Posted by Carole

Last week, my boyfriend had one of those difficult days at work and I could feel is frustration and disappointment as we exchanged a few messages on WhatsApp during his lunch break. He had spent hours in counter-productive meetings with people going back on their promises and he just felt like all the hard work he had done over the past few weeks was pointless and leading nowhere. Pretty depressing feeling everyone who as ever mingle with the corporate world knows too well!

I really wanted to do something to help him feel better but wasn’t sure what could brighten up his day until I told him I was going to cook him French crêpes for dinner. A simple suggestion that came to my mind out of nowhere but that worked wonder! His mood completely turned from sadness to excitation, just like a kid who got told he was going on holiday at Disneyland!

I know he loves French crêpes but I didn’t expect him to react this positively however when I think about it, it makes total sense! In France, sugary crêpes are associated with childhood, celebration and rewarding good behaviour. Kids love the taste and smell of crêpes and love even more to fill their crêpes with the sugary condiments and jams of their choice – chocolate paste is always THE favourite though!

So today I want to give you a very simple recipe for sugary French crêpes so you can too delight and/or lift the mood of your loved ones when they are in need of some TLC.

Ingredients for 18 medium sized crêpes

  • 100 g of plain flour
  • 2 table spoons of cornstarch
  • 2 table spoons of casted sugar
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
  • 1 sachet of baking powder
  • 2 table spoons of sunflower oil (use a tasteless oil)
  • 60 g of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 glasses of water or semi-skimmed milk
  • A pinch of salt

In a large bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch and baking powder.

Form a hole in the middle of the bowl and add the salt, oil, casted and vanilla sugar and the eggs.

Pour a small quantity of water or milk on top and gently incorporate the flour, cornstarch and baking powder to the other ingredients using the tips of your fingers. Keep adding water or milk in small quantities until the preparation is smooth and liquid enough to be poured in a pan – the preparation should be quite liquid as French crêpes should be very thin, contrary to pancakes!


Cover the bowl with a towel and reserve for one to two hours.

Heat a frying pan (there are pans specially made for this purpose but the thinner it is, the better) and add a small knob of butter. When hot, pour some of the preparation into the pan making sure it covers the entire surface in a thin layer (remember the thinner, the better!)


Using a spatula, gently lift your crêpe to check if it looks nice and golden on the down side then flip it over to cook the other side.

Add a small knob of butter to your frying pan between each crêpe.

Serve your crêpes hot and offer a selection of sugary condiments to your guests such as

  • Chocolate paste
  • Jams
  • Caster sugar and lemon juice
  • Salted butter and caramel
  • Freshly cut fruits (kiwi fruit, orange, apple, banana)
  • Mapple syrup

Tip: You can replace the baking powder + water or milk by two glasses of bier!

Thank you for reading and Bon Appétit!


Cooking From Scratch Made Easy

Posted by Carole

You know it already; banning ready-meals and cooking from scratch is the path to a healthy and glowy version of yourself but then there is reality…. and it’s easier to say ‘hey, when you come home late tonight you’ll have to wash and peel that veggies, chop and cook them and one hour later you’ll be free to finally sit down & eat and enjoy a nice moment with your loved ones… or your Netflix!” than to actually do it!

It’s true but think about it… What takes a lot of time when cooking is the preparation, namely all the washing, peeling and chopping of vegetables. Once they’re in the pan cooking you have a bit more time to yourself, only keeping an eye on the fire from time to time. And for this reason I totally understand why you wouldn’t want to go through all this when you’re exhausted or just can’t be bothered. Totally agree! I’m the same and very often cowardly simplify my meals so they don’t involve too much peeling and chopping.

But the good news is that there are some very simple tricks to help you cook from scratch on a daily basis and here they are:

  1. Freeze your veggies!


Twice a month I buy large amounts of vegetables such as peppers, carrots, zucchini, eggplants to name a few and take advantage of a quiet Sunday afternoon to prep and freeze them. It’s easily done and actually quite an enjoyable task if you put some music on and maybe enjoy a little glass of wine to help you go through the chore!

All you have to do is wash and dry your veggies, peel if required and chopped them the size that is the more convenient (slicing is usually a good option) then store them in freezing bags, making sure each bag will correspond to a portion you will need for a future meal so all you’ll have to do later in the week is to take a bag out of the freezer to defrost rather than trying to separate a frozen bloc of sliced carrots.

You can also prepare bags containing a mix of vegetables like green beans, zucchinis and eggplants so you’re ready to cook a lovely and colourful “poêllée” one evening.

I know it sounds like a very obvious thing to do but believe me it will make a difference and help you enjoy healthy veggies a lot more often but also make your meals more varied! The only thing you have to remember is to defrost a portion well in advance if you don’t have a microwave with a defrosting function.

And yes, you can buy frozen veggies in the supermarket but by preparing them yourselves you’ll make sure to opt for the healthiest, tastiest and cheapest option!

  1. Freeze your meat and fish


The same applies to meat and fish of course! You can cut, season and prepare them in advance and freeze them in convenient portions for future meals. Then it’s only a cooking job that awaits!

  1. Non-processed canned and jarred food


Non-processed canned or jarred ingredients such as corn, asparagus, chickpeas or beans are very useful ingredients you should always have in your cupboards.

They are cheap to buy, can be preserved for a long time, are relatively healthy (I insist that I’m not talking about processed and seasoned canned or jarred food of course!) and are an easy way to accompany or complete a dish.

Think about a nice tomato salad, add canned corn and jarred asparagus tips, a couple of boiled eggs and a nice vinaigrette on top and you have yourself a perfectly good and filing meal to enjoy.

  1. Quinoa, rice, pasta….


Remember that those only take a few minutes to cook and that a freshly made pasta dish is way better than a processed pasta ready-meal.

The Twinnie and I will give you some delicious yet healthy and easy to make rice and pasta recipes very soon so stay tuned!

Veggies bags ready to be frozen!

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Frozen Avocado

Posted by Carole

Pictures of avocado toasts have invaded Instagram and for a good reason. Avocado is one of the most affordable super food you can find out there and it tastes delicious! Win-win situation!

And because it is Oh-so-trendy, I won’t tell you more about the benefits of avocado in this blog or what you can make with it – smoothie, toast, salad, guacamole etc. I’m sure you’ve heard it all already!

However, there is one thing I’ve learnt while doing some researches on the benefits of freezing food that I never suspected and it is that you can actually freeze avocados! What a delightful news, right?!

To me, it means:

  1. You can say good-bye to food waste as, if you’re like me, you have to throw away your avocados as soon they are a bit too ripe and take on that brownish mushy texture that makes me shiver!
  2. It is the perfect way to easily incorporate avocados to your early-morning smoothies without leaving a green mess on your chopping board, which you know will be waiting for you all day for a good scrubbing session. Lovely!

So without further ado, let’s get started and learn how to freeze avocados!

Option 1 – Frozen avocado puree

Most foodies say puree is the best way to freeze avocados so here’s how to proceed:

  1. Choose ripe avocados and wash them with clear water or soap and water.
  2. Cut each avocado in half around the seed and twist gently to open. Lift out the seed using your fingers or a teaspoon then peel off the skin.
  3. Cut the avocados in large chunks then blend with a food processor or use a fork to smash the chunks into a smooth paste. Add a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice for each avocado to avoid the paste turning brown.
  4. Place the puree into zipper-style freezer bags or freezer containers then freeze!

Tip: You can also freeze your avocado puree in ice cube trays to create cubes that can be easily added to your morning smoothies.


Option 2 – Frozen avocado chunks

You can also freeze your avocados as chunks or slices:

  1. Choose ripe avocados and wash them with clear water or soap and water.
  2. Cut each avocado in half around the seed and twist gently to open. Lift out the seed using your fingers or a teaspoon then peel off the skin.
  3. Slice the avocados in chunks, line them on a tray and sprinkle with lemon or lime juice then place into the freezer.
  4. When the chunks are frozen, place tem into  zipper-style freezer bags or freezer containers then freeze!

To thaw frozen avocado, place freezer bags or containers in cold water for a couple of hours or thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Use frozen avocado puree or chunks within four months for the tastiest result!

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Healthy & Easy Brekkie of the Month!

Posted by Corine

Getting out of the door on time in the morning is a real struggle for me… and I am sure for many of you too! You see, I love my sleep and I can happily snooze for 10 hours every single night so when the alarm goes off in the morning I press the reset button over and over again… when I finally manage to make it to the bathroom, shower, get dressed and I am done with tarting myself up… then I am already late and there is no time left for breakfast whatsoever! Of course I end up feeling terrible all morning and my only option to function until lunchtime is to eat nasty sugary biscuits on the tube or at my desk…Well that’s how I used to be until my skin started breaking out like mad! It was the wake-up call I needed to make time for breakfast as I had to cut down on sugar. Remembering my parents telling me as a kid that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I managed to get out of bed on time and it was well worth the effort : less pimples, massive boost of energy and generally more healthy all year around!

Indeed Carole and I thought it would be a good idea to share every month our quick (time is always of the essence!) and healthy breakfasts with you. I am starting this first one with a true British breakfast favourite: porridge! A warm bowl of porridge is a great way to start your day as it is packed with nutrients that will keep you going all morning and it also contains beta-glucan and antioxidants which can help lower blood sugar, cholesterol levels, help digestion and prevent skin irritation. However its thickness and blandness are not to everyone’s liking and I must admit that I struggled a little when I first tried it. However by following a few simple tricks, porridge is now one of my favourite brekkie!

porridge-scotts1 – Find your porridge! There are many different brands out there so try to shop around a little to see which one you like the best. It took me and my husband a few months to elect our ‘household porridge’… and the winner is the very basic and cheap Scott’s Porage Oats Original. It has a really light texture once cooked and a 1KG box lasts us a while!

2 – Ditch the dairy as there is no need to cook your porridge with cow milk! So keep it low-fat and avoid an upset hyper-sensitive tummy by replacing cow milk with unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk. They will all add a great flavour to your porridge and also give it a light creamy texture!

3 – Balance the bland taste with berries! Unless you want to make that heavy duty porridge even more thick and plain (and boring), please do not add a freaking banana to it! Instead generously sprinkle blueberries and raspberries. The acidity of the fruits will make your gluey porridge much more bearable, especially at 7:00 in the morning!

4 – Add crunchiness! By simply adding a few walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds to the mixture, it will feel like you are eating an adult meal… and not baby food!

5 – Keep your sweet tooth under control and do not pour gallons of syrup or honey on your porridge! A small spoon of Manuka honey can be added now and then to boost your immunity but try not to overdo it as your bowl of porridge is already packed with nutrients and some sugars if you have it with fruits. Instead try adding a pinch of cinnamon for a sweet flavour without any sugar!

Did you knowInstant porridge is fine as long as you stay well away from the flavoured and sweetened options – they are packed with nasty and unnecessary added sugars. Of course they are convenient for a quick fix but please remember that it is absolutely fine to microwave your regular porridge to save time or if you do not have a stove at hand. If you invest in a £4.99 Sistema Microwave Noodle Bowl (with lid) you can poor some porridge, coconut milk, fruits and nuts before you rush through the door in the morning, get to work, microwave it and you can enjoy a nice healthy brekkie at your desk… and you will be ready to rock the day!sistema

Leave a comment below if you enjoyed reading this article and if you would like to share your own quick & healthy brekkie tips!


Easy & Dreamy Cheese Omelette

Posted by Carole

I know it’s easy to heat that ‘ready in 2 minutes’ meal from the supermarket or grab a take-away at your fav Thai restaurant when you come home late from work and can’t be bothered… And actually it’s perfectly okay to indulge in a take-away from time to time but ready-meals? Really? Nope!

Ready-meals are the absolute NO GO as they are full of dirty and harmful ingredients and let’s face it, they’re not even tasty!

The good news is that you can easily cook yourself super yummy meals that are good for your body and your soul (let’s face it, we all feel guilty and gross when we finish that greasy ready-meal that wasn’t even good) and Foodie Tuesday is the day when the Twinnie and I give you recipes and tricks to achieve this, starting today!

One of your best allies to achieve that “cooking from scratch policy” I keep blabbering about is… the egg! You can cook so many things with eggs that they are one of the key ingredients you should always have in your kitchen and today I’m giving you the recipe for a creamy cheese omelette ready in less than 10 minutes and low in calories too (less than 200 calories, depending on the amount of cheese you use of course!)

On top of being very easy and quick to cook, omelette is also a very versatile recipe that you can marry with any kind of ingredients of your liking such as cheese of course but also vegetables, mushrooms, meat and even tuna and it can also be seasoned with many aromatic herbs and powders.

So let’s go and make yourself a scrumptious cheese omelette and here’s what you need – not much you’ll see!

Ingredients for one portion

  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 small knob of butter
  • A dash of milk
  • 1 small handful of grated Cheddar cheese
  • Salt, pepper and nutmeg

And here’s how to proceed to make that creamy omelette

  1. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the milk, a pinch of salt, black pepper and nutmeg. Stir well with a fork or whip so the preparation becomes smooth and airy.
  2. Heat a small knob of butter in a small frying pan on a low heat. Once the butter is bubbling and sizzling, make sure the entire surface of the pan is butter coated and add your preparation, tilt the pan to spread it out evenly.
  3. When the eggs begin to firm up, use a spatula to gently spread the mixture away from the edges and into the middle.
  4. Let settle for another minute until the eggs are cooked but still a bit runny in the middle and sprinkle over the cheese. Note that you can also add the cheese in your egg mixture during step 1 for a slightly different way to enjoy this cheesy delight.
  5. Tilt the pan to one side and use the spatula to fold your omelette over in half. When it turns a nice golden colour, remove your pan from the heat and tilt it to slide your omelette on to a plate.

And you’re done! Your omelette shoud be golden on the outside and creamy on the inside.

Tip: You can serve it with a green salad to add some crunch and freshness.

Not too bad, right? It only takes 10 minutes max. and I can guarantee that you will feel a lot prouder and good about yourself when you sit down to enjoy that “merveille” rather than eating suspiciously orange microwaved lasagna.

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Foodie Tuesday is Here!

As French women we have inherited a strong culinary heritage from our family and live by the rule that what you eat defines you. Indeed, the French are known for indulging in delicious food yet maintaining a healthy figure. How is it possible? Freshly cooked ingredients and moderation are key!

But in our busy lives, what does this mean?

  1. You don’t need to eat seeds and a few grains of quinoa for lunch to maintain a healthy figure. Nope! You can actually enjoy delicious yet healthy meals every day if you cook fresh quality ingredients from scratch and can even indulge in a few “more calorific” treats from time to time. Just remember to eat them with moderation and not too often (it will actually make you enjoy them more).
  1. Eating delicious and healthy food doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen. We’re are actually against the idea that cooking should involve too much effort! We mean, ok, it’s fine to prepare that fancy meal from time to time but on a daily basis we’re all too busy living our lives and we don’t want complicated or lengthy meal preparation to become a burden preventing you from enjoying freshly cooked meals.
  1. We don’t want to waste your time with Gisele’s kind of recipes that include ingredients you can’t easily find or that will cost you an arm! Healthy food should be affordable to all and we’ll do our best to show you how.
  1. Last but not least, food is about enjoyment so what you eat should always make you smile and feel good about yourself.

With all the above in mind we’re excited to announce the launch of Foodie Tuesday! Our weekly food post where you’ll find super easy yet healthy recipes to “whoa” your senses and help you maintain a sexy Parisian silhouette as well as fun facts, tips and much much more… so keep reading!