Here is a snap shot (or few) of what we have been cooking, baking and eating over the past month. I have always enjoyed baking, especially as a stress reliever. Husband is a chef so a photo is a good record of what we have cooked as its normally a throw together meal, making it difficult to replicate.
Grass-fed scotch steak and pumpkin feta walnut salad with macadamia oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Enjoyed with a Rose we picked up at the Exo Xpo.
Banana and chocolate spelt cake (recipe adapted from Women’s Weekly Bake Cookbook)
Banana and Chocolate Cake
Apple and leftover museli muffins (based on recipe in Women’s Weekly Bake Cookbook, inspired by Lisa Corduff’s porridge muffins)
Apple and leftover muesli muffins
Chocolate mousse (recipe from IQuitSugar)
Meals from Blackbird Cafe, Cockle Bay Sydney as we enjoyed a night out on the weekend seeing 2Cellos in concert.
Dinner at Blackbird Cafe
Paleo Parfait (recipe as seen on Pete Evan’s The Paleo Way)
Osso bucco (a first time meal for the family, inspired by recipes on Taste, tasted so good!)
Stone fruit pudding (recipe adapted from Women’s Weekly Bake Cookbook)
Stone fruit pudding
Roast pork shoulder (meal got eaten before photos, mmm crackling!)
Cooking up a storm on a Friday night!
Changing Habits Einkorn bread (recipe from Changing Habits Recipe Book)
I love the variety of meals we eat of real food made from scratch. What have you cooked up lately?
Last year I was was on a winning streak. Competitions pop up on Facebook all the time and I usually just ignore them. But I thought to myself ‘What have a got to lose?’. Writing 25 words or less is not going to hurt me and liking a post/page is simple. And guess what! I won, not just once but four times. I had an amazing year scattered with unexpected prizes.
From KitchenAid I won a double pass to Cake Bake Sweets Sydney Show in March 2014. I got to spend an amazing day out with my close girl friend exploring everything baking and so many cakes! We got to meet the amazing Jo Richardson from KitchenAid, try a Alcohol Infused Breakfast Shot Cake Pop (think bacon, gatorade, maple syrup and whiskey mixed together) from the Pick your Poison Girls and see Adriano Zumbo from a distance throwing macaroons to the crowd.
In August 2014 I won a $50 voucher for Intimo Lingerie thanks to Carren’s Couch podcast Episode 18. I got this beautiful bra, the colour is exquisite and it is a perfect fit despite not having tried it on. I had been wanting to give Intimo a try since listening to the Up For a Chat podcast about Cathy’s story. I can’t wait till I next need to purchase a bra!
From TriNature Lifestyle I won a double pass to Better Home and Gardens Show Sydney in September 2014. I was grateful for a simple day out with the family and my son enjoyed a train ride. Thinking it was a renovation style expo we were pleasantly surprised with the show and spent a lot longer than planned not even making it to all the stalls. We found many things that had been on our wish list like a salt lamp, Amazing Oils Magnesium oils, my long lost favourite strawberry and apple jam, and new sun glasses. We also reacquainted ourselves with our favourite wine man Gordo who now is with Tamburlane Organic Wines!
Recently in December 2014 I won a Headspace Meditation 3 month subscription from Postpartum Progress. I first heard about Headspace through the Up for a Chat podcast with Tim and Ness and the relationship with self. After listening to the podcast I downloaded the app (look for white background with an orange circle) and it sat in my phone. Whilst I was away at Awaken the Change Within Retreat, my sister borrowed a book from the library, loved it and passed it on to me. It was Headspace by Andy Puddicombe. A few weeks later I was reading Postpartum Progress and there was Headspace calling out to me. Over the next three months I will embark on path to mindfulness, I will keep you posted how it goes.
Thanks to competitions my life has been enriched though great days out, trying out amazing products and now I am learning about mindfulness. So next time you see a competition pop up in your news-feed, give it a go, you never know where it may lead you!
This weekend we were back in the swing of our routine and back at the farmers’ markets after the Christmas break. It was great to get all our yummy real food, but it was also great to see the smiling faces of the stall holders and have a social chit chat along the way.
Visiting the farmer’s markets has been an important part of our weekends for the past 12 months. The food quality and variety is impeccable, you can see what is in season and everyone is so friendly, some even notice when you have missed a week or two. Depending on what week of the month it is, depends on who you may find, some stall holders are monthly and some are regulars every week.
We started going to our local farmer’s market as a way towards breaking up with the supermarkets, particularly the big two. I was inspired by Down to Earth Mother on why and how Jo broke up with the supermarkets. The Sustainable Table ethical food pyramid was featured in a post by Down to Earth Mother, and I loved the simplicity of it. I decided to focus on changing our shopping habits by exploring our local farmers’ markets, and sourcing as much as we can from the farmers’ markets instead of the supermarket.
Sustainable Table ethical shopping pyramid
So what is in our shopping basket this week at the markets?
600g supermarket egg vs 800g+ farmers’ market egg
Tray of 20 eggs
Wootton Valley Meat grass fed lamb mince, bacon and scotch fillet
Unhomogenised milk and yoghurt, cultured butter and soft cheese
And the fruit and veg in the above photo!
A bonus with the market’s is when we can treat ourselves to yummy lunch whilst soaking up the sunshine.
Stevensons Fine Food sausage roll
Stevensons Fine Food pie and mash with gravy
Check out your local area and see if there is a farmer’s markets near you.
Bicycle bicycle bicycle
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I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
We got out on our bikes on the weekend. It was great to get back in the saddle, to feel the wind licking our face, to feel my legs pumping, enjoying a fantastic morning in glorious sunshine with my family. Riding past the wetlands, local parks and along the beach foreshore breathing in the salt air, plus my son got to enjoy his favourite past time a train ride!
After having our son, bike riding was one of past times that got pushed to the wayside. No time, no energy and no possible way to enjoy it with a young baby. Our ‘Cycling around Sydney’ (Bruce Ashley) book sat on our bookshelf gathering dust.
Now our son is a toddler and since we picked up a second hand baby bike seat we can enjoy bike riding again. Sure it may not be like the Ben Lomond Decent we did on our honeymoon, but a good time none the less!
Get out there and get back on your bike!