Friday, August 22, 2014

Asparagus, Peach and Quinoa Salad

SALAAAAD TIMMMME

I’ve been slack for a few months. I stopped going to gym, I stopped having salads every day, I ate carbs every few days (big deal orright)....and generally everything else one could possibly eat. I went full fattime all day every day. Loved it!
But no more! I’m taking control!

Ok....I will try to take control. It’s hard ya know. Baby steps.
So I’ll ease myself in with some fancy salads. I love me some fancy salad. Those ones that do take some pre-thought, and do require some time to prep and chop and cool and mix. But they’re totally worth it.

Especially when you’re at work and you really need something awesome to eat to get you through the afternoon. Yeah. That happens.
This one? Totally meets the criteria. Juicy peaches, crunchy asparagus, fluffy, filling quinoa – what’s not to love!?

Get on it. Pronto.


Salad:

1 1/2 cups quinoa
2 bunches asparagus, cut into chunks
2 peaches, diced
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
Baby spinach
 

Dressing:

1tbspn lemon zest
6tbspn lemon juice
1/4 cup green onions, finely sliced
5tbspn olive oil
Rinse the quinoa and cook as per the packet directions. Set aside to cool (shove it in the fridge if you’re in a hurry)

While that’s cooking, make the dressing by putting all the ingredients into a jar and shaking it around the room. Feel free to wack on some funky music and make a thing out of it.

Cook the asparagus. You can either do this by coating them in a bit of oil and grilling them until slightly charred, or you can blanch them in some boiling water. Make sure they’re tender but still crunch. We need texture people.

When the quinoa has cooled, arrange the salad. You can be hectic like me and just mix everything in a big ol’ bowl, or you can be nice and pretty and arrange the spinach on a big serving plate (use as much as you desire), and sprinkle over the quinoa, asparagus, peaches and walnuts. Drizzle over the dressing and serve to your favourite people.

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Orange Cookies

I have a confession to make.

I’m not very good at making cookies.
THERE I SAID IT!

But really, I am far more comfortable making a 4 layer cake extravaganza that I am making 12 little cookies. I think in the past year, the majority of my cookie-making endeavours have been less than successful.
I don’t know why. They just never....work.

I know a few people who balk at recipes with yeast, or anything that requires multiple steps with lots of multi tasking – but me? Hand me a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe and I’ll give you a somewhat apprehensive look.
Cookies are my hurdle.

I made these when the local supermarket had a mega sale on oranges. I love those sales. You end up planning your whole week around that food. (Slight exaggeration but oh well).
So yes, orange cookies it was. These were one of my very few successful cookie attempts. I ate a few warm, and then froze the rest so I could enjoy them long after I baked them. It’s not every day that you’re able to make a good cookie ;)


Cookies:

2 1/2 cups plain flour
1tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
1 cup sugar
2 tbspn orange zest
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 tbspn orange juice, fresh

 

Glaze:

1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tbspn orange zest
1-2 tbspn orange juice, fresh
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

In another small bowl, combine the sugar and orange zest, rubbing them together with your fingers until it is incorporated and you’re high on the scent.

With your mixer, cream the butter and the sugar/orange mix until light and fluffy.

Add the egg and orange juice. Mix until combined.

Slowly add the flour mixture, on low speed so it doesn’t cover the room in flour.

Scrape down the sides and wack the bowl in the fridge for 30mins.

When you take the dough out of the fridge, turn the oven on to 180oC.

Scoop out bits of dough, roll into balls and place on a baking tray. Bake for 10-12mins until lightly browned. Remove from oven and leave on the hot tray for 5mins before moving them to a rack to cool.

To make the orange glaze, whisk together the icing sugar, orange zest and enough orange juice to make it just spreadable.

You can either pipe squiggles over like I’ve done or just smother the whole cookie.



 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

So many questions....


I got nominated for a Liebster Award! I mean it ain’t no Saveur Award, but I’ll take what I get! Think I have a bit of a way to go for that.....

Shout out to Shanice from City of Creative Dreams for passing the buck. Thanks kind lady! Go check her out and spread the love.
The rules:
  • The nominated user must provide a link back to the person who nominated them.
  • Answer 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate other bloggers with less than 200 followers and ask them 11 questions.
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Drum roll please......And the questions are.....!

1. What made you want to start a blog?
I literally cannot remember. I think I was just starting to follow blogs and I was bored one day at work, so I just started it. Why not? It was all very in the moment.

2. How did you choose your blog name?
I was emailing my BFF trying to come up with a cool name. She was probably the one who thought of it since she’s miles cleaverer than me, but it was just a bunch of emails back and forth throwing names out there. I actually really love the name. Since my sister is a designer, I got her to do her thang and it it all just came about quickly.

3. What is your favourite post or project that you are most proud of?
Before I blogged, I made rainbow cookies and a rainbow cake. Those are probably my favourite because of how time consuming it was and how trippy they looked at the end. However I also loved this cake. The photos I took were horrible disastrous but the joy that it brought was really cool. I'll have to do it again and pay attention to the photos ;)

4. What is your favourite blog?
Nup. Don’t make me pick! I have way too many. I follow about 60...and they’ve all been top of my list at some stage. There are so many talented people out there.

5. What advice would you give yourself as a young child or teenager if you could go back in time?
Save some bloody money! I used to get paid, go shopping and buy random useless junk. By the time I left home, I had saved so very little....in about 4 years. So so bad.

6. What inspires you to keep blogging?
Nothing really. It’s not a crazy passion and I can’t say I go all out trying to make it known. Most of my friends don’t even know I do it. I’d still cook all the time – I just wouldn’t take photos.

7. If you could go join a course or go to school for something right now, what would it be?
Ah if only you knew the significance of that question. Nope no idea. Maybe in food technology. Something sciency and logical but food related. Has to be food related. That much I know!

8. What is your favourite spot in your home? Why?
My bed. Because duh. Who doesn’t love bed time!?

9. Who is your favourite celebrity? Why?
Ah....probably singers. I’m not a big movie buff and tend to spend the whole movie going ‘man where have I seen them before?’. So musicians. I listen to a lot of power ballad type ones about love and romance. About 90% of people I meet hate my music. Pssh. Whatever.

10. What is your favourite song right now on the radio?
I can’t say I listen to the radio much. I’m in the car for all of 2 minutes to get to work. I would have no idea what is being played these days.

11. What are your favourite kinds of blogs?
Food ones! Duh. I used to only follow cakey ones, but now I’ve moved into a mixture of meals and cakey ones. Although I’m not a fan of the super organic, raw, mega health ones. You just cannot find weird, organic ingredients in a regional city.
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So now I have to pick some people to nominate. Hmm let’s see... (I think I’m supposed to pick 11 but since most people won’t follow on, I’ll only pick 4)
My questions:
  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What is your favourite nail colour?
  3. Best country or city you’ve been in?
  4. Best meal you can remember?
  5. If you could meet a character of a book/movie, who would it be?
  6. Guilty pleasure?
  7. Favourite food OF ALL TIME?
  8. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
  9. Top of the bucket list?
  10. Favourite book?
  11. Biggest ever purchase?
THAT’S IT! Do you feel like you know me? Haha.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Foods Not Blogged

So I thought I’d do something a bit different today.

I cook a lot of food and only about a quater of what I cook ends up on the blog. So I figured I’d just show you some other stuff I haven’t blogged about.
First up are the ice cream sandwiches (because ice cream always takes priority). These were good, but not bloggable. They’re coconut ice cream with almond cookies. You know how there are some “no churn” methods of making the great cream? Yeah I don’t buy it. This was my 3rd attempt and I still didn’t get the consistency of the churned ice cream. So please tell me if you’ve had good results without a machine?? Still, they look impressive ey ;)



Second in the race is a delicious Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup. I made this when I could feel a could coming on. It’s just a normal pumpkin soup, with added coconut milk and bulk curry powder. It was a really good twist from the traditional. Try it out. Alas, it did not save me and I was still horribly sick.

Coming third in the race is a really weirdly delicious Raw Salad. This is from the I Quit Sugar cookbook. My sister told me I HAD to make it, and she didn’t lead me astray. It's made from cauliflower, cucumber and carrot and is crunchy and creamy and so moreish. It’s not very filling though, but as a side salad it was amazing! I think I made a dressing of 80% sour cream and 20% low fat mayo. Go check it out.



Lastly, dragging their feet and complaining of blisters are these Berry Pancakes. These look plain but are super hectic. I made these when I was on an epic fitness frenzy (they tend to strike like lightening and leave just as quickly). They’re made with wholemeal flour, berry muesli and vanilla protein powder and topped with a blueberry smash. Pretty good. I’d dare anyone to eat 3 of these and not get a food baby!