I am an unapologetic brunch lover, which is probably a very Millennial thing to say. After all, we’re the generation that, if The New York Post is to be believed, “has officially ruined brunch” while throwing away our not-very-hard-earned cash on smashed avocados and sourdough. We’ve taken the humble pancakes and hash browns and elevated it, we can spot the difference between shakshuka and eggs diavola a mile off, and we’ve even gone so far as to add not just booze, but a smorgasbord of mimosas, prosecco and bottomless options for occasions when drinking before 11am seems like a sensible life decision. Continue reading →
Sunny one day and raining the next, Spring is certainly here and it’s been great for our garden. In particular, we’ve got more asparagus than we know what to do with. So, I altered my garlic and coriander naan bread recipe to make this Mediterranean-inspired easy flatbread pizza to use it all up. Continue reading →
Everyone has dishes that remind them of home and for me, nothing quite reminds me of my parents’ dining room in the English countryside like these plump, chewy, flavoursome naan breads. Every Friday night, my Dad makes a curry and, every Friday night, it’s accompanied by Sainsbury’s garlic and coriander naan breads. Continue reading →
FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE the outdoors, fall is an odd time. On one hand, the summer crowds that flock to the trails, beaches, mountains, and lakes are thinning out. The leaves on trees compete more with each day’s sunset as to which can produce the brightest hues and the balmy evening temperatures of summer are fast becoming a distant memory. Unfortunately, it also means wind and rain threaten to replace them, and temperatures can plunge at night, making the prospect of trekking for miles to set up a tent less appealing.
For this time of year, car camping is the comfortable compromise somewhere between glamping and finding that picturesque remote camp spot of your dreams. It means being able to take as many home comforts as you can fit into your car and as many of your buddies as you can convince to come with you. This list has everything you’ll need to keep yourself warm and dry, as well as a few creature comforts to help you create a campsite so cozy, you won’t want to go home. Continue reading →
FOR MOST OF US, surfing means catching a wave, standing up, and maybe doing a few turns. It requires a board between five and 11 feet long, as well as often endless waiting for the perfect combination of tide, swell, and wind. Stand-up paddling has made it easier to catch small waves by adding the power of the paddle and the momentum of a big, heavy board to the wave-riding equation. Continue reading →
The first time I had shakshuka was on a rainy day in London. Sitting in my friend’s kitchen, I was amazed at the simplicity of it and infuriated that, as a poached-egg addict, I’d never thought to poach them in tomato sauce before! Fast-forward two years later and the dish is a regular part of my repertoire. Quick and easy to make, it’s great for days when you’ve only got cupboard staples and can’t be bothered to run to the shops.
Traditionally, shakshuka would contain green pepper, but since they’re not in season at the moment and our garden’s got more spinach than we know what to do with, I’ve used the sauce as a vehicle for some green goodness. You can also substitute the paprika and rosemary for other spices and add other veggies or légumes to bulk it up for a substantial, hearty and delicious supper- another favourite of ours is Mexican spices and kidney beans topped with grated cheddar!
1 x tinned tomatoes
1 clove garlic
Generous dash of paprika
1 sprig rosemary, leaves finely chopped
1 large bunch of spinach
Salt and pepper, to season
Yoghurt, coriander, mint and feta (optional)
1 tsp sriracha (optional)
Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan and add the chopped onion and garlic. Fry until transparent and add the paprika and finely chopped rosemary leaves. Fry for another five to ten minutes on a medium heat, until the onions and garlic are starting to brown, being careful not to burn the paprika.
Add the tinned tomatoes and season to taste. Place the lid on the tomatoes until it starts to bubble then reduce the heat and add the eggs one by one, being careful to leave enough space between them. Replace the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the egg whites have just gone opaque.
Once you’re confident that the egg whites are cooked, remove from the heat. If you want a spicy kick, add a teaspoon of sriracha to the bottom of the bowls you’re planning on serving it in, if not, serve straight away.
Top with yoghurt, chopped coriander, mint and feta and enjoy!
IF YOU’VE EVER VISITED any stretch of our planet’s 221,208 miles of coastline, you probably took part in one of the countless activities the ocean lends itself to. You might have tried surfing, maybe you had a go at sea-kayaking, or perhaps you simply dipped a toe in the ocean and then spent the rest of your trip catching rays on the beach. But whatever you got up to, chances are you didn’t try coasteering. Continue reading →
SPORTS HAVE COME a long way since the first Olympic Games, when the events were mostly running, discus tossing, and wrestling. Throughout history, athletes have invented plenty of tests for the human body’s strength, coordination, and endurance, and widespread sports like soccer, surfing, and snowboarding help connect the world together. But a few sports are so unusual — like wife-carrying, a real sport in Finland— that they only happen in select places, so you’ll need to travel there to see it happen in real time. Here are the seven most unusual sports around the world worth traveling to see. Continue reading →
UNTIL RECENTLY, attending a summer festival typically meant pitching a tent in a field and enjoying a few days of music, theatre, art, food, or some combination of these activities. The most exercise you’d get all weekend would be dancing, and you certainly wouldn’t find a 40 mile run on the agenda.
That’s now changing. The tried-and-true festival formula is evolving and more festivals are including wellness and fitness elements in their line-ups. Few, however, promote health and fitness to the same extent as trail-running festivals. Leading the festival fitness revolution, these festivals are springing up all over the world and, like the runners who attend them, aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Continue reading →