Tuesday, August 19, 2014

warm puy lentils w/ spiced cavolo nero {gluten-free + vegan}

I did something the other day, that I've never before been able to do... I did a proper cartwheel! Whipdy-woo you say, but hear me out. I've always been the near six-foot girl who doesn't have the upper body strength to hold her rather large frame. Chin ups ain't ever happened, handstands in yoga? Well, lets just say it's something I've always tried my best to avoid. As a kid I always wanted to be able to do cartwheels like all my (smaller) friends, but every time I tried I kinda just looked like this. Rather than trying and trying until I mastered it, for 33 years of my life I just put it in the 'can't do it, so won't even try' basket. Until the other day that is.

My daughter has her fathers athletic in-proportion body shape, is naturally strong as hell and super flexi to boot. She attends acrobatics classes and could do cartwheels in her sleep, the lucky thing. We were out playing in the backyard the other day when she asked if we could have a running race. She ever-so-kindly offered to let me have a head start! Ha! I found it funny that she really thought I was crap at sprints, but then, I have always told her I can't to cartwheels so I guess she just assumed I also couldn't sprint. I told her I didn't need a head start and went on to whip her little butt more than once. Rather than be mad or get upset at losing, she looked up to me in a way I don't often see. She was so proud of her mum! Puffed up from the ego boost I thought how about I really pull out all the stops and impress my little Miss eight-year-old and attempted a cartwheel for the first time in about 25 years! 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

inspire me: Molly from My Name is Yeh

It was about 12 months ago that I first started seeing Molly Yeh's stunning images popping up all over the show on Pinterest and she had me frantically clicking through to her site when she posted the recipe for her Tahini Halva Muffins. I adooooore halva and to see it being used in such a creative way made me excited to explore her beautiful site My Name is Yeh. In the ever-growing sea of food blogs, Molly's stands out not only because of her crazily beautiful images, but for her inventive recipes and positive, fun-loving personality that is scattered all over the site. Chocolate cake with halva filling, tahini frosting + a crap ton of sprinkles... anyone? Having spent a little time with her recently at the Saveur Blog Awards in Vegas (I wish we had longer!!) I know for a fact that she is exactly as she comes across on her blog, super cute and so much fun! I'm stoked to have her on the blog today as part of my Inspire me series, thanks Molly!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

homemade milk kefir

I grew up in a vegetarian household, so it's pretty safe to say the things we ate were not exactly 'the norm'. We ate cheesecake made from tofu, homemade hummus and brown rice. The shelves in our laundry were always full with mums preserves and apparently, although I don't remember it well myself, there was often a jar of milk kefir fermenting away in there too. 

Many years later when I had kids of my own -kids who don't tolerate lactose so well- I re-discovered this amazing stuff and have been hooked ever since. There are two types of kefir, milk and water, and while I do actually prefer the water kefir myself, it's the milk kefir grains that I currently have at home. Four years ago when I re-discovered kefir it was the biggest blessing, prior to that we hadn't eaten any dairy what-so-ever for over 2 years and I can't even begin to tell you how much I missed that yogurt tang, especially in smoothies. Nowadays kefir is becoming more well known and while I know there are a few companies who sell it (mostly in smoothie form), it's so easy and much more cost-effective to make it yourself. Not to mention, better quality. From what I know, most commercially made milk kefir is fermented using just a little of the strained kefir itself. However, the good stuff that you make at home is made using milk which is fermented with actual kefir grains, which means more goodness of course!

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