London taco fix: Taqueria

taqueria london
Beer battered fish tacos, refried beans, and an american guy nodding his head while giving us a thumbs up through the window. We were sold.

Having a half Mexican bf means I’ve tried “authentic” Mexican food from his home town. It isn’t like anything I’ve ever tasted anywhere else, but some of the dishes at Taqueria come pretty close. If you need a taco fix / looking for Mexican food in London, this is it.

mexican-peanuts

Complementary peanuts while we’re checking out the menu. The chilli lime seasoning is so moorish!

jamaica drink

Flor de Jamaica is aka hibiscus tea. Refreshing and sweet.

guacamole chips beans

Botana: who doesn’t love refried beans with crumbled cheese, guacamole, salsa and chips? I could snack on this all day! It’s quite large so share between 2-3 people.

pollack ceviche

The ceviche was a bit too sour for my liking

carnitas

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Profiteroles with ice cream and hot chocolate sauce

profiteroles

profiteroles with ice cream and hot chocolate sauce
The other day my boyfriend and I were at our local supermarket and he picked up a little box of profiteroles to put in the basket. I thought, why don’t I try making them for us instead?! When I told him he gave me the, er, I don’t think that’s such a good idea face. But what’s the worse that could happen, I thought? If it doesn’t work I’ll just come back and buy some soggy store bought profiteroles.

I always assumed that profiteroles were really hard to make. I’m not completely sure why, since I originally had no idea how to make them. I just assumed that something so delicate and delicious must be hard to make. But I thought I’d challenge myself anyway and try to make something new. Turns out, they were really easy to make and a complete hit with everyone!

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Three minute yogurt melon bowl

yogurt melon bowl

yogurt melon bowl Yogurt melon bowls are so cute I wish I had thought of them earlier! They are perfect to satisfy that summer sweet tooth, amazingly refreshing and healthy (hello bikini body) at the same time, great for a snack or breakfast. Best of all, it only takes three minutes to make and there are no dishes to wash after!! Is this idea genius or what?!

I love this recipe since you can switch it up using different flavoured yogurts and toppings. I used greek yogurt for some protein in the morning, topped with strawberry compote but you can use any yogurt you have on hand and honey, or preserves instead! I also topped the yogurt melon bowl with chia seeds, pumpkin and flaxseeds for an extra nutritious breakfast 🙂

If you’re craving something sweet and refreshing you have to try this!
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Blueberry Quinoa Muffins with Chia Seeds

blueberry quinoa muffins

blueberry quinoa muffins with chia seeds
Move aside regular blueberry muffins. HELLO protein packed blueberry quinoa chia seed muffins. These quinoa muffins make for amazing snacks since they are packed with protein and are healthier than the usual blueberry muffin.

Quinoa muffins have a bit more bite to them, they’re slightly denser but are full of flavour. Quinoa is a complete protein so it keeps you fuller for longer and great as a post work out snack / on the go breakfast.

I added some chia seeds to my batter as they soo good for you (high in omega-3s, antioxidants, great for healthy hair skin and nails the list goes on…) but of course this is optional and if you don’t add them in it won’t change how amazing the muffins taste.

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Cute & Cozy South Kensington Restaurant: Muriel’s Kitchen

Muriels Kitchen

Muriel's Kitchen south kensington Yesterday morning we decided to walk through the park to South Kensington to grab a bite to eat at Muriel’s Kitchen and check out the local farmer’s market. It wasn’t anything special (I miss the huge farmer’s markets in San Francisco – food truck galore!!) but we managed to pick up our staple farm fresh organic eggs, some veggies and some raw milk. After that we headed to Muriel’s! This place is always packed – especially on saturday afternoons. We still decided to brave the cold and wait in line outside since we were in the area. Muriel’s Kitchen has recently been one of our favourite choices for restaurants in South Kensington if we’re looking for for a delicious, hearty, and relatively healthy meal.There are lots of healthy choices for salads and sides to share. The first time we went there, I wasn’t to impressed, but my bf on the other hand, loved it! The interior was charming and had a cozy feel so I didn’t mind going back and giving it another try and I’m glad I did!

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Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes

carrot cake protein pancakes

carrot cake protein pancakes

Protein pancakes are one of my favorite things to have for breakkie since I absolutely love pancakes but I can’t justify stuffing myself full of sugary carbs first thing in the morning. I came up this recipe when I was craving carrot cake (it was easter!) for breakfast so I decided to make healthy carrot cake protein pancakes and they tasted amazing! Yes, I said HEALTHY pancakes. …Now I can have pancakes for breakfast every morning 🙂

Btw, DON’T try to replace the whey protein powder with another type of protein powder. I tried to substitute it with soy protein powder one morning and ended up with a ball of dough instead of batter. Trust me, don’t do it!!

Typically, my favorite powder to use is optimum nutrition’s whey powder in vanilla flavour but I can’t seem to find it in the UK so let me know if you have some good suggestions!

Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients

For the protein pancakes:

  • 1/2 of a Banana, mashed (preferably ripe)
  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 tbsp milk / almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla / flavourless whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • cinnamon powder to taste
  • ground nutmeg to taste
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)

For the easy cream cheese frosting:

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

For the Protein Pancakes:

  1. Mash up half a banana, put it in a bowl and crack in an egg and 2 tablespoons of milk – mix well
  2. Add in a scoop of whey protein powder and mix very well until any lumps have disappeared
  3. Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to taste, as well as two tablespoons of ground flax seed and mix well.
  4. Add in the carrots, raisins and walnuts or pecans and stir in. (if you want, you can plump up the raisins in some warm water 5 mins before adding them into the mixture)
  5. Add in 1/2 tsp of baking powder and mix well
  6. warm up skillet or frying pan on a medium heat and add some oil or butter (I use extra virgin coconut oil)
  7. pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet and flip as soon as little bubbles appear on the surface or when the other side is golden brown. These pancakes cook a lot faster than regular pancakes so you will want to check that they haven’t browned too much before flipping!
  8. Stack on a plate and serve warm, topped with real maple syrup or with really easy “cream cheese frosting” – takes 30 seconds and requires no whipping!! Do it!!

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Place greek yogurt and vanilla extract in a microwavable bowl
  2. Add maple syrup to taste, mix well and microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.

Serves one.

For more breakfast recipes check out my 10 healthy breakfast ideas and if you want some more protein pancake ideas skinnymom has some great recipes.

Enjoy! xx