In celebration and remembrance of my little legend Gran-Gran Lily

On Sunday it was the anniversary of my gran-grans (great grandmother) death. We lost her last year at the grand old age of 100! At four foot nothing She was the head of the family ‘The Godmother’ as it were.

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You didn’t mess with Gran-Gran Lily. One of 14 children, she was an inspiration to our whole family. Losing her left quite the hole in our hearts. So we came together to celebrate Lil’s life. Our family is built on strong women and six of us attended a lovely afternoon tea at the Doubletree Hotel by Manchester Piccadilly train station, in celebration and remembrance of this little legend.

The afternoon tea was gorgeous! We’re a very close family , so days like this mean a lot to us. I’m pretty sure Gran was there in some form!

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She’d hate to miss out on cake. Thrilled to bits to find a hotel that actually provided gluten and lactose free afternoon tea too!

Most places just look at you like you’ve lost the plot!

I was certainly entitled to a treat this week to as Paul and I have been training very hard as always . Unfortunately this week I’ve pushed myself a little too far and I’ve hurt my shoulder by getting a slight tear in my rotator cuff :-( so unfortunately I won’t be taking part in this Saturdays ‘Great Swim’ .

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I’m absolutely gutted as I’ve been training so hard . However Ill still be there to start the race and cheer my lovely boyfriend on @TP_PTfitness – - who will still be swimming for Manchester Children’s Hospital.

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This week we’ve been on the BBQ again and come up trumps with a cheeky chicken marinade and chili sweet potato fries :-)

Auntie Cath’s Spicy Chuck and Fries

For The Chicken:

4 chicken breasts or thighs

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 lime, juice only

1 heaped tsp paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

pinch cayenne pepperr

1 tsp tumeric

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tbsp coconut oil, for griddling

For the spicy ‘chuck-chuck’ (chicken), mix all of the ingredients , apart from the coconut oil, together in a non-metallic bowl and mix to ensure the chicken is completely coated in the other ingredients. Transfer to the fridge to marinade for at least three hours or overnight.When ready to cook the chicken, heat a griddle pan until hot, then remove the chicken from the marinade and rub all over with the coconut oil. Place on the griddle and cook for about 15 minutes for breast, 20 minutes for thighs, turning once or twice, or until cooked through (juices should run clear with no trace of blood when the thickest part of the chicken is pierced with a skewer).

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For the fries…

350g/12oz sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chips

2 tbsp Coconut oil

½ tsp Himilayan Pink salt

1 tsp crushed dried chilli flakes

freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place the sweet potato chips into a roasting tin and drizzle over the coconut oill and season with the salt, crushed dried chilli flakes and freshly ground black pepper. Toss well to coat, then roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the sweet potato chips are crisp and golden-brown. Serve with a cool salsa and guacamole to cool you down!

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Congrats to my lovely friend and Coronation street script writer Jonathan Harvey – his new book is released today ‘The Girl Who Just Appeared’ – if his other books are anything to go by- this will be absolutely brilliant! I think it’ll be the talk of our green room for the next few weeks as we all delve into the fantastical treats of Mr Harvey’s comical brain.

Menelik Watson played a visit to the street this week (plays for the Oakland Raiders the National Football League (NFL) – turns out this giant man is originally from Burnage and adores corrie! So Bev Callard and I had the chance to meet him and show him around the new set. He loved every second!

Earlier this week I attended the Buddhist centre . It’s a great place for meditation, reflection and mindfulness. They offer several workshops to help you focus on meditation and tackle everyday problems. I struggled to switch off this time around but I’ll be going back very soon and will keep you updated with any tips and Revellations! It’s not religiously based at all- it simply promotes wellbeing and mindfulness. Which I’ll be talking about more next week.

Before I bid you farewell a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my really mean personal trainer @paul_boys!!! Maybe he’ll go easy on me now? Mellow with old age??? Nahhhh! I think not! Happy Birthday dude! Thanks for keeping us healthy and hench!

Stay Happy, stay healthy and Dream Big!!

Love

Auntie Cath

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