Halloumi with Apples and Mixed Salad Leaves

This is a very simple yet tasty and light salad, perfect for days when you aren’t very hungry but wouldn’t mind eating something before going to bed. A wholesome healthy meal!

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Ingredients:

A bag of Mixed Salad Leaves

Handful of Cherry Tomatoes (cut into half)

1 Packet of Halloumi (we cut them into 4 parts for two of us)

1 Apple

Sprinkling of flour

Butter for frying

Dressing:

Olive oil

A sprinkling of Oregano

Balsamic Vinegar

Salt

Sugar

Mustard ( any you prefer)

Lime/lemon juice (optional)

Method:

For the salad, just chop the apples into long thin stripes or julienne as they call it. Toss in the a bowl with mixed salad leaves & tomatoes. Set aside.

Now, prepare the ingredients for the dressing. For convenience, remember the measurement of 2:1 for olive oil and balsamic vinegar respectively. Everything else, add a little bit at a time. Taste and add more until it is perfect. Set it aside.

Now for the halloumi, sprinkle and tap some flour on each side of halloumi and fry it in butter on a hot pan. Let it brown for a minute or two and turn over. Alternatively, you can grill the cheese if you have a grill. I would suggest putting a tinned foil at the bottom of the grill, just incase the cheese sticks at the bottom.

Toss the dressing in with the salad and plate it out with the crispy savoury halloumi on top. Enjoy with fresh glass of orange juice!!

P.S: Please try and use organic and fair trade products as much as possible. We can’t eradicate but can reduce negative environmental impacts on our plant in this lifetime.

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Homemade Fishcakes with Pineapple and Rocket Salad

Knowing what goes into your meal is an important aspect of healthy eating. Homemade fishcakes are easy to make and taste way better than frozen ones or ready made ones from the shops. Making them at home also means you know exactly what is going into your fishcakes and you can quality control the ingredients whilst maintaining a budget.

I love making fishcakes at home, because it helps me pick sustainable fishes freshly caught by our local fishmonger, add my preferred flavours, control the seasoning and avoid all the junk that goes into the ready made fishcakes from the supermarket.

My fishcake recipe can be made with any kind of fish you can get hold of or add a bit of tofu/paneer/soy to make a vegetarian version. Add extra breadcrumbs instead of eggs to make it all vegan friendly. Play around with the recipe and enjoy!

Fishcakes:

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Ingredients:

2 Coley/Cod/Mackerel/Tuna fillet (cooked, simply boil them in water)

1 part Potato and 1 part Swede (cooked and mashed)

1 Cup Spring Onions (Chopped)

Handful of Coriander (Chopped)

1 Egg

1/2 Cup of Breadcrumbs (or oat crumbs)

1 tbsp Rice Flour

Salt and Pepper

Oil

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together (except oil) and carefully shape them into cakes. Let them sit in the fridge for about an hour or so. Now, heat oil in a pan and then shallow fry the fish cakes until nice and brown. Turn the heat down and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Alternatively, you could pop the fishcakes into a pre-heated oven on gas mark 5, for 10 to 15 minutes to ensure that it is cooked through and warm right through the centre. Leave them on a kitchen paper to drain all the excess oil. Serve hot with a side of my Pineapple and Rocket salad (below) and some garlic bread!

Pineapple and Rocket Salad

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Ingredients:

Handful of Rockets

A few Spinach leaves

Handful of Basil and Coriander

Handful of Sprouts

1 cup chopped Pineapple

3 tbsp desiccated coconut (fresh coconut is better)

For the dressing:

5 to 6 cloves of Garlic

1 inch of Ginger

2 Chillies (or less)

Hoison Sauce

Honey

Lime juice

Method:

Chop all the greens, add pineapple, coconut and set aside. Finely chop the garlic, ginger and chillies and set aside. Now make a dressing with poison sauce, honey and lime juice and add chopped ginger, garlic, chillies into it. Mix well and use this dressing on the salad. Yum!!

 

I hope you’ll try this at home and let me know ow it was! 🙂

 

 

The New Million Dollar Baby?!

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I went boxing the other night and boy did it feel good! The sweat, the smell, the pain, the need to take deep breaths and not to forget the best sleep I have had in ages.

Motherhood is one of the busiest jobs in the whole world. But let’s face it, being on toe all day as we call it, doing the school runs, walking the dogs and playing in the park with the kids isn’t really making you any fitter.

Amazing as it is, motherhood also makes you very stressed and makes one feel in constant need to sit down and relax. Before you know it, years can go past and when that 3 year old turns eight, you realise that you don’t have to pretend to lose in a race on the beach; infact you know you will lose because his fitness is better than yours.

So although I can’t really keep up with my eight year old, I still have to pretend to lose with my 5 year old. And before she catches up, I have decided to up my fitness level. I’d like to be able to not just walk my dogs but also run with them.

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Inspiration is all around me as my husband runs and spars regularly, but it requires will power to find that extra oomph to actually go all out and get fit. I have always been a yoga girl and that has helped me with my agility and flexibility but I don’t do any cardio. None of the activities as a mother makes my heart go boom boom boom, I don’t really sweat and my core muscles are weak causing excruciating stitches and extreme breathlessness when I run and I am only 26 years old, I shouldn’t feel like this.

So when my husband’s boxing gym ran a trail women session, I finally got myself together and decided to give it a go. Pejs-All Star Boxing Club is a local boxing gym based in Margate that welcomes the ones who want a good workout and get fit as well as the ones who want to try boxing as a sport. They have a team of award winning coaches who help train boxers for matches.

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Boxing is one of those sports that always remains in the periphery but never really becomes a global trend. Hence, the gyms are reasonably sized oozing a feel of community when you go in there. It has also been a very male-dominated sport, but introducing and welcoming women in the club changes everything. For someone like me who finds gyms quite a hostile place and running on a treadmill all alone within the four walls very claustrophobic, a boxing gym is perfect where I can meet other local people, interact with them, avoid the cold outside and learn a skill that is new (working out in a normal gym isn’t really learning a skill is it?). It does not only help my health but will also develop my confidence in self-defence.

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Pej’s-All Star Club in Margate hold a lot of charity fights and the trainers are very well deeply involved within the community helping especially the youth (teenagers) to find something productive to do with their energy thereby keeping them away from trouble; and to keep them physically and mentally fit.

Tell you what, whether you have had a bad day at work or stressful day with your toddlers or just feeling meh, throw a few punches on those bags and do some solid pad work with the trainer, you are sure to go home feeling too tired to worry about anything else but a good nights sleep. It is a very good way to keep your heart and mind pumpin’.