Sunday, 23 August 2015

Chia Seed Pudding





This recipe is easy, you prepare it in the evening and let it set in the fridge overnight, ready for breakfast time in the morning.

Its a strange texture, and not a traditional tasting 'pudding' by any means, but its so so good for you. Chia is the ancient Mayan word for 'Strength' because these seeds give you sustainable energy. They're high in antioxidants, fiber and protein. Chia seeds have become very trendy in the health food world but its absolutely worthy of the term Superfood.






Ingredients:

1/2 cup or 4 tablespoons Chia Seeds
1 cup or 250ml Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence 
Agave nectar/golden syrup/honey

Optional extra's:

A mixture of your favorite fruits (I've used blueberries and peaches)
Sunflower seed and /or pumpkin seeds
A tablespoon of milled flax seed











Pour all the milk into a bowl and add the Chia seeds/vanilla essence. Mix well.









Wrap with clingfilm and put in the fridge overnight - or 6 - 8 hours. In the morning, take out the bowl and mix. The seeds absorb the milk and inflate, causing a thicker, jelly like texture.







Add your fruit, After these photo's I also added a banana, to make it a little more filling. If you wanted a bigger breakfast (this recipe is essentially just milk, seeds and fruit!) you could add a big handful of muesli or bran flakes.
















Using Agave nectar is a little healthier because it has a low glycemic index, which means its digested slowly and won't cause a sudden rise in blood glucose. Flax seed adds a hearty dose of fibre and omega 3 fatty acids, and has such a subtle flavor that you won't even really taste it. I add a spoon of milled flax seed to most things, pancake batter, muesli, fruit smoothies and pasta. Its an easy way to add some health to every day meals.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Weekly Inspirations




















Around the web:



Humans of New York



"I'm homosexual and I'm afraid of what my future will be and that people won't like me"


"I tried drinking some drano in January because I didn't think anyone would care. I was right about nobody caring, but I threw up the drano before it could work"


Humans of New York is a photography project created by Brandon in which he photographs strangers in New York and collects quotes from them, making for an interesting insight into their lives. Its so fascinating to read so many tiny snippets into peoples experience, their fears, hopes, dreams, struggles. They range from the truly heart wrenching to the whimsical. I literally spent 2 hours just scrolling through the blog reading quotes. More addictive than Tumblr, you have been warned. His blog has inspired a book too.



Hannah Hart on Youtube




This girl is fucking hilarious! I'm addicted to her youtube series 'drunk in my kitchen' which, like the name would suggest, she cooks things in her kitchen while drinking, and giving valuable advice on life at the same time. She is one of the wittiest youtubers I've seen in a long time. she's worth checking out just for the kitchen series alone.





Books





How to be Parisian is a comical book on french culture, specifically French culture in women. Its a quick, light hearted read and Post book, I already feel très Parisian. 





This was a good read, I'm not usually into thrillers but I think the reason I enjoyed this so much was because doesn't read like a typical thriller. Its set from the point of view of three women, who's lives interconnect over the course of the book. They are interesting characters, they feel like real women. There is a huge twist at the end also that I loved.





Music




I'm obsessed with Borns, Electric Love is a beautiful, slightly 80's sounding love ballad with the cutest lyrics. They currently only have an EP available with 5 songs, but they are all incrediable songs in their own right. This is my most played, but I also love '1000 Emerald pools' and particularly the song 'Past Lives' which has a beautifully slow intro which turns into an upbeat dance track.

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Pumpkin Pie






Pumpkin Pie is an dessert traditionally eaten at Christmas and thanksgiving in the states. Its no where near that time but why eat by the seasons? I wanted pumpkin pie so I made it. We're all about wish fulfilling.






Ingredients:

For the Pie crust

260g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
110g unsalted butter

For Pie filling

425g pumpkin puree
235ml evaporated milk or almond milk
220g caster sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon  ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon plain flour








Rub the salt and butter into the flour until it only just resembles breadcrumbs. 







Add a tablespoon of water and combine the mix with your hands until it resembles a dough, knead this on a floured surface, working quickly, Wrap the dough in clingfilm and put in the fridge for an hour to rest.






Roll your dough out as flat as possible, it will probably break in parts because its so fragile but that's okay.




In a greased, shallow dish, spread the dough, pushing it down to fix any cracks and making sure its still nice and thin, and even. Line the crust with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans or rice, bake the crust in the oven for 10 minutes. then remove the greaseproof paper/baking beans and set the crust to one side. Keep the oven on.









Put the pumpkin puree, egg, milk, sugar, spices and flour in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth.





Pour the mix into the partially baked pie crust and bake for 30 - 40 minutes (or until the pie doesn't 'wobble' when shaken) dust with cinnamon, add cream if you're that way inclined, but I think it tastes best by itself (not often I say that)














Even if you've never tried pumpkin before, I suggest you try this recipe. Its a very subtle flavor in itself, but mixed with all the spices and sweetened with sugar it tastes much more earthy. Its important to bake the pie crust partially first (but not too much or it'll be dry) so that on the second bake, when its got the pie filling in, the mixture doesn't make the crust too wet, or the base will be soggy and that's an unpleasant texture trust me. This recipe is much easier than it looks,




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