on your dinner break. Taking food to work with me also saves me a lot of money because I’m not buying my dinners every day anymore!
In this post I’ve just grabbed a couple of pictures of dinners I’ve brought to work with me over the past few months, I hope it gives some inspiration!Salads are always a winner! They’re very easy to throw together, and don’t need heating up again. I prep any veg that needs cutting up like bell peppers, tomatoes, etc and keep them in tupperware in the fridge so no matter how lazy I’m feeling I never have an excuse to not be healthy because I can just chuck it all together to make a salad, or throw the same things in a frying pan to whip up a quick stir fry!

My salads usually consist of a base of either lettuce or spinach, with bell peppers, tomato, cucumber, and then whatever else goes with the particular salad I’m throwing together.

Favourite combinations include:

Chicken, or lemon tangine fried chicken (both pictured above) which I tend to pair with strawberries and other fruit


Tuna, either on it’s own or mixed with avocado (instead of mayo) pickles and peas


Feta cheese with olives and sweetcorn (maybe not as much feta as pictured here…), and occasionally I will just have an avocado salad, as avocados are actually a good source of protein.
My rule is just to always make sure I am having protein with every meal in some form.

Aside from salads, I also like to take wraps to work with me, often just containing the above combinations, but another favourite of mine is the Gemsmaquillage pizza rolls which are absolutely delicious and I always look forward to.

I do get tired of just eating salad every day, but I don’t always buy wraps in, so I quite often just take chicken and vegetables in a box and heat them up in the microwave. I usually just take green beans because they are my favourite greens, but you could take whatever you like. I usually just take them frozen in a freezer bag and microwave them at work but sometimes I will precook them to reduce the time I hog the microwave.

Leftovers are often a good option too, especially if you are prone to making twice as much food as you actually need in an ‘eyes far bigger than stomach’ scenario after a long day. I’ve taken many a left over stir fry to work with me!

I hope this has given you some inspiration, and shown that you don’t need to spend hours slaving away making yourself anything too fancy the night before, I for one will just be chucking last night’s roast chicken leftovers in a tupperware box with a freezer bag of greens in the morning on my way out the door in the morning tomorrow!

Let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this!



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