Review: Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardeners Collection

This year iconic British brand Crabtree & Evelyn celebrates 20 years since the launch of their well-loved Gardeners range inspired by the English herb garden by collaborating with designer Cleo Ferin Mercury who has given it a quirky and modern make-over whilst still giving attention to detail, quality and heritage

Drawing on a horticulturist’s wealth of knowledge about the healing power of herbs, this botanical range The Crabtree & Evelyn’s iconic signature Gardeners range is eclectic and unique, originally designed to help the hands of the green-fingered amongst us by restoring, soothing and protecting skin.

Blended with natural ingredients and botanical extracts inspired by an English herb garden, it has become an iconic signature for Crabtree & Evelyn, becoming an essential go-to for anyone seeking a little extra nourishment. As part of the celebration, I was sent two items from the Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners range to review.

Gardeners All-Purpose Balm *New*

I love a multi-purpose product and the Gardeners All-Purpose botanical infused balm doesn’t disappoint. It is a rich mix of nourishing beeswax and shea butter which soothes and hydrates chapped and dehydrated skin.

It smells like a spring morning in the garden with herbaceous and botanical notes of freshly cut clover leaf mixed with eucalyptus, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme lifting the senses and your mood, even on the darkest winter day!

The balm comes in a small and elegant little pot which is perfect for slipping into your gardening tool belt, or of course, your handbag. Simply massage into dry areas of skin for relief.

Gardeners Mini 60 Second Fix Kit for Hands

This botanical two part kit offers hand recovery with Crabtree & Evelyn’s revolutionary hand treatment. The kit is made up of two products, the Gardeners Hand Recovery (25g) and the Gardeners Hand Therapy (25g).

The first step cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturises. The second step using an intensive, nutrient-rich shea butter hand cream to quickly restore dry, parched hands to silky smoothness!

The Mini 60 Second Hand Fix Kit is perfect for travel and on the go treatment and care, fragrance with fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary, and thyme which not only soothes the skin but also your mood.

The kit comes in an elegant botanically inspired box design complete with rope handle which not only looks fantastic but is practical for taking with you.

Overall, I have really loved using these two products to help my dry, sensitive skin feel more nourished (and loved!) I award them 5 out of 5 stars. For more information about the Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners collection click here.

Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Collection

Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Collection

Europe’s top 5 walking destinations #SeeingSwitzerland #Giveaway

I am very much a country girl at heart and although I do love exploring Europe’s bustling cities and staying in hotels or Airbnb apartments I still enjoy spending time in the great outdoors both at home at abroad.

Every year I go camping with my family in the UK giving me the chance to enjoy getting back to nature. When casting my eye further a field I have come across some really inspiring destinations in Europe where you can take in the sights of the countryside. Here are my top 5 European walking destinations, in collaboration with Inntravel.

Switzerland

My husband and I visited Switzerland as part of our European tour honeymoon and we spent a couple of days exploring Lucerne which sits amid snowcapped mountains around the beautiful lake and we were captivated by the stillness of the water and the majesty of the mountains.

Between the Eiger and the Matterhorn lies some stunning walking opportunities. Explore among towering, snow-capped Alps starting from the famous north face of the world’s most recognisable mountain to high-mountain passes on true alpine trails and deep into valleys via lakes, forest and classic mountain villages. Switzerland is well known for its culinary delights so be sure to sample local cheeses and chocolates along the way!

If you’re a first timer why not try a self-guided walking tour of Switzerland, like the Inntravel’s From the Eiger to the Matterhorn walk, which provides hotel-to-hotel walking, allowing you to explore classic routes and little-used trails shared by the tour company.

Montenegro

Last year I turned 30 and as my gift, my sister took us away for a week in Montenegro. I have to admit I didn’t really know anything about this country before going but we had a lot of fun travelling around the Bay of Kotor and visiting all the villages and towns en route.

Although Montenegro’s coast is popular with tourists for its stunning views across the Bay the interior is made up of exciting Balkan wilderness, refreshingly undeveloped and ready for anyone looking for an active holiday. The Durmitor National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, formed by glaciers and is traversed by rivers and underground streams with 23 mountain tops over 2300 meters of altitude.

The park boasts the deepest gorges in Europe, the Tara river canyon and you will find dense pine forests interspersed with clear lakes with a large range of endemic flora. Trails can be accessed from the well-serviced hub of Zabljak, on the edge of the park.

Ireland

I have always wanted to visit our neighbour island of Ireland with its spectacular natural beauty, rich history, unhurried pace of life and legendary hospitality. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with the Irish countryside with many fantastic walks to take in on a holiday.

The Kerry Way is a low-level circuit of the spectacular Iveragh Peninsula, a region of wild, natural beauty steeped in history and legend. Kerry’s hills are eerie and wet, but atmospheric with the range called MacGillycuddy’s Reeks being a fine example of Irish mountainscape and makes a superb centrepiece for a long weekend.

County Wicklow, often referred to as ‘the Garden of Ireland,’  is a picturesque landscape of serene lakes, glacial valleys, majestic mountains, forests and farmland. The Wicklow Way, one of the first waymarked trails to be established in Ireland, visits this unspoilt region and combines the culture-rich city of Dublin with remote mountain trails and secluded valleys. Keep an eye out for stunning Sika Deer and Red Squirrels as you walk near Powerscourt House near Enniskerry!

Crete

I have fond memories of exploring this Greek island which is said to have been the birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. Heraklion, the capital, is home to a renowned Archaeological Museum, housing Minoan artefacts and Knossos, a Bronze Age settlement of workrooms, living spaces and store rooms close to a central square decorated with high colour frescoes showing people, mythological creatures, real animals, rocks, vegetation, and marine life.

If you’re looking to discover some history along your walk then why not visit Crete? The island offers access to a variety of routes, taking in necropolises, deserted coastal paths and olive groves. Don’t miss the beautiful Sirikari Gorge with the Acropolis of Ancient Polyrrinia around a 30-minute hike from the Sirikari village.

The south-west is a flowery paradise in spring. Walk an early-day circuit from roadless Loutro up the mountain to Anopolis, returning down the Aradena Gorge. Loutro is a quaint seashore village, perched on craggy rocks and nestled in a cove, affords an opportunity to experience life in a less accessible part of the island. After your walk why not indulge in some delicious fresh seafood caught by local fishermen?

Austria

I have visited Austria a couple of times taking in the sights of the City, Vienna, as well as the stunning mountainous landscape of Innsbruck which is a perfect Christmas break destination.

Austria boasts a landscape dotted with mountains, valleys, lakes, and forests perfect for holidays with hiking and biking among the most popular activities. Trails here are available for all preferences and ability. Hallstatt is a perfect hub for exploring the Austrian lake district. From here you can travel between steepled villages on easy footpaths, indulging in the odd lake crossing.

If you’re a fan of Austrian food then the Bregenzerwald’s famous Cheese Trail is for you! Along the route, you can sample regional delicacies by farmers, alpine dairymen, cheesemakers and restaurants. The Cheese trail network is made up of Farmers, alpine dairymen, cheesemakers, restaurants, inns, museums, railways and tourist organisations dedicated to the cultivation and the maintenance of culinary delights and regional culture. Who can resist?

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Europe's top walking destinations

My Favourite S/S17 Handbag Trends

I have to admit that I am not really that brave when it comes to fashion but I do really love accessories and have been known to don a jaunty fedora and take my Radley handbag out on the town. There are so many exciting trends for Spring and I particularly love some of the handbags which were seen on the S/S 17 catwalks. Here is a round up of my favourite handbag trends to watch out for this season.

Trippy Prints

If you’re a girl who loves to make a massive statement when she walks into a room then the crazy collision of colours seen from Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Versace would be perfect for you. Reminiscent of an LSD trip these bags challenge the eye with designs including ‘60s style paisley prints, floaty eyes, spaceships, and stars, in really bright, clashing primary and secondary colours. If you want to challenge the status quo this season and get your hands on one of these trippy bags this season try Yoox.

Chain Straps

Chain straps were spotted on the catwalks in a range of materials including brass and gunmetal contrasting with the luxurious leather and suede bags, such as those from Valentino. I really love the mix of styles from the industrial metal and more sumptuous fabrics. John Galliano went for more of an over the top punk style with multiple chains featuring whereas other fashion houses like Bottega Veneta incorporating less industrial, classier chains which complimented the handbags rather than producing a contrast.

Reusable Totes

I am a big fan of reusable shopping bags so I was super excited to see totes were a big summer 2017 bag trend! Bring on the stylish reusable grocery bags! Celine showcased a large but classy crisp-white tote bag which would easily make you look stylish whilst carrying your weekly grocery shop. For a bit of colour, Sonia Rykiel and Sacai featured crisp, fresh shades alongside white totes with black accents. If you really want to retain your elegance while out shopping then the solid black Armani complete with orange leather handle would be perfect.

Super small purses

Sometimes making a statement doesn’t have to be big, sometimes it can be an elegant compact bag like those seen on the catwalks for this season. You don’t really need much more than a lipstick and a credit card when hitting the town right? From leather matchbox purses at Hermes to the tiniest baby pink flower print Fendi with an adorable little metal handle. These micro-handbags certainly inspire a more minimalist lifestyle!

Roomy duffle bags

I have to admit I certainly prefer a spacious handbag over a teeny one so the trend of large duffle bags have caught my attention. As someone who likes to be prepared for anything, these big bags are more my style although perhaps not always practical! Balenciaga showcased a variety of exceptional travel bags for summer 2017 on the catwalks with bold floral prints and monocoloured beauties.

micro handbag trend

Review: Skincare Products from HelloSkin

Taking proper care of your skin is important for everyone. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time you will know that my husband was diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) a few years ago and since then has made major lifestyle changes including excluding all grains and legumes from this diet and ensuring his skin is well looked after to prevent any outbreaks.

So when HelloSkin got in touch offering him the chance to try some of their skincare products he was very happy to join in. HelloSkin describes themselves as the top online store catered towards helping those affected by skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne and Dry skin. Their mission is to provide transparency in product selection to assist customers in finding products that may help alleviate their symptoms.

From the extensive range of products, Vlad picked out three: Westlab Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Spa Magik Super Hand Cream and E45 Derma Protect Fast Acting 24H Spray Moisturiser.

Westlab Himalayan Salt

Himalayan salt has been used for many years to detoxify the body and rejuvenate the skin, nowadays you don’t have to travel to the mountains to receive the health-giving properties of the minerals it contains as it’s easy to find in shops or online for an at-home spa experience as a bath salt,  body scrub or foot soak.

The Himalayan salt from Westlab is mined from the base of the Himalayan mountains and contains pure, high-quality Himalayan pink crystal salt boasting an infusion of 80 different minerals and trace elements essential for a healthy skin including magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron.

It is important for those with Hidradenitis Suppurativa to ensure their skin is kept clean and properly nourished. The Westlab Himalayan Salt not only offers these health-giving properties but gives my husband the chance to relax in a nice bath which helps relieve stress, an additional benefit!

Dead Sea Spa Magik Super Hand Cream

As an Osteopath, my husband uses his hands on a daily basis to diagnose and treat his patients. Between the treatments themselves and washing of hands between patients which strips the skin of its natural oils, his hands take a bit of a beating so he always has a stock of hand cream to try and balance out the wear and tear of repetitive use so he avoids painful dry, chapped skin for his and his patients’ benefit!

He picked out the Dead Sea Spa Magik Super Hand Cream based on the description of being a product designed to ease the problem of dry, chapped skin on the hands, using the soothing and protective power of Dead Sea salt and mud combined with organic plant oils. The cream contains no parabens or colours and uses only natural, allergen-free fragrance which is a plus for anyone with sensitive skin.

The Dead Sea Spa Magik Super Hand Cream offers long-lasting relief and protection,  hydrating, softening, and soothing skin so that it becomes less sore which is really key for Vlad when he is working. Importantly the cream is non-greasy which means he can use it quickly between patients as a protective barrier and they won’t be aware.

E45 Derma Protect Fast Acting 24H Spray Moisturiser

Everyone hates the feeling of tight, dry skin but did you know you can get spray moisturisers which make it quick and easy to apply fast-acting hydration to skin? Vlad picked out the E45 Derma Protect Fast-Acting 24H Spray based on the description of it offering fast acting, intense protection for up to 24 hours, having no artificial fragrances and has a non-greasy feel.

Whereas creams, oils, and lotions can be slow to absorb and leave a residue on the skin, the spray is fast acting and quickly absorbed by the skin. It is great for people with sensitive skin or who suffer from dry skin conditions, such as eczema, to restore the skin’s natural protective barrier, locking in moisture, reducing evaporation, and helping the upper layers become more hydrated.

Overall Vlad has found the three products helpful in restoring his skin. With regular moisturising dry, sore skin will feel smoother, softer, and suppler with less irritation which, as I already mentioned, is important to Vlad for both a better professional experience and personal health support. He awards the products 5 out of 5 stars and will continue to use them on a regular basis moving forward.

For this review the products were supplied by HelloSkin, all opinions are my own. Use the coupon code HELLOMICAELA to get a 10% discount for all products at HelloSkin.

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HelloSkin Skincare Products

 

Infographic: Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Superfoods

My husband will regularly come to bed and have a last minute check of his social media before going to sleep and I have often noticed that his mobile phone’s screen looks a bit funny in the evening.

When I asked him about it Vlad told me that his phone has a blue light filter which means it removes all blue light emitted by the screen after a certain time as blue light can be bad for sleep.

I love to read before bed and I have a serious dependency on my Kindle to supply me with e-books while I am tucked up in bed. I have never really been worried about blue light as I usually get a decent night’s sleep, but on those occasional nights where I can’t get to sleep could blue light be to blame?

Short-wavelength, high-energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light so it is not as easily focused. When you’re looking at digital device screens this unfocused visual “noise” reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain. Blue light sources are becoming increasingly common in today’s environment, including computers, smartphones, televisions and lights.

Studies suggest that, over time, exposure to the blue end of the light spectrum could cause serious long-term damage to your eyes such as macular (retinal) degeneration. Natural exposure to blue light during the daylight hours boosts people’s energy, alertness and mood.

Elongated exposure to the blue light given off by screens during the evening can disrupt circadian rhythm and cause various health effects including a disruption in normal sleep schedules, as we have evolved being exposed to these waves during the day, not at night!

A study undertaken by Thomas Jefferson University neuroscientist George Brainard compared participants who read on light-emitting devices before sleep to those who read a regular book. Those exposed to blue light took longer to fall asleep, had less REM sleep and had higher alertness before bedtime. Those who read on the light-emitting device were sleepier and took longer to wake up.

So, what can you do help protect your eyes from this sort of damage? I recently came across this infographic from Focus Clinics which suggests a healthy diet including lutein and zeaxanthin helps support the retina. Kale comes out on top when it comes to eye superfoods with cress and spinach close runners up.

Do you use your phone or ebook reader in bed? Maybe it’s time to rethink!

focus-superfoods-infographic

Review: Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

I love taking photos but I have to admit that I rarely actually print them out and put them where I can be reminded of fun times gone past. When I started my Bullet Journal and joined many online communities dedicated to the system I saw that many people were using small printers to print out photos and use them to decorate their journals so I decided I wanted to give this a go too.

I purchased the Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer having seen many people in the BuJo community singing the devices’ praises and wanting to go with a well-known brand, who better for instant photo printing than Polaroid? The ZIP comes in a range of colours and is a compact 2.9 inches x 4.7 inches x 0.9 inches and weighs in at 187g making it perfectly portable.

It has a rechargeable 500mAh lithium battery which is charged in 1.5 hrs via USB and can print 25 sheets on one charge. The printer uses ZINK Zero Ink Paper technology, printing photos onto 2×3” ZINK photo paper, which, when subjected to heat from the printer, activates unique color-forming molecules embedded in the paper’s layers.

The printer works via the Polaroid ZIP app (iOS and Android) and connects to your mobile device using Bluetooth or NFC. The app is easy to navigate and you can quickly select your photo and print or spend a few moments editing or make a collage with multiple shots before printing. The printer takes a few moments to warm up and print the photo but overall I find the process a quick and painless one!

This is certainly handy as it means no ink top ups are required and the result is smudge-proof photos with vibrant colors. I really love that the ZINK Zero Ink Paper comes with peel-back sticky paper which means it is easy to remove the backing and stick the photos I have printed out straight into my Bullet Journal with no need for glue or tape. The ZIP comes with 10 ZINK sheets and refills are easy to find online.

I have really enjoyed using my Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer and my Bullet Journal is full of colourful photos full of memories I can look back on with fondness. It has definitely make me more likely to print out photos I have taken and I have found it easy to use without issue. I award the Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer 5 out of 5 stars.

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

photos printed by Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

photos printed by Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

Review: The Coconut Collaborative Lemon Dessert Pots

I discovered the Coconut Collaborative a few years ago when looking for diary-free alternatives for delicious puddings for my husband who tries to avoid milk where possible.

The Coconut Collaborative was founded in 2014 by two guys who wanted to spread the love for the humble coconut, connecting like-minded coconut companies and producing coconut treats, all the while giving something back to the planet and its people. They work with Pur Project to plant thousands of coconut trees which in return regenerates the land and provides habitat for wildlife and income for communities.

The coconut has seen a huge rise in popularity recently as many people have inspected their diets and have decided to get on board with clean eating, dairy-free trends. Coconut milk contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that supply a host of benefits to the human body.

I recently discovered a new product in the Coconut Collaborative range ‘Little Lemon Temptations’ which launched last month. These are little pots of thick, coconut cream blended with real lemon juice for ultimate dessert satisfaction and a great palate cleanser to finish off a meal.

‘Little Lemon Temptations’ are of course free from dairy but they also contain no soya or gluten, they are packed with the goodness of coconuts and contain just 125 calories per 45g serving size. If you are someone who is looking to remove dairy from your diet but doesn’t want to miss out on pudding these make a lovely sweet treat.

I really loved the flavour of the lemon dessert pots which are super creamy, smooth and sumptuous, however, personally I would like a bigger citrus kick to offer a real contrast to the creaminess. I have to admit that I do find the small serving size a little sad as I would love to dive into a bigger portion but if you’re looking for a small treat then this is a great option.

Overall I really like the ‘Little Lemon Temptations’ dessert pots, they make a fantastic dairy-free option which everyone will want to have! I award them 4 out of 5 stars.

coconut collaborative lemon pots

coconut collaborative lemon pots

 

Review: Chocolate bars with a protein punch

Have you jumped on the protein trend yet? Lots of products have been released over the last year or so hoping to help us get the right amount of protein to keep our bodies healthy and to boost athletic performance.

The recommended amount of protein is 0.8g per kg of body weight or 0.36g per lb. This amounts to 56g per day for the average man, 46g per day for the sedentary woman. Of course, active people and athletes would be looking to intake more.

Sales of protein shakes and bars have soared 27% in two years, from £52 million to £66 million. One in ten consumers now claimed to have eaten a protein bar in the last three months. However, some products aren’t always very pleasant to consume, having a powdery texture and chalky taste.

Snickers, Mars and Bounty have all launched a protein-rich version of their chocolate bars recently, allowing you enjoy a tasty treat at the same time as taking in a protein boost. Discount Supplements sent us one of each of these well know chocolate bars to review.

Bounty Protein

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of coconut in chocolate bars so my husband tested this one. He discovered the Bounty Protein bar had no discernable difference from the regular chocolate bar which is a positive as some protein-rich products can have a strange texture. The bar had the classic coconut taste you expect from Bounty with the addition of 19g of protein per bar with the bar coming in at 192kcal with 5.7g of fat. The original Bounty bar comes in at 139 calories with 1.1g of protein. If you’re a fan of coconut and chocolate then this might be a good way for you to get some additional protein in your diet.

Snickers Protein

I love Snickers chocolate and peanut bars, so I was very happy to test this one. The Snickers Protein Bar is a delicious combination of nuts, caramel and chocolate with a soft nougaty centre with again no discernable difference from the regular chocolate bar (no odd texture or chalky taste). The bar has boasts 18g of protein, 7g fat and has a calorific value of 199. For comparison, the original Snickers bar comes in at 245kcal with 4.5g of protein. I could certainly see myself slipping a couple of these into my gym bag for a post-workout snack, although at nearly 200 calories I’d have to be careful how many I ate! 

Mars Protein

Again Vlad wanted to try the Mars Protein bar, which combines caramel and chocolate for that distinctive Mars taste. Once more there is no discernable difference from the regular chocolate bar (no odd texture or chalky taste). The bar comes in at 200 calories with 4g of fat and 19g of protein. Compared to the regular Mars bar which has 2.2g of protein and 230kcal  it certainly makes for an enticing protein-rich alternative.

For me, taste has to be the major factor when taking any sort of supplementary food products as  I am unlikely to keep having something which tastes awful even if it is supposed to be good for me! These special protein-rich editions have no discernable difference from their regular, delicious chocolate bar originals and make it easy and enjoyable to get more protein.

I would be weary of people forgetting that they do also contain fat, sugars and salt which can be harmful in large doses, however, I am happy to award them 4 out of 5 stars as an alternative to less tasty options!

protein chocolate bars

3 Travel Destination Ideas for 2017

I have to admit that when it comes to booking holidays I can be pretty predictable, preferring places not too far away from home where I can get in some quality relaxation as well as exploring local culture and history. So far this year I have plans to visit Amsterdam for a long weekend and it is looking like a Scandinavian Christmas market is on the cards for December.

When looking into travel destinations for 2017 I came across a few amazing options which I would never have thought about and I really wanted to share them with you in the hopes of inspiring you to go somewhere a bit different this year.

For the culture buff – Málaga

I have visited a few different places in Spain but I have never visited Málaga which seems like an oversight as it is described as Andalusia’s museum-goer’s paradise. The city boasts a Picasso museum, the CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo) as well as an outpost of Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum that houses Carmen Thyssen’s extensive private collection. Holidays in Spain always include sun-kissed beaches and fabulous local cuisine and Málaga is no different.

Try one of the city’s foodie tours where you can try specialities like Iberian ham, or visit one of the many tapas restaurants for some local flavour! There are 15 beaches within Malaga’s city limits, so plenty of sun and sand to enjoy.

For the nature lover – Madagascar

I would never have thought of visiting the island of Madagascar as a holiday destination but it is tipped to be popular this year. Madagascar is perfect for anyone who loves nature as the island is home to thousands of unique species with more than 90% of the flora and fauna being restricted to the island. Created in 1991 following the 1986 discovery of the golden bamboo lemur, the Ranomafana National Park is a must!

Don’t forget to visit the Avenue of the Baobabs, a row of about 20 – 25 imposing Baobab trees along some 260 meters. Antananarivo is the capital and largest city in Madagascar with rich historical, architectural and cultural sites to explore including beautiful cathedrals and the Queen’s palace.

For the flavour hunter – Cambodian Coast

If you’re looking to go further afield this year then consider a visit to the Cambodian Coast which boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most stunning islands. There are now direct flights into the coastal Sihanoukville airport via Ho Chi Minh City making for a smooth journey to the perfect island escape. Visit the capital of Phnom Penh for extraordinary historical architecture, modern malls, and an incredible food culture. Khmer red curry (coconut-milk-based), Nom banh chok (noodles) and Kdam chaa (fried crab) are some dishes which shouldn’t be missed.

Why not try your hand at bartering in one of the local markets? A good tip is to suggest 50% of the original price and then settle somewhere in between. If you’re looking for some relaxation why not indulge in a the Cambodian-inspired treatment at the wellness-minded Six Senses Spa on Krabey Island or visit the Alila eco-resort on Koh Russey to experience Khmer cuisine and community service.

planning holidays for 2017

Recipe: Russian Egg & Sweetcorn Salad

I love learning about recipes from my husband’s family traditions including this super simple and delicious Egg & Sweetcorn Salad which we enjoyed alongside a traditional English Easter roast dinner a few weeks ago.

I think of this recipe as a bit of a hybrid, incorporating the texture and flavours of egg mayonnaise and sweetcorn relish with a garlic kick!

This recipe is versatile and you can easily make it larger by multiplying the ingredients. You can also choose to decrease or increase the amount of garlic and mayonnaise in the recipe to taste. You can use fresh or thawed, frozen sweetcorn in the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Hard boiled eggs, diced
  • 340g Sweetcorn
  • 2 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Decorate with fresh herbs, vegetables etc.
  4. Enjoy!

This makes a great side dish to any meal and it is so quick and easy to make but packs a big flavour punch. You could also use it as a vegetarian-friendly sandwich filler!

russian egg and sweetcorn salad