Healthy Chilli Stew!

Anyone else hating this cold and miserable weather? All’s I want to do is eat utter crap and watch Friends over and over again in my dressing gown. Although this is amazing in terms of my relaxation, it’t not exactly the healthiest diet so I have a few healthy, naughty and filling meals which give my diet a little kick up in the backside it needs. My go to recipe is my chilli stew, its full of flavour and so filling at the same time. Win win!

I got this amazing recipe from Women’s Health Magazine, over the years of making it I’ve adapted it for my own tastes so I’ll link the original recipe above for you guys if you fancy a gander. It’s a vegetarian dish but I promise it can satisfy the fussiest of carnivores.

It takes roughly around 30 mins to cook and around 10 mins to prepare but the ingredients are pretty basic so it doesn’t involve that much prep which is just the ticket after  long day at work and a freezing cold commute home.

Ingredients:
300g Brown Rice
1 litre of Vegetable broth (I use a veggie stock cube)
1 tin of kidney beans (don’t forget to drain them)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 diced red chilli
2 tea spoons of Cumin
2 tea spoons of Chilli Powder or crushed chillies
1 tea spoon of Garlic

Basically, you throw all the ingredients in a pan together and stir well. Cover the pan with a plate or whatever you have in the kitchen to use and leave on a low heat for 30 mins. Don’t forget to stir it occasionally, to stop the rice from sticking to the pan. When the rice is cooked, its ready.

You can, like the original recipe suggests, add a dollop of guacamole on top. However, I’m far too hungry and tired at the end of the day and just fancy digging into the stew!

Let me know if any of you guys have a go at this recipe, I’d love to find out some of your fave healthy winter recipes.

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Huge News! I’m off interrailing!!!

Hello Everyone!!! First of all, let me say I am so so sorry for making you guys wait for another post for so bloody long! I haven’t been the greatest blogger of late and for that I truly apologise! I think I might have already touched upon my reasons for not blogging in my last post but if it turns out I haven’t and I’m lying like a right porker then I’ll explain again now before I go into the exciting (and titular) news! 

First of all, as you guys know I’ve been studying for a Masters degree in TV and Radio Scriptwriting and my life kinda got taken over by finishing my last assignment of the year. I wasn’t feeling particularly amazing about my writing after getting negative comments off my supervisor for the assignment throughout the entire second semester. That plus the fact I started working as a teacher full time made me so stressed that I probably had a zillion breakdowns a week. I swear I would come home from work and just burst into tears at the prospect of another evening doing work I’d probably fail anyway. Nevertheless, I churned it out night after night (meaning any other form of writing, such as this blog was abandoned) and managed to pass with an amazing grade and some pretty fantastic comments off the very same supervisor who made me feel like shit (I swear one of his comments were “wow, I’m very impressed” and I nearly exploded with happiness!) and then on top of that I had my stand up comedy gigs. Now since my last stand up comedy course in April and the brilliant 7 min set I did, I have done another 2 gigs. One, which went amazingly well and the other, which just makes me want to crawl in a ball. 

The one that I’d rather not talk about was for a national Stand Up Comedy Competition and I had to travel all the way to Leicester for it. Needless to say, my lack of experience in the stand up circuit didn’t do me any favours on that night and I was just a bit like a little fish with loads of sharks. All experience though! 

After that gig, my confidence was a bit gone which is why it took me about two months to even attempt another. I did the Sunday 5 minute slot at Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool and the audiences responded really well to my material. Since the competition I had written an entirely new set and had worked on honing my stage presence. All in all, it was a gig that really helped reenergise my love for stand up and got me back on track for performing so it just shows you that you can’t let a bad thing knock you down you just have to keep trying and carrying on! An attitude I will carry on with from now on! 

Anyways! So that’s basically why I’ve been incognito for the past couple of months! I know it’s a long ramble but I just thought I’d explain to you guys in case you were wondering. And now for the exciting news….I’M OFF TRAVELLING!!! Yay!!! 

I’m so excited for this summer adventure me and my boyfriend have planned (completely last minute might I add). 

After years and years of saying we’d go interrailing together we’re finally fucking doing it! We just thought after the hectic and hard year we’ve had (house decorating, career stuff, family issues, moving) that we deserved a treat and what better way to treat ourselves than with an amazing three weeks in Europe. We’re gonna be staying with Jakes (the boyfriends) family in a villa in Faro, Portugal for the first few days then the plan is to head to Lisbon then travel through Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic and end in Germany! We would’ve loved to have done longer but we have two weddings we need to be back for! 

Also just so you guys know, I plan on blogging it all! 😉 

Love to you all, 

Chelsea xxx

Exploring Liverpool: Hidden Food Gems in the city

Well hello there! 

Welcome to another ‘Exploring Liverpool’ post dedicated to my fabulous home city!

This week I’m focusing on food (my favourite thing!) and talking about two relatively new gorgeous food places that have taken the city by storm. I had the privilege of trying these new eateries out last weekend and I was very very impressed! 

Mowgli 


Mowgli is an Indian street food specialist which has the whole city talking about it. It’s that popular with us scousers that the owner has given us a second one, right in the heart of the old town! 

The Eatery was founded and created by Nisha Katona and makes authentic Indian street food that is both satisfying and incredibly tasty. When I went with my boyfriend I was bit intrigued as to how the food would satisfy my own tastebuds having been used to very British curry houses. However, this place is just incredible. For starters, we decided to just try something completely out there. It was kinda like Bombay mix but wet and mushed yet it tasted sooo good! WARNING: if you guys want your typical onion bhaji’s this place will change your perception of Indian food forever. 


Then for mains we split a tiffin (proper Indian dinner ware) of Bombay Fries which were completely different from burning I had ever ate before (they shit all over sweet potato fries any day) and I had a tiffin of Paneer curry style dish all to myself. Oh My God!! The paneer melted in my mouth and gave me all the feels! And to go with it, we got puri breads which are like traditional savoury pancakes you sort of use like a spoon. Naan will never do it justice! I swear I was in food heaven. 


And I must say it was probably the best Indian I’ve had in a long time. 

Artisane 

Okay! Now the other amazing food place I tried, haha I swear It was like a weeekend of culinary adventures. However, it was French on Saturday.

Artisane is an established French patisserie in another part of Liverpool and always had the most amazing reviews so you can imagine how bloody excited I was when I heard we were getting one in the heart of the city centre! All the pastries and sweet treats are made by a French chef so you know you’re getting the real deal and it’s gonna be more authentic than a croissant from Tesco. I’ll admit something really naughty here, I’ve actually eaten here three time this week that’s how much I enjoyed it! I went alone on Saturday, took the boyfriend Sunday and then treated my Nanny to a pastry on Wednesday! So bad but so worth it! 


The first time I went I got a bear paw and a brownie. The bear paw was something I’d normally not try but since I was having a weekend of being adventurous I just went for it! 

It tasted beautiful, it tasted like how I thought France feels. Exciting, crisp and decadent. The ultimate French pastry! 

The second time I went I decided on something more savoury and got myself a Vegetable Pie. It was the nicest pie I’ve ever had! I know I say that about literally everything but this actually was. The crust to filling ratio was spot on and the pastry itself was just do crumbly and moist. Aaah!! I want another!

And finally, the last time I went I tried a spicy veggie pastry which again was just amazing and then I finally tried my fave childhood pastry, Chocolate Eclair! Now this eclair was a little different as the cream inside was chocolate cream! It was a chocolate lovers dream come true in choux pastry! 


One thing I haven’t actually mentioned which is silly of me is how absolutely lovely the staff were in both places. I think this is important as nice and friendly staff really make your food experience all that more enjoyable! 

And there you go! Two new food places tried and tested and given my Chelsea seal of approval! One of my absolute favourite things to do is find new places to eat so I was so happy to write and ‘research’ this blog post for this week! 

I hope you guys have an amazing weekend whether you try new food places or not! 

Post-Holiday Eating and Exercise 

So as you guys are very aware this week has mainly consisted of me trying to get back on track since my holiday that consisted of serious indulging. Unfortunately for me, my ‘get back on track’ week also happened to be a week when we had ‘Shrove Tuesday’ in the UK which basically consists of you stuffing yourself silly with pancakes. 

Monday 

The week started off successfully, since the food on holiday had no flavour I decided to make a homemade Nando’s. Apart from the chips, it was fairly healthy. However, the tub of Nutella I finished off with a spoon wasn’t. We’ll call Monday a trial day….


Tuesday 

Like a true coincidence of fate, the next day also happened to be ‘Shrove Tuesday’ which like I said is a day you just eat pancakes. I had mine with even more Nutella (I think you guys can tell how this week is gonna play out….) 

Wednesday 

Hump of the week day! On Wednesday, it was (as luck would have it) St David’s Day which is a national day of celebration in Wales. As my boyfriend is Welsh, he wished to celebrate it by cooking Welsh food! We made Welsh Rarebit which is basically posh cheese on toast and Glamorgan Sausages. To finish off we had a Welsh cake or two, I was fairly proud of myself as I managed to steer clear of the Nutella having promised myself that I would give up chocolate until Easter! 

For lunch I was also good as I had my favourite healthy treat! Avocado on Toast with Poached Eggs! 

Thursday 

Thursday was my best day of the week! Not only did I do a very painful Tabata Style workout but I also kept my diet clean. As I had university in the evening, I had an early lunch of Avocado on Toast and then a early dinner of Quorn Chicken Pieces with Golden Vegetable with Rice. 


Friday 

And….now you’ll see were it all went wrong! Remember how I said I’d given up chocolate until Easter. Well, it was all going so bloody well until, I accidentally forgot the cereal bar I had on my way to work on Friday had chocolate chips in it! Major doh moment! We also had homemade pizzas and dough balls on Friday which I know isn’t the healthiest thing in the world but it was better than a greasy takeaway. 


Of course, after discovering that I had accidentally eaten chocolate I then went and purposely ate chocolate. Nutella to be precise. Damn Nutella

Saturday 

And last but not least we’re on Saturday! As it was the weekend I did have a cheeky bit of chocolate but dinner was healthy Veggie Fajitas to counteract all the sugar. 


And that was how I’ve eaten since coming back from my holiday. I know I said I’d be healthy and exercise loads but you know what, shit happens and I can always try again! Hopefully next week, I can stay from the Nutella that bloody jar gets me every time!!!!

Date Night at Gusto 

Happy Friday Guys! I know I usually do my weekly Friday Blog segment but this week I thought I’d do something different since we’re so close to Valentines Day. 

Last year me and the boyfriend had a romantic mini break in the country for Valentine’s Day which was just amazing. However, this year it’s a lot more difficult with our schedules to organise something similar (this year it’s literally be pizza on the couch probably…) So we decided we’d treat ourselves to an early pre Valentines Date Night to make up for it. I’d heard such amazing things about the Italian restaurant, Gusto and knew I would love it as its my favourite cuisine and the menu looked dreamy. 


The food was truly exquisite and the service from the staff incredible. For starters, we shared dough petals and Foccacia Bread which was heavenly light yet sedictively tasty. I’ve never had anything like the dough petals before in my life! They were an experience! 


For mains we both went for pizza. Jake going with a goats cheese and me going with my favourite fiorentina (gotta live for an egg on pizza) and we shared the not amazing truffle tries I’ve ever had! 


Beverages were equally just as impressive though. Here’s a pic of my prosecco fizz! It was Devine! 


If you guys are planning a meal out for Valentine’s this year seriously give Gusto a try! You won’t regret it! Happy Friday! 

The Monday Blog!

Well hello there! It’s Monday again, I know I can’t believe it either! 

This weekend was very chilled for me and involved quite a bit of baking and boogie-ing in the kitchen! 

On the Friday night I got home from work and I was completely pooped so our planned meal and few drinks out went completely out the window! We also had our house to ourselves for the weekend for the first time in ages which for a couple is amazing! Alls I wanted to do was  put my pyjamas on, bake and have some cheeky prosecco from the comfort of my own home! 

After baking cookies I was struck once again by the baking bug and we baked our own pizza dough and made pizzas whilst dancing to BBC Radio 2 with the boyfriend. Pizza is my favourite food in the whole world so I was totally made up with my pizza, prosecco and freshly baked triple chocolate cookies. Friday night was just bliss! The perfect antidote to a long day in work! 


On the Saturday I had a looong lye in which was just amazing after hardly sleeping the last few nights. We lazed about most of the morning having bagels and coffee for a late breakfast before heading into town to pick up a few bits. Of course, I couldn’t resist a look in Utility to see all the cute house things! I picked up an exercise mat from Sports Direct which I’ve really needed since starting exercising from home and the boyfriend got some new trainers. 

After that I left the boyfriend in town because he was meeting up with workmates for a drinking sesh. I went to my dads and had a little chat with him before heading home. 

Now I know this sounds silly considering I’ve lived away from home before but this Saturday was the first Saturday I found myself home alone and I was actually OK with it! 

I got in and baked a few more cookies before pouring myself a glass of the left over prosecco and attempting some yoga on my new exercise mat. I know usually alcohol and exercise don’t mix but because it was yoga it was really relaxing especially as I lit loads of candles. 


I don’t normally exercise on the weekend but since it was yoga and I was home alone I saw it more as a way to treat myself by relaxing and stretching my body. Surprisingly I actually enjoyed it.


After that I run myself a nice hot bath and used one of my lush bath bombs (shoot for the stars) to turn the water a beautiful blue and gold. It was devine not having a man knocking on the door asking to use the loo! 

Once cleaned, I went back downstairs, put on a onesie and ordered myself a Chinese (well it was Chinese New Year!) I picked a film to watch whilst eating my Chinese. FYI, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which wasn’t that good if I’m honest! Asides from that I really enjoyed my night alone! I discovered it weren’t as bad as I thought it would be! If anything it made me appreciate the peace and quiet of an empty house and some alone time to do what I like. 


On Sunday me and the boyfriend spent the day painting the kitchen some more so it was a messy day! But it meant we’ve finally got it done! Now we just need to add our decorative pieces and we’re done! 

Anddddd, that was my weekend! I know it’s been proper relaxed and low key compared to others but every weekend is different! I hope you guys all had a lovely weekend and I wish you a beautiful week! 

The Friday Blog! 

Prepare yourself for a blog post that consists of me rambling on about building work, making dream career plans and attempting to stay healthy! Don’t say I didn’t warn you….

The House Renovation 


All work happening in the living room has been pushed aside and put on the back burner whilst the kitchen has been ripped out and renovated. Believe me, it’s been quite hard to live with me recently as I’ve fret over the state of the house due to all the building work that’s happened. Dust has invaded every surface of the down stairs and I did all I could to not lose my shit over it! The kitchen work has been a nightmare with issue after issue (cupboards weren’t delivered, fridge freezer’s were completely forgotten and door handles were broken) but eventually it was all finished this Thursday! Phew! All me have to do now it paint it and get new accessories and then it’s back to finishing the living room off! Yay….-.-

Just going for It


As it’s the start of the new year I have decided to kick my career aspirations up a notch. I’ve committed myself to a another stand up comedy course, this time a four week one in Liverpool. Last year I only really dabbled in stand up and this year I’m fully going for it. No time like the present! I’ve also submitted myself for the Northern Writers Awards for my scriptwriting as it’ll be a fantastic opportunity to showcase my work and get  myself out there in the industry!

 Last but not least I have decided in order to control my nerves on stage better I’d give acting on stage another go. This Thursday I had an audition for a theatre company in Liverpool. When I was growing up I absolutely loved acting so this will not only help cure my nerves but it’ll give me the opportunity to do something I love once again. 

Health, Fitness and Food


This week has consisted of a food overhaul after me and the boyfriend get over our week of takeaways due to the kitchen work. We’ve made sure we’ve ate home cooked meals all week and we’ve done really well to stick to it. My favourite thing I made was a Pasta Bake with Brocolli and Sweetcorn in. It was that big it lasted us two days! I also really enjoyed my lunch on Wednesday which was a bagel with avocado and egg, so simple and delicious! 


I didn’t exercise on Monday as I didn’t have enough time but made sure I fit a workout in every other day this week. But as I have been painting and up and down ladders I’ll count that as exercise. On the weekend I’m going to buy an exercise mat so working out at home can be easier. I’ve done quick HIIT workouts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and I’m doing to attempt some yoga or barre core on Saturday morning. Now I workout at home it’s so much easier to fit in a workout!