Darling Diaries

There’s been a Hungry wedding…

September 29, 2016

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Chelley did a marry!

Meanwhile we’re changing hosts, tidying up our content a bit, and making this a nicer and more inviting place to be. Neither of us is feeling particularly inspired to bake or cook up new recipes at the moment, and this poor ol’ blog is being neglected. It feels a bit like there are more posts on here talking about why we’re not posting than actual posts!

We’re leaving all of our old recipes up, and will be checking in with the occasional treat, diary entry and *shiny new thing we bought that we absolutely have to share*!

Thanks for sticking with us, lovelies.

Darling Diaries

Meet The Darlings

February 1, 2016

Happy New Year! It’s totally fine that we’re wishing this in February as January was a general pile of waff, wasn’t it?!

We’ve been writing this blog on and off for a good few years now and realised that there’s not actually much about who we are. Because of course, you’re going to want to know everything about us and what our levels of coolness are really at. And as we’re almost finished with a shiny, pretty blog makeover, what better way to start than with a brand spanking new post?

kayleigh-chelley_FotorHello darlings! Michelle (left) & Kayleigh (right)

We met in the summer of 2005, bonding over a love of MySpace, picnics and emo rock concerts. A decade later and we’ve both moved to opposite ends of the country to live grown-up lives, but still make sure we find time to eat carbs and have a Harry Potter/Hunger Games marathon together.

So here goes. 10 random facts about each of us to blow your minds.

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The Kitchen

Food Photography Tips with Currys

November 30, 2015

Hello! Hello! An actual post, a real, live post! We’ve been having some trouble with the blog and had to lock it down for a while. But we’re back in – we’ll be moving hosts soon, and then once we’re up and running we’ll be raring to go with the usual nice and naughtiness, some veggie recipes and a little something extra. But we’ll reveal all when the time comes!

Earlier this month I had the delicious pleasure of being invited along to the Nikon School for #lightscamercacurrys, a bit of food photography 101 with Currys. Having always been a Canon girl, it did feel a little naughty – but the camera I was given to use was absolutely BEAUTIFUL… and I think I might just be a convert. Here’s hoping santa’s feeling extra generous this year!

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The Kitchen

Garlic & Chilli Prawns with Egg Fried Cauli Rice

June 14, 2015

I’ve noticed that cauliflower has recently become the go-to vegetable in terms of carbohydrate replacement within meals. I first tried it in place of mashed potato in my Chicken & Chorizo Stew recipe and immediately became full of adoration for such a delicious and low calorie alternative! I’ve also attempted a cauliflower based pizza, which worked marvellously the first time when I could actually be bothered to wring out hot cauliflower in a tea towel, practically flooding my kitchen worktops. The second time I was much less patient, and the end product was soggy and crumbly and gross and basically put me off ever making it again. (Quick note; I have discovered an alternative recipe that calls for zero wringing, so that will hopefully be happening once I’m over the initial trauma!)

Another recipe calling for cauliflower replacement is cauliflower rice. Grated and dry-fried, it fills the starchy void where rice once was. I finally tested a recipe the other night and was so impressed with how it turned out that I had to share! The best part about it was that it came out as a hugely impressive 3 pro points per portion, for all you Weight Watchers out there. Hello more points for dessert!

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Nice, The Kitchen

WW: Spicy Sausage Paella

March 14, 2015

Hello! Thanks to Chelley for explaining our AWFUL state of AWOL in the last post. It’s been ridiculously hectic in the world of Hungry, Darling? and unfortunately the website has taken a bit of a lonely back seat – but don’t fear, we’re still very much eating all the food we can!

I am still a Weight Watcher and I am currently 2lbs off my 2 stone mark which I’m thrilled about. 13lbs left until goal weight – hurrah! I upped my game towards the end of October last year and created myself a new Instagram account purely to document everything I was eating. And also not to annoy everyone on my personal account, sorry guys! I cannot praise the Weight Watchers (and Slimming World!) Instagram community enough. I’ve found such a darling little family through that account and the positivity, support and inspiration that swarms around from everyone is so wonderfully motivating! If you’re a lover of constant food posts and occasional random ramblings, please feel free to give me a follow @kaylesonthescales.

Moving on, I thought I’d share a delicious recipe I found in an old Weight Watchers magazine from last year – Spicy Sausage Paella. I’ll happily make it known that I do so enjoy a one-pot meal (One Pot Southern-Style Rice is a favourite!) and this does not fail.

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Nice, Reviews

Creamy Green Protein Smoothie

February 16, 2015

Well hello!

Life swallowed us both us for a while there… but we’re (slowly) making a comeback! Hope you’re all hungry?

One big problem for both of us has been that money is very, very tight. We haven’t always got the spare pennies for baking-specific ingredients. But that does mean that we’ll have lots of budget-friendly recipes coming your way!

And on a budget-friendly note… a little while ago the nice guys at MyProtein sent us some of their products to play around with, including a couple of flavours of their whey protein. I love adding protein to my morning smoothies so that they keep me fuller for a liiiiiiittle bit longer before I reach for the cereal at work! Vanilla protein is great for adding to a fruit smoothie as it tastes so creamy and indulgent. Plus, the protein powder they sent us blended perfectly into a smoothie without that powdery texture you can sometimes get when you add protein or other powders (maca, wheatgrass etc) to a smoothie.

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Darling Diaries

The Diet Diaries Does Weight Watchers

August 15, 2014

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Approximately 18 days ago I signed back up to Weight Watchers for the first time in a year and a half. In a desperate attempt to bid farewell to 2 and a half stone, I found myself stumbling across all kinds of Weight Watchers photos on Instagram. Now if you already follow me on Instagram (here I am!) you’ll probably have noticed how basically every post is now WW related. I mean, I know I was a foodie before but holy cow it’s gone a bit insane.

Anyway, 3rd weigh-in and I’m already down 8lbs. Hooray! I’ve hit the point where I usually start faltering though. For some reason I cannot mentally accept 1lb loss as a good weight loss. I’ve spent so many years enjoying the quick fixes where ridiculous amounts of weight disappear really quickly – and stupidly, I know how unhealthy this is! So I’m really trying to push myself through and see this loss (any loss!) as a great achievement in the long run. And I really do have all those lovely people on Instagram to thank for helping me do that.

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Reviews

Review: The Protein Works

August 11, 2014

Admission time. I’ve been slack, really slack. I can begin throwing all the excuses out there such as moving house, a slight change in job role, lack of dollar etc etc, but at the top of this ridiculous list is pure laziness.

We recently received a fabulous email from the guys at The Protein Works asking if we’d sample some of their products for a review. Naturally, I immediately obliged and as soon as the postman delivered the package I was butt-kicked straight back into a healthy lifestyle.

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Inside my box were 12 sample bottles of their Whey Protein 80 i-SHAKE™, a bottle each of their CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) and Raspberry Ketones, a packet of Super Greens powder and their exclusive Master Blender shaker bottle. Well, didn’t I feel lucky!

I basically need to start by raving the heck out of their Super Greens. I have honestly never been so impressed by a product and this has happily become part of my daily ritual. The sample I got was a delicious Tropical Punch flavour, which was surprisingly pleasant to drink! Containing “23 of the world’s most nutrient dense food sources” including wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella, one of these servings equates to five portions of fruit and vegetables. Winner! I can genuinely say this has to be insanely true because after just a week of taking 2 a day, my energy levels had soared, my IBS had chilled out and my skin had cleared more than I ever thought was actually possible. I still have the occasional pimple but haven’t experienced a breakout like I used to. This in itself has been reason enough to continue, and both my boyfriend and I have purchased more because we love the effect it’s having on our bodies! I now drink one a day of the Diet Super Greens, which contains all of the above plus optimal doses of CLA, Green Tea Extract, Acetyl L Carnitine and Yerba Mate. My work colleagues think I’m weird for drinking something that’s a wacky shade of swamp-green, but the results are totally worth it! I’ve also just got to add that the Mandarin Orange flavour is also delicious.

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The Kitchen

Cold Brew Coffee

May 9, 2014

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In the past year myself and the boyfriend have become, well, coffee snobs. There, I’ll admit it! You won’t see either of us near a jar of instant anymore, and I must apologise to work colleagues for the times they’ve made me a cup and I’ve said no… sorry! Although not entirely sorry, because you really won’t have tried coffee until you’ve experienced freshly roasted, freshly ground and freshly brewed coffee beans.

Speciality coffee is all my boyfriend’s forte (cue the guest post, Mark?), and brewing methods such as the Aeropress, the V60 and the Clever Coffee Dripper create a ridiculously expansive taste sensation. So much so that we won’t even step into those well known coffee chains unless we’re in desperate need of a fix… Hopefully more of this at a later time!

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Chunky Homemade Chilli

May 4, 2014

I’m guilty as sin when it comes to making chilli con carne, always heading for a quick-fix packet mix instead of using these culinary skills I’m supposed to have. Now don’t get me wrong, Colman’s do a pretty good job but I’m chuffed to bits that I’ve finally found a concoction that tastes damn good.

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This chilli can be made traditional with beef mince or Quorn mince, but for this dish I chose to put it in the slow cooker with some chunky diced beef for the ultimate tender treat.

Based on a recipe from Gordon Ramsay, this chilli con carne can be thrown in the slow cooker at the beginning of the day and be ready for an effortless dinner. In goes crushed garlic, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, beef stock, tomato puree, cumin, thyme, paprika and coriander. For the chilli kick you can either use a fresh red chilli, chopped and deseeded if necessary, dried chilli flakes, or my current personal favourite – Very Lazy Smoked Chopped Red Chillies. Yes, I’m aware this really is very lazy, but the smokiness this adds to the chilli is just divine.

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