All posts tagged: inspiration

Raw Vegetable & Mango Salad

‘I ate really well over Christmas’ said no-one ever. It’s Christmas. With the best will in the world you’re usual healthy lifestyle is going to slip, eating habits go out the window and it’s hard to stick to your exercise plan. But that’s life and again…it’s Christmas so give yourself a break and get over it. After what seems like a full month of festivities this salad is an amazing detox from all the eating and over indulgence plus it tastes so damn good. Since we’re spoilt for choice with fruit and veg all year round in Melbourne, salads are a great & healthy option and an essential player in the BBQ game – an Australian institution of course. Did someone say new favourite lunch dish? I think so. What you’ll need: – x1 carrot grated (or spiralised) – ½ beetroot grated – handful of green beans (tailed and sliced length ways) – ¼ red cabbage shredded -1/2 mango sliced into slithers – handful of coriander roughly chopped – handful of peanuts roughly smashed up – oil – ½ lemon What you’ll …

Smashed Mint & Pea Bruschetta

After a winter that would have made London proud it is finally heating up in Melbourne. Summer is definitely on the way, so time to start weaning yourself off soups and winter meals and have some fun with some fresh summer recipes.  This recipe for our Smashed Minted Pea Bruschetta probably can’t even be called a recipe because it’s that simple to make. It is the perfect meal to quickly knock up for a light lunch to take outside and enjoy in the sun, I’ve even made it a few times this week for breakfast with a poached egg. I think we forget how good Peas are for us, you never really see a frozen bag and think ‘aaaa superfood’ but we should, those tiny little guys are full of a host of powerful phytonutrients (very good stuff) and lots of key antioxidants. What you’ll need: – x2 cups of frozen peas – decent handful of fresh mint – tablespoon of greek yoghurt – 1/2 lemon – GF crackers – Salt and pepper – olive oil What you’ll need to do: – put your peas in a bowl and cover …

Kale & Cannellini Pesto

Here’s a quick post for you, a little recipe for Pesto that I cannot get enough of this week, there’s some waiting in the fridge right now – just teasing me. Sometimes it’s all about simplicity, and no I don’t mean simply going out and buying a jar because that’s just crap, how about exert yourself a tiny bit and whip this up because I promise you not only is it healthier but it will taste 10xs better and then you can gloat to all your friends that you make your own pesto, seriously do it, be that person. What you’ll need: – 2 handfuls of kale (roughly rip the leaves away from the stems) – 1 clove of garlic – tin of cannellini beans – 2 large spoons of parmesan – olive oil – salt & pepper – handful of nuts (whatever you have) What you’ll need to do: – throw everything into your blender – blitz until smooth or as smooth as you fancy, I like it quite chunky – and yep, that’s pretty much it. I …

GF Pea & Mint Fritters

It has already been a week since we landed back in Melbourne, don’t know where the times gone. In between going straight back to work and trying to adjust to the freezing temperatures the time has literally flown. But I think our bodies are still in shock and refusing to get out of holiday mode, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so tired as I’ve been this week, I’ve been like an old woman so when it’s come to cooking I just wanted something quick, simple and above all tasty, thankfully this recipe has it all, the easiest meal to whip up, meaning more time to sit back and curl up on the sofa in front of Harry Potter. Perfect Sunday recipe. I’m not going to lie I’m having a bit of a fritter fetish right now, after 7 weeks on an Indonesian diet I am in no hurry to see another omelette or Nasi Goreng, I need variety and to cook all the things I spent the last weeks dreaming of. This recipe is …

Waterfalls in Lombok

Whilst we were waiting for our flight to Bali, Jonny and I sat and made our bucket list for the trip. It’s become our little ritual before we go somewhere to make a note on our phone of everything we want to do and then we try to work through it and tick it off. It can include anything: eating a particular meal, to have a Mojito whilst watching sunset on a beach, visit a special landmark… our way of making sure we don’t forget something and get even more excited at the same time, plus I’m a sucker for a list of any kind. Anyway back to the point, at the top of Jonnys Bucket list was: – visit the waterfalls in Lombok, and who am I to stand in the way of a guy and his waterfalling dreams. Whoever told you not to go chasing waterfalls clearly hasn’t ever hiked to the waterfalls at the base of Mt Rinjani, Incredible (and sorry about the reference, but I mean really, what would a waterfall feature be without that song). …

The Secret Gili Islands

We’ve all heard about the famous Gili Islands, Indonesias answer to paradise, or at least they definitely used to be. Now a mecca for tourists that are one step away from being the latest Koh Phangan. So how about we let you in on a little secret that is going to restore your faith in that Indonesian island dream we all crave. This collection of 13 or so small islands scattered around Sekotong on the South west of Lombok are affectionately named the Secret Gilis. When we first asked about visiting here we were told there was nothing to see, well that’s a lie. These islands are well worth a visit, maybe locals just want them to keep them secret that little while longer. Unlike their famous counterparts these islands are largely uninhabited and have yet to be discovered by most travellers, in fact Gili Nanggu is the only one to offer accommodation, so far. Granted it may not be the height of luxury but the view in the morning is a guaranteed plus. But …

Day trips from Kuta, Lombok.

It’s always hard when you arrive somewhere new to know where’s worth dedicating a valuable day too but I think these places definitely count as ones to add to the Lombok (Kuta area) activity list. – Mawi Beach Mawi is a gorgeous beach to visit, a 40 minute scooter ride from Kuta and worth remembering for a day trip. The journey itself is definitely half the package, the road to get to the beach winds in and out of the hills and is some of the beautifulest scenery we have seen so far. Hop on your scooter and slowly make your way there for a chilled afternoon at the beach. What used to be a little insider secret is definitely slowly reaching the ears of tourism, the 10,000IRP entrance fee reminds you of that, but I guarantee you are still looking at plenty of privacy. We were among maybe 20 others if that and no one came to hassle us to buy a coconut or for a picture once. Just Jonny pestering for more sun cream on his …

LOMBOK PART 1. Kuta & Gerupuk

As travel goes the start of ours is how to put it…basic. After our little ‘holiday’ in Bali for the first few days now the ‘real travelling’ has to begin. We left our friends and their 5* resort, gained Jonnys brother and another surfboard and set off. 2 days and a missed flight later and we finally arrived in Lombok. First stop from the airport was the nearby town of Kuta. Thankfully Kuta, Lombok couldn’t be further away from its Bali namesake, which is pretty much like an Indonesian Malia. First impressions could definitely have been worse, it’s calmer, more beautiful and just all round nicer than Bali in my opinion. It’s the landscapes that got me, luscious greenery everywhere and mountains dominating the skyline, finally this was real. But apparently not quite real enough for the boys, because we left our little bamboo bungalow and moved to Gerupuk, a local fishing village where Robbie spent last summer and trust me when I stress ‘local village’ I’m talking not a sniff of wifi anywhere. I …

Blue Cheese Brussel Sprouts

Lets be honest, there’s a huge stigma around Brussel Sprouts. I think you grow up ingrained to hate them, bit like Mondays. Realistically if you actually think about it, you’re probably not that fussed but you never ever admit that to anyone, ever, well until now at least. I am having a bit of a sprout moment, call it a minor infatuation. I’ve been trying to find different, tasty ways to cook with them and this has to be my favourite recipe so far. Sometimes you just need to keep it simple and let a few key flavours do the talking. This is such a quick and easy dish. For me it’s the perfect light dinner but you could also use it as a side dish in a bigger meal. What you’ll need: – A dozen Brussel Sprouts – 85g Blue cheese – 150ml sour cream – dash of milk – handful of walnuts What you’ll need to do: – Preheat the oven to 180c – Trim and halve the sprouts and place on a baking tray, drizzle …

Citrus & Coconut Smoothie

Lets talk about Smoothies. (I mean everyone else seems to be at the minute) Making a smoothie is the quickest and easiest way to get some of your important 5 a day and rev up your metabolism first thing in the morning. It should be simple and nutritious, so why, why, why is everyone is trying so hard to complicate them. Don’t. It shouldn’t be. We have all become guilty of overlooking the importance of our everyday fruits in favour of some exotic sounding superfood from the depths of the Amazon that none of us can even pronounce, so let’s just stop for a minute and take it back to basics. You get so many of the same qualities in all the simpler fruits as you do the superfruits, we just need to remind ourselves, just because it’s a “boring” fruit doesn’t make it bad. Jonny and I try to get up early most morning for a jog before an hour of hot yoga and then by the time we get home we are in desperate need of some sort of boost (*reward) but I struggle …