Life: I’ve finally got my car!!

Hey dolls! So for the last couple of months I’ve been looking at getting a car as I miss driving and having that independence. I miss road trips and just being able to get out and about the way you can when you have a car. Well it finally got delivered today and he’s so beautiful! Yes he’s a boy, I don’t believe cars should just be girls. 


I haven’t thought of a name for him yet but I am looking for suggestions. My previous car which coincidentally I scrapped 4 years ago today was Oscar the Corsa… Get it? He was an old banger but I loved him. And now I have a little C1 so I’m trying to think of a fun name for him. If you have any suggestions that would be great!
Much love,

Paige x

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Life: I’ve started a food blog!

Hey dolls! So I decided seeing as I’ve been writing so many recipes recently that I should create a food blog for them. As much as I love posting my recipes on here I want this blog to be more about lifestyle than food and let’s be honest recently it has become very food orientated. So I present to you the happy healthy kitchen where all my future foodie posts will be. I hope you’ll give it a little look but don’t worry I’ll still be posting here too. Just not recipes…. Well maybe the odd one or two 🙂

 

Much love,

Paige x

In the kitchen: Mini Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Hey dolls! So yesterday I was craving hash browns like a lunatic and I realised I only had sweet potatoes so I thought why not try making sweet potato hash browns, I’ve never seen them though I’m sure others have probably made them before and I couldn’t wait to give them a go and see what I came up with. I ended up making two versions. One for all my vegan friends and one for all my non-vegan friends. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Vegan mini hash browns

  • 1 small/medium sweet potato peeled and grated
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan salt and black pepper to season
  • Red chilli flakes (to your taste)
  • Olive oil for cooking

  1. Grate the sweet potato and squeeze out excess water
  2. Season with salt &I pepper
  3. Add chilli flakes ( I used a largeish pinch)
  4. Heat oil in a large pan (medium heat)
  5. Add the potato in small mounds to the pan, then flatten with turner (they won’t start to bind until cooking)
  6. Turn over once potato looks golden and cook other side. I flipped mine a couple of times just to make sure.
  7. Once cooked plate up and serve how ever you like. I really enjoyed them with sliced avocado and plum tomatoes for breakfast.

Non-vegan mini hash browns

  • 1 small/medium sweet potato washed and peeled
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2/3 tbsp plain flour 
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan salt and black pepper to season
  • Red chilli flakes (to your taste)
  • Olive oil for cooking

  1. Grate the sweet potato and squeeze out excess water
  2. Add 2 tbsp of the flour and mix together
  3. Add seasoning
  4. Add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly. If mixture still quite wet add additional plain flour (you what the mixture to be sticky)
  5. Heat oil in a pan
  6. Add the potato mix to the pan in small mounds and flatten with turner (it’s much easier to. Create mini potato patties with this mix as the egg and flour helps bind it) 
  7. Add small pinch of chilli flakes to the top side of each hash brown before flipping.
  8. I flipped them a couple of times just to make both sides extra crispy I love when hash browns have that crunch to them.
  9. Once cooked on both sides plate up and serve as part of breakfast lunch or dinner. I topped mine with spinach, sliced avocado and griddled tomatoes (I used the same pan) and served them with baked hake fillet wrapped in romaine lettuce.

There you have it guys. These mini hash browns are perfect for any time of day and they’re so moreish. I’d love to know if you try them!
Much love,

Paige x

In the kitchen: Acai bowl

Hey dolls! So pretty much all that’s been on my mind during my stay in hospital has been food – If you didn’t already know food is my soulmate – All I’ve wanted is to make smoothies and yummy healthy breakfasts. Oh my God I’ve missed avocado so much it’s been crazy! Momma bear actually came to visit me and brought an avocado for me. What a diamond!

Anyway I made myself a couple of Acai bowls the other week so i wanted to post the recipe for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp Acai powder
  • 1 frozen banana,sliced
  • 3/4 strawberries, sliced
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 2/3 tbsp water

Toppings (whatever your preference)

  • Slice banana
  • Granola
  • Berries of your choice
  • Chia seeds 
  • Pecan nuts 
  • Cocoa nibs 


  1. Blend the Acai powder, sliced banana, water and berries together until completely smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite fruit, nuts, seeds and granola
  3. Enjoy straight away! 

Much love,

Paige x

Life: 5 things you need for an extended stay in hospital

Hey dolls! I’m still in hospital *sigh* still on more meds than I can count and still having no signs of improvement. But I figured I’d write a little post about things I couldn’t live without during my stay hospital (not including access to the Internet).

  1. A good read: I’ve been reading eat pray love since coming into hospital (I’ve seen the film rookie mistake I know but I adored it and I always find books are better than the movies so I’m hoping it lives up to my expectations) 
  2. Colouring book : I honestly don’t know where I would have been if I hadn’t had one of these little beauties (and some pens of course) I have found it so relaxing and therapeutic to get lost in colouring as sitting in a hospital bed all day gets incredibly tedious and I get restless and end up wanting to pull my hair out because I’m so bored. Luckily for me my amazing nana bear bought me a lost ocean colouring book and some pens and I have had my head stuck in it through most of the day when I start feeling like I’m going a bit mad because I have nothing to do.
  3. A note pad: Always make sure you have a note pad because if you’re like me you randomly think of recipes or tattoo ideas so I immediately want to start doodling or writing down the recipe idea so I don’t forget about it completely. And I have been making a lot of food related notes over the last couple of days. I miss cooking so much so I can’t wait to try these ideas out!
  4. Favourite magazine : I’ve been given a couple of magazines but my absolute favourite magazine that I buy whenever a new issue comes out and I even have the online subscription is SurfGirl. I love it! I’ve been a massive fan since it first came out. They always have amazing recipes, fitness articles, travel ideas,  style articles plus it’s all about girl power in the sporting field. There are always awesome interviews with amazing female surfers.
  5. Eye mask: I struggle to sleep if there is any kind of light shining through the window, glare off the TV (my sister genuinely goes to sleep with the TV on if she’s alone it’s mental) and in my room there are dim lights which are in all night so I have been extremely thankful to have remembered to bring my eye mask otherwise the poor nursing staff would have to deal with an extremely grouchy patient and I think they have enough of those.

So there you have it dolls, my 5 essentials for an extended stay in hospital. I hope you enjoyed it. 

Much love,

Paige x

In the kitchen: king prawn linguine

Hey dolls! So obviously you’re aware from my last bloody that I’m in hospital so you’re potentially going to be inundated with random posts during my stay as I’m hoping it will be easy for me to write while I’m here. 

Anyway I was scrolling through my pictures and came across a beautiful king prawn linguine that I made a few weeks ago and I thought why not post the recipe for you all to try.

Ingredients

  • Raw King prawns
  • Spinach
  • Cherry or plum tomatoes
  • Linguine
  • Garlic oil

For the sauce

  • Chilli flakes (to your preference)
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Clove of garlic crushed

  1. So you’ll want to make the sauce first. Put the tinned tomatoes, chilli flakes (this is really to your taste if you prefer spicier then add more but I used 1tsp) and a crushed clove of garlic into a blender. Blend until completely smooth.
  2. Add the tomato sauce to a saucepan and simmer on a low heat.
  3. Into a separate saucepan full of boiling water add your linguine and cook through.
  4. In a frying pan add a small amount of garlic oil. Once the pan has been heated add your prawns and cook through until pink and delicious.
  5. Drain your pasta it put it back into the original pan.
  6. Take the sauce off the heat and add it to the pasta and mix well.
  7. Next prepare your fresh veg (slice your tomatoes in half and rinse your spinach.
  8. Add these to the pasta and mix, the spinach will begin to wilt which is fine.
  9. Finally add your king prawns and stir in to coat them in the sauce before serving.
  10. Plate up as desired and enjoy!

Much love,

Paige x

Life: Happy World IBD day

Hey dolls! So if any of you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been admitted to hospital. For those of you that don’t know I suffer with Ulcerative Colitis which is an iritable bowl disease and I’ve struggled with it since my late teens. 

For anyone who suffers with an IBD life can get pretty tough when you’re having a flare up. It can be physically and mentally debilitating and can leave you pretty much bed ridden. The worst part about having an IBD is that because it’s not a visible disability people assume there’s nothing wrong with you and that’s just not the case. Some days just being able to do day to day tasks is impossible.

Anyway I’ve been having a pretty serious flare up for the last 4 weeks and was on a two week course of steroids (which I demanded from my GP) as my consultant at the hospital didn’t want to prescribe anything until certain test results came back. Well at the beginning of the week I called the hospital and was told that my results came back normal… Which I knew couldn’t possibly be the case as I was still suffering really badly with it, so this news annoyed me but I continued to take my prescription in the hopes it would ease off however on the 18th I made an emergency appointment with my GP as I’d started having sharp chest pains and I wasn’t sure if this was due to the meds and wanted to be safe and get checked. Anyway that aftenoon I had a phone all from the IBD nurse at the hospital saying the last of my results came back and it was definitely a severe flare up so my consultant had booked me in for an appointment the following week. However after explaining that the steroids my GP had given me had had little effect she told me she would speak to my consultant. So I was relieved now knowing it was definitely a colitis flare up and nothing else (the big C word had started to creep into the back of my mind) now all I needed was medication that would work seeing as the almost finished course of steroids had done little to affect it. 

I had another call off the IBD nurse and she told me that she’d organised a bed for me at the hospital as they wanted to admit me that evening so I ended up leaving work half an hour early to go home pack a bag and head to hospital. I’ve never been admitted into hospital before so this had been a completely new experience. I’m on intravenous steroids plus I’m having to take other pills for different things and I’ve even been given injection in my stomach to prevent thrombosis… Today I had to go and have two X-rays one on my abdomen (the left side is extremely tender to touch) and one on my chest (because of complaining about chest pains) and I’m waiting to have a flexible sigmoidoscopy which for those of you lucky enough to have never experienced this it’s like a colonoscopy but it doesn’t look all the way around your bowel. The only memory I have of this is that they didn’t sedate me last time so it was a pretty painful experience.
Anyway dolls I realise that’s probably extremely TMI but I wanted to catch up with you as I haven’t written a post yet this week. I hope you’re all well and if you suffer with an IBD too I’d love to hear from you, how do you manage it on a day to day basis? What works best for you during a relapse? 


Much love 

Paige x