Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Ya don't need much!

How many of you remember something I said a little while ago about not needing a whole lot of ingredients to whip up something fresh, easy and wholesome??? Don't worry it's not a test! So running with the same theme, all this dish is.......

1 roasted beetroot cut in cubes, tossed together with some fresh mint, toasted walnuts, seasoned with salt, pepper, good quality olive oil and sitting on a bed of mixed lettuce then drizzled with some balsamic vinegar! Ta Daaaaaaaa!

.......Now make the same with watermelon instead of beetroot and a little fetta (if you can have dairy) and experience the taste sensation!!!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Mellness: Auto 'Mel' ography

Mellness: Auto 'Mel' ography: So where did all of this begin??? It began when I realised that sometimes the best doctor is yourself. Becau...

Monday, 10 February 2014

Protein Bark

So I am a little bit genius. Yep. And I am not even joking either. So here I am minding my own business (pretty much the case when you are at home alone. D’oh!) and I decided to mix the protein powder that I just bought again after sooooo long with some coconut oil. Now Im just not that into protein powder. Everyone else is. I am not. Most of them are made of weirdo ingredients and almost always have some kind of soy product in it. But I find I lack protein and this one is purely vegetable protein. One ingredient. Happy. So now I can become a beefcake. Kidding!!

For those of you that don't live here in’s summer. So it is HOT! So my coconut oil is just pure liquid. Which is perfect because mixing solid coconut oil with my protein powder would just be like that papier-mache glue stuff.   So I threw in some goji berries and sunflower seeds and thought I would just let it set in the fridge for a while and it will be a lil treat. Holy moly!! It turned super hard and couldn’t scoop it out…….so I had to let it sit for a while......and then all of a sudden magic happened my dear little poppets……..the birth of this fabulousness…….f**k.

I mixed up another batch the next morning and poured it on a piece of baking paper on a flat baking tray and let that possum set. Wow. Just wow. I broke it in to pieces and now I have my own little non chocolate version of chocolate. Same texture as chocolate, so I am tricking myself! Literally took about 10 minutes so it is awesome for if people are coming over!

1/3 cup coconut oil melted.
4 tablespoons of protein powder (any flavour, mine is vanilla)

And anything else you want!!! Here are some good ideas:

Chopped/crushed nuts of any kind
Sultanas/rasins or goji berries
Any other chopped up dried fruit
Raw cacao

I could go on forever. You have so many possibilities! Just mix the powder and the oil together unlike it is like a paste then get crazy with combinations! Then tell me how you got crazy!!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Chicken Chorizo Bake

So last week I decided to go and stay at my mum and dads for the night and visit the fam. Makes it sound like they live somewhere far.......they live 35 minutes away!! Hahaha! But still, it's peaceful, it's home and I feel like I have been away for the weekend! So naturally when I go and visit I get excited because I have the opportunity to cook for everyone! I get to make the recipes that I have collected  (remember me= recipe hoarder) because let's get serious when you live on your own, sometimes you just can't get through a whole roast with trimmings. Sometimes.

But see, with this comes a bit of a challenge. Because between my parents, brother, sisters, brother in law, nephews, girlfriends, boyfriends, dogs (ok I don't cook for dogs) there are many different taste buds. Many different taste buds, many different dislikes and pretty much anything too out of the ordinary is a no no. I'm telling you it's tricky city! Soooooo what does one cook for their family that is a safe option? Chicken my friends. Chicken. And this is what I came up with. Just served this up with some salads. Went down a mother of a treat. And in turn made me very smiley :-) Suuuuuuuccceeeesssss!!!!

Chicken Chorizo Bake

2 large chicken breasts cut into large pieces
3 chicken thighs cut into large pieces
1 chorizo sausage cut into thick slices
2 cans of crushed or diced tomatoes
1 fresh tomato cut into wedges
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 shallot chopped
1 handful of continental parsley chopped
1 handful of basil leaves
½ lemon
Balsamic vinegar to taste

  1. 1.  Place chicken pieces into a large ceramic baking dish
  2. 2.     Sprinkle with fresh tomato, garlic, shallot, parsley and basil.
  3. 3.     Pan fry chorizo and add to the chicken mix along with any juices
  4. 4.     Cover with the crushed tomatoes and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 30-35 mins
  5. 5.     Squeeze lemon and drizzle with balsamic vinegar before serving