After having an amazing time, we are home and getting back into things. I will be back shortly with a delicious Malaysian recipe we picked up while we were away but in the mean time here are a few pictures to get you started. The photos are all taken in and around Penang. We ate some of the most incredible food in this city. If you have ever been to Penang you would know that the people there take their food VERY seriously. I will be back to share more soon and a recipe or two. Until then enjoy a few sneak peeks from around George Town, Penang.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Sunday, 21 April 2013
As the weather gets cooler my mornings change from fruity smoothies to something warming. Like most people I have to be up and out the door fairly early five days a week. To be able to do this (with out skipping other parts of the morning routine like showering) I need breakfast options that are fast. I also need my breakfasts to be filling. The last few winters I have taken to making big batches of oats that I can warm and top with fruit to make a fast, filling and nutritious breakfast porridge without an instant sachet in sight.
I love steel cut oats. But one thing that always puts people off them is the cooking time. I tend to cook a big batch on a Sunday night and then keep them in the fridge for week day breakfasts. I have tried multiple methods of cooking steel cut oats including baking them in the oven, slow cookers and soaking. This recipe is by far the more simple but I think produces the best result.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
When I first started eating vegan food I had no idea what I would eat when I wanted a quick throw together meal. Sure you can have salad or a stir fry or something like that but what can you make that is 100% wholefoods, super fast and covers all the major food groups? and then I heard about the bowl concept. It gets called lots of different things a "macrobiotic bowl" or just "a bowl" and it is pretty much what is sounds like but tastes a million times better. This is what we eat at least a couple of times a week but that doesn't mean it is boring because every time it is a little bit different. Confused yet? or just interested?
So this isn't really a recipe it is more of a concept. A concept which with a little bit of preparation means you can have a wholesome, filling and delicious dinner on the table within 20 minutes of coming home from work without having to run around like a crazy person.
Monday, 1 April 2013
We are off! We are heading off on a much needed holiday for the next four weeks. I have planned a couple of recipes for while we are away but things will be a little quieter around here. I will be back in May with regular recipes inspired by our travels.
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Happy Easter weekend! Hope you are all having an amazing long weekend. It the madness of Easter egg hunts and hot cross buns I thought I would give you something quick and easy. Maybe something to provide a little balance in an otherwise sugar heavy weekend. If you are like me after an afternoon of too much chocolate (we have all been there) you will be feeling fairly crappy. I have had a splitting headache all afternoon purely due to my sugar consumption. But the body has an amazing way of directing us to what it needs. With a few quick ingredients you can be back on the way up and not in the form of another sugar high.
When I have overloaded on sugar or other not so good for you foods my body sends me a very clear and strong message. Greens. Water. Now! Today, while crashing off a chocolate induced sugar high I reached for a green juice and a tall glass of water and it hit the spot.
So in case you have found yourself in my position (it happens to the best of us) here is my go to pick-me-up to help you come back to balance.
Sugar headache cure: Green juice (serves 1)
2 stalks celery
1/2 green apple
1/2 lemon (peeled)
handful of kale
1/2 tsp spirualina (optional)
Serve with a BIG glass of water. Try and find somewhere quiet to sit until you feel better.
Have a great long weekend!
Thursday, 21 March 2013
We are heading towards cooler days here in Australia. When I wake in the morning to is still dark and today it was cold and wet. I'm not really a fan of cold weather but I do get excited about the change of season and the change in food at the farmers markets. As the weather cools down my mind goes to crisp apples, warm soups and homemade bread. I'm loving apples at the moment. I have been having apple slices with almond butter for breakfast, apple and kale salads for lunch and drinking warm spicy apple juice in the evenings. One morning I made this bruschetta for breakfast, it was fast, tasty and like Autumn on a plate.
The key to this is really good apples and good quality bread. Other than that you really can't go wrong. So if you give this a go make sure you get fresh new season apples not the kind that have sat in a fridge for nearly a year.
Friday, 15 March 2013
After years of waiting and procrastinating I finally bought myself a juicer. After much research and tossing up the different options (and hugely different price tags) I finally got a Hurom Slow juicer which I found second hand on gumtree. The review that finally sold me was this one and I have to say I agree with everything they have said, it really is a pretty awesome juicer... and SO easy to clean. If you are in the market for a new kitchen appliance I really recommend keeping an eye on gumtree, although it may not be there exactly when you want it if you keep checking really good stuff gets posted, often at really good prices and it is a great way to get something often only lightly used.
One thing that has put me off buying a juicer is what to do with all the left over pulp. It seems very wasteful to throw it away but we don't currently have a compost system (this one is on the wish list!). So I have been brainstorming and researching ways to reuse the pulp from making juice. This carrot cake was my first attempt to do some pulp recycling. It was based on a carrot and oat cookie recipe I tried from another blog (which was a total flop, way to dry and hard... yuck) but it got me thinking about how to use the same idea to make something with my left over pulp. This cake is super moist and sweet but not sickly. It keeps well in the fridge but is really delicious either at room temperature or slightly warmed. I didn't ice it but if you like icing on cakes go ahead a have a go, I think it is pretty darn good the way it is. I made some very willing taste testers try it for me as well and we were all in agreement, it is a super delicious carrot cake.