Saturday, 28 March 2015

My Healthier (No Sugar!) American-Style Pancakes

A few of weeks ago, James and I took a visit to one of my favourite cafes in Norwich, No 33 Cafe. They serve up delicious breakfasts, brunches and basically every cake you could dream for! We both tried their amazing and very popular American style pancakes which I totally fell in love with. But of course, they were obviously very unhealthy and a real treat, so I felt inspired to create my own 'healthier' recipe. I've been experimenting and I think I've found my perfect combination so I thought I'd share it with you :-)

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 1 VERY HUNGRY PERSON!)
20g whey protein (I used The Protein Works in Vanilla Creme)
20g strong wholemeal flour
10g flaked oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 square dark chocolate (I used Lindt 90% Cacao), chopped
about 10g raisins
2 eggs (1 whole egg, 1 egg white)
milk

TOPPINGS ARE OPTIONAL, BUT I USED
2 tbsp fat free natural yogurt
small handful blueberries
1 strawberry
1 small banana
about 10 almonds

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1. Mix all dry ingredients together (protein, flour, baking powder, oats, raisins + cacao). Crack in the eggs and stir. Add milk to desired consistency - I like mine to be quite thick so I didn't add too much. Whisk with an electric whisk until bubbles show, or hand whisk if you're feeling strong!

2. Heat a frying pan (I used a crepe pan) over a low-medium heat. Grease your pan, I used olive oil spray, and scoop out your first pancake. Use about 3 tbsp of mixture for each pancake and this should give you about 3 large pancakes.

3. When pancake starts to produce bubbles/holes then flip. The base should be nice and golden and the chocolate should have melted into the mixture (Mmm!). Repeat this step for all pancakes.

4. Then you're ready to top with goodies! 


These are so easy, so delicious and taste just as good (if not better - honestly!) than the unhealthy ones! They're perfect post-workout, perfect for a cheat day treat and absolutely perfect for brunch at the weekend... My favourite way to enjoy them!

Yum yum :-)

x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Missguided Vs. Self Portrait
































MISSGUIDED FLORAL LACE MINI DRESS
SELF PORTRAIT HARMONY LACE CUTWORK DRESS

This weekend, I am attending a Charity Ball in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. This will be the first time I've been to a fundraising event and it is for a fantastic cause so I'm very excited and obviously looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous gowns! Me being (fussy) me - I just don't feel right wearing a full length gown and couldn't find anything I remotely liked, so I decided to just get something pretty that I will at least feel comfortable in. 

That is when I spotted this stunning dress by Self Portrait on the ASOS website. I have been totally obsessed with it, looking at it every day... And although it is absolutely beautiful, unfortunately it comes with a rather large price tag of £219. Ouch. Big no no in such short notice.
However, while desperately scrawling through pages and pages of dresses on the Missguided website I came across this. An almost (perhaps purposeful?) dupe of the Self Portrait dress, for an absolute fraction of the price!

It arrived in the post today and it looks even more identical to the Self Portrait dress in real life. I'm shocked by the amazing quality of material and how it has been made. I cannot wait to wear it this weekend and I couldn't wait until Saturday to share this find with you! I'm sure an outfit post is to follow :-)

If you're at all interested in more information on the Charity Ball, you can read about it here.

x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Gourmet Hot Dog Recipe

Last Saturday I had a go at making James and I some gourmet-style hot dogs that I've been craving for months! I am very healthy Sunday to Friday and I workout about 3 times a week so on Saturdays I let myself go and eat anything (and everything!) I want. These are definitely a treat and are not healthy in the slightest, which makes them the perfect cheatmeal ;-)
Anyway, they were absolutely delicious and James also loved them so I thought I'd share how I made them...

INGREDIENTS (FOR 4 HOT DOGS)
4 Cumberland sausages
1 small red onion
6 spring onions
4 slices smoked bacon
cheddar cheese
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp Olive oil
4 hot dog buns (these M&S ones were amazing!)

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1. Pour oil into a frying pan and add sausages. Fry on a low heat while you finely chop the red onion. When the sausages start to brown, add mixed spice, chilli powder and red onion. Fry for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring and moving sausages so they cook evenly. 

2. Cut a pocket-like slit inside the buns (do not cut them right to the edge otherwise all the toppings will fall out!) and lay them in a separate frying pan on a low heat. You want to slightly heat the buns and make the base crispy. Keep an eye on them - make sure they don't go black just yet!

3. Dice the bacon, add to the pan containing the sausages and fry until they're cooked to your liking

4. Remove buns from the frying pan when the bases are golden. Drizzle with olive oil. Remove the bacon and transfer into a dish. Insert the sausages into the buns and place them in the frying pan that the sausages were cooked in. Keep on a low heat.

5. Chop spring onions and sprinkle on top of hot dogs. Season with black pepper.


6. Sprinkle over grated cheese (be as generous as you like!) and bacon. Fry for a couple of minutes.

7. Add more cheese if you wish. Grab yourself a wok, plate or the lid of your frying pan (basically anything that will cover the whole frying pan), add 1 tbsp of water to the pan and quickly cover for about 2 minutes. This will melt the cheese and bring all the flavours together for extra delicious-ness!

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They're salty, juicy, cheesy and super duper indulgent. So yummy that you won't want to stop eating them! The flavours compliment each other so well and frying the buns in the sausage frying pan makes ALL the difference - the bottom of the buns slightly burn and turn crispy and it soaks up all the flavour. Mmm!

I dare you to try them!

x