Friday, May 20, 2016


Dear gorgeous person, you! 

You know that feeling when you decide it's time for one door to close and you are prepared for what's behind the other door but have no idea and you're like freaking out but look totally cool on the surface?

Well that was me when I decided to become a blogger full time. I still feel this way about "what surprise is coming next?" So far however, one of the best things has been meeting new, amazing people - like Louise. This is the lovely Louise Croft - she runs a fantastic blog called Pauper to Princess, alongside her youtube channel. Louise describes herself as a "self-confessed second hand and ethical shopping addict", thrifting at charity shops and car boot sales - you name it, she's got the t-shirt. She knows exactly where to look for fashionable clothes and jewellery for jaw dropping prices. 

Cooking with Louise was beyond amazing and I'm totally not saying that lightly. It really was like hanging out with an old childhood friend. We had the most amazing time, exchanged a lot of ideas, tips and tricks and even found time to make a video on Louise's youtube channel - we're sharing our 10 healthy life hacks - genuine tips we both use to make staying healthy seem like a piece of cake. For my channel however, we filmed the process of cooking this Jamie Oliver inspired vegetarian turned vegan chilli. Both of our videos will be out on Tuesday the 24th of May on our respective youtube channels.

I found this amazing Jamie Oliver food tube video by DJ BBQ - a smoky sweet potato chilli. It was a vegetarian recipe but I wanted to add my own little twist to it, hence so I made it totally vegan by changing the yoghurt to Alpro Almond yoghurt and added things like maggi cubes for spices as well as the pitta bread. I also left out things like sugar and mustard as really didn't think they were necessary as I explain in the video. One last thing I did was swap olive oile for fry light spray - I sometimes use coconut oil but I really wanted to keep things as healthy as possible.

Below is a full list of all the spices we used. All the ingredients are pretty clear to see in the video but please do let me know in the comments section below if you would like a list of them, if at all you are planning on making this recipe.

Fry light oil
garlic granules

Maggi cubes
curry powder
Garlic granules

The end result was pretty successful for Louise and I. Not only did we bond in the kitchen, Louise learning to cook and me learning a few tips and tricks on thrifting, the actual chilli looked and tasted like a right delight. We were pretty pleased with the results and so were our tum tums.

Have you ever cooked a chilli like this before? Do you use recipe books and follow every single measurement or are you a bit like me - happy to be inspired by a recipe but would prefer to change a few things to tailor your taste buds? Do you think you'll be trying this recipe? Please do let me know in the comments section below.

As mentioned earlier, this video will be out on my youtube channel on Tuesday 24th of May - in just four days!!! Please be sure to tune in and let me know your thoughts in the comments section on Youtube as well as here! Wishing you all a fantastic weekend ahead.

Lots of love, 
xo xo 

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