Full disclosure here, I am not a breakfast person. I hate soggy cereal with a passion and skipped breakfast all together as a teenager. During adolescence, I developed a particular love for breakfast when camouflaged as ‘brunch’ (obviously involving smashed avo or shakshuka). But my relationship with breakfast didn’t change until I endured my first round of Whole30 last September. During that month, I discovered Australia’s Own Unsweetened Coconut Milk and it completely changed my breakfast routine.
I don’t know what it is about curries, but I love them. One of the meals I heavily craved at the start of Whole30 was curry (and pizza, chocolate, ice cream…). Thankfully for my tastebuds, I’ve stepped up my culinary game and learnt how to make curry from scratch so it’s Whole30 compliant. In fact, I enjoyed this dish so much, I made it for dinner two weeks back-to-back.
The beauty with curries, is that they’re flavoursome and full of healthy goodness if you load it up with veggies (like I do). I actually intended to add broccoli, but I had already packed it to the brim! Plus when you’re cooking it in a slow cooker, you can literally just leave it to brew while you cook up your other Whole30 dishes or even head to the gym.
I’ve never been into fads and diets when it comes to losing weight. But recently my friend suggested trying Whole30 after I was having a bit of a “I feel shit” moment after multiple weekends of binge drinking, Uber Eats and hangovers. It can be hard to stick to a healthy lifestyle in Melbourne, because there are so many bars, restaurants and cafes to explore. It’s even harder when you have friends or family visiting and you’re then out all the time to catch up with them. So when my friend recommended Whole30, I knew it was time to have a cleanse from my extremely sociable and unhealthy lifestyle.
While Australia’s summer is drawing to a close, we still have a couple of weeks to devour one of my favourite beverages: iced tea. I’ve enjoyed them more regularly thanks to the large T2 Iced tea Jug Kyal bought me for Christmas. Trust me when I say, it’s turned into one of our kitchen essentials! There’s always a fresh brew in the fridge at our home.
During winter I was addicted to soups, but this summer I’ve gone crazy for delicious and filling wraps! They’re such a versatile lunch option, and while my Toasted Chicken and Avocado Wrap isn’t the healthiest wrap going around, you can easily load your wraps with heaps of nutritious vegetables.
Being a loud and proud lover of avocado, this wrap is definitely one of my favourites. Not only is it perfect for work lunches, it’s a great arvo snack over the weekend. My recipe below make two small wraps, but it’s easy to amend if you need more or less.
While Australia might not have an extensive list of classic dishes, we have a couple of beauties up our sleeve. Pavlova, meat pies with tomato sauce, Tim Tams and anything with Milo or VEGEMITE (although not together – obviously!) And how could I forget lamingtons. For those of you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy a lamington, it’s a square piece of sponge cake that’s covered in chocolate and dipped in coconut. Simple, but delicious!
Admittedly, my Lamington Tea falls more into the “inspiration” category than the “recipe” category. But seeing as it’s Australia Day tomorrow, I thought it was fitting to celebrate by whipping up a tea based on one of my favourite Australian food icons.
There’s an odd trend with my blog’s recipes: most of them I hated growing up. Including (can you believe it) risotto. However, after years of dislike I changed my tune when Kyal and I bought our Tefal Cook4Me pressure cooker. One of their built-in recipes is Pesto Chicken Risotto, and it was love at first mouthful. Over the course of time, I’ve amended it to include an extreme amount of healthy greens. Seeing as it only takes six minutes to cook with the pressure cooker, this recipe is one of my absolute faves because it’s so easy to create despite my current busy work/long commute lifestyle. Plus it’s full of nutrients and deliciousness!
Seeing as I successfully gave up my morning coffee (thanks to my November Goals), I’ve entirely embraced the diversity of tea. While I’m an avid lover of T2’s Liquorice Legs and Caramel Brownie tea, I have a new festive favourite that’s skyrocketed through the ranks. It’s Tea Garden Co.‘s Gingerbread Man and it’s an absolute heart warmer.
As many of you have realised by now – I’m a cinnamon addict. Particularly when it’s Christmas time. While my Sohum Christmas Gingerbread Candlette has been burning no stop, I’ve been sipping away on my Spiced Apple Cider and watching Love Actually for the gazillionth time. For me, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cinnamon (and Hugh Grant’s classic “Jump (For My Love)” dance moves). So I figure the best way to amp up the festivities is with my warm, mouth-watering Cinnamon Scrolls. Be warned – there’s no way you can resist these beauties!
It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails!
Honestly, if there’s a time to have cocktails it’s in the lead up to Christmas! On December 1st alone I had at least ten cocktails, and most of those were before happy hour (shout out to my work’s bar tab!). Since then, I’ve remained committed to my love of cocktails, and I don’t plan on slowing down until the New Year!
Along with my Spiced Apple Cider, another cocktail I like to whiz up this time of the year is my Berry Christmas Cocktail. It embraces the festive flavours of blueberry and rosemary whilst also being refreshing for hot Australian summers. If you’re keen for a cheeky drink without the fuss or mess, this cocktail is for you!