Thursday, 30 October 2014

NEW BLOG

Moved over to a new food inspired blog. Please check it out: vicaragekitchen.blogspot.co.uk

Monday, 24 March 2014

Clean and Lean - Day 2

Breakfast 
I had run out of oats this morning, so today breakfast was a gluten free banana tostie (with a sprinkle of sweetner). If you've never tried this out, I seriously recommend you do. 

Morning snack
Walnuts and berries 

 
Lunch
Despite the picture, lunch wasn't half a chicken. I've been a vegetarian since I can rememeber, but I've recently started eating chicken (after being persuaded my boyfriend). The reason for this is that being gluten free and a vegetarian can be tricky and expensive when eating out. I am now addicted to chicken! Today's lunch was chicken salad (chicken, tomato, pepper, cucumber, avacado and philidelphia and herb). 

In the afternoon my sister and I took a trip in town. The weather is crazy mixed up at the minute, but thankfully it stayed dry until we reached the car. On our way home we stopped off at the coffee shop. I had a raspberry and leaf tea which was amazing! 

I've also started holiday shopping so I can do it gradually. I picked up this little white dress which is a little short to wear in town on a warm day, but it would be perfect for the evening or beach when on holiday. 


We got home and spent the rest of the afternoon watching gossip girl before dinner. Once again, hunger took over and I forgot to snap my food. Dinner was chicken, carrots and sweet potato. 


Sunday, 23 March 2014

Clean eating - Day 1


Breakfast 
Breakfast this morning was my usual porridge with sweetner and dash of cinnamon. I just add water and use Nairns gluten free oats. I always have a glass of water with breakfast too. 


I knew that I would be having a late (ish) lunch, so had a handful of walnuts before starting work. 

Lunch 
At this point I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture. Anyway... I had salmon salad (salmon, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pepper, sweetcorn and a sprinkle of cheese.) I then had a pot of Greek yoghurt and a banana. 


Dinner 
For dinner I had cod with salad and clean and lean pancakes. 

Recipe
100g cottage cheese 
50g porridge oats 
2 eggs 
3 tsp sweetner 

Blend all the ingredients together and spoon the mixture into a hot pan. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes. 

Evening snack
A handful of walnuts, raisins and pistachios. 

Friday, 21 March 2014

It's been a long time...

So it's safe to say that I've abandoned the blog for way longer than anticipated. Things got pretty busy once third year commenced and this was temporarily put on hold.

Fear not, the dissertation is no more and third year (also signifying the end of uni :( ) is coming to an end. I thought i'd kick my return off by telling you my dietary plans...



I've been dipping in and out of the clean and lean diet for quite some time now and my body shape, mood etc has really changed as a result. I've also become a bit of a gym bunny (who'd have thought working out could be so addictive?) Anyway... as good as I am during the day, when it comes to the award for binge eating at night, I'd win it hands down. So... I've made the decision, starting tomorrow, to completely cut the naughties out of my diet and fully embrace the clean and lean way of life.

To keep me on track and share my progress, I'm going to be blogging daily (what i've eaten, workouts etc and the v.occasional cheat meal).

Feel free to share any tips, recipes or your own progress. 

Rachel. 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Party Season

I love this time of year... it's the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy a few too many cocktails and glasses of champagne.

Here's my Christmas Party Season style guide to prepare you for the festive season.



LBD ... 

LBD



Who doesn't love a little black dress? This one from Tempest is available online from LottiesAtik. Perfect dinner party chic. 

Glitz & Glam... 


Glitz and Glam




I'm not normally one for glitter, but this gold playsuit from Topshop will definitely be making an appearance this Christmas. Teamed with a minimalistic shoulder bag, this is the perfect outfit for a night out with the girls. 

Paint the town red...

Red




Dress & Shoes - LottiesAtik Online

The gorgeous pillar box red clutch by Vivienne Westwood really completes this look. If you normally go for something a little more understated, why not give this try?




Rachel. 

November haul

HOLA :)

Firstly let me start by saying that I've really let myself down on the blogging front since returning from Poland nearly TWO MONTHS AGO!! It's just been a really busy time moving into a new house, dissertation, scraping money together, general life things etc that despite thinking about new posts, I just haven't got round to it.

Apologies aside, I've decided to ease myself back in with a haul :) At the beginning of the term I told myself that I'd go an entire term without spending money on non-essential items. I naively thought that my summer wardrobe would become my winter wardrobe with wool tights, chunky scarves and layers. It all started pretty well. I deleted tempting emails and naughty adverts trying to lure me in, but eventually I cracked and it's pretty much been down hill from there... you know how it is. This month I've been home quite a few more times than expected and definitely much more than I ever have before during term time. I still have my job at home which I feel pretty lucky about and they're always more than happy to give me shifts even if i'm just back for the weekend. This has meant that I've had much more money than I thought and I've been living at home for free while teaching and doing research.

Catch up done... on with the haul.

November style

                                     


What have you been buying this winter? 

Rachel. 


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Day 4/5/6

Czech :) 

Haven't posted for the past couple of days because there really hasn't been anything new or particularly interesting to blog about. Here's a brief summary of what we've been up to though.....

In Polish schools they follow course books from Year 5 upwards so Chris and I have mainly been observing these lessons before teaching them next week. Teaching the little ones isn't as restricting and allows for a lot more flexibility. On Thursday, we had the chance to work with a different English teacher within the school. Her teaching style is much more interactive than the teacher we'd been working with beforehand and more suited to how we teach in England. After finishing at lunch time, we went to Brovaria for lunch and lapped up the sun in old market square. Dinner comprised of four jam sandwiches for me and a pizza for Chris. Laziness at it's best but we had to live like students at some point during the trip.



 Friday was a busy day at school. Chris and I (well I) had created a presentation about what teenagers in the UK are interested in, as well as a bit of information about London. We ended up showing it to not one but five classes individually. Safe to say the enthusiasm was wearing off a bit the 5th time round. Snapchat was probably the concept that they found the most fascinating and amusing and our demonstration was definitely a winner.

As with most places you visit, you develop a love for a particular restaurant. Ours is Whiskey in a Jar which we visited last night for the second time this week. Once again, the food was delicious and we're going to have try really hard to try out new places and not resort there every night.




Saturday

Today has been a sight seeing/shopping day (mainly shopping.) We took the tram to the Cathedral just outside the centre of Poznan. We didn't expect to spend hours there but also didn't think we'd be in and out in 15 minutes. For a Cathedral, it was pretty small, more like the size of a big church in England. Thankfully our journey was not wasted as a couple were selling cute gingerbread shapes outside (never a dull moment when food is about.) We got the tram back and walked to the square for lunch at Gospoda. I got a 'fitness' ice cream/yoghurt with muesli and fruit which was just up my street. 





For a moment, I thought I was in Covent Garden... not quite. 



After lunch we went to Stary Browar shopping centre just a short walk from the market square. We weren't quite sure what to expect because some of the small shopping centres that we'd been to had been pants! This was completely different and much more up our street. It was really strange going into shops that we have at home in England and seeing prices like 400zl. It takes a while to naturally process that into English money. I have enough clothes to last me a life time so just bought a new nail varnish by essence and a sports top from Oysho. Chris on the other hand went crazy because, for various reasons, he doesn't normally get the chance to at home. Might even do my first male haul post tomorrow. 

Free hug anyone?
Tonight we went to a Tapas restaurant for dinner (my memory has failed me on the name.) Tapas is one of my favourite kinds of food so I was really excited to eat here..... Sadly, Tapas in Poland isn't quite the same. They don't do small dishes that you get a few of, you just get one main... not really traditional Tapas in my eyes but hey! I ordered Salmon salad and wedges. Don't think we'll be going there again because it was pretty average,boring and disappointing on the Tapas front. We went for drinks at Whiskey in a Jar after dinner and met two British students who are doing a year abroad here.


Can't wait for another lie in tomorrow. Waking up at 10 instead of 6:45 this morning was bliss. 

Dobranoc.