Can you believe that up until two weeks ago, I didn't own a paleo cookbook? I tend to just throw things together, or just adapt non paleo recipes, but I decided that it was about time I get some extra inspiration, so I bought The Paleo Slowcooker, and I love it! So many recipes that I want to try, so I spent a week trying out a few of them.
The first recipe was the beef brisket in espresso bean BBQ sauce: I don't think I need to explain why that was the first recipe in the book I wanted to try! I have to say it did not disappoint, even though I might of left it in the slow cooker slightly too long which resulted in a few charred bits, but thankfully it was salvageable.
Have you ever made Okra? I think I tried it a few years ago when it was all over the American blogs, but haven't picked them up since. I couldn't quite remember what to do with them so I just roasted them in the oven for about fifteen minutes. I quite like them, but Iestyn isn't a fan. Carrot and cheese mash and a bit of ketchup to dip the okra in finished off the meal.
The next recipe I tried was the honey mustard chicken which was lovely, however I ended up putting them under the grill to crisp up, so I think next time I would just cook them in the oven and skip the slow cooker as I love the crispy skin.
The leftovers were eaten in bed on Saturday morning was a mug of coffee blended with coconut oil.
When I returned home from North Wales and my bag was a bit heavier than usual due to the fact that Iestyn was making me take three packs of local beefburgers with me! They did make a lovely meal on our return though.
Lamb meatballs, salad, avocado and tomato salad, cucumber dip and pine nuts. I love pine nuts, I think they might work well in the meatballs next time.
I haven't written much about my exercise routine lately, but CrossFit is still happening and I'm finding that I'm getting more and more into a routine. Seeing the above sign when I walk out feels great every time.
I bought a side of salmon as it was half price in Tesco so it only cost me £10. I've never bought a whole side before, and I couldn't decided if I should cook it all in one go, or portion it up, but in the end I went the safe route and portioned it up to go in the freezer, so I'm looking forward to some easy salmon dinners.
My hair has been in dire need of a cut for a good two weeks, it had got to thepoint where I had to give myself a sweeping side fringe while I waited, but finally I managed to pop to the salon to get a trimmed, as you can tell above, I really couldn't see well beforehand!
I wore this dress which was courtesy of Joules and has had a lot of positive comments on Instagram.
With a pretty dress on and a newly trimmed fringe, we went out to explore our local area, and decided to head to the Waterloo Tearoom for lunch. I started off with a really great latte.
I had the walnut and Stilton salad, which was lovely, but a bit on the light side - Iestyn's beef sandwich looked lovely.
Obviously when you order a salad for lunch, it means you can opt for a piece of cake afterwards. I had a lovely gluten free butternut squash, orange and blueberry cake. I stole a piece of tia maria and coffee cake which was also fab.
On Sunday we decided to go on bit of a road trip to Cheltenham, just for a bit of a nosey more than anything. We first headed for the art museum, and as we'd only had some fruit for breakfast, we decided to have a mid morning snack in the form of the best sausage roll I've ever had. It was quite spicy and tomatoy, and I also had a latte and read the Sunday morning papers
My main reason for wanting to go to the art gallery was because they had Rodin's 'The Kiss' which I#ve always wanted to see. I've felt that I haven't been to an art gallery in forever, I can't believe I still haven't been to any of the ones in Cardiff! It was nice being back in that environment.
We then went for a bit of a wander around Cheltenham, although with it being a Sunday it was quite quiet. We stopped off for tea and cake, although I chose a super rich one as I could only eat half of it!
Other than the art gallery there was one other Cheltenham landmark that I really wanted to visit: Wholefoods! I know it's a bit sad to go on a day out just to visit a supermarket, but I like to think I'm in company with like minded people, and that you all would do the same too... right?!
I spent ages perusing the chocolate section: I was limiting myself to two bars, although when I realised that one of the bars I'd picked up was £7, it made my selection a bit easier!
I nearly bought one of these coconuts, however at £3 each I put it back: have any of you tried one? Do you get much coconut water in them?
We decided that it was a shame to come so far without eating something in the cafe (!), so we shared some nachos. These were seriously the best nachos I have ever had, I will definitely be buying these again! I also went for a coconut mocha, but it ended up being far too sweet so I couldn't really drink it.
This is me telling Iestyn to hurry up and take a picture!
And here's the loot: spaghetti squash, coconut water, carrots, Pulsin' protein bars, steak, duck eggs, herbs, greek yogurt, raspberry chocolate, sourdough bread, coffee, peppermint tea, cacao nib chocolate, Coyo yoghurt, tortillas and Omega 3 Fish Oil... phew!
Do you have any recipe books that you recommend? I feel like I need to extend my collection!