Avocado and Egg On Toast

Hello,
I just wanted to pop up a quick post about a new breakfast discovery I've been loving!


Grab bread of your choice (toast it if you fancy), mash up half an avocado on top. Poach, fry or scramble your eggs. Chop up a handful of cherry tomatoes and a handful of spinach, plop them on top. Then you're ready to tuck in.

It super easy, super quick and super yummy.

Thanks for reading,

Indigo Herbs Kick Ass Vegan Smoothie Mix | AD

Hello, 

One of my new years resolutions was that I wanted a healthier lifestyle and diet. I've come to the conclusion that I would like to have more of a plant based diet. I am not saying I am vegan or even vegetarian, just that I am trying to cut out all that is not good for me and eat healthier food.

I love having a smoothie either in the morning or throughout the day as a snack, so when I was sent this Kick Ass Vegan Smoothie Mix I knew it would be perfect to blend in. The packet is also resealable which is perfect to just plop in the cupboard.

You can find all of the superfood powder blends here: http://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/super-powder-blends


I started by gather all my ingredients together (I ended up not using the pear and using 2 bananas) -
2 bananas, 1 passion fruit, 1 peeled apple, 2 teaspoons of chia seeds and as suggested a heaped tablespoon of smoothie mix (I would suggest adding half then adding more if you want, as I found the flavour quite overpowering).







I then found this a little too thick so I added some milk as I didn't have anything else to hand. I would suggest adding, almond milk or coconut water instead.



The result was really good but I did find the mix quite overpowering. So I've learned just to add a little then build it to your desired taste, instead of just adding the heaped teaspoon.


Indigo Herbs are also fully supportive of Veganuary, a global campaign inspiring people to try vegan for January.

I hope you've enjoyed this yummy fruity smoothie and try it out for yourself,






What I've Been Up To - December 2015

Hello,

Here is an overview of December 2015.


4th of December - I went to a work-do at the race horses (I didn't bid at all as I don't wish to support it). It was still great fun and the three course meal was rather yummy.


9th of December - Rob and I made mince pies. This was so much fun and I had never made any kind of pie before so it was lovely to try something different, especially when the outcome is so delicious.

23rd of December - My mum, nan, Rob and I went to our local theatre to watch a pantomime, this year it was Cinderella. The fairy godmother being Jessie Wallace aka Kat Slater from Eastenders. We have started seeing the panto every year now which is a really nice way to get into the Christmas spirit.


25th December - Christmas Day!
Christmas day was so lovely this year. It's all about the food, the movies and just sitting around in pyjamas. We kind of have a routine now, so we get up have breakfast together (I had pancakes with bacon and maple syrup), open presents, tidy up, relax, make dinner, eat dinner, relax, then a small buffet in the evening. It's so nice to just spend the day together and not having to worry about anything.


26th of December - Boxing Day
For the last few years my family have hosted boxing day, which means we have the rest of the family around about midday, have a buffet and some drinks. Yet another fun day :)


31st of December - New Years Eve
Yet again I do the same kind of thing every year for NYE. Rob is a chef so meeting him where he works is the best way to secure we spend NYE together. Instead of getting wild drunk and dancing all night I was actually pretty sober and went home about 1:30am. It was so nice to wake up without a hangover the next day to!

I hope you have enjoyed my overview, there isn't too much going on but I did managed to have a lot of lazy days with my family.

Thank you for reading,

Lime Crime Velvetine in Riot

Hello, 

Today I wanted to talk to you about this gorgeous Lime Crime Velvetine. Riot is describes as 'marsala', a warm rosy brown.

The lime crime velvetines come in 21 different shades. and is a liquid to matte lipstick. 
"The texture of a rose petal... in a bottle! Velvetines go on liquid, but dry matte. Touch-proof, transfer-proof & utterly addictive"



The packaging is a thin frosted tube so you can see the product, and a red lid decorated with pink roses. The applicator is quite small, so it is a really good size to apply the product easily.

I have used this for over 4 months now and I really love the look this gives me. The formula is really smooth and you can build it up once it dries. I don't think it dries completely matte and it does transfer. 

Although it does wear off after eating/drinking it is only in the centre of the lips so you don't need to do any difficult reapplying throughout the day. It is also drying but that't to be expected, to keep that at bay Id recommend using an defoliator and a good lip balm.

The velvetines are £13.95 and then you have to pay packaging and postage (I bought mine from Love Makeup). This was more of a luxury item for me and I do really think it was worth the money.


The swatch on the right is the velvetine.


This has really quickly turned into one of my favourite lip products, it's very complementary to the colours I usually wear. It glides on smoothly and is easy to reapply. They have a big range of colours and I think I might pick up more of a summer shade nearer the warmer seasons.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I'll see you next time,

Baked Banana, Raisin and Summer Fruit Oatmeal

I'm back after a rather long unexpected break, but hello again!

For Christmas I received the Deliciously Ella cookbook, as one of my new year resolutions is to eat more of a plant based diet. This cookbook has immediately made me so passionate about eating healthier and cooking/baking for myself.

So here I've interpreted a recipe from the cookbook and made it my own by changing up a few of the ingredients. I took the recipe which serves 2 and halved it, but I think this could still serve 2 as you will see later.

Ingredients;

- 1/2 a cup of oats

- 1/2 a cup of summer fruits (I used frozen ones. Which were a mix of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry)

- 1 ripe banana (1/2 for in the oatmeal 1/2 for the topping)

- 1/4 cup of raisins

- 1/4 cup of almond milk

- 1/2 a handful of pecans

- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

- 1/2 a tablespoon of honey (optional plus there are so many alternatives)

Preheat the oven to 190C


I put the 1/2 cup of oats in a bowl and covered with boiling water, then let them sit for around 10 minutes. By the end of this time the water should be almost or completely soaked up.


Whilst waiting for the oats to soak I chopped up the bananas and put 1/2 aside. I also chopped up the pecans, I like quite big chunks but this is really down to personal preference. Then I measured out the rest of the ingredients






When the oats are completely soaked add all of the ingredients together and mix.


Then pour into your baking dish and place a few bananas on top for decoration.

Then bake for 20 minutes or until the top has browned.




EAT!

This is honestly the yummiest oatmeal. It is so warming, especially for a typical British winter morning.

I hope you've enjoyed this blog post as it is something a little different.

Thank you for reading,