Leon: Baking & Puddings Cookbook Review Part 1

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COOKIES & CAKES
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I always like to have a little something sweet in the house. I’m a big fan of a 4 o’clock cup of tea with a piece of cake, a scone or a cookie.

I know, however, that I won’t be able to indulge in this ritual for long if I don’t make sure my sweet treats are relatively healthy so I’m always on the lookout for new and inventive ways to make healthier goodies.

Leon is a great place to start as they have a huge range of gluten free cakes and pies (their pecan pie is especially good), so I decided to give some of the recipes in their Baking & Puddings Cookbook a try and see if I could find some more delicious treats to add to my repertoire!

Here are some of the recipes I attempted.

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Make Your Life Better – 14 Resolutions for 2014

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It’s still resolution time (just about) and I actually thought long and hard about what could make my life better in 2014 than it had been in 2013.

Which things were vacuums of my time but yielded no benefits?

Which activities would make me feel happier and calmer every day if I just took a few minutes to do them?

What would help me end 2014 with a happier healthier body and mind?

The following are what I came up with.

My attempts at them so far have proved that (as difficult as they may be to stick to completely) incorporating them into your life in even some small way can be of huge benefit.

I hope you give some of them a try! You won’t be alone if you do.

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It’s All Good. Or is it?

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I’m a bit of a health food fan and a bit of a Gwyneth fan, so when she released It’s All Good, I’m a little ashamed to admit that mine was probably one of the first orders Amazon received.

Who am I kidding? I’m a huge fan. Of both the above.

The idea of lots of delicious recipes filled with only healthy ingredients was too much for me to resist.

I already have Gwyneth’s first book Notes From My Kitchen Table which is much more of a normal everyday cookbook and has some truly delicious recipes in it – the peanut butter cookies and cheesy stuffed turkey burgers are particular favourites in my house.

I have to admit that being a bit of a health ‘foodie’ myself – avocado on toast, porridge and egg white omelettes were already part of my repertoire, but I was very excited to attempt some of Gwyneth’s more original, delicious and uncompromisingly healthy recipes.

Here’s how I got on.

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The Food Hospital

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This has got to be my favourite cookbook.

It accompanies a Channel 4 television series in the UK where a surgeon, a doctor and a nutritionist prescribe specific eating regimes for different health conditions, often with incredibly successful results.

The programme addresses a variety of medical problems ranging from polycystic ovaries and epilepsy, to rosacea and depression and shows how diet can transform and often completely treat the conditions.

Not only are these recipes healthy and particularly good for certain ailments they are absolutely scrumptious too.

Here are a few of my favourites.

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Great Gluten Free Pizza

IMG_4194Pizza is probably the wheat laden treat I missed the most when I stopped being able to eat wheat flour.

Who doesn’t love a pizza once in a while?

I know I certainly do.

The longing deep in my soul for dough covered in melted cheese, tomato and a variety of other delicious toppings was becoming too much to bear until…

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Healthier, Happier (and mostly) Gluten Free Fast Food

Just because you want to stay healthy it doesn’t mean you don’t feel like a burger, fries or some fish and chips once in a while. I know I certainly do.

Here are some of my favourite places to get some delicious, healthy and sometimes even gluten free fast food!

Enjoy!

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Chemical Free Essentials – John Masters Organics

John Masters in the house!

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That’s right, John Masters Organics makes a range of delicious chemical free organic products that includes shampoos, conditioners, body washes, body milks, hair styling products and lip balm.

If you need it John Masters will make it.

Their products contain 70-100% organic ingredients, their essential oils are steam distilled not extracted using propylene glycol and their plant oils are cold pressed not heat distilled (so they retain their therapeutic properties).

The ingredients are harvested in an environmentally friendly manner and none of their products are tested on animals or contain artificial colours, fragrances, fillers, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, TEAs or GMOs.

Perfect!

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Some of my Favourite Spring Jackets

IMG_9247The weather has been absolutely beautiful in London this week. The sun is shining and all those heavy layers have finally been discarded and banished to the loft.

So it’s time for a whole new set of wardrobe staples to get some use!

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Have you been to Dinner?

My boyfriend and I recently went to Dinner by Heston for our anniversary.

As big Heston Blumenthal fans it seemed like the perfect way to experience his weird and wonderful combinations without The Fat Duck‘s price tag.

The food was AMAZING and the service IMMACULATE. The whole thing was pretty PERFECT really.

So I thought I’d share the experience with you lovely people.

Apologies for the slightly shady pictures, they were taken stealthily on an iPhone. You can’t really take a Canon SLR out during dinner.

It’s just not the done thing.

Starters

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Earl Grey Tea Cured Salmon, Lemon salad, gentleman’s relish, wood sorrel & smoked roe

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I’m Lusting After… A Bobbin

Spring finally seems to be making an appearance here in London.

The weather’s been a bit milder recently – we’ve even had a few beautiful sunny days to enjoy.

The kind that make you want to take a long stroll, read magazines while you bask in the sunlight or jump on your bike and set off for a ride.

This is where a Bobbin bicycle comes in handy.

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Bike: Bobbin Bramble, Leather Jacket: Muubaa, Jeans: Topshop Leigh Jeans in Raspberry, Scarf: Sandro Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Clubmasters, Shoes: Women’s Deerskin Soft-T Minnetonka Moccasins

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