1 Minute Poached Egg


Well, I still have no kitchen! It’s not so bad actually, we have an electric wok, a microwave, a toaster and a george foreman grill so whilst coming up with healthy recipes is a challenge but totally do-able. In fact, after 4 weeks we’ve yet to resort to a micro ready meal {#impressed}.

Since it was a bank holiday on Monday, I fancied a bit of a simple, yet comforting breakfast that was QUICK (bank holiday’s are for tea, toast and magazines in bed if you ask me!) – only one thing could match that description – poached egg on toast!

But since we don’t have a hob, I had to turn to my humble microwave to sort it out – I know there are a lot of people who think the microwave is the devil (and before moving, I barely used one) but I’ve been doing my own research and found some interesting results – but that’s for another post.

Anyway, this is a very simple, 1 minute poached egg recipe – perfect if you’re in a rush or if you don’t fancy the fuss that poached egg usually brings (or if you’re like me and can never seem to make it work!).

What you need:
1 egg
A microwavable mug (< seriously, you don’t want one that will crack!)
A slotted spoon

The you simply fill a mug half way up, add salt and vinegar, crack your egg, gently pierce the yolk and pop in the microwave for a minute! Remove the egg with a slotted spoon, making sure the water is drained off and serve on warm, buttery toast.

DONE! The perfect busy girl breakfast.

Happy National Watermelon Day

Thanks to Slim Paley for alerting me that it is indeed National Watermelon Day today!

Which is good news for me as watermelon has been on of my staples this week. Since I don’t have a kitchen yet (luckily, I have a toaster, microwave and grill so I’m not having to live on takeways) salads have been top of the menu for dinner almost every night.

So, in the spirt of National Watermelon Day I thought I’d share one of my favourite salads…

Watermelon & Feta Salad

All you need is:
• 180g feta, crumbled
• A bunch of mint, leaves only, any larger leaves torn
• 500g watermelon flesh, cut into chunks
• 1 small red onion, finely sliced
• Extra-virgin olive oil

Just combine all the ingredients in a bowl and serve with some freshly ground black pepper!

What’s your favourite way to serve watermelon? 


Love Kombucha

Kombucha: is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea.


Yesterday I had the best day at the BBC Good Food show. It was so good to see an increase in stalls promoting healthy, natural living. However my day got even better when I stumbled across @lovekombucha.

If you’ve not tried or heard of Kombucha yet then you need to give it a go. It’s a naturally fizzy, fermented tea based drink. It’s uses a SCOBY (AKA symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) to eat away at the sugar which results in a healthy, gut healing drink.

So why drink Kombucha? Well, as I mentioned above, it’s a great probiotic, increases energy, treats candida and improves pancreas function. It’s also stuffed with antioxidants and is a home remedy for acne, fatigue, hypertension, headaches, and constipation. Continue reading “Love Kombucha”

A quick note on achieving perfection…

I saw this via BrainPickings.org and had to share. Achieving perfection is something that we all strive for but as Dali says  we’ll not reach it. Not because we’re not good enough but because what we see as perfection constantly changes.

What do you think?

Marilyn Monroe | Thank you for the champagne…

Who said that thank you notes have to take a lot of time?

Just take this note from Marilyn Monroe…


Now, if a 1950’s icon can find it in her schedule to write a thank you note (which, let’s face it, takes a tad longer than firing off an email) then I’m sure that we can all find time to show a bit of gratitude right?

What I’m Reading: The Sweet poison Quit Plan

What are you reading this week? I’m reading The Sweet poison Quit Plan by David Gillespe.

I’ve been obsessed with the idea of quitting sugar for quite a while now (after reading the amazing journey that Sarah Wilson has gone on) but I’ve not actually done it.
i quit sugar

This weekend, I had a bit of a blow out, seriously we’re talking frozen yogurt, chocolate and pizza. I can honestly say that on Monday, I felt so unwell, my skin looks dull, my throat is uber sore and I had a sugar/junk food hangover.

So I’m going to do my best to avoid the sweet poison (I think we all know half of the battle is what’s hidden).

I’ll let you know what I think of the book and keep you updated with my quitting sugar progress!!

Don’t be a slave to the scales – A Dr Oz Tip

Last weekend I settled down to watch the live conference from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. SO many great speakers but amongst them was one of my personal favourites Dr Oz. 


Dr Oz is full of so much good advice (especially when it comes to the topic of weight-loss) that when I got to the States earlier this month, his magazine was the first one I sniffed out (unfortunately, my magazine obsession is still as strong as ever).

A point Dr Oz made during his #IIN lecture was that weight doesn’t matter – it’s waist size that’s really the key. Now as a total slave to the scales myself, this seems like a sensible idea.

Weight is no longer relevant (we’ve known this for a while), BMI certainly isn’t relevant (Brad Pitt would be classed as clinically obese if you went by BMI calculations) and it’s been long standing advice that we take measurements to be able to see the true effect of any weightloss.

But whilst measurements are all very well, the question is – if we’re not striving for a perfect weight then how do we know that we’re on the right track?

Dr Oz suggests that in order to find your ideal waist size you need to:

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A quick tip on public speaking…


I’m not really sure where my show off streak comes from. My mother comes out in a rash at the thought of standing up and speaking in public and my father (despite having no confidence issues) would rather hide in the toilets than get up on stage (< that’s a rather funny story about the circus in Blackpool – one for another day).

Me however, I love it.

Don’t get me wrong I do have that pang of nerves, I remember my first time on live radio – the dry mouth, the worry of not knowing what I’d say if I didn’t understand the question etc.

But overall, I’ve most definitely got the bug.

However, for those who do get anxious when it comes to public speaking I saw a great tip on The Atlantic.

All you need to do is make a fist with your left hand.  Continue reading “A quick tip on public speaking…”

Two more kitchen hacks that you need to know…

I’m well in to my kitchen hacks at the moment. As you know, anything that makes life a bit easier is all good with me.

So when I saw these two genius kitchen hacks I knew I had to spread the word.

1. Peel a head of garlic in less than 10 seconds.

I HATE peeling garlic, it’s messy and your hands stink afterwards BUT cooking website Saveur has uploaded a handy video that shows a simple hack to peel a whole head of garlic in less than 10 seconds!

2. Cut cherry tomatoes with ease

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10 Ways To Boost Creativity

Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating. – John Cleese

How to Enhance Creativity

I’ve spoken before about my habit of procrastinating,  I’m kind of embracing it these days. Usually the main cause of my whiling hours away, doing nothing, is feeling as though my creative juices are empty. There has to be nothing worse than staring at a blank page when you know it should be brimming with words. Nothing worse and nothing more hampering either.

Since it’s midweek and that’s usually when the slump sets in (or at least it does for me), I thought that I’d  share a few methods that I use to boost creativity whilst I’m working…

How to Become More Creative

1.Take the afternoon off and go watch a film. A solo trip to the cinema always helps. I don’t know whether it’s the 2 hours living in someone else’s world or just time where my phone is off and I don’t have to think. But it does work.

2. Pick up a pen and write by hand. Notebooks and handwritten notes are a vital part of my routine.

3. Go outside. Walk, run, sit, whatever, just the feel of the sun on your skin, the rain on your face and the fresh air in your lungs can work wonders.

4. Have a glass of wine (or whatever your drink of choice).  An ice cold glass of chablis is the perfect creativity booster for me. There’s a limit though, one glass = great work, two glasses = sloppy and incoherent (no matter how great I think it is at the time). As Ernest Hemingway says “Write drunk, edit sober“- although not recommended for 9am on Monday morning!

5. Turn EVERYTHING around you off. No radio, telly, music. I’m not one for silence but sometimes an hour or two of perfect silence gets shit done.

6. Take a nap. Sometimes you just need to shut down.

7. Screw work, take some time to read your favorite blogs/magazines. 30 minutes of reading work by people who inspire you, WILL help get you pumped.  Here are some of my favorites: Sarah Wilson // Inspaces Between // Thug Kitchen // Danielle LaPorte // Deborah Lee // Marie Forleo // Gala Darling // Emma Cossey // Brain Pickings // British Beauty Blogger // The Middle Finger Project {my list of must reads is much longer but we’d be here ALL day – which would be kind of ironic}

8. Work elsewhere. Coffee shop, co-working space, a friends house – a change of scenery is good.

9. Get to work on your confidence. Nothing will stop creativity in it’s tracks quicker than low self esteem. Check out Alex’s Confidence Vitamins.

10. Get a cat…I love this piece from Muriel Spark. If you’ve got a cat,you’ll understand.

If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp. The light from a desk lamp … gives a cat great satisfaction. The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.

Now I want your tips…What are your sure fire ways to improve creativity?

  • Bonus tip…Do something different. Join a theatre group or a writing club. Something that you can get out and mingle with like minded creatives. I love the blog post by the American Musical Theatre Academy – 5 insights into the Life of a Theatre Actor which discusses creativity and how the theatre embraces it.