Ode to Philip Island

On the weekend my boyfriend and I decided to make a spontaneous trip to Philip Island, which is about a 2 hour drive from Melbourne.
Joel was keen to do a Qi Gung class at Abbotsford, so we got up early and I read a book while he relished in ancient tradition. Afterwards of course, we had breakfast at Lentil as Anything. If you haven’t been there before or know what Lentils is about, check out their page here.
There was a farmers market going on outside the restaurant so we went for a wonder and look what we found: Continue reading

Plump Pumpkin Pancakes with burnt butter bananas (Gluten free, Sugar free)

I had the best pancakes of my life this morning! And I’m so excited to share this recipe with you.
Get ready for a taste sensation:

Before you go ahead and make the pancake batter, boil or steam some fresh chopped pumpkin with a little dextrose and a pinch of himalayan salt. Once cooked, whizz it up with a stick blender and add to this mix:

Pancake Batter:
Gluten free self raising flour
Shredded coconut
2 Eggs
Little bit of Dextrose
Cinnamon
And of course, whizzed Pumpkin

*(Make sure to fry the pancakes in a pan with loads of ghee or butter! Don’t be afraid of butter, saturated fats are ace for the body, contrary to popular belief)

Now, caramelise some sliced banana in butter (no sugar needed, bananas are so beautiful and sweet cooked on their own)

Here comes the fun bit: Stack up your pancakes, top with the bananas, butter and drizzle with maple syrup if you are daring.
Enjoy my friends!

Week eight, what’s on my plate?

It’s the last week of the sugar free challenge for me, but that doesn’t really mean a lot as I’m determined to make this a normal part of my diet and lifestyle.

Since I am writing this on the 15th of July, it has just become apparent to me that today is the middle of winter (well, by the calendar’s standards). It can only get warmer and sunnier from here right? Thank goodness for that.
My tea consumption has been directly reflecting this situation. As well as my favourite Madam Flavour -Jasmine Green tea with Pear, I’ve found myself loving the Vanilla Sleepytime tea by Celestial Seasons -I don’t know how on earth I only just tried this tea for the first time, I have known this brand for my whole life. I have always dealt with insomnia and vanilla is my fave! It’s like this tea was designed for me.  Ooooh yum.
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Now, I’ve been learning a lot about the vitamins and nutrients in food and can I tell you something? Liver is the biggest superfood that ever was!
But offal is a no go zone for me, theres this mental barrier against it. It just freaks me out. But since liver has super high levels of essentially every vitamin, we could all forgo the morning’s green smoothie and just bring some pâté to your next dinner party. Joel was right into the idea and when we saw some organic frozen chicken livers at our health food store he jumped at the chance.
Now I must admit, it actually tasted quite nice once he was done with it. But it is going to take me a while to get over the mental ickiness of eating organs and consent to eating some at my own free will. But if you are cool with the idea, make some for yourself! It is just so good for you. But of course make sure that it is organic, as the liver is first in line to store and deal with toxins.

My weekend adventure consisted of dropping our lovely housemate to the airport as he was headed for New Zealand and taking his van to the Macedon ranges and sleeping in the bush. The rain, hail and extremely low temps didn’t get us down as it kind of just added to the experience. The last time I slept in a van was when I was in New Zealand, and I was more than happy to evoke those memories. It felt very similar this time round, we even found some more weird mushrooms! Nature continued to amaze us, as we were delighting in a morning bush walk between bursts of rain we saw trees frothing. Tiny bubbles were coming out of the trees, like little suds. What is that about?

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TEA PARTY! Coconut flat cakes. (Sugar free, gluten free)

imageTo be perfectly honest, this was meant to be a scone. To continue this honesty, the reason I made scones was because I really, really just wanted to eat some cream!
I don’t know where this cream craving came from, but it was hitting hard. And I thought it would be much more socially acceptable to eat scones piled high with whipped cream and strawberries then to gobble spoonfuls of cream straight out of the container.

Do yourself a favour and create these for yourselves:
-Coconut milk
-Gluten free self raising flour
-Butter
-Dextrose (powdered glucose)
-Egg
-Vanilla for good measure

Beat together and pop in a preheated oven until golden brown.

Then whip up some organic jersey cream and top with some fresh strawberries.
It was so easy. They were so delicious. I want some more.

Sugar free, Week Seven.

I have felt so much more freedom since allowing fruit back into my tum. I’m finally able to eat out again -and I have been certainly pulling on that luxury. I had three meals in a row at Lentil as Anything, but if you have been there in Melbourne then you will understand..

My housemates, a Chilean traveler & I rode to Lentils to meet up with some friends. It was such a gorgeous ride along a majestic river that I had no idea existed. Many hills later, and after some breathtaking scenery (I thought we lived in the middle of the city) we arrived at our destination.
An unordered chai turned up at our table while we were having breakfast, and since no one was interested I took it upon myself to have a sip. And I’m so glad I did. It showed me how far I have come because it tasted so sickly sweet to me, that I easily gave up on it after a mouthful or two. Mind you,  I was heavily debating with myself moments before about whether I should order a chai, as the cravings were well and truly there but I knew it was made with a sugar syrup.

As insignificant as this may seem, it is a huge milestone for me. It also shows me that I don’t need to have an internal battle and resist everything with sugar because if I try a little, I will probably be turned off it anyway. And will feel quite impressed afterwards.
The night before I could literally taste the sugar in my burger bun -I could never do that before. IMG_6204
I made an interesting smoothie bowl this morning. The colour wasn’t terribly appealing but I have been drinking grey smoothies since high school, so it didn’t put me off.
It had:
-coconut water
-chia seeds
-boysenberries
-turmeric
-maca powder
-bee pollen
-banana
-hemp protein
-slippery elm
And from the garden:
-kale
-parsley
-lemon balm mint

Then on top was almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, muesli & a sliced strawberry.

It has been interesting watching youtube videos this week. I have come across some vegan channels where people are eating smoothies with 4 or 5 bananas in it of a morning, and someone saying the people in Kenya can live off corn so there is no need to eat meat.
It is so amazing how we all have different views on what health is -and to be honest, no one is right or wrong. We are all unique, complex individuals and we need to find out what works for each of us. There is no need to push values or ideals onto anyone else. There are so many other things to factor in than just the food that goes into our body. I hope we can all start to learn about and embrace our own uniqueness and find out what contributes to living our bliss.

It is a little while away yet, but I am starting to get prepared for living a SOULFUL SEPTEMBER. I want to live my perfect lifestyle, every day for a month and see how I feel during and afterwards. It is funny how much preparation and planning I am needing to put in, as you would think I would be living like this by choice anyway. But there are so many strange sabotaging energies in all of us. I’m getting ready to show myself what my life can really be. I will be sure to write about it when it comes up, and I hope some of you can join me.