Author: Izzy Raffy

Chicken with Grainy Mustard Sauce

BBC Good Food – Chicken with Grainy Mustard Sauce

I have to say I am not one for complicated meals, though I love cooking and I love trying new recipes. But they have to be quick, easy and most importantly delicious. I thought that is not possible until I found BBC Good Food books for ‘dummies’ as I call them. This series of books were recommended by a friend who also loved cooking but like me had no time to prepare long, complicated meals. She said ‘ they work like a charm’. I did not believe her but wanted to try anyway , even if only out of courtesy. The result was ‘They worked like a charm’. No kidding! So, the other day I had few chicken breasts left in my fridge that I was postponing cooking because I did not want ‘grilled chicken’ meal. In times like these I reach for the BBC Good Food books and experiment. This time lucky dip fell on the Chicken with Grainy Mustard Sauce recipe. And to my surprise (though I should have learned by now) it worked! It was …

Spring Clean Your Activewear

Spring is here! The warmth of the sun gives me freedom to show off the hard work I did in the dark winter months and this means one thing and one thing only – what should I wear? When it comes to fitness and performance wear I totally swear by Stella McCartney for Adidas. I absolutely believe it is worth the price. It fits my body really well, it is extremely comfortable, it is beautiful to look at and a joy to wear. It is designed to keep dry and keep cool and that’s exactly what it does. I don’t want a distracting fitness wear, all I want to do is focus on my workout and not on trying to adjust a twisted top or sliding down leggings. Buying few new active wear items feels like a well deserved treat right? Right! Wouldn’t it be nice to try a new brand and freshen up my wardrobe with new names. It would! When it comes to choosing a new activewear brand I believe in a mixture of dress …

Changing The Name Of The Game

The classic way to exercise is: Step 1: Choose a fitness method Step 2: Choose a gym and become a member. It’s expensive you say? But surely you will be there at least 3 times a week and it will be worth it in the end! Step 3: Persevere. Results will come…of course they will Gyms have been banking on this for a long time, often forgetting what their customers want hence a lot of gym goers feel locked in their monthly subscription and often achieve very little with their workout. I have tried this, many times, with different gym chain and failed miserably. I have watched many of my friends try this and fail as well. There is a long list of reasons why such approach to fitness does not work which I will not bother even typing. Many of us live quite a busy life filled with commuting, bad days in the office that affect our mood, good days in the office that also affect our mood, even sometimes feeling bored or stuck in …

Touch&Go Is About To Pay Off for Jawbone Up4

Wearables have yet to prove their worth to a lot of consumers, especially activity trackers. Endeavour Partners’ research reveals that more than half of U.S. consumers who have owned a modern activity tracker no longer use it. A third of U.S. consumers who have owned one stopped using the device within six months of receiving it. So, something has to be done to overcome this challenge. Enter Jawbone Up4 ‘Increasingly we have been using our trackers to help people connect with other devices and services . . . People love these integrations —particularly the ones that make their lives easier and more efficient’ Travis Bogard vice president of product management and strategy at Jawbone. To achieve that goal Jawbone is partnering with American Express to release UP4 which will be the first pure activity tracker capable of NFC payments. Jawbone Up4 will be very much what you get with Up3 with added heart and health monitoring as well as advanced sleep tracking. Up4 will have the cool factor of NFC payments, setting up the scene for new user experiences, …

Meat Free Week – Day 5

It’s Friday! So where can I go to have some good veg dish – take your pick from these One of our vegetarian dishes just for #meatfreeweek butternut ravioli, pickled shallots, almond, blue cheese dressing pic.twitter.com/ibuxbBpsek — RotundaBarRestaurant (@rotundalondon) March 27, 2015 Need more #meatfreeweek ideas? Head to pop-up @feastonthemove in London Bridge for a multitude of veggie delights! pic.twitter.com/md2m4RvGRg — Bloomsbury Cooks (@BloomsburyCooks) March 26, 2015 #MeatFreeWeek we can 100% say the quinoa burger w/ kiwi yog from @andinalondon is the best #veggie burger in LONDON pic.twitter.com/uoTVDB4E7q — Eat Out London (@EatOutLDN) March 26, 2015 Taking part in #meatfreeweek in London? Come take a look at our menu! 🙂 100% plant based food. http://t.co/RXc1A9MyzK @meatfreeweekorg — BONAPETI (@BONAPETI) March 26, 2015 One of our vegetarian dishes just for #meatfreeweek butternut ravioli, pickled shallots, almond, blue cheese dressing pic.twitter.com/ibuxbBpsek — RotundaBarRestaurant (@rotundalondon) March 27, 2015 The 10 best vegan brunches in London: http://t.co/l6rXpG7S6p @inspiralled @tibits_uk @kin_cafe @BlackCatHackney pic.twitter.com/ZjFzSeE0ae — Standard Going Out (@ESgoingout) March 26, 2015

Meat Free Week – Day 4

Enjoying a lovely morning porridge at the Watch House Cafe during #Meatfreeweek Day 4 has seriously made me think about sustainable food, myths about what we eat, how confused we are about what’s good and what’s bad and also who is to make that good or bad call when it comes to ourselves. Having porridge with cow milk for breakfast for example – is that good for me or bad for me? Because dairy is always a big, big problem it seems with so many contradicting articles from ‘experts’ one day it’s good, one day it’s a big no-no and another day it’s good but… This is just an example about how too much information is doing more harm than it is doing good. In such cases it is best to know the facts and then listen to your body so you can do what is best for you. I would love to be a vegetarian, because I believe in the cause, I believe in my mind that it is a better option for me and …

Meat Free Week – Day 3

Day 3 of meat free week is not too bad. So 2 days without meat or fish turns out to be more challenging for my mind than it is for my body. It is the small habits I build over time when I chose my breakfast or prepare food at home to take with me for lunch. I am also discovering that vegetarian options are often higher in calories or not necessarily better than the meat options. A lot of veg out there has cheese or even cheeses. I either have to opt in for a cold pasta salad or a cheese sandwich. The vegetarian wraps available on the market are just so tasteless. So the best options is to cook and prepare at home and carry with me which of course takes a lot more planning. So, today I decided to do a cooked breakfast. Safe to say an omelette is by far the speediest breakfast I can make. This particular one, peppers omelette on sourdough bread took me less than 10min and it …

Meat Free Week – Day 2

Meat free week is not just about giving up meat for a week. It  is about education, finding more about where food comes from, how we consume it and what effects that has on the human body and the environment. Eating too much meat for example has been proven to increase risks of certain diseases but it also has a potentially devastating impact on our natural resources and on top of this livestock and meat production have been identified as major contributors to climate change. (source meatfreeweek.org) We have all heard ‘You are what you eat’ but not many are actually taking time to find out what exactly is wrong with the way we eat. This is not about becoming a vegan or vegetarian or being ‘perfect’. It is about recognising how what we eat impacts us and how we can make small changes which will have a significant effect on our personal health and will help alleviate  the pressure on natural resources. Here is a great, fun TED talk by Mark Bittman who is a bestselling cookbook …