Recipe

Chicken, Mushroom and Thyme, Quinoa “Risotto”

After Searching a fair bit on the internet for a healthy version of one of my favourite ever dishes Risotto, I then had this mad idea to replace the rice with Quinoa (yes that really hard to pronounce grain) for a semi guilt free twist on my fave dish. Turns out it’s not such a mad idea and actually there are lots of recipes out there. I found this awesome recipe from Donna Hay, so I can’t take the credit but me being me I decided to use add chicken and see how it came out. If you’ve made risotto before this recipe pretty much follows the same base, but just substituting the rice for quinoa. I’ve since made this dish three different times and it has been so delicious each and every time and it was also way too good not to share.I say this is “Risotto” but risotto gets its name because of the rice used in the dish so this is really a knock off hehe.

I’m not going to rewrite the recipe, as I reckon Donna Hay has it pretty much covered. The only difference in mine is that I added chicken in. I just used chicken thighs about 500-600g. I cooked this through with the garlic, thyme and mushroom. I also substituted the dry white wine with grape juice, only because when I went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients I had forgotten my ID and even though I’m well and truly beyond 18, I do look around 17 especially on this non make up wearing day, so I really couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of explaining that yes I am 26 and yes I know I’m young looking. To be really honest the grape juice worked really well.

I’ve linked the recipe above but I’ll also pop it here

http://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/dinners/dinners-pasta-rice-noodles/quinoa-mushroom-and-thyme-risotto

Here is however a few pictures of how I made the risotto and the end result. I really hope you all give this a go.

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Thanks for reading,

Stay cool,

Bailey

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YouTube Challenge

Day 2 Youtube Exercise Challenge

This morning I felt like doing a little cardio mixed in with the dumbbell weights I’d just bought. So again after a quick search on this is the video that kicked my butt this morning.

What You’ll Need:

Dumbbell weights (mine are 2kg each but I’m thinking I’ll upgrade to 5kg)

Skill Level: Beginner

Sweat Rating: 4 out of 5

Fun Rating:3 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

This is another great beginners video. Again the music is pretty cheesy as is the instructor, but the moves are easy enough to follow. It really gets the heart rate pumping and there were a few times where, because I am such a novice I had to slow it down a little. Definitely recommend if, you are like me and have only just got back into some kind of physical activity. The video is only 23 minutes so it is also perfect for those of you with limited time (I’ve been crying through the 2 hour series finale of Dawson’s Creek) Well until tomorrow,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

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Healthy Living, Recipe

Peanut Maple Granola Recipe

Since I haven’t done a recipe since my Heart Warming Chicken Soup post, I thought I would mix it up and show you one of my all time favourite breakfasts. This Granola is super easy to make, will last for around 3-4 weeks in an air tight jar (If it even lasts that long) and its pretty darn healthy. So with all that said and done here’s how to make it…
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  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Pic’s Peanut Butter Unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups of Wholegrain Oats
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Sprinkle in your favourite nuts and seeds, I use a mixture of Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts, Slivered Almonds, Sesame Seeds or feel free to pop some Goji Berries or Dried Cranberries.

Method

Preheat Oven to 180 Fan

  1. Mix the Honey, Maple Syrup and Peanut Butter in a microwavable bowl. Once mixed well microwave for 20 seconds and stir again.
  2. Add in the Chia Seeds, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon and the salt and stir well.
  3. Place the wet ingredients into a larger bowl make sure to use a spatula to get as much of the mixture out into the new bowl. Add in the oats, make sure to add a little at a time, to ensure the oats are covered completely with the wet mixture.
  4. Next add in your desired extras. If you find it’s a little dry add in a little more Honey and Maple syrup to the mix.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly over a baking tray covered in baking paper.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 mins, turning the granola over half way through. Be sure to keep and eye on it as it tends to burn pretty fast.

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So there you have it! I like to have mine with unsweetened natural yoghurt, chopped pears, grapes and strawberries and a little drizzle of honey. It would also be amazing as a parfait, in a cute glass with lots of yummy berries in between. Enjoy with a glass of coconut water and you’re set for the day.

Let me know if you try this

Stay cool,

Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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So here we are again. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, you creep up on me like a champion ‘what’s the time Mr wolf’ player. Yet I feel as if I haven’t really achieved much this week.

This has certainly been the week of work and blogging. I’ve been feeling so inspired, with loads of ideas buzzing around my head , that I almost feel as if there’s not enough days to fit it all in. I’ve also been hugely overwhelmed by the support I’ve been getting. I know I’ve said this previously, but it was so daunting putting myself out there. Not to get into a thing , but I’m actually quite shy, especially when it comes to expressing my thoughts and feelings.So I’d just like to quickly say a huge, massive thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read this and put up with me waffling on and on.

In the spare few hours I’ve had where I haven’t had to work on this blog or my day job, I have turned to the tv. We started watching ‘The Returned’ and although we’re only a few episodes in, we are both already hooked. I know in my last Sunday Summary I said I loved the American version called ‘Resurrection’ I have to sadly eat my words, as the French have done it far far better. It’s much darker and way more sinister than its American counterpart and that in large part is why we both prefer it. It is subtitled and that may put some off but don’t let it, because to be honest it’s pretty darn awesome.

This week my baby brother and his girlfriend have come to stay, which is always lovely. Although it was a whirlwind of a visit its always a joy seeing them both and catching up. Laura my brothers girlfriend, bought me some new beauty goodies, that I can not wait to try.

Speaking of beauty, my big shout out for the week needs to go to Tanya Burr and her absolutely, friggin amazing lip glosses. I have 4 or maybe 5 of these beautys and they never EVER fail to impress me. I don’t want to speak about them too much as a future post is most definitely on its way but I would like to say that they are most probably what is on my lips all the time.

If I have a Saturday morning where I’m not at work, Chris and I will usually try somewhere new for brunch. This weekend was no expection to the rule and we went and checked out a little cafe called ‘Hello Sunday’. It’s located on Elgin St near the Colombo st mall. I’m so pleased that we tried it out. Again we both opted for a chai latte and it was pretty up to standard. Chris had the hash stack, which must have been amazing as he didn’t even come up for air once it arrived. I went for the fried brioche with mascarpone, stewed apples and maple syrup (as pictured below). It was divine, but so filling I couldn’t finish it all. The staff were really friendly and service was pretty prompt. What I did love about other than the great food was the decor. They’ve gone for a shabby chic kind of vibe, that I was very much feeling. Also the cabinet food looked incredible, especially the cakes. The only downside was that it’s pretty small inside, which would be fine if it wasn’t the middle of winter, as they have plenty of outdoor seating. I’d recommend either going really early to ensure you get a table or if you don’t mind sharing you can always pull up a pew with someone else.

I’ve also made a few pay day purchases this week (as pictured) all from Countdown. I’m super excited to give these a try over the week and see if they all live up to the hype and expectations. Talking of purchases I’ve also been into my local bolt of cloth again, along with spotlight and mitre 10, gathering bits and bobs for a current D.I.Y project. I’m really excited to get it completed and up here!

Sebastians weeks been pretty same old. Once again he’s mostly been snoozing, eating and attacking us, out of love we hope. Although he has been venturing outside a little more, we think he’s slowly becoming not so scared of the giant grey cat next door.


And finally our week ended last night with a trip to see my oldest and bestest friend Alyx compete in a pole competition. I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she put in. I had only been to one event like this in the past and again I was blown away with the skill and ability that the girls and 1 boy showed on the night. Chris was pretty excited too when I asked him to come along with me ( I think he thought it was going to be a different kind of show). My hightlight of the evening had to be, when one of the competitors took her jacket off and tossed it into the crowd landing in Chris’ face, I really wish I’d filmed that it certainly was priceless. I also did Alyx’s hair and make up for the event and had Chris take pictures so a post on this will be up shortly.
To sum up the weeks events it’s not been all that eventful but it’s definitely had a few highlights here and there. As I write this I’m actually away for work. So I’m really sorry if it’s a little disjointed and muddled. Also our Sunday Selfie was a little bit rushed as it was literally taken just before I rushed out the door for work (the joys of doing shift work). So thanks for sticking with me if you’ve made it this far.
The week ahead again is pretty busy, I’ve got a few D.I.Y projects on the go and a few beauty posts that I can’t wait to get up. We’ve also got friends coming for dinner and my dad is here from the UK. Once again thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy days to read these little post, it honestly means so much!
Stay cool and keep reading,
Bailey xox

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D.I.Y Fridays, Recipe

Heart Warming Chicken and Veggie Soup

It certainly is winter. I woke up to a mere 1 degree Celsius this morning and boy was that a shock to the system. As I am unable to provide you all with a D.I.Y this Friday because I’ve been pretty busy with my day job and life. I thought as a little consolation prize I’d post the recipe for the chicken soup featured in my What I Ate Tuesday post here. However, I have a few D.I.Y projects on the go as I type, so fingers crossed there will be something new on it’s way soon.

I must give credit to The Gracious Pantry here, for the recipe. I’ve used this original recipe as my base and tweaked it here and there to suit our personal tastes. I do love this website when I’m wanting to make something I know will be clean and will fill my body with goodness. I’ve also had a cold/virus on and off for the last month and quite frankly I’ve had enough. This soup has been my saviour for lunch time when I’m feeling poorly. As I mentioned in my last post I usually make a huge stock pot of this soup and then keep in the fridge. A big pot usually lasts the whole week and I’m told by Chris that it’s even better warmed up the next day.

I’m also not the greatest with measurements when I cook. I tend to do it Jamie Oliver Style and bish, bash, bosh it in. So I’m going to try my best to make it as accurate as possible, but like all recipes just adjust it to suit you.

So here we go,

What You’ll Need:

1 Tablespoon of your Cooking oil of choice, I prefer coconut oil

1 Large Onion Sliced

2 Cloves Garlic Minced

4 Large Carrots Peeled and Sliced

2 Large Leeks Sliced

Half a Cabbage Sliced

3 Stalks of Celery Chopped

3 Cups Frozen Sweetcorn

4 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast- Diced

3 L of Water (12 cups)

*1-2 Pouches of the Simon Gault Stock Chicken Liquid Concentrate (to taste, I usually use two as I love the added flavour it gives)

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon Marjoram

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

  1. Using a wok or a non stick pan,sauté the onions, garlic, leek, cabbage and carrot for around 6-8 mins, in the coconut oil.  Just to soften the onion,cabbage and leeks. Be careful not to over do it as I have on a few occasions, burnt garlic taste is never nice.
  2. Place the wok to one side and retrieve your stock pot. I got mine (as pictured below) here from Briscoes. Amazing value when you can pick one up in the never ending sale. Measure out the water and add your stock, My favourite stock is available here at Countdown. Its quite pricey but really worth it. *I have used the cheaper alternatives, like Maggi Stock Melts and the do work well too. Or if you’re way more skilled than me, make your own. Bring this to a slow shimmer.
  3. Once the stock is shimmering away, add in your vegetables from the wok. Don’t add in the celery or sweetcorn just yet. Also add your Garlic powder and Marjoram. Cook these for 30 mins.
  4. Then add in the diced chicken breast and your celery and cook for another 30 mins.
  5. Finally add the sweetcorn, in the very last 5 mins so that they retain their crunch and juiciness. Add Salt and Pepper to Taste.

The original recipe uses parsnip, although I wanted to leave this out as I following the 17 day diet and therefore wanted to keep within the plan. It also suggests to add noodles or brown rice. I substituted the noodles with cabbage to bulk it out and have also put this with cauliflower rice as another great, clean alternative. You could also go ahead at add some courgette noodles too if you’re feeling fancy.

I hope this makes some sense, as I’m not quite used to this whole recipe writing game and you all give it a try, Stay warm and toasty!

Thanks for reading,

Bailey xox

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Healthy Living

What I Ate Tuesday

As the title suggests the following post is all about what I ate, but sneaky sneaky not actually on Tuesday but Monday, O.M.G, Stop the bus. Anyway another aspect that I wanted to include on my blog is health. Now, in no shape or form am I a health expert. I’m more of a sucker who’s willing to try the latest diet or fad on the market. I have recently completed the first cycle of The 17 Day Diet and I am going to upload a post reviewing this soon. I have however at the ripe old age of 26 realised that I need to change some of my habits and incorporate some healthy ones into my life. This year is the year of the new me and a huge lifestyle overhaul. 
So, I’m going to stop rabbiting on here and save all my thoughts and feelings on healthy eating for my upcoming post. Let’s get into what I ate…
 
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Our weekend ended like this…naughty naughty

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No I didn’t eat Sebastian, but I had to include this!
Breakfast: I always start my morning with warm water and a squeeze of half a lemon, sometimes if I’m feeling brave I add Cider Vinegar and Honey. This morning I really fancied some avocado and tomato on toast, with lots of salt and pepper. On the recommendation of my best friend Alyx, I’m now a pink Himalayan Salt convert.
Mid-Morning Snack: I usually get peckish around 11am and I love fruit. Although I try and limit my fruit intake and eat it before 2pm (a habit I’ve picked up from the 17 day diet). So I decided to have 1 Gala Apple and 1 Pear sliced and doused with my favourite Yoghurt of the moment, The Collective, Kefir Yoghurt and a sprinkling of Cinnamon.
Lunch: If I have Monday off or a late start, I try and make a big huge pot of soup so that we have something quick and easy in the fridge. I haven’t been feeling so grande so thought that a warming Chicken and Vegetable soup would be nice. This is a recipe I’ve been making for a while now and I’ve adapted it to my own tastes, as I always do. It’s pretty yummy if I do say so myself. Packed full of leeks, carrots, cabbage, onion, sweetcorn, celery and of course Chicken
Afternoon Tea: Trusty old English Breakfast. I try to not drink too much of this and usually substitute it for green or peppermint tea. But sometimes, I love nothing more than to sit down with a good brew. 
Dinner: Chris and I both LOVE Salmon. We have it at least once a week. I was really busy taking photo’s and writing the blog, so I wanted something pretty healthy and easy. I just steam/poach the Salmon. To go with this I stir fried some; Leeks, Carrots, Onion, Garlic, Broccoli, Cauliflower Aubergine, and Cabbage. I always fill up on loads of veg so that I feel nice and full. I stir fried this in a little olive oil and some Tamari Sauce which can be a great gluten free substitute for Soy Sauce.
And finally of course I try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. 
We do the bulk of our supermarket shop at Countdown and sometimes treat ourselves and get it delivered. We do, however get all our fruit and veg from Raeward Fresh. I just prefer the standard of the fruit and veg there and it works out to be a little cheaper, so that’s always a bonus in my books.
Well there you have it. I managed to produce a pretty short post, Go me!
What do you guys eat on a typical day? I’d love to hear any good suggestions for other soup options.
Thanks once again for reading!
Bailey xox
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About me

A life that’s good…

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So, why am I here? why did I decide to venture into the realms of blogging?

Actually this is my third venture into blogging, which you can both read and look at below (get excited). I had started a Youtube channel many many moons ago (almost 5 years to be exact) and unfortunately due to many different reasons, I just could never EVER keep up and keep it flowing. I also tried to keep it as secret as possible as I was so scared of people thinking it was silly or a joke. And no I’m not saying that this whole Blogging world is going to be any easier, I mean who knows if anyone is even going to read this, but its is for me, far more convenient. Having a blog means I don’t have to sit in the most awkward positions, in the most awkward angle just so I can get the right lighting for my video. You can basically blog anywhere and thats what I love about reading blogs as 9 out of 10 times there’s always lots of fun new content.

I had started a blog to coincide with my YouTube channel at the time, but I was so hopeless with that one and I left it sad and neglected, but if you would like a good laugh you’ll find it here it features 1 post of embarrassing photo’s and an a-hmm old boyfriend haha . I promise I’ll be a better with this one.

Anyhow I really did not mean to make this a ramble of a first post, although if you stick around you’ll soon notice that I do love a good old ramble or a waffle as many of my English teachers used to comment. I wanted to just say Hi and explain where I’m hoping to take this blog.

A life that’s good is actually the title of a song from one of my favourite telly programmes of the moment and I just thought it fits perfectly with everything I want this place to be about. I first started my Youtube channel focused on all things beauty as that is what I love, as a trained make up artist and addict. However as I’m getting older, my interests and hobbies have evolved and changed as my life changes. I love health and well being and any new fad that comes along with this. I’ve also seen myself giving the old Do It Yourself a try recently and wanted to share some tips and tricks that I’ve learnt along the way and also get some much needed advice as I am renowned for winging things.

I’m hoping this blog becomes a place where people can come and read and share and learn. I know these interests to some may seem ‘fluffy’ but to a big community out there it can be the hobby that keeps you going and the perfect escapism.

So, In a nutshell this is what I aim to achieve with this blog, I’m a little nervous about putting myself out there but whats life without a little bit of fear. So stick around and follow Me, My Boyfriend Chris and Our Cat Sebastian ‘Monkey’ (as pictured above, because who doesn’t love a cute cat picture) as we try and obtain A Life That’s Good.

Bailey

xox

 

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