I have a problem.

August 21, 2010 § 5 Comments

I spend way too much on groceries. Each week my hand reaches for a new and more exciting type of sprouted bread, super grain or sea vegetable, that is invariably more expensive and further removed from my student budget.

Today I broke my PB of grocery expenditure.

It needs to stop here.

On the bright side, my pantry is now a haven of exotic, healthful goodies and my fridge an oasis of cool leafy green!

Mmmm sprouted spelt bread. So sweet, so doughy. I sliced it up and froze it promptly, to avoid the usual gluttony.

Be mine, roasted pumpkin hummus. Hey, you already are!

New seaweed love; Wakame. Ahhh I love the taste sensation of sucking on a big, washed up piece of driftwood. No really, can’t get enough weedy delight.

Buying nuts in bulk hurts me in my wallet, but now that i’m determined to make my own nut milk, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Tried this variety of my beloved Clippers tea at a friends place the other day. It is gloooorious!

New hand cream. Like bobby pins, my hand creams tend to mysteriously evaporate into the fourth dimension, never to return. I hope this one sticks around though, it’s delectable.

If war should break out, I’m stocked.

Lunch was a snacky affair that featured new hummus, toasted spelt bread, salad and an apple.

I’m serious about reigning in my grocery bill, so am considering:

  • Joining a food co-op and getting a box of fruit & veg a week.
  • Buying a plot at a local community garden and trying my hand at edible gardening.
  • Quitting college & procuring full-time work to support my habit.

Option c) is thus far the most realistic.

Hope you’re weekends are swell! Picnic antics with some old chums tomorrow is looking good; diligent study is not. C’est la vie!

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Buckwheat love.

August 1, 2010 § 4 Comments

Surrrrp?

How glorious was the weather today? I could not get enough. Sadly, this one day of freedom was allocated to crying over the insanity of 7 subjects.

It waaaas allocated…

…until I gazed outside at the dazzling sunlight and promptly sprung into action to complete all the other things I haven’t been able to do during the week, living at warp speed. First things first, I took myself to the organic shop that I now call home, getting there before they were even properly open to snatch all the best (dirtiest) and most beautiful (misshapen) produce for my own evil purposes.

It was a bounty of brown paper bags filled with glorious, earthy, seasonal items. I’m serious, I can’t go back to the supermarket anymore without cringing…I’ve made the break.

Post grocery massacre, and despite a twinge in my back from the unco stair-fall effort last week, I smashed out a run that felt amazing and effortless and pretty damn badass by my pathetic standards. I credit this to drinking Spirulina every morning now, and also the few days ‘rest’ i’ve had due to mangled appendages; sometimes a few days off can really refresh your body.

Stage 3 of Naturopath’s detox plan came into delicious effect today as well, with a new vanilla powder that obviously serves to compensate for the foul green poison of stage 2.

Looks rather pretty, no? My flatmates were even eyeing it greedily, as opposed to fleeing in terror from my usual concoctions. The powder was mixed with berries & rice milk, and tasted fab. I also have to take more herbal supplements on the side.

Lunch was exceptional, albeit rather predictable. Fresh, local produce however, makes all the difference (oh, and charred capsicum hummus goes a long way too!).

Sweet potato of course, stuffed with quinoa, tomato paste & capsicum hummus.

Big, raw salad with sprouts (getting back into them because they’re so incredibly great for you), broccoli, carrots, capsicum, kale, spinach leaves, tomato, green beans, and some semi-dried Roma tomatoes for speeeeecial. Seriously, they were special. I haven’t had them in so long – what was I thinking?!

I don’t care if sundried tomatoes are a relic from the 90s…they’re freaking delicious!

Sketchy nighttime photography ensues…

Dinner was inspired by this blog I stumbled upon tonight. I think it was destiny that I found her great site because on a whim I bought a motherload of buckwheat last week, then promptly realised I hadn’t a clue how to make it into something edible. Enter; Improvised Buckwheat Risotto.

Don’t have a definite recipe yet, as I just kept adding things until it tasted ok, but it was roughly:

1 c buckwheat groats (hulled)

2 c veggie stock

1.5 cloves garlic

1/2 small red onion

1 tsp coconut or olive oil

1 tbsp chopped semi-dried tomatoes

1-2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp sambal oelek

1/2 can whole peeled tomatoes (+ juice)

finely chopped kale

handful diced cherry tomatoes

celtic sea salt & pepper to taste

You basically bring the stock + buckwheat + 1 clove crushed garlic to the boil and let simmer for about 15 mins until all the liquid is absorbed. In a pan, I sauteed the onion & remainder of garlic with coconut oil until clear, then added cherry tomatoes & kale and wilted. Throw in the buckwheat once cooked, and add everything else, preferably in a random, haphazard style that calls for multiple taste tests, over-zealous arm-flinging as you flick pinches of salt & pepper dramatically into the mix, and sporadic curses as you realise it’s burning on the bottom.

It cooks up like risotto! Why don’t people use buckwheat as a rice alternative? Mind-boggling. I’ll be working on this recipe some more, seeing as I have a few kilos of the main ingredient to mess around with.

So. Buckwheat. Heard of it?

Looks like this when dry.

This little triangular beauty is actually a fruit seed, and is gluten-free, rich in protein, minerals (iron, zinc, selenium) and is easily digestible. It is also very hardy and fast-growing which means it’s fairly inexpensive, but more importantly a very sustainable, practical crop to be supporting. The flavour is unusual, but in this dish it’s masked by the copious amounts of garlic/chilli (sorry scent-conscious readers!) so it just stood in for rice in my opinion.

Wellllllll seeing as i’ve been procrastinating all day, I really should open a book and appear enthused.

Love xx


Sweeeeeeeeeeeet potato; eating seasonally & locally.

July 29, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hello there!

Can you guess what I ate for lunch today…?

It’s ORANGE..

And TUUUUUUUBEROUS….

And slathered in PEANUT BUTTER & CINNAMON!

This was one sweeeeet, sweeeeeeeeeet potato my friends.

I’ve had them coated in PB before, but a guy from college introduced me to the wonders of cinnamon-izing my beloved SP.

In fact, people i’m meeting at college continue to amaze me with their diversity of insight & knowledge in the different areas of health, nutrition and spiritual practice.

A particularly enlightened dude I know was telling us all about how important eating seasonally and locally is, and shared some intense facts about why we should be reverting back to this natural (and logical) method of consumption.

His example was this; eating fruits abundant in summer such as melons actually serves to protect us from the sun as they stimulate the production of melanain. Similarly, things in season in winter such as oranges have a higher vitamin C content to help support our immune systems.

I knew that it was vaguely a good, sustainable, earning-brownie-points-from-nature kinda practice to eat according to the time of year, but this really blew me away!

Doing further research, I came across more compelling info on why we should be aiming to get our fill of in-season produce:

  • (Sorry to put this point first, but i’m not gonna lie about my scrimpy, scroungy ways) IT’S CHEAPER! I recently discovered this amazing organic  ‘wild food’ earthy, veggie, hippie shop that stocks only those things in season. And despite being all organic, it’s muchos frugos. Ie. A crapload less expensive than regular supermarkets that are shipping-in produce from god knows where.
  • Expanding on my buds’ point about the nutritional facts, it makes sense that F & V in summer are lighter, leafier and with a higher water content than those in winter; we need hydration when it’s sweltering, and a different, more dense kind of fuel during the cold winter months to stoke our engines.
  • Food that is shipped from a land far-far-away, or worse still frozen then thawed for your convenience, is liable to lose a vast proportion of it’s nutritional content. Fruits from local sources are direct from the farm to you, and are still pulsing with their living energy and goodness.
  • It’s easier on the Earth to buy local – less freight, less energy expenditure, less fuels, less packaging, less taxes…you get the picture.

Here is a great website that has a monthly breakdown of available produce. (It’s Kale season, boo-yeah!)

So my consumer conscious little cherubs, that’s just ONE of the PLETHORA of fantastic things i’ve been absorbing from my amazing new friends. Don’t even get me started on class time!

Keep warm, and perhaps try some peanut butter & cinnamon on something unexpected 😀

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