Mel Tries – A Vegan detox

After this alcohol, sugar – in fact just calories in general, filled summer that I have had I decided to give my body a cleanse. Not only am I attempting #SoberSeptember, I am going Vegan for 10 days too (for the first time everrrr). Why? My skin was so bad by the end of summer and I was always feeling bloated. I’ve been trying to cut down dairy anyway as I’ve noticed a direct correlation to my bloaty feeling and I am sure gluten is instigator too.

There are a few things being a 10 day vegan has taught me, I have entered the vegan realm and live to speak about it: Continue reading “Mel Tries – A Vegan detox”

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5 of Southeast Asia’s unhealthiest dishes that you simply must try

We all know my love for southeast asia and it’s cuisine. After all, it is what I grew up with and even after moving to England I have managed to find some great, authentic eats like Roti King to kill my ever so often craving for home. It probably is for the best that I don’t have a hawker center with chicken rice for $3 outside my house, it would be a problem. A lot of the favourites aren’t the healthiest, however, once in awhile everyone deserves to indulge on a cheat meal – and you might as well make it count.

“Everything in moderation, even moderation”

Here are some of the famous Malaysian/Singaporean dishes that really bring in the calories – you will probably need a detox after but it is almost so worth it for those 10 minutes of spice heaven. Continue reading “5 of Southeast Asia’s unhealthiest dishes that you simply must try”

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Coconut Crazy – Pandan Pancake recipe

So since summer 2017 is over and all that, it’s been really grey and wet, all my body craves is sugar and I don’t want chocolate or lemon drizzle, I want something a little more exotic. Just so that my tastebud’s can at least continue to experience some kind of sunshine.

So I decided to try a recipe of one of my Dad’s favourite malaysian dessert – Kueh Dadar. Simply put it is a pancake made out of coconut milk and pandan filled with extra sweet coconut. So yes, in case you haven’t already noticed, you need to like coconut to like this little treat from the corner of Southeast Asia. Kueh (or also Kuih in Indonesia) is a malay word for Cake and most malay treats use the term followed by another word, in this case dadar, which means omelette or pancake. Continue reading “Coconut Crazy – Pandan Pancake recipe”

bottomless brunch in London

Bottomless Brunchin in London

Now we all know I am a big fan of boozy brunches and I have decided to live by the motto of going to brunch (boozy brunch ahem) at least once a month. There are so many options that have been popping up recently so it would be rude not to try them…. all. At the same time, I still need to restrict myself as I am cutting down my alcohol intake in hopes to get closer to my body goals.

In this post I’ll sum up a few of the great boozy brunch options in London right now that you should put in your diary and then I’ll do a series of “Boozy Brunch with Mel” where I’ll rate everything in terms of price, quality and taste of food, healthy food options, service and how great the drink options are along with the refill rate.

Every boozy brunch adventure ends with a story to tell, whether it is a story you regret or one that you cannot stop laughing about, or one you simply can’t remember or forget.

So why is bottomless brunch really that great? Well first of all it combines two of the most amazing things – food and alcohol. Then it also brings out the competitive side of things – how many glasses can you drink in 2 hours? And if you want to take it to the next level – how much time can you get extended to your bottomless limit? Continue reading “Bottomless Brunchin in London”

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London – the Food Capital of the World

The UK has always had a bit of a negative stereotype when it comes to food. They only like big breakfasts, fish and chips, and the occasional roast dinner. So it’s time to dispel that notion because according to the Evening Standard, London is a haven for foodies. In fact, they even went as far to say it’s the “most diverse and exciting food capital of the world.”

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Living life Gluten free

I am not trying to be the self proclaiming gluten intolerant girl that wants the whole world to know she is a vegan or doesn’t eat gluten – because I am neither of those things. I am just a girl trying to figure out why my tummy is constantly bloated or rumbling (possibly last night’s pizza) and finding the best nutritions to tone this body up!

I love bread and carbs.

Yes I said it, judge! Continue reading “Living life Gluten free”

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Singaporean Old School Delights

Everywhere you go in most developed countries, you see how children these days have no interest in playing outside and would rather immerse themselves in the virtual world. I grew up in Singapore in an old british army camp with beautiful bungalow houses and almost endless fields of green. We would have cobra snakes in our gardens (no lie) and bull frogs in our pond, competing on the loudest croak to impress the lady frogs. I would spend my free time outside with my neighbours in the longkangs (large drains) looking for guppy fish to catch or explore the “haunted” house a few streets behind us.

I can’t imagine a better childhood and I feel sorry for the children of this generation who will never have the same, real adventures because they are too busy on their iPads.

Anyway, I am drifting away from the main point of this post – Old School Delights. Continue reading “Singaporean Old School Delights”

Berry Beetroot Smoothie Recipe

The benefits of beetroots are endless and I have a love/hate relationship with them. I use to hate them growing up, but as you get older your palate starts to appreciate different tastes. Take red wine for example, I could never understand why anyone would choose to drink it. Now I crave it in the evenings (although I try not to give in).

Well with beetroot I have days when I just can’t wait to devour it, then somedays I hate it. But I have found a way to keep it jazzy with this mixed berry beetroot smoothie.

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Festive Couscous Salad recipe

First of all, Merry Christmas everyone. I trust it was full of love, alcohol and calories. Now, not that the feast has ended with the boxing day weekend, I thought I would help kick start the road back to healthy indulgence.

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Here is a simple, quick and easy couscous salad recipe that you can pair with your leftover turkey today. It does not only look like Christmas but tastes like it too thanks to the juicy and cheerful pomegranates. Continue reading “Festive Couscous Salad recipe”

Home-made Falafel

I know summer is over but we have now entered the time of year when summer bodies are made. I am going to start writing more about my fitness journey/struggles, great meal recipes and tips for achieving your goal in time for summer 2016 while I try to achieve mine. Whether your just trying to be healthier and watch your food intake, trying to cut down processed foods or just attempting to look like Beyonce, the outcome all depends on what you eat. Continue reading “Home-made Falafel”