Blimey October has come and gone quickly and November is roaring by. I mean in some respect for me October felt like the longest month because of going to Chicago and Toronto but in other ways it’s flown by.
So onto some cool stuff I’ve been trying and loving lately.
I was recently sent a Vietnamese cooking set from Sous Chef.
It’s part of their Christmas gift sets that they have at the moment. I love cooking so I was really excited about this.
And let me tell you, they fully deliver on the ingredients and items in the package! The items included are:
- The Food Of Vietnam cookbook
- Potato Flour
- Chaokoh Coconut Milk
- Vietnamese Rice Paper
- Vietnamese Shrimp Paste
- Rice Vermicelli Noodles
- Vietnamese Fish Sauce
- Hanoi Rice Vinegar
- Tamarind Pulp
- Sous Chef Drawstring Bag
The cookbook is massive (seriously huge!) and contains so many recipes from Luke Nguyen, a renowned Vietnamese chef in Australia. The ingredients are exactly what you need to create an authentic meal and are of fantastic quality.
My dad loves cooking and loves Asian food so this is something I would have certainly considered buying him for Christmas. As it was, I got to do lots of cooking with him using this set. We’ve always enjoyed cooking together since before I went to university when he taught me how to cook and so we LOVED this.
It’s a great idea because a lot of the time when you want to cook a different cuisine you need to source and buy so many of the ingredients. And sometimes that can be tricky if the ingredients aren’t the usual ones we’d find in our supermarkets, whereas with this you have them all ready to go and a host of recipes that need them.
We loved the Crisp silken tofu crusted in lemongrass (mmm so lemony) and the Quy Nhon fish cakes so far!
I’ve also been trying some cool protein powder from REGENATIVE from Whey Forward Health Industries. It’s aimed at protecting cells and tissues from oxidative damage and the general poundings that running and endurance sports can cause.
When you exercise your body produces an increased amount of free radicals, and antioxidants can help clear this up and prevent oxidative stress to your body (causing inflammation, damages muscles and potentially lead to injury). Due to its “bioavailable” form of amino acids within the protein, it also helps with building muscles. And it’s Informed-Sport Certified, which means it has been rigorously batch-tested for banned substances. So no worries about doping, eh! 😉
You can buy it as a monthly delivery pack which gives you:
- 28 individual sachets (Dark Chocolate & Himalayan Salt flavour or unflavoured)
- A cool bamboo storage case
- REGENATIVE® Starter Guide
- REGENATIVE Rechargeable Vortex Mixer
I quite liked having the unflavoured versions as I’m a big fan of plain porridge anyway. You can also add it to soups and things like that as well without compromising the taste. I love protein powder and always put it in my porridge in the morning just to help keep me fuller for longer and get an easy amount of protein early doors.
I also LOVE the Vortex Mixer. Mixing protein powder can be a nightmare but this is incredible. So easy and works fantastically!
Actually, I have recently given it to Kyle as he’s been wanting to up his protein and found trying to mix protein powder with water to drink using a shaker is dreadful as it’s still so lumpy. But with this it mixes in SECONDS and zero lumps. He keeps telling people about it in the office so I think he’s happy haha!
Also, I’m a bit late to the party but I’m loving my Goodr sunglasses that I bought before Chicago.
I mean I haven’t technically had that much of a chance to wear them for running due to my injuries (though I did wear them during the marathon), I love them. They fit perfectly.
It’s nice as well as Kyle got them in a different colour and as they’re one size only we can swap with each other if we fancy a different colour.
And I can’t not mention something sweet and tasty… We’ve recently just finished our office bake off competition. So no more weekly bakes in the office, which is devastating! But we had some truly amazing bakes which made a Monday morning far more enjoyable 😉
These were the overall winner: chocolate lava cakes. Heated up in the microwave for 15 seconds and eaten with a spoon, divine! When that chocolate lava seeps out it’s honestly heavenly.
Do you wear sunglasses to run in?
Do you like Asian cuisine?
Do you think you get enough protein from your diet?
**Full disclaimer: I was sent the Vietnamese food bundle and the protein shake bundle for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own honest ones.**