Wellness Weekend with Leia

Welcome to number 3 of my Weekend Wellness series.

This week I'm drilling down into Leia's yoga pose and nattering about my own wellness journey and hanging out in the kitchen.

This weeks recipe is also a particular fave of mine so I would love to know if any of you guys have tried it or intend to add it to your menu. It so helps me to keep on track finding out your own tips and tricks and wellness stories.

For Body & Soul

For Body & Soul

Meet Leia

Yoga Pose: Monkey.

Monkey Pose helps to stretch the hamstrings, groin muscles and hip flexors. If you're into your running or cycling, this stretch can really help to maintain your flexibility.

We love Leia, displaying such a beautiful posture in a challenging pose that requires dedication, flexibility and patience.

Image Courtesy of Bala

Weight for it!

"Since January, I’ve really tried to get into exercise and I try to work out 4 times a week. Bala Bangles (www.shopbala.com). These are super versatile weighted bangles and can be worn on your wrists or ankles. I’ll wear when rebounding, walking the dogs, doing barre and they come in all sorts of fabulous colours and they're so comfortable. I love that I'm adding resistance to my everyday tasks without even realising it."

Nourish

Nourish

"Recipes in the week for me have to be super speedy and nutrient rich. Things I can whip up quickly are packed with flavour and most importantly are easy to execute. Here’s whats on my radar this week."

Wild Garlic Chicken Curry

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A super tasty warming dish from the fabulous Meera Sodha.

A tasty quick dish, perfect for the weekend. I serve it with a warm roti and minted yoghurt. Delicious!

Ingredients

150g wild garlic leaves.

200ml Greek yoghurt.

2 tbsp Rapeseed oil.

1 lge brown onion, chopped.

3cm ginger, peeled and grated.

2 green finger chillies, finely chopped.

1 tsp ground cumin.

½ tsp ground black pepper

1/3rd tsp turmeric

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs

¾ – 1 tsp salt

Method

Wash the wild garlic, cut off the stalks and leave a third of the leaves to one side. Roughly chop the rest and throw into a blender along with the Greek yoghurt and blitz. Leave to one side.

Heat the oil in a large lidded frying pan over a medium heat and when hot, add the onion. Fry until translucent then add the ginger, green chillies, cumin, black pepper and turmeric and fry until the onions are golden (another 5 mins). Then add the chicken thighs, stir to mix and cover with the lid. Cook for 20 minutes, turning every now and then.

Turn down the heat, add the wild garlic and yoghurt mixture and the salt, stir to mix and cover for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the sauce, you might need to add a little splash of water. Add the remaining whole garlic leaves and cover for another 5 minutes until wilted.

Serve hot with rice, naan or roti. A little mango chutney won’t go a miss either.

For the Home

For the Home

Hanging Out in the Kitchen.

I love to cook. It really helps me to relax and switch off, so I like to spend quite a lot of time just hanging out in the kitchen. It opens out onto my dining area and then into my living room, with a view directly to the garden. For this reason I want my kitchen to feel connected so I add in pieces that you would find in other areas of your home, lamps, art, mirrors, botanicals and fabulous textiles. It helps to integrate it to the other rooms and makes me want to linger longer, creating tasty food and enjoying the smells and sounds, chatting to our guests (or just G and the kids). 

Hanging Out in the Kitchen.

I love to cook. It really helps me to relax and switch off, so I like to spend quite a lot of time just hanging out in the kitchen. It opens out onto my dining area and then into my living room, with a view directly to the garden. For this reason I want my kitchen to feel connected so I add in pieces that you would find in other areas of your home, lamps, art, mirrors, botanicals and fabulous textiles. It helps to integrate it to the other rooms and makes me want to linger longer, creating tasty food and enjoying the smells and sounds, chatting to our guests (or just G and the kids).

Check out Abi's top picks for creating a kitchen you want to hang out in.