It’s finally here!! I can’t remember if I’ve been sneaky or not about this ebook (which is possibly another layer of ninja if I can hide even that from myself) but I’ve finished and it’s all yours for free and it’s 100% dedicated to my food mistress: chocolate. No matter how busy I get or how lazy, there’s always time in the day for a nibble on something chocolate-y. I may have something of an addiction, but I’ve decided to make a total chocolate cleanse for myself….with chocolate. And since it’s free, you can “cleanse” with me! 😀 Continue reading
I can’t tell you how long I’ve been planning this ridiculously easy drinkable meal. I know I’m always saying how easy and delicious stuff is, but honest, it is! :p Plus I’ve snuck in some natural protein in there, for thickness and heartiness. Think of this as my way of combating scurvy, if you like!
Earlier this week I posted a spicy hot cross bun smoothie recipe to celebrate spring for the northern hemisphere, so now I post a hot chocolate to commiserate with my fellows in the south as winter looms around the corner. This is a super healthy, rich drink that’s so thick you can eat it with a spoon (as I did). The ingredients are very similar to the smoothie but just geared for fluffy socks and tasseled hats. Still, there’s nothing that stops anyone from sitting in front of a fan with this drink in hand 🙂
Wait, what? That’s right. Spicy hot cross bun flavoured smoothie. I’m not always in the mood for an actual hot cross bun (ok, lies, I’m lazy), so this is the best way to ensure all us smoothie freaks get the flavour sensation of one of my favourite Easter treats in our usual form. Am I driving you crazy? Blog world, you drive me insane! I’m nestled down in the southern hemisphere where it’s almost on the brink of the chilly season and I get cranky because the northern hemisphere is living it up with fruit salads, vegan ice-cream and taunting talk of picnics in the sun. So for this post I’m going to do it your way and go with something chilly, and then on Friday I’m going to go wild and post a hot cross bun hot chocolate recipe…stay tuned! 😀 Continue reading
I admit I’ve been super lazy to post of late, seeing that I’ve been lacking in the inspiration department. I had my January posting schedule all sorted out in November already, but with my work chopping and changing my hours I’ve been a bit morose. The one thing that’s sure to pep me up is fresh ingredients, especially from a garden. Last week I got a monster zucchini that totally rocked my socks (will post soon!), and yesterday whilst Man-thing was gallivanting in the garden he called me out to pick figs from our tree – they actually ripened!! 😀 😀 Ergo, bask in my first experiment with my very own garden-fresh figs: fig newton smoothie!
Today’s munchie is a rather simple one, yet super delicious and it hits the spot. As you might have seen, I am very much into smoothie bowls at the moment, because it means I can eat my smoothie and feel fuller for longer, so this smoothie bowl is a celebration of winter tastes and spices enjoyed in the blaze of summer (as is the case at the moment in South Africa).Also, I’ve seen this survey around and thought I’d share some info, just to show that I’m not as depraved in taste as all my exclamation marks would have you believe (or am I?).
I still have some precious fresh cherries left, so I decided to spoil myself rotten yesterday afternoon when I got home from work. My papaya isn’t ripe yet and we have a few apples lying around, so the result was this really fresh and filling smoothie that just tasted heavenly.
Man-thing was hard at work this past week marking his students’ exam papers, so naturally that leads to a type of misery infusing his spirit. In such circumstances I don’t want to leave him in a funk of sadness, and I address the problem the only way I know he’ll appreciate: with sugar.Of course, since I don’t actually like processed sugar, I take the natural route, which equals sugar-free, delicious day-time desserts to spoil him and leave him happy. Playing around with food makes me happy, so win-win!
I’ve seen this word “horchata” bandied around on people’s blogs for a long while now, but wasn’t really all that interested, seeing as it looked like some milky business, possibly alcoholic, and not coffee. That last part is important, because I only consume five types of beverages these days. Coffee, smoothies, water, hot carob, and tea. Soy milk is for when I’m feeling giddy and need something to calm me down, but otherwise those big five are the remains of my life-long affair with soda on an industrial scale, as well as juice of epic proportions. Diabetes, much?
Anyway, a little research told me that I was unfair in my judgement, and in fact was missing out on some deliciousness all this time. Much is my woe! Still, I’m glad to have discovered what it actually is, and even more chuffed to have finally consumed it in all its green glory.
You’re probably rolling your eyes, however, because why did I take such a simple, awesome thing, and make it even crazier with my splash of colour and fun? My mind is rather tricksy and hates minimalism in food, which is silly, because everyone knows minimal is best. It’s pretty easy to leave out all the frills and just enjoy a delicious creamy horchata without the jazz, but I promise it’s more fun with the superfood!
It’s chilly out these days for no good reason, but it doesn’t mean I don’t like bundling up and enjoying something cool. For some reason I prefer ice-cream and chilly treats when I’m in padded boots and stockings. Luckily the nippiness strikes only in the mornings and evenings, so I can thaw out properly at some point. Point being, there’s always a good time to have these treats 😀