Post baby fitness part II & why you need this cranachan protein smoothie

Time to take it up a gear… My last fitness update was me giving myself a gentle nudge back into working out but now, at a year post baby, I do not have quite the same concerns as I had then.  My abs have married back together at last and all my pelvic floor work did the trick (although truthfully…
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Five things I do every morning

I don’t know about you but I am always really interested to know what other people’s mornings look like.  So if you don’t mind I’m just gonna go ahead and share five things about mine…  they might surprise you and then again they might not.  I went ahead and skipped a couple of super obvious ones like waking up and brushing…
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Skinny nutty banana bread

This post really should be called ‘Skinny nutty banana bread that makes you feel like a pro domestic goddess’.  But a link that length wouldn’t work too well on Twitter’s 140 characters… In any case, this banana bread is skinny – almost virtuous using Greek yoghurt instead of butter and 3 whole bananas.  One could argue that if one ate…
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Get up & go – pink power smoothie

Hey it’s Wednesday – up and at ‘em!  Or not?  Why are mornings so darn hard?  Well I have a few ideas… and how to combat them! First things first – the foundation of sleep.  I might have mentioned my resolution to stop working at 8pm?  Well, aside from one major ‘up till 3am before a 7am flight fail’ lapse,…
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But first, coffee

Let me tell you a story.  It’s the tale of one girl’s quest for the perfect cup of joe.  I don’t know about you but it seems to me that a good coffee is pretty hard to come by…  and I don’t even drink caffeine so it’s all about the flavour for me.  I teamed up with the good folks…
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Juice Garden – my 3 day cleanse

There’s just something about the start of a new year isn’t there?  The kind of something that has you approach a 3 day juice cleanse with the same enthusiasm as a toddler in a swing park.  Thank goodness there’s at least some point of the year when we unequivocally crave health and inner beauty…  Actually I won’t lie, I’m pretty…
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Chocolate peanut butter protein balls

January… month of health kicks.  This month I’ve done bikram yoga, I’ve re-committed to my morning work-outs, I’ve walked further and faster and I’ve been eating healthy.  Only in January can I show this kind of committment – heck I’ll put it right out there, I’m even on a 3 day Juice Garden cleanse right now (more on that later).…
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Soupe a l’oignon (et cognac)

It’s not healthy but it’s still soup so it can’t be all bad right?  And it tastes of ski holidays.  Fact.  And that’s all good I promise. Soupe a l’oignon et cognac (serves 4) olive oil & a knob of butter 7 medium onions, halved and sliced 2 tsp sugar 150ml white wine 850ml beef stock (I used cubes, so…
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Winter party pavlova

Confession: I am a pav-lova (see what I did there?). We make this recipe, yes sometimes me, sometimes the husband, for basically every party we host or event we attend which requires a dessert shaped token.  It’s easily modified to suit however many mouths you want to feed but we find this one generally does about 12 at a party.…
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The classics

It’s Christmas Eve and time for the classics – golden baubles and cosy socks and furry tails and homemade popcorn with chocolate sprinkles and golden cinnamon (recipe) and family and old movies you used to watch when you were a kid and Christmas jumpers and naps on the couch. Somehow Christmas often seems like the best holiday don’t you think? …
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The Highland Spring Pretox

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me at parties and events sipping on indulgent looking drinks and you might even know that those were actually sparkling mocktails.  In fact I took up the 2 week Highland Spring Christmas Pretox challenge.  So what’s that all about then?  In a nutshell – 2 weeks, no alcohol and always 2…
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Chocovocado tarts

You’ll be gathering round about now that I really can’t get enough of all the autumn leaves but I’ll make no apologies – whilst they’re here I’m enjoying them.  Also, happy Halloween everyone! Today a recipe that’s super tasty and healthy, I’m not saying skinny because it’s stuffed full of fats but they’re good fats from nuts and avocados.  I…
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Blackberry rosemary collins

Alexander & James were kind enough to send me a beautiful package filled with luxury purple boxes (the colour of quality is it not?  Just ask HRH).  These boxes were padded and filled with the most sublime of gifts – a rather slick glass ice bucket and glass and, my holy grail, gin.  It seemed only pertinent to invite our…
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Spaghetti but skinnier

My head knows it’s courgette but my mouth says ‘gosh darn, that’s some good spaghetti’. Let me introduce you to my new friend the julienne peeler… I got this one and, of course I have never had another to compare it to but, it did the job and has a handy wee guard so you don’t julienne your fingers.  I…
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A bowlful of healthy

Been eating macaroons and chocolate pear pastries all morning and need some yin for all that naughty yang?  No?  Just me?  Well, here’s a healthy yin anyway (see what I did there?). A bowlful of healthy (Serves 2) 1 large mango 1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed) 1 avocado 1/2 a red onion 1/2 a lime Directions Chop the…
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Summer Sunday roast

I’m just gonna say it – if your guests are arriving in the next few hours then this is not the one for you.  If your guests are arriving for lunch the day after you’re planning a night out then this is going to tick all the boxes. Around 12 hours before you want to eat it, rub a little…
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Super skinny blueberry pankcakes

Operation beach body is in full swing and this recipe (suggested to me by a lovely reader Jules) is the perfect weekend breakfast ‘treat’.  Packed with protein and other healthy stuff but still with the illusion of naughtiness?  I’m in.  The husband deemed them ‘awesome’ and I’d say although you’ll not be fooled, they’re a darn good alternative. I sprinkled…
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Skinny icecream

So the trouble with having a sore throat is the medicine.  Gallons of icecream.  That’s not necessarily a problem except that, with 6 weeks to go, it’s wreaking havoc with Operation Beach Body. But then… lightbulb moment – I remembered about this little gem.  Icecream but not as you know it.  It’s bananas.  No really, bananas.  And that’s it. I…
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Salted caramel brownies

Salt and sweet is a little bit like Kate and Wills; one of the great love stories of our time.  Add that to brownies and you’ve got yourself something there’s no going back from. I went through 2 batches of brownies (the sacrifices I make…) to get a perfect recipe for you guys and I promise, if the husband can…
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Doi maach

I’ve been eating a lot of fish this last couple of weeks because it’s so low in fat and so good for you.  This is one of my favourite recipes because it really tastes like it’s bad for you when it’s not.  Win. Warning – watch your chillies and chilli powder.  If you’re not a fan of hot dishes then…
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Red lentil coconut soup

She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ‘em both up… Had to give this soup a go because it uses a lot of my favourite ingredients (and because there’s only so much M&S soup a good wife can realistically serve up).  It’s tasty and filling and good for you. Red lentil coconut  soup 2 cups red split lentils…
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Strictly

The Halloween theme in the studio yesterday was Strictly Come Dancing.  Strictly speaking there was no dancing.  But plenty of sequins.  Too many?  Never.  Strictly speaking Carrie’s mermaid costume did not follow the guidelines but hours of wondrous DIY skills snagged the prized floating eyeball trophy.  Strictly speaking our lunch was not entirely unhealthy…  I made those teeth from apples,…
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Coconut banana bread

When bananas go to the wrong side of the bowl and ask the other fruit to kindly give them a wee hand out… that’s when you need to catch them. When they’re embarrassing. Coconut banana bread 1/2 cup* vegetable oil 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups self rising flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking…
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A very Scottish soup

On the last day of our holiday, lying by the pool in the 40 degree heat, I said to the husband, ‘Remind me to defrost the haggis when we get home’.  We had a good ‘ol chuckle at how ridiculously Scottish that made us sound but I had a suspicion that this soup was going to be just the thing…
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Rosewater syrup

Rosewater syrup (AKA Nectar of the Gods) 1 cup water 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 tablespoon rosewater Directions Simmer water and sugar for 5 minutes until syrupy.  Stir in rosewater.  Once cool, decant into a suitable storage jug. A little of this ‘Nectar of the Gods’ goes a long way.  Drizzle sparingly over any fruit you fancy (especially peaches, strawberries…
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Purple chocolate cake

I could tell you some heart-breaking story* about this cake but let’s face it – there’s not a lot that’s sad about chocolate cake.  Chocolate and aubergine though?  Hey, I’m game! So here’s the deal – it’s got one of your five-a-day, it’s deliciously moist, lower in fat than a usual cake (perhaps), wheat free… and does it taste like…
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Make Tony proud

Better than any pizza money can buy.  A big claim I know but they’re cheap, they come with as many toppings as you want and in any size you want.  They’re probably not entirely ‘healthy’ but let’s just say they’re not that bad for you either. Pizza 500g bread flour 1/2 tbsp salt 330ml tepid water 7g sachet of dried…
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Twinings iced tea

It’s no secret that I love tea but it would be wrong to say that I love any tea.  I guess my relationship with tea is a bit akin to my love affair with gin – rocky at first and after a couple of false starts and rough nights, when I found the right one, it was love. In the…
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Tartiflette

It was a truly tremendous day when we happened into Waitrose and, nestled in amongst the other special cheeses, just chillin’, was our good friend Reblochon.  Yes, cheese can be your friend.  There’s no better way to enjoy it than a French tartiflette and although I can’t confirm the authenticity of my dish, I can confirm that it tastes like…
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FAIL

I was so excited to find the time to get back in the kitchen on yesterday’s bank holiday that it seemed like the perfect time to try a recipe or two from my macaron book.  With high hopes to produce something like these perfect specimens I began… The recipe suggests you carefully measure out your ingredients before beginning – FAIL…
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Perfectly easy brunch

I say perfectly easy but the first time I tried this out I filled the room with smoke and the toasts were ‘crispy’.  So I should correct that to say this is perfectly easy so long as you have a non-stick fry pan! Fruity French toast with berries, yoghurt and honey 4 slices fruit loaf 2 free range eggs (I…
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Healthy hummus

Because sometimes you just want to dip! Peanut butter healthy hummus 1 can chickpeas (drained) juice of half a lemon 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (you could use regular salt but I’m just fancy like that) 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 125ml low fat Greek yoghurt 150g wholenut peanut butter Directions Blend. If you think you need more yoghurt just get crazy…
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Valentine dinner winner

Happy Valentine’s Day guys!  We’ve never really celebrated V day on the day – who feels special in a restaurant full of special couples?  So we celebrated a little early, on the weekend, with the M&S Valentine’s Day Gourmet Menu, now that was special.  Mr K enjoyed his steak too. Last night the husband tentatively asked when we were exchanging…
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Black Gold steak pie

New Year’s Day was almost invented for steak pie and although we had the offer of someone else cooking one for us, we flaked and laid on the couch all day, eventually making our own version whilst enjoying/enduring (me/husband) an epic Keeping Up With The Kardashians marathon! The recipe is one I found online but adapted a bit here and…
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Smarter than a 2 year old?

golden Nutella cookies – recipe here Right before Christmas we found a spare evening to get together at Fi’s apartment to gorge on pizza and for me to freak out as Thankfifi experienced record traffic and crashed (a blogger’s best dream and worst nightmare simultaneously!).  Oh right… and to do some baking! You can read the full post on the…
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Sno gin

Sno gin is like sloe gin but it’s what I made because the only place I could find sloes was ebay and, as much as I love a good online auction, I don’t think it’s the right source for fresh foods! Ingredients cranberries granulated sugar gin sterilised bottles/jars Directions Pierce each and every single one of your cranberries multiple times…
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Ladurée make my day!

A non-stop day travelling to London and back.  Well not exactly non-stop… one stop.  Harrods.  And more specifically Ladurée.  Behold the beauty of rose, chocolate, orange blossom, violet and lemon French macarons.  Petite perfection. Don’t forget to enter my Young Forever triangle necklace giveaway! (More macaron indulgence on my Facebook page but this photo was just so perfect, even if…
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This little piggy went to roast

As I’ve said before, Sundays are for country walks and roasts.  Here’s our pork roast inspired by C&C Marriage Factory.  It may take a while to cook but it’s easy.  Easy like Sunday morning.  Yeah. Slow Roast Pork w/ Sticky Sweet Balsamic Glaze Ingredients Pork shoulder for 2 (we go for a generous portion but just get what you feel…
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Bombay strawberry collins

Here’s my favourite holiday cocktail, invented, muddled and strenuously taste tested originally in the South of France 3 years ago.  It worked just as well in Majorca. Fill glass with ice. Pour in a generous measure of Bombay Sapphire gin. Add 2/3 Schweppes soda water. Top up remaining 1/3 with Pago strawberry juice. Squeeze in juice of lemon and/or lime…
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Smitten with biscotti

The other day I made these amazing orange almond biscotti.  It wasn’t my first time.  They’re not too high is sugar or fat and perfect for dunking in your tea – what better way to sweeten up the girls in the studio than to shower them with biscuit shaped gifts?! I followed the recipe from SmittenKitchen only I used wholemeal…
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Cinnamon pretzels w/ Nutella

pyjamas – Primark coat – model’s own Working till late means many things but one is definitely late night snacking.  The body needs to be nourished and who am I to overlook nutrition?  Unrefined carbs at bed-time, meh… maybe not the best choice but they sure do make for some great comfort food.  Hello cinnamon pretzels with Nutella dipping sauce!…
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Soup season-roasted tomato

With the weather changing, as documented in yesterday’s post, it really felt like soup season had arrived so I searched my beloved Pinterest and came up with this roasted tomato soup recipe from www.spelonca.com. I omitted the garlic of course and the coconut oil as I didn’t have any to hand and added some thyme and red onion to the…
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Flourless orange cake party!

Friday night we had some friends round for an intimate launch party.  Not just any old friends – the blog inspirer Fi and her husband Phil.  We unveiled the blog to them to the background of the ‘Gay 5km’ drums in the park across the road. They had banners stating they were ‘NOW RECRUITING’ – for the run or for…
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Stripes and cookies

top – H&M leggings – Limited Collection @ Marks & Spencer socks – Primark coat – model’s own If you follow me on Flickr you’ll have seen my photos of Mr K practically swimming through our usual route in the park and know that it has been raining non-stop for about 24 hours by now. Let me tell you, that…
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