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Friday, 26 September 2014

Food: Whole Grain Salad

In my attempt to eat my 5-a-day I've increasingly been turning to salads for lunch as this is a quick and easy way of packing in the fruit and vegetables. This is also a lunch that can be made with whatever you find left over in your fridge, and while being healthy, is also very tasty.

For the whole grains I tend to buy pre-packed grains that can be heated in the microwave oven in a minute or cold rice from the fridge. My favourites are the Merchant Gourmet Red and White Quinoa or Mixed Grains.

Bulghur Wheat Quinoa Salad

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Travel: Travel writing - Food Memoirs

My two great passions in life are travel and food and as a result, I love reading food memoirs, especially those with an element of travel. I often feel that I can understand a person more if I know what they like to eat. My holiday reading always includes  a book set in the place I will be visiting, and if that book includes food, all the better. Here are a few recommendations:

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Life: Keeping my Head in a Good Place

It's so easy to feel overwhelmed when life throws something unexpected at you. I am guilty of this and have been finding it increasingly hard to stay on an even keel when I am stressed. I've realised just how much I was relying on running to keep my stress at bay. My injury is slowly healing but running is still vetoed by my physiotherapist, so I've had to turn to other methods to keep my head in a good place.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Travel: My Favourite Travel Blogs

I love travelling but wouldn't like to live a nomadic life. My internet browser history however betrays the fact that I am a bit of a virtual nomad. Some of our most exotic holidays have been booked on a whim and although I've slowed down a wee bit since the littlies have arrived, this doesn't stop me from living vicariously through the travel blogs that I follow. These are a few of my favourites:

Friday, 5 September 2014

Travel: Memories of Tibet

Lhasa, Tibet. Even the name evokes images of somewhere mythical. This was a trip we'd always talked about taking and we jumped at the opportunity, even though we were only able to spend a few days there. Even flying into Lhasa was exciting. The majestic mountains seemed everywhere and at  3490m above sea level breathing was slightly laboured - even walking up to our 3rd floor hotel room felt like we were scaling a peak. The city thrummed with religious fervour as so many people had undertaken a pilgrimage to the city. Even on the way from the airport I spotted  a lone Japanese man prostrating himself with every step he'd travelled.

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