Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What I Wore: Made To Measure

Vietnam, well Hoi An specifically is well known for tailoring. You can have pretty much anything made, copied or duplicated and if you bargain hard, for a very reasonable price. We spent quite a lot of time having things made- especially Tom who had suits made for work and a coat replicated from an old one that had all but worn through. This was in essence a test piece for me, as I wasn't in the market for as much formal wear as Tom, and I have to say, I still smile when I see it hanging in the wardrobe and think of our trip.

M2M 3


M2M 2

Dress, made for me in Vietnam
Blue heels, Clarks Chorus Voice (2014) 
Mouse flat shoes, With Love From Hetty & Dave

I've been wearing it with both flats and heels as you can see. Being an idiot, I've just realised I forgot to take a close up picture of the fabric which is tiny little blue interlocked "C's. A Bit of a Chanel-alike but given my name is Chloe, it still seems fitting.

Now, if the rain that's pouring down this morning could just disappear off, then I might get a bit more wear out of this very summery dress....

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Running: 5 Essential Items

Last summer I was marathon training, and now I understand why many people prefer to train through the winter, however dark or cold or wet it may be. What might not seem like an especially warm day suddenly seemed sweltering as soon as I started a run- however easy the pace. Spring and summer running seems to be a special skill all of its own for that reason, and overheating or running in extreme heat without proper consideration is dangerous. Having learned a lot about how I can manage summer running, here's my 5 essentials...

Summer Running Essentials

1. Summer Activewear

So short shorts might not be for everyone, but if you wear too much heavy clothing, you'll get hot quickly, if the fabric isn't designed to wick the moisture away from your skin you may have issues with chafing as well as controlling your body temperature and none of this makes for enjoyable summer running. Shorts, 1/2 or 3/4 capris, technical t-shirts and vest tops are your friend and they needn't be super expensive. The shorts pictured came from Fabletics at £23 for both the shorts and a sports bra, the top is from H&M and comes in variety of colours and prints each season for £8. I 3 or 4 in various colours.

2. Sunglasses

Sunglasses don't just protect your eyesight from sun damage, but when you're out and about they provide a barrier against flying debris on roads or trails, dust, dirt and pollen. These were £1.99 from Aldi a few weeks back. If you suffer allergies or hayfever, sunglasses really should be your best friend second only to your antihistamines at this time of year!

3. Sunscreen

It has taken years for me to find a sun cream that doesn't irritate my skin and cause break-outs. The joys of the modern world and the internet mean that oil free or other specialist skin-type sun cream is as easy to buy as dropping into your local Boots or Superdrug. My pick for oily skin is La Roche Posay Anthelios XL. Shout out to Escentual.com from whom these sample sized tubes came (free with an order), and where you can buy a myriad of different types of sun cream to suit your skin type for under £20. If you're outside, you should be wearing sunscreen and that becomes even more important if you spend longer periods outdoors whilst exercising. Don't get caught out or burnt.

La Roche Posay Sunscreen

4. Hydration Tablets

I have talked before about drinking too much water, and hydration is really important when you exercise, regardless of the season or temperature, BUT when it's hot, you're likely to sweat more, and drink more water, this means you are sweating out salt and flushing through electrolytes, but you're not replacing them with anything. Dissolvable tabs (these ones are Science in Sport Lemon flavour) are a convenient addition to your water bottle, and give a needed boost in salt & electrolytes to help replenish them.

5. Smile


Yes, it's sweaty, and yes it can feel challenging to balance hydration and nutrition but getting out of the door is easier when it's sunny and dry, the days are longer both at the start and the end giving more time to enjoy a run in daylight, there's plenty of fun races to aim for and you can work on a killer sun tan. There's a lot to love about summer running.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 Working Lunches

I basically work from home away from home. At this time of year I generally spend Sunday night to Friday afternoon living with my parents (with whom I work) and working from our on-site office, and if I'm not working there, then I work from home. It means I don't have to prep my lunch the night before to take into work, or worry about transporting it, but I do still have to fight for my kitchen space and think ahead. I also used to work in a more conventional office space at a time when Tom & I were strapped for cash and therefore taking my lunch to work was a necessity.

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So, with that in mind, yes, these are on proper plates or eaten from a dining table not a desk, but this is a small collection of my favourite working lunches which would work equally taken to work in a box as they can be prepped the night before (or multiple evenings if bulk prep is your thing) don't have to be heated and don't have a high liquid content...

1. Crispy Chickpea & Soft Boiled Egg Salad

Lunch. Eaten in stages because phone calls and a zillion messages on the business phones. Can it be 1900 already please?! If what I eat intrigues you, I posted a 'what I eat in a day' blog last week. Search Chloe Likes To Eat or click link in bio. #workin

Chickpeas roasted in a half teaspoon of coconut oil, garlic powder & salt for approx 30 mins at 200C (leave to cool to ensure they stay crispy)
Shredded spinach, half an avocado sliced, cherry tomatoes & 2 soft boiled eggs. Toss the avocado and spinach together with a decent shake of lemon juice for flavour, but especially if you're prepping ahead to stop the avocado browning.

2. Hot Smoked Salmon Burger Bowl

Hot Smoked Salmon Burger

Remember my hot smoked salmon burger recipe (available HERE)? Add it to a bowl full of shredded spinach (yes, I eat a lot of spinach, it's good for iron content and I like that I can eat it hot or cold), sliced tomatoes & half a slice avocado topped off with toasted mixed seeds. Mine is topped with sriracha sauce but this would also be nice topped with a spoonful of natural yoghurt & sriracha.

3. Cauliflower Fritter Bowl

Cauliflower fritter style burger things. Really need to come up with a better name for these, but they're a tasty add on to my lunch time salad.

My Cauliflower Fritter recipe (hint: cheese, ground nuts & garlic give these an awesome pack of flavour) is team up with old favourites spinach, avocado and seeds here but would be amazing with roasted peppers, onions and tomatoes stirred through with lettuce or spinach. Avocados are high in fibre and the fats that are necessary in all our diets, so although everyone is forever Instagramming them (on toast), there's a good reason to eat them regularly.

4. Stuffed Aubergines

Completely under estimated how long this beauty would take to cook- whole aubergine stuffed with spinach, tomato, garlic, cream cheese and feta.

Remember these stuffed aubergines? They're just as tasty cold. Check out the recipe post HERE.

5. The Ultimate Sandwich

Epic post 10mile run brunch- bacon, egg & avocado sandwich on my dad's awesome bread.

I still salivate when I think about this sandwich- if you know you've got a busy or an active afternoon forthcoming, this is for you! Homemade granary bread, a 1 egg omelette, bacon (or ham would work just fine) & mashed avocado. Seasoned with Dijon mustard. You know you want to.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A New Challenge

My blog serves as a bit of a living document of some of the changes I've seen in myself and my lifestyle through my twenties. I started my blog when I was almost 21, and in two weeks’ time, I'll be 27- undeniably well into my twenties. I've graduated (twice), moved 13 times, lived in 3 countries, met a man who changed my life, and agreed to marry him. I've had gym memberships, there was a period where I used to swim daily but by and large, I was quite sedentary in the first half of my third decade on the planet, and that is something that's changed very significantly too. I posted a retrospect back in February- 3 years on from setting on two wheels, last year I ran a marathon, and then some. I'm currently rehab-ing my shoulder after getting a bit too carried away with weight training back in March, I joined a running club, I have more sports clothing than will fit in a drawer that is the entire width of my double wardrobe.

L:2016 R:2015. I don't look that different but a marathon and 100km in races later... It sure feels different.
Now vs Then 2015 vs 2016

So it's only fitting that a new challenge that has come about largely thanks to my blog, is announced right here on my blog...

I'm have a place for the London Ride100.

For the uninitiated, the Ride100 is a closed road, 100 mile route out of London, through Surrey and back into London that follows the 2012 Olympic ride route.I've never been successful in securing a place via the ballot, which I enter *just in case* I actually get a place, never truly believing I might. it's a unique chance to ride closed roads around and into London, so it's a chance worth taking. This year, I'm riding thanks to the people at Skoda, who I didn't realised started life in cycling, the whole motorised 4 wheel thing came later.

The furthest I've ever ridden in one go is about 140km. That's 86 miles and I haven't ridden over 40km in one go since the autumn. I think it would be fair to say there's training to do!

Never felt so deserving of an ice cream. Kudos to my friend for an awesome recommendation- Rossi's Westcliff
Post Rapha Womens 100 ice cream. 100km London-Southend on a single speed bike!

Realising that these things take training is almost amusing, given that back in 2014 I rode from London to Cambridge (about 120km) on a single speed bike, having never ventured further than 10 miles up Regent's Canal. But a very important lesson learned over the last 12 months is that adequate training saves a lot of injury related heartache. My 'plan' is to build up mileage with gentle rides each week, and to try and factor in a couple of jaunts to some more undulating terrain than the fens can offer, because the Ride100 route isn't all flat, it's no good thinking I'll be able to manage Box Hill without some practice.

New challenges like this are the most exciting thing for an adult who has suddenly realised the joy you can find in appreciating just how strong you are. The realities of training sometimes grind me down and leave me wondering why I torture myself with endless things that are *hard*, but this is the puppy phase- it's all new, exciting and I'm optimistic.
I won't be racing the Ride100 route, I don't have the time to give to the additional cycling that would be required each week between now and July 31st to bring me even close to amateur racing levels. I will be flying the flag for all the other active women out there, like me- who enjoy experiencing the strength and the power of their bodies, the ones who never thought they might, could or would be able to cycle down the high street, run for the bus or swing a kettlebell. We weren't all on the school sports teams, and we didn't all hit the gym all through our college days. We didn't all know how to fit exercise in around entry level jobs, overtime and trying to work out if we could afford to go our for dinner on a Saturday night as well as pay the rent. But that doesn't mean we can't find our pace, our style and we are stronger for it.

I hope you'll join me on the Ride100 training journey- I'll be trying to post regular updates as I roll my way through June and July and there'll be a run down of the day itself for anyone who is thinking about putting themselves into the ballot or securing a charity place for 2017 for something different.

Despite rain all day, it's turned into a great evening for a longer run. I just didn't think I'd still need my @hellyhansen winter kit in late April still! #thisgirlcanrunning #thisgirlcan #girlswhorun

Let's DO this. 



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Spring Favourites: Navy & Pink

Ah May. Spring. Almost summer even. And yet I'm staring out at rain and having to re-jig my weekend running and cycling plans because there's yet more of the wet stuff due. On the plus side, it is at least warm enough for some lighter layers, so here's a few current favourites along a very navy theme.



Denim leggings. White denim leggings at that. And I love them. They feel instantly summery and as well as being cheap and cheerful at £7 from Primark, they're a joy for laundry purposes as they dry way quicker than 'proper' jeans.

I'm also easily lead by a stripe... can you tell. The navy one is a loose fitting H&M knit joyfully casual and great for packing as it doesn't seem to crease! The long sleeve cream version is an old Primark version, but there's often something similar in stock.


Shoes! I love pale and blush pinks against navy palettes and for spring. I had these flats made in Vietnam from a standard shoe they had on display. I think they're supposed to be a copy of a ChloƩ design, I just quite liked them.

The camisole top you might recognise from my autumnal post about navy (sense the theme? It's only because normally I'm a black & grey kinda girl...). Yes, those are cats printed on it!


Navy. Pink. Stripes. My current spring favourites. Now if the climate would just mirror that of Southern France and I'll be well away...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chloe Likes To Eat: Cauliflower Fitter Burgers

I did mentioned I've been a bit burger obsessive lately, not least with these hot smoked salmon burgers from a couple of weeks ago. These cauliflower fritter versions I have made with quinoa before to bulk up the protein content, but I also like them this way for a slightly lighter texture. I freeze these after baking so I have something easy to add to a lunchtime salad or to warm through with a bowl of soup in the cooler months.

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Cauliflower Fritter Burger

Cauliflower Fritter Burger 2

Cauliflower Fritter Burger 3

Cauliflower fritter style burger things. Really need to come up with a better name for these, but they're a tasty add on to my lunch time salad.

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Cauliflower Fritter Burgers
Oven baked cauliflower patties with cheese
  • 1 medium head Cauliflower
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Nut flower or bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Grated Cheese
  • to taste Salt & Pepper
  • 2 cloves (crushed) optional Garlic
1. Break cauliflower down into florets and drizzle with a very small amount of olive oil, salt & pepper2. Bake cauliflower for 15-20 mins until just turning golden. Leave to cool.3. Once cauliflower has cooled (very important!) pulse in a blender until it resembles rice/crumbs4. In a bowl, mix cauliflower, eggs, nut flour/breadcrumbs (I used a cup of finely ground mixed nuts), cheese, garlic, salt & pepper (be generous, cauliflower can be bland) into a bowl and mix well5. Shape the mixture into patties on a lined or greased baking tray. The number will depend on the size of your cauliflower head. Don't worry if they seem a bit wet.6. Bake at 180 degrees for approximately 20 mins (until golden-dark in colour. There's no need to turn them over. Cool on a rack if intending to freeze.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Review: Breville Blend-Active

I already have a piece of kit in my kitchen which blends, crushes, powders, chops, emulsifies and kneads. I have a Thermomix, which although is technically a domestic product, is more commonly found in commercial kitchens. It's a perk of working with the catering sector and I love it, except it's a pain in the behind to clean if you only want to make one little smoothie.

I've had 'cup' blenders before, an especially cheap one via a Groupon deal finally burnt out the motor a couple of years ago and I wrote them off. I'm aware of NutriBullet as well, but couldn't help but wince at the astronomical price tag, especially when I don't need something super powerful alongside the Thermomix. The Breville Blend-Active was an Amazon recommendation after looking at the NutriBullet and I was intrigued. I bought the 'Breville Blend-Active Family Pack' which includes 4 bottles & lids, the blade part & the blender for £27.00, and it's now reduced to £23.99 via Amazon.

So the concept, for the uninitiated, is that you place your ingredients for a smoothie or milkshake or whatever you fancy into the bottle, screw the blade part of the blender on to the top, where you'd normally find a lid, slot the whole thing to the blender base, blend, rinse the blades and use the same bottle to drink your beverage- minimal washing up, maximum convenience.

In the box:


As mentioned, mine came with 4 bottles- 2 x 600ml and 2 x 300ml plus 4 lids which fit both sized bottles and have a rubberised seal to prevent leaking and a flip off cap over the drinking spout. There are packages available which include fewer bottles and are therefore a bit cheaper (the version with 2 bottles is sub £20). I opted for 4 because it gives me flexibility to prep ahead for a bit further.

1 set of blades. These are straightforward to clean and store easily sat in the top of the blender base or screwed onto the top of a bottle. Hurrah for no awkward ridges or nooks that make cleaning a mammoth job.

1 blender base. The bit with the motor. You use the blend function by holding the front button- you can't switch it on and leave it, but for soft item, you shouldn't need to. I usually pulse my smoothies a few times and then hold the button to blend continuously for 10-20 seconds depending on the contents of my smoothie or shake.

Does it work?

Yes. It does. It happily blends my fruit and smoothie mixes, banana & milk protein powder shakes, and liquids. It's quick- less than 30 seconds to get everything blitzed down. There's minimal cleaning- often the blades only need carefully rinsing and the bottles are dishwasher safe as well.

But- this is not a powerful tool- blitzing frozen dense fruits (frozen mango, papaya and pineapple for example may leave you with a frozen slushy sitting in part of the bottle with other parts less blended. This is also a snag on using bottles. You can use it for ice, but keep it to small amounts.

If you're looking for a reduced size blender that will make everything from  smoothie to a nut butter, this is not for you. Invest in something with a more powerful motor. But it is great for the purpose it is advertised- drinks, smoothies, shakes etc.

Breville BlendActive Review CMB

Would you recommend it? 

Yes. I think it's a great and well priced product. It does what it says on the tin (box?). I love being able to make my own pre and post workout shakes with ingredients more interesting than protein powder and milk, it's been a key tool for me to make a breakfast that is convenient and all the parts are easy to store and clean.

I don't think it's the most versatile piece of kitchen kit I own, and for that reason I wouldn't recommend it if you are looking to economise on the volume of appliances you own and need something that fulfills more functions. It's a very convenient piece of additional kit if you have space and you regularly make smoothies, milkshakes or blended drinks.

And to wrap it up, here's a favourite post training milkshake recipe of mine. A treat after a 1 hour+ work out.

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Peanut Butter Recovery Milkshake
An easy milkshake that I enjoy after workouts of more than 1 hour.
  • 200ml Milk (dairy, almond, soya)
  • 0.5 teaspoon PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter OR
  • 1 teaspoon Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 scoop (optional) Protein powder of choice
  • 3 cubes Ice
Cut or break banana into piecesAdd milk, banana pieces, peanut butter or PB2, ice and protein powder to blender bottle Blend until smoothEnjoy
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 serving

Thursday, May 12, 2016

5 Summer Skincare Saviours for Active Women (2016)

Last summer I wrote about skincare saviours for active women. I stand by the products- and some of them are making a repeat appearance for this 2016 summer version. You can read my original post by clicking here: Skincare Saviours for Active Women.

So, the 2016 summer version. Well, I still have acne prone skin, and I suffer in particular with my back and chest. These are my absolute favourite products BUT bear in mind I also have a strict routine around swift post-workout showers, pre-workout make-up removal and laundry detergent usage as well.

Summer Skincare Saviours for Active Women

1. Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Wash
A chemical exfoliant, this wash has been part of my daily routine for many years (in fact I remember the range being released).

2. Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser
Another daily routine joy- this clay cleanser really clings to the skin and leaves it feeling deeply clean after use without dryness or tightness. Perfect for deep cleaning after a workout.

Summer Skincare Saviours for Active Women

3. La Roche Posay Serozinc
A cult favourite, but I spray this over my back and chest before exercise as well as each morning. Zinc helps with healing and inflammation and I know that before I start sweating and and that sweat sits on my skin, there's something antibacterial doing it's work already.

4.La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
My go to moisturiser for the only thing that doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. It's also the only thing that seems to slow down the oil production my face, and although marketed as an anti-blemish product, it's still suitable for sensitive skin.

5.Origins Zero Oil Moisturiser
Whilst I swear by Effaclar Duo, sometimes I need something a bit more intense, especially if I've been outside in the sun, I tend to get some drier areas on the top of my nose. This oil-free moisturiser from Origins is that extra boost without irritating my skin or causing me to break out. The tubes are pretty small too, so might be a good friend to your gym bag.

Summer Skincare Saviours for Active Women

So these are my 5 favourite products to use- I say summer saviours because I know many of you who train outside like I do will find you get hotter, sweatier and I also find I end up a lot dirtier because dust from the roads and local farming stick to my skin. I follow some other strict rules to try and help manage my skin around my training:

1. Always remove make up before training.
I know that it's a bit of a testy issue, but personally, I don't want anything sitting on my skin to clog up the pores as I get hotter and sweatier whilst I train. I also don't want to wipe make-up as well as sweat onto my towel (or even more elegant my t-shirt when I'm running)

2. Straight into the shower
I make the shower my first stop after training. I want to wash away the dirt and sweat before bacteria multiply.

3. Clean kit. Every time.
I have a lot of fitness clothes. And sometimes I think it's excessive, and then I get to Thursday morning and realise I've worn 4 sets already and still have 2 more to wear. Bacteria lives in dirty kit, so I never wear mine twice. This includes gym towels and I try and take the fabric strap for my heart rate monitor through the shower with me for a rinse each time too.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What I Eat In A Day

Many people are surprised by just how much food I get through on an average week day, so I thought I'd do a day in my food diary, for anyone interested in what my version of a healthy-for-me-and-my-needs diet looks like.

This isn't a how to, I'm not advocating my choices for anyone else, this is just a day-in-the-life food diary. I train (running, cycling, strength training, Barre Concept class) on average 5-6 times per week- I would normally have at least one day over the weekend where I don't do any scheduled exercise.

Breakfast: I do most of my training in the evenings, so I kick the day off with something protein heavy. I recent bought myself this Breville BlendActive cup blender to make things more interesting- review to come soon!

Playing with my new toy... Frozen raspberries, a spoon of coconut yoghurt, milk & @myproteinuk Raspberry True Whey powder for post-run Joy.

200ml milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon of yoghurt (today is coconut flavoured greek style)
150g frozen raspberries
1 25g scoop of MyProtein Impact Whey protein powder

Approx 300cals

Morning: I don't tend to snack through the morning, breakfast usually leaves me fairly full but it's normal for me to get through a 1.5L bottle of water whilst at my desk.

Lunch: I'm a creature of habit, and often my lunch is a variant of the same ingredients. I favour a lighter carb content unless I have really heavy training (hello hill sprints) or races coming up.

Hot Smoked Salmon Burger

2 handfuls of shredded spinach wilted slightly in the microwave with lemon juice
1 small-medium avocado diced
Handful of halved cherry tomatoes
75-100g of cooked chicken or seafood (I love crayfish tails or prawns from Lidl) or today... homemade Smoked Salmon Burger (click for the recipe)
Shake of toasted mixed seeds

Approx 550 cals

Afternoon: Like lots of people, I tend to have a bit of a moment around 1530-1600 where I fancy a bit of something. At the moment I'm fairly hooked on Lidl's dark chocolate shot through with orange pieces. Each square (10 per bar) is around 70 calories. I'm also eating a lot of raspberries at the moment (they have a very high fibre content) so sometimes it's a 125g punnet of raspberries if I've been able to get them (roughly 50cals). By this stage in the day, I've usually managed to put away another 1.5L of water

Lidl Dark Chocolate

50-70 cals

Pre-Training: After work and before dinner, I try and shove something in my face which is moderately carb-y before I go out to run, cycle, a class or anything else. A banana or an apple, if my training is likely to be tough, I might have peanut butter with either fruit option. I usually add a hydration supplement to my water bottle for training because between sweat and the volume of water I drink I lose a lot of salt and electrolytes.


150-200 cals

Dinner: I normally eat dinner straight after training (usually 2030-2130) and it tends to be carb heavy  for replenishment compared to the rest of my day- I carb load for races and big training events, but I've found for me, keeping my carbs for post-workout sits best with my system and keeping my energy levels about right. On this particular day, I attended a running club training night focussed on speed and burned 505 calories.

Sweet potato stuffed with a mix of spinach, tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes and topped with feta cheese.

Approx 500 cals

So my total calorie intake for an average training day is around 1550-1600 calories. I eat quite a lot of fats (avocado, coconut milk, nuts/seeds) and fair amount of protein. I've spent most of the last 9 months fiddling about with my diet to make sure I'm eating enough calories and enough of the right nutritional elements for the type and volume of training I do. It's taken a long time to find a balance that not only works on paper, but does actually leave me feeling well and with enough energy to work, train, laugh, blog, travel, and live. Life is too short to feel miserable, tired and deprived.

I can't stress how important it is to take stock carefully of your own needs and requirements rather than follow the advice of someone who is only qualified by their instagram followers or worse, people like me who are only sharing their personal experience for your own personal viewing pleasure.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Opinion: On Deciding Not To Have a Wedding Yet

So, in case you missed it, when we were in the middle of Ha Long Bay back in April, Tom asked me to marry him. And I said yes. I won't be sharing any more of our engagement than that, or certainly not for now. He designed a beautiful ring and by the time we got home from out Vietnam adventures, it was a bit strange, having had 2 weeks to get used to the idea (and the new tan line from my ring), to be plunged into a chaos of congratulatory family gatherings and the inevitable, oft asked question- have you set a date?


Short answer, no.

Long answer: well....

Let's start with the most obvious thing for us, we have absolutely no idea how we want to do this. Tom and I have a lot of ideas on how we don't want to get married, but we haven't really gotten as far as how we would like to seal the deal. And quite frankly, the busiest part of my year business-wise and an especially hectic few months after an extended holiday for Tom, not really the best time to be stressing that kind of thing. So, no date, and no idea what kind of a wedding, with whom or where... yet.

We have done so much adulting this week now we've well and truly re-entered reality, it's my first night without Faceache in over a month- eagerly awaiting Friday already.

Then there's the boring adulting thing. Tom and I live in London, and that's expensive. I'm as ok with that as one ever gets with the cost of living, we choose to live where do, doing what we do and there's a cost attached to that. But it also means that we have to prioritise our finances carefully, and one of our major priorities, like lots of people, is saving for a deposit on a house purchase. We're getting there, slowly, but reaching our goal will not be possible if we have to dilute our savings plan to factor in a wedding. Buying a house is important to us and life is too short to give up wine to fund a wedding. See below...

Almost Friday. That means almost time to be reunited with one of my favourite boozy humans.

And weddings are expensive. I wince every time I read about cakes that cost as much as our rent, or realise that tabbing wedding onto the front of anything seems to treble the price. This is all the more frustrating, if like me, you've never really had an idea of your own wedding- I don't have a dream venue or style or image in my head.

And then there's the politics. My family is complicated, like a lot of families. I don't even want to think about the joy that will be a guestlist, high blood pressure might actually get to me before we get to the 'I do' bit.

So, no we haven't set a date. And it's not something that we'll be doing for a while, because it's not the right thing for us at this time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chloe Likes To Eat: Hot Smoked Salmon Burgers

Recently I've been experimenting with different kinds of burger, because they can be a great protein component to a weekday lunch, especially if they're sitting in the freezer ready cooked. Don't get me wrong, I love a loaded beef burger with cheese, jalapenos and barbecue sauce and onion rings on a weekend, but it's not a great everyday choice.

These ones came about after my Dad left some hot smoked salmon in the fridge before disappearing off on holiday, and it was nearing its use by date.

Weekday lunch treat- smoked salmon burger. Recipe coming on my blog next week.

Salmon Burgers Recipe Chickpeas

Salmon Burger Recipe Mix

Salmon Burger Recipe Cooking

Hot Smoked Salmon Burger

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Hot Smoked Salmon Burger
  • 125g pack Hot Smoked Salmon
  • 200g Chickpeas
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or other Chilli sauce/paste
  • to taste Black Pepper
1. Roast chickpeas in a half teaspoon of coconut oil for approx 20-25 mins (until crisp) and leave to cool2. Skin the smoked salmon and shred into a bowl chilli sauce, and pepper, mix well.
3. When chickpeas are cooled, pulse in a blender until they resemble crumbs (little and often here, you don't want hummus...)
4. Add chickpeas and egg to salmon mix, and combine
5. Shape into burgers and either griddle or fry in a half teaspoon of coconut oil on each side until cooked.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 large burgers