Last year I bought the book ‘Strong’ by Zanna van Dijk. It is a really good book for anyone that is interested in learning more about fitness, weight-lifting exercises, nutrition and how to get the right mindset to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle. One of the recipes that I have really enjoyed cooking from that book was the ‘Spicy Beef Stuffed Peppers’. I have always liked the idea of cooking stuffed peppers, but I feared it would be too complicated for me. How would I cut and core the peppers, how would I juggle the pots and pans together with…

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I know I should probably add more colour to my tennis wardrobe in the winter, but you just can’t fault a stylish black, navy blue, burgundy or dark green tennis skirt or pair of leggings. I am also a big fan of skeggings, but I tend to make them myself by wearing my tennis skirts on top of leggings. The benefits of buying or creating a pair of skeggings are 1) you have somewhere to put the ball (when I wear leggings I often struggle to get the ball in and out of the waistband) and 2) you don’t have…

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  This year I am spending Christmas in three different places. I started in England a week before Christmas for a few days with my mum, one of my brothers and his family. I cooked a three bean and lentil chili for everyone which seemed to go down well – that was the first time I had ever cooked for my family, and it took me becoming plant-based/vegan for it to happen! I then came back to Italy for a couple of days and so I decided to cook an early vegan Christmas dinner for my partner and I, so…

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My favourite book of all time is 1984 and I have read it so many times that my copy is falling apart and is being held together with masking tape. I like to read every night before falling asleep, but I now tend to read electronic books. I know reading from a screen might not be great for my eyesight and might disturb my sleep, but I have so many books in boxes gathering dust, that I feel it is better for the environment to read an iBook. The other day I was scrolling through my iBooks app looking at…

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It has been snowing, it is cold, the snow is turning to slush, my feet are cold and wet from inadequate footwear (as the frequency with which it snows does not justify investing in a pair of moon boots), and that excited feeling I got when I saw those first snow drops has quickly evaporated. So to warm (and cheer) myself up today I decided to make my favourite carrot, sweet potato and chickpea soup. Carrot soup was the first soup I ever made, and I was surprised that I could make something so tasty with such little effort. It…

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