My Foodie Adventures

Making up healthy recipes as I go along...

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Rosemary & Elderflower Gordon’s Gin and Tonic

I’m not being deliberately obtuse in my choice of drinks. I didn’t want this to be a pedestrian, prosaic blog post about gin. Essentially, I didn’t want to talk to you like you’re idiots. You know how to make a Gin and Tonic. What I wanted was to help elevate your drinks so that next time you’re at a party or cocktail evening, you can start pulling these out the bag like it’s no big deal.

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Gordon’s Gin Bramble

This has long been one of my favourite Summer cocktails. Occasionally, with a fruity cocktail you end up with a  glass of saccharine goop. The joy of the Bramble is that it balances the sweetness of using Creme de Cassis (or Creme de Mure) with the tartness of red berries and lemon juice. Again, this one is usually a stronger one but it doesn’t do any damage to put a splash of soda water in to lighten the tone.

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Gordon’s Gin Negroni

This is one of those cocktails that just makes you effortlessly cool. I like a good Martini but I always have the worry of the glass being too fragile while I’m drinking it. I’m concerned that one decent sneeze and the glass would explode. And don’t even get me started on walking between 2 points with that glass! It’s like a bloody wave pool.

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Gordon’s Gin Pickled Onion Martini

Don’t walk away, seriously! This works. If you like your drinks a little stronger, then this one is for you. No one in my family likes what basically amounts to drinking straight spirits, apart from me. So I got to enjoy this one all to myself. I was in one of those situations where everyone tried it, pulled a face, said it was nice but too strong and handed it back to me. So I got one compliment and that’s all I need.

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Gordon’s Gin Cocktail Party

I recently received a wonderful email. A far cry from my usual spam and newsletters I’ve signed up for.

Gordon’s asked me if I would be willing to write a blog post about their gin. Willing? Like I was going to say no? They even sent me a bottle to get me started on my gin based adventure. I knew this blogging malarky would eventually pay off!

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Gordon’s Gin and Tonic Float

Do you remember, as a child, that time when you put ice cream in lemonade? It was a revelation, right?!

You were just messing about, being a child, and you created something utterly delicious.

That’s what I wanted to capture with this drink. I wanted the whimsy of youth mixed with a little refinement that comes with age. So I created the G&T Earl Grey Float.

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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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