So, detoxing is has been up and down. I’ve followed the Raw Divas thing to a degree, but some things have been impossible. First, I can’t eat before six. I rarely get home before six, and I refuse to eat three meals per day at my desk.

Second, this detox includes a whole lot of fruit, and for me, I think it’s too much. I spent most of yesterday feeling dizzy. Every time I stood up my head started spinning. Not really a long term solution to anything!

Fruity breakfast

Fruity breakfast. That's four nectarines. Unsustainable, but yummy.

I guess you could say I’ve cheated a bit because not everything I’ve eaten has been raw. I’ve steamed pumpkin and baked a sweet potato yesterday. Do I feel guilty? Nope. I don’t think I’ve ruined my detox, and while I have followed every step of the Raw Divas Detox, I still feel as though I’ve done my body some good.

Dinner for two on Saturday

Dinner for two on Saturday

I’ve eaten nothing processed in the last four days. No alcohol, no fat, and I’ve drank my bodyweight in water. And now I feel good, but I think listening to my body has been important. I feel like my appetite has been reset. I’ve also tried some great new smoothies, although I still prefer a green smoothie for breakfast over lunch.

I haven’t given up on the detox, but I’m doing it my way from now on.

Butternut pumpkin soup

Butternut pumpkin soup with sprouts and snowpeas. Had to eat it in front of the fan, but it was still more inspiring than yet another green smoothie.

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Christmas was pretty intense in the food department. No, I didn’t blog any of it. Yes, I wish I had because I write everything on scraps of paper that I then seem to lose.

But, never mind. After the end-of-the-year blowout I thought a detox would be a good idea. Promising to stop/start/do more/do less/be better on New Year’s Day seems like a waste of time to me. You’re setting yourself up for failure. The pressure! So, I decided to start my detox last night.

The detox I’m semi-following is the Raw Divas Detox. I say semi-following because I was looking over it earlier and there’s a whole load of affirmations and counting my daily squats and other crap it seems to be suggesting. No thank you. I’m doing it for the food.

It’s a seven day raw food detox, which I think is a good amount of time. I can’t imagine you can detox much in 24-hours, but I’m not about to sign up for a three month expedition. So, after a last supper of, frankly, underwhelming, Indian last night, I started my first day – a 24-hour water fast.

Weirdly, I hardly felt hungry at all today. Maybe it was because I was so busy. Maybe because I drank my bodyweight in water, or maybe because I just wasn’t hungry. Having said that, I did feel it. I felt like I was in a haze all day. As the afternoon wore on my concentration was getting sketchy and I felt exhausted.

The good news is that I knew once I got home I could eat. The fast goes from dinner to dinner, so there’s not a day when you don’t eat. I had a huuuuuuuge box of pineapple, and afterwards, I was satisfied. So far, so good.

I’m going to mix things up a bit tomorrow. Not sure I can manage a spin class on an empty stomach, so I’m going to be having my usual banana. Then I’ll have my mono-fruit breakfast. It’s going to be odd having a green smoothie for lunch!


After watching mot of the people in my office go crazy over chocolate dinosaur cake on Friday, I decided I needed to get my own chocolate fix. I’ve been on the lookout for a decent vegan brownie recipe for a while, but so far, the search has yielded nothing special.

I attempted to adapt this recipe a few weeks ago, (I made chocolate Cointreau brownies) but despite the words of approval from those who ate them, there was something that just wasn’t quite right about them. So, I decided to try following a recipe from beginning to end, to see whether I could create, as the name suggested, “the ultimate vegan brownies”.

Brownies

Before being baked into oblivion. The batter was pretty good at this stage.

They weren’t amazing. They seemed quite dry, although this could be because I cooked them for too long. Using an electric oven seems to mean having to learn to cook again. I think I’ve just about figured out how long I can roast veggies in there, but nothing I’ve baked seems to have emerged unscathed/unburnt.

I did add half a cup of walnuts at the end, and ignored the instruction to let them cool first. They did crack. I think I’m going to persevere with the blondie adaptation. There will be chocolate Cointreau brownies this Christmas!


Derby day

11Sep10

Another slight hiatus but with good cause I promise!

Things have been crazy with moving and uni and work. As far as I recall I’ve stayed true to salad September. I actually scored some beautiful organic spinach from Newtown market today.

Just leaving the Sydney roller derby Rocky Horror show. As usual, the girls did us proud. Captain Ratz was the star of the show. Good friends, decent wine and derby = great way to spend an evening.


Salad September

01Sep10

Spring has arrived! So, in its honour (and to make up for my lack of green in recent weeks) I will be celebrating Salad September. The premise: one meal per day will be a salad meal, and no, green smoothies do not count.

I’m pretty excited. I love a good salad and it’s been so cold I haven’t eaten as many as I probably should have been recently. I’m looking forward to trying out some new recipes and hopefully being a bit healthier at the same time!

I kicked things off with a Mexican type creation leftover from last night’s dinner (thanks Tara!) Yummy.

Mexican bean salad

The first of many!

Notice the improved picture quality? Maybe not, but it is better because I finally have my new iPhone. It’s been about a week now and I’m slowly getting used to it. I’m hoping it will help me organise myself a bit better so I’ll be able to post more than once a fortnight. Maybe I should make this Salad and Blog September.

But of course, not everyone will be eating salads and getting healthy. Behold! The future of American food. There are no words…


Invention test

12Aug10

Last night I had a fridge full of leftover vegetables and not a clue what to do with them. So, in true Masterchef style, I began my very own invention test. I use the term ‘invention’ loosely. On a normal day I’ll start planning dinner shortly after breakfast, so suddenly finding myself in the kitchen at six o’clock, without a clue, does (in my eyes) require a little bit of invention. It also means that I’m already hungry, so faffing about looking for recipes is not going to happen. Enter – thai green curry.

I have a jar of thai green curry paste in the fridge at all times. It lasts up to three months after opening and is great for nights when you need to pull something together quickly, but you’re looking for something a bit more inspiring than beans on toast.

Chop some veg and tofu, stir-fry it for about 10 minutes, add some curry paste and coconut milk, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve with brown rice and fresh coriander (if you have it – I usually don’t) and a sprinkling of cashews. Easy.

Raw materials

Raw materials

Thai green curry

His 'n' hers

Dinner

Dinner for two

It also makes a great lunch:

Thai in a box

Thai in a box. I admit, it looked more appetising last night.

While we’re on the subject of food, meet my new favourite breakfast:

Porridge

I was half-way through before I remembered to take a picture.

Spicy oat porridge with apple compote from Iku Wholefood. Iku is vegan fast food for me – it’s one of the few places I know of in Sydney that’s entirely vegan. $7.50 for breakfast strikes me as a bit pricey for what is essentially porridge oats and apple sauce, but this tastes far better than anything I could microwave at work and it keeps me going all morning. My only criticism is that it’s never hot enough, but I guess you can’t have everything, right?


I’ve been having major issues trying to blog over the last couple of weeks. For some reason our crappy internet now refuses to even load WordPress, so I’m reduced to blogging on the sly at work. I can’t wait any longer!

Despite the fact it’s been about two weeks since I last posted, nothing of consequence has really happened (unless you count losing my purse, aka losing EVERYTHING).

There has been soup:

Soups

Spicy pepper, pumpkin, and broccoli, most with brussel sprouts

Sweet potatoes in baked form:

Sweet potato

Best. Dinner. Ever.

Sweet potatoes in chocolate pudding form:

Sweet potato pudding

Ginger nuts and a splash of Cointreau for the base, blend sweet potato, avocado, cacao powder and agave/maple syrup for pudding, top with crumbled ginger nuts and dark chocolate

Perplexing games of Jenga:

Jenga

This look preceded the end of this game.

A beautiful anniversary dinner at The Rum Diaries in Bondi:

Rum Diaries

Forgot to take pics of the food, so here's one of Dan and I instead.

iPhone 4 madness:

iPhone madness

I ordered online to avoid having to queue. I still don't have my iPhone...

Blondies and peppermint tea:

Blondies and tea

Teamed with Sunday afternoon snuggles.

Until I figure out this internet situation out I imagine posting will be sporadic and largely pictorial. Not ideal but the best I can do for now!