Sunday, 15 May 2016

Places: Vegan Sushi at The Hoxton...

On Friday, I went to a food demonstration that took place at The Hoxton in Shoreditch, and tried my hand at making vegan sushi! The class was delivered by the ladies behind the The Redemption Bar, a health conscious and alcohol free restaurant/ bar.. 

To make the sushi, we used quinoa as the base, and filled them with mushrooms and vegetables. The quinoa was made beforehand and had a subtle ginger taste. Considering that this was the first time I made sushi, I was really impressed with the results and will definitely be making some at home soon!

I also learnt an interesting fact, but maybe I'm a bit late on this. Carrots were not originally orange; they were a purple colour before the introduction of the orange pigment by the Dutch. 

Once we finished making the sushi, there was a mini tasting session, after which I can say that I am going to be even more conscious of what I put into my body. The Redemption Bar ladies whipped up some almond milk served with raw chocolate balls. After tasting the milk, I am considering making my own or buying from an independent brand that sells the real thing. Apart from the fact that the milk is easy to make, it was lighter and tasted really different from the high street brands.


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Living + Places: Notting Hill and the perfectionist in me...

It’s been a minute! Actually, it’s been over 3 months! As much I want to list excuses as to why i hadn't blogged in a while, in all honesty, I would say it was straight up procrastination.  I have spoken about making changes to the blog in previous posts, which I am still working on…slowly but surely. Basically, the perfectionist in me stopped blogging because these changes were coming very slowly. I'm not actually a perfectionist, but I guess I have traits of it. This week, i decided to get rid of that perfectionist attitude.

I think most of us has come across the Lemony Snicket quote of "If we wait until we're ready, we will be waiting for the rest of our lives". As much as I have seen this quote on so many Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest posts, I don't actually put it into practice as much as I want to. So, to start living by this quote, baby steps of course, I am going to resume blogging while I work on my blog continuously. Besides, do we really have that much time to be waiting?

Last week, I finally visited Portobello Market. I think it is quite embarrassing that I had never been before, bearing in mind I have lived in London my whole life. I went with a friend and my sister. The weather was amazing and i totally overdid it with the eating. But, considering I walked nearly 17,000 steps, surely the food I ate does not count! We ended up walking around Notting Hill and were supposed to visit Farmacy, but somebody, aka me, forgot the timings for service even though I called beforehand. We managed to get a glimpse of the restaurant and I've got to say that I'll definitely be visiting soon, so watch out for a post!

Enjoy the pictures!


Sunday, 31 January 2016

In The Kitchen...

Finally back into the swing of things! Todays post is inspired by a meal that I ordered at  Muriel’s kitchen. I visited two weeks ago, and ordered Heritage Carrots & Kale Salad with a Salmon steak. It was so nice! I don't think I have ever actually ordered something so healthy before. Ever since having the salad, I have been hooked on Kale! Perhaps hooked isn't the right word as this was the first time having it since visiting the restaurant. But the point here is that I love Kale! My mum actually bought the Kale after I raved on about it. Apparently I have tried it before but didn't realise as it was cooked with other greens for a Nigerian meal called Efo. Seeing as it was my turn to cook at home this weekend, (my siblings and myself take it in turns every weekend), I decided to take an opportunity to blog about what I cooked.

This recipe is quite straightforward. If you have been following my In The Kitchen posts, you'd know that I am hopeless at measurements, I simply freestyle with the amount of ingredients and spices I use. I actually hope to sort that out this year as I post more recipes on the blog! 

To make this meal I used the following:

Sweet Potatoes
Chicken Drumstick
Curly Kale
DIY Chicken seasoning mix (you can use your favourite seasoning)
Chilli Flakes
Vegetable Oil
Coconut Oil
Plain Flour

I prepped the chicken some hours before making the meal, I would have preferred for the chicken to be marinated over night, but I only took out the chicken this morning (so last minute!). I seasoned the chicken using a DIY chicken seasoning mix, but you can use your own and grilled the chicken till it was crisp and golden. While the chicken was in the oven, I peeled and cut the sweet potatoes into chunks and coated in some coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of chicken seasoning and flour and grilled till it was crispy on the outside. To make the Kale, I used about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, as I did not have enough coconut oil at home and sautéed it for some minutes. I then added a little water, a little bit of the chicken seasoning and chilli flakes for taste and heat and sautéed till it was at a desired texture. I like mine tender but also with a crunch. To achieve this I kept the heat on the lowest setting.

Despite using the chicken seasoning for the chicken, sweet potatoes and kale, their flavours still came through so it didn't all taste the same. I really wanted to keep everything simple but tasty. 

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I will post more regularly as I get my head around the change in my schedule. For my first post of the year, I did say that I will be posting on Monday and Fridays, but that will most likely change to Sunday and another day which I haven't decided yet.

Have an amazing week!


Monday, 11 January 2016

People + Places: Care For Your Hair Brunch...

I hope you are having a great 2016 so far, bearing in mind that its been just over a week since the start of new year. Maybe I am just a little too excited and I'm still on the New Year vibe. Or maybe it’s because of the Care For Your Hair Brunch that I attended on Saturday. It was an inspiring event and it was nice to be in the company of like minded individuals, not to mention that I left with a goodie bag filled with hair and healthy treats. 

The theme of the event was goals; life and health goals to be specific. The event was organised by hair blogger Pelumi Rae of Care For Your Hair. The speakers that graced the event were Robyn Henry, a registered dietician and millennial life coach, Kamilla Schaffner, a clinical nutritionist and runs My London Nutritionist, and Sonia Greyson-Newman, an empowerment coach and housing professional. 

Below are some tips that I picked up from the event:

Give yourself a time limit on your goal, and then work backwards.

Invest in yourself; you can't give if you're empty.

Think about how you can be happy NOW, don't wait to be happy. 

Imbalances in the acid-alkaline level in your body can lead to several diseases. Acidity can cause aching joints and bad skin as the system is overloaded with toxins. Unfortunately, a lot of the food and drinks we consume are acidic, including my beloved coffee. For this reason, you should try as much as possible to include alkaline-based foods in your diet such as fruits and vegetables. Basically, eat your fruit and vegetables!


Friday, 8 January 2016

2016: One Week On...

Just like that, a week of 2016 has already passed! This is the way the whole year will pass, so in preparation of doing more than I did last year, I thought that I would put this post together. Last year, I didn't have any resolutions, but I definitely had written down things that I spoke into existence (hippie mode fully activated). I am not going to lie, the whole speaking things into existence seemed weird at first, but making affirmations has been so helpful. It is a fact that things may not go the way you planned, but having positive thoughts before embarking on a task really does wonders. It puts you in the "zone" and makes you feel somewhat invincible. Besides, even if things don't go the way you anticipated, at least you tried your absolute best. Simply try again or try another way. 

I have decided to make some sort of resolutions for 2016. However, I'm going to call them executions, (this will be my most used word this year). This has been inspired by a recent post on The Fesity House blog (you really have to follow this blog if you don't already, it is amazing!) The whole post was so relatable as I got stuck in making plans but not necessarily executing them. I guess you can put it down to fear of the work that needed to be done and of the results itself; basically the fear of the unknown. Despite this, 2015 has been amazing on so many levels, well beyond my expectations. Here are some lessons I learnt from last year and some executions I have for this year God Willing.

Lessons Learnt from 2015

Change is inevitable and it is not always a bad thing; in most cases its a great thing.
Seasons change, situations change, people change. Even I have changed; but I prefer to say that grown rather than changed, as growth is a positive.

A positive mindset and attitude is the way forward.
I don't think I can count the amount of times that I could have given up on a few things last year. But by changing my mindset and attitude, I was able to pull through even when I didn't feel like it. 

Prioritise, because you can't do it all.
In the words of Bruce Lee, "it is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials." 

Executions for 2016 

Simplify everything I do and say no to inspiration overload (more about that here).

Live healthily and mindfully.

Be fearless by stepping outside of my comfort zone and concentrating on the now.

Spend less time online and find inspiration offline.

Heres to a year of executions!

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