Stuffed Aubergines

Today I'm going to give you a little recipe post. At the moment I am not eating carbs in the evenings as part of my health and fitness kick. Sometimes it's hard, I love bread, pasta and potatoes and tend to feel unsatisfied if my evening meal doesn't contain one of these foods! However the bonus is that I can eat more protein and veggies to make up for missing out on the carbs.

As a result I have been trying to think of meals to cook in the evenings that won't leave me feeling hungry. I know stuffed aubergines isn't a new, cutting edge recipe but they are quick and easy to make, you can get a lot of variety out of the ingredients you use for the stuffing, they're generally pretty healthy and best of all, they taste damn good!!

Serves 2 - You will need:

2 large aubergines
1 small red onion
1 green pepper
2 mushrooms
500g extra lean turkey mince (optional)
garam masala, salt & pepper for seasoning
tomato puree
parmigiano reggiano

First start by cutting your aubergines in half lengthways then scooping out all the flesh from them so you're left with the shells of them.

Dice the flesh along with the onion, mushrooms and pepper then fry gently with some chopped garlic or garlic paste and a little olive oil until soft.

This meal is delicious as a vegetarian option, but if like me you need some extra protein then add your turkey mince to the pan and brown it off.

You'll want to add the seasoning at this point. It's fine to just use salt and pepper if you like but I add garam masala as I love the depth of flavour it gives. Turkey can be quite a bland meat!

Add the tomato puree, I tend to use about two tablespoons of it, then gently simmer until the mince and vegetables are all coated in the seasoning and puree.

Next grab your aubergine shells, brush them with a little olive oil and pop under the grill for about 10 minutes at 180 degrees.

Once they're nice and brown you can remove them from the grill and spoon your filling into them.

Grate approx 100g of parmigiano reggiano and divide equally between your aubergines.

Then put them back under the grill for approx 5 minutes or until the cheese has browned.

 Then enjoy!!


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The Tempest

Friday's healthy lunch - chicken & duck crystal rolls and duck sushi.

Friday's unhealthy lust - a navy and neon lace dress from Whistles.

Shopping obsessed at the moment, I also want this outfit from New Look. I don't normally even like their clothes!

My hair was unusually massive on Saturday so I thought I'd take advantage of the volume and do a bit of a trashy 80's look....

I think the title of this post is quite apt. I don't know about you guys but here in the Home Counties we had atrocious weather over the weekend - quite a departure from the glorious heat and sunshine of the Bank Holiday. In fact, whilst driving over to my Sister's house for dinner on Saturday night we were treated to an incredibly dramatic hail storm, complete with thunder and lightening!!

I saw a tempest of a different kind over the weekend too. I have been lucky enough to have had a few cultured days out recently, what with my trip to 'Pick Me Up' at Somerset House previously and yesterday I went to see The Tempest performed by the RSC at The Globe Theatre.

As a lifelong Shakespeare fan I was super excited, so without further ado (about nothing. Ha ha.) I'll show you some photos that I snapped on my day out.

Big smile listening to Spotify on the train journey.

I wore my new stripy dress from H&M.

One of my favourite places in London, Borough Market. Most of the stalls were shut yesterday which was odd!! So no foodie lunch for me :(

The brand shiny new entrance to The Globe.

Being a gift shop geek!

The theatre is amazing, difficult to believe when you're sat in it that it has been here for over 500 years.

Smug at being undercover when we experienced a brief rain shower!!

We weren't allowed to take photos once the performance started so unfortunately I haven't got any of the fantastic actors or all the incredible costumes they wore.

A healthy interval snack of wasabi popcorn from Pret a Manger, surprisingly delicious and only 137 calories for the whole giant bag. So of course I ate all of it.

I managed to take a sneaky photo during the second half of the performance but then put my phone away as I was paranoid I'd get told off for taking photos!!

After watching the play we wandered along the South Bank to the Tate Modern as we had tickets for the Lictenstein exhibition. There are definitely no photos of this I'm afraid as the security guards at the Tate were enforcing a no photography policy throughout the exhibit so I didn't dare even try!! Sorry!

The exhibition was interesting but not being the biggest fan of Lichtenstein or Pop Art in general I think I preferred the play!

I always love to walk past St Paul's.

I bought Elle for the train journey home and couldn't resist a far less healthy snack of Tangfastics. I'm ashamed to say I snaffled the lot as well!! I got my 'just desserts' though, I felt really sick for about an hour afterwards.

And finally 'Mister Whatlisawrote' enjoying his eye of newt flavoured lollipop that I bought for him from the Globe gift shop.

All in all it was a lovely day out with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law who are two very fab ladies to hang out with.

Hope you all had a super weekend.


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Mayday, Mayday!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful bank holiday weekend. The weather was just sublime - I am a massive sun-worshipper so a dose of the shiny hot yellow thing was certainly not unwelcome!!

Here are some photos of what I got up to.

Saturday was uneventful but productive - I got a lot done around the house and sorted out a LOT of paperwork. 

On Sunday afternoon we headed into Camden for our friend Eli's birthday.

We were greeted with plenty of delicious food and drink which we proceeded to devour before heading out to play bingo!!

Things got silly after a couple of Pimms....

Camden is one of my favourite places in London, it's so vibrant and cosmopolitan - I love the hippy vibe mixed with goth and street culture.

We arrived at MECCA bingo and got ready for 'eyes down'.

Despite there being 10 of us and all pretty competitive we didn't win a line between us!!

On Monday Mister 'Whatlisawrote' had asked his family over for a BBQ at our place so we spent the morning preparing for that.

I made a white chocolate cheesecake along with potato salad and pasta salad.

The weather was fantastic, hottest day of the year so far.

I was left to eat guard the biscuits for pudding.....

And served up the cheesecake which proved very popular.

We also completed a little DIY project over the weekend, my parents gave me an old pine chest of drawers and bedside tables when we moved into our flat. I'm not keen on pine, it's too plain for me. So we sanded down the chest of drawers over the weekend, gave it a couple of coats primer and a few licks of 'Dove Grey' emulsion and it looks totally different and much nicer now!!

I'm really pleased with it.

Today the weather is also surprisingly lovely, I had thought it was going to be miserable. Apparently the rest of the week isn't looking too promising.

I popped out at lunchtime to grab a sandwich, have a stroll and do some more basking in the sun.

The town I work in really is very pretty.

If any of you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I feel in love over lunch. With this delightful nautical themed dress from Joules.

So cute and perfect for the Summer I'm hoping we'll have this year.

Bye for now.


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