Posts Tagged: Catherine Tyldesley

23 January


Skin Food and a Cheeky Chilli!

It’s been an incredibly sad few days. Not just for the cast and crew of Corrie, not just for ITV…but as a nation. We lost our beloved Anne Kirkbride – a national treasure and true legend. This lady made everyone she came in contact with smile. Anne spent no less than 44 years of her life playing the infamous Deirdre Barlow, and no less than 44 years of her life making all who watched her – laugh wholeheartedly and cry along side her. Rest in peace Anne. We will all miss you terribly.

At the start of this week we paid a visit to my soon to be brother and sister in-law, Ian and Sarah. Sarah is due to have her baby girl two weeks before Me! So Tom’s parents are going to be very busy grandparents! A boy and a girl within weeks of each other! How lovely is that? I’m sure our ‘little pickle’ will look after their little princess. I smell lots of joint birthday parties ahead! (And cute matching outfits … Obvs!) Sarah looks amazing and it’s so nice to be going through our pregnancies together. As we chatted about breast feeding, backache and sore nipples the boys got all manly and hung out in their little girls nursery… Talking all things football and rugby I’m sure! It’s such a special time for our family- with weeks to go, and Sarah already experiencing frequent Braxton Hicks- everything is getting VERY real!!


I’ve been spending time with my best friend Peter ahead of becoming a mummy. We’re trying to get as many lunches in as possible! So Peter has been wining and dining me and bump which has been lovely.


Tom and I went to see ‘The Theory of Everything’ this week too- if you haven’t seen it- GO!!!! It’s a truly a remarkable film, and Stephen Hawking is truly a remarkable man. It made me feel so grateful for my health and my body- never take anything for granted we must be inspired by this man – seize every day!! You can’t help but be affected by this film, brilliantly cast and wonderfully directed. Eddie Redmayne is outstanding as Stephen Hawking – completely convincing with his physicality. If you don’t weep – you have a heart like a swinging brick!

Talking of great performances – how awesome was the Corrie coach crash!? I was utterly on the edge of my seat. Well done to all cast and crew involved – superb! You can see how things were done behind the scenes here:

There’s lots coming up for ‘Eva the Diva’ over the next few weeks too. I was given such a fab storyline prior to my maternity leave. I can’t wait for you guys to see it!!


My skin has been a little dry during pregnancy and because its so cold outside – your skin needs extra TLC – ladies AND gents!! I saw my good friend and make-up artist @ArmandBeasley this week. He’s given me some great tips for skincare that are simple and easy to look out for and try at home – without spending a fortune on jazzy labels!

Armand said:

Hyaluronic acid. This wonder ingredient has multiple functions like improving skin hydration, stimulating collagen production, helps maintain skin elasticity as well as a powerful cushion for joints and nerve tissues, along with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Of course to target the latter you need to take the HA orally, so look out for these supplements.

Hyaluronic Acid in a moisturiser can of course only target the upper layers of the skin however as HA is also a powerful humectant ( so attracts moisture) ,so you only need to apply a small amount.

Another great ingredient for the skin is Rosehip seed oil. It helps accelerate cell growth and keeps the skin young looking, it can help boost levels of collagen and can naturally aid cell regeneration. It is also great for helping repair the skin after sun damage and for easing the signs of premature ageing. Plus it’s a great natural treatment for scars.



Vitamin E has loads of benefits including boosting your immune system as well as working wonders for your hair, skin and nails when taken orally. But in a moisturiser or face oil it’s still a good antioxidant, but can be heavy, so again a little goes along way. It’s has great anti inflammatory benefits as well as soothing, calming and hydrating sensitive skin.

If you have a dry skin type look out for cold cream style consistencies as you might find them more comforting whilst an oily skin type needs a lighter oil free lotion.

Whilst on maternity leave I’m trying to practice ‘Hypnobirthing as much as possible, below I chat to expert @CherylYogaBelle in more depth about this unique and wonderfully positive attitude towards childbirth:

I’ve loved learning more about Hypnobirthing from you. In regards to childbirth what would be your top five tips for a mummy to-be like myself?

1. Prepare for childbirth but in the right way. I always say you wouldn’t turn up for a marathon without any training and yet every day women ignore their pregnancy, carry on as normal, try to block it out completely and are then surprised when birth goes down the medical path. Nobody can control what happens during birth, but we can aim to be physically strong to cope with the rigorous demands of childbirth. We also need to be mentally prepared which leads me to…

2. Be realistic but positive. Childbirth is frankly, the most amazing experience you will ever have. Yes it’s hard work, but when was something amazing ever easy? :) I think its important to choose your birth preparation method carefully. I’ve come across methods which promise pain free and even ‘orgasmic’ births and while this can sometimes be the case, this is not for the majority of women. I think this leads to unfair and false expectations for mum and if things don’t go to plan, blame mum for not having ‘the perfect birth.’ Birth ROCKS hypnobirthing, respects each mother and child as individual and doesn’t say that hypnosis will work for everyone. We use techniques to determine what will give you personally comfort during birth, not just a one size fits all approach. Childbirth is amazing, the rush of hormones directly after birth also makes you feel completely ecstatic and the love you feel for your baby is unlike anything you will ever experience. But expect hard work :)

3. Stay away from the people with the horrible stories. Everyone has a scary birth story to tell you, not enough mums have positive experiences are sharing! You need to remember that one persons birth experience is not yours so don’t take that baggage on. If someone tries to tell you a horrible story, stop them and say, if you don’t mind I’d rather not know. Women who have had these experiences find it difficult to believe that there is another way and may even mock you for aiming for a natural or peaceful birth, so best just not to discuss it.

4. Look after yourself and your baby. Stay fit and healthy, if you haven’t been fit before not is not the time to reach peak fitness. Try out a pregnancy yoga class, a qualified teacher will be able to work with your current fitness level. Eat well, don’t pig out on junk ‘because your fat anyway. Everything you eat is feeding your baby so try your best to eat and drink healthily.

5. Be prepared to surrender to pregnancy and birth. People often think of ‘surrendering’ as giving in or being weak, but during pregnancy and birth its the most powerful thing you can do. It takes great strength to be able to trust our body and our baby, and trust that they know what to do. Our bodies were created to grow our babies and to birth them, it makes no sense that birth should be the torturous time portrayed in the media. There is another way and looking towards pregnancy yoga, making use of the breath and birth hypnosis are the best way to prepare for surrender.

I promised you some comfort food this week didn’t I? Its still bloody freezing outside, so get this down your chops! Its healthy, its hearty and packed with good protein, good carbs and fibre! (also freezes really well!)

Auntie Cath’s Cheeky Chilli!


• 2 medium red onions

• 2 cloves garlic

• 2 red peppers

• olive oil

• 1 heaped teaspoon chilli powder

• 1 heaped teaspoon ground cumin

• sea salt

• freshly ground black pepper

• 400 g tinned red kidney beans

• 2 x 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes

• 500 g quality minced beef

• 1 small bunch fresh coriander

Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic. Halve the red peppers, seeds and roughly chop. Place a large pan on a medium high heat. Add some olive oil and add the onions, garlic and peppers. Add the chilli powder and cumin with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until softened.

Add the drained kidney beans and the tinned tomatoes followed by the minced beef. Fill one of the empty tomato tins with water and pour this into the pan. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and turn the heat down to a simmer with a lid slightly askew for about an hour, stirring every now and again to stop it catching. Add the chopped, fresh coriander last minuet then serve with sweet potato wedges! I like to cook my wedges in a little bit of coconut oil with some fresh garlic cloves and sun dried tomatoes. They take approx 30 mins! Enjoy!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream Big

Love Auntie Cath and Big Bump!!

19 December


My last week in Weatherfield and keeping a ‘Peachy Bum’

Well! My last week in Weatherfield before I become a momma!!! Eeeeek!! It’s gone so fast. It’s been quite emotional filming my last scenes here for a while. I am going to miss Eva over these next few months, and I am going to miss my Corrie family massively.


Big thank-you to all my fellow cast mates for looking after me. Especially my Telly Fella Ryan Thomas (aka Jason Grimshaw) who for the past few months has been on-tap with daddy-tips, back rubs, pickles and bear hugs. Love you Ry – Thank you for putting up with me!! I adore working on Coronation Street as you know, and I’m a workaholic so I never thought I’d say these words- but – I CAN NOT WAIT for a break!! I’ve never been so busy!


Baby has been so very patient, waiting for me to rest – and let me tell you – I fully intend to do so!! The next few weeks before this little dude arrives will consist of nice walks, swimming, reading and PLENTY of pampering!!!


Also got a few box sets to watch- the lovely Sue Cleaver has recommended ‘American Horror Story’ anyone seen that?

Big congrats to the uber talented Katherine Kelly (you’ll all remember her as the infamous Becky Granger right?) well Kate hasn’t stopped since she departed Weatherfield. From Lady Mae in Mr Selfridge to Claire Reid in Red Productions ‘The Guilty’ Kate has impressed non stop since graduating from RADA.


Kate is currently starring in Cy Colemans ‘City of Angels’ at the Donmar theatre. Unsurprisingly the reviews have been fantastic and I’m really hoping I get chance to go and see the show in January.

Well done to all cast and crew and break legs for the continuation of the run!!

The first instalment of ‘What Would Kirk Do? ‘ was released last week. It’s been a great success. You can catch my instalment this week – log onto to watch and participate!!

We also have a snazzy new Bistro after Nick decides on a refurb! Check it out! Posh or what!?



This week I spoke to top Celebrity chef Andrew Nutter @nutsfood , owner of one of my favorite restaurants ‘Nutters’


As Christmas Day approaches- we all want our Christmas lunch to kick ass right? Well here’s some top tips from Andrew (obvs number 5 is my fave ;-)

1 – Pre preparation is the key – get as much as you can done the night before.

2 – Get the family involved – there’s never a more prouder moment than saying – ” I did that ” or “I helped with that”cath6

3 – Don’t over cook your sprouts – simmer gently until al dente / drain / then toss in hot garlic butter with a shower of frazzled bacon.

4 – Less is more with Xmas pudding or why not try something different and do a sticky toffee pudding – but in the sauce try adding a generous spoonful of mince meat – all the flavours of Christmas without the sometimes heaviness of the traditional pud.

5 – Dessert served – feet up / Xmas day Corrie on and get someone ekes to do the washing up !!!!



Here’s one of my favourite exercises. We did a lot of reps at the start of the week and I’m STILL aching (I secretly love that ache though :-) It’s my body’s way of saying ‘Thank you’ !! Below Tom ( TP_PTfitness) explains the Romanian Single Leg Squat- I usually do this with weights but as my pregnancy has entered the third trimester – body weight is MORE than enough!! It’s all about adapting as you grow! But this is a great exercise during pregnancy – giving you great shape around your quads and keeping that ass peachy!!



• Placing one foot on a bench behind you deactivates your back leg and transfers the emphasis to the front leg, giving you a unilateral workout.

• Stand looking forward with torso upright, core braced and hips square to your body, resting your back foot on bench. Your leading leg should be half a metre or so in front of bench.

• Lower until your front thigh is almost horizontal, keeping your knee in line with your foot. Don’t let your front knee travel beyond your toes.

• Return to starting position, standing tall engaging core and then repeat.


• Primary muscle used is Quadriceps

• Secondary, glutes and hamstrings

Keep squatting ladies!!! Your tummy might take a while to regain definition after the baby arrives but your rear can be an absolute peach throughout!

Mery Xmas everyone and DREAM BIG!

Love Aunty Cath xxx

07 November


Baby Kicks, Boobs and Winter Warming!

This week we’ve been filming NYE!! We must have sang Auld Lang Syne a million times. This poor baby will probably have a phobia of New Years Eve’s for the rest of his life! I’ve also been lucky enough to do a little presenting this week – will keep you posted on that. It’s something I really enjoy.


This ‘little’ bump is quite a big bump now. And his favourite thing to do is kick! There’s no better feeling :-) feeling my baby kick is so magical. We stopped by the art dept at Corrie to see my best friend Peter, where baby put on a full performance of the ‘Can-Can’ for ‘Uncle Pete’. Bump is a bit of a show off – I don’t know where he gets it from!


Saturday was exciting as we met up with events planner Liz Taylor to discuss potential venues and ideas for our wedding :-) I’m keeping hush, hush on those plans but let’s just say it’s going to be pretty special. Weddings and babies eh? Oh my God! I think I might actually be a ‘grown-up’ now! (Well…just ;-))

With this weeks schedule being as busy as ever we’ve been utilising our brand new home-gym! It’s almost finished now, we just need some gym mirrors putting up! Having some weights and a bench at home is a great idea when we’re both short on time. We decided a while ago to convert our smelly old garage (which if I’m honest was nothing short of a dumping ground!) into a little gym. Looks a damn sight better right?!



As my pregnancy progresses inevitably I have lost strength and there are certain exercises I can no longer perform. But low weights and high reps are great during pregnancy. So I’m not lifting much but I am maintaining as much muscle mass as possible, so that I can resume normal training quicker when our little bundle arrives. The Dumbbell bench press is a great exercises- especially during pregnancy if you want to keep those ever-growing boobs pointing in the right direction ladies!


Below my lovely fiancé @TP_PPtfitness explains how to perform the press correctly:

Dumbbell Bench press

1.Lie on the bench with a dumbbell in each hand and your feet flat on the floor.

2.Push the dumbbells up so that your arms are directly over your shoulders and your palms are up.

3.Pull your abdominals in, and tilt your chin toward your chest.

4.Lower the dumbbells down and a little to the side until your elbows are slightly below your shoulders.

5.Roll your shoulder blades back and down, like you’re pinching them together and accentuating your chest.

6.Push the weights back up, taking care not to lock your elbows or allow your shoulder blades to rise off the bench.

Muscles used

Primary – Pectorals

Secondary – Triceps

Whist were on the subject of ‘pectorals’ one of the best pieces of advice my good pal Kate Kelly gave me – is spend money on good bra’s during pregnancy! Your busoms go through quite a bit during and after – especially if you’re breast-feeding. Its vital to be fitted properly and be correctly supported throughout. This can get quite pricey – if like me, there appears to be no sign of a ‘plateau’ but I promise you ladies, its worth every penny. Being fitted correctly every 6-8 weeks during pregnancy is vital, and a damn sight cheaper than a new pair of boobs! So I contacted my good friend, stylist to the stars – Martine Alexander (@yourstylist) Below she gives her top tips for keeping ‘a breast’ of things:

“Make sure you wear the right size bra when you’re pregnant. Don’t just guess your size, get measured. There are great department stores, pregnancy stores and lingerie boutiques that offer free measuring services. Not only will this stop your breasts feeling sore with a wire digging in, it’ll also stop you ‘overspilling’ and looking like you have ‘4-boobs’.

Wire free bras are the way forward when you’re pregnant, although you can continue to wear wired bras as long as they’re comfortable. Non-wired bras, as well as being more comfortable, have more give in them whilst your breasts change which is a bonus! Plus, they will help your breasts retain their shape once you have your baby. They also can prevent breast tissue damage and blocked milk ducts.

Be prepared to change your bras as your breasts change sizes throughout your pregnancy. It may be a costly exercise but it’ll be worth it for all the comfort you get. A great tip is to buy a bra that feels perfect when on the tightest hook at the back. As your bump grows and the bra feels tighter, adjust your bra and use the looser hook. That way you get more longevity from your purchases!

So, how do you know if your bra fits you well? This advice is the same for everyone, not just pregnant ladies:

1. The fabric around your body should fit you snugly. None of us want the dreaded ‘back fat’ BUT its crucial your bra fits you well and the back shouldn’t ride up – if it does, it means the cup size on your bra is too small and your back size is too big

2. If you’re wearing a wired bra, the wire should sit fully under your breast with the wire sitting flush against your ribcage at the front (in your cleavage area) and not poke out. You shouldn’t be able to get a finger between your ribcage and bra

3. The fabric in the actual bra cup should encase your breast, without any spilling out at the front or side. If there is, go up a cup size”

Thanks Martine! Really fab advice there!

Now – its been bloody cold right? You fancy some comfort food…right? Well you’re in for a treat! This week I made a beautiful stew, I’ve tweaked a few things to make this recipe paleo ( you can thank me when you’re belly is full) So it’s guilt free, packed with nutrients and makes you feel all warm and cosy inside :-) Win-Win!


Auntie Caths Winter Stew

•2 1/2 lbs of lean lamb cubed into 1 1/2 inch cubes, rubbed with salt and pepper

•2 medium onions coarsely chopped

•4 tbsp coconut oil

•4 cloves of garlic crushed

•1 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin

•1 teaspoon of cinnamon

•1 teaspoon of ground ginger/easy ginger

•1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander

•1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

•1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock

•14.5 oz can of drained diced tomatoes

•1 cup of chopped dried Turkish apricots

•2 bay leaves

•1/4 cup of toasted cashew nuts

Brown your lamb pieces in 2 tbsp of coconut oil for 2 – 3 minutes on a medium high heat and then transfer to your slow cooker. Reduce the heat to medium, add another 2 tbsp of oil to the pan, the onions and a 1/4 tsp of salt and cook for approximately 5 minutes till onions are translucent. Stir regularly.

Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, Add the spices and stir evenly so the onions is evenly coated. Cook for about 2 minutes until the spices have become fragrant, DONT let them burn guys!

Add the stock while stirring through properly. Transfer to the slow cooker, add the remaining ingredients and stir everything together. Set the slow cooker for 6 hours – soooooo worth it I promise!!

Remove the bay leaves before serving. Top with toasted cashew nuts. We serve ours with sweet potato mash – GORGEOUS!! Enjoy!

Until next week – Stay Happy, stay healthy and DREAM BIG!


Auntie Cath & Bump


24 October


Christmas in the Rovers, baby showers and homeopathy

I’m still covered in glitter and blimin tinsel. Feels like I live in Lapland at the moment. Been filming Christmas day this week. Such a special atmosphere on set when we film Christmas. Especially in the Rovers. We’ve also been out on some pretty rough locations in the depths of Salford (oh the glamour!) A great week though, shot some great scenes with Simon Gregson and Antony Cotton.





Also this week we gave Jennie Mcalpine a baby shower at her lovely restaurant ‘Annie’s’, with only a few weeks to go I think you’ll all agree Jen looks absolutely fabulous. She really is glowing and cant wait to meet her little one. It was a lovely baby shower, nice to see so many friends all turn out to celebrate the impending arrival of her little one. Paula and I attended too and we all shared bump stories around some ginger ale and cake – perfect! Good luck Jen! You’re going to be such a wonderful mummy :-)

I have been so touched by the response and support I have had from other mum’s to be and yummy mummy’s that have also suffered with IBS like myself during pregnancy.. I just wanted to share with you some tips that I’m finding helpful at the moment. During pregnancy you’re very limited as to what medications are safe to take. So last week I saw a homoeopathic doctor. Her remedies seem to have helped. Homoeopathy has been practised for centuries and often cure people the way nature intended. Which in my opinion is always a good shout! I shall keep you updated on my treatment. Other things that can really help are Turmeric and aloe vera juice! Turmeric has been known to treat our body’s gastrointestinal system. Turmeric helps our stomach to withstand digestive acids, which can otherwise harm it. It calms the upper digestive system by getting rid of gas. Turmeric is also known to help increase absorption in intestine and promote intestinal flora. You can take capsules or drink it in hot water with lemon, as well as using it in cooking. Aloe vera juice is soothing and is well known to help IBS and acid reflux. Drinking aloe vera replenishes your body naturally with a huge range of nutrients. It contains approximately 200 active components including – vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12, C, E, folic acid and Niacin. I’ve found it really helps with bloating and indigestion. So rather than pumping ones body full of tablets full of all kinds – maybe it really is best to see what mother nature has provided for us first? Let me know how you get on guys!

My other half Tom cooked up a storm this week with his version of Paleo Carbonara


Here’s the recipe – MUCH better for you than a regular carbonara dish and equally as yummy!!

Tom’s Paleo Carbonara

•1/2 pound pancetta, chopped

•2 medium courgettes, cut into strips or use a ‘spiralizer’

•3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

•1 clove garlic, minced

•1 teaspoon sea salt

•1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

•3 large egg yolks

•1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon of creme fraiche

•1 cup parmesan cheese, divided

•1/2 cup frozen peas

Prepare your courgette and let sit in a colander for 30 minutes. Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil then add in panchetta. Saute for 5 minutes or until they begin to crisp. Take off heat and bob to one side. Set a pan over medium high heat and add olive oil. Once hot add in courgette pasta and sauté for 5 minutes. Add in garlic, salt and pepper. Lower temperature. In a small bowl whisk egg yolks, add crème fraiche and add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and mix with a fork. Increase heat to medium high and add in egg yolk mixture and peas. Bring to a boil then remove from heat and add in the panchetta and stir around. We like to add a blob of pesto sometimes too :-). Give it a go guys! Stunning! You can use the same principal for ‘Spag Bol’ too – kids love it as opposed to pumping them full of gluten/processed carbs.

29 August


Venetian Glory and Bump

So it’s finally out! Possibly the longest 12 weeks of my life!!! I’m going to be a mummy :-) Lots of people asking if my bump is real?! (How weird?!)

When you have a small waist and flat tummy before pregnancy you often show sooner.

I’ve also been suffering from really bad water retention. So to those of you suggesting there’s a pillow up there (for the love of God…) No. It’s my bump!

Thank you to everyone who has tweeted myself and Tom and wished us well. We are both over the moon :-))))

We decided to take a break this week and we had a lovely few days in Venice :-) . I’ve never been before, Patti Clare at work gave me a list of ‘Things To Do In Venice’. Well that beautiful City truly lived up to all I thought it would. Such a romantic place. Basically everywhere looks like a film set. By the time the sun sets on San Marco Sq- you’re pretty breathless thanks to the view (and the copious amounts of pizza and gelato of course!)


We did lots of walking – the best way to see Venice we found was to simply ‘Get Lost’- and we did! Several times! But by doing this we stumbled on the most exquisite churches, bars and restaurants. The best food there was often served in little back street tavernas rather than the larger riviera eateries.


We found Venice a little expensive and it’s definitely the kind of place you’d visit for a short break, anything longer you could find it overwhelming- I must admit, the crowds in San Marco Sq were pretty intense. We often retreated to the haven of the roof top pool at our hotel (when the sun graced us). But it’s a must do place to visit- it really is stunning. Back to reality now – its always good to be home :-)


I’m still going to be training throughout my pregnancy. It’s so important to stay active. If your body was used to keeping fit before you conceived there’s no reason why you shouldn’t maintain this during. The fitter you are the better! Just make sure you have a PT that knows your limits. If you dont have a PT – get one!!! There are certain things you need to avoid during pregnancy. It’s also important to listen to your body. If it’s not up to working out- then rest!! I’m very fortunate that @paul_boys specializes in pre and post natal fitness so he’s been really looking after me. Me and Bump are very grateful!! I’ll also be doing pregnancy Yoga and I’m still doing plenty of swimming! Which is fantastic -especially as you enter your later trimester.

Last week I gave you a recipe for a paleo/gluten free pizza, this week I’ve asked too chef @dale_pinnock to treat us to another Italian treat this week – its delicious!!!

Raw courgette pasta with pesto

This dish makes a great main course or delicious side.

1 large courgette
2 tablespoons of pine nuts
15g of fresh basil leaves
Half a clove of garlic – finely chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 teaspoons of grated parmesan

Using a vegetable peeler, slice the courgette lengthways to create long thin strips that look like tagliatelle.

Place the pine nuts, basil, garlic, and parmesan into a food processor, along with a pinch of sea salt, and process to form a coarse pesto. Only blend it lightly so that the pesto has some texture.

Add the pesto to the courgette, and toss well before serving.

Yum for my growing tum :-)

Until next week!

Stay Happy, stay healthy and DREAM BIG!

Love Auntie Cath and Bump


30 May


Soaps and food for your face!

This week has been all about the Soap Awards! Didn’t we do well?? 8 awards in total, especially thrilled for Julie, David and of course Helen. So deserved! We arrived into London at lunch time on Saturday, from there on out, it was all about bobbin my face on and sorting my barnet! I’d love to pretend I’m very low maintenance when it comes to events like these.

One of those girls that could just bob a frock on and look good…but no…there were tans, nails, hair treatments, facials – the lot!

British Soap Awards

British Soap Awards



My favourite thing about these awards is that so many members of our ‘Corrie Family’ are all together, and we get to appreciate and praise the hard work of everyone involved. It was such a lovely evening. Although I won’t mince my words – we SHOULD have won ‘Best Soap’. Thrilled for our pals at ‘Hollyoaks’, but how we didn’t win after the ‘Goodbye Hayley’ storyline is a complete mystery!

It being bank holiday and all, me and him indoors decided to make the most of things! We paid a visit to world famous Jazz club Ronnie Scott’s to watch ‘Soul Family’ perform and caught up with my lovely pal (John Michie). As a singer – I’ve utterly fallen in love with this venue – I’m hooked! So much history there, some of my favourite singers have performed there, including Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis and Alexander Stewart. I was in my element.


Coral Pearl Suite

Coral Pearl Suite


This was followed by a surprise, rather swanky stay in ‘The Cora Pearl Suite’ at the Grosvenor. I’m a bit of a ‘History Geek’ you see (I love going to see National Trust places!) this room, aside from it being utterly spectacular, has a story (I’m an actress…I LOVE a story)!

A bit of a frisky one at that!  The Parisian-inspired suite has been wonderfully created in homage to one of the grand railway hotel’s most infamous visitors – the scandalous courtesan, Miss Cora Pearl. Having done a few period dramas pre-Corrie days, it was much like stepping onto a set! Cora was notorious with entertaining only the highest members of social standing, including royalty, Cora Pearl was one of the most feted courtesans of her time.


In the 1870s, Cora made a rare visit to London and after arriving at Victoria Station – the gateway into London at that time – booked a suite at The Grosvenor Hotel, only to be immediately refused entry when stories of her illicit and hedonistic lifestyle surfaced. It was very cool, so much of the hotels features are original, it was nice to play tourist for the day.

Cora Pearl was one of the most feted courtesans of her time

Cora Pearl was one of the most feted courtesans of her time

Also this week, I paid a visit to the lovely Sylvain Longchambon. Now not many of you will know this but Sylvain is actually a very well qualified personal trainer (@_SLPT ).

I’ve been trying to get in for a session with him for a while now. Stupidly, I thought “well he’s my mate’s other half, he might go easy on me”…I was wrong. Very wrong. Sylvain had prepared a full body work out for me, combining high rep weight baring exercises with interval training. I’m going to be doing a few sessions with him over the next few weeks, so I’ll keep you posted on what we get up to (soon as I stop aching that is!) and I’ll be posting some of the exercises that we do, so you can try them out yourselves. But here’s Sylvain’s TOP 5 TIPS, small changes that will make a huge difference:



Tough workout

Tough workout

1. STRETCH! Stretching exercises help prevent injury and prepare your body for exercise. Use stretching for both warming up and cooling down.

2. For effective FAT LOSS combine interval cardio with weight training.

3.  Change your workout. Make sure you change your workout routine every 4-6 weeks. It’s important that your body never gets too adapted to what’s coming next. Stops you from getting bored too!

4. Eat clean! Eat lean meats, remove any processed foods or those high in sugar, increase vegetable intake.

5.) Water – it’s a no brainer! It helps you with weight loss, keeps a healthy heart, gives you more energy, promotes healthier skin, helps prevent digestive problems and helps you to cleanse, by flushing toxins from the body.

Working out

Working out

Been chatting to @dale_pinnock about nutrient dense foods to help you glow from the inside out! With Summer nearly here, I thought I’d try some recipes to help my skin and hair look healthy, Dale gave me a fab recipe,  – give it a try guys!

Sesame Soy Tuna Steaks with Sweet Potato Wedges

This is a great recipe for those days when you feel like you could eat a horse and chase the jockey, but don’t want to spend half your life in the kitchen! It is seriously filling, but won’t overload with calories, and contains so much skin-friendly nutrition, that I swear you can notice the difference the next morning!

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp honey

1 fresh tuna steak

1 large sweet potato

1 clove of garlic

The first stage of this dish is to create the marinade, and marinate the tuna steak. Create the marinade by combining the soy sauce, sesame oil, and honey together in a small bowl. Ensure that all three ingredients are well mixed into a glossy emulsion.

Add the tuna steak to the bowl, and roll it over and over in order to coat thoroughly in the marinade.

Marinate the steak for one hour, 30 minutes on each side.

Once the steak has been marinating for an hour, it’s time to start cooking. Cut the sweet potato into wedges (leaving the skins on), and place in a roasting tin. Drizzle a little olive oil over the wedges, stir well, then place in a hot oven and roast for 20–25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the wedges have been roasting for about 15 minutes, heat a little olive oil in a shallow frying pan, and add the tuna steak. Fry for about 10 minutes, 5 minutes on each side.

Just before serving, finely chop the clove of garlic, and stir through the wedges. Return the wedges to the oven for another minute, then its’ ready to serve.

Serve with a side salad.




Fresh tuna is another incredibly rich source of that ever wonderful nutrient, omega 3. I know I never stop talking about omega 3, but it is SO vital for all aspects of health, the skin is no exception. It helps reduce inflammation and redness (think spots or eczema here), helps the skin retain moisture, and keeps it dewy and fresh looking.  Tuna is also incredibly rich in the minerals zinc and selenium. Zinc is vitally important for the regulation of sebaceous gland activity. If the skin is too oily, zinc can tone things down a little. Conversely, if the skin is too dry, zinc can stimulate the sebaceous glands to release extra sebum, improving skin composition. Selenium is the precursor to the body’s formation of its own naturally occurring enzyme, called glutathione peroxidase. This powerful enzyme can help to minimize free radical levels in all tissues.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are packed up to the eyeballs with the potent fat-soluble antioxidant, beta carotene. It is what is responsible for that luscious deep orange flesh. If you recall from the antioxidants chapter, we need to maximize our intake of the fat-soluble varieties so that they can deliver their activity within our skin.

Great Swim

Great Swim

On Wednesday I paid a visit to the stunning Loch Lomond in Scotland, to help promote ‘The Great Swim’. What a place! Truly stunning, I wanted to dive in and have a dip then and there (but I didn’t on account of it being FREEZING). There’s still time to sponsor me for my Great Swim guys.


I’m swimming in aid of Manchester Children’s hospital, every single donation is so much appreciated, so please give what you can. Right! I’m off to play some football! Yes, you heard me correctly (I’ll explain next week!) In the meantime, stay happy, stay healthy and DREAM BIG!


Auntie Cath

I'm swimming in aid of Manchester Children's hospital

I’m swimming in aid of Manchester Children’s hospital


09 May


Dogs, Boobs and Funerals…

I’ve had such a lovely week with my little pal Dexter (my pal’s Chihuahua). We’ve been going on lots of lovely walks and what not?! Totally get my ‘dog-fix’ by dog-sitting other peoples pooches. I don’t have time to have one myself – so it’s so lovely when I do have the time to have Dexter :-) I’m the ‘crazy dog lady’ that cuddles other people’s pets without permission in the park – ha.

I love petting dogs!

I love petting dogs!

We remembered my lovely Granddad this week too, the one-year anniversary of his death. My grandfather inspired me to the very end, he beat cancer several times, and swam 60 lengths a day through his seventies – I’m hoping I’ve inherited his ‘water-wings’ for The Great Swim! Which is slowly creeping up on me! I’m swimming for Manchester Children’s Hospital, you can sponsor me here:

Even the smallest amount can help guys. Thank you for those of you that have already taken the time to support :-)

I was chatting to good friend and stylist ( @yourstylist) the other day about my Great North Swim and she mentioned the best swimwear she recommends to all her private clients (the ones that need support in the upper area!!)… She was saying how hard it is for women with boobs to find functional swimwear … Finally, a bra company aimed at women with bigger boobs have taken the decision to produce swimwear and sports bras (thank the lord) with support! Thank you Freya! The swimwear has been great for indoor training and Betty and Bertha don’t move!

Vitamin sprays

Vitamin sprays

I’m going to share a VERY exciting discovery with you this week – vitamin sprays!! I have discovered a range by a wonderful company called BetterYou ( I have always believed in putting food first, but sometimes we need to fill in those gaps.

Their products utilise the fastest and most reliable delivery mechanisms available, including transdermal magnesium therapy (having a bath in magnesium rich salts to you and me!) and sub-lingual vitamin delivery (spraying vitamin dosage under ones tongue). Not only is this a great way of meeting optimal health results for adults but it’s a great way for children to up their intake too. In fact the Vitamin D spray is now recommended by the department of health.

They do a fantastic range including a multi-vitamin spray, a Vitamin D spray (we get this from the sun, so I’d put money on a high percentage of us here in the UK being deficient in it!), Vitamin B12 (much needed by us Corrie lot for energy levels) and a pregnancy care spray.

A couple of weeks ago I spoke about the power and importance of magnesium. It is VITAL for optimal muscle contraction, skeletal strength, energy production and assists in sustaining the high oxygen consumption necessary for athletic performance. Sports injuries are far more likely to occur when magnesium levels are low. It helps you to sleep and aids recovery dramatically. Transdermal magnesium delivers this essential mineral directly to the skin tissue, entering every cell.

It is the ULTIMATE way to replenish magnesium levels. I have been trying it most nights before bed. I haven’t slept this well in years! I’ve also been trialling the Vitamin B12 oral spray. Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of red blood cells, brain health and the resistance of tiredness and fatigue.

The spray is combined with chromium which is great for giving us gym bunnies a boost, fantastic for the elderly, during pregnancy, vegans and vegetarians and like us here at Weatherfield – anyone with a busy lifestyle! I’ll keep you updated on their other products, as I think this company have it nailed! But for now – bob yourself in the bath guys!

Also this week I’ve been chatting to health and fitness expert Olly Foster ( ) about gut health. Something we all struggle with at some point in our lives. Some people struggle on a daily basis with the likes of acid reflux and IBS, there are things you can do to help you absorb the nutrients you need from your food and make yourself more comfortable.


Here Olly shares his top tips:

Fix your gut

You train hard and eat right, you manage to control all the external influences that can affect you such as stress and poor sleep. But what’s the point if your gut health is poor and you are struggling to digest and absorb the nutrients you are providing to assist you in your fitness quest?

The digestive system is so important when it comes to health, it is involved in so many processes that when functioning optimally makes us perform to a greater level and thus rewards us in return. A simple and effective protocol can be the addition of L-Glutamine & Probiotic’s.

L- Glutamine

L-Glutamine has shown to be an amazing aid in healing, sealing and repairing a “leaky gut” by playing a role in the health of the pancreas, liver, mouth and oesophagus. The function of all of these parts impact digestion and thus the health of your gut. By taking Glutamine it will ensure the entire digestive process runs much more smoothly, preventing future damage but more importantly healing any damage already done and allowing for better absorption from the quality nutrients of your food. My recommendation for males is to take 20 grams in the morning and 20 grams at night before bed, females should reduce this to10g.


Now these bad boys main purpose is to put good flora back into your gut lining so you have more good bacteria than bad. There are many things that disrupt our good gut flora, including our toxic environment, highly processed and high-sugar diets, inflammatory foods and even medications. It’s due to these reasons that this supplement is an absolute must in my eyes. If you are exposed to any one of those things, and are not putting beneficial bacteria back in your body, you are potentially jeopardising your gut function and immune system. They will also improve digestion so that the nutrients you consume get absorbed and used by the body in an effective manner supporting your metabolism and helping you feel better.

My recommended dosage is to take one first thing in the morning, generally if it’s a good probiotic this is all you will need.

Those with more serious issues can also add a digestive enzyme to each meal. Hope this helps. Olly x

Filming Tina's funeral

Filming Tina’s funeral

Reet kids! That’s me over and out for another week – but before I forget – we’ve had some long days out on location this week filming Tina’s funeral – cast and crew have all been munching on Nākd bars. If you haven’t tried them yet – DO!!

Nākd bars and snacks are a great way to eat nutritious, healthy food without compromising on taste! (Refreshing in itself!). Made from natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts which are blended together into a handy bar. Wheat and dairy free, with no added sugars or hidden extras. Great for snacking! Were sold in Weatherfield…wonder if Dev will stock ‘em?

Keeping my energy up

Keeping my energy up

They’ll be some more yummy recipes next week guys. Stay happy. Stay Healthy. And Dream BIG!
Auntie Cath x

Keeping my energy up

Keeping my energy up

17 April


Healthy food heaven plus Corrie and EastEnders do get on!

Wow! WHAT a week this has been!

Weekend was crazy, but pretty awesome! I attended the Natural and Organic Food Showcase at Olympia for the first time. How have I not been before?! Its like my Mecca! Gwyneth Paltrow would have had a field day! The place was filled with amazing discoveries, from natural healthcare products, natural & organic foods, to eco household products. New protein brands for those of us that can’t stomach Whey protein after the gym (and lets face it guys the alternative options of hemp or pea protein taste pretty rank) BUT there are some great new companies. I’ll be reviewing their products soon- what I’ve tasted so far has been GORGEOUS! For all those with a sensitive gut or IBS – help is here!

Food Kitchen with Dale Pinnock

Food Kitchen with Dale Pinnock

There were also some fab organic skin care products that I’ll be telling you about over the next few weeks too. The highlight of my foodie excursion was of course – cooking with @Dale_Pinnock! This chap is a genius – there is nothing he doesn’t know about food, we made two fab dishes Smoked Mackerel and Beetroot Crush’ and Satay King Prawn with Greens’ – both paleo – both packed with nutrients.

The dishes we made were lush and so moreish

The dishes we made were lush and so moreish

Dale’s ethos is simple – eat tasty, nutrient dense foods for a happy, healthy lifestyle. Using foods to ‘safe guard’ yourself against certain ailments – it’s a no brainer right? We all want to live longer…right? He’s recently been getting a great deal of media attention due to his unique work in the area of prescriptive “medicinal cookery” based upon tailoring menus to meet an individual’s specific health needs. You can find out more on his website (, his books are pretty mind blowing! Once you’ve read them you’ll certainly think twice about what you put into your body! Plus they’re filled with Beautiful tasty recipes. :-)

The dishes we made were lush and so moreish, plus- I managed not to burn or drop anything (always a bonus) then we had a question and answer session with a room full of like-minded people. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

Natural and Organic Food Showcase at Olympia

Natural and Organic Food Showcase at Olympia

From there we were whizzed off to the BBC to go live on the Gaby Roslin (@Gabyroslin) show for Radio BBC London to talk all things Corrie and cooking. We were also treated to the fantastic vocals of Kit Rice, this guy can chirp! Check him out : . Nitin Ganatra ( yes Eastenders and Corrie do actually get along!) were most impressed. There’s nothing better than live music is there? What a treat!

With Gaby Roslin and EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra

With Gaby Roslin and EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra

Speaking of treats, I dined at ‘The Strip Bar’ this week (not what it sounds like, I promise you!) famed for its incredible steak in lush surroundings – it lived up to its reputation – and then some, definitely worth a visit – it’s at Charter House Square in London in the Malmaison Hotel.


My steak at Strip

Also this week I did a really fun shoot for ‘Jeans For Genes’ It is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder and therefore 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year. This charity is a really fun and easy way of helping people with genetic disorders. Its so simple, and your money makes such a huge difference to the lives of children and families affected by genetic disorders. Wearing your Jeans For Genes’ takes place on Sept 19th, you can sign up here: ( Dig out your best denim kids!

Jean For Genes Day

Jean For Genes Day

Satay Greens!

1 large leek – sliced into thin rings
2 cloves of garlic – finely sliced
1 small green or red chilli – finely chopped (if you don’t like it too spicy, you can discard the seeds).
2 handfuls of shredded spring greens
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (ideally without added sugar)
2 teaspoons of honey
Half a teaspoon of Chinese five spice powder
Soy sauce

Start by sautéing the leeks, garlic, and chilli in a little olive oil, along with a pinch of salt. Sauté until the leek is soft.

Add in the shredded greens and continue to sauté until they have softened slightly and turned a brighter green.

Add 2 dashes of soy sauce (about 1tbsp), the honey, and the peanut butter, and mix well. Sprinkle the Chinese five spice over and mix again.

This dish is great with added prawns, chicken, tofu, any protein you fancy really!

Now I know its Easter, so enjoy yourselves and have fun! Remember, the darker the chocolate (highest cocoa percentage, the better it is for you!) Moderation is the key! (Either that or I ask my mum to hide the chocolate! Ha ha. Stay happy, stay healthy and Dream big!

Easter Bunnies and Fairy Kisses
Auntie Cath

10 April


‘My food intolerance test and how to lunge correctly’

This week I went to one of my favourite stores Win Naturally in the Trafford Centre. The concept of the store comes from the passion and intellect of Julie Neville, the shops ethos being of course – health, fitness and well-being. Offering a broad range of supplements, health foods, services and advice. I decided to undergo the food intolerance test, with their Nutritionist Wendy Griffin. I was diagnosed 8 years ago as wheat intolerant – that still stands, if I eat wheat nowadays I look around 7 months pregnant within the hour! Then, last year I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant.



Cutting out dairy has made a massive difference to my digestive health. I now use Lactose products ( or Almond milk, the difference has been considerable so I thought I’d see what else may flag up. The test checks 46 popular food types, and sure as eggs are eggs turns out I’m intolerant to…well…eggs! Which makes a lot of sense as I do still suffer from some discomfort and bloating… funnily enough – I eat a LOT of eggs! Also flagged up on the test was of course wheat, but surprisingly cashew nuts and Brazil nuts! Gutted! I eat loads of them too, which is why its probably not a bad idea that I cut them out for a while. I’ll be able to reintroduce them into my diet in a few months but I’m going to see how I fare without my beloved eggs!



In other news my good friend, the legend that is Mr Nick Mitchell, opens his Marbella gym! If you’re into health and fitness then you’ll know who Nick Mitchell is! For those of you that don’t – check him out! His no nonsense approach to training and nutrition is spot on and so refreshing to some of the rubbish and uneducated guesses we are bombarded with on the television: @Heynickmitchell .

Having been lucky enough to train at Nick’s Mayfair gym ( with Nick and some of his other trainers, I’m excited to see what Marbella brings and I’ll be heading over there soon to give you guys a glimpse. Apparently its pretty awesome! Check it out on twitter guys – if you’re lucky enough to get a session with Nick or one of the other UP trainers – I promise you, its an amazing experience ( you’ll need that Bullet Proof Coffee though!) @UPMarbella.



Speaking of training – if I don’t have time to get to the gym, a great exercise that can be performed easily at home is the ‘Walking Lunge’. This can be performed with or without weights/kettle bells. I lunge up and down my hallway with 12kg in each hand x20, then x10 with my hands behind my head, engaging my core. I repeat 5 times.

Below @Paul_Boys explains how to perform the lunges correctly:

The walking lunge is performed by alternating strides forward holding your head and shoulders high, back vertical as can be. As you plant your foot ensuring full foot contact on the ground with the leading foot, try and aim for your leading thigh to become parallel to the ground, the trailing foot will pivot on the toes, then power through the stride stand tall and bring the leading leg trough to stride out in front and repeat the motion. Please note that it is ok for the knee to go beyond the toes of the lead foot as long as it is pain free and you have the range of movement to do so. Lunge away guys- you’ll be hitting the quads, hamstrings and glutes!

Now, whenever the lovely Dale Pinnock ( and I have a catch up, we always seem to end up talking about one of our favourite subjects…Omega 3 (we’re SO Rock ‘n’ Roll). Omega 3 is one supplement that I will not do without! I get plenty of Omega 3 in my diet from fish, oils and nuts, but I still take extra supplements of this wonderful stuff! Dale and I will be appearing at Olympia on Sunday ( , we’ll be cooking together and discussing ways of getting more Omega 3 into your diet, but here’s what Dale had to say:

“If I was to say to people make 2 changes to their diet, one would be reduce refined carbs as per the Paleo diet and the second is to up your omega 3 fatty acids. These vital fats found in goods like oily fish, grass fed meat, walnuts and flax seeds have profound health benefits.

Firstly, omega 3 provides your body with the building blocks to make its own in built anti-inflammatory compounds. This helps manage issues like joint problems and skin conditions like acne and eczema.

Omega 3 is also incredibly important. Firstly because its anti-inflammatory effect offers long term protection against blood vessel damage. Then it also helps raise HDL (good) cholesterol, and also reduce excess blood clotting.

Finally omega 3 is vital for the health of the brain and nervous system. The Food and Behaviour research
department of Oxford university champion omega 3 for improving mood, and enhancing memory”

Dale Pinnock BSc (hons), PgCert

That’s much better than me just saying – its really good for you right? He’s so scientifical! I use a lot of Dales recipes and I did promise you lot last week, that I’d give you a little treat for Easter… so here it is! Its, SO easy! Its rich, its chocolatey, its moreish…and guess what? It GOOD for you! Give it a whizz guys!

Dale’s Avocado and Chocolate Mousse
• 2 very ripe avocados
• Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large orange
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 3 tablespoons high-quality cocoa or raw cacao powder (available in many health food shops)
1. Halve the avocados, discarding the stones. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and put it in a food processor.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and process to make a thick, rich, mousse-like dessert.
3. Add extra cocoa powder or honey to make it sweeter or more chocolatey.
4. Serve in a cocktail glass or ramekin.

This week I’m LOVING the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial. I use this gorgeous potent oil whenever my skin is a little stressed or I have a photoshoot coming up. It does what it says on the box! (Which is a rarity these days!) Packed with essential oils and nutrients for the skin. Its a luxury product at a fair price, I’ve been using it for three years and have seen quite a difference, it certainly gives the skin a glow. Right! That’s me over and out for another week! Got lots to share next week so stay tuned!
Dream Big
Auntie Cath xx

03 April


Deadlifting and my love for garlic!

Well its been another busy week on those cobbles. The British Soap Awards are fast approaching so be sure to vote all things Coronation Street Guys! It only takes a few minutes to vote and we really are so very grateful for your support

One has been busy as ever at the gym too. On screen and off screen! Only difference is Eva spends her time in the steam room sipping a latte… and I get my backside kicked lifting heavy weights! I treated myself to a new ‘Jim Bag’ this week… Yep, you heard me right… a ‘Jim Bag’, these fab bags, are great for the gym and us lot at Corrie love them. You can get yours here:


Corrie cast!

Corrie cast!

So, one of my staple exercises is a ‘Deadlift’. We’ve all heard of ‘Deadlifting’ right? But are you actually performing this exercise correctly? If you are – then its probably all round, the best exercise you can do!

Deadlift is a very technical move so it’s best to have a spotter. Feet are placed about shoulder width apart, when you lift the bar ensure your back is in neutral position and engage your core, arms locked, head is held up, then drive through the mid to heel of your foot driving your chest up high. Do not rock your hips forward like you see lots of people do, just stand tall. The bar shouldn’t deviate from a straight line and not have to be held out away from the body to avoid clashing with the knees. Lower the bar slowly and safely, if you maintain keeping eye contact in the mirror with yourself then that should keep your back straight and ensure safe lifting. If your grip isn’t very strong, try alternating grips, one being over hand and the other under hand. Then switch grips each set. This improves your grip on the bar. The dead lift is one of the greatest exercises for burning body fat and achieving a great hormonal response from your workout. Everyone should be dead lifting. Arguably the most beneficial exercise there is!


cath-tyldesley-gymNow, were constantly bombarded by how ‘bad’ salt for us right? Well here’s a salt everyone should include in their diet! A few months back @paul_boys introduced me to Himalayan Pink Salt. I can’t believe I had’t heard of it sooner! Start using it in your cooking guys, as opposed to regular salt, the benefits are fantastic and it tastes pretty good too! Here’s just some of the pro’s!

◾Create an electrolyte balance
◾Increases hydration
◾Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
◾Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
◾Prevent muscle cramping
◾Aid in proper metabolism functioning
◾Strengthen bones
◾Lower blood pressure
◾Help the intestines absorb nutrients
◾Prevent goiters
◾Improve circulation
◾Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins

Apparently it even supports libido, reduce the signs of ageing (whooop!), and detoxifies the body from heavy metals (I buy it in bulk and bathe in it too, I’m hoping its a bit like that magic, anti-ageing stuff in Death Becomes Her!)
Now, I’m ALWAYS rushing around. So its really important that I keep my energy levels up and my metabolism happy by eating every 4 hours. Snack wise my moto is ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!’ So I always have a good mix of protein and veg to hand! KarmaBites Uk do some gorgeous organic dehydrated healthy snacks! Dehydrated food is great and often more nutritious than cooked food in fact ‘raw food’ ( food that isn’t cooked above 40 degrees) is proving increasingly popular… So if you fancy trying some tasty raw bites then tweet I love their All Hail The Kale whilst their Nutty Moments are delicious cracker style bites jam packed with blended walnuts, flax seeds, tomatoes and onion, perfect to snack on whilst you’re on the go!

My Jim Bag

My Jim Bag

This week my Glamour Guru, Armand Beasley (@armandbeasley), has been loving the Dr Alkaitis skin range. An organic ‘living food’ for the skin which is entirely made up of edible ingredients! Their motto is: if you can’t eat then you shouldn’t have it on your skin! Armand is going to pop down to the Natural Product and Organic show at Olympia on the 13th April so I’m sure he will have some more pearls of wisdom for us when he sees what new innovations and goodies they have there! My good pal @dale_pinnock ( and I will also be at Olympia, cooking up a storm with some of Dale’s fabulous recipes. So be sure to come say hello to us if you’re attending!

One of my favourite Paleo recipes are my very own Lamb Burgers, They’re quick and easy to make, and taste delicious! Here’s the recipe, this makes around 4-6 burgers. Tweet me and let me know how you get on guys!

Organic Lamb mince

One red onion

One egg

Fresh, chopped coriander

8-10 chopped, pitied olives (optional)

One cup of goats cheese cubes or feta cheese)

2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste (Himalayan pink salt if possible!)

8 Portobello large cup mushrooms (to be used instead of burger bap)

Mix all the ingredients together and shape into burgers, Grill for 10-12 mis, turning inbetween, until cooked through. Lightly grill mushrooms at the same time for around 5-6 mins. Place burger on top of mushroom, add another mushroom cup on top. Serve with salad – bellissimo!

I’ll be giving you some fab summer salad recipes over the next few weeks too, you lucky lot!

Now, just before I go, you’ll start to notice over the next few weeks that one of my favourite ingredients is GARLIC.


I pretty much put it in everything. There is a reason for this! Aside from the fact that Ryan Thomas probably hates our on-screen kissing scenes, Garlic is so wonderfully good for you! I’m sure most of you already know this, but are you aware of just how powerful this humble, smelly little bulb is? I remember as a child, hating the stuff, my mum used to make us take garlic capsules that would repeat on us all day (cheers Janet). Mum always used to tell us it would keep the bugs away – she’s right… and then some! Garlic is a natural antibiotic, it has anti fungal and antiviral properties. It promotes the ability of white blood cells to fight viral and bacterial infections AND cancer. It also has blood thinning properties and helps protect against cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and angina. I’m not finished yet! Garlic reduces cholesterol, lowers the risk of most types of cancer, increases insulin release and regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics, reduces the formation of fat cells AND its a natural aphrodisiac! Winners all round eh!? Get scoffing that garlic guys!

Much Love, Dream Big

Auntie Cath

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