As the days are counting down towards the end of my degree (34 days to go!), it’s beginning to sink in that for the first time in four and a half years, I won’t be juggling the insane stress of work with study. Needless to say, that’s a really exciting thought.
For a moment back there, a miniscule nanosecond of a moment, I thought “Whatever will I do with my free time?”. Then I forehead slapped myself. Oh, silliness is me, what a foolish thought. The more appropriate question is “However will I fit in all of the things I have been holding back from experiencing, learning or doing due to the time, stress and financial constraints that uni has entailed?” You see, I have a bit of a list of things that I’m trying to find time to do at the moment that keep getting put on the back-burner due to my demanding study schedule. But on top of this, I feel that in order to get the most out of every minute of every day, I need to be feeling my best. Continue reading →
Before an exam, my favourite meal is a big invigorating salad. Given that I’ve got to be all sharp and alert for the next 2-3 hours, with 100% focus, the worst would be to eat something greasy and heavy.
Have you ever had a ‘food coma’? The sleepy-after-Christmas-dinner kind of feeling? That’s your body crying out in protest as it strains to digest what you’ve put in it, sapping all of your energy in doing so. Your brain usually feels sluggish too. Moral of the story – eat vegetables before an exam, preferably raw vegetables, and you’ll be brighter.
So this was what I packed on Wednesday to take to uni for lunch. Shaved cabbage, shredded zucchini, fresh sweet corn and sliced shallots, dressed with tahini and lemon. Yum. Filling. Brain food. The sweet corn balances out the tart tahini dressing, shallot adds some bite and the rest makes for a satisfying crunch. Continue reading →
I’m very lucky, living across the road from not only one of my oldest, best friends, but also, she’s vegan! Recently she gave me this book, which I’ve now read cover-to-cover. And she is willing to jump around in front of my tv with me as I (we?) do the 30-day shred. She is wonderful. Continue reading →
I’m a bit stuck as to what to post for you this week. You see, I’ve had a few weeks now of late nights, too much alcohol, and subsequently, a rather junky diet. I haven’t had the energy to go to my regular yoga classes and morning runs. I’m sure you’re well familiar with the experience that it’s a lot harder to fall out of a good habit than to form one again!
But enough! This week I’m getting back into it. And I find the best way for my body to cleanse is to eat (pretty much) 100% raw fruit and vegetables. Honestly, it just puts the bounce back in my step.
So I’ve just come home from yoga, had myself a green smoothie (1 banana, 1 punnet of strawberries, 1/2 bunch Chinese spinach), and now am pondering what to do about the blogging this week. Do my readers want recipes for green smoothies and raw marinated mushrooms? Or is that all a bit too hippy for you
Anyway, I think we have a solution. I made these dumplings on Friday night, which were delicious (and we have at least another dinner’s worth in the freezer – yay!). So I’ll share this recipe. Continue reading →
Clearly I got lazy with the cabbage shaving... not the end of the world but it's worth taking the extra effort to cut it really finely. Don't underestimate the difference texture makes.
Just like the bolognaise I posted a while ago, this recipe is based on something Mum used to make for us kids. One of the things about meals planned for a big family is that they are usually wholesome, cheap and easy. Winner! Continue reading →
We just did the grocery shopping, so I had a fridge full of fresh ingredients to pick bits and pieces from to make a salad. It was so good that I’m making it for dinner again this week! It’s crunchy and light but still very filling. And I love the combination of peanut, soy and chilli – unbeatable flavours. The fig is a key ingredient here, we just happened to buy 6 of them because they’re in season and so cheap! Happy coincidence. Continue reading →
I’m pretty stuck on this Indian spice combination… you might recognise it from the orange lentil soup recipe, and it’s likely to crop up again in various shapes and forms. Whatever, when something works why change it? Continue reading →