Recipe: Roasted Chickpeas

July 12, 2013 | Recipe

When I fly somewhere, I always like to make sure I’ve got something to snack on for the flight. Even if we get a meal, I’ll still feel like eating something to fill the time, and normally that’s a bag of pretzels.

So when I few back to Australia last week, I was looking for an alternative to my usual pretzels.. something healthier, but still crunchy and delicious. Enter, roasted chickpeas! I found this recipe from here, and they were seriously T.A.S.T.Y.

The only change I made was that I didn’t use all the individual spices they called for, instead I just used a pre-mixed bottle (All Purpose Seasoning from Masterfoods for anyone playing at home), and they worked out beautifully. Munch munch crunch crunch!

Roasted Chickpeas

If you’d like to make some too, check out the full recipe on Cheap Recipe Blog.

Roasted Chickpeas

Workspace Wednesday 90.

July 10, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

Have you ever done a detox before? I haven’t, but I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while, just to kind of “reset” my body. So when I was at the airport last week and came across this book by Saimaa Miller, I thought I’d give it a go.

I’m only a couple of days in, but the recipes so far have been tasty and I’m feeling good – although I’d kill for some chocolate or cake. It’s particularly hard at dinner time when I have soup broth while the husband has a really nice looking steak. Waaaah. Don’t get me wrong, the soup tastes nice enough, but the steak would really hit the spot. I just have to keep telling myself it’s good for me! And it’s only for a little while ;)

Check out the Aussie Body Diet & Detox website if you’re interested in more info :)

 

Recipe: Yellow Curry Paste

May 23, 2013 | Recipe

I was given a really cute mortar and pestle for my birthday last year, and until now hadn’t really had the chance to use it to it’s fullest capacity (crushing ginger and nuts doesn’t count).

So a few days ago I set my mind to the task of actually making a yellow Thai curry paste from scratch – what better way to test out my mortar and pestle?! I’m not sure the photos make it look all that appetising, but let me tell you – the aroma that was coming from these herbs and spices was incredible!  I’m not entirely sure if I made it pastey enough, but by this stage my arms were killing me and I had to stop haha.

I got the recipe from Rosa’s Yummy Yums Blog and I’d highly recommend it if you were wanting to give paste-making a go! I’m not sure how traditional it is, but it sure was delish. I ended up making a yellow curry with fish for dinner and it was amazing.. heaps better than store bought – and somehow it even felt better because I knew exactly what went into it. Win!

PS. You don’t have to have a mortar and pestle to make your own curry pastes, a food processor would also be fine (and easier on your arms)!

Goodies from Japan

May 17, 2013 | Personal, Photography, Travel

Last week Dave was away in Japan for work, and when he got home on Sunday night he unloaded his suitcase and presented me with boxes and boxes of delicious Japanese delicacies – mochi, chocolate, creme caramel from Kobe, wafer biscuits, and even a German Baumkuchen. Um, luckiest girl ever! :D

I thought I’d take some photos of them before they got scoffed by yours truly, because the packaging is just too beautiful not to. I really loved the process of opening each of these boxes.. carefully unwrapping the thick outer paper, removing the lid, taking out the pretty little info book and wooden fork, peeling back the velum, and voila – a set of delicious mochi. It really prolongs the joy of receiving such a gift, and I love that :)

Have a great weekend you guys! Seeing as I’ll have already eaten a bunch of these goodies by the time you read this, I think I’ll be doing a lot of exercise this weekend ;)