'Epsom' salt is a mineral compound, just like all other salts. Specifically the compound magnesium sulfate. Widely accepted as 'very good for you', Epsom salt baths are famous for relieving muscle aches and pains. But I wanted to investigate the validity of these claims. Fun fact: Epsom salt gets its name from a market town … Continue reading The missing science of Epsom salt baths and why we’ll believe anything we’re told
We are constantly told to 'focus on the breath' but rarely are we offered the tips and techniques necessary to maintain such focus and breathe in a way that maximises our mental and physical health. This is a shame, because it's actually very simple. All you have to do is inhale through the nose slowly, and exhale … Continue reading Why you should breathe through your nose, especially in Yoga
Never judge a book by its cover. London-based Yoga teacher Julie Montagu was recently named one of the Top 10 Holistic Health Icons in the world, but she fought harder for her place at the top than one might assume. After completing a mentoring programme for Yoga teachers run by her company - WholeSelf Yoga - I felt compelled to … Continue reading Resilience comes from a lack of alternatives; what Julie Montagu taught me about success
The easiest 'mindless' thing to do in this posture is dump into your lower back. When done mindfully, not only is the lower back protected but the posture will help build strength in the limbs. The following cues in this pose will prevent such dumping into the lower back and improve your alignment to build … Continue reading Urdhva Mukha Svanasana / Upward-facing dog
It's all about making veggies the star of the show, and this dish does exactly that; everything you'd want from a schnitzel, it delivers. And then some. I've never before experienced such a texture - the flaked almonds make it uniquely crisp and the aubergine is notably not over-cooked so it's the perfect amount of … Continue reading Aubergine Schnitzel @ The Gate
Dishoom - the chain paying homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay - has a vegan brunch, lunch & dinner menu packed full of dishes worth writing home about - I absolutely love their vegan sausages for brunch, and their chickpea curries are divine. But their showstopper … Continue reading Bhel & samosas @ Dishoom
I like my broccoli to not really taste like broccoli. So I cover it generously in sesame oil, soy sauce, chilli & sesame seeds and then roast it to achieve a crispy/burnt texture. Hardly a recipe, this is more a declaration of how simple it is to dramatically improve the flavour and texture of a … Continue reading Crispy-chilli sesame broccoli
You really don't need to measure a thing to make this and I actively encourage you don't, because that would be much less fun. And making this is bloody fun - if you're prepared to embrace the mess! I also recommend a good playlist, always. I threw together: A couple of large avocados 1 small … Continue reading Homemade guacamole – smashing things up!