Monday, 6 February 2017

WARMING SPANISH BEANS IN TOMATO SAUCE


 INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika (pimenton dulce) - or hot paprika if you like it spicy
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 x 400ml tins butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 x 400ml tins plum tomatoes
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 large handfuls spinach, roughly chopped

To serve:
  • Fresh crusty Bread

  • INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry, stirring continuously, for 3-5 minutes until translucent but not browned. Add the garlic, paprika and bay leaves and fry for a further minute. Add the beans and tomatoes (plus chorizo, if using). Stir and break up the tomatoes a bit, then season with salt and pepper. Stir well and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, checking regularly so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. As it finishes, stir the spinach through to wilt.
  2. Serve hot or cold, as tapas or a side dish, sprinkled with the fresh parsley.

Friday, 6 January 2017

NEW YEAR NEW YOU


The New Year is a very good time to take stock of ourselves - particularly those of us who suffer from seasonal depression and who struggle with the winter months. There are lots of ways that we can help ourselves through the weeks ahead. Here's a few suggestions you might like to try.


You are what you eat.  Snacking on raw veg, fruits, nuts, seeds and raisins will keep a sugar fix at bay.  Eat avocado's, leafy veg, salads, nuts, grains, Vitamin D, Iron supplements. Stock up with  healthy snacks and keep close by so you won't be  tempted to eat sugary junk foods when you need a boost of energy.

Make a shopping list and get stocked up with the right meal ingredients, prepare your lunch food box for the following day before you go to bed. If you’ve prepared well, you’re more likely to eat well.

Breathe deeply when you're tired or stressed. A few deep conscious breaths help to release tensions and calm the mind. Breathe in for the count of 4, exhale for 6.

Drink plenty of water - 6-8 glasses a day. Our bodies are made of over 80% water therefore replenishing is essential for good health.

Reduce your consumption of caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods and drink. Try drinking herbal teas instead or hot water and lemon.




Smile and relax and make a mental list of 6 things you have to be  grateful for about your life as it is right now. Treat yourself as you would your best friend,  with compassion, kindness and encouragement.

An unexpected act of kindness to a stranger can be uplifting for both you and them - so do something for someone else.

Exercise at least 2-3 times per week. Research has proven that maintaining a regular exercise routine helps beat depression, anxiety and low self esteem, increases life expectancy and combats health conditions and disease.

Make sure you get  out of the office and away from the computer at lunchtime. We need all the sunlight and fresh air we can get during shorter winter days. A brisk walk for 20 minutes will  increase your heart and metabolic rate; increased oxygen will stimulate your brain cells, keep your energy up during the afternoon.

Dry skin brushing - purchased at chemist or health shop. Start the day by using the brush against dry skin, with long sweeping motions. This increases circulation of blood, oxygen and lymph around the body which in turn aides release of stagnant energy, toxins and waste from the body. It feels great and acts as a fabulous morning wake up for the entire system.

Keep a journal, take up a hobby, spend time with people who encourage you.

Book a holiday! We have three fabulous yoga retreats in the sunshine lined up for 2017 in Kerala in India, Mykonos in Greece & Kaba, in Turkey and you don't have to be an experienced yogi to join us on any of them. www.elisawilliamsyoga.comwww.elisawilliamsyoga.com for details.

Get plenty of rest and sleep.

Take up yoga and and practice at least three times per week.

Whatever you do enjoy it and have fun!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

WHY TOURISTS SHOULD NOT GIVE UP ON TURKEY

Listen to the voice in your head and travel!

Kabak the peaceful and remote location for our yoga holidays is one of the safest places on earth!

The polarising effect of the media, political wrangling in far away places, continue to fuel our disproportionate fear of Islamist terrorism. One of the biggest casualties has been the Turkish tourist industry. This is particularly absurd as Turkey is such enormous country with so many beautiful places that have remained unchanged in century's of domestic and global turmoil.



International flights to Turkey are currently at rock bottom prices, tourist numbers are down giving us an even greater incentive to go.

Like France, Turkey is in a period of national emergency, but this has negligible effect on tourists travelling to the coastal resorts. The government's grip on security at airports and transport hubs has never been tighter.

The truth is that the vast majority of Turkey remains as safe as most other countries around the globe. Our statistical risk of fatally slipping on the stairs at home or being struck by lightening are vastly higher than the risk of being put in any kind of harms way in Turkey. 

We have two holidays scheduled this Autumn in Southern Turkey and we have no intention of cancelling them. We believe that there has never been a better time to show our support for Turkey's beleaguered tourist industry, bask in the warm welcome of our lovely hosts and continue to enjoy the tranquility and peace of the Turquoise Aegean coast.




Like most people we are determined not to allow the hateful ambitions of terrorism to instil in us an irrational fear of other cultures, to cause division among people and prevent us from travelling to places in the world we love.

If you would like to join us for Autumn sunshine, yoga, good food, relaxation and a warm Turkish welcome in the beautiful, safe and tranquil village of Kabak high up on Turkey's stunning Turquoise coast then please visit my website for more details.

Prices From £450 per person

To watch a short holiday taster on You Tube



Our upcoming Autumn 2016 Yoga Holidays:
26th Sept - 3rd Oct (5 cabins available)
3rd Oct - 12th Oct (fully booked)

"Be The Change You Wish To See In The World"


To Book contact Elisa on 07885933037 or Email: elisawilliamsyoga@gmail.com

For more details follow the link to my website below


WHY TOURISTS SHOULD NOT GIVE UP ON TURKEY

Listen to the voice in your head and travel!

Kabak the peaceful and remote location for our yoga holidays is one of the safest places on earth!

The polarising effect of the media, political wrangling in far away places, continue to fuel our disproportionate fear of Islamist terrorism. One of the biggest casualties has been the Turkish tourist industry. This is particularly absurd as Turkey is such enormous country with so many beautiful places that have remained unchanged in century's of domestic and global turmoil.



International flights to Turkey are currently at rock bottom prices, tourist numbers are down giving us an even greater incentive to go.

Like France, Turkey is in a period of national emergency, but this has negligible effect on tourists travelling to the coastal resorts. The government's grip on security at airports and transport hubs has never been tighter.

The truth is that the vast majority of Turkey remains as safe as most other countries around the globe. Our statistical risk of fatally slipping on the stairs at home or being struck by lightening are vastly higher than the risk of being put in any kind of harms way in Turkey. 

We have two holidays scheduled this Autumn in Southern Turkey and we have no intention of cancelling them. We believe that there has never been a better time to show our support for Turkey's beleaguered tourist industry, bask in the warm welcome of our lovely hosts and continue to enjoy the tranquility and peace of the Turquoise Aegean coast.




Like most people we are determined not to allow the hateful ambitions of terrorism to instil in us an irrational fear of other cultures, to cause division among people and prevent us from travelling to places in the world we love.

If you would like to join us for Autumn sunshine, yoga, good food, relaxation and a warm Turkish welcome in the beautiful, safe & tranquil village of Kabak high up on Turkey's stunning Turquoise coast then please visit my website for more details.

Prices From £450 per person

To watch a short holiday taster on You Tube



Our upcoming Autumn 2016 Yoga Holidays:
26th Sept - 3rd Oct (5 cabins available)
3rd Oct - 12th Oct (fully booked)

"Be The Change You Wish To See In The World"

To Book contact Elisa on 07885933037 or Email: elisawilliamsyoga@gmail.com
For more details follow the link to my website below


WHY TOURISTS SHOULD NOT GIVE UP ON TURKEY

Listen to the voice in your head and travel.
Kabak the peaceful and remote location for our yoga holidays is one of the safest places on earth!
The polarising effect of the media, political wranglings in far away places, continue to fuel our disproportionate fear of Islamist terrorism. One of the biggest casualties has been the Turkish tourist industry. This is particularly absurd as Turkey is such enormous country with so many beautiful places that have remained unchanged in century's of domestic and global turmoil.
International flights to Turkey are currently at rock bottom prices, tourist numbers are down giving us an even greater incentive to go.
Like France, Turkey is in a period of national emergency, but this has negligible effect on tourists travelling to the coastal resorts. The government's grip on security at airports and transport hubs has never been tighter.
The truth is that the vast majority of Turkey remains as safe as most other countries around the globe. Our statistical risk of fatally slipping on the stairs at home or being struck by lightening are vastly higher than the risk of being put in any kind of harms way in Turkey. 
We have two holidays scheduled this Autumn in Southern Turkey and we have no intention of cancelling them. We believe that there has never been a better time to show our support for Turkey's beleaguered tourist industry, bask in the warm welcome of our lovely hosts and continue to enjoy the tranquility and peace of the Turquoise Aegean coast.
Like most people we are determined not to allow the hateful ambitions of terrorism to instil in us an irrational fear of other cultures, to cause division among people and prevent us from travelling to places in the world we love.
If you would like to join us for Autumn sunshine, yoga, good food, relaxation and a warm Turkish welcome in the beautiful, safe & tranquil village of Kabak high up on Turkey's stunning Turquoise coast then please visit my website for more details.
Prices From £450 per person
To watch a short holiday taster on You Tube

Our upcoming Autumn 2016 Yoga Holidays:

26th Sept - 3rd Oct (5 cabins available)

3rd Oct - 12th Oct (fully booked)

"Be The Change You Wish To See In The World"
To Book contact Elisa on 07885933037 or Email elisawilliamsyoga@gmail.com
For more details follow the link to my website below






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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

YOGA RETREAT TO NORTHERN KERALA

"So why don't we go somewhere only we know" 

Now booking for 2017 our dreamy winter yoga retreat in undiscovered Northern Kerala.
February 18 - 25th. Escape the winter blues and join us in this little slice of paradise!




www.elisawilliamsyoga.com/yoga-in-kerala