Mince pies are such a traditional Christmas treat – no doubt they’ll be served at every house you visit, every shop you pop into and I’d be very surprised if you’ve not had one in the last couple of days!

These mince pies are so easy to make, are healthy and yet still taste so delicious. They’re full of easy-to-find nutrient dense ingredients and make surprisingly little mess (always a bonus at this time of year)! You’ve got every allergen covered as they’re gluten free, egg free, vegan and dairy free too!


For the Tart:

  • 350g medjool dates (or another type of date, soaked in boiling water for an hour)
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 50g quinoa flour (can subsitute any type of flour instead eg. wholemeal flour, brown rice flour etc)
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp water

For the Mincemeat Filling:

  • 200g diced apple
  • 180g sultanas
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • Juice and zest of 2 large oranges
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

To Top:

  • Icing Sugar (I used Sukrin)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place all the mincemeat ingredients in a pan on the hob and gently simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Whilst the mincemeat is simmering, add all the tart ingredients into a strong food processor and pulse until a dough forms.
  4. Bring the dough together with your hands and roll out on a flat surface to about 5mm in thickness. Use a cutter to cut out 24 circles, and 24 small stars.
  5. Grease a muffin tray with coconut oil and gently press in the tart circles so that they fill the tray. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove these from the oven and scoop tablespoons of mincemeat into the tart cases. Add a star to the top of each mince pie. Bake again for another 10-12 minutes until the mince pie is golden.
  7. Allow to cool before removing from the tray (they will harden as they cool).
  8. Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy (not all at once!).

ENERTOR™ insoles are made using D3O® Technology and are endorsed by Usain Bolt. They are designed to enhance performance and provide superb cushioning to reduce injury risk and increase the comfort of the shoes.

They are capable of aiding muscular function using the orthoitc support that they offer, ENERTORclaim them to be totally unique from any other insoles.
With my running background full of injuries I was offered the chance to give these insoles a go! I’m currently making the transition from road running to cross country (my season will start late as I’ve had an injury) and therefore I first used ENERTOR™ in my spikes. They are made in individual sizes so took their advice and ordered the size up so I could trim them down.
Personally I have never worn insoles, so although they took no time at all to get used to, they did feel a little strange at first. The orthotics are not totally flat as they are designed to put pressure on different areas of your foot whilst you run. After wearing them a few times in my spikes, I gave them a go on the road. My road shoes are a slightly larger fit than the spikes but I didn’t notice myself slipping at all once I’d put the insoles in.
Over the last 2 weeks I have felt a difference in the way my feet feel after running; normally post-session they’ll feel quite tight and worn out. After wearing these I noticed a significant reduction in the ‘ache’ which must have been down to the insoles. I plan on wearing them to race in January as I’ve been so pleased with how I’ve got on with them so far!
Some facts quoted by ENERTOR™:
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Up until a few years ago I wouldn’t have classed myself a ‘watch’ kind of person, by which I mean I wasn’t overly fussed by expensive ones. Having said that, I never leave the house without a watch purely to a) make sure I‘m not late, and b) so I can keep track whilst running – I’d feel naked without one.

JORD watches are a Swiss American company that make custom-sized wooden watches. Prior to these, I’d never seen wooden watches – you’ll normally find me scrolling through Garmin’s watch specifications working out which watch to recommend to an athletic friend in need of advice. The JORD wooden watches are hand made specifically to fit your wrist.


JORD contacted me last month and asked how I’d feel about reviewing one of their speciality watches, and as you can expect, naturally this got me incredibly – and probably a little too – excited! Browsing through their website it became apparent to me that these watches really are one-of-a-kind. The unique choice of wood, watch face and style made it incredibly difficult to choose a favourite.

The watch that eventually stood out among the rest was the Frankie Zebrawood and Champagne Watch. 


This colour of this watch is BEAUTIFUL and the watch face itself watch is so quirky – I’ve never worn anything like it. The colour goes just perfectly with a pair of black jeans, baggy jumper and a pair of Timberlands.

Especially at this time of year, with the crisp golden leaves on the ground and beautiful parks, it just fits perfectly. If I’m ever seen not wearing running kit (which isn’t often if I’m honest – it’s just too comfy) then I’m bound to be wearing this. One thing that stood out to me was the weight of the watch – it is so light. Considering it is made of wood I had expected something a lot heavier, but the fact it is so light makes it a lot nicer to wear.

The watch fits to the wrist by a sturdy metal clasp which is really easy to do up one-handed, especially in a hurry!


With Christmas just around the corner it makes such a lovely gift idea, these watches come in a range of styles (check out their website here) so that you can find one to match your individual character.


JORD have kindly set me up a giveaway for all my readers – click on the link here and enter your email address to get $25 off one of these watches! What makes it even better is that everyone’s a winner – which doesn’t happen very often! Treat a loved one, or yourself if you’re that obsessed(!), to a watch – they really do make the perfect gift.

Port D’Alcudia

After which felt like last minute plans, I set off with my family to Mallorca in late July from Gatwick at some unearthly hour of the morning. Unfortunately I was rather ill the night before which meant my packing was somewhat minimal, though somehow it was still the heaviest of the 5 suitcases…oops! We flew into Palma and hired a car which we drove to Alcudia where our Villa was within walking distance of the beach.

Alcudia is located on the north-east coast of Mallorca (around 1h drive from Palma) and in the centre has an old town built by the romans. Our villa was located half way between the Port D’Alcudia and the Alcudia Marina which meant we had a lot of choice when it came to where to head to the beach. With no time to loose we ventured out in the dark on the first night to locate the nearest beach, which, when we arrived, provided us with a beautiful calm sunset.

The Old Town was very picturesque, narrow cobbled streets filled with quaint shops and restaurants. During the day it was full of tourists pottering in and out of the shops, whilst at night the smell would win over even those with anosmia as the dress code reversed from casual to smart with people eating in the amazing array of local restaurants. While we were there the temperature was between 30-39oC which personally I found a little toooo hot – I managed 3 morning runs, but by midday we were all very much in the shade or in an air conditioned room!

​The sea on the beautiful beaches of Alcudia was so clear – not a piece of seaweed in sight. The majority of rocks were volcanic rock which made walking on them a challenge to say the least, but none-the-less no one cut their feet. With a beach less than 1km from the Villa we made a visit at least once a day, even picnicking on it one evening.

Old Town Alcudia

Although we prepared breakfasts and lunches at the Villa ourselves, we decided to give the local cuisine a go for dinner on multiple occasions. The first meal I had was Paella, the typical Spanish dish. I chose it with seafood and it was iiiiiincredible, so much so that I finished of the 2 other Paellas that had been ordered for my parents (I promise I wasn’t stealing their food, they had eaten all they could so the permission to dig in had been granted!). For starters we were usually served olives (I have developed a like for these now….be aware!!) and gluten free baguettes!! Another meal that was particularly impressive was the final night in the Old Town – for starters it was the usual but the main was freshly grilled cod with potatoes. Now I must sound terrible for doing this but I also ate most of my brothers prawn spaghetti (which he disliked) as well as my sister’s duck and figs (which she also disliked)! They were all quite rich, presented well but so tasty!

The range of gluten free food available was really good – most restaurants had gluten free pasta and could serve any grills, salads, paellas or tapas gluten free. Some even did gluten free pizza (we just had to try one of these didn’t we!). Two of the three provided gluten free baguettes or bread as a starter too which I was fairly surprised by.

Another thing that the Spanish got right was Gelato. From smurf to pina colada to duche de leche – they had every flavour under the sun. They weren’t cheap, but were much needed in the sweltering 38oC temps!

Mallorca is the home to fresh fig plants, almonds, carob, dates, nectarines (these were so juicy!!) and a range of other fruits and vegetables. I recognised the tree in our front garden and soon identified it as a carob tree. After googling whether it was safe to eat raw I picked some, boiled it (as per google’s instructions) and as we had no food processor to grind the pods into a powder we ate the pods whole. They were sooo tasty – not quite what I had expected either! Being a mad lover of nuts and dried fruit I just had to try some fresh figs – I walked for 20 minutes to a Fresh Fig Market and back to spend 43 cents on some fresh figs! We also discovered that in the back garden we had an almond tree…I wasn’t actually aware that these grew in Europe.



Cyclists and triathletes are drawn to Mallorca as it is the location of the routes and large sporting events that take place their every year. Although we didn’t take part in heaps of activities, it was lovely to relax a bit as we all live very full-on lives back home.

Having said this, one of the best adventures we had was a morning organised by Skualo where we paddle boarded off the coast and snorkeled, cliff jumped, coasteered and got the chance to swim deep into caves as dark as a black hole. Swimming through a dark cave was quite an experience…you had no idea how deep the water was, for all we knew the next step could take you to a 10ft drop! At first I thought balance would play havoc and getting the jist of the paddle board would be difficult, however, we all adapted to the waves and (most of the time) remained on our feet. It was a lot easier to paddle when you refrained from looking down!! We spent about 2 hours paddle boarding with a few breaks to do the other activities. The caves were incredible but rather scary at the same time.

​On the final day our plane was due to depart late in the evening which meant we had 12 hours to kill before driving to the airport. This gave us the chance to visit the Caves of Campanet! I have to admit I didn’t really know what to expect, and  I certainly thought they’d be far smaller than they were! There were some amazing stalactites and stalagmites, the caves were so deep and felt endless – I was genuinely worried about getting lost!!

A few questions that have been asked about the trip:

​Where would you recommend for gluten free food?
-Bistro 1909 Restaurant, Old Town Alcudia
-MOMA Restaurant, Port D’Alcudia
-Monarc Airlines (multiple g/f meal choices)
-Having said this, most places served gf dishes…!!

How did you manage to workout in the heat?
As mentioned earlier I went on 3 morning runs (around 8am-ish) before it was too hot, at this hour it was around 26oC. We did quite a bit of walking around, to and from the beach, but I used the week away to relax and give my body a much needed rest.

My tips for working out in the heat:
– invest in a top-less cap – it really keeps the sun off your face which keeps you a little cooler.
– workout in the morning…it gets too hot otherwise!!
– make use of what you can – use water bottles as weights, enjoy the scenery running alongside the coast at a relaxed pace.
– wear light clothing (eg. not black) as you’ll reflect the sun as opposed to absorb it!
– keep hydrated throughout the day to ensure you don’t become dehydrated!

For more photos from Mallorca, head over to my Instagram and scroll down 🙂

Comm by Rhianon Williams, Escapade

I have joined forces with the North London Half ‘Blogger Squad’ to make this an unforgettable race. This race will have you flying around the fast flat roads of North London before finishing in Wembley Stadium – ”the greatest finish line in the world”.

Whether you need to set yourself a new goal for the new year, want to see just how fast you can get around 13.1 miles, or just feel like doing something outside of your comfort zone this race is the perfect opportunity for you to do just that. With professional pre-written training plans that  accomodate for all fitness levels, there is no need to worry about being out of shape – you’ll find yourself prepared for the event like no other.

So, when and where is it?
It’s on the 12th March 2017, starting and finishing at Wembley Stadium in London.

How far is it?
It’s a half marathon which is 13.1 miles.

Who can run?
Anyone! Grab some friends, work collegues or keen fitties and fly around together!

This race is perfectly timed for those training for the London Marathon. It slots perfect into training plans and will prepare you for the race to make sure you get that PB you have been training for.

​For more information, or to sign up, click here.

Comm by Rhianon Williams, Escapade