Sunday 28 August 2016

LITTLE GEMS: Sunny Bank Holiday Weekend

Well, I guess it's so far so good this week at the moment! We've had some lovely warm weather (yes, the odd day of rain but I can cope with that!). It's now Sunday night and it's Bank Holiday Monday tomorrow! Hurrah! I've even treated myself to a naughty day off too - fabulous!

How has your week been? I've had another busy one again, but I'm not complaining. Unfortunately though, it just means I can't post as often for you - so, I hope you all understand. When you're self-employed it can be very difficult to switch your brain off, so I'm doing my best to try and chill a little more. Spending less time on my mac and more time pottering around the kitchen - juicing, cooking, baking etc etc. It's been so nice too, I think it can be very easy to get carried away with work and forget to give yourself some time. As my lovely yoga teacher was saying this week, we need to do more 'being' and less 'doing'. I hear you Adele! I'm working on it :)

Yummy breakfasts this week! This was a chia seed pudding with nut butter and frozen berries.

Simple Acai bowl here with my usual fav toppings!

I've started to love this smoothie bowl - here is just half a cup of water, 1/4 cup of oats, frozen strawberries, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 a banana and a spoon of acai powder. I love to serve this with granola underneath and all my toppings on top (obviously ha ha).

Managed to get a sneaky breakfast in at The Garden in Hale with my Mamma this week. Here is their 'Good Morning Greens' and the 'Sweet Potato Harissa Hash'. I can't explain how delish this sweet potato hash is! Yum!!

Really delicious plant based meal one night this week (well for me anyways, hubs had salmon)

These 'goodness bowls' as I call them are becoming a firm favourite in the house at the mo. Big bowl of brown rice at the bottom and then lots of veggies on top - then smothered in my special tahini dressing. Here I have roasted some little gems and also onions and peppers. Plus I fried some sugar snap peas that we had left over in the fridge - this was DELICIOUS!

One of my fav lunches on Friday this week at The Greenhouse in Hale. This is their selection of 5 salads and a peppermint tea. I seriously adore this place, best selection of veggie salads in Hale by far! Plus, I get a little shopping in too at the Health Shop next door. Can't complain with that he he!

Friday night we had some friends over, so I decided to cook a big feast of a meal. I love having guests over for 2 reasons...
1 - I get to cook a big meal which I adore to do
2 - You can make such a big selection of food you get so many tastes

Above is a giant 'Arabic Style' Salad with roasted/chargrilled veggies

Here are my Miso marinated aubergines with pomegranate, chilli and coriander dressing

2 chickens for hubs and our guests (one is harissa and one is sage, lemon and onion)

Homemade harissa hummus and some pittas

Finally, here are the leftovers! I made the TASTIEST pitta sandwich ever!! Oh my, oh my! This could have been the nicest sandwich I've ever had - wowsers!

Finally, Saturday night was dinner at Artisan in Manchester. Will do a mini write up of this place for you all next week. I have been here so many times, but for those of you who have never been, I will give you some info - stay tuned :)

Then today... well its been a day of chilling and also fitting in a bit of work. Lunch with the family - we had dim sum at Ocean Treasure in Manchester. I will be honest, it was a bit of a long wait for food and so by the time it arrived, we just scoffed it down  - so no pics I'm afraid! Then, some chickpea curry to round off the day. Proper comfort food today, just what it should be on a Sunday.

I hope you've all had a lovely week and have a nice day off tomorrow!

Thanks so much for reading,

Emmaline x

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