Sunday, 31 January 2016

In The Kitchen...



Finally back into the swing of things! Todays post is inspired by a meal that I ordered at  Muriel’s kitchen. I visited two weeks ago, and ordered Heritage Carrots & Kale Salad with a Salmon steak. It was so nice! I don't think I have ever actually ordered something so healthy before. Ever since having the salad, I have been hooked on Kale! Perhaps hooked isn't the right word as this was the first time having it since visiting the restaurant. But the point here is that I love Kale! My mum actually bought the Kale after I raved on about it. Apparently I have tried it before but didn't realise as it was cooked with other greens for a Nigerian meal called Efo. Seeing as it was my turn to cook at home this weekend, (my siblings and myself take it in turns every weekend), I decided to take an opportunity to blog about what I cooked.


This recipe is quite straightforward. If you have been following my In The Kitchen posts, you'd know that I am hopeless at measurements, I simply freestyle with the amount of ingredients and spices I use. I actually hope to sort that out this year as I post more recipes on the blog! 

To make this meal I used the following:

Sweet Potatoes
Chicken Drumstick
Curly Kale
DIY Chicken seasoning mix (you can use your favourite seasoning)
Chilli Flakes
Vegetable Oil
Coconut Oil
Plain Flour
Water


I prepped the chicken some hours before making the meal, I would have preferred for the chicken to be marinated over night, but I only took out the chicken this morning (so last minute!). I seasoned the chicken using a DIY chicken seasoning mix, but you can use your own and grilled the chicken till it was crisp and golden. While the chicken was in the oven, I peeled and cut the sweet potatoes into chunks and coated in some coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of chicken seasoning and flour and grilled till it was crispy on the outside. To make the Kale, I used about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, as I did not have enough coconut oil at home and sautéed it for some minutes. I then added a little water, a little bit of the chicken seasoning and chilli flakes for taste and heat and sautéed till it was at a desired texture. I like mine tender but also with a crunch. To achieve this I kept the heat on the lowest setting.

Despite using the chicken seasoning for the chicken, sweet potatoes and kale, their flavours still came through so it didn't all taste the same. I really wanted to keep everything simple but tasty. 


Thanks for reading! Hopefully I will post more regularly as I get my head around the change in my schedule. For my first post of the year, I did say that I will be posting on Monday and Fridays, but that will most likely change to Sunday and another day which I haven't decided yet.

Have an amazing week!

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Monday, 11 January 2016

People + Places: Care For Your Hair Brunch...


I hope you are having a great 2016 so far, bearing in mind that its been just over a week since the start of new year. Maybe I am just a little too excited and I'm still on the New Year vibe. Or maybe it’s because of the Care For Your Hair Brunch that I attended on Saturday. It was an inspiring event and it was nice to be in the company of like minded individuals, not to mention that I left with a goodie bag filled with hair and healthy treats. 

The theme of the event was goals; life and health goals to be specific. The event was organised by hair blogger Pelumi Rae of Care For Your Hair. The speakers that graced the event were Robyn Henry, a registered dietician and millennial life coach, Kamilla Schaffner, a clinical nutritionist and runs My London Nutritionist, and Sonia Greyson-Newman, an empowerment coach and housing professional. 








Below are some tips that I picked up from the event:

Give yourself a time limit on your goal, and then work backwards.

Invest in yourself; you can't give if you're empty.

Think about how you can be happy NOW, don't wait to be happy. 

Imbalances in the acid-alkaline level in your body can lead to several diseases. Acidity can cause aching joints and bad skin as the system is overloaded with toxins. Unfortunately, a lot of the food and drinks we consume are acidic, including my beloved coffee. For this reason, you should try as much as possible to include alkaline-based foods in your diet such as fruits and vegetables. Basically, eat your fruit and vegetables!

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Friday, 8 January 2016

2016: One Week On...



Just like that, a week of 2016 has already passed! This is the way the whole year will pass, so in preparation of doing more than I did last year, I thought that I would put this post together. Last year, I didn't have any resolutions, but I definitely had written down things that I spoke into existence (hippie mode fully activated). I am not going to lie, the whole speaking things into existence seemed weird at first, but making affirmations has been so helpful. It is a fact that things may not go the way you planned, but having positive thoughts before embarking on a task really does wonders. It puts you in the "zone" and makes you feel somewhat invincible. Besides, even if things don't go the way you anticipated, at least you tried your absolute best. Simply try again or try another way. 

I have decided to make some sort of resolutions for 2016. However, I'm going to call them executions, (this will be my most used word this year). This has been inspired by a recent post on The Fesity House blog (you really have to follow this blog if you don't already, it is amazing!) The whole post was so relatable as I got stuck in making plans but not necessarily executing them. I guess you can put it down to fear of the work that needed to be done and of the results itself; basically the fear of the unknown. Despite this, 2015 has been amazing on so many levels, well beyond my expectations. Here are some lessons I learnt from last year and some executions I have for this year God Willing.

Lessons Learnt from 2015

Change is inevitable and it is not always a bad thing; in most cases its a great thing.
Seasons change, situations change, people change. Even I have changed; but I prefer to say that grown rather than changed, as growth is a positive.

A positive mindset and attitude is the way forward.
I don't think I can count the amount of times that I could have given up on a few things last year. But by changing my mindset and attitude, I was able to pull through even when I didn't feel like it. 

Prioritise, because you can't do it all.
In the words of Bruce Lee, "it is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials." 


Executions for 2016 

Simplify everything I do and say no to inspiration overload (more about that here).

Live healthily and mindfully.

Be fearless by stepping outside of my comfort zone and concentrating on the now.

Spend less time online and find inspiration offline.


Heres to a year of executions!

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Monday, 4 January 2016

Wish List...


Most of the time, nearly half of the things I buy or have in my wish lists are books and stationary, (I hope I'm not alone on the stationary part). I'm a bit of a bookworm... well I used to be. I have started reading again and I'm currently reading We Must Set Forth At Dawn by Wole Soyinka, I love it so far! This year, I intend to read more books and want to invest in cookbooks and lifestyle books to stay inspired offline. I am really trying to spend less time online! 

Now back to my love for stationary. I am absolutely obsessed with it. Although I already have a 2015/16 moleskine diary, which I bought back in August, I have decided that I need a new one. The only excuse that I can really come up with is that this is a new year, and therefore I need (I should say want really) a blank diary (again, I hope that I'm not the only one that does this).

My wish list is definitely longer than this, but I can't put it all on here. The camera will probably be my splurge item of the year as I am seriously going to save this year.


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Friday, 1 January 2016

2016...



Pinch punch, first day of the year! What better way to enter the New Year than with a new post? I have been on a slight break from blogging, mainly to refocus and think about what I want to do with my blog. I wanted to get back in touch with the reason why I started blogging in the first place, which was, and still is, to share all the things that inspire me, what I make and get up to. 

I have been making changes to the blog here and there, and have gone through the process of redoing and deleting many posts. But I think I underestimated the amount of time that it would take to fully revamp the blog. Nevertheless, I am going to continue posting whilst doing all the behind the scene work. As of 2016, More Than One Love blog is now a Food & Lifestyle blog. I will continue to share current inspirations, but will be focusing a lot more on food. I am working on my food startup Canapés + Mocktails and will be posting more about it on my blog, about time right? I will hopefully be posting twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, and depending on my schedule, the posts will be live around 6pm. Keep your eyes peeled!

In November I attended the Jamie Oliver Group Live Demo Event at The Hoxton in Shoreditch, read more about it here. The event was amazing and I left feeling so inspired. I met Alicia of Kitchen Takeovers who is a Nutritionist, food blogger and recipe developer. We met up after the event and had a serious brainstorming session. Out of the ideas we had was to put together a post on what to make to host your guests for New Years Eve. Now I know this post is a day late, but you can definitely use it today, over the weekend and beyond! Alicia did a post about NYE Gatherings, which is filled of tasty canapés ideas; you just have to check them out! To accompany the tasty bites, I made a Pomegranate and Ginger Cooler; something festive and healthy. To make the drink, I mixed up some Pomegranate Juice, Lemon Juice, and Ginger Ale, sweetened with Agave Nectar and garnished with Lemon slices and Pomegranate seeds.






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