Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Heya lovely people of the mysterious Internet.
This week sees me preparing for an art exhibition featuring me and some lovely ladies that I happened upon in art school, oh so long ago. I'm really enjoying this no-work baloney, however every time the baby in my guts kicks out a jam, I'm left wondering if this is in fact the moment that my life will change forever. Not so far. Still waiting, waiting.
In the meantime, I've been cooking, cleaning and painting. My midwife wants me to get all my art out the way before Le bebe arrives. She's worried about my stress levels. I know that her heart is in the right place, however she does not know that I get stressed when I have nothing to do. This whole "resting" thing is great, but seriously. I could die from boredom. My attention span is short. I need to keep busy.
A wonderful little book arrived in the mail late last week to keep me entertained. I love that. Mailbox presents. It's called The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet and as the title suggests, contains the recipes of 150 green smoothies.
I have another book on green smoothies and I wondered exactly how much can be written about the smoothie that is incredibly vibrant and happens to come in one of my favourite colours.
I was pleasantly surprised as I started to read through The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet by Tracy Russell. I mean, obviously, I initially thought that the title really had it's big girl pants on and had a lot to live up to, but I feel like this book is quite different to a lot of the other fad cookbooks out there at the moment. I've read so many that focus on the spiritual side of well being, taking "me" time and all that jazz, and that's all very well and good, but I want to know how these ingredients will effect me and my body and my blood.
As someone that has naturally low iron levels (they've actually increased since going vegan BTW), and obviously, as someone that works as a registered nurse, I like to find reasons as to why things happen and then go on to find the solutions. In this cookbook, Russell gives me the information I crave. Sure, she's been on a big "journey" (don't you just love that buzz word?), loosing weight and decreasing her cholesterol levels all with the help of turning salads into delicious drinks. What makes this book different, however is that not only does she tell you how to make your own concoctions with hints and tips, but the recipes are divided into sections such as "Calcium-Rich Green Smoothies", "Iron-Rich Green Smoothies", "Immune- Boosting Green Smoothies" amongst many other chapters.
I really like that. Sometimes I just need a boost and baby, I'm going to skip straight to that chapter.
Being pregnant as I am, vitamins and minerals are a major focus for me at the moment. So is making sure that my body is going to handle this whole birth thing. I know it won't kill me and I'm not going to say that I'm looking forward to it, but I do want to make sure I am in the best possible condition with as much energy as possible when it happens.
One of the first recipes in The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet to take my eye was the Apple-Mango Green Smoothie, mainly because I had all of the ingredients in my refrigerator. Each recipe gives a brief overview of the benefits of the smoothie involved. The blurb here states that apples are incredibly high in fibre and that the lemon and cucumber have wonderful hydrating properties. Next to the recipe is the nutrition info detailing things like calorie intake, fat, protein, carbs, calcium and vitamins and minerals. This is what is lacking in a great deal of recipe books.
So, overall, I quite like this book. It's helpful, handy and most importantly gets to the point without all the fluff.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Friday, December 19, 2014
Get your bum onto something good.
I discovered Who Gives A Crap toilet paper a little while ago. The design is sexy, the name is funny and the work they do is amazing. I have subscribed to their service, which means they send me a box of their fancy product every 4 months to keep me in fresh supply.
This blog post is not sponsored, by the way. I just wanted to give this company a plug for good karma.
Here is some info from their website:
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I'm quite enjoying 'Yes please' by Amy Poehler. She's an interesting woman, who doesn't exactly lay all her insecurities on the table, but rather tells it as a genuinely good natured, funny sister would. It's good to hear some 'I've been there and this is what happened to me' advice, as opposed to the 'I've been there and this is what I did and there is no other way it can be done because I am entirely right' advice that gets thrown around a lot. She's witty and hopeful, and that is just plain beautiful. #SundayReedBookClub
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I've been living in Woodville Park, suburban Adelaide, for almost 2 years now and there is a huge range of multicultural restaurants around here- ones I drive passed and ones I hear of. Let me explain how those two seemingly separate sentences go together.
One word: Menulog. Food delivery made simple.
Menulog is a website and an app that will give you a list of local restaurants and menus where you can either order food for delivery or pickup by simply selecting what you want and selecting how you pay.
The first time I used it, it was the day after my wedding. My muddled brain was longing for indian food and I wanted to shout a surprise meal for all of my friends who were at my house after helping with the big day.
I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled across the site as I was trawling the internet, trying not to look obvious about what I was up to, but somehow it appeared.
Menulog asked initially for my postcode. Easy. That's 5011. A list of restaurants that service my suburb appeared on the screen. The choice was fantastic (and it is constantly growing every time I check it). I discovered places I had never even heard of, offering discounts and deliciousness. Menulog supplies reviews of the restaurants that they feature with a star rating, making it easy to get a good idea of the quality of food that you are about to order.
On this fateful night, I chose a restaurant called Spicy Garden. I was able to click on the menu, choose the items, how much chilli I wanted in them, pay by paypal and have it delivered within the hour.
Shortly after ordering, I was sent a text message and an email informing me that my order had been received and that it would be delivered at "such and such" time.
As I am obviously vegan, there was a section for comments where I simply wrote, "no egg, no dairy please", as the restaurant had a wide range of vego options that I could choose from. I also ordered a ginger beer, and as they didn't have any, they were kind enough to call me and offer a substitute.
My buddies were stoked with the surprise of a tasty meal to fill their bellies. We lazed on bean bags and watched movies whilst chowing down on veggie curry, dahl, rice, naan and pakoras.
It was a pretty good night, where we were all left full with satisfaction.
Since that fateful night in April, I have used Menulog maybe once a fortnight, trying out different restaurants and gaining loyalty credits from the ones that I frequent.
It's so handy, I have even ordered it on my way home from some various outing as I've known when it would arrive. The menus are all at the tip of your fingers and so there is no need to clutter your fridge with paper or call a restaurant and wing it.
Best of all- it doesn't cost a thing, and if you don't see one of your favourite restaurants, you can suggest it and Menulog will contact them.
This is a sponsored post, but I stand by these statements. When I was approached by the Menulog team, I was more than happy to be a part of helping them gain exposure because it's a brilliant food delivery service that you should know about and I have been using for months already.
Happy eating. x