Peppermint Hot Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Smoothie Bowl // roughmeasures.com

I miss smoothies and smoothie bowls in the colder months. Opting for something more comforting like baked oats or pancakes/waffles if time allows. But the other day I was craving one, and a friend of mine gave me an awesome idea, a hot smoothie bowl. Think hot chocolate, but with more goodness and flavour, think a peppermint hot chocolate smoothie bowl. Read more

Cherry and Blueberry Amaranth Porridge

Sitting in a packed, sold out, concert hall watching the Philarmonia Orchestra play the soundtrack to Planet Earth, spending the day in London trying to find a bridesmaid dress for these guys wedding, having the most fantastic afternoon tea at The Haymarket Hotel, drinks in my brothers new pub, trying to manoeuvre a 20 tonne steel boat backwards in 40 mile an hour winds, Sunday lunches by the river, lazy afternoons in front of the fire. This weekend has been all these things and more. Way to pack a weekend in. It was the best.

This porridge is just what you need for a slow Sunday morning. Pre-soaking your amaranth the night before will help your body be able to soak up all of its goodness. 1 cup of amaranth contains 15mg of iron! How good is that?! Cherries are perfect this time of year, added a deep red juice and a sweet tang to this warming breakfast bowl.

My scales have given up the ghost, and I’ve yet to invest in a new set, hence the measuring in cups here. If you don’t have a set of measuring cups, this is a useful page to bookmark to do your conversions.

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Cacao Cashew Granola

I have a confession. It’s one I have been denying for a while now. Charlie tells me it regularly, but I have been slightly blind sighted. I shut the cupboard doors quickly, and ram in another hanger in the over-flowing wardrobe.

Yes, I am a hoarder.

I collect things I think will be important, things I am sure I will use again and again. Yes, I do need another pink wig. And a 15th pair of sunglasses. No, I can’t make my trainer collection smaller, and it is absolutely necessary to have that hula-hula skirt I found at a festival. The trouble is, when you live on a boat, you cannot be a hoarder. You have to condense your life down to the very most important things. How am I supposed to do this when EVERYTHING is important. It is a topic which often turns into a heated discussion between Charlie and I. He doesn’t like ‘stuff’, I love ‘stuff’. Here lies the problem.

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Overnight Oats with Apricot Puree

While you read this, I will be in the South of France, relaxing by the pool (highly likely) with a beer in my hand (definitely). After 10 years of not joining my parents on their bi-annual trip to the South West of France, I decided it was high time I tagged along. I think they regretted this as soon as they saw my pile of luggage bag/bike/surfboard/kayak lined up in the drive. But hey, everyone loves a good game of Tetris-car-boot-packing.

Anyways, let’s get to it. I’ve gotta admit, when ‘Overnight Oats’ started to become more popular, I didn’t get the hype. It was basically cold porridge right? WRONG. This tasty, time-saving, morning lifesaver of a breakfast is now a weekday staple in our humble floating kitchen. Whip up a quick batch, cover, and all you gotta do in the morning is add a few nuts/seeds/fruit and voila, breakfast perfection. So I’m sorry oats, for doubting this version of yourselves as a highly commendable breakfast. All hail the overnight oats.

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A Simple Summer Smoothie Bowl

Well, this week has sped by quicker than an olympic cyclist! I’ve been in this field for nearly two weeks now, and am ready for a change of scenery! The build went so quickly, will all the crew working so hard, and eating so much! We’ve had almost 100% good weather, with the exception of a pretty magnificent storm on Friday night. It really chucked it down, and totally washed the festival out for the night! Luckily the sun came back out on Saturday and normality was quickly restored.

I’m writing this on the last day of the festival (Sunday), and all the festival goers seem to be using up their last energy reserves, for the final push, to see the end of the festival out in style. I don’t know how they do it, one night is enough for me! But they’re still dancing and singing like it’s only their first night. We watched Blur last night, seeing 30,000 people jump around to ‘Park Life’ was awesome. Fleetwood Mac are closing the festival this evening, I can’t wait, the whole crew has been playing them non stop this last week! Just need to find myself some of that energy!

We had a little day out yesterday, driving along the island’s south coast. I like to explore the areas around the festival while we are here. There’s so much of Britain that I’ve not seen, so I’m always up for a day trip. We found this lovely cafe in a small village called Freshwater. We both went for the mezze board, and it was incredible. If you’re ever on the Isle of Wight, check out The Piano Cafe, it’s a must, plus; their lager is the tastiest thing ever!

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Shakshuka with Chickpeas

I feel I have been neglecting the blog recently. Not out of choice or dislike. But mainly because, life.

Life doesn’t stop for us, it doesn’t give us more time on the days we need to fit that extra errand in, or squeeze in one more hour to get that to-do list finished. Nope, selfish life just carries on. Days turn into nights too quickly and then it all starts again. Sometimes some things have to take a back seat for a day or so, unfortunately for us, we can’t give everything all our attention at once. Trying to find a happy balance in life can be difficult. It seems that as soon as you start giving one thing a bit more attention, something else niggles away needing your time. Multi-tasking everything with an even amount of love and effort isn’t something that comes easily. My mind swings from focussing wholly on one thing, to catapulting back and focussing on something else. I need to learn to balance all my loves in life, and make sure things don’t get left gathering cobwebs in the corner (ahem sorry yoga mat!)

So I’m sorry little blog, for leaving you abandoned for a week, not giving you the attention you deserve. But I’m still here, and I haven’t forgotten about you. Thanks for being my trusty friend and sticking by me.

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Date Tahini Smoothie

It’s been a bit of a hectic week on our boat. I don’t know how it’s time for my weekly post already. Time is flying by so fast these days. We’ve had family visiting, property viewings and other general day to day life goings on.

Charlie has been working so hard (and so much) since the autumn, setting up his new business venture, Dreamcatcher Cabins, (if you want to attend a festival in the UK in style, check these out because they are awesome and will make your weekend super luxurious and definitely one to remember!) Sometimes I feel like we are strangers passing in the night, a quick half an hour over dinner and then bed, before the dawn comes around and we rush off again to our separate work lives.

We took this morning off to have a stroll through the little village where we are moored at the moment, grab a coffee and some cake, then took a long afternoon walk along the canal. Life can get so busy sometimes and it’s important to take time out, catch up with each other, and relax for a few hours.

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Good Morning Granola

Sometimes I stare at this screen for so long I think my eyes might turn into rectangular shapes. Willing words to flow into this box, but sometimes it doesn’t happen so easily. And that’s OK, sometimes just the recipe will do. So here it is.

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I love granola, however recently my teeth have been super sensitive and I find most granola is too crunchy for my soft teeth. Once in a while, I’ll treat myself and ignore the sensitivity so I can enjoy one of my favourite things. This granola has a bit of everything, just the way I like it.

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Blueberry Chia Jam

Now, this isn’t your run-of-the mill jam recipe. It’s simple and doesn’t involve any cooking. My kinda jam!

I’m not a massive toast fan anymore, so tend to not eat too much of this fruity, sticky treat. I like a dollop of it on my porridge now and again. But since making this recipe, I can’t stop eating it, thickly spread over a good bit of toasted bread!

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

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OK, So I know I just did a breakfast post, but I felt this little marvel needed sharing straight away, and it’s not technically just for breakfast!

I love avocados, they are packed full with vitamins, fibre and healthy fatty acids! They also contain 35% more potassium than a banana.
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