If you follow me on Instagram & Twitter, or you have seen my previous posts about Cold-Pressed Juices in London, you will know by now that I love green juices. That is why for my birthday last year I got a cold-pressed juicer all of my own. Due to my insane schedule for the last few months of last year I never got a chance to try it out. My mum has used hers a lot at home so I know what it can produce, so finally… I have made my own green juice.
What was the most fun about it was that I could pick and choose the ingredients that went in the juice. I could put in things I love, such as papaya, but also leave out what I dislike, such as ginger. I know I know ginger is a good food to incorporate due to how many health benefits it has, but I just find it too spicy and I just don’t enjoy the green juices that contain it.
Anyway I wanted to share what I included in my first juice, which I have to say was delicious!
Contains: Apple, Cucumber, Papaya, Kale, Mango & Spinach
I have added Bee Pollen to the top because bee pollen is full of amazing health benefits but also I find it gives you little bursts of crunchy sweetness as you drink the juice.
My mom taught me an amazing trick once you have pressed all the vegetables. I struggle to drink the amount of water that I need to daily, and it’s a goal of mine to increase this. To make it easier, since I find drinking plain water all the time very boring, my mum told me to pour a bottle of water through the juicer into a new container. May sound odd but what you are left with is water that tastes slightly like the juice you made. So this time around it had a lovely sweet cucumber taste. It is something I do every time now and so I always have a bottle of flavored water to drink, which is a nice change.
(Bonus, it helps to start the cleaning process of the juicer!)
The British fox hunt is a tradition as old as time and while it is now illegal to actually hunt foxes, the tradition continues in the English countryside by using fake fox trails for the dogs to follow. So on NYE I ventured out of London into the country to see one of theses hunts take off for the first time. It was a fantastic way to end 2014, which already had many horse related moments, including Polo in the Park and Royal Ascot last summer.
It was really early in the morning, so was quite cold but still a beautiful start to the last day of the year. I didn’t mind the cold too much as we were given hot mugs of tea & coffee upon arrival while we waited for the horses and hounds. (My grandmother informed me that one does not call them dogs, they are called hounds). Anyway, when the riders with their horses finally started making their way down the driveway, it was quite as sight with the bright red tailored jacket of the Hunt Master along with the navy and black for the other riders. Once the hounds appeared, everyone was hanging around the courtyard sipping on slow gin and port (at 10am!!) until it was time for the hunt to begin.
Then came the speech by the Hunt Master, then the horn sounded and they were off up the driveway and into the rolling fields. We watched until they were out of sight, galloping through the open space and jumping over fences. I felt like I was in another world that morning and I absolutely loved it! Definitely something I want to see again this year.
Some cool facts I learnt that day:
- As I said before they are called hounds not dogs.
- At the kennel where the hounds are kept there are total of 90, of which only a quarter were there on the day.
- The handlers of the hounds know each one by name and live with them & train them year round.
- The color of ones jacket depends on how long one has been participating in the hunts. Red is for those who have been involved the longest.
- A rider’s rank and status in the hunt is also indicated by the number & types of buttons on their jackets.
- We were told that there is a special button for each county that riders can earn and it’s a symbol of accomplishment in the sport.
Happy New Year everyone!
I have been absolutely horrible about posting over the last few months. Life got exciting, chaotic and overwhelming all at the same time, and I barely had time to sleep and eat! Thus when Christmas holidays came around, I knew I needed to take a break and rest, especially since I managed to break my ribs right before Christmas. So due to not being able to move or do much, I finally got the mental & physical rest I needed. But now, I’m going to try and be better at creating content, for the simple reason that I do enjoy it.
But WOW…2015 has come fast and furious, and promises as ever to be a year filled with ups & downs, memories and lots of exciting things. It’s a mental fresh start where you can reassess how you are living your life and how you may want to change it or not. That’s how I see it anyway. It’s not necessarily new year resolutions, because we all know how long those actually last, and come December you never actually remember what they were in the first place. But nevertheless it’s an opportunity to start afresh and get some reflection on the past year and perspective on the year ahead.
While I have not the faintest idea what is going to happen this year (which is both scary and exciting), I’m trying to have faith that it will be good one. That’s why I love this quote and thought it was the best one to be my first post of the new year.
It can be applied to all parts of ones life, and is a much better and nicer way of thinking about the future and the unknown.
During my holiday’s in Italy this summer, we discovered that there was a traditional market in the city centre. This was great because we could get some fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses to make some delicious fresh Italian food! At the market I stumbled upon the sweet stall, and despite it being miserable rainy weather, my mood was instantly lifted. As a self-proclaimed candy lover, this stall just looked like a sugary heaven, and I just couldn’t resist not buy some! There were blues, pinks, reds, greens, blacks, browns, caramels, whites, yellows, oranges and purples…an edible rainbow! The sweets were so bright, colorful, and instantly made you feel like a kid again. It was a great little holiday treat, because after all, holidays are supposed to be filled with things that make your happy, and lots of special treats! Here are the pictures of the stall and the selection I chose!
My selection of sweets!