My Foodie Adventures

Making up healthy recipes as I go along...

Month: July 2016

My Lasagne Recipe

I have been umming and ahhing about whether or not to do this post. Lasagna is one of those dishes that everyone has a recipe for. It’s a weirdly personal meal. You can go to 3 different houses and experience 3 completely different tasting lasagnas. My mother even made a vegetarian one once. That was… an experience.

My recipe relies on simplicity and good ingredients, which you will recognise as my calling card when it comes to recipes. Make it good, make it simple.

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Cooking With Tunes: July 24th

It’s been over a month since my last playlist! Why did no one remind me!?

Obviously, it’s entirely my fault but still…

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Healthy Honey Roast Peaches

This is going to be a quick one because this is a wonderful Summer dessert and that sun is looking dangerously close to disappearing…

I decided to have this for breakfast because I’m a reckless rule breaker, I think You Me At Six actually wrote a song about me once. You thought that was about breaking up with someone? Poor you, it’s all about my penchant for having meals at the wrong time of the day.

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My 12 Week Fitness Challenge: The Start

See that? That was me a few years ago. I looked awesome! I want to be that guy again!

I don’t know if I mentioned this before but I spent 3 months in Africa as part of a volunteer service for VSO. While I was there, I stayed in a lovely house with a wonderful family. The problem was, I had very little internet, the TV was all in Swahili and the electricity was off most days.

So I took to exercising every day to pass the time. I only started about 6 weeks in; so for the last 6 weeks, I was training every day. Obviously, being in a part of the world like… I’ll just show you where it is.

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You can’t tell from there, but it was in the middle of nowhere. So there were no gyms, no free weights, no protein shakes. It was just bodyweight exercises, running, walking, playing football with people in the village.

I’ll have to do a blog about my time there. It was a wonderful life experience.

I didn’t have any body image motivations, I wasn’t planning on getting bigger. I was just really, really bored and had a lot of time to kill.

My day consisted of:

7am: Wake up

8 am: Mama shouts it’s time for a shower (they had to boil the water over a fire for hot water)

8 30am: Breakfast which was usually mandazi (kind of like a donut), popcorn, chips my eye (fried chips in an omelet) and a jug of tea

10am: Head down to the Community Centre for the days work which was 2 miles away, downhill

12pm: Lunch, usually rice and beans.

1-5pm: “Work” or wandering around

5-7pm: Card games at the pub

7-9pm: Staying indoors because it’s pitch black and mosquitoes are the work of the devil

9pm: Dinner, rice and beans again. Maybe a fish head stew or curried goat.

11pm: Sleep

As you can see, there were massive gaps with nothing to do. Back home, I fill that time with Xbox, TV, chilling out.

I didn’t have that over there. So I did press ups and squats in my room or Rob and I would go on massive treks for hours.

I got in incredible shape. I was healthier, fitter and stronger than I probably ever have been. And I want that back.

So these next few weeks, I’m going to be exercising more and being healthy.

In terms of my food, it’s not really going to change much. I’m going to have to say goodbye to “Pizza Friday”. Or find a healthy alternative.

I’m going to need to drink a lot more water. I would drink about 4 litres a day in Africa and a lot less alcohol… that just goes without saying.

Regular meals too. I think that played a major part in my health boost. Back here, I eat when I can be bothered. Over in Kamachumu, if you didn’t eat everyone assumed you had Malaria and were probably not long for this Earth. So I need to get back into that.

Sleep. I need more sleep. I get around 3-5 hours sleep a night unless I sleep in (by accident). I need to get back into a regular sleep pattern.

Lots and lots of exercise. The caveat being, I’m not joining a gym. It’s all bodyweight exercises, whatever weights I have in my house and walking/jogging.

I have taken a photograph of myself this morning and… let’s just say it’s quite the motivator.

You can’t see it just yet. I’ll show you it at the end of the month. I’ll be keeping you all updated on Twitter as I go along and I’ll do a month by month summary on here. So keep up.

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Fully Loaded Macaroni Cheese (Mac ‘n’ Cheese)

If you’re wondering why I’ve called it both macaroni cheese and mac ‘n’ cheese in the same title, the answer lies with my mother.

It’s not a long story. Essentially, my mother dislikes it when we English people use American terms. So, when I told her that I was going to make this dish, she politely and sternly told me I would probably be disowned for calling it anything other than Macaroni Cheese.

However, I understand that people will search for both so, in the spirit of inclusion, I’ve called it both.

Not a massively interesting story but, there you go.

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How To Make Béchamel Sauce

As you well know, unless this is the first time you’ve arrived at my site (in which case, hello!), I am not a profoundly talented chef. I’m not going to go into a whole line of false modesty and say I’m the type to burn water. I’m pretty good. I’m just not “technically” good.

With that being said, there are some classic culinary skills which I have been teaching myself for 2 reasons.

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Wild Beer Co. Review: Evolver IPA

This journey continues…

I love a good IPA. You know where you stand with a decent, proper Indian Pale Ale and based on my current set of encounters with Wild Beer Co., I was aware I was in for something rather special.

Reading the back of the bottle, I found myself in a quandary. This beer promises to evolve (for want of a better word) over the course of its life. So, I was left in a curious pickle. Do I drink it now or should I leave it for 3-6months until it achieves its final form, like a really tasty Pokemon.

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My Weight Loss Journey

That picture bears no relevance to this post. As I’ve said before, any and all pictures I have of myself are often not concomitant to the point I am trying to make, unless it involves food or beer.

When I was younger, I was a little bit on the plump side. Just a tad. Let’s just say I was slightly more cuddly than I am now. Actually, I was an exceptionally thin child up until around the age of 6. My nickname was Tin Ribs. After that age, I seemed to balloon to an unhealthy proportion.

There are many factors behind my portly posterior, and anterior for that matter. One is the terrible state of school dinners. This was a pre-Jamie Oliver time. Things were darker then; not to mention greasier.

I remember, the closest thing we had to a healthy school dinner was a salad which consisted of pickled beetroot, egg, heavily buttered bread and crisps. Which would be followed by a dessert of something drenched in custard or a massive bowl of Angel Delight. Quite frankly, I didn’t stand a chance.

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Wild Beer Co. Review: Modus Operandi 2016

If you come into this situation expecting to taste a run of the mill beer, as I did, you will end up looking like and idiot… as I did.

Imagine if wine and beer had a baby. Not like making a shandy out of the 2 of them because you’re at a house party and you’ve forgotten how to spell dignity. Like they had a baby which took the good points from each parent. That’s what this beer is. It is the olive branch in the war between beer and wine. It is like an alcoholic Nephilim. A combination of the 2 with both of their powers and none of their weaknesses.

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