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Climbing At Ynys Lotchtyn

Climbing At Ynys Lochtyn – The Sequel

Last weekend I went back to Ynys Lochtyn with the boyfriend to climb more of the routes we had on our wish list. We fancied a relaxed weekend by the sea, so we didn’t push ourselves too much. It was another...

Review - Get Buzzing Bars

Review – Getbuzzing Bars

I love a good flapjack, especially when I’m out on the trail or I need a break and a boost of energy between routes at the crag. The problem about flapjacks is that they are usually full of unhealthy and low...

Dream Wild Camping Equipment

Dream Wild Camping Equipment

I’ve been daydreaming about the canoeing holiday in Sweden I’m planning for next year a lot lately. And like with most outdoorsy daydreams, it came with some serious gear obsession… The best way to get over it is sharing it...

Vegetarian Fajitas

Vegetarian Fajitas

Vegetarian fajitas are the perfect treat for a lazy Saturday night. To make the dish slightly healthier, I avoided making salsa, used lighter Cheddar cheese and replaced the sour cream with Greek yoghurt. The result was a scrumptious flavoursome dinner. Serves 2 Prep...

Tomato and Mozzarella Gnocchi

Tomato and Mozzarella Gnocchi

Looking for a fresh but filling summer recipe? These tomato and mozzarella gnocchi are the perfect fix. Either warm or cool, they are a great lunch or dinner for a hot summer day. You can even think to take them...

Avocado and Quorn Sandwich

Avocado and Quorn Sandwich

When it comes to making sandwiches, I often get stuck for ideas. It might be because most classic sandwich recipes are based around meat. Tired of the good old goat’s cheese and roasted veggies bap, I decided to recreate a classic...

Canoeing on Ullswater

Canoeing On Ullswater

Canoeing has been on my bucket list for a long time. My dream would be a wild camping canoeing trip in the wilderness. I imagine campfires under lush dark green pines, marshmallows on wood sticks, a trip in the woods...

Tomato And Barley Salad

Barley And Tomato Salad

Barley is a tasty and healthy cereal grain with amazing fiber and protein contents. It is commonly used in soup and minestrone recipes; however Tuscan cuisine features a variety of barley salad recipes too. I’ve created this simple and quick...

Review - Monkey Fist Climbing Skincare

Review – Monkey Fist Skincare

Monkey Fist Climbing are a new British brand specialising, for now, in handmade skincare products. They launched in late 2014 as a vegan-friendly brand with four main products. I had the pleasure to receive two of their products for review...

Polenta with Mushrooms

Polenta With Mushrooms

Polenta con i funghi is a dish typical of my region – Lombardia. I felt a bit nostalgic lately, missing mostly the summer weather from home. So I recreated a Sunday dish that is cheap, healthy and most of all warm...

My Summer 2015 Climbing Favourites

My Summer 2015 Climbing Gear Favourites

Time to compile my list of climbing gear favourites for Summer 2015. From rock shoes to softshells, these are my top picks to get you comfy with style at the crag. 1) Arc’Terix Alpha FL 30 This beautiful pack has caught...

Savoury Aubergine Baklava

Savoury Aubergine Baklava

I always thought of Baklava as a delicious dessert. When I discovered, by chance, that it’s possible to make a savoury version of it, I had to give it a try. It turns out, baklava is absolutely scrumptious even as...

Healthy Polenta Chips

Healthy Polenta Chips

Trying to be healthy? Still fancy chips? Try these healthy polenta chips before giving up and rushing to the chippy. Polenta is an Italian dish, originally from the Northern regions (where I’m from!), made of cornmeal. As a tradition, it is usually...

Review - Drummond 400 by Vango

Review – Drummond 400 Tent By Vango

Since getting a car and not having to backpack every time I go camping, I’ve decided to invest in a bigger tent for a bit of extra luxury. I went for an entry level tunnel tent by Vango, the Drummond...

Wild Swimming In Hatchmere

Wild Swimming In Hatchmere

Last week I found the perfect spot for an evening wild swim – Hatchmere lake. After work, I drove to Delamere and relaxed in the refreshing chilly water. Approach None. The access to the lake is right by the road. ...

Greek Salad

Traditional Greek Salad

A classic traditional Greek salad is still one of my favourite summer dishes. It’s so tasty and refreshing! It also reminds me of the month I used to spend in Greece with my family every year when I was little. It’s...

Climbing At Ynys Lotchtyn

Climbing At Ynys Lochtyn

Climbing at Ynys Lochtyn is a proper adventure. You need to set off early in the morning, as the island, owned by The National Trust, is only accessible during low tide and the easiest way on it is via abseil....

Puffin Watchin On The Farne Islands

Puffin Watching On The Farne Islands

Puffin watching has been on my adventure list since a long time. Although I managed to spot one single puffin from far far away at Holyhead earlier this year, that didn’t completely satisfy my puffin watching cravings. So the other week...

4 Reasons To Go Wild Swimming

4 Reasons To Go Wild Swimming

I’ve given up waiting for a hot summer that will never come to go wild swimming in the UK. It’s just not going to happen. I have bitten the bullet and decided to give it a go in the constant...

Review - The North Face Cinder 40

Review – The North Face Cinder 40 Pack

The North Face is a well-known brand on the outdoors market, however I didn’t discover until very recently that they have a dedicated climbing line of products. At first I didn’t feel compelled to look into it, as I thought...

Wild Swimming In The Fairy Pools

Wild Swimming In The Fairy Pools, Skye

Last week I was on holiday on Skye, a beautiful island off the Western coast of Scotland. Before setting off I researched the best wild swimming spots on the isle and decided I couldn’t not pay a visit to the...

30 Days Wild

30 Days Wild

Could you do a random act of wildness every day for a month this June? The Wildlife Trusts have launched an amazing campaign, 30 Days Wild, with the aim of making more room for nature in our lives. They are challenging...

Thai Green Curry Fakeaway 3

Thai Green Curry Fakeaway

Do you ever feel so lazy on a Friday night that you end up craving a terribly unhealthy curry takeaway? Whenever you are in that kind of situation, come back to this recipe – it’ll save your waist line. My...

inov-8 roclite 280 review

Review – inov-8 Roclite 280 trail running shoes

inov-8 make lightweight running shoes for all environments with a variety of soles and cushioning. They’re a fairly new company in the outdoors market, having been around since 2012. I recently bought their new roclite 280 shoes for hiking and a...

6 reasons to try bouldering out

6 Reasons To Try Out Bouldering

When I started climbing outdoors, I went straight for trad – it felt like ‘proper’ climbing with its commitment, gear and risks. I didn’t feel bouldering was as adventurous – it was just a way to get some practice at the...

Review - Ayham's, Wilmslow

Review – Ayham’s, Wilmslow

Located in the town centre of Wilmslow, Ayham’s is a newly opened Mediterranean restaurant which offers a wide range of vegetarian mezze. I went for a visit with my friend and workmate Becca from rebecca-moss.com for a taster evening last week. We were invited along with local...

Long camping trip kit

Long Camping Trip Kit

If you’re planning to go away camping for more than a couple of days and leave camp up in one or two places, you might want to bring with you some ‘luxury’ bits of kit, which will make your experience more comfortable....

sanskruti

Review – Sanskruti Restaurant, Manchester

Located in the outskirts of Fallowfield (Manchester), Sanskruti Restaurant is a vegetarian Indian restaurant that offers Punjabi, South Indian and Gujarati specialities. It is definitely a hidden gem treasured by locals, as it was nearly full early on a Tuesday night, when I paid them...

veggie pasta bake

Veggie Pasta Bake

What have we got today? Another dinner party recipe that’s easy to make but super tasty – veggie pasta bake. This dish will definitely impress your guests, even if it’s not much effort to actually cook. It’s also relatively healthy,...

Almond Butter On Thins Snack

Almond Butter On Thins Snack

Hungry in between meals? Craving something sweet after lunch? This is one of the ways I handle it – an almond butter on thins snack. It’s a guilty pleasure, I know, but it’s better (or certainly less processed) than any of...

Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

I’m not the only one who got hooked by the smoothie trend am I? I used to make one every morning instead of breakfast, but then it got too expensive to keep up with it. Well, now I treat myself...

Roasted Winter Vegetable Pilaf

Roasted Winter Vegetables Pilaf

Some winter veggies, such as parsnip, feel a bit boring to me. However, it’s important to incorporate organic seasonal vegetables in our diet to keep healthy. That’s why I make them more interesting with my recipes. Bored of parsnips and...

butternut squash and sage risotto

Butternut Squash And Sage Risotto

Need a sophisticated but filling dish for a dinner party? Look no further. Butternut squash and sage risotto is ideal for impressing your guests whilst satisfying the hungriest of friends (or boyfriends). Creamy and rich, it won’t disappoint the most demanding meat...

Kale and Quorn Warm Salad

Kale And Quorn Warm Salad

If you’re going low carb whilst also avoiding cheese in the evenings, like me, it can be a challenge to fill up! This is one of the few instances in which I use meat substitutes, like Quorn. Quorn does really...

Healthy Sunday Breakfast

Healthy Sunday Breakfast

Yes, it’s January, that time of the year. Everyone’s on a diet… If you’re smart, you’ll know that going on a diet means failure. Adopting healthier habits gradually will have a real and long-term effect on your body instead. That’s...

Aubergine Balls

Aubergine Balls

This is the last festive unhealthy high calorie dish I write about for this year, I promise. You can’t miss out on my Italian aubergine balls! They’re a Christmas classic at mine, plus aubergine is my absolute favourite veggie. This...

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

It’s Christmas! And I’m in Italy. Being the only vegetarian in my family, when I come home for the festivities, I need to plan my own Christmas menu, which is a lot of fun. This year I’ve gone for spinach...

Get Out Of London - Harrisons Rocks

Get Out Of London – Harrisons Rocks

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t make the most out of the outdoors. When the temperatures are warm enough and the rain and wind give us a break, you can still get out and enjoy the magical...

Christmas Nut Roast

Christmas Nut Roast

The Healthy Veggie gets festive! It’s that time of the year after all… We’re all allowed a bit of indulgence on Christmas day. This mouthwatering Christmas nut roast will make your festive meal an unforgettable experience. It’s so lush (and delicious!)...

Pepper Pasta

Pepper Pasta

Simple, delicious and super healthy. Pepper pasta will change your life. Sort of. It’ll make eating pasta much more exciting for sure. It’s such an easy recipe to make, but it tastes amazing and is a great alternative to bland...

10 Reasons Why You Should Try Climbing Out

10 Reasons Why You Should Try Climbing Out

Tempted to give climbing a go? You absolutely should! I slowly fell in love with this sport this year. First, I tried indoor climbing, which is fun but not nearly as exciting as rock climbing. Once I embarked on my first...

cauliflower pizza

Cauliflower Pizza

Who doesn’t like pizza? It’s such a tasty dish! It’s unfortunate it’s very high in carbs and calories. If you’re trying to stay healthy, lose weight or avoid carbs but crave this mouth-watering Italian staple, try making some cauliflower pizza....

Climbing Gear Wish List

Climbing Gear Essentials Autumn 2014

 Since I discovered my love for trad climbing, I’ve been obsessing a little bit with gear… Here’s some of my current favourite picks. 1. La Sportiva Solution Rock Climbing Chalk Bag – I like La Spotiva’s chalk bags because of their unusual yellow...

Fennel Steaks

Fennel Steaks

Fennel is a neglected veggie in many kitchens. Its seeds are used in a lot of recipes, including baking ones, but this healthy and great tasting vegetable doesn’t seem to be used much at all. Well, let me introduce you...

Knole Park

Get Out Of London – Knole Park

It’s rutting season! Time to do some deer watching. If you live in London, Knole Park is the best place to do it. I do love Richmond Park, don’t get me wrong, but Knole Park is definitely a place to...

Wild camping

Wild Camping Packing List

Off wild camping? I’m jealous! Walking on hills, around woods and by rivers or lakes, feeling in touch with nature, setting up camp in the wild, having a cup of hot chocolate whilst peeking out of your tent door, …...

Winter Cycling

10 Tips For Cycling In Winter

Winter is coming, sadly. I don’t know about you, but I will try not to give up my cycle commute, because it makes me start the day in a much better mood. So I’ve started getting ready for the cold...

Crunchy Ratatouille

Crunchy Ratatouille

It’s getting cold again and all you want is comfort food, a warm pjs and a TV series to get stuck into after dinner. Or is that only me? Well if you feel the same, this crunchy ratatouille recipe will...

camping wish list

My 2014 Camping Equipment Favourites

I LOVE camping, either in the wild or at a camp site. It’s a cheap way to travel and it’s a great way to feel in touch with nature, which is what makes me happy. Here’s some bits of camping...

Climbing In The Peak District

My First Trad Climbing Experience

So I’ve been climbing indoors for a few months now, but I’m not consistent with my visits to the wall (at all!). I mean, who wants to get stuck in a gym on a warm summer evening? I like climbing, but being...

Wild Camping In Snowdonia

Wild Camping In Snowdonia

Last month I joined a group of backpackers (Ryan, Mark, Ruth and Sarah) for an awesome weekend hiking through the Carneddau, and wild camping in Snowdonia. I’ve only ever slept in huts when doing multi-day hikes, so wild camping was...

hiking wish list

Autumn 2014 Hiking Kit Picks

Here’s a little roundup of some bits of hiking kit I REALLY like.   1. Deuter Futura 30 SL– 30L is the perfect size for a day hike when the weather forecast is uncertain and you want to take waterproofs...

Camping In The South Downs

Camping In The South Downs

I finally took the plunge. I went camping in the (rainy) UK! I only ever camped in a camper on this wet island and the thought of setting up a tent in the rain always made me… cringe. It turns...

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

Looking for a healthy but filling dish to make when you have friends coming round? The Healthy Veggie’s pasta primavera recipe will do the trick. Yes, it features complex carbs, but the sauce is super healthy and fresh, so you...

Low Carb Zucchini Pasta

Low Carb Zucchini Pasta

Craving pasta while you’re trying to eat low carb? Don’t worry, you can easily trick yourself into thinking you’re having it with this pasta-free zucchini ‘pasta’ recipe. Yes, pasta free! No complex carbs required, no sir. You can cook the...

Scrambling In Joshua Tree National Park

Scrambling In Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park may not be one of the most famous National Parks of California, but it is definitely worth a visit. The deserts, mountains, vegetation and rocks create a unique, otherworldly scenery. The Park was named after Joshua...

Elephant Seal Watching

Elephant Seal Watching In California

If you’re planning a road trip in California, Piedras Blancas, in San Simeon (CA), is a spot on the coast between San Francisco and L.A. you want to include in your route. Here, you’ll find an elephant seals rookery that is...

Grand Canyon - Walk The South Rim

Grand Canyon – Walk The South Rim

The Grand Canyon… Seeing this massive 277-mile-long crack in the earth carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, was definitely on my bucket list (along with a thousand other things, of course).  This year I finally managed to have a...

Dried apricot treat

Dried Apricots Treat

Struggling with those sweet cravings again? Don’t worry, The Healthy Veggie’s got your back. Try my dried apricots treat next time you’re about to grab a chocolate bar. It’s a fibre-packed snack ready in a second that you can enjoy...

Healthier Vegetarian Fry Up

Healthier Vegetarian Fry-Up

It’s Sunday! And everyone’s having fatty (read tempting) fry-ups. Living a healthier life doesn’t mean you need to have fat free yogurt on a Sunday morning, if you don’t fancy it! Treat yourself to a healthier vegetarian British breakfast sometimes...

Lebanese Moussaka Fakeaway

Lebanese Moussaka Fakeaway

My favourite takeaway meal is lebanese moussaka with rice. It’s so delicious, but very unhealthy! So I’ve decided to create my own recipe. We all need some fakeaway in our lives sometimes after all. Serves 4 Prep 30 minutes Cook 1...

Swim With Wild Dolphins

Swimming With Wild Dolphins

There is a U-shaped coral reef in the middle of the Red Sea, a couple of hours from the shores of Marsa Alam, where spinner dolphins go to sleep, rest and play every morning. They leave in the early afternoon,...

Gingery Noodles With Mushrooms

Gingery Noodles With Mushrooms

Who doesn’t like noodles? I mean, they’re SO tasty! Especially stir fried with some veggies and soy sauce. I’ve already talked profusely about my love for Japanese cuisine on The Healthy Veggie – here you can find my miso noodle...

Baked Sweet Potato With Feta

Baked Sweet Potato With Feta

One of the reasons why I LOVE living in the UK is the chance of creating fusion cuisine at home anytime you like. The supermarkets are full of imported products and most people are familiar with foreign cuisines. The Brits...

Yogurt Delight

Yoghurt Delight

Who said dessert has to be unhealthy? We all know sugar, especially refined sugar, is BAD for us and that we should stay away from it; but for people with a sweet tooth like me it’s hard to say no...

Warm Vegan Chirashi

Warm Vegan Chirashi

I LOVE Japanese cuisine, especially (veggie) sushi. So when I crave some avocado Makis at home, I make a simple Chirashi version of them, which takes half the time but is equally mouth-watering. I use brown rice to make it tastier...

Review - Sugru

Review – Sugru

Sugru make “21st century duct tape”, or play-dough that turns into rubber. You can use it for little fixes around the house, for DIY projects of any sorts or even to patch up your old camping gear. Price £6.99 for the three...

Review - Seed and Bean Chocolate 4

Review – Seed And Bean Chocolate

I love chocolate. Who doesn’t?! When I give into temptation and get myself a bar, I try to look for chocolate that’s as natural as possible and, if I’m trying to lose weight , I go for the highest cocoa...

Review - Raoshi Restaurant, Sale

Review – Raoshi Restaurant, Sale

Having won the Open Table Diner’s Choice 2015 Award, Raoshi Restaurant was definitely on my list of places to visit in Manchester. So off I went with the boyfriend last week. The Lebanese and Mediterranean food restaurant is located in a...

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