I just discovered THE best time-saving invention OF ALL TIME (bar airplanes.) At the risk of sounding like a really bad infomercial, not only will this invention give you a delicious breakfast, it will also reduce your power bills, burn fat and save the planet. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE, it will give you all this PLUS the calves, quads and butt…of a god.
That’s right. And this can all be yours for under US$25.
What is this magical creation you ask? It is… *drum roll*… a SMOOTHIE-MAKING HUMAN-POWERED BIKE BLENDER. I know, just what you always wanted right???
Jokes aside, this actually exists and is perfect for getting a bit of exercise out of the way each day because what is more motivating than a delicious smoothie?! Never again need you concern yourself with skins, the high-viz vests and the 4am starts that normally come with morning cycling. You could even get to buy yourself a gorgeous ‘keep cup’ or thermos to proudly carry your smoothie in to work.
In your next study break/rainy weekend/”sick day” why not try and make one? You can find the instructions here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-create-a-human-powered-bike-blender-for-les/ Let’s flood instagram with bike blending snaps! I’m gonna put racing stripes on mine.
Photo essay: Snack Pretty
Taking a few minutes to arrange your snacks momentarily cages the all too familiar FEED ME NOW monster. Not only does this reduce the likelihood of snacking on the entire fridge it also gives you a chance to get creative.
Instagram is perfect for inspiration. #cleaneating is a particularly good place to start. ‘Clean eaters’ use wholefoods like the fruit and veggies in your fridge so all these snack masterpieces can be chucked together very quickly. No long, complicated, time-sucking recipes. Some of my favourites include _watermelonmango_, pean_nut_butter_bear and walkerhealthandfitness.
Photo Essay: De-Light Sofitel Hotel Menu
To celebrate my parent’s 37th wedding anniversary. <3
First. Asparagus custard with shitake, spring onion + hazelnuts.
Second. Spiced sweet corn fritters topped with spinach.
Third. Berried green tea pudding.
Any hints on buying dehydrators? I’m after one with an automatic shut off timer, for home use (so doesn’t have to be big) but am undecided whether to go for stackable mesh trays or just non-stick sheets. Any advice would be appreciated!
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Jeff Dunn used to be a top marketer for Coca Cola. Now he’s working hard to turn baby carrots into the next big craze. There IS money to be made in health.
You have likely heard that Rachel Frederickson, season 15 winner of reality tv programme, ‘The Biggest Loser,’ shrunk her 118kg down to 47kg during the course of the show. Social media as well as reputable sites like Huffington Post exploded with the big question being if Rachel had developed an eating disorder.
Her reported highly restrictive calorie intake along with a hyper intensive daily exercise regime stretches far beyond that of any sane, happy or healthy person and would normally be treated as indicative of some sort of mental dark place. Whether or not Rachel is anorexic, her rapid weight loss is not deemed healthy by established medical guidelines that set safe weight loss at 0.9kg per week. She also has a BMI below a healthy weight.
This whole incident outlines that when you make getting healthy a priority, you need to reality check yourself to make sure that you stay on track and don’t overshoot. I do this on myself all the time.
You should be happy in health. Not afraid of food or weight gain, not paranoid and certainly not with your head in a toilet bowl. If you EVER, at any stage, feel that your pursuit of health has become a negative one, talk to somebody like a doctor or trusted friend immediately so you can get back to being happy.
This life is a gift but you need to be alive to enjoy it.
Aim for strength not skeletal.
Photo Essay: Valentine’s Day
I hope everyone had a delightful Valentine’s Day. Not having ‘other halves’ so to speak, my friend and I opted for a ‘Galentine’s Day’ at a sushi bar near her work. At the end of lunch, a promo guy Valentined my friend with a mini chilly bin of icecream for the office. People rock.
That evening, I cooked up a feast for my family which you can see above. On the table: hazelnut salad with a cider-mustard mist, Cupid’s Arrow garnish, garlic beet bread, crispy pomegranate wanton cups, raspberry water and strawberry yin + yang dessert.
The beet bread was definitely the highlight to make. I was so unsure whether it was going to actually turn into bread! Let’s just say there was a lot of time spent plaiting what looked horrifically similar to intestines.
Hazelnut Salad with Cider-Mustard Mist: (inspiration from “Party Food Bible” by Margaret Barca)
Roast a scattering of hazelnuts at 100 degrees celcius for 10 minutes. Combine 1 TBs apple cider vinegar + 1tsp mustard (I used Hot English) + black pepper and mix into assorted lettuce leaves + 1/2c coriander + 1/2c basil + 1/2c chives leaves until well-coated. Arrange in a heart shape on a big wooden chopping board and top with hazelnuts and tiny hand-cut raw beetroot hearts.
Cupid’s Arrow Garnish: (from my Uncle)
Cut 1/2 watermelon in half and then slice into 1cm pieces. Cut arrow shapes out of green capsicum. Using a chopstick, make a hole through each watermelon half starting in the centre and angling down towards the left so that when you stick the arrow through both ends of the capsicum will be visible. Make a small cut in the point of the heart and slip onto the side of a glass.
Garlic Beet Bread: (adapted from Tablespoon’s beet bread recipe + the caramelised garlic bread recipe from Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial)
Combine 2 1/4tsp active dry yeast with 1 tsp sugar +3/4c warm water and leave for 5 minutes or until frothy.
Peel 2.5 large beets and chop into small pieces. Puree in a food processor with 1/2c milk until smooth.
Combine 4 1/2c wholemeal flour with yeast mixture + beet puree + 2TBs olive oil. Use a mixer to knead for 10 minutes. add more flour in, bit by bit, until the mixer resembles an actual dough. Cover mixer bowl and leave to rise for 1-1.5 hours.
In the meantime… boil 1 head of garlic, separated into cloves for 3-4 minutes + then peel. Heat 2TBs olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat to brown cloves. simmer for 5 minutes with 1TBs balsamic vinegar + 50ml water + pepper + 1 sprig of chopped fresh rosemary leaves. Set aside until bread has risen.
Place bread on a sheet of baking paper and squish into a circular shape. paint with 1/2 garlic mix. Then separate into three pieces and plait together. Place a smaller baking tray on the rack underneath the one that the bread will be on and fill it with 1c of boiling water or use a broil pan. Brush remaining garlic mix on top then bake at 190 degrees celcius for 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the bottom center of the loaf reads 190 degrees farenheit/87 celcius.
Crispy Pomegranate Wanton Cups: (filling adapted from “Easy Party Food” by Ryland Peters + Small)
Line a muffin tin with store-bought wanton wrappers and bake at 100 degrees celcius for 7 minutes until crispy. Fill with crumbled feta cheese + 1 TBs parsely, 1 TBs dill, 1 TBs mint + 1 finely diced tomato + 1 finely diced small red onion + juice and zest of 1 lemon + pinch of chilli flakes. If serving as canapes, strain juice from cheese mix before filling wrappers.
Fill a heart-shaped ice cube tray or silicon heart molds with water and pop a single raspberry in the middle. Freeze until solid then press out and put into a jug of chilled water. You may like to add a branch or two of mint as well.
Yin + Yang Strawberry Dessert:
Blend frozen bananas + heated frozen raspberries to create a sorbet and divide between transparent glasses or small bowls. Place semi-melted dark chocolate + white chocolate bits like a little island on top of the sorbet. Chop the green bit of a strawberry and position it on top of the chocolate island. Slice an apple vertically and hand cut hearts from the slices making an extra notch at the point of the heart so that it can be inserted onto the side of the glass.
Photo Essay: BBQ TOFU STEAMED BUNS.
Ever since I turned vegetarian I have missed eating steamed buns. Practically all the ones on sale are pork. *sad face* So, I finally got my act together and made my own inspired by Anna Broster, Yinhomemade + Fine Cooking/The Bitten Word.
1 TBsp active dry yeast
1 tsp white sugar
1/4c wholemeal flour
1/4c and 1/2c warm water
2c white flour
1 TBs mild vegetable oil (I actually used walnut)
1/2 TBs baking soda
1/2 TBs lemon juice
BBQ Tofu Filling:
180g plain firm tofu
2 TBs vegetarian stir fry marinade (but you could use oyster)
2 TBs tomato relish
4 tsp cornmeal flour
1 TBs ABC kecap manis
2 TBs sesame oil
1TBs rice wine vinegar
I followed Anna Broster’s recipe for the method » http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/recipe-steamed-chinese-bao-with-peanut-butter/ but I was too excited about the discovery that we have a bamboo steamer so forwent the microwave for tradition, adding a slosh of white wine vinegar to the water and steaming for 25 minutes.
Any leftovers can be frozen - just bring to room temperature then steam for 5-7 minutes or chuck in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Photo Essay: Wantons - You know you want-one.
How to: protein + spring onion + favourite sauce or homemade marinade + wonton wrapper + website that shows you how to wrap* + 4 minutes of boiling water.
GET ME A BELLY FULL OF WANTONS <3