Celebrating Christmas in July!
What a lovely little week I’ve had. Best part being a trip to London with my gorgeous Mum – Janet. I’d been asked to film a Christmas episode (yes you heard that right) of Gino and Mel. One of my favourite shows! I love Gino, I love Mel and I Love cooking – so this show was a no brainier!
I was interested to see what Italian chef (= obsessed with bread and pasta) Gino would come up with for me as I’m wheat intolerant. Let me tell you – he pulled it out of the bag and then some!
Wow! The recipes were absolutely stunning! And very Paleo! I’ll tweet and let you know when my episode is on so you can try these recipes. Now my little mum LOVES Gino! Most ladies do right?
What’s not to love? Lovely guy, Italian accent and he does amazing things with naughty carbs? So taking my mum was also a no brainer! We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea at the Corinthia Hotel the night before and had some real girly time – which was so precious.
Time with my family always is. I’m big on family – and I’ve been blessed with the best!
The next morning we were picked up and taken to the studios, Janet was like a small child at Christmas!
We were strangely gifted with mince pies and a Christmas cake – that was enough for my mum to sing ITV’s praises all the way home!
Then her moment arrived! I arrived on set and chatted with Gino and Mel while mum sat anxiously in the audience. First thing Gino asked me “Where is your mother?” I pointed her out and he skipped over and planted those lovely dual European kisses on her cheeks.
She might not wash them again …and I feel I have secured my place as ‘Favourite Daughter 2014′.
The show was such great fun, we laughed throughout and Both Gino and Mel were super lovely. So keep your eyes peeled for that one guys!
After my holiday I’ve been trying to Alkalize my body as much as possible with lots of greens drinks and green soups.
I’ve come up with an uber quick soup for you guys, That helps to alkalize, detox and cleanse whilst tasting pretty damn good too!!
Auntie Cath’s ‘Cram-a-Green Soup’
2 Large leeks, finely chopped
1 White onion, finely chopped
3 Celery sticks
3 Garlic cloves finely chopped
2 Cups of Broccoli
3 Cups of Kale (approx half a bag)
3 Cups of spinach (one bag)
2 Courgettes roughly chopped
1 Aubergine, thinly sliced
1 small tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
1 tsp of grass fed organic butter
1 veg stock cube (organic)
2 Pints of hot water
Lightly fry the leeks, celery, onion and Garlic in the butter until golden brown, meanwhile roast the courgette and aubergine in the oven for approx 25 mins until cooked. Add the broccoli and Kale to the onions, celery and leeks and sauté for 5-8 mins stirring often.
Add the stock cube to the hot water and stir until dissolved. Pour onto the sautéed veg and allow to simmer on a low light.
Add the roasted courgette and aubergine and finally the spinach. Bring to the boil then blend the whole mixture either with a food processor or a hand held food blender until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, enjoy! Boom- Easy!
One of the things they instilled in us at drama school is posture. When I’m tired I become quite round shouldered and slumped – one of the exercises I do with Paul to combat this as well as targeting several muscle groups is the ‘Seated Row’.
The seated row is a great exercise for not only targeting your upper back muscles, biceps and forearms strength, it’s great for activating all the muscles that indeed – help hold a great posture and stop you slouching.
So if your shoulders roll forward making you look like you slouch, try this to correct a bad posture.
Drive your elbows as far back as you can without cocking the wrists, keeping the chest held high and be conscious of trying to pull your shoulder blades together.
Good posture also make you look slimmer (gives you Perkier breasts to ladies!).
Chow For Now Heath bunnies,
Stay happy and dream big!
Auntie Cath xxx