As the weather is slowly taking a turn for the worse and winter is well and truly on its way I thought I'd share with you some sunny inspo to get you through this cold weather!
In September I visited the beautiful village of Frigiliana located up in the mountains on the south coast of Spain (around an hour from Malaga airport). We stayed in a villa down a very isolated windy road with beautiful views of the surrounding area and a little glimpse of the sea!
Around 10 minutes drive from our Villa was the village of Frigiliana, made up of small winding streets and beautiful white washed buildings - it really gave you a taste of Spanish culture. The streets were lined with small shops and restaurants and once a week there is a market selling everything from leather bags to ceramic home ware and clothing located in the village square. Everything here felt so authentic and there was a distinct lack of souvenir shops and coaches full of tourists! There were so many amazing restaurants - even though it was quite a climb to get there sometimes!
Whilst in Spain we also visited the town on Nerja which is a little more lively and home to some beautiful beaches and lots of shops and restaurants! If you're looking for somewhere a little more tourist friendly but still very beautiful Nerja is just right for you! The Balcón de Europa offers beautiful views of the Mediterranean sea and you can see for miles!
Southern Spain definitely won my heart and I'll definitely be back!
Ever since 2008 I've been glued to an American television programme called Man Vs Food. It follows the exploits of Adam Richman and his attempts to take on the most extreme food challenges in the U.S.
In the past 4-5 years we've seen an increase of U.S style restaurants and barbecue joints pop up across the UK. This weekend I went to one in Nottingham that offered some mind blowing and stomach busting food challenges.
On arrival to Rub we gazed over the extensive menu trying to decide if we should order something sensible or go for one of the challenges.
Both myself and my brother went for one of the challenges, this would turn out to be a bad decision.
My brother decided to take on a challenge called Nugzilla, which is the equivalent of eating 85 normal sized chicken nuggets and a portion of fries. I thought it'd be fun to try the Yorkshire Pudding Burrito, a monster burrito made from Yorkshire Pudding batter, filled with cheesy mash, beef brisket, onion jam, greens and gravy.
When the meals reached the table we soon realised it would take a mammoth effort just to put a dent into the challenges given their size. My burrito was big enough to comfortably feed a family of four but looked amazing.
The Nugzilla was almost the same size as the tray it came on and looked impossible. After 20-30 mins of eating I conceded defeat after eating just under three quarters of the burrito. My brother battled past the meat sweats and the other three of us around the table watched him struggling with the last dozen mouthfuls of chicken.
Each mouthful looked like torture as the chicken was getting harder and harder to chew. Trying different dips and covering it all in Mayo, Ketchup & BBQ sauce he somehow managed to finish it.
I'd definitely go back to Rub but i'd want to eat something a lot smaller, and try a dessert too as some of them sounded incredible. I'm going to leave food challenges well alone from now on and just enjoy watching them on television.
A few weeks ago I returned from a relaxing break in Tenerife. It's been 5 years since I had a holiday where I could just lay by the pool, so to say I was excited when we booked was an understatement.
A week without worries or chores was just what I needed to recharge my batteries ahead of the cold dark winter.
I'd never been to Tenerife before. And on arrival to Tenerife you're treated to quite spectacular sight of Mount Teide. Which looks even better on a cloudy day as the summit stand majesticly above the layer of cloud.
We stayed at a hotel called Hovima, which is based in the heart of Costa Adeje approx. 15-20 minutes away from the airport.
The hotel was tucked one street away from the beachfront and was the perfect place to unwind, relax and catch the sun. With two pools overlooking the sea it offered amazing views all day long. With fantastic staff and an excellent entertainment team we were well looked after and are already longing to go back.
We joined in several activities when we were at the hotel from Aqua Aerobics to Rifle Shooting to Darts and Football. It turns out my wife is quite handy with both a rifle and a bow and arrow... should I be worried?
Away from the hotel we visited both the Loro Parque zoo & Siam Park water-park, both have recently been voted the best in the world in their respective categories.
Siam Park was amazing (unfortunately no pictures to share with you), but the rides are phenomenal and I can't wait to go back. The Tower of Power is probably the best way you can spend 10-12 seconds of your life.
Tenerife left a lasting impression on me and I cannot wait to go back.
The majority of herbal medicines that you will buy will have ginger in them, for years ginger has been used to treat a number of health issues and we thought we'd investigate some of the most talked about health claims.
Relieving and upset stomach
Perhaps the most helpful use for Ginger is to help an upset stomach. Due to it's anti inflammatory properties, it helps to neutralise stomach acids and stimulate digestion which in turn eliminates excess gas which can often be the cause of stomach pain.
Dry ginger powder contains thermogenic agents that can burn fat. Regular consumption can help boost your metabolism and burn off extra fat helping you to loose weight!
Curing motion sickness or morning sickness
Mixing ginger powder with water is highly effective in reducing nausea, it soothes the stomach and gives relief from inflammation.
An aid for the common cold
Again, the anti inflammatory properties help to relieve the common cold. Mixing ginger powder and warm water can have immediate effects on colds by unblocking airways.
You will often find ginger used as a spice in curries along with ginger sweets that are said to reduce flatulence.
You may see ginger in the ingredients to some of your favourite face mask, the anti-inflammatory properties help to fight acne by unclogging pores and killing bacteria!
When you're on a low fodmap diet food shopping can be a nightmare, trying to decide what you can and can't eat can feel impossible! Luckily the lovely community of foodie bloggers have created a list of supermarket products that are FODMAP friendly and therefore make meal planning a whole lot easier! Find a selection of our favourites below:
Oatibix by Weetabix
Quaker Oats so Simple
Tesco Wholefoods Oatbran
Doves Farm Gluten Free Organic Cocoa Rice
Tomato Ketchup by Sainsbury's
Asda Tomato Ketchup
Cirio Passata Classica
Mackays Scottish Raspberry Preserve
Lyle's Golden Syrup
Whole Earth Peanut Butter
Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise
Confectionery and Crisps:
Doritos Lightly Salted
Tesco Value Tortilla Chips
Nume Carrot Crisps
Haribo Happy Cola
Walkers Ready Salted
Popchips original chips
Hula Hoops Original
McCoy's (Salted, Salt & Vinegar)
Breads, Grains and Starchy Foods:
Kallo Dark Chocolate Rice Cake Thins Gluten Free
Schar Cream Crackers
Co-op Free From Ciabatta Rolls
Tesco Free-From Fresh White Bread
Birds Eye Potato Waffles GF
Doves Farm Gluten Free Brown Rice Fusilli
Ko-Lee Rice Vermicelli
Asda Chosen By You Free From Lasagne Sheets
Thai Taste Flat Rice Noodles
Gluten Free Penne Waitrose Love Life
Genius GF Shortcrust Pastry
Genius GF Puff Pastry
Asda Chosen By You Free From Pizza Base
Nairn's Gluten Free Oatcakes
Lovemore Free From Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prewetts Gluten Free Spicy Dark Chocolate and Ginger Cookies
Angelic Gluten Free Orange Chocolate Cookies
Genius Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes
Helen’s Scone Mix
Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Chocolate Sponge Pudding
Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies Waitrose Love Life
Amisa Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
Pudology GF and DF Puddings (chocolate, chocolate orange)