Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Healthy Chorizo & Mushroom Risotto

Chorizo & Mushroom Risotto!!

I love all types of Pasta and Risottos however when you try to eat healthy and not eat too many Carbs you try avoid these sorts of meals . 

So I decided to make it a healthier option without the guilt. 

This meal was so quick and easy.

Start off with boiling 1 cup of Brown Rice with 6 cups of water. Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat to low and gently cook for 30minutes, occasionally string. 

Then slice 2 chorizos, finely dice 1 brown onion and 2 garlic cloves and either 220g fresh mushrooms slices or a tin of mushrooms put into a saucepan with a good amount of extra virgin olive oil and sauté till onion is translucent. 

Once this is done turn the stove off and grate 225g Goats cheese stir till the cheese melts and then add 1 cup of chicken stock. 

I seasoned with salt, pepper and parsley and the chorizo will also add a lot of flavour to the meal. 

Once the rice is cooked strain and add to the Chorizo and Mushroom mixture and stir till the stock has been absorbed by the rice!

This meal will serve 4-5 people

This dish is super delicious and full of flavour!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe and let me know if you try it out 

Eleni xx

Sunday, 10 April 2016

European Honeymoon!!

Sacre Coeur
View from the top of Sacre Coeur

Last year in August I married my best friend and soul mate and this year in February we jetted off to Europe for our winter Honeymoon. 
It wasn't quiet long enough as we could both only take 2 weeks off from work, but it was the best two weeks to spend together on this perfect honeymoon!

Our first stop was Paris and out accommodation was AMAZING. We stayed at the Pullman Hotel Eiffel Tower. We would literally go to bed with the twinkling lights of the Eiffel tower and wake up to grey skies and the Eiffel tower in our sight. When you think of Paris, well when I think of Paris I think of romance and beauty and we were off to a great start

We did so much walking, we walked everywhere but we felt like a local. It was perfect! 
We did the typical tourist thing. Obviously Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees. One morning we got our selves ready for a 1 hour and 20minute walk to the Sacre Coeur which was beautiful. To be able to look over Paris and the Church inside is stunning and peaceful!! We saw Jardin du Luxembourg. On our last night we went and saw the Moulin Rouge show. To be honest I was not sure what to expect but I am defiantly glad we went and saw the show. The women are gorgeous and the way they move and the choreography and the fact they do this over and over again. The costumes were out of this world. So much work goes into these shows! 

After Paris we headed off to Chamonix. Which can I say is not very easy to get to. First we needed to fly into Geneva then get on the bus and drive roughly 3 hours to get into town. We had not booked a bus before flying off to Geneva so we were VERY lucky that as we landed we heading STRAIGHT to the transfers areas and got the last two seating available on the last bus schedule *sigh of relief*.
The hotel we stayed at was amazing! If you are ever in Chamonix visit Hotel Hotel Le Labrador  you will not be disappointed. The view of the mountains was gorgeous and the restaurant has delicious food. 

Our whole purpose coming to Chamonix was the snowboarding. Now we have never ever snowboarder before, but there is always a first for everything. Thank goodness we didn't break any bones. However were we sore the next day after spending all day on the snow. Now as usually my husband just has the gift or trying something and picking things up in an hour whilst me on the other hand not so gifted. I will not lie I wanted to give up half an hour in but had to prove the Husband wrong that I would not give up haha. I was lucky enough that were was an instructor near where I was trying to master this awesome activity that I actually by the end of the day had it!! Yes is still was falling on my arse BUT I was able to keep myself on the board and actually go down the beginners slops whilst Anthony had upgraded to the more advanced section! I will most defiantly be going snowboarding more often. If you have never tried it GIVE IT A GO. It is hard but once you get it, it is so satisfying and so much fun!!!! 

Our next stop London! The major reason for coming to London was because I am a massive Harry Potter fan. So I could not be in Europe and not go to the Making of Harry Potter !!!!
The journey there and back took pretty much a whole day so we didn't get to see as much as London as we would have wanted too but hey ho it gives us an excuse to go back. We stayed in Paddington and the hotel we stayed at  Park Grand was it great location as it was only a 5 to 10 minute walk to the Paddington Station and a short walk to Hyde Park and then Oxford Street for all major shopping. If shopping is what you like. 

We had the best Indian just down the road from the Hotel. We both love India if never in the area and fancy Indian head to Flavours of India, you will not be disappointed. The workers were friendly , the service was quick and the food was tasty. 

The next day we headed down to Hyde Park which  I loved. I am a huge scenery person and I love a g nice stroll and mother nature and that is what Hyde Park was like.

On our other free day we headed off to the Making of Harry Potter. I must say even though I have and always be a high fan I have a whole need respect for what went into making these movies. So much hard work went into all the sets and the costumes and the props everything. It was incredible to go and see what went into these great films. Even if your not a Harry Potter fan I feel like you will enjoy it because you get to witness how what we see on the bigs screens is actually out together.

Our very last stop before heading back home to Australia was Dublin. Honestly I really feel in love with Dublin. The people were super nice. The food was really good. The buildings, pubs, Churches everything. I just loved Dublin and I cannot wait till we go back there! We didn't do a hell of a lot besides try relax so we wouldn't feel too exhausted when getting home. But we stayed on Temple street so we didn't really sleep much and we walked every where. We did the Guinness Store house which was actually really good. Of course we ended that day with some Guinness and the view from the top bar was really nice. We saw loads of churches and saw a castle or two. We went to Phoenix Park. We came across come a field of deers. The little kids were loving it. They weren't fenced off or anything, you could get up and close to them!

Our over all Dublin experience was simply amazing. We finished off our trip by making sure we had an Irish breakfast and Irish stew and spend the night walking the streets with loads of Hens nights and Bux's nights happening. People playing guitar and singing and everyone dancing around together!!

Honeymoon was a success and can not wait till our next European adventure!

I hope you enjoyed this blog :)

Eleni xx