Still No Four Seasons Loyalty Program! Here’s How To Get Free Benefits

Still No Four Seasons Loyalty Program! Here's How To Get Free Benefits

There have been rumours wafting about regarding a consumer Four Seasons loyalty program for years. The truth is that none of these rumours have come to fruition. That said, all is not lost. Book your next Four Seasons stay via our luxury travel concierge and we can get you free loyalty-style benefits, room upgrades and … Continue reading Still No Four Seasons Loyalty Program! Here’s How To Get Free Benefits

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5 easy and healthy cook books

As some of you may know, I do enjoy cooking and in the Summer time, I really enjoy our garden at home and use our barbecue almost every day, as attested by my Instagram stories. I was almost going to say ‘weather permitting’ but the Summer of 2018 has been the best ever in the UK and it is safe to say that weather has permitted a lot of fabulous outdoor dining.

I have, however, found myself in a little cooking rut – I do have a decent repertoire, but I wanted to jazz it up a bit. I do however hate following recipes and do not have a lot of patience for really hard to follow recipes, so simplicity was key.

I have bought each and very book, and in most cases, I have bought dozens other copies to give to friends and family, as I think they are exceptional. If you see diet this or that, worry not – it means that the recipes will be healthy, but that isn’t the point of this post.

Without further ado, there are Mrs. O’s 5 easy and healthy cook books – all Mrs. O approved.

 

5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver

Costs £13.00 (hardback) and you can get it from Amazon.

I am personally got a great fan of Jamie Oliver (in all honesty), but he won me over with this book. Everything really needs only 5 ingredients and it has changed people’s lives – for example, I have friends who could barely fry an egg and now can cook incredible meals. This is great for confidence boosting, promise.

 

Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond by Sabine Gayour

Costs £19.00 (hardback) and you can get it from Amazon.

I am obsessed with Middle Eastern food and this book was recommended by my acupuncturist as we talked about my Tabbouleh recipe which came from another book (see below). I have now bought a new ingredients such as zaatar, sumac and pomegranate molasses and I have really started finding my way around this type of food. (Waitrose also sells all 3)

I also bought another book from Sabrina called Feasts (and is discounted to £5) and waiting for the Summer to end as she organises cooking sessions with dinner in London and Mr. I and I are definitely going.

 

The Dirty Diet by Kate Harrison

Costs £6.47 (to be precise) from Amazon

I have mentioned this book previously and if you are interested in health and wellbeing, I cannot recommend this book enough – ignore the diet bit. The recipes are outstanding and ‘my’ version of the Tabbouleh is inspired in Kate’s. There is also a divine Mexican bean soup recipe and many many others.

Lose weight for good by Tom Kerridge

Costs £7 (hardback) from Amazon.

I actually bought mine at one of Tom Kerridge’s restaurants, The Coach in Marlow, as we are ‘almost’ neighbours. I first met briefly Tom as he was one of the pop-up chefs at Belmond British Pullman and with us being a few miles from Henley, we do go regularly to both his restaurants nearby.

Despite being a bit more cheffy, the recipes and method are only 1 page long – and they count the calories for you. It has some really nice curry recipes, salads and barbecue recipes.

Fish Indian Style by Atul Kochhar

Costs £18.95 (hardback) from Amazon

This book is something else – and completely different in terms of flavours. I love cooking fish (and Mr. O and I have taken years to perfect the art on the barbecue, oven , baked in salt, and I really needed some inspiration. On a recent visit to Pub in the Park (imagine a more countryside version of Taste of London, but where chefs who are really good friends like Tom Kerridge, Heston Blumental, Jason Atherton and Atul and a few others get together and decide to do their own thing), I had the chance to try a tikka masala chicken pie (probably the best pie I ever had) and chat a bit with Atul Kochnar, who happens to be one of my favourite chefs. We go to Benares in London a fair bit (see my guide to London) but always forget he has Sindhu in Marlow – we will go shortly.

Anyway, the way Atul understands fish is very different to mine and we have been introduced to marinades, to grinding our own spices and generally pushing ourselves. I never thought I would cook some spiced pineapple as a side dish to a grilled sea bass, but I have and it was amazing. Go me!

 

These are our go-to reference books as they really deliver on the ‘easy and healthy’ front, which is something that matters to us (at least currently).

I hope you find the right one for you and let me know if you try something you love.

xo

Mrs. O

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Passenger Shock As “Hard Landing” Causes United Plane To Disintegrate

Passenger Shock As

Shocked passengers on board a United flight from Amsterdam to Washington on Wednesday, had bits of the plane’s ceiling fall in on them after a hard landing at Dulles International Airport. United Airlines released the following statement to FOX 5 News: “On a flight from Amsterdam to Dulles, an interior aircraft ceiling panel came loose … Continue reading Passenger Shock As “Hard Landing” Causes United Plane To Disintegrate

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Delta Airlines Premium Economy Vs Coach. Is It Worth Upgrading?

Delta Airlines Premium Economy Vs Coach. Is It Worth Upgrading?

When flying on Delta Airlines, is it worth paying to upgrade to Premium Economy from Coach seats on long-haul flights? Business Class is clearly better than even the best Premium Economy seats, but it is also more expensive. If you do not want to spend a huge amount on your flight, the happy medium of … Continue reading Delta Airlines Premium Economy Vs Coach. Is It Worth Upgrading?

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£60 Discount Code Off Your Next Virgin Atlantic Flight!

£60 Discount Code Off Your Next Virgin Atlantic Flight!

You can save up to £60 off your next Virgin Atlantic flight. The promo code is CA704 and it can be used on your next Economy flight to get £40 off Economy Classic and £60 off Economy Delight. You earn many more Flying Club miles when flying in Economy Delight so it is often a … Continue reading £60 Discount Code Off Your Next Virgin Atlantic Flight!

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Travel Secret: Book Exceptional Hotels At The Cheapest Price!

Travel Secret: Book Exceptional Hotels At The Cheapest Price!

Do you want to know how to book your favourite hotel at a cheaper price or with extra benefits? In this review, I outline how to pick up exceptional hotels at the cheapest price. Cheapest Hotels On The Web Club1Hotels.com is one of the best places to score cheaper hotel prices, a Chicago based private … Continue reading Travel Secret: Book Exceptional Hotels At The Cheapest Price!

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Kayak Into The Sunset From Athens

Kayak Into The Sunset From Athens

We are huge fans of gorgeous Greece with its many islands and staggering beaches, plus it’s one of the best places in Europe for year-round sunshine. On your next trip to capital city of Athens, try something a little different with a unique way to explore the Greek coastline by taking the Athens Sea Kayak … Continue reading Kayak Into The Sunset From Athens

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Ever Noticed That Your British Airways Plane Was Grimy?

Ever Noticed That Your British Airways Plane Was Grimy?

Have you ever noticed that your British Airways plane felt grimy? Well, the days of grimy cabins and bed bugs on British Airways should be a thing of the past. Following a deep clean of their international fleet, the British Airways ultra-deep clean moves to their short-haul fleet. British Airways actually completed the deep clean … Continue reading Ever Noticed That Your British Airways Plane Was Grimy?

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Fly Singapore To Europe For Just £90!

Fly Singapore To Europe For Just £90!

Norwegian is often one of the cheapest ways to fly transatlantic, particularly if you are wanting direct flights into London from the US. Did you know that they also offer amazing fares if you’re looking for direct flights between London and Singapore? Right now, you can find one-way fares from Singapore to London Gatwick starting … Continue reading Fly Singapore To Europe For Just £90!

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Summer Fragrance Inspiration: The One You Have Been Looking For!

Summer Fragrance Inspiration: The One You Have Been Looking For!

Finding “The One” in perfume is a near-impossible task. Heavier winter scents hang uncomfortably in the air once the sun comes out. Yet so many summer fragrances smell too sweet or don’t last. I have therefore done a bunch of research and have come up with 4 amazing summer scents for women (and one for … Continue reading Summer Fragrance Inspiration: The One You Have Been Looking For!

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