Italy campervannin’

You have a pizza my heart

We just returned from 2 weeks travelling around Italy in a campervan (Big Vinny) and boy did we eat well! Thankfully Alex stocked up on Holland & Barratt’s Lactase tablets for this trip as he would have suffered without them! So if you suffer from lactose intolerance or struggle to digest dairy – give these a go!

We ate a pizza and pasta almost every day and still didn’t get sick of Italian food! seriously, I thought we would but we haven’t. I of course went to the most rich in flavour meals or the cheesiest, creamiest pasta dishes… while Alex (very cleverly) opted for more simple, fresh dishes. Pizza marinara with no cheese was a favourite!

I will be making fresh bruschetta, pizzas and pasta dishes from now on!

Thank You Italy ❤

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Calorie counting… and counting…

Last weekend I decided to try yet ANOTHER ‘fad diet’… or not? whatever way you think of it – I am now mid-week into calorie counting.

According to NHS online:

Within a healthy, balanced diet, a man needs around 10,500kJ (2,500kcal) a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 8,400kJ (2,000kcal) a day. These values can vary depending on age, metabolism and levels of physical activity, among other things.

So what the boyfriend and I are now doing is lowering our calorie intake by 500. I’m limiting myself to 1500 (Tuesday is an exception) whilst trying to burn 500 in a day! (Same for him).

 

 

Monday

  • Porridge with berries and peanut butter = 315 cals
  • Small slither of homemade lasagne and salad = 250 cals
  • Banana mid morning snack = 100 cals
  • Small packet of ASDA crisps = 95 cals
  • Small pie, cauliflower mash and beans = 510 cals
  • Weightwatchers mini roll = 80 cals

Total = 1350

Tuesday

  • Wholemeal toast w/ peanut butter x2 = 422 cals
  • Small packet of ASDA crisps = 95 cals
  • Small apple = 71 cals
  • Homemade cookie (oops!) = 200 cals
  • Pork noodle soup = 289 cals
  • Banana = 100 cals
  • Sausage pasta with veg = 350 cals

Total = 1527

Wednesday

  • Porridge = 315 cals
  • Small apple = 71 cals
  • Tuna couscous salad = 467 cals
  • Banana = 100 cals
  • Courgetti Bolognese = 369 cals

Total = 1322

So far so good… watch this space.

 

 

Eat Well For Less – Brizzle style

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For a few weeks now we have been trying to make sly swaps in our food shop. Swapping branded things like Heinz and Hellmann’s to ASDA’s own Smart Price. Some of you might wince or cringe at the thought but have you ever actually looked at the packaging for content or nutritional value? Is your weekly shop 100’s of £’s?

Our inspiration was clearly the Channel 4 TV show Eat Well for Less where they film an average family of 4 in the UK on their weekly spend on food. They gradually swap things or don’t swap things in order to save that family money so they can spend it on a massive holiday or a wedding etc. We are doing the same. We want to see how much we can save.

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20170723_192027In the above picture – we will be swapping all of these.

# THE BEST BIT – THEY’RE ALL DAIRY FREE! Mainly the pastry in the pies and the garlic bread… who would have thunk it? You might think ‘hmm well that’s because its chemicals’ or whatever but do you know what… it will do for a couple of months to ensure we save money. And if we can save a lot in a month, then we can go out to restaurants more often and eat ‘nicer’ food.

A couple of things have not been so good like the ‘Diet cola’ and the ‘ham’… that we wont be swapping but out of a lot of things… that’s not too bad!

This was our meal last night – it cost a grand total of 50p EACH (and we secretly like cheap school dinner sausages :))

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over and out.

 

I’m from Holland!

Well, I’m not but having spent the most crucial years of my life living there – I kinda count it! So having just got back from The Hague in The Netherlands… I thought it convenient to go through the food stuffs with you all.

It’s the place where I grew up so obviously still have childish taste buds for the food when I go back. 1 litre of Chocomel (chocolate milk) later and a serious hunt for Broodje Shoarma (I cant really describe what this is but I guess it compares to a British kebab but WAY WAY better) I feel I have filled my tummy with Dutch good-ness. I wish we were there longer and wish I could have brought back more food but airplane restrictions n all that…

I will soon be posting how my homemade version of Broodje Shoarma’s turned out using the herb mixes I brought back along with Alex’s Hagelslag experience. I am proud to have shown him round my old stomping ground/schools and houses. I felt so happy and nostalgic being there with him and taught him some Dutch words along the way! 🙂

I miss these foods so much but when we were living there, we all missed the English food so much! It is weird to think I didn’t grow up with English breakfasts, fish and chips and cider!

Dus totziens voor nu maar kijk uit voor recepten!

 

It’s Easter! My favourite time of year!

As a person who is able to eat full on dairy but just chooses not to due to my partner not being able to, I do find Easter time a really awkward time of year. It’s personally my favourite time of year with daffodils blossoming, lambs bleeting in the fields and the sun shining what better way to top it off with chocolate Easter eggs. Now I know that it’s not what Easter is all about but I am naïve in that sense as someone who also isn’t religious in any way.

With Alex not being able to eat dairy, I do find it difficult each year to find appropriate ‘chocolate’ eggs for him and when I finally do find somewhere that stocks good ones, they’re always sold out!

One of these days I will learn to make my own but for now I will stick to the traditional, good old chocolate cornflake nests (and top with a sweet instead of mini eggs). Alex has introduced gluten back into his diet so he can now also dig in to the traditional hot cross buns with warm, melted, dairy free butter…

If you find any good dairy free Easter treats – do let me know!!

Happy Easter everyone!

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GF and DF Choco Carrot Cake!

Guys!!

Sorry its been such a long time since I last posted 😦 Getting to grips with our new house and kitchen still. Anyway I rustled up a dairy and gluten free chocolate carrot cake over the weekend. First time ever might I add! It was annoying as it had to fit on a 16.5cm diameter cake stand and so it took me a while to find a cake tin small enough but found one in the end 🙂 AND IN THE SALE.

Ingredients:

  • 200g carrots
  • 2 eggs
  • 210ml vegetable oil
  • 80g dark chocolate
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 245g gluten free plain flour
  • 5g bicarb soda
  • 2g gluten free baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • half a tsp ground cinnamon
  • 70g walnuts chopped
  • handful of chopped dark chocolate

Method:

  1. Put a small amount of the oil in a saucepan with 80g dark chocolate until melted.
  2. Combine the eggs, caster sugar, rest of the oil and the choco oil mixture in a bowl and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Mix in all of the dry ingredients until combined well.
  4. Stir in the carrots and nuts then the chocolate chunks.
  5. Transfer batter into a greased and lined 16cm diameter baking tin until skewer comes out clean (this took me maybe an hour or so to bake as it was too wet but it ended up being dry on the inside so maybe bake 45 mins?)
  6. Allow to cool fully before the fun part.
  7. I used good old Aunt Bessies dairy free cream cheese frosting as I ran out of time but I would have made a cream cheese frosting using dairy free cream cheese and sugar. Aunt Bessies cake frostings are a life saver sometimes! Pipe all of it on top in a pretty decorative way – I pressed whole walnuts around the edge of mine and crushed more walnuts to put in the middle.
  8. SCOFF!

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The classic Twix is my favorite kinda chocolate bar!

Check out the pin below to see how to make a vegan/paleo/gluten free homemade Twix bar! 👊
I thought you’d like this Pin on Pinterest… http://pin.it/KYDHKk2