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Lamb meatballs with Tarantella tomato sauce and minty dressing



Here’s an easy recipe of a wonderful lamb meatball dish with a tomato sauce and minty dressing. Nom nom.

In the recipe I have used Tarantella Tomatoes which is organic and sourced from the heart of Italy! You can buy Tarantella tomatoes here.

This recipe is for 2-3 people


  • 500g lamb mince
  • 6tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated, plus a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Garlic cloves, chopped (I used 4 in total because I’m crazy)
  • Handful of chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • salt, pepper and other yummy seasoning you like
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 x 400g tin Tarantella Organic Peeled Plum Tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 200ml greek yogurt
  • Handful chopped fresh mint

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Put the lamb, breadcrumbs, egg, lemon zest, garlic, and half the parsley in a bowl and mix well.

Season the mix then shape into 20 balls. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs, in batches, and cook for two to three minutes, turning, until evenly browned all over. Transfer to a roasting tin and roast in the oven for another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the sliced red onion to the same pan and cook for five minutes. Add the Tarantella tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, seasoning and remaining parsley. Cook until reduced, then add the meatballs and their juices back to the pan.

In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt with the remaining garlic and mint and season to taste.

Serve the meatballs with toasted pittas or keep it low carb with an easy salad.

Bon appétite! 🙂

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Foods I’ve eaten lately


Happy friday all!

Let’s have a little look at what I’ve eaten during the last two weeks. From lunch to snacks to dinner.

Lunch at Benugo. A simple wrap with chicken and salsa.I meal prepped one evening and made this! Brown rice (egg fried) with prawns, peas, corn, onions, soya sauce and lots of garlic. I ate it with salmon cooked with teriyaki sauce, nom nom.Avocado on crisp bread.. obviously.Potato gratin with Salmon and veggies. Pretty boring if you ask me but works for lunch!Garlic and herb chicken with a salad, mozzarella and avocadoThis is what I add on everything… Chicken spice blend from SchwartzBattered cod with rice, avocado and veggies. Burritos from Chilango – do not recommend whatsoever. Tasteless and bad service. Ugh.Falafel salad box from Falafel House on Cannon Street – if you work in the City this is a must!Potato gratin with battered cod and veggiesBeen trying to be good and make salads and other boring things.. Here’s something I whipped (?) up last night!
Halloumi, spinach, a wheatberry and quinoa mix, cucumber, tomatoes and avocado!This is the mix.. Bought it at Tesco! And last but definitely not least.. today’s breakfast at work from Pret. Yuuuum.

If anyone has any tips on healthy yummy foods do let me know! 🙂
Have a lovely weekend guys! Puss


An evening of smoothies and pilates


I’ve just recently discovered Pilates and it is slowly growing on me. I’m usually doing weights and the odd intense fitness class at the gym but I’ve been wanting to incorporate something calmer and Pilates is just perfect.
On Wednesday I was invited to an evening of Pilates, nutrition and smoothie making at OXO tower hosted by John Lewis.We started off listening to Hayley from The Nutrition Coach and she explained the benefits of smoothies and juices. Did you know that the optimum time to drink your smoothie or juice is within two hours of making it? Alternatively fill up a bottle as much as possible, so little air is left, and store in the fridge and consume within 24 hours.

After the talk we popped in to the kitchen, teamed up and made our own smoothies!  I was teamed up with the super lovely Lottie (health, fitness and lifestyle blogger) and Monica (lifestyle blogger) 🙂We made a green smoothie with pineapple, manuka honey (lots of it!), coconut water, coconut oil, maca powder, spirulina powder, whey protein powder and spinach.Blogger life.. 😉  Lottie decided to add a banana in to the mix.. Haha! Look at that pretty green colour!Our green smoothies with berries on top!Yay!
Unfortuntaley we had to wait till after our pilates class to drink it…  We earlier learnt that in order to really benefit from a protein smoothie you have to work really hard – otherwise the extra protein will just stay in your body and be stored as fat.. and we don’t want that! So with that being said, Lottie worked us really hard with an amazing pilates class! Class picture!

Thank you so much John Lewis for inviting me to this wonderful event 🙂


Quick and easy protein smoothie


Recipe time!
Here’s a quick and easy smoothie recipe I’ve sort of come up with. I’ve been buying a similar smoothie at Krüger in Canary Wharf and decided to make my own version of it.


Pop it all in a blender and blend!Tadaaaa! It is surprisingly delicious and very filling so its a perfect snack straight after a workout or as a healthier snack before lunch/dinner.


A rant about living on your own


I need to rant about living on your own/not with your parents.
I’ve lived on my own for nearly 10 years and that is a ridiculously long time for many in their twenties. I first moved to Oslo and lived there for two years (shoutout to Tuzz!), then London for two years, Dubai for one year and now London again.
I’m so used to being on my own that when I have someone staying over (be it my partner or friend) I have now realised I can feel a little restricted.
I can binge watch a netflix show on my own, eat a tub of ice cream, do my nails without getting disturbed, eat avocado toast for dinner, walk around half naked the entire day, invite whoever for brunch and all this without anyone judging – except me.
But what on earth happens when you live with someone? In the same room? Surely I can’t have avocado toast for dinner three days in a row?
Yesterday I met up with Emelie after work and we had a juice and sandwich each at Joe’s near work. I got home around 7.30 and didn’t feel like having a big meal so decided to have some skyr (thick protein-ish yoghurt), granola and an orange.
Whilst eating this I thought I’m sure G would’ve judged me if I said “this is dinner tonight” haha. At the same time.. I don’t think I would’ve “offered” this to anyone else except me.
Now, there is obviously a flipside to this!
Living with someone you’re close to means carrying help with suitcases/shopping bags, sharing a meal, having someone scratch your back (best feeling ever) and attend to your needs when you’re ill (me), motivate you to not be a lazy bum, make you laugh, borrow clothes from each other, sharing cabs and simply have company.
What do you consider pro’s and con’s of living with someone? I’d seriously love to hear your thoughts. And do you have silly dinners like this as well or is it just me? Haha!

P.S I spoke to a colleague about this today and she said whenever her husband is travelling she eats avocado toast for dinner with a cup of tea. Yay!

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