Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Newburn Bakehouse - Warburtons: Festive Bread & Butter Pudding


When Newburn Bakehouse by Warburtons sent me some of their gluten free products to try I couldn't wait to make this festive bread & butter pudding using their new breakfast artisan cob with sultanas and orange. I created this dairy free & gluten free pudding for their Christmas advent calendar which can be found on their Facebook - go check it out for lots of festive treats and to see their other great gluten free products.

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Orange & Almond Polenta Cake



I'm not sure about you but oranges always remind me of Christmas time and that warm, fuzzy, festive feeling! So, what better way to celebrate oranges than in cake, of course! This recipe was inspired by a lemon polenta cake I used to get from Borough Market when I was working right next to it (dangerous I know). I love the texture of this cake, it's so light and fluffy and the zing of orange throughout makes it just an all round winner really! Hope you like it as much as I do...

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Spinach, Chorizo, Sun-dried Tomato & Feta Quiche



Who said quiche has to be for Summer? Well, not me, I think it's a great lunch or dinner dish that is versatile for any season and super easy to make. Best served warm with either some fresh crispy salad leaves or some roasted seasonal veggies. Love this one, hope you do too.
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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Pear & Blackberry Oat Crumble



I love winter and to me there is nothing better than a warming Sunday roast dinner followed by a crumble for pudding. What's great about this crumble is that not only is gluten free and also a healthy take on the original crumble, it takes barely any time at all to put together. It's even great for breakfast (that's if there's any left overs!) with a dollop of soya yoghurt or even coconut yoghurt.
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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Truffle & Rosemary Baked Chips


Winter is very much upon us, which to me means creating hearty comforting dishes and snacky side dishes like this one. I'm personally a huge fan of anything with truffle oil on so including it on a batch of hot, fluffy, crispy chips seems like the next logical recipe idea! So here it is and here's what you'll need:
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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Chilli, Lime & Parsley Cod


Ever get so stuck in a routine of coming home from work and cooking the same meals over and over again? I know I am very much guilty of doing that, because hey, it's easy! But, I know I am also one to get extremely bored of eating the same thing over and over again. This is such a quick and easy meal and although the flavours are simple they are delicious.
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Zucchini Fries


What you'll need:
-1 Courgette
-3tbsp Gluten free flour (plain)
-3tbsp Smoked paprika
-1tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil
-1 Large egg
-Salt & pepper for seasoning
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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Churros + Doisy & Dam Dark Chocolate Sauce



So, this week saw the first ever 'Batter Week' on The Great British Bake Off so I thought why not try my hand at making these naughties - Gluten free churros. Who knew it was possible? Well, it is and they are delicious. Crispy, sugary outside and a fluffy centre, finished off with the perfect accompaniment... A rich Doisy & Dam dark chocolate hot dipping sauce of course.
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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Coconut & Lemon Drizzle



I absolutely love anything lemon flavoured and lemon drizzle cake has to be up there with one of my favourite cakes - It's such a classic and really easy to make. This version is a slight twist to the original but totally delicious, moist and also gluten free.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

HBC & Total Chi Event



A couple of weekends ago I went to a great HBC networking event which was held at the beautiful & new Total Chi Yoga Bar, where I got to chat with lots of other amazing health, food, fitness and lifestyle bloggers as well as try out some great food products. 
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Nutri-Brex // Bloggers Breakfast



What a day and what a breakfast! I was absolutely honoured to be invited to the Nutri-Brex Bloggers Breakfast. The event was held at The Hoxton in their beautiful Garden Conservatory where we indulged in an amazing gluten-free spread. The event was held in order for Nutri-Brex to showcase their new and exciting product that has now launched and is available to buy in supermarkets.

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Vitness Tonics




I recently received these delicious and refreshing drinks by Vitness Tonics and was pleasantly surprised. The flavour combinations are great and not too sweet either, so it doesn't leave you feeling sick afterwards which most flavoured sparkling drinks do (well, I find that to be the case anyway). Available in 3 different flavours; Elderflower & Chilli, Rhubarb & Rose and Cucumber & Melon. My personal favourite is the Rhubarb & Rose flavour as it reminds me of rhubarb and custard.

Here are some of the benefits of Vitness Tonics as stated on their website:

The Benefits:
- Naturally boost the production of collagen
- Heal, hydrate and replenish the skin
- Fight free radicals and oxidative damage caused by UV and pollution
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Protect the skin from premature ageing

Available to buy in Harrods, Harvey Nichols and on their website.

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Peach & Almond Galette



Looking for the perfect Summer dessert? Well, I have just the thing - This peach and almond gluten free & dairy free tart of course! It's very quick and easy to make and it wont disappoint. Serve with dairy free ice cream or yoghurt for an extra dollop of indulgence.

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Doisy & Dam Chocolate, Pistachio & Raspberry Tarts



Well, well, well, what can I say about these little beauties? I have got to say this is one of my favourite recipes (I think I say that about quite a few of the dishes I blog about - woops!) but honestly, I love the rich dark chocolate used for this recipe, all thanks to the guys over at Doisy & Dam who kindly supplied this to me along with some of their other flavours.

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Grilled Halloumi, Peach & Avocado Salad


As you may or may not have noticed, I seem to be having a little obsession with halloumi at the moment - It's just the perfect addition to any salad in my opinion. The combination in this salad of the salty halloumi and the sweet peaches is totally delicious.

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Well & Truly Gazpacho


Looking for a different kind of Summer refreshment? Well, look no further. This delicious drink from Well & Truly is packed with vitamin-rich tomatoes, it contains 2 of your 5 a day and better still it tastes absolutely delicious! Best served chilled as a drink or even as a starter served in a bowl with some crunchy croutons.

Available to buy on their website and now also available in Whole Foods.

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Photography: Karuna Clayton Photography - http://www.karunaclaytonphotography.com/
Stylist: Camilla Wordie - http://camillawordie.com/
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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Chia & Paprika Chicken Goujons With Asian Slaw


I had an unhealthy obsession with chicken goujons before I gave up gluten & dairy so it was only a matter of time before I decided to re-create them for myself. Although there are gluten free goujon options in shops such as Marks & Spencer, there's nothing like making them fresh from scratch - It only takes a short amount of time to make and it's seriously easy with little ingredients involved.



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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Summer Salad Vol.1


This beautiful Summer weather has inspired my salad creations. During the days where we saw temperatures of 34 degrees (madness!) I found it far too hot to be stood in the kitchen by an oven cooking for an hour or so, besides, who really wants to be inside when the weather is this gorgeous.
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Vitamin C Smoothie


So, as many of you who follow me on Instagram (@littleluxuryfoods) may know I've been feeling a little under the weather the last couple of days, think I've got the flu - not nice! But anyway, I decided to make this delicious, refreshing and Vitamin C filled smoothie to start my day off nicely. Seriously easy to make and only a few ingredients.
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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Beating The Bloat



As like me, i'm sure many of you have read and heard lots about the what the different causes of bloating are. I am in no way a professional/ nutritionist / doctor of any kind but what I can share is my experience with how to beat the bloat. So here are my top tips!
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Chocolate & Coconut Granola


Breakfast and chocolate are 2 of my favourite things, so this chocolate coconut granola paired with some soya yoghurt and fresh fruit is just a perfect way to start my day. This is such an easy recipe and takes minutes to prepare and cook.
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Tomato & Pesto Puff Pizzas


I used to love making puff pastry tarts when I was at University, so I was thrilled to see that Genius have created a gluten free puff pastry! These puff pastry pizzas are so easy to make and are delicious.
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Thursday, 21 April 2016

My Marathon


So here's some interesting news; I've decided to do My Marathon next month for The British Heart Foundation - having struggled with a rare form of heart condition (Postural Tachycardia Syndrome) for the past couple of years, I have finally built up the confidence, strength, health and fitness (eventually) to get back into keeping fit and exercising. Not only am I doing this for myself to prove I can achieve a significant exercise challenge but of course also for an absolutely amazing and worthy cause. This marathon is great for people who, like me, aren't natural runners or aren't in the best fitness shape - anyone can do this marathon and the best thing about it is you can do it at your own pace and whenever and wherever you choose. It consists of running / walking 26.2 miles, you can do it progressively over the month too, so no pressure to do it in a day! I'll be doing this with my 2 housemates - they have both been extremely supportive of me throughout my good days and bad days and they have been extremely encouraging in getting me back into fitness carefully and at my own pace (so, here's a little thank you to my 2 lovely personal trainers and best friends - you are the best!) I can't encourage you enough, try it for yourselves and feel amazing for doing so.
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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

You've Got To Start Somewhere...


It's very easy to get into a habit of just slobbing on the sofa or lying in bed watching film after film but realistically it's no good for you in the long run. I've always wanted to get back into fitness since finishing school at 18 years old, don't get me wrong, I tried to go to the gym at University but it proved a lot harder than I expected - There was never enough time and the free time I did have I spent going out with friends so it was never a difficult decision when it came to gym vs. socialising. In my final year of uni it was impossible with the work load and I fell ill with a rare heart condition, so since that happened I've always been fairly reluctant to get back into any form of fitness. However, recently I have realised the importance of staying active and (trying) to get myself fit.
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Monday, 28 March 2016

Matcha Green Tea & White Chocolate Cookies


What you'll need:
-1tbsp matcha green tea powder by Rawbear
-200g ground almonds 
-50g ground pistachios
-175g dairy free White chocolate 
-3tbsp coconut oil
-3tbsp maple syrup 
-1tsp vanilla paste
-Pinch of salt
-1/2tsp baking powder (gf)
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Super Seedy Granola


Making your own granola is super easy and is so much better for you; shop bought cereals contain seriously high levels of sugar. This way, you know exactly what goes into your granola and it will save you money too.
This is such an easy recipe and is great to make in big batches ready for whenever you need it. I make mine on a Sunday and divide it into healthy sized portions to take with me into work. Once made, store in an air tight jar or container to keep it fresh and tasting delicious!
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Monday, 21 March 2016

Easter Crispies


Today I mark my 1 year anniversary of blogging so here's a little choccie treat to celebrate and to also re-create for Easter weekend.
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Sunday, 20 March 2016

A Proper Good Snack

Last week I received an extremely exciting trunk of goodies from PROPERCORN - I have to say, the packaging itself is enough to make you want to dive straight in and start eating. It arrived in a beautifully designed box so you know you could feel extremely happy sending it as a gift, to a popcorn lover or friend. These, and other gift boxes are available to buy on their website: https://www.propercorn.com/shop/. All PROPERCORN’s popcorn is Gluten & Wheat free and suitable for Vegans.   


My box of goodies contained all 6 of their amazingly tasty flavours including their latest ‘Smooth Peanut & Almond’ which I was extremely excited to try. PROPERCORN have a flavour for every occasion and every kind of snacker ->

Smooth Peanut & Almond - The ‘coffee and a catch-up’ type. This is PROPERCORN’s latest and (in my opinion) most delicious flavour. It’s sweet enough to satisfy those of you with even the sweetest of tooth's and best of all it tastes exactly like peanut butter! It’s always far too tempting when you meet up with a mate for a coffee and a good old natter to pick up a slice of cake or a muffin on the side but with this new flavour, it's the perfect pairing with a coffee and it won't leave you feeling guilty afterwards. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Blueberry Smoothie Bowl


What you'll need:

-2tbsp Alpro soya yoghurt (I used plain)
-1/2 a punnet of fresh blueberries
-Puffed quinoa by BiOFAIR
-Pistachios
-Fresh strawberries
-Chia seeds

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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Potato Salad, Courgetti & Salmon Bowl

It's the simplest of dishes that are sometimes the tastiest - this is the perfect edition for lunches or light dinners. It's easy to make and will keep you fuller for longer.
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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sesame, Honey Chicken With Rice Noodles & Greens


What you'll need:

-1 chicken breast
-1tbsp honey (roughly)
-1tbsp sesame seeds (roughly)
-Rice noodles
-Spinach
-Peas

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Breakfast Bowl Of Champions

I'm all for a big bowl of porridge for a hearty way to start the day. This bowl of goodness is creamy, sweet and will fill you up until lunch time.

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Avocado, Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

The perfect light yet filling lunch - This quinoa, avocado and black bean salad is so delicious; the combination of the creamy avocado and quinoa is always a winner.
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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Banana & Blueberry Cake


The great thing about baking goodies like this one is that not only is it a paleo and gluten free recipe but it tastes absolutely divine. It’s a beautifully light, moist and fluffy cake and will go down a treat with a nice hot cup of tea. I recently shared this one with my work colleagues and was delighted when they went in for seconds and complimented it, so wait no  longer, here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it:
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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Risotto, Greens, Tomatoes & Mushrooms

Sometimes all I feel like is a big bowl of comforting food that I can throw into a bowl and eat with a spoon. This is the perfect dish for just that and requires very little time and effort.
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Mint, Pea & Broccoli Pasta

Sometimes after a long hard day at work all I fancy is a big bowl of comforting pasta with fresh greens.

What you'll need:

-Fresh mint leaves (about 1 stalks worth)
-1 Whole broccoli
-Peas
-Gluten free pasta
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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Rich Dark Chocolate Cookies


These are my absolute ultimate go to sweet treat favourites. I love how easy they are to make and how delicious and rich they are. The dark chocolate intensity is perfect for satisfying those sweet cravings.
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Chicken, Apricot & Quinoa Salad


I must admit, this was inspired by a recent talk I attended at my place of work which focussed on the effect of blood sugars on mental concentration, emotional balance and physical performance. Such a delicious dish and so quick and easy to throw together.
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