My Foodie Adventures

Making up healthy recipes as I go along...

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Give Tequila a Chance

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been incorrect for a long proportion of my adult life. There exists, out there in the world, a drink which we have forced to hide in the shadows, gathering dust on bar shelves across the country due to our own ignorance and misinformation.

As you have gleaned from the title, I am talking about tequila.

I can feel you all turning up your noses and reaching for the door as I type these words. I implore you to hear me out!

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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.

If you have any advice or motivation, head over to:

Twitter: @myfoodventure

Instagram: @ljtstoney

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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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Review: Ting Thai Caravan Edinburgh

I promise that I’m not on a weird mission to eat in every Thai restaurant in Edinburgh. I know that I reviewed Bluerapa, another Thai restaurant, but that’s just how my foodie adventures have played out.

Despite dealing with the same cuisine, Ting Thai and Bluerapa are worlds apart.

Bluerapa is like walking into someone’s living room who has been cooking all of their lives. Ample homely dishes which are just so heatwarming it’s unreal.

Ting Thai Caravan is exceptional street food style Thai dishes. And I mean exceptional.

If you’re in Edinburgh for a couple of days and you find yourself in the mood for some good, well made, quick food:

Teviot Pl, Edinburgh EH1 2RA 

There’s the address. Put it in your satnav/GPS/maps or whatever and get walking to one of the best meals of your life.

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Review: Byron Burgers in Edinburgh

Recently, we were fortunate enough to receive £15 worth of Byron Burger vouchers from Anna’s sister, Judy. I had not heard of the place before (I blame living in a small town) but once I did a little bit of research, suffice it to say I was pretty excited about the prospect of heading to a burger restaurant.

I think that I’ve made my position on burgers pretty clear so the feeling I had heading to a building dedicated to them is how I imagine people feel walking into church, only my feelings are stronger.

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National Vegetarian Week: Day 4 Steamed Bao Buns with GLORIOUS! Vietnamese Soup

Today was a good day in my meat-free challenge, I think I just needed to get over the mid-week hump (a phrase I can’t usually stand to use but felt apt this week). So I’m going to put a different spin on the struggles of my week without meat.

I wasn’t at work today so I found myself with plenty of time on my hands to make some vegetarian delights and I used that extra time to my advantage. And to watch some TV I wanted to catch up on but mainly the whole vegetarian food thing.

To be honest, I thought it was going to be a boring day today. I bought a bag of lettuce and a pot of fresh soup yesterday because I was tired of coming up with these wild and wonderful recipes but, for some reason, I felt inspired this morning.

I’m blaming it on the soup. I’ve owned lettuce before and it’s never acted as a culinary inspiration, that I can recall.

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National Vegetarian Week: Day One

How do you people do this? This is the longest amount of time I’ve had to spend thinking about what I want to eat.

I sent a query into the Twitterverse about whether I’m allowed to eat eggs and, to be honest, you folks were ready with the responses. Thank you to everyone who told me that I’m still allowed to smash out some omelettes. Without that, there is no way I would have made it through this week.

So, I have fully caved. I bought Quorn mince and made a chilli. It tastes just as good but, as a certified carnivore, I feel wrong. While I can barely taste the difference, my heart knows there is something amiss. I think I’m going to avoid this in future. I will just go full veggie. For the week. I understand and respect that people choose to do this, I’m just not that person.

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