May 4, 2011 § 16 Comments
Somebody pinch me, I feel like i’m in the midst of the most amazing dream! (sadly not involving a self-replenishing mini-bar full of coconuts).
I HAVE THE INTERNET BACK AT HQ! Sure, I’ve had my iPhone to receive emails and lurk on Facebook, but there really is nothing quite like stalking food blogs in giant high-defintion iMac glory. Two months without blogging capabilities has left me a broken, brittle husk of a girl with little direction or purpose in life… Meals just aren’t the same when they’re served hot; I prefer them luke-warm and mushy after 30 minutes of careful photography and garnish rearrangement!
But here I am, back for all your nutty naturopathic needs and non-educational entertainment!
Seeing as I didn’t expect to have internet again, ever, I don’t really have any relevant photos or meaningful topics to share with you this evening. To add to the wackniess, I just ate enough raw cacao to send the easter bunny into cardiac arrest. BZZZZZZZZ!
The gorgeous Paije from Veggie Monster tagged me about a century ago in a ‘7 random things’ quiz, so I thought that would be awesome fodder for my first foray back into blogsville.
Say ‘Beer Can’. Say it again.
Now you’re saying ‘Bacon’ like a Jamaican!
2. This week I rode my bike to college 2 out of 3 days. ‘Ride’ is loosely defined as being mounted on the bicycle in forward motion at least 50% of the time. I think I just scraped through!
I also embraced shabby chic by wearing my daggiest sports gear, and bringing down the collective style of my class by about 100 points. Function trumps form!
I was completely inspired by the crazy Amanda of Me Vs the Bulge, who is a DEMON and started riding her bike a few months ago to work. It’s greener, and gets me a good 1.5 hours of exercise each day that would normally have been spent crammed in next to snotty school kids and cologne-covered businessmen on the bus. My thighs were weeping tears of lactic-acid by the end of day two, and I need to stop veering out randomly into the path of oncoming traffic but with a bit more practice I may just have found my new 2-wheeled obsession!
3. This week I tried mixing chopped young coconut flesh into my buckwheat porridge. It was a win!
If you’re wondering, buckwheat is probably my favourite gluten-free pseudo-grain at the moment. It’s exceptionally easy to cook (1:2 ratio grains to water), incredibly versatile, and has off-the-charts nutritional value!
4. A few weeks ago, my buddy at college and I decided it would be a fun experiment to drink a garlic cocktail every evening for it’s antioxidant and anti-microbial activity. Here are the ingredients:
The idea was if we drank a superfood elixer of the most potent kind each night, somehow we would become superhuman disease-fighting maniacs within a week and live forever. Worked in theory; in reality I destroyed about 70% of all my tastebuds and acquired a sexy garlic scent that didn’t win me many friends. Food experiments are fun!
5. It’s hard to return to fending for yourself after an indulgent trip home to see family. Someone tuck me in at night, stat!
6. In Perth, my new friend Sarah took us to the most amazing raw vegan cafe ever. Sydney, lift your game! I don’t think there are any dedicated raw restaurants here, whats up with that?
Dear lord, this smoothie was out of control. Banana, cacao, ESPRESSO, almond milk, maca…pure unadulterated chocolatey bliss.
I had the raw pizza with some kind of mind-blowing carrot and coconut salad that I could never hope to replicate.
There was also raw flatbread, salad and mango salsa action.
I definitely recommend The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle if you’re ever on the West-side.
7. I’m currently eating homemade sauerkraut in front of my computer at 11pm.
Don’t act surprised; at least i’m not sucking on a big clove of garlic 🙂
So so so excited to resume normal programming now we have the sweet interwebs back up and running. I’ll have a post for you tomorrow about how I’m going after almost 3 months off the Pill and also some other naturopathic goodness.
Until then, peace, love and pickled cabbage to you all! xx
December 20, 2010 § 4 Comments
Welcome to Christmas week. Who’s excited!? Just today i’ve been scheming up sneakily healthy and supremely tasty Christmas day recipes to catch people unawares.
‘Mmmmmm Katey, this is SO GOOD, what is it?!’
‘THAT is a RAW VEGAN dessert made with no sugar, gluten or dairy, with added Spirulina.’
‘Oh, y’know, just a type of ALGAE with amazing and abundant super food health properties.’
Congratulate yourself for popping your friend/parental/distant, senile relative’s super-charged sea vegetable cherry.
In other news, I am continually ravenous.
Not because I no longer have enough money to feed myself after the photography splurge (although that will probably become an issue once I return to Sydney to fend for myself).
Not because my metabolism has suddenly gone into overdrive (although that could be handy on Christmas day. Increased speed + efficiency of digestion = more scope for x-mas feasting).
Namely, because I am spending far too long doing this.
They say you should guzzle a smoothie within the first few minutes to reap the benefits of the freshly pulverized ingredients before they oxidize. My smoothies hang around so long, i’m certain I end up spooning nutritionally empty mush into my mouth, 20 minutes later. All my meals have had to be adjusted to compensate for this self-imposed time difference. Katey plates up 30 minutes before the family in order to do her kooky photography thang.
This breakfast smoothie was merely to tide me over while I took photos of the mung bean sprouts I’ve grown over the last few days (see below) but I ended up subjecting it to it’s own shoot, and slurping it whilst perusing iPhoto, and surfing the net. Mindful eating – I think not.
It was seriously yummy though:
2 small frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
massif handful of baby spinach
2 heaped tsp Spirulina
hazelnut & rice milk
Blend blend blend for a smooth, creamy and dreamy breakfast delight.
I also promised SPROUTS. And sprouts ye shalt receive!
As you know, I’m a complete chicken when it comes to preparing things that have more than a few, easily comprehensible steps. Things i’ve never attempted before, and the cultivation of ‘living’ foods (such as sprouts and Kefir) also fall under the umbrella of daunting kitchen processes that I put off for a rainy day.
In the spirit of the challenge (and because my mum has superior resources such as pretty mason jars and cheesecloth) I decided to sprout me some mung beans that I picked up at the farmers market.
Like most things, it wasn’t nearly as hard or labour intensive as I imagined. I followed my gut (always a dependable option) and found myself with gorgeous living sprouts two days later!
Get your hands on some organic dried mung beans (would work with other beans/legumes too I assume).
Measure out half a cup of the beans and rinse thoroughly, picking out any stones or debris.
Pour into a glass jar, and cover with a decent amount of water. No measurements here, just remember the beans will expand to about double their original size.
Let soak overnight (8-12 hours).
In the morning, strain and rinse beans and place back in jar, laying it on it’s side and covering the opening loosely with some cloth or paper towel.
Rinse your little babies every 8 hours or so, and watch them start to shoot! (N.B They are not sitting in water anymore, just moistened from the rinsing).
After 2 days, this is what I awoke to.
I plan to throw them on salads, try out some new raw recipes, and enjoy eating food that is literally still living and growing.
I’ll pop them in the fridge soon to stop them sprouting, and apparently they can keep for a week or two.
What have you made in the kitchen lately that has challenged you?
Catch you soon! xx
December 1, 2010 § 14 Comments
Hello long lost blog souls! How i’ve missed you!
As you may or may not know, I am currently suffering from PTSD. Post-traumatic-science-disorder. Too much anatomy, physiology and chemistry study has predisposed me to night sweats, fainting spells and uncontrolled binges on raw-cacao concoctions. Exams do that to a girl.
How has your week been? My, it’s getting close to the festy-season epicentre. It always creeps up so fast! I have yet to brave the shops to track down perfect christmas gifts for my 3 trillion relations, however soon the time will come where I will have to beat through the crowds, nimbly sidestepping crazed consumer zombies in my vibram five-fingers, and buying over-priced soaps for my numerous aunts as I give up all attempts to be thoughtful. I had grand plans to bake/un-bake/sew/knit/craft delightful homemade tokens of christmas love for everyone, however in usual scatterbrain style, I have left it to the last again.
Everyone likes soap.
As requested, I wanted to recap some favourite smoothie ideas for you all as I’ve been getting my fair share of blended foods of late, with the raw kick.
Tricks for awesome smoothies
* Use frozen bananas for creaminess & sweetness – really makes a difference to the texture & general deliciousness of the final product.
* Adding greens such as spinach will provide an instant chlorophyll-kick without compromising flavour. I use baby spinach in just about every blended beverage and the taste is completely unnoticeable.
* The addition of any kind of paste or nut-butter is guaranteed to tip your smoothie over the flavour precipice. So. Amazing.
Let’s get to it!
Avocado, Banana, Tahini and Honey (personal favourite!)
1/2 ripe avocado
1 large frozen banana
1 tsp of each tahini (raw, unhulled) & raw honey
rice or other non-dairy milk (I never measure this, but generally I like as little as possible to achieve a more ‘pudding-consistency’)
Classic Spirulina Breakfast Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 large handful baby spinach
1-2 heaping tsp Spirulina
1-2 heaping tsp raw carob powder
2 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 4 tbsp water
rice milk (maybe 1 cup?)
Water & flesh from 1 young coconut
1 heaping tsp raw cacao powder
Spinach & Peanut Butter Perfection
1 frozen banana
1 large handful baby spinach
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 cup rice milk
(optional: 1 tsp raw cacao or carob powder)
Avocado, Spinach and Chia Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1/2 ripe avocado
2 tbsp soaked chia seeds
handful baby spinach
(Optional: raw honey for sweetness)
Orange & Banana Flurry
2 small frozen bananas
1 ripe orange
enough rice milk to blend
Carob, Banana, Avocado Breakfast Pudding
1 frozen banana
1/2 ripe avocado
2 tbsp soaked chia seeds
1-2 heaped tsp carob powder
tiny amount of rice milk to blend
Top with: drizzle raw honey, shredded coconut
NB: For any ‘pudding’, you can also sub the banana for frozen berries & add some raw honey for sweetness. Delicious and refreshing!
That, my friends, is all for now. I am hitting up a cute little local gym this arvo due to the persistent rain and all things dreary; it is muchos cheapos, just the way I like it, but I need to go NOW before my skin grafts on to this computer chair and I am stuck here in front of the mac forever!
Hope you’re having a collectively spiffy afternoon, and I can’t wait to return to normal blogging post-exams. Oyyyyyyy, my cranium is crying.
November 25, 2010 § 14 Comments
Well well well, look who came crawling back to blog-land. Apologies for the cliffhanger re. raw status. Is she? Isn’t she? Did she die when she tried unsuccessfully to hook chlorophyll to her veins?
All possible theories. But alas, I’m breaking the news to you that I ended my 100% raw experiment after 10 days. Not because I felt like crap, or it was all too hard…but I just really, really, REALLY wanted a cookie.
I was extremely surprised during the whole raw experience that I didn’t have any overt cooked-food cravings or moments of yelling obscenities at my flatmates as they fried up some tortuously aromatic dinnertime treat. That was, until the night of day 9, where I began to contemplate the delights of a tray full of vegan brownies, or a crispy batch of peanut butter & flaxseed cookies. The drool could not be stemmed. My raging sweet tooth demanded satisfaction.
I never originally set a time-frame for the raw trial, but by day 10 there was no denying that I felt fantastic eating this way, and more at peace with my diet than ever. (Yes, yes, minus the cookie conundrum).
I didn’t think it was necessary to deprive myself of something I really wanted, so allowed myself to go to the organic store and pick out some vegan cookies to break the raw stint. (I’d usually bake some myself, but to be honest the emerging cheapskate within deemed it more practical to buy them pre-made. Infinitely more cost effective.)
The cookies were pretty disappointing, and tasted chalky and boring. I ate them anyway, because, as I had now realised, this was evolving into some kind of post-raw cooked-food bender. I’d read about raw foodists and their propensity to binge on ‘forbidden’ foods every so often, and I couldn’t believe I was participating in this crazy behaviour!
I had hummus & crackers, more cookies & a bowl of savoury oats for good measure. The rest of the day does not need to be discussed…
Truthfully, the cooked food tasted bland and strangely unsatisfying, but it was clear to me that any kind of restrictive diet, be it 100% raw or otherwise, could potentially lead to these kind of ‘episodes’ after unconsciously excluding certain foods. I think my subconscious resents any kind of strict, limiting, force and acts to restore the balance by way of a crazy, illogical food rampage. So despite feeling better than ever, and fairly content with the offerings of the 80/10/10 raw food diet, I acknowledged that something needed to shift if I was going to be successful in the long-term. A balanced diet is not characterised by random lapses into mindless munching; I felt I needed to eeeeease on up.
Needless to say, the food made me feel terrible; it was like a reverse detox if that can possibly be imagined (no, not a reverse enema. Minds out of the gutter please).
It convinced me more than ever, that dogma and restrictive rules have no place in a balanced diet; in fact, they are in direct opposition to everything I am learning about living moderately and happily. This fact alone turns me off following in the footsteps of extremely rigid raw-foodists who, it seems, place more value on the temperature of their food than it’s health-giving properties. This is particularly evident to me in the gourmet-raw movement where (as Frederic Patenaude points out) often things that are extremely dense and hard for the body to assimilate such as nut-based dishes, are given preference over foods such as steamed veggies, that would in fact be a more healthful option, despite not being ‘raw’.
In the same vein, I hope all of you had a chance to read the amazing post by Tasha (formerly the Voracious Vegan) over the weekend, explaining in true compelling and tear-jerking form the reasons behind her move away from a strict vegan diet. I was astonished and saddened to hear that such a decision, one so personal and physically necessary could inspire an outpouring of condemnation from the vegan community. Of course, she has a swathe of loyal followers, yet some individuals still felt justified in accusing her of dietary blasphemy, asserting that it is better to be sick and lifeless than eat an omnivorous diet. Once again, dogma becomes the foe of happiness & balance, and we find our eating habits are more political than healthful.
A diet has to work for you. If a certain eating plan is not furnishing your body with adequate nutrition, or leaving you feeling dull and lifeless, you should change it, irregardless of what others deem to be nutritionally ideal.
In saying this, you all know how much I loved the raw experiment & that is why the next day I awoke with the knowledge I would continue to eat mostly raw, with cooked food (& COOKIES) included when I wanted them. I also see no reason to avoid little things that are raw-biguous (ie. kinda cooked, kinda not – don’t know, don’t care) because why get caught up in the minutiae when there is so much FOOD LOVIN’ to be had?!
It sounds strange, but I actually felt quite depressed after going back to cooked food – I think there is a definite difference in energy, and obviously in the metabolism of heated vs. uncooked that made me feel sort of flat.
The past few days i’ve been slurping avocado thick-shakes, gobbling fresh mangoes…
…raw-ifying Bill Grainger recipes (oh. holy. jeebus)…
…munching seaweed salads with kale, sesame oil and chili…
…and of course, more smoothies in abundance.
I love all this vibrant, shimmering, pulsating fruit & veggie love, and as a few awesome commenters have suggested, i’m also incorporating some more fats in my diet and not being so worried about the ratios and whatnot. Basically, i it feels good, I’m going at it face-first.
Speaking of faces, I also wanted to do a quick shout-out to an Australian make-up company called Minerelle that has come up with the beautifying goods. Never have I purchased such an effective
total-head-concealer mineral make-up. I’ve been searching for an aussie brand, vegan-friendly and with a short, non-threatening ingredient list. Minerelle fits the bill. If you go to their site, you can have free samples shipped to you (just paying postage of $5) and once I ordered the powder foundation itself, it arrived within a couple of days. For an impatient, demanding, needy consumer this was most welcome. The ingredients are not PERFECT, but it seems i’m all about compromise today, and thus am filing it under ‘balance and moderation’.
My improved head. Au naturale non?
Ha! This post is raging. I am so painfully verbose; I suck at succinct.
Oh and Kirsten, your pleas for smoothie recipes will be answered in the next post my dear. Stay tuned!
November 7, 2010 § 6 Comments
Did you all live it up on this sensationally sunny Sunday? When it’s been overcast and miserable for a few days, I literally cartwheel out of bed and squeal with glee upon peeling back my blinds to reveal blue skies and (delayed) springtime sun. I’m a mad woman who takes the notion of seizing the day to a whole new extreme; I engaged the pincer grip & nipple-tweaked this day until it begged for mercy. Sunday’s off are a rare treat; I’m going to milk them for all they’re worth!
Off course, after reading Born to Run before bed last night, I made the executive decision to don my vibrams and be a barefoot bandit this morning, pre-breakfast no less.
Y’all know I don’t function so well on an empty stomach, so I scarfed a medjool date before I left for good measure.
I did a long-ish run yesterday afternoon and never like running to any great extent 2 days in a row, so I frolicked around the beaches, scampering about in that crazy, childish manner that seems to be inspired by my bare, liberated tootsies, walking here, running there, and generally loping about grinning at the beauty of it all. I wish wish WISH i’d had my camera because it was absolutely, eye-wateringly beautiful out there. Sometimes I sprint down to the beach, collapse on the sand and just stare into the ocean wondering how the hell everything came to be so gosh darn delightful. I was contemplating the Deepak Chopra-ish notion that we create our own realities; that we are the ultimate creative forces in the universe…This being the case, let me just say then that I am a veritable Van Gogh, I never knew I was such a supremely skilled artiste :D.
Of course, wandering in an hour later with sand in my hair and a glint in my eye, I was ready to MURDER a spirulina shake.
Bubbling cauldron of superfood pow-ah.
I then got to making a raw picnic for the man and I, as I was SET on heading back to the beach with camera in hand.
I spiralized some carrot & zucchini, then made a dressing from yellow miso, lemon juice, raw honey, ginger, sesame oil, tamari and water.
This impressed Jarad, carnivore extraordinaire. Sweet victory!
I then decided on a special Sunday treat in the form of this AMAZING sourdough that is baked near my house, that i’ve somehow never tried before. Lordy, this was delicious. I schmeared on a big dollop of lentil dip and ascended to foodie heaven.
I was again sporting my VFF’s, with embedded foliage.
We checked out some sculptures that are positioned around the beaches as part of an annual exhibition. I love how interactive they are; both with people & the environment. Although I WAS a little turned off by the sheer number of bodies now congesting the walkways; it was kind of sad because I’ve had the chance to see the whole exhibition many times but this was Jarad’s only chance…however we gave up halfway because the throngs of people made it nearly impossible to get a good look at each artwork, and we are generally unenthused about crowds 😦
Some cool ones included this ‘reef’ made out of milk-bottle caps and what-si-mer-call-it cables.
And a giant chicken. Complete with living tail-foliage and oversized eggs. I tickled his chin.
Sexy boulder beauty.
Pinchy the crab.
Spotted! Sneaky VFF sighting. This dude totally rocked the white sprints – how does he make them look so ultra cooooool?
I love this one. I think it pairs beautifully with the physical setting. Very calming.
Once we abandoned the crowds, we returned home to demolish my third and final course of the picnic that had to remain in the freezer for reasons that will soon become apparent.
I MADE HEALTHY RAW VEGAN ICE-CREAM! WITH HOMEMADE CACAO CHIPS!
The recipe was one I’ve been dreaming up for a while, and I would like to declare it a triumphant success! Stay tuned for the recipe low-down. Get excited.
Now, I need to rest my weary eyelids and crawl into bed with another chapter of Born to Run. Completely engrossed.
November 5, 2010 § 9 Comments
Hey hey hey blogerinos!
What’s this top secret plan that is unfolding in the halls of Bonne Santé? Well, it’s not really that top secret nor planned, but it does involve a day of impromptu raw-dom. You could say i’ve been in the raw for the past 24 hours.
I usually try to eat 2 meals a day uncooked, but have been toying with the idea of experimenting in a more extreme sense, with complete & utter raw behaviour. Just for a day. Just to dabble in the world of boundless energy, heightened awareness and excessive crunching. (I also realise that it would take a longer stint of said eating to reap such grand benefits, but humour me here.)
Day one? I’m wanting it to roll over into day two.
I have a strange feeling that this kind of eating just sits right with my particular constitution (even in Ayurvedic medicine, my dosha is best suited to a vegetarian diet with lots of raw, cooling foods). Read more about doshas here.
Again, I hear you, it will take time.
But why not enjoy the most tasty, delicious smoothie known to wo-man on such a glorious day?
Avocado, Banana, Tahini & Honey thickshake
1 medium frozen banana
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tsp tahini
1 tsp raw honey
1 cup raw nut milk
I know i’ve gone on about delicious avocado creations in the past, but i’m going to hammer it home: avocado makes for a rich, creamy, mousse-like raw drink, beyond your wildest sexy veggie dreams!
This was one of the best tasting things of my life…and I don’t say that lightly! I plan to test it on the
guinea pig boyfriend this weekend, wheee!
So back to raw talk. What the hell have I been eating?
Well, there are many camps in the raw brigade; low-fat, high-fat, intricately prepared dehydrated masterpieces, simple fruit &vegetarians… Confusing for a girl who is notoriously indecisive.
To me, it seems sensible to eat a majority of vegetable & fruit matter, with a few fats for satiety and perhaps some sprouted grains here and there. Contrary to popular belief, you are supplied with ample proteins from vegetables, seeds & nuts – no deficiencies here. Likewise, calcium is also found in green leafy vegetables & sea veggies in abundance. To Osteoporosis I say, begone!
I mainly want to make sure I get enough calories (not that I care about those little buggers in any real sense) because it’s easy to undereat on a diet of so much water & fiber.
Today I ate:
1 young coconut + chia seeds
1 blood orange
sultanas & goji berries
few slices pineapple & rockmelon
above avocado smoothie
giant salad with kale, baby spinach, carrot, zucchini, beetroot, mushrooms, sesame seeds & seaweed
another giant salad with the other half of the avocado, a some soaked almonds, flax-seed oil & lemon juice
I don’t think was quite enough calories, but it just feels like you’re eating HEAPS! This is why it sits so well with me, obviously 🙂 I love to feel like I can eat a whole basket/bucket/trailer-load of something and be on the right track.
Since I’m spamming you with articles, I’ve been collecting a few that I thought might tickle your fancy-pants:
* The importance of detoxing to combat acidosis & toxemia – Kate from Green and Juicy (fellow aspiring Naturopath!) sent me this link and it’s a very informative read.
* 3 causes of illness – from Crazy Sexy Life – are you hooked up with this amazing resource yet?!
* Raw for 30 days; reversing diabetes – trailer for the documentary
* Alcohol more damaging to health than crack cocaine – Natural News article
* Not strictly health related, but check out these insanely cute, eco-friendly totes, purses & make-up bags from Apple & Bee – my friend sent me the link & i’ve had to restrain myself from buying the whole collection as christmas presents (Mum, look away, you may or may not be receiving one of these…along with the rest of my extended family. Ha!)
What are your thoughts on raw foods? Are you a raw foodist, or think it’s too extreme? Any tips for the Bonne Santé newbie?
October 28, 2010 § 2 Comments
Don’t you hate when you’ve been dreaming up a super meal idea for half the day, only to create a mediocre and underwhelming dish that makes you want to time-warp back and just go with a known favourite?
After working the first half of the day, coming home and busting out a lovely beach-side run, and returning home with a plethora of loco lunch ideas, I settled on raw, spiralized veggie pasta with avocado & spinach pesto and extra-sweet, sweet potato mash (with a chocolatey, coconuty spin).
I’ve seen people make choc-pudding-like offerings from sweet potatoes, pumpkins and such so I reasoned that my own unscripted attempt would be a total winner. Who doesn’t love chocolate for lunch?
I assumed it was going to be so awesome, that documenting the whole process seemed like a fine idea.
Peel your sweet tater. Mine was a whitey.
The result, after adding some carob, coconut oil, honey, cinnamon & a splash of rice milk.
This would have been much, much better with cacao. Carob really doesn’t cut it when you’re hankerin’ for some unadulterated coco action.
I have a hunch that this recipe from Gena would be far superior! Never mind, onto the noodles.
Assemble sacrificial veg.
Spiralize into submission.
And top with avocado & spinach pesto (my original recipe here). It would have been super delicious, except the avocado wasn’t ripe so it didn’t blend into a lovely creamy sauce like it usually does. Boo….erns. I also topped with savoury yeast flakes which are an ACE vegan substitute for parmesan cheese.
Ahh well, you can’t win them all.
What I DID make well was yesterday morning’s breakfast.
I’m loving avocado in smoothies – so thick and creamy and dreamy. This babeh contained half an avo, 2 tbsp soaked chia seeds, small frozen banana, heaped tsp almond butter, 1 tbsp flax oil, raw honey to sweeten and rice milk. Heavy on the healthy fats, for shiny skin & hair, supercharged brain function and to facilitate pretty much every other vital bodily process. I like big, chubby smoothies.
Mmmm all this talk of food is making me hangry. Think I might scurry away to the kitchen to make a compensatory lunch-fail snack.
Hope you’re having a beautiful day!