I love Tzatziki.

With eggs, with vegetables for dipping, slopped onto soup. I find it’s a great way of creating flavour contrasts. I wanted to make a Tzatziki chicken recipe that was healthy(ish,) and could be eaten for breakfast/brunch. Or just as easily stacked in lunch boxes for a satisfying afternoon meal. This is what I came up with.

Tzatziki Chicken Pittas

Put in your trolley

50g Greek yogurt

50g Mayo

cucumber, grated (about 2 inches long)

lemon wedge (ready to be squeezed.)

3 sprigs fresh dill, chopped

garlic powder (if you have any hanging about.)

salt and black pepper, freshly cracked

To Serve

Pitta Bread (I chose a seeded one from Sainsburys and they are delicious.)

An egg

Hot Sauce (Franks is good.)

2 Chicken Thighs, sliced and warmed (seasoned with salt and pepper.)

Step One

Pre-heat the oven to 200C and pop in the thighs. Bake for 20 minutes then check if cooked. Slice open one of the thighs, or poke with a cooking skewer. Take the chicken out of the oven, chill and shred. You could use deli meat instead or pre-cooked chicken but I had these hanging around.

Step Two

I haven’t added the exactly measurements for the Greek yogurt/mayo because you could make a massive bowl of this and store it in the fridge all week. Or you could just make one serving. But this is basically a good 50 g of each. But you do you.

Once you’ve added them together, grate the cucumber into the bowl and squeeze in a lemon wedge. Add the chopped dill and a sprinkling of the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Do this to your personal taste.

Step Three

Fill a saucepan with water and boil the water. Add the egg and cook for the desired time. I think hard-boiled works better here. So 7ish minutes. Once the egg has cooked, drain the saucepan and refill with cold water. Peel and slice.

Step Four

Toast the pitta bread, mix the chicken and the tzatziki and stuff. Pop the egg on top and then drizzle with hot sauce. Oh my – delicious.

Numbers if you’re bothered

You could add lots of extras to this. Advocado, onion and tomato if you wish. I kept it the recipe here and it came to 350ish calories. Add some hula hoops, a tangerine or two and it’s the perfect lunchtime option.

Recommended Reading

I recommend reading Charlie Breaker book number one. It’s a hard, smashing, book with a gritty main character and a great sense of storytelling. You can read my review here.

Tzatziki Chicken Pittas

Tzatziki Chicken Pittas

Tzatziki Chicken Pittas

You might have guessed I’m a big reader.

Give me a rainy day, and I’ll read till I’m blue in the face. Or until I’ve read all of the words. As many words as my tiny brain can take in. But, I don’t just read fiction. I read A LOT of articles. I’ve always read Narratively, but recently I discovered Medium.

Read Medium, get smarter

Welcome to Medium, a place where everyone has a story to share and the best ones are delivered right to you.

^ Best description. Better than I could come up with. (I tried to re-write it, I couldn’t.)

Every day thousands of people turn to Medium to publish their ideas and perspectives. They might be personal essays, they might talk about tech. They might be 21 minutes long they might be 3. It’s a new type of news, that comes straight from the people living and making it. And it’s bloody beautiful. Here are 5 articles you need to read. (Because they’re brilliant.)

Medium Articles

‘It’s Because You’re Fat’ — And Other Lies My Doctors Told Me

This article really struck a chord with me. I’ve struggled in the past with PCOS. Too many times I’ve been told to lose weight. It will solve all ills. Needless to say at the time of my PCOS diagnosis I had lost 20lbs and was at a healthy BMI. (Shrugs – explain that.) Martina’s story has made me think about people that have more destructive illnesses that could be gravely misdiagnosed because of prejudice towards weight. It’s not cool and needs to stop.

Cooking with Sarah

This series is fantastic. It’s all about sharing the joy of cooking with your partner. Both Sarah and her partner Aaron have profiles and they have created a very special slice of the Internet in the process. Sarah tends to write the recipe, Aaron tells you the reasons behind it. It’s a two step story and it’s wonderfully done. The posts end up being a mixture of learning to live in the midst of being a couple and some really  bladdy good recipes. I’ve signed up for updates from both. (You should too.)

This is what I want for losing weight

I’ve recently lost 24lbs and counting for the second/third time. (Yes I am a yoyo dieter.) This article talks about rewarding yourself for hitting certain weight-loss goals. Not in food treats (step away from that treat day.) But, in tangible things. A lipstick maybe? A trip away. It’s a positive post about self-love and coping with your body.

I wanted to see how far I could push myself creatively. So I redesigned Instagram.

FOR MY GEEKY GALS. I love Instagram. It’s a recent love and I’m currently trying to post once a day. But I have discovered SOME faults. Kim went a step further and decided to redesign Instagram and I like what she suggested. One of the things I love about Medium is how it encourages us to think more about what we could do. How could we push ourselves to develop our skills. After reading this post I saw that 3 people had taken inspiration from Kim and had written/designed their own improvements to Instagram. Medium creates an ever-moving discussion.

6 non-intuitive lessons I learned from living on Airbnb for 365 days

Finally a bit of fun (and something I now really want to do.) Chenyu lived in AirBnb’s for a year. I’ve done one in my lifetime (SO FAR,) and do definitely want to learn more. I love how this article is constructed. Plus, it’s seriously increased my travel bug. Ergh I wanna go now.

Do you use Medium? If not here’s 5 to get you started! (And if you know any good articles, link a gal up.) 

Medium Articles

Medium Articles

Sport. It’s a minefield isn’t it?

I love watching sport. Well, some sports. Tennis, the Olympics, especially curling. I regularly attend the gym and at times run. (when my knees aren’t being a bugger.) But I haven’t played a sport since I left high-school. I was never top of the class at netball/hockey/800m but I enjoyed it. Really enjoyed it.

Recently I signed up for a staff netball team and saw that this book was being advertised by the Pigeon Hole App. Being a competitive person who’s never R E A L L Y been encouraged to enjoy sport through work/university I wanted to find out more. I wanted to feel inspired because I don’t want to give up on sport. This book (Eat, Sweat, Play,) is a life-line to those who want to re-kindle or inspire a love of sport.

Blurb

What does it mean to be a sporty woman in the 21st century? From the launch of Net-A-Sporter, serving up sports clothing for fashionistas, to the introduction of #plankie as the new Instagram selfie for yoga bunnies; exercise for women has finally gone mainstream.

But if sweating has never been so hot for female celebrities, then why are there still so many obstacles for girls and women when it comes to sport? Why do girls still hate school sports lessons? Why is sport consistently defined as male territory, with TV cameras replicating the male gaze as they search out the most beautiful women in the crowd? Will women ever flock to watch football, rugby and boxing in their millions? Or turn up to the park with friends for a Sunday morning kickabout? How long do we have to wait to see the first multi-millionaire female footballer or basketball player?

My Review

 Eat, Sweat, Play, is written by sport’s journalist Anna Kessel. It’s a bunch of essays/chapters that look at women in sport. Not just the professionals, but you and me too. Anna discusses why women have lost interest in sport and how we can encourage women, especially teenagers. Not only for their health but help increase interest to continue through to adulthood. Anna encourages us not to worry about how we look but to move, and enjoy it

The book focuses on lots of different themes;

1)     Talk of how pregnancy (before and after) affects mum’s. Should you exercise at X many weeks. How much can you do. By using scientific theory Anna helps to dispel confusion.

2)     Role Models are a big part of the book. Kessel discusses how different professional athletes have delt with coming back to their sport while giving their bodies time to recover.

3)     PERIODS. This theme was so refreshing to read. Throughout my time at school periods were a bloody bug bare especially during sport. Yes it helped but I always thought – shouldn’t my body be in recovery right now. The book discusses the struggles of competing whilst your body is painting the town red. When to excercie, how it can fuck up your performance and how to overcome it. Bloody brilliant.

4)     Women in sport: Kessel being a sports journalist has heard the worst of it. I found her discussion of being a woman in a man’s world very insightful. From sportswomen being perceived to how we move forward and encourage women to take part in everyday sport and ENJOY IT.

Final Thoughts

This review is already long but quick discussion of the writing style. I thought this was going to be a lot more story-like but it reads a little like an essay or dissertation. But that’s no bad thing. It’s easily digestible in chunks which I read on my commute. It also has a lot of a lot of facts and I found myself really discussing the books with others. T had an earful a couple of times as I got frustrated with the ways women are ostracised from sport.

In short this is a fantastic book about women in sport. Written with guts, power and knowledge it’s a stunner. I’m off to find a football.

GoodreadsAmazon 

Another recipe post today. Starring Salmon Pâté (and Quark)

Now before you ask Quark is a type of fresh dairy product made by warming soured milk. Yes it sounds a little gross, but mixed in with something else, it’s a brilliant low fat alternative for cheese. Perfect for making into dips and Pate. I learnt about quark from Slimming World instagrammers. They appeared to be using it for creamy pasta, or lasagne. I found a recipe for salmon pate and thought I would give it a go. And it is A-OKAY. Recipe below.

This is a really simple recipe, good as a spread on Ryvitas or toast for lunch, in a sandwich or as a dip with crudités. Perfect.

Healthy Salmon Pâté (using Quark)

Put in your trolley 

(Makes 2-4 servings.)

200g skinless and boneless salmon

200g quark

Good pinch of dried chilli flakes or other spicy seasoning

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped parsley or coriander (optional)

salt and ground black pepper to taste

Step One

Cook the salmon in the oven at 200c. Should only take 15 ish minutes but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook. Nothing worse than over cooked salmon. Allow to cook and then chop up into the same sized chunks.

Step Two

I tend to put all of the ingredients in the blender to make a smooth mixture. But you could mash up with a fork if you prefer something a little coarser. Either way, add all the ingredients into the blender and then blend until the preferred consistency. Check to adjust the seasoning and then blend again.

Numbers (if you’re bothered.)

This works out at about 150cals a portion. You can double or triple it if you want to take to work one day, or could use different fish to add different flavours. I’ve added capers before to add saltiness and red pepper also!

Recommended Reading

I recommend reading All the missing girls by Megan Miranda – a creepy, claustrophobic but brilliant book. 

Healthy Salmon Pâté (using Quark)

Healthy Salmon Pâté (using Quark)

I caved and bought a blog planner.

For the last few months I’ve been using my personal diary to plan my blog posts. It started off well enough but recently I’ve been moving a lot of posts around. It’s meant that my personal diary is super messy. That week I received an email from Dot Creates that they had a couple of slightly damaged blog planners. Seeing as I had meant to buy one earlier in the month I snapped one up. Was it a good idea?

It’s all in the details

Dot creates state on their website that

Our all-in-one A5 blog planner is the perfect way to keep both your daily life and blog content organised. Small enough to carry in your bag and easy to write on. And with daily diary space, loads of post planning pages, upcoming event, sponsored content space, AND notes pages. This is the only planner you will ever need.

The planner contains:

  • 12 month (undated) planner

  • 192 post planning pages! (split into months)

  • Daily diary space

  • Hand-drawn quotes

  • Upcoming events section

  • Sponsored content section

  • Monthly stats recorder

  • Extra sponsored content pages

  • Notes pages

The Design

I love the design of this planner. It’s A5 which is the perfect size and it’s spiral bound so it’s easy to use. I like the clear cover to help protect the diary and the paper is really good quality. But the detail I really love is that it’s not numbered. It means that you can use the planner at any time of the year with no wasted pages. Brilliant. The cover is gorgeous too. I was tempted by the peach but the blue/grey pipped it to the post.

It’s what’s on the inside

The inside is perfect. There are pages for sponsored content if that’s your thing and space to write in upcoming events. The pages for planning blog posts are really well designed. There’s space to tick whether you’ve finished words/photographs, which is very helpful for me. I tend to write my posts during the week and then photograph on Saturday’s when the light is good. I think this is definitely going to help me keep up-to-date.

You Go Doll

I love the inspiring quotes throughout the planner. Blogging can be a lonely world so it’s nice to have a pick-me up every 15 or so pages. The type-font is gorgeous and I’m half tempted to rip these out and frame them. Or just buy prints from Dot Creates.

It’s purse friendly

I don’t think I will use this for every post I do. I want to use it for longer posts, or series posts. But I love how weighty it is. This will last me at least a year, probably more. The planner I bought was £7 because of slight marks on the cover but these sell for £12.50 which is, ridiculous. For such a high quality product it’s a steal.

Better Content

I really think this is going to help me improve my content. I’ve recently really upped my game with my photos and SEO. I think it’s going to help me improve what I’m posting and keeping an eye on my stats and the like. I’m really excited to get stuck in.

Should you invest?

Yes, yes, yes. It’s a fantastic planner, with a great price-point and a stunning cover. Big fan. I lave it.

Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner

Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner

Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner