Happy New Year!

I can’t believe how quickly 2015 flashed before my eyes. In fact, it was such a quick flash in the pan that I only managed to write two TFTBK blog posts for the whole year! Trust me, it wasn’t for the want of trying, but a combination of too much work, and the recent diagnosis of PCOS meant that my focus was elsewhere. But I’m back and with a new-look blog! 🙂

Anyway, it’s a new year, and I supposed in ‘blog’ terms, a new me (again). I don’t really believe in making New Years resolutions, not because I don’t stick to them, but because it seems that after mid-January, nobody else ever does either. It’s at this point, that I hope nobody notices an earlier post that refers to me writing more blogs in 2015..ahem!

So what about 52 weeks of flavoured water, wtf? Well, as the old saying goes: “in for a penny, in for a pound”. So I suppose that the start of the year makes the most sense to start a new weekly blog challenge. In one of the two blogs I managed to write last year (!), I wrote a post about New Year, New Me and I made a list of five areas I wanted to improve upon in 2015:

  1. Be healthier
  2. Drink more H2O
  3. Blog more
  4. Spend more time with my friends and family 
  5. Take time out for myself

Hero of the hour – H2O

Week1 water-5499

With the exception of little old number three (which coincidentally is the goal for 2016), I’m pleased to say that I actually stuck with and succeeded at my list. So much so, I’ve decided to dedicate this first post of 2016 to H2O, or rather 52 Weeks of Flavoured Water!

It’s a simple idea, and one I hope you’ll join in with – to drink less caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol. I actually spent most of New Year’s day making a list of 52 different naturally flavoured waters using fresh ingredients that I will feature as ‘water of the week’ during 2016. As we’re becoming more conscious about cutting out sugar and empty calories from our diets, this seemed like the best way to stay hydrated, more healthily. Let’s say ‘no’ to the daily caffeine fix and put the soft drinks down. I’m still human after all, so of course a cheeky glass of fizz is still permitted – once inlemon and lime water a while!

To kick things off, and to really get my body and mind back into the right gear
after the Christmas and New Year celebrations, week one’s flavoured water is going to be nice and simple…lemon and lime. Check out my new purchase, a funky new water bottle from Amazon – my new pal for the gym and office!

Time to get healthy – wish me luck.

If like me you’re embracing drinking more H2O, what’s your favourite naturally flavoured water? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pepper and Pineapple

Well, I’ve finally done it! After years of ghost blogging for other people, I’ve decided to take the leap and write my own food blog.

For me, food is intrinsically linked to three things – family, friends and fun. In our house, family gatherings are always set around the dining table – every available space filled with delicious food, fine wine and the inevitable juggling act of passing dishes to one another. When it comes to catching up with my friends, we seem to spend endless conversations trying to decide to where we are going to eat next. And fun? Well, food, whether cooking it, or eating it, should be definitely be fun. If it’s not, then best find your way out of the kitchen! 

Food Memories

My earliest memories seem to revolve around food, family and holidays. Check out the retro photos below, and see what I mean about tables filled with food – including a whole, roasted pig!

Me and the grandparents in the Philippines

I can’t really remember how old I was when I first started cooking, although it was hard to keep me out of the kitchen most of the time (and still is).

My parent’s attitude was completely different to many of my friends’ parents when I was growing up. I always ate the same food, at the same time as my parents, and mealtimes were sacred in our house.

Me and the grandparents in ItalyBack then I thought that pasta fagioli was the most boring dish in the world, and hated that whilst my friends were eating their ‘exciting’ fish fingers and chips, I had to eat with something I wouldn’t give to my worst enemy. Thankfully, I’m grateful that my parent’s never gave into easy option of Turkey Twizzlers. I’m also grateful that as I got older, my taste changed. Pasta fagioli might have actually won me over, but apple crumble is still the devil’s food!

So, here I am, at 33 (almost 34, yikes!) blogging about my own adventures with food.As the great J.R.R. Tolkien once said:

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” 

Hope you can stay for the journey,

Mx

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