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5 Reasons Why Bacon is Amazing

August 14, 2015

Apologies to all my veggie and vegan friends. Kindly look away for the duration of this post. Here are some cat videos, just in case.

Everyone loves bacon and I’m no exception – it’s one of the main things I have in common with Ron Swanson, haha. I spent many years being a pescatarian and after I started eating meat again, one of the things I fell in love with again was bacon. There are many reasons why I like bacon though and here are a few:


  • It can be eaten at any time of the day. My preferred time to eat it is in the morning and there have been many occasions when I’ve had these Sunday breakfasts featuring bacon, eggs and pancakes all topped up with some sweet maple syrup.
  • It’s savoury – I like sweets, but I’m into savoury a lot more.
  • Goes well with a lot of other foods such as salads and pasta or just on its own in a sandwich.
  • It’s delicious, what else can I say? It’s aas simple as that.
  • It’s better than love.


Thanks to Ozeri for sending me their new Stone Earth Pan so I can enjoy my fried bacon in all its non-sticky glory.


Gaining weight – how to deal with it?

May 10, 2015

It’s official. I’ve been gaining weight. Not just gaining weight, but my body shape has been changing. There can be a lot of reasons for this but I’m sure that getting older and the fact that I’m going to be 38 this year might have something to do with this.

I’m trying to figure out what I should do about it. I know what everyone says: “You’re not fat, shut up, get out of there, etc etc”. While me saying I’m fat might be an insult to obese people, the reality is, I can feel and see my own body changing. While I haven’t gained that much weight, I can see the contrast when I look at myself in the mirror: my face seems rounder and different. My clothes also don’t fit the same way either – my waist has expanded and some skirts now almost cut me in half, not to mention the arm fat, that mean that some sleeves now feel all too snug, when they don’t stop fitting at all.

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It’s cold, it’s time for mulled wine.

December 3, 2014


The other night the boyfriend and I tried to go to the movies. As the film we wanted to see had jut premiered, we found out that there were no tickets left. Him being ever so resourceful said, “let’s just go home and stop at the supermarket on the way, I’ll get some supplies for some mulled wine”. And what a great idea it was… in this cold weather it felt like it was the best thing in the world. Nothing like a cup of hot wine to warm you a little on the inside.

So here’s the recipe for the mulled wine:


  • 1 bottle of wine (get cheap one, no point using an expensive one)
  • 1 orange, chopped up
  • 200 gr of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise
Preparation method: Chuck everything into a pot and heat it up. It’s that simple. You’ll know it’s ready when the scent permeates the house. 

As I had received some new coffee glasses from Ozeri and not being really the coffee drinker, I thought it would be the best opportunity to try them out. I think it was also the best idea ever, because they are perfect for drinking hot beverages. These glasses are made of hand blown glass, and are microwave and dishwasher resistant (I tried it myself, it does do what it says on the box). The double walls ensure that even though it’s a glass container, you don’t burn your fingers while holding the cup. The glasses are, in my opinion, elegant and would look good on any occasion and I reckon you can use them for cold drinks as well.

Do you have your own mulled wine recipe, or an interesting variation? Please share it in the comments!


Ozeri Pedometer Review

October 28, 2014


On my constant struggle to try and get motivated to stay fit, I have recently started running in the mornings before work, every now and then.
As this is something very difficult for me (I’ve said it before, I am not a morning person), every bit of motivation is welcome. To do this, tracking any sort of progress is important.
I usually have a pedometer on my phone where I track how many miles I walk every day but as you may well imagine, running with a huge phone is not very practical. So, when I was offered to review the Ozeri Pocket Pedometer and Activity Tracker, I said “Yes, please”.

The pedometer comes with a strap that you can hang around your neck and I suppose you can also wear it on an arm strap, if you have one. I have only worn it around my neck, under my shirt. The instructions are fairly easy to follow and you can program it with date, height and weight, and it keeps records for up to 7 days, of how long you’ve walked, the distance and calories burned.

I’ve also taken it with me on my trip to Mallorca, to measure how much walking I was doing (that’s where the picture was taken). As the pedometer doesn’t have an on and off button (it goes to sleep automatically after 30 seconds of no movement) I noticed it was still measuring some kind of movement when we were in the car and for that reason, the measurements done on that day were inaccurate. I think this is a problem, if you drive somewhere for a hike or a run. If you’re just going around your home for some exercise, the pedometer works perfectly fine and I will continue to use it.

Have you tried any sort of pedometer when running? What are for you the main advantages of doing so?


A well traveled scamorza cheese

April 10, 2014


Recently I was talking to my good friend Joao and as it sometimes happens, the subject ended up in food, more specifically cheese that can be grilled. I am a huge fan of halloumi cheese but had never heard of the Italian scamorza.

That same night I asked my friend to bring me some makeup from Italy that another friend had recommended. Well, he couldn’t find it so instead I got 2 scamorza cheeses!!! Probably for the best as otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to try it. So, why the title of the post? Because he gave them to me the last night I was in Lisbon, which means the scamorza traveled from Rome to Lisbon and the next day to England. Now that’s some mileage, no?


The scamorza cheese is made of cow’s milk and is in many aspects similar to mozzarella. It is white in colour, unless it is smoked. It is sometimes used as a mozzarella substitute in some dishes but the flavour is a lot stronger.


By luck or some sort of serendipity, when I got home I had a new skillet to try, sent to me by Ozeri, and in green, to match my eyes! *wink wink*I thought it was perfect to pan fry the scamorza cheese and I was right. I followed this recipe loosely: they didn’t have rocket or arugula at the supermarket and I only had one type of pesto at home, so I had to improvise. I cut the plum tomatoes, placed them on foil and put them in the oven. The recipe says to leave them in for an hour but that proved to be too long for such small tomatoes and they got a bit carbonized. oops! At least the before pictures look good.


I cut the scamorza in thick slices and pan fried them on the Ozeri skillet. As it is non stick, I didn’t have to add any extra fat and that’s a plus in my book. Because of this it was well easy to slip the cheese from the pan into the plate, and add a dollop of pesto on top.


The cheese is soft and plastic, very tasty but not as salty or rubbery as halloumi. As for the skillet, it is definitely approved as it is sturdy and appears to be durable. As the metal is thick, it is also heavy and I didn’t have the problem I sometimes have with smaller pans, which is loss of balance over the stove – sometimes the handle is heavier than the base!  When this happens, it can be a real disaster… greasy food everywhere, not to mention getting burnt.


Verdict: both skillet and cheese are approved!