Pumpkin feta filo parcels

Pumpkin feta filo parcels

Does anyone else still act like a child when Autumn arrives? I find myself walking around deliberately stepping on dry leaves that have fallen from the trees just to feel them ‘crunch’ underfoot!

No? Just me? Alright then! Well hopefully there’s one thing we can all agree we love about Autumn – and that’s the arrival of these little guys in the shops…

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Rinroad’s hillterval training

We all know I love to walk (see Why I love long walks (now)Rinroad’s hiking tips and Rinroad the travelling yogi for evidence).

I love to walk almost as much as I love messing around with the names of exercises that involve intervals… Rinroad’s swimterval training, Rinroad’s hillterval training – forget SEO, those are the kind of post titles that are just begging to be used!

So I wanted to share an update on a recent walk I did that turned out to be the longest, hardest, but most rewarding walk I think I’ve ever done.

Clifftop view from Seaford Head, SussexSee those hills? Yep, I climbed those – all the way from Seaford Head to Beachy Head along the East Sussex portion of the South Downs Way. (more…)

Cinnamon and cherry overnight oats

Cherry overnight oats

I’m loving overnight oats at the moment, and these cinnamon and cherry overnight oats are a deliciously calming way to start the working week.

That’s right – some studies suggest that eating tart cherries in particular can reduce stress and even help you sleep better. Now, I’m no nutritionist, but I’m open to eating anything that both tastes good and potentially reduces anxiety! Plus, adding cherries to overnight oats is such an easy way to get some mood-boosting antioxidants in the morning, especially if you’re running out of the house to catch a train early doors.

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Rinroad the travelling yogi

Did I ever tell you about the time I walked 15km to go swimming? It’s a story almost completely unrelated to the topic of this post but, as it demonstrates the lengths I’m willing to go to do an exercise I’ll enjoy, I’m still going to tell it!

Mr Rinroad and I were holidaying in Vancouver, Canada, and had spent most of the trip taking in the views from the seawall on foot. If you’ve never been to Vancouver I’d highly recommend it. The seawall stretches 22km along the city’s waterfront, with beautiful beach views in the foreground and stunning snow-capped mountains in the background. Partway round you can even take a detour onto one of the walking trails inside peaceful Stanley Park – there’s a 9km stretch of the seawall that loops right around it. (more…)

Pre-race brunch: quinoa kedgeree

Quinoa kedgereeAnother breakfast/brunch recipe to continue my celebration of National Breakfast Month!

I could eat breakfast all day – love the stuff! Toast is definitely my vice – sweet, syrupy granola comes a close second though!

However, I’m well aware of how a good breakfast can fuel you for the rest of the day. And, since I’m set to do my first ever 5K run event later on today, I wanted a recipe rich in both iron and protein to see me through.

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My mindfulness journey days 6-10: finding my focus

I realise I’m pretty late posting this! Notes on days six to 10 of my 10-days to a more mindful me journey have been sitting in draft on my laptop for about a week, but rest assured I did finish them – I feel better for it too!

Having completed 10 days of mindfulness practice, I can see how it would be helpful to keep going with so I can use it as a tool in more anxious moments. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t sure about the effectiveness of mindfulness at first. But the last half of my journey brought with it a much greater sense of rest and clarity – both of which are rare for someone who’s notoriously restless and indecisive!

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Rinroad’s hiking tips

At the tender(ish!) age of 27, I’m ready to join a ramblers group!

I just love being outdoors at the moment, and walking is by far the easiest, way to get the fresh air and the clear head that I so often need.

You may have read my blog about why I love long walks (now) and so, to follow on from that, I’ve decided to start a new series of blogs ingeniously titled ‘Rinroad about town (and country)’ – or maybe something shorter for SEO purposes!

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Halloumi & bacon lettuce wraps

Halloumi bacon lettuce wrapsHalloumi is awesome – and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise!

Ever since I first tasted that delicious squeaky cheese I’ve craved it grilled on kebab skewers, cooked into foods like burgers and falafel, and ‘melted’ over roasted veg.

There’s just one catch: compared to its lighter brothers and sisters, halloumi is a slightly fattier cheese (especially if you like it so much you eat half a pack at once!) (more…)

My mindfulness journey days 2-5: progressing in small steps

I’m not going to lie, I’m finding my ‘10 days to a more mindful me‘ mindfulness journey quite hard.

I think it’s because I’m so impatient – I want instant calmness to prove I’m making progress instead of admitting that it might take all of 10 days (and probably a lot longer) to see some lasting results!

Impatience is something I struggle with in many areas of my life. For example, if I jet off on holiday for a week I need to know which sights are the must-sees, which restaurants are the top-recommended and the best ways and days to visit each of them, so I don’t miss anything out. Ask me to wander around a city just to take in the views and see what sights I ‘come across’ and you’re likely to face some pretty stubborn resistance!  (more…)

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