As we queued to get through passport control at 12am last night/this morning it felt like it had been a very very long time since I have last been back in Stockholm, the last month has blurred by and I cant believe it is already a New Year. I have been travelling between different family members almost every week for the last month and I have one final trip left next week. I love being with my family, travelling and doing new things plus I find every time I go home to my family now I experience new places and different foods that I would never have done otherwise. But it is also nice to get home and get all my ducks in a row to decide what my plans are for the upcoming months and how I am going to make them happen.

During my home visit, my parents, Adi and I went to have a very lovely dinner in the Shard which is the tallest building in the UK. Hutong is on the 33rd floor of the 309.7 meter tall building so gave lots of beautiful views, regardless of the rain and fog that surround London that day.

We had 4 courses which were delicious and had a great table right next to the window. My main goal of 2018 is to try as many new things as possible and to see lots of interesting places, every city has its own different treasures and I want to explore them all.

It was a wonderful dinner and even more wonderful company. We talked about our plans for the new year and recalled memories of this amazing one just gone. I have been doing a lot of thinking, list writing and deciding what I want to accomplish both in my life and on my blog and I hope there will be a lot of exciting content/news and adventures to come.

I hope you all had a wonderful new year, now that I am back home I will be getting everything back into line and having more frequent updates and lots of interesting products to share with you! I would love to hear what you did during the new year and if you have any exciting New year resolutions!

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Merry Christmas everyone, it is December finally and I am very very excited! I love this time of the year, it is my birthday month, it is Christmas, it is New Year and all of this is done with friends and family! This year I have a lot of exciting things planned, I am going to do lots of cooking and spend all the time with the people I love.

I have decided this Christmas I am going to do lots of cooking and baking and enjoy learning new things! I made some new different snacks for a dinner party. I tried making hummus for the first time which was exciting and more delicious than I was expecting, plus it was super easy to make!

I want to have more fun dinner parties, eat lots of yummy food and just have fun. I hope you all do the same and enjoy the christmas cheer and give a little to others.

I get a lot of my recipes from my cookbook 'Deliciously Ella' which I love as they are easy and fun or I google cute little tapas foods from Pinterest. I really enjoy cooking and spending time making things look pretty, I learnt that from my mother who throws the best dinner parties with her arty friends and hopefully one day I will be throwing those sophisticated and exciting parties too!

Today I am doing a photography job and then going to a comedy show with Adi tonight, it will be a very different and exciting day! Yet I am very nervous, I have never done a job that I have to show an end result, normally I work a shift and do a good job and then go home but my photos have to create a great end result today and that makes me nervous but also very excited! Wish me luck and I hope you have an exciting Friday, and let me know if you would like the recipes for the food I will make and share.

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Today I started the morning very well with my darling Olivia, we went to the God Morgon juice release of their two new and very yummy flavours; apple with ginger and Sunny citrus blend. We got to taste a delicious green smoothie and a night soaked oats with cinnamon and orange. It was all extremely delicious and a perfect start to the morning.

A fresh, organic and wholesome breakfast is always needed. It makes you feel good and starts the day just right, making you feel like you can do everything and anything that day.

We also got the most wonderful gift of juice and a great book called, 'Green Kitchen at home' a book full of healthy goodness that you can make at home. I have only looked through it briefly but it looks delicious and has the most beautiful photography in it! And lets just take a moment to look at that beautiful girl! It was really early in the morning, yet she is slaying!

I hope you all started the day with a delicious breakfast and get a chance to taste the yummy juice! Have a wonderful day xx

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As a vegetarian I always try to find the best snacks that give me a good protein boost. Chickpeas are a great food for that and when I heard that you could roast them to make yummy little snacks, I had to try. It is super easy so here is a fun little recipe on a Tuesday!

Ingredients:

Chick peas (One can), Olive Oil (2 tbsp), Parmesan (2 tbsp), Oregano (1/2 tsp), Garlic (1 Clove) , salt and pepper to taste.

First turn on the oven at 180C. Then you need to remove as much of the liquid as possible from the chick peas, I left them in between some kitchen roll whilst I did the next step. Next I mix the olive oil, parmesan, oregano, garlic and salt and pepper in a bowl, then add the chick peas together and stir. Place them on a baking tray, spread out and bake them for 30/40 mins, stirring them 3/4 times. once they are brown and crunchy they are ready! Let them cool before you place them in a jar.

And enjoy the yummy little bites!

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Recently I have lost my appetite for food, with a bit of extra stress and feeling under the weather I have not been managing to stay on top of eating the correct number of calories per day. This is something I am very aware of and making sure to stay healthy and eat enough but it’s always nice to find a way to get the right nutrition’s and not have to force myself to eat when my belly doesn’t feel good. A wonderful way to do this is by making my own juice and smoothies.

I remember as a child I would pick apples from the trees in our garden and get some carrots from the market and put them together in a juicer, it was very delicious and I would drink way too much. But it has been many years since I have done that so today Adi surprised me with a Juicer (adopted from his parent’s cupboard) and a bag of organic apples, carrots and lemons. After whizzing them all together, we enjoyed slightly sour but still yummy juice.

After tidying everything away, I looked at how much pulp we threw into the bin. The bit of the fruit with the most fibers just gets discarded and I decided that we can’t keep doing that, not only is it a waste but it’s also so healthy that it would be a shame to waste it. After lots of searching I found a great website that gave a list of different things you can do with fruit pulp. (I got this list from www.vegetariantimes.com)

1. Blend pulp into a smoothie to add fiber.
2. Add to a soup to thicken and boost fiber and nutrient density.
3. Use fruit pulp to make frozen “pulpsicles” or fruit pulp ice.
4. Make a veggie broth by boiling pulp with water, herbs, and spices, then straining.
5. Make a "fruit tea" by boiling fruit pulp with water, adding spices such as cinnamon or ginger, cooling, and then straining.
6. Use veggie pulp to add nutrient density to mac n’ cheese or pasta sauce, or layer into a lasagne.
7. Make fabulous fruit leathers.
9. Use in homemade veggie burgers or fritters. Pulp adds moisture, flavor, and nutrition.
10. Mix pulp into baked goods like muffins, cakes, bread, dehydrated or baked cookies, and granola bars. Celery, onion, carrot, sweet potato, spinach, apple, and berry all work beautifully.
11. Use fruit or veggie pulp to add flavor, texture, and moisture to pancakes.
12. Make dehydrated pulp crackers.
13. Use pulp for raw pizza crust.
14. Make pulp marmalade.
15. Make a pulp crumble by mixing pulp with fruit and juice, reducing, and then topping with oats, spices, nuts, or seeds.
16. Dehydrate and make trail mix with raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
17. Dehydrate and use like bread crumbs.
18. Use in DIY skincare recipes like scrubs, masks, and soap.
19. Mix pulp into your dog's food or make dog treats.
If all else fails:
20. Feed it to your chickens, freeze it in ice cube trays to use later, or compost it.

I will absolutely be taking many ideas from this list so I can enjoy healthy juices and feel good about not wasting anything! I hope you liked the different ideas, when I trial out a few myself I will share with you how I did it xx

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