Wednesday, 25 May 2016

May Love List!

 Hey lovelies! Since it's the last week of May now, you know it's time for my May Love List and I couldn't wait to show you everything I've been loving this month! This months post includes a lot more foodie items I think, as well as the usual beauty bits and I will link all the things that made it to my Love List this month at the end. Anywayz, I won't be dragging this intro on too long...just have a little read!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Healthy Picnic-style salads // Collab!




Hey lovelies! It's Spring- nearing on Summer now, and the perfect time of year for picnics now the sun is finally out and *fingers-crossed* here to stay! Since i was planning a little recipe post this week anyway, I thought why not incorporate the theme of summer and make these healthy picnic-style salads instead! Also, I don't think I've mentioned it here on my blog yet, but I am now pescetarian. I'm not going to go into a big rant about it now - don't worry - but it is quite a big change to my foodie sorta lifestyle, so I'll be sure to update you about how it's going soon! All these salads are vegetarian (sorry meat-eaters!) and 2/3 of them are Vegan too in-case you were wondering.
 Oh and I almost forgot, this post is a collab with the beautiful, lovely, amazing...I could go on forever...Olivia from OliviaxAlesha.com so be sure to check out her post after!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Spring in Rye // Mini-Travel Guide!

Hellooo again lovelies! So last week I journeyed to Rye for a little 'weekend getaway' sorta thing, and also to celebrate lots of people's B'days in the family. It was such a lovely couple of days, and so I thought I'd compile all my photos together into a mini-travel guide style post for you guys today! Although we only stayed there for a few days, we saw and did so much around the town, eating at restaurants, staying in a cottage, exploring the little shops...and basically just experiencing Rye in the Spring (which was so beautiful by the way!) I thought I'd show you some things we did there and maybe recommend a few places, essentials and things to do when staying there as well as a few snaps from my trip - so anyway, I hope you enjoy this post and any of you find it helpful!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Matcha Green Tea | Review

Hey lovelies! So a couple of weeks ago I tried Matcha for the first time (after seeing it constantly popping up in health blogs, food magazines...and well, even Starbucks occasionally!) and I couldn't wait to share it with you guys too because I  absolutely love it. Don't worry if you have no idea what I'm talking about though- you haven't been living under  rock hehe, Matcha is a fairly new thing in the UK (although in Japan they've been drinking it for centuries!) It's basically the purest version of green tea you get, made from the finely ground tea leaves to form a vibrant green powder and is the upcoming 'super-food,' raved about for it's many health benefits. I bought the full-bodied Meiko Ceremonial one from Matchaeologist and so this is how I got on trying Matcha for the first time!
 *Little handwritten note from the company I bought it from - so sweet!*
 QUALITY: 
You can tell just by looking at the colour of Matcha how good the quality is. This one is a beautifully vibrant green colour (as it should be!) which shows the leaves were picked young and dried properly so they still contain 'all that good'stuff.' The unique colour can be a little odd at first, but you soon get used to it and it's actually my fav thing about Matcha!

PACKAGING: 
I ordered the 'Meiko Ceremonial-Grade Matcha' which came in a small tin like this. Inside was an airtight packet and so all I did was tip the powder from there into the tin (Trying not to spill it everywhere hehe!) 

 BREWING:
Traditionally Matcha is brewed with a chasen (a small bamboo whisk) but since I'm a bit of a 'newbie' to the whole Matcha thing I decided not to invest in one just yet. Instead I simply used a fork, whisking roughly one teaspoon of the powder into warm water slowly until all the lumps had disappeared and then adding my hot water to fill the cup. The powder dissolved easily, leaving that gorgeous green coloured tea that I was looking for! Gathered, it's a little more complicated to brew than your normal tea-bag but you can honestly taste the difference so much!

TASTE: 
And onto probably the most important bit, coz nobody wants a bright green drink that tastes disgusting hehe! The taste of Matcha really depends on the brand/type you buy, my one had 'floral aromas' in as described but generally Matcha had quite a distinctive earthy taste with slight notes of jasmine. It's bittersweet, but somehow I liked that and so do lots of other people and I was surprised about how light and refreshing it was. If you don't like the taste of green tea, I think it's unlikely that you're going to gel with Matcha though, regardless of which brands you try!

BENEFITS: 
This is the main reason a lot of people buy Matcha. It's completely natural but contains so many health benefits!

-Lots of antioxidants
- Elevates Mood/Energy
-Boosts metabolism
- Aids weight loss (if you're trying to loose weight)
- Contains vitamins A & C
- Has a decent dose of caffeine in (for you coffee drinkers!)
- Iron

So there you go! Here was my first experience trying Matcha and I would honestly recommend it to anyone now! Matcha is so adaptable too, you don't just have to make teas, there are all sorts of latte's, desserts and even ice creams I've seen being made from it (Just search 'Matcha Creations' and you'll be so suprised at everything that pops up!)  Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post, whether you'd never heard of Matcha in your life before, or you've been drinking it for years hehe. See you next week!



QOTD: HAVE YOU EVER TRIED MATCHA BEFORE?


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