Women In Business: Understand Your Value

Today, my Women in Business advice might be a bit controversial. But as usual, it comes from personal experience and I truly believe it can be beneficial to you and your business. We’re talking about internships and how to understand your value. Simply put, you cannot know the value of your work if you don’t know the work first. I won’t hide that I am a big fan of internships — even the unpaid ones. I’m not advocating for free labour, but when you’re first starting out you can take from an internship as much as they take from you. Let me explain. I came to London as a foreign with only an okay level of English. I didn’t know my way around and my career at the time was in arts, which is a hig

Food Hacks: Make Your Own Cold Brew Iced Tea

Summer has finally arrived! Whether you’re lucky enough to have a garden of your own or a chance to chill in your local park, I bet you’re looking forward to sip a nice cold drink under the sunshine. So why not learn to make your own cold brew iced tea? People think the best way to make iced tea is to brew your favourite tea bag as usual and let it cool down. But I disagree — I think iced tea tastes much better when cold brewed and let sit in your fridge for a few hours. Even better if you prepare it the evening before, maybe on a Saturday for a Sunday brunch? So, what do you need? -Loose tea (or a tea bag) -Water -A pitcher (or a French press) Method: Choose your favourite tea. A good combi

Easy Miso French Dressing - Live Cooking Instagram

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who keeps coming back every Monday for our live cooking! I won’t hide that some days it has been difficult to keep going, but your constant support always makes the difference. I love sharing a bit of my day with you! Now, let’s talk about today’s recipe! It’s going to be an avocado-based dish, which you can serve for lunch, snack, dinner — whenever you want. I’m not too fussy about eating certain foods for only certain meals. I can have breakfast for dinner if I fancy! As you may know, we stopped serving avocado at LELE’S in January for sustainability reasons. For me, avocado is now a treat I only have once in a while and I encourage everyone to s

Your Key To Success: Ask For Feedback

When developing a new idea, concept or product, it’s very important to share it with other people. Talk about it with your friends, family, people who you trust will give you their honest opinion. Constantly ask for feedback, take in constructive criticism and try until you get it right. Especially if you’re not already in the business (like me, I wasn’t working in hospitality before opening LELE’S), have a group of people you can bounce your ideas off to. They can be your close friends, or people already know something about what you’re doing. It can even be strangers: put a call out on social media for testers. You will be surprised how many people will be happy to help. Asking for feedbac

10 Minutes Prep Vegan Flatbread & Hummus

If you’ve seen the Live Cooking with Me, you’ll know we had a special guest this time! Zz would not stop barking the whole time — he just has to be the star of the show! Again, I really hope you’re enjoying our weekly get together. I’m receiving lots of questions after the Lives on Instagram, and I encourage you to ask during the show as well! I love hearing from you and I’m always happy to help you through my recipes. Today, we’re making vegan flatbread and hummus! Another easy, inexpensive recipe, perfect for an afternoon snack or with a soup! This is something we used to make in my house when I was little and unexpectedly ran out of bread, so we had to make a quick version ourselves. A li

Craft Hacks: Spray Paint Flower Art

I love having flowers around the house, brightening the room. I love being surrounded by colours — if you know me, you know how much I love wearing colourful outfits! It’s so sad when the flowers die and you can’t do anything but throw them away. So, I looked around for a way to use them a bit differently than just put them in a vase. And I wanted to share them without you! Here’s a hack on how to do flower art! Spray Paint Flower Art You don’t have to do this just with flowers, it could be leaves or branches that you find in the parks too! Just make sure to do it outside or in a very well-ventilated room. You will need: -A canvas or a thick paper -A spray paint canister -Flowers, branches o

Celebrate In Style: Fancy Dinner at Home

One of the things I love to do the most is treating myself to dining out as often as I can (and can afford!). I love going to local places, either vegan or with good vegan options — I think it’s important to show a demand for it and I’m also curious to see how regular places are stepping up their vegan game! So, since we’ve been in lockdown in our homes, my first thought was ‘damn, I can’t treat myself anymore’, this is especially difficult today as I am celebrating my birthday! So I had to think of new ideas to treat myself at home, I’ve never let anyone stop from making myself feel happy and it definitely won’t be the case during these hard times. I might not be able to go to my favourite

10 Minutes Prep No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Another week, another Live Cooking with Me! I hope you guys are really enjoying these, because I definitely am. I love cooking for people, and even though I haven’t stopped baking for Planet Organic or our treat boxes, I miss serving proper food. Today, we’re making a no-bake blueberry cheesecake. It’s very easy to make, inexpensive and really yummy! If you haven’t followed me during the live show on our Instagram @leles_london, you can always watch the recording on our IGTV and follow through the steps. This recipe is also a good way to clear your pantry. If you have some leftover peanut butter, biscuits and nuts, it’s perfect for you! The only thing you’ll need to make the cheesecake is a

Why And How You Should Look At Your Competitors

Today, we chat about competitors: Why and How you should look at your competitors. Of course, it’s not a matter of copying what others are doing. But, very similarly to my finding a mentor’s advice, you should be looking how other businesses approach their customers. What are they saying? How are they saying it? Are they setting new trends you should be following? Are they holding fairs or events you could be attending? In this world there’s space for everyone. As many people say, just take a look at the bread aisle next time you go shopping. There are so many different types of bread, so many different brands making similar products. People like to choose and the market is clearly big enoug

10 Minutes Prep Savoury Tart from our Instagram Live

You may already know this, but on @leles_london I am going live every Monday with a cook-along! You can follow the recipe in real time (I will give you a list of ingredients the days before), or you can see what I’m getting up to and share your creations later! I’m always reposting your own version of my recipes, it’s so fun to watch you re-do my dishes! Anyway, I thought I’d put the recipes on my blog too. A little disclaimer first, though: these recipes are not going to be perfect, but they’re meant to be customisable to your taste and how many people you’re making it for! It’s quite impossible to make any mistakes with them, but all the results are definitely going to be a bit different!

10 Minutes Pre Vegan Polpettone (Meatloaf)

Another recipe directly from our Instagram live on LELE’S! It’s now a weekly appointment I’m looking forward to. It breaks my routine and let’s face it, it gives me an excuse to talk to someone other than the mirror! Today, we’re cooking a vegan polpettone (I am pretty sure you call it meatloaf)! Polpettone is a classic Italian recipe and one of my favourites. My mum used to make it at least once a week while I was growing up and I still miss it so much. But of course, going vegan meant I had to find a way to eat it cruelty free. This is a fuss-free, easy-to-follow recipe and very cheap as well. As usual, these recipes are customisable and meant to be personal to your taste. I will tell you

Sustainable Easy Swaps at The Grocery Store

I think we have all learnt by now how to swap for sustainable choices in our everyday life: reusable coffee cups, reusable straws, always bringing our own shopping bags, solid shampoos and so on. But when it comes to groceries, it feels the only alternatives are buying from a farmer’s market or a bulk shop. Well, that’s simply not true. Here, we talk about some sustainable swaps you can do at the grocery store. As usual, these are only going to be suggestions, I firmly believe every little counts! Even adopting only one of these swaps will help. Don’t get overwhelmed by how much there is to do: just do as little as you can and work from there. Loose Veggies In the past few months, it looks l

10 Minutes Prep Delicious Vegan Pizza

What’s better than to learn to make your own pizza? Learning from an Italian! That’s right, as much as I like to pretend I am English, I was born and raised in Rome, if you didn’t know. And in my cooking, it comes quite handy to tell people I’m Italian — they tend to trust me a lot more… There is not one way to make pizza. Depending on where you go in Italy, everyone thinks their pizza is the best. I, for one, like my pizza to be thin and crusty, like they do it in Rome. It’s really easy to make and it can be healthy as well, it all depends on what you’re putting on top! Ideally, you want the dough to rest at least a few hours before cooking it to let it rise. The best would be to do it 3 da

10 Minutes Prep Vegan Gnocchi

I have to say, if you are missing our Instagram live you’re missing out! We’re having so much fun cooking together — well, at least I am! And seeing how you recreate my dishes really fills me with happiness. I hope you’ll be able to join us next time (I do a live cooking with me every Monday evening, and I’ll tell you what ingredients you’ll need in the days before), but if you can’t remember that I will always post my recipe on my blog too! Today, we’re doing vegan gnocchi. It’s gonna be easy and very quick: you’ll only need 2 ingredients! As usual, I don’t share specific measurements. However, know that with a 240g of potatoes and 120g of flour you’ll be able to serve about 4 people. Ingre

Networking Is The Most Important Part Of Starting A Business

Many of you may not want to hear this, but networking is the most important part of starting a business. You can put as much hard work behind your projects as you can, but it won’t help you grow any more than going out there and talking to people. In my experience, the latter is actually what’s going to bring you more customers. The thing is, you never know who you’re going to meet. You never know if the person you’re talking to is going to shrug your business away or be interested in helping you. Some may simply find your business so interesting that they will talk about it with other people and so on. Others might just have the contact you need to move your business to the next step. You s

How to remove stains naturally

You know that feeling when your favourite top gets stained? I think I can help you with that! Today, I want to share how to remove stains naturally. Too often many of us tend to throw away things far too easily. If a piece of clothing is stained, chances are we can replace it quickly and cheaply. But this just creates more waste when it’s completely avoidable. You don’t need to pay a laundrette to remove stains for you. Plus, all these methods are natural, which means no nasty chemical and again, less waste from plastic bottles and containers. Most of these ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. I’ve also mentioned them before in other hacks, making them extremely versatile.

Women in Business: Find a Course and Get Learning

In Italy there’s a saying, nobody was born already taught. It means that everything in life you’ll have to learn. No skill has been given to you for free, it’s all about the hard work you put in to learn it and get better and better at it. When starting a new business, my biggest advice is find a course and get learning. Nowadays, learning can be very easy. You don’t need to go to school or spend a lot of money to pick up a new skill. The Internet is full of free resources that will give you at least a start. Youtube is a great place to find videos about literally whatever you want: from how to use Excel to how to make a focaccia bread. But how do you find what you need and where? Here are a

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