Chicken and Veggie Summer Rolls

Where do you do your best thinking? Are you the type of person that can drift away while sitting at your desk at work? Or on the train? Though I wish I were sometimes, I have come to accept that I am just not a sit-and-thinker. Perhaps that’s why writing my Masters degree dissertation was such a struggle for me. I’ve found that my best ideas come to me when I am moving; when I’m out running, scrubbing my hair in the shower, or busy in the kitchen. By nature I am a planner, a doer, someone who needs to feel as though something is always progressing in some manner. By chopping or running or scrubbing my brain is satisfied by the motion, the feeling of progression or movement and can begin to fully relax and create. Continue reading

Sunshine Soup

January can be such a bummer sometimes don’t you think? Not early January when everyone is jazzed up from the excitement of the New Year, but later toward the end of the month, when it seems to drag on for just a bit too long. It’s still grey outside, still cold. Some might be deep in the trenches of a new years resolution that isn’t so exciting anymore, others might be battling an ongoing cold.  Spirit-lifters seem crucial during this time of year, and for me, this soup did just the trick.

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Fresh Pasta for a Fresh New Year

It’s amazing how quickly you can fall out of habit from doing something, even something you enjoy, when faced with a good excuse like Christmas break.  Breaks from all things, even good habits, are necessary and pretty inevitable. However, now having realised the habits I’ve fallen out of (blogging, getting up before my kids do, weekly meal prep, not eating some form of chocolate for breakfast), I’m eager and excited to gain them back, and create a whole set new habits to lose and regain again in 11.5 months time. I love the cycle. I am starting 2016 filled with determination and excitement, and hopefully with a teeny tiny bit more clarity than I had last year as to what is important to me, and what I want to achieve. Continue reading