For a lot of people, they start working out to lose weight. January the first comes up and people want to be fitter, tone up, and (for me at least) lose belly fat. I have said many times that I started running because I was jealous of my sister. That’s not the complete truth. I wanted to lose belly fat – I actually wanted to lose it quite badly. However constantly weighing myself and pinching the fat around my waist because very demoralising and mentally crippling very quickly.

Eventually my reasoning for working out moved and changed from weight loss to something else. Put very simply it made me happy. The post sweat endorphin high is amazing for both body and mind.

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In 1997 a scandal broke out, unlike any other. River Café Cook Book by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers was newly published. In it there was a recipe for a cake I’ve never made or eaten or been served: dark, flour-less and baked until set in a bain marie. In fact I didn’t know what a bain marie was until writing this post (it’s a type of heated water bath).  It turns out that for most people this recipe didn’t work. Amateur chefs and professional chefs tried and all of them ended up with a fresh brown liquid.

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I have always been slightly obsessed with breakfast and this tahini porridge with honey and sesame brûlée is my actual dreams come true. Breakfast is almost always my favourite meal of the day. No matter how much I love sleep I will always wake up early enough to eat breakfast before rushing out of the door. On weekends I can indulge in this love and try something new and exciting.

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‘How are you today?’ my mum asks me with a smile. ‘Busy,’ I say. ‘And tired,’ I add as an afterthought as if I was too busy to notice how tired I was. This wasn’t the first time I’d answered my mum’s questions with a non-answer and it (sadly, annoyingly) wasn’t the last. But it was one of the first times I noticed how being busy had become the new status symbol. How often I said I was busy. Free time was very last generation and the currency of now is how much you have to do.

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September is here and it’s the start of my favourite season! I love Autumn – for the colours, the food, the long sleeves! For me summer was hard work and slightly sad and already September has started with me in a calmer and happier frame of mind. I can’t wait for everything this month holds for me.

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