Thursday, 29 May 2014

Spaghetti squash spaghetti and fresh basil pesto

Who remember's my country extravaganza a couple of weekends ago?? Well if you don't then you should check out the post so you can see the glorious bits and pieces I got at the farmers market. They are delish! So I thought I would let you guys know something I made with my fresh flavoursome produce.


With the big bunch of basil I made Wellness Mama's homemade basil pesto
This recipe is super simple basil, almonds, olive oil and a food processor.



I also bought a spaghetti squash for the first time. For any one that has never seen a spaghetti squash, it looks like this.....



And once you cut it in half and roast in the oven, you scrape the insides with a fork and it looks exactly like spaghetti!!!



So I tossed it with my pesto and viola!!!





Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Cinnamon and orange blossom scrub

Our insides are not the only part of us that scream for good food......the outside wants in too!!! Even though everything that put into our body comes out.......and not the dirty way people. Gross!!!! I mean the skin is a reflection of what is going on inside.  Somehow we think that the breakouts, the dry skin, the rashes and all that fun stuff that we play with have nothing to do with the rest of our body and tend to just blaaaaame the skin! WTF??? Ok,  remember this mantra
             
                'WE ARE ALL CONNECTED SO EVERYTHING IS EFFECTED'

That chick that you see that looks like she has porcelain skin, doesn't just have clear skin because you think she uses Proactive! Ewwww, ewww, ewww. I just said Proactive. It's because she feeds herself nutrient dense food and treats her body right. So treat it kind with kind products that aren't going to undo all of your hard work like lots of other chemical shit storms out there. For instance like this one :


Cinnamon orange blossom scrub


1/ 2 cup coconut oil
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon orange blossom water*

  1. With a hand beater whip the coconut oil for a few minutes until light and fluffy
  2. Add the sugar and continue to beat until well combined, then continue with the cinnamon and orange blossom water

*Orange blossom water is one of the most amazing things you will smell and can be be found in most middle eastern grocery stores, random deli's or any grocery store or supermarket that may have an international food section. It is used in a lot of middle eastern sweets and is very refreshing and even used as a cologne. BUT DON'T FRET if you cant find it! Just use a couple of drops of pure essential orange oil.  


Thursday, 22 May 2014

A day in the life of Mellness






So I had a biiiig day last Sunday!!! I was off gallivanting around the country side, which is something that I think everyone should do once in a while.......Or maybe even tomorrow!! But there was a purpose to my travels and this was to visit a farmers market that had been recommended to me. And I lovvvvvve farmers markets, actually I just love any market. This one was so so cute and totally in the middle of no where which was creepy but even more awesome!  











So what did I take away from my adventure apart from delicious locally grown produce sold to me with extra love??


Here are the 10 things that I learnt about my day in the country:

  •  There is something very grounding about being awake to see the sun rise and being able to watch that very sun set once again. I have decided that I think we  should see as many full circles of the sun in our lifetime as possible. That is my 2 cent worth. 
  • Strangers are nice people. If fact strangers do not exist in the country. ‘Strangers’ is just a concept that city people have made up. Country folk (OMG I just said folk!!)  like to chat, they like to actually find out about you. And face to face. Not through Facebook. Whoa!

  • Don’t bother paying $15.00 for your pretentious inner city I-CALL-MYSELF-A-LARDER-FOOD-JUDGING-CORNER-SHOP jam just because it is made of some berry you have never heard of. Or because it has a mix of banana and bacon (don’t dis, banana and bacon really works). Just make your own, or better yet, support the nannas that make and sell their own jams in random jars with post it notes for labels and pay only $3.00. Steeeeeeeal!

  • Don’t be afraid to buy stuff off the side of the road. Not like a hooker or a hitchhiker. I mean food! Whatever these guys are selling means they have excess, which means that it is in season, which then means we should eat!!! Did I just roast beautiful fresh chestnuts?? Whaaaaaaat?  


  •   I forbid myself in future to ever pay $5.99 for a 1kg of lemons when I just paid a $1.00 for 5!

  •  Don’t buy a cup of coffee unless they know their shit. Repeat do not buy a cup of coffee unless they know their shit.

  • Who needs the Swiss Alps?? (ok I do, they are breathtaking) Seriously , Australia’s landscape really shine’s at this time of year. In fact brings a bit of a tear to my eye…..awww weep.

  •   Crisp fresh air gives you more energy than a can of Red bull. Get it into you!

  •  When you go to a farmers market, you are pretty much guaranteed to leave with some unique variety of vegetable that you didn’t know existed. 

  •  Someone will give you either a discount or something for free.

  • You will return home feeling 10 times happier!!!! (ooops that just became 11)





  • And this is what is going to feed me this week! 




Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Post yoga mind blurt and lazy peoples mini frittatas





For anyone that has never attended yoga you may not be aware that sometimes you have some crazy ass thoughts as your mind runs away to disconnect from society. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes you are still thinking about where to go for dinner Friday night or how much you wish you bought those boots the other day. Do’h! 

But tonight I was in crazy ass thought mood after listening to what my teacher was reading to us about the philosophies of yoga. And this is where my mind went! LOL!

Everyday we view the world from the comfort of our own personal movie theatre. Everything we see is through only our own perspective. We cannot hear through someone else’s ears, see through their eyes, smell through their noses and truly experience the world the way they experience it. It is impossible for us to watch anyone else’s movie in their movie theatre.  So wouldn't it be true that when we think that others are judging how we look, how we act or what we do, that it is actually just our own perception of ourselves and not of that of others?? So really it is our own harsh judgements that create our insecurities. Because after all we are watching our own movie, jay??


And now for a light hearted egg recipe!

Lazy peoples mini frittatas


I make these at the start of the week and keep them in a container in the fridge and are a great snack or make into a meal. Just grab a couple of these and a huge sided salad!

Ingredients:

1 small head of broccoli broken in to tiny pieces
1/2 capsicum finely diced
1/2 zucchini finely diced
1 teaspoon crushed garlic or 1 small clove crushed
1 teaspoon oregano
 8 eggs
coconut oil or grass fed butter

* Pre heat you oven to 160 degrees
* Grease a muffin tray with coconut oil or butter
* Whisk eggs in a bowl, then and garlic, oregano and pepper and salt to season 
* Distribute the veggies evenly over 8 muffin holes


       
    

       *Pour the egg mixture evenly over each veggie mixPlace in the oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the egg has cooked through.

Note:  as per usual I like for these recipe ideas to just be guidelines because everyone should bring their own awesomeness to everything they create. So get crazy with it! Use different veggies, pumpkin, sweet potato, grated carrot, eggplant what ever your kids didn’t eat last night at dinner!!! You can try different herbs and spices.

Quick tip:  If you want to cut down time even more you don’t even have to whisk the  eggs, just crack an  egg on each veggie case. 1 egg for every frittata just make as many as you need!





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