This super handy little book (it's about the size of my hand) is full of handy hints and tips on how to be vegan when travelling, using recipes with ingredients that can be found pretty much anywhere. Sarah Kramer is amazing and suave throughout, with crazy cute photos and illustrations. I made the faux chicken and the microwave apple crisp tonight and they were both eaten before I had a chance to photograph them. I highly recommend this really handy book, whether you're travelling or just chilling at home. Eat it.
There are some sad and dreary days where I miss the feel of the sun on my skin and the wind through my hair. On those days, I feel locked up in my man made cave, almost like a prisoner of this modern world. With this in mind, I have been making a point to get outside and breath. Sometimes this almost simple task seems impossible with the hustle and bustle of daily life and the workforce, but now that the sun is shining, I'm back on my bike and out into the great, wide world.
And back into my little garden.
I have always wanted to grow passionfruit. Their flowers are just so beautiful and unique. They bring memories flooding back of my teenage years. Oh, the 90's. I remember the first time I saw a passionfruit flower. I stared at it for hours. I had never seen anything like it.
As a renter, I have never really had the chance to grow them, as they take a good two years or so to establish and I could never be certain how long I would be in the one place. Gordy and I have been getting into pallet furniture making. He's a clever cat and has been making all kinds of things with this free and easy reclaimed material.
I wanted to make some vertical gardens. With this one, I nailed a green bag to the back of a pallet, filled it with soil and a passionfruit plant and used some S- shaped hooks to hang it to our fence.
The passionfruit plant seems to like it, with new little shoots growing.
I can't wait for it to cover the whole thing.
And if we have to move, I can take it with me.
Here are some things that have been going on in my garden over the last couple of months:
Gorgeous baby zucchinis.
And something I am particularly proud of, baby lemons on my dwarf lemon tree. I have had this tree for about 3 years, and finally it is bearing fruit. About 70 fruit to be exact. I don't know how that will work out on such a little tree, but it's fascinating none the less.
I hope you are enjoying the great outdoors today. xx
I'm shit at making salads. I have a few that I bounce back to always, namely rocket and marinated veg, or rocket, pear and walnut. Rocket and anything, really. So now that it's Summer, otherwise known as Salad Days, I am on a mission to figure out how to make a winning salad. You can win friends with salad, dammit.
Today, I walked passed a beautifully ripe pawpaw in the veggie shop. So I stood there and googled pawpaw salad. All that google showed me was green papaya salad. Fail, Google.
So I stated to google salsas and ended up using all that inspiration to make a pretty tasty salad. Good things come to those who Google. I did have to think "why am I googling and not just throwing this all in a bowl?" But then I had to admit to myself that when it comes to salad, I don't rock that casbah. Nope.
Here's kinda what I made. I hope it gives you some sexy inspiration.
Chopped Pawpaw. (I'm not going to give you amounts. Just use what feels right.)
Chopped Avocado. (Ok. I used half an avocado and quarter of a pawpaw- but this was just for me.)
Red Capsicum. (Quarter, chopped)
One Spring Onion, chopped.
Fresh Mint and Coriander leaves, chopped.
Sesame seeds. (half a teaspoon)
Pepita seeds. (a teaspoon)
Red chilli. (I used dried, about half a teaspoon, but I like chilli.)
A splash of sesame oil. (You could use lime juice)
Place the pawpaw, avocado and capsicum in a bowl. Top with the fresh herbs and then the seeds and chilli. Splash the oil over. Eat.
What I ate here equaled 292 calories for those of you kicking' it health-wise.
Here is a picture of one of the hundreds of rainbow lorikeets eating the loquats from my tree. I'm happy to share. I can't reach those ones anyway.
I gave an education session today at work about stress management. I made these bliss balls to show everyone that energetic treats can be delicious. I made little recipe cards for everyone. I thought I'd share it here with you.
I've known Andrew for a few years now. Sadly... or funnily... we met on Myspace whilst discussing politics. I was running for the Greens in a state election and Andrew took notice of a photo of a rather nervous looking me with the amazing Bob Brown. How hilarious.
Gordy and I went to Andrew and Kim's beautiful house in Sellicks Beach, an hour south of Adelaide, for dinner and alcoholic beverages on the weekend.
Kim made the most beautiful Sri Lankan curries and the next day, Andrew ran over to his parents house and grabbed a packet of his dad's own curry powder. I'm so impressed, I just had to tell you about it.
I've had a few items from the Hardings Fine Food range and they have been magic in my mouth. I highly recommend the nut butters and the chutneys. They are absolute magic.
I hope you are well. I've had a few days off to enjoy this beautiful spring weather and isn't it just glorious? I have been wandering around my local neighbourhood, planning seed bombing adventures and ways of travelling through the hidden tunnels of Adelaide. I can't kick the day dreaming, but that's ok because I'm good at making day dreams a reality.
In amongst all of this, I bought myself a bottle of gin and a bottle of vodka to infuse for my wedding in April. Using Caroline's recipe for Strawberry Gin on Tea and Sympatico, I expanded the principle and am currently infusing chilli and passionfruit into vodka. It already has a super strong smell. Can't wait for that one to be ready. I've made the Strawberry Gin before and it was delicious. I put it into cute jars and gave them away for Christmas. They were such a hit.
This is perfect for sexy, summer drinking. Bring on the Sun. xx
I have always been a dreamer. I have always thought to the future and imagined a better world, ways to better myself and ways to better my surroundings.
With Spring well and truly here and it is such an honour to wander around and see all the new life that is forming in the gardens and the nests of the suburban environment. I can see the attitudes changing of the city slickers as they embrace the sunshine.
And with this, I am forced to reevaluate the dream. I float around this space. If I am always looking to the future, how will I ever be happy with the present? I am growing tired of the search, because I fear I may almost be content. But how to embrace something that this hyperactive mind has never known?
So for Spring, I want to be content and happy with the here and now. I want to know how to relax and stop living as if I will die tomorrow, because I have time. Precious, beautiful time.
For Spring, all I want is to love and be loved.
These photos are from my garden, on a stormy, spring day.
ODE ON A GRECIAN URN
By John Keats
Thou still unravished bride of quietness,
Thou foster child of silence and slow time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape
Of deities or mortals, or of both,
In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
What men or gods are these? What maidens loath?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endeared,
Pipe to the spirit dities of no tone.
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goal---yet, do not grieve;