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Chupi Team: Top picks for April

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Here at Chupi HQ, we’re always sharing our recommendations for podcasts, restaurants, beauty products, books, recipes and snacks around the lunch table. There’s a lot of trust here in Chupi HQ – so if something amazing is recommended by one of our team members, there’s a very high chance that everyone in the studio will jump on board!

We thought it would be a lovely idea to share our team top picks for each month with you guys too, it’s always lovely to get a real recommendation from a real human being. Whether you’re looking for a good book, a brilliant tv show or an amazing beauty product, the Chupi Team have shared with us their top picks for the month of April.

Una, Marketing Specialist

I’ve been enjoying the extra time I have in the evenings to make some really tasty dinners. I’ve become slightly addicted to this creamy pasta recipe by @naturalbornfeeder. It’s so quick and easy to make! I also made one of the best decisions of my life this April and ordered a kilo of almond butter from @pipandnut.

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💚Creamy pasta in minutes 💚 Frozen peas for the win to make this creamy green pasta sauce with a serious punch of flavour~ you’ll be making this more than once I can tell ya ☺️🙏🏼 Serves 2 160g pasta 100g frozen garden peas, thawed 10 to 12 semi sun-dried tomatoes, chopped handful of hemp seeds For the pesto: 3 handfuls of fresh basil leaves (remove the stalks) 100g frozen garden peas, thawed 100g toasted almonds 3 garlic cloves, crushed juice of ½ a lemon 6 tbsp olive oil 3 to 4 tbsp nutritional yeast Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain well. Meanwhile, thaw the frozen peas in a heatproof bowl of hot water for 4 to 5 minutes, then drain well. To make the pesto, blend all the ingredients until mostly smooth – there should still be some chunky almonds. Put the drained pasta back in the pot. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of pesto and stir to coat all the pasta with the pesto sauce. Divide the pasta between two serving bowls, then divide the thawed peas and chopped sun-dried tomatoes between them.#naturalbornfeeder #pastarecipes #pestorecipe

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I’ve been using it in absolutely everything, but my favourite use of it so far has been in the almond butter cookies that Emily shared on her WFH story! They are more like a gooey brownie, I can’t recommend them enough (thank you for sharing Emily!) As for podcasts, I was so happy to see that Louis Theroux has launched one – it’s called Grounded with Louis Theroux and the first episode features the amazing Jon Ronson, I really enjoyed it!

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Kate, Production Executive

In this current quarantine situation it’s given me lots of time to reflect and to be more aware of how I’m feeling and why. I have downloaded and subscribed to the app Headspace, initially to help me sleep (I love their soundscapes!).

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Amidst the chaos, we should all remember to find a little joy.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #headspace #joy #bloom #healthyhappy #inspiration

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But since then, I’ve been using it more and more. I love it! I’m using it for meditation and for workouts too. It has made me realise how important it is to time each day to check in on yourself and to be present. Oh and also, my favourite quarantine snack has been crunchy peanut butter filled Medjool Dates, dipped in Dark chocolate and popped in the fridge. I. Can’t. Stop.

Lisa, Lead Designer

My goal in lockdown is to be kind to myself, so I have been trying to get out for walks (my tiny yard doesn’t get any sun), baking cookies, cooking good food and not pushing myself too much.

I just finished watching the latest season of the Chilling adventures of Sabrina on Netflix.. Can I just have Kiernan Shipka’s entire wardobe please? I’ve been listening to Dolly Parton’s America podcast on reccomendation from our Production Manager Amanda, loving it so far, can’t wait to listen to the rest.

Emily, Social Media & Content Coordinator

It’s been amazing to have so much extra time from not commuting everyday. I’m using my spare time to get back into reading, I’ve just finished ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens and I loved every second of it. It’s such a brilliant read!

I’ve also been using the Glossier Invisible Shield for the last couple of weeks as recommended by Una, it has changed my life! It’s so hard to find a good SPF but the Glossier one is brilliant – it’s so light. I’m obsessed with all things Glossier, if you’re looking for a hero product to start with I’d highly recommend the Balm Dotcom – the birthday balm is my fa

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JoAnn, Digital Marketing Specialist

I am re-reading Sally Rooney’s book Normal People before Hulu launch the television series at the end of the month! If you haven’t read this book by Irish aurthor Sally Rooney, I would highly recommend it. It’s a skilfully written girl meets boy story based in rural Ireland with references of places we all know and love. You don’t have to read the book, you could just watch the series on Hulu, BBC or RTE!

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You’re not emotionally prepared for this. ⁠ ⁠ All episodes of #NormalPeople will be on @BBCiPlayer from April 26.

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Parijat, Digital Designer

This month I’ve been trying to limit myself to an hour of scrolling through social media and reading/watching films more. For all the animation lovers out there, there’s 21 Studio Ghibli films on Netflix now and I’m going through all of them one by one. I’m also making sure to spend some time not looking at any screens, so more cooking, sketching and going on walks. Following @mallikabasu_ for some delicious Indian recipes!

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✨8 ESSENTIAL RECIPES FOR DAL LOVERS✨Compiled in case you’re running out of lentil inspiration, including my mom’s very own, anomalous, one pot feast that doesn’t need a separate tadka or spice tempering! Now in the profile link. ✨ #dal #daal #lentils #dallove #britainsbesthomecooks_ #mumsrecipe

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Sarah, Jewellery Consultant

With the uncertainty of the current climate, I have been dedicating more time to running. I recently joined Strava which makes me feel more connected and gives me motivation when I see the incredible runs my friends are doing!

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I’m sure lots of you are really nervous and worried this morning about what’s happening, and I really really hope that today’s podcast, which is all about coping with this uncertainty, will give you a little hug and a little boost. We’re asking psychotherapist @annamathur how we can manage the huge shifts and monumental changes we’re dealing with across the world right now, how we can find joy and keep our sense of self when the way we define ourselves and our everyday has shifted so drastically and so quickly. Most importantly looking at how we can reframe the uncertainty and anxiety that so many of us our feeling. I’m hoping this will bring us all a little group therapy, a little pick me up and help us find a little more compassion and understanding for ourselves and each other ❤️❤️❤️❤️ On iTunes, acast, Spotify and all the usual platforms 🥰

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I have also been using the latest Bosh cookbook a lot to make really yummy, nourishing meals. I love getting creative and trying new dishes. I’m also loving the Deliciously Ella podcast. She talks about some very relevant topics during this time and it’s a really insightful listen.

Read the Chupi Team Top Picks for February here.

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