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A little while back I was introduced to thebodycoach‘s awesome instagram – it’s packed full of fitness inspiration and super tasty, but healthy meal ideas.

One thing that drew my attention was his carrot and courgette breakfast fritters. We’re trying to be healthier and I thought if they were easier enough to make, they could be a great bread free alternative to accompany what is fondly known as “Scrambled Egg Saturday” in this household (N.B it’s very often ‘Scrambled Egg Sunday’ too – we’re fickle like that).

You can find his 15 second recipe video here:


Some tips that I’ve found useful for making them:

  • * I cook for two and find that one large carrot and one large courgette ought to do it.
  • * I also grate ‘normal’ onions in the fritter as I find that it binds better.
  • *If you’re going to have a go I’d recommend breaking it down into a couple of smaller fritter each, rather than one big one. When I tried to do a full sized one, it stay quite wet and would break when flipping.

I’ve still *not quite* got it to look as perfect as Joe’s yet, but it’s a work in progress.

All in all though, it was super tasty and is now frequently a request from the main man. Even if bacon did seem to slip on to this one! :D

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For more of my healthy culinary adventures and foray into the healthy, check out my instagram and keep following on here. If you had a go at this, what advice would you recommend to newbies?


What a legend.

February 27th, 2015

Lovely bit of social content from Dover Police. I defy you to watch this and not smile! Goes to show you don’t always need a huge budget.



January 31st, 2015

Late in November Degustabox sent me my first ever box, which I was very excited to receive. You can see all the goodies that arrived below – I even did a vine showing the unboxing.






In the box there were products from Special K, Blue Dragon, Get Buzzing, Enhance Drinks, Kent’s Kitchen, Solo, Dr Oetker, Bear, Brioche Pasquier, Jelly Belly and Benecol Greek Style Yogurt voucher. Lots to go at, which is why this post is a little delayed as I only just finished using everything! If you’d like to see the full list of all the products and their blurb, you can on theinfo sheet.

Next up, we wanted something for brunch. A quick scour of the Internet and we settled on Creamy Tarragon And Pancetta Mushrooms On Toasted Brioche With Watercress – we used a mixed bag of salad instead of watercress to jazz it up a bit. Delicious.


Sticking with a brioche-y theme, I thought I’d try my hand at chocolate bread and butter pudding. Degustabox included a couple of recipe suggestions in the box and this one seemed like a good one to try. I swapped out the pecans for walnuts as they were a bit cheaper – I also shoved some Nutella into some of the swirls…because of reasons.


Next up, brownies. I remembered this remembered this recipe from a cookbook I had as a kid. We already had most of the ingredients because of the box and the bread and butter pudding – we waited a couple of weeks to cook these because we’d had to get through the first pudding!!

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We ate the Get Buzzing bar and Bear and Jelly Belly sweets while out on a bike ride. Good for a quick boost when you’ve been out and about.

 Finally, I made some filthy, gooey and delicious cookies using a recipe from Gabriella Manchester. They were too tasty, I had to take a few into work so we didn’t eat them all! For as with the other chocolatey recipes I used the Dr Oetker chocolate – I had to get some Dr Oetker bicarb and vanilla extract (which I bought) too actually – they have a good range in Tesco.

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Also, the Benecol yoghurt was lovely and went down particularly well with the other half who is more of a yoghurt fiend. I still have a couple of things left to try, but wanted to get this post up as it was becoming biblically long!

It was a fun experience and encouraged me to do more cooking and baking than I’d usually do, especially using ingredients I might not have bought of my own volition. I’d definitely think about getting it again.

If you’d like to try your own Degustabox, just use the code QCICX which gives you a £3.00 discount when registering.



Back in November I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch party of the Baltic Cellar with a couple of friends. The invite promised a night of fire, vodka and various grilled Baltic delicacies – how could I refuse?!

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I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t really sure what to expect so I checked out their website. Any apprehension I might have had was allayed by the following description: ”Where traditional Baltic, Polish and Russian food is hand-crafted to your plate. We bring the essence of the Baltics to Manchester, with our traditional shashlik grill, warm interior and friendly staff. We hope you enjoy.”

On arrival at the event we were met with glasses of bubbly and a contortionist who performed a, quite frankly, unbelievable routine.


Next we were seated and provided with a fantastic looking starter platter of different meats, some fruity shots and an entire bottle of vodka! We truly were being spoilt and the menu seemed to suggest that more treats were in store.

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On to the main course and we had an array of grilled fish, a platter of each of the main courses and the most scrummy chicken shashlik. The chicken along with the Beef Stroganof was probably my favourite, but to be fair it as all amazing!!


The pudding platter was a another triumph – apologies for the photo missing a couple – we couldn’t wait to tuck in! If you do go, I’d highly recommend you try the traditional honey cake, it was absolutely gorgeous.


As the courses came out, we were informed that it’s traditional to complete each course with a shot. There was lots of drinking theatre including a vodka birdhouse you had to knock on to get a drink, a pyramid of luminous shots, flaming shots and a glass AK-47 filled with vodka! It was lots of fun and we were very merry by the final course :)



All in all it was a fantastic night, brilliant food, fabulous hosting and something a bit different than the usual. I’d definitely recommend you give it a try.


So a little while a go, I received and invite, it read:

“Calling all Manchester #CityExperts , foodies and science fans… you’re invited to join us for an experimental evening of food, drink and fun to celebrate the Manchester Science Festival.

You’ll have the chance to sample edible treats served in petri dishes, learn about molecular mixology whilst sipping on interactive cocktails and tuck into liquid nitrogen ice cream and edible mist.

What’s more, we’ll have world-renowned psychologist, Professor Charles Spence on hand to teach us about the multisensory science behind eating out. Come along to meet him and take part in his interactive foodie experiments.”


I took along the other half to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and we had lots of fun. There was a edible mist which you had to suck through a straw (from what looked like a small, illuminated space ship – top photo!), little Google coloured dots (you had to bite into them to reveal the taste within), various pipette/beaker/petri dish delicacies AND a steampunk ice cream maker, complete with edible white chocolate cups!!

They had a scrumptious cookie and salted caramel ice cream and a rather more adventurous port and stilton….that was an experience.

The talk by Professor Charles Spence was really interesting – apparently in the future virtual sushi may be a thing!

I also really enjoyed the talk and interactive cocktails by two mixologists who spoke about the science behind creating tasty drinks. At this stage they brought out a very bitter and sour grape fruit mix in a beaker with a smaller cup of salt water. Fascinatingly, the concoction was much sweeter and palatable once they were mix together – apparently as the salt water brought out the sweeter flavours.

All in all it was another cracker from the Google City Experts event team.

You can see other photos and more information about the event and how to become a Google #CityExpert here.






















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