Monday, 28 September 2015

Soup, GLORIOUS! Soup!

A note from Joelle... 
Autumn's rolling in and all the warming comfort food is coming with it (YAY!). 
When it's miserable outside, there's one thing (no, not Netflix) that is proven to make us feel nice and cosy... Soup!
Now, this time last year, I hated soup. 
Liquid veg just wasn't for me at all! 
But when I went to live in the Isle of Skye this summer, something clicked and now I can't get enough of it! 
Anything with tomatoes, mushrooms, potato, rice, coconut, garlic is a winner for me and I'm glad I'm eating hearty, healthy meals! At this time of the year, it's so easy to fall into bad habits and order a takeaway.
So when GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious got in touch and wanted me to try out their new soup range, I was more than happy to give it a go.
I went to the shops with the vouchers they kindly gifted me with, and here's what I bought.

The general concept around the soups are pretty cool. They are all super healthy and are inspired by the team's travels around the world. So They've not everything from Italy and Morocco, to Thailand and West Africa.
You guys know I like value for money. So that's why I like the generous pots that are filled to the brim! They are not stingy on the vegetable/meat chunks either (YAY!). 

My ultimate favourites: 
Heart Of West Africa - As a West African, I was a bit sceptical about how this would taste. I am so used to my Mum's exceptional soups, so I wasn't expecting this one to be nice, to be honest. Was I wrong? Yup! It's bloomin' delicious and could have it weekly and not get bored of it.

Moroccan Spiced Chicken - Now this has chickpeas it it, which I thought I hated. Turns out, they are delicious in this soup (who would have thought?). There were generous chunks of chicken, which is rare in shop-bought soups and I didn't have to add many additional seasoning to it once it was cooked.

Because of how much I've been eating and experimenting with soups, I've called this month SOUPtember (see what they did there?) so now's the perfect time to try out new flavour combinations and stay healthy during the colder months!

I've also found that they go really well with my Homemade Baked Potato Chips (fries), so it's double the deliciousness!

Psst! Soups are currently £1.50 instead of £2.20 in Sainsbury's! Woohoo!

Season's eatings!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

RECIPE: Homemade Potato Chips (Fries)

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪'The Ketchup Song' - Las Ketchup ♫♪

(^^Don't pretend you don't know it!)
Okay, so I've clearly been living under a rock for the past two decades, because I've never made my own chips (or fries).
For me, it looked like too much stress for a simple side dish, and manz just ain't got the time!
But this Autumn, I'm all about change because change is good! Not forgetting to mention that this is the season for tasty comfort food!
So I tried to make my own chips, with my own recipe...and it WORKED! I can't believe it! These chips are 100% vegan, healthier because they are baked and not fried and just taste delicious.
RECIPE: Homemade Potato Chips (Fries)

I never need to buy frozen chips again because:
A) Frozen chips are incredibly expensive for the small amount you get
B) These are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside every time!
C) Frozen ones don't taste as good as my homemade ones!

Don't believe me?
Try my recipe below and see for yourself!

You will need:
Baking potatoes - I use 1 large one for two people
Olive Oil
A Sprinkle of mixed herbs (basil, parsley, oregano, etc.)
Pinch of Salt & Pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius 
2. Get a saucepan and fill it halfway with cold water. Allow it to boil on the stove.
3. Wash your potato(es) well and then slice them down the middle into chip-shaped chunks with a large knife
4. Add the sliced potato into the boiling water for three minutes
5. Drain the water and pour the chips (carefully, will be really hot!) onto a baking tray. They should still be in one piece, but not really hard.
6.Dab away any excess starchy water with a paper towel
7. Coat all the chips in olive oil, salt, pepper and the herbs of your choice.
8. Bake at 200 degrees for 35-45 minute. I know it's long but it's worth it!
9. When nice and golden, they are ready! Drown them in vinegar or tomato sauce and marvel at your ingenious creation!
RECIPE: Homemade Potato Chips (Fries)

Season's eatings!


Monday, 21 September 2015

#WeAreReady For Autumn With Boohoo

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ Castles In The Sky - Ian Van Dahl ♫♪

Why, hello there! 
Long time, no blog, right?
A large chunk of my dissertation was due this week, so I spent the last few months slaving away and being the most antisocial person ever! 
But hopefully all the long hours, sweat (eww), tears and papercuts are going to be worth it.
So yeah, I'm back and raring to get back into the swing of weekly blogging!
#WeAreReady For Autumn With Boohoo Febgirl
It's finally Autumn - WOOHOO! This is my favourite season because I love the seasonal comfort food (apple crumble, anyone?), the colour of the falling leaves... and of course, the fashion!
I really love the look of this Soft Knit Midi Dress from Boohoo, so I styled it up two ways:
#WeAreReady For Autumn With Boohoo febgirl
The dress on its own is so cute! I feel like a big, soft snowball! It's a soft white that keeps its colour after washes and makes me feel really cosy and ready to tackle the cold Aberdeen winds!
#WeAreReady For Autumn With Boohoo febgirl
The material is incredibly soft, which is great because I'm really fussy about wools that are itchy and uncomfortable. This one is perfect, even after a few washes.

I then turned it into a top and tucked it into a leather skirt.
#WeAreReady For Autumn With Boohoo febgirl
Dress  - Boohoo*
Skirt - New Look
Necklace - New Look
Boots - ASOS
#WeAreReady For Autumn With Boohoo Febgirl
How are you finding Autumn/Fall so far? Are you ready for spiced lattes, cosy knits and festivities?

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Viva la Vita!

A note from Joelle... 
It's no secret that I love Vita Coco coconut water. Other than the water straight from the coconut itself, it's the only type I drink.
When London Fashion Week comes around, a part of me is excited for the shows. But an even bigger part of me gets rather giddy when there's Vita Coco under my seat.

Obviously Vita Coco water is delicious, but I didn't know it contained more potassium than a banana and was packed with electrolytes. You learn something new everyday!

I did a post last year called Smoothie Queen, where I shared my favourite smoothie recipes and this Vita Coco played a bit part. A year on, they've been kind enough to send me over some samples (YAY!), but this time I'm going to make their recommended recipes. So here it goes!
Very Berry
Vita Coco water, fresh blueberries, raspberries and chopped up, frozen banana
Freezing the banana overnight and blending it up makes the smoothie nice and refreshing, without ice watering it down! It also makes it thicker and frothy when blended for a few minutes.

Healthy Mango Lassi
Frozen banana, coconut water, overripe mango,a pinch of  cardamom, fresh passion fruit and a splash of soya milk.
This drink isn't filled with the normal sugars and fats you'd usually find in a mango lassi. But it's just as sweet, thick and chilled, as I used overripe fruit, soya milk and frozen fruit!

Pink Velvet
Frozen raspberries, fresh strawberries, Vita coconut water, frozen blueberries, 1 fresh peach
This juice is naturally smooth and sweet! The peach works really well with the berries.
In all the recipes, make sure to chill the Vita Coco water for the best flavour!
Let me know if you try any of these! :)


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