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WIAW #7

WIAW # 7

Peas and Crayons

What a week! Well I have had a great week since last WIAW. My good friends had their engagement party over the weekend and what a night it was. Obviously too much alcohol and terrible greasy food was consumed but what a great night of dancing, singing and catching up with friends. Below is a pic of me (centre) and a couple of girlfriends at the end of the night.

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Since I don’t drink too much alcohol (this was the first time since Feb I think) I had a terrible, terrible hangover! I couldn’t even go to my usual Sunday bikram class and that is a first for me (I did make up for it on Monday though!). But I tell you what is an amazing hangover cure the Australian burger joint ‘Grill’d’. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of my ‘Simon Says’ burger but it go a little something like this – Sourdough bread, grilled chicken, avocado, grilled bacon, tomato salsa, lettuce, onion, tomato and because I’m very Australian of course I added on beetroot – OMG it was delish!

The rest of my hangover day was spent making nut butters! I made 3 lots – roasted almond, roasted cashew and peanut butter. I seriously am hooked. Last night after dinner I had some frozen bananas that I just kept dipping into the different butters – Don’t worry no one else in my family likes my ‘what the F are they’ butters so double dipping is allowed!

As my week has been quite hectic with working, studying etc I haven’t had much time to took or take pictures of what I’ve been eating. So here is some of the things I’ve been munching on this week.

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Homemade muesli soaked over night with berries and kefir

Whenever I know i need a quick meal on the way home from the city I call veggie bar and pick up this little beauty on my way home. Always pleases – roast pumpkin, cherry tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, fetta, nuts and a sweet orange dressing. Umm Yes please!

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Veggie bar macadamia salad – YUUUUM!

Friday I was in the city for a meeting so i quickly went down Degraves lane way (a must do when you come to Melbourne) to tofwd. I picked up which essentially is brown rice sushi but not sushi, if you get what i mean. I always get this there – Tuna nori roll with spinach and biodynamic brown rice. No avo or anything on here folks but the rice is like cooked or soaked in tamari at some stage and it is B.E.A-utiful!

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TOFWD (the organic food and wine deli) brown rice tuna nori roll

Alas! A home cooked meal folks! I tried to replicate (semi replicate) one of my favourite salads from Cambridge cafe in Collingwood which I have previously posted about in WIAW. It was good, tasty – but I think I just enjoy going into the cafe to catch up with the lady because she’s so lovely!

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chickpea and sweetpotato salad with spinach, roasted pumpkin seeds and a delish miso dressing

What is your favourite hangover cure or food?!

Hope you’ve been well & happy.

SP x

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WIAW #4

ANZAC day. Lest we forget. In Australia today we celebrate all of those who have fought for our country and those who are fighting today. Melbourne you’ve definitely not turned the weather on for us.. 15 degrees, you’ve got to be kidding me. All I have planned for this weather is to stay inside by the fire and watch the football.

If you’re not from Australia or New Zealand you probably don’t know about ANZAC biscuits. I haven’t cooked up any for this ANZAC day but I do cook them throughout the year as they are the favourite biscuits of my household. Big, chewy, coconut, golden syrupy goodness – I’m not a fan of the crunchy type. But google them, cook them, you won’t regret it. They are nice by themselves, dunked in a cup of tea (nothing is more Australian than this), in an ice-cream sandwich or one of my favourites heated in a microwave until they are caramely and them crumbled on ice-cream. YUUUM.

Back to my Wednesday!

[BREAKFAST]

The usual when winter approaches – a porridge of some sort and a cup of tea. Warms you up very well!.

Porridge with blueberries & raspberries and a cup of white tea

[SNACKS]

Been feeling a little under the weather a bit lately so I have been trying to pump my body full of vitamin C. Yesterday it was an orange but todays fruit of choice was a delicious kiwi fruit. Whilst babysitting my little niece I cooked up some no sugar chocolate nut balls. In these I put in almond meal, LSA, coconut, crushed brazil, cashew, hazel and walnuts, cocoa, maca powder, butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, roasted almond butter (THE best nut butter!!) and water. Froze, and these will be my nightly nibbles for next few days. During the changing of nappies, cooking, cleaning up I also munched on a very sweet and crunchy carrot.

Cocoa nutballs

[LUNCH]

I love sushi. Probably have it a few times a week. 99% of the time I get brown rice sushi. My favourite is a little sushi place at Doncaster shopping centre.

1 salmon and 1 vegetarian brown rice sushi with ginger

[DINNER]

Yesterday I made up a soup experiment as I knew the weather was turning cold. This soup is a major winner. It was leek, garlic, chickpeas, roasted pumpkin, chicken stock blitzed up then i added some more chickpeas and broccoli florets to add a bit of texture. I will cook this one again!

Broccoli, roast pumpkin and chickpea soup with roasted pumpkin seeds

A question I’m putting out to you folks this week is – what is your favourite nut butter and your favourite way to use it?!

Hope everyone has been well and happy. Eat well & be well.

sp x

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Kefir

Kefir… what the ?!? When I posted what I have with my daily muesli kefir and berries a lot of people were like what the ?!? is kefir?

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My favourite kefir

Kefir is a cultured milk (can be any milk) of several lactic species and originated in South Eastern Europe. It contains more than 30 beneficial bacteria. Including kefir in your diet will help promote a healthy balance of intestinal flora, which will improve digestion, boost immune health and help to produce vitamins B12 and K.

Kefir also provides plenty of calcium and magnesium, to look after your nervous system, and vitamin A and D, to support immune function. Kefir is a great source of protein and is rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is known for its calming effect and sleep support. http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/food+diet/nutrition/ten+foods+you+should+eat+this+year,16237).

Whilst searching another site (http://mindyourbodyandsoul.com/body/kefir-health-benefits/) suggested kefir could also help bowel movements, which is also a bonus, constipation, reduce food cravings. They say it can help the body absorb nutrients, improve blood pressure and the health benefit that my Mum would probably be most interested in is that it’s loaded with anti-ageing properties (alpha hydroxyl acid: AHA).

There are endless list of the health benefits associated with kefir on the internet. But basically I think it’s a nice tart, refreshing drink, it a good alternative to yoghurt. I know in Melbourne you can buy babushka’s kefir at several health food stores but I buy my favourite at Piedmonte’s supermarket in Fitzroy North or if you have the time and patience you can purchase many starter kits online. Add it to your muesli, smoothie or use it anywhere you would sour cream.. I’m thinking of using it in my beef stroganoff or else fetteh aka chickpea bake (If you ever get the chance to go to Moroccan soup bar in Fitzroy North this dish is the highlight of the banquet!

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chickpea bake at Moroccan Soup Bar - so yum!

Until next time my friends. Be well, eat well & give kefir a go.

sp x

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