Garlic and Thyme mushrooms

I have fallen head over heels for mushrooms lately, oh my they are so yummy especially when they are whipped up with some garlic and thyme! Mmmm Mmm!

Mushrooms are high in antioxidants, selenium and vitamin D and B.

This is such an easy recipe which takes a matter of minutes to make. I have served this as a side dish to dinner or even on-top of some smashed avocado on toast for breakfast – the dream.



  • 300 grams mushrooms (I used portobeliini)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 6 sprigs thyme leaves
  • Cracked pepper


  • Wash the mushrooms and slice them.
  • Heat up the olive oil in a sauce pan over a medium heat, add in the garlic and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.
  • Next place in the coconut milk, tamari, thyme leaves and cracked pepper.
  • Allow to cook for a further few minutes until the liquid has slightly evaporated.
  • Serve with some additional fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper if it needs it.



Bali’s best plant based cafes!

I am very lucky to be able to call the beautiful island of Bali home. My mum lives in Bali so every time I visit her, I am fortunate enough to dine at some of the best restaurants and cafes on the tropical island! Although I am a meat eater, I thoroughly enjoy eating plant based meals on a regular basis. I spend a lot of time in Bali each year and find I frequently have a lot of people asking me for my foodie tips. So here are my top 6 plant based cafes in Bali.

Peloton Supershop – Located in Berawa

Peloton is a trendy vegan café in Berawa (located between Seminyak and Canggu). It has a wide variety of food on the menu that would appeal to not only vegans but meat eaters too.  Peloton has a really great vibe, the staff are all so friendly and welcoming from the minute you walk in and the food is consistently good.  The portions are large and the menu is creative ranging from smoothie bowls, tacos, salads, burgers, lasagne and much more! There really is something about this place, the vegan food is absolutely delicious and the coffee with their homemade coconut milk is out of this world.  No wonder it is always so busy – clearly a very popular spot with expats, locals and of course tourists. Pictured is their green smoothie bowl with a mangosteen shot and coconut latte.

Kynd community – Located in Seminyak

This cute, trendy pink café in Seminyak is divine! Kynd Café will make anyone fall in love with vegan food, the smoothie bowls are out of this world and always beautifully presented as are the salad bowls. I have been to Kynd several times and almost every time I have been, people are clicking away on their phones taking pictures of the beautifully presented food  – it will put a smile on anyone’s face, as it doesn’t only look phenomenal but tastes great too!

The Shady Shack – Located in Canggu (vegetarian)

I love going to the Shady Shack for a nice, quiet, healthy lunch whilst sitting in their tropical garden. The menu provides a range of options which makes it really hard to choose from. One things for sure is that all the food is nutritious, beautifully presented and you can’t go wrong! The relaxed atmosphere and gorgeous setting makes for the perfect place to unwind in and enjoy some fresh tasting food. I have eaten numerous meals at The Shady Shack and I am yet to find something I don’t like – the wraps are very delicious as is the jack fruit burger!  Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

The Spicy Coconut – Located in Batubelig (between Seminyak and Berawa)

The Spicy Coconut is the perfect spot to refresh yourself and escape the heat for an hour. I have only ever enjoyed the smoothie bowls at The Spicy Coconut but each one I have had has been spot on, beautifully presented with great customer service! This eco-friendly café’s simple interiors and colourful food will make anyone feel at home.

Down to Earth – Located in Seminyak and Ubud

If you are looking for really healthy food in Bali, then Down to Earth is the place for you. The menu is extensive and the atmosphere chilled and inviting. The seitan burger is a win as is the roasted vegetables rosemary tofu wrap! I love their coconut kefir, smoothies and Kombuchas to quench my thirst on a hot day.  They also have a mini super market were you can pick up an array of supplements, beauty products, packaged superfoods and snacks as well as takeaway raw treats.


Alchemy – Located In Ubud & they have a small branch in Seminyak at Potato Head

The raw salad bar followed by a raw cake or two is the ultimate lunch combo! Nice sized portions, top quality, tasty food in a very relaxed atmosphere! I would have lunch over breakfast at Alchemy though as the menu is more varied at lunch time and the portions larger. There is even a shop inside the café where you can stock up on natural beauty products, supplements and health food products. This review is based in the Ubud location.



Creamy organic oat milk

Oat milk is rapidly becoming one of my favourite milk alternatives, it is rich in fibre and has such a creamy consistency to it. This recipe is very low in calories too, containing only 175 calories for the whole jug!!


  • ½ cups organic oats – I like to use Flahavans oats
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • A few drops of liquid stevia, or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons orgamic vanilla essence
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • Sterilised glass bottle


  • Pour all the ingredients into the blender and blend on high speed for around 3-5 minutes.
  • Strain the oat milk by pouring it through a nut milk bag, cheese cloth or very fine sieve and discard the oat pulp that remains. Do this process 2-3 times so you end up with a nice light milk.
  • Pour the oat milk into a sterilised glass bottle and keep refrigerated.
  • Make sure you shake thoroughly before using it.


Marbella Eats

Organic Café 

Organic Café Marbella is my favourite healthy café on the coast located opposite the Marbella Club. The staff are very welcoming and the cafe has such a charm to it. Organic Café is not only open early but on Sundays too which can be quite rare on the Costa Del Sol.

Organic Café have plenty of vegan, vegetarian and meat options on the menu. They offer a full range of milk alternatives from rice, oat, soya, coconut and almond milk which are impossible to find elsewhere on the coast and they have an extensive beverage menu ranging from smoothies, healthy shots and elixirs to matcha lattes, Kombuchas and organic wines. You can’t go wrong with this place, their salad bar at lunch is wholesome and nutritious and their breakfasts are spot on. Don’t leave here without trying the raw cakes, Mr T and I always get a variety to share every time we visit the café. The cakes are absolutely sublime and the food is very wholesome!


You can’t go to Spain without eating on the beach at a Chiringuito.

Chiringuitos aren’t meant to be fancy, they tend to be family run businesses selling yummy tapas and local delicacies. One of my favourites is Restaurante Las Flores in El Rosario. What I love about Las Flores is they allow the fresh produce to speak for itself, the portions are large, the food is delicious and you won’t get stung by a huge bill.

My favourite dishes to eat are the grilled sardines, the gambas pil pil which are prawns cooked in a mouth-watering garlic drenched olive oil served sizzling in a traditional clay pot. I also really enjoy the salt crusted baked fish, the paella (of course), the gazpacho, the lamb shoulder and any of the grilled seafood options! This place has been around for decades, they turn over tables constantly throughout the day and many people who dine her are repeat visitors – both expats and locals.

There are no frills here so don’t expect beautifully presented gourmet salads – the star of the show will always be the protein which tends to be served with vegetables, a basic salad and chips or patatas a lo pobre (poor mans potatoes which are bloody delish)

So, sit back and enjoy the simplicity of it – enjoy being right on the beach listening to the crashing waves!

Marbella old town

Marbella’s old town has such a lovely charm to it! The narrow winding streets, friendly shops, cafés and traditional Spanish restaurants all centred around Orange Square is the perfect area to go for a wander. The picturesque quaint streets are fabulous to stroll around and get lost in.  It goes without saying that this is the place to enjoy top quality Spanish restaurant food!  If you prefer tapas, then head down to the beach side of the town, through the park towards the sea to some of the best authentic tapas places in town. My top picks are Casa Blanca and La Venencia which has been around the longest. So why not hop from bar to bar enjoying the local delicacies and traditional Spanish foods washed down with a chilled cerveza or tinto de verano. You can’t go wrong here!

Cappucino Grand Café – Melia Don Pepe hotel

If you want breakfast with a view then look no further, Cappuccino is located right on the beach and along the Marbella paseo. It’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and people watch after a morning walk along the beach front. The coffee is great, the food delicious and the ocean side setting is perfect.

I have however only ever been for breakfast but I hear lunch and an early sunset dinner are also lovely! Be aware that it does come with a price tag but that is because you are paying for the ambience, the good food and friendly staff.