Archive | November, 2012

Granola

5 Nov

I’ve always been super disdainful of granola. I feel like its pretending to be a healthy breakfast food, but is actually chokers with sugar and fat – making it delicious but super not healthy. So I’ve always eaten my untoasted dry muesli. BUT (in capitals so you know its important), that was before I made my own granola. See then you know exactly what’s in it – you know yes it had oil and sugar and so isn’t as healthy as my other muesli, but actually not that much, and its SO much tastier! So moral is – ignore my rant, make this granola, eat it for breakfast, enjoy!

Recipe very slightly adapted from here.

Essentially mix lots of rolled oats with the tasty bits of your choice.

My choice was pecans, macadamias, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Add cinnamon and mix well.

Meanwhile heat honey, maple syrup and oil on the stove to combine.

Pour all the liquid onto all the solids, and mix well – coat all the oats with honey mixture.

Bake until deliciously golden.

Add dried fruit of your choice. My choice was chopped dried apple, goji berries, dried sour cherries.

Stir to combine! Delish!

Eat as you choose. My day one choice was for breakfast with plain yoghurt and stewed apple. Yum!

Day two choice was smoothie-fied.

All these ingredients combined…

Gives a delicious smoothie, and ice-cream for breakfast!

Until next time,

Alice

Recipe – Granola

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts (pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts etc)
  • 1 cup seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds)
  • 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups dried fruit (goji berries, sour cherries, apple etc)

Recipe

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

2. Roughly chop nuts if you wish.

3. Toss together coconut, nuts, rolled oats, cinnamon, and salt.

4. In a saucepan over low heat, stir together the oil, maple syrup, and honey until combined and runny.  Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.

5. Add the wet ingredients, all at once, to the rolled oat mixture.  Toss to coat, insuring that all of the dry ingredients are coated in the maple syrup mixture.

6. Divide the mixture between two lined baking pans.  Spread into an even layer.

7. Bake granola for 45 minutes to 1 hour, removing the pans from the oven twice during baking to toss and stir.

8. Once mixture is evenly browned and toasted, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

9. Add dried fruit and stir.

10. Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature.

11. Enjoy!

25 things before 25

4 Nov

I’m sorry its been so long between posts – I don’t have any real/proper excuse, but I am going to try and be better now!

So, this post isn’t very foody, and is instead a little (actually a lot) self-indulgent. See I’m turning 25 in January (argh, that’s so old, quarter of century, mid-twenties, argh!), and inspired by Joy the Baker (as in fact most things I do are really), I’ve developed a list of 25 things I want to do before I turn 25. Some are serious (donate blood), some are silly (wear lipstick, make marshmallows), some are to challenge me to do things I’m bad at (make friends, buy things online, hug people), and many are food related. So anyway here it is, and I’ll try and semi-regularly update on how I’m doing. I actually started about 2 months ago, so I’ve already done a few things so I’ll put those in there too. And yes I know this whole thing is kinda lame – don’t judge me 🙂

Ok, list is:

1. Donate blood at least once

2. Make 2 new friends

3. Do 3 craft projects

– 1 Done! Mexican paper flowers with Snow White for Housewarming. Instructions here. Proof here:

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4. Buy myself 4 dresses online

 – 1 Done.

5. Buy 5 pretty blog props

– 5 Done. Thank you country town op-shops/antique shops.

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6. Read 6 non-fantasy books

– 1 Done. Gone Girl – Couldn’t put it down but thought the ending was 68% creepy and 32% lame.

7. Give presents to 7 people for no reason

– 2 Done. The ugliest/cutest kitten plate for Belle, and a squirrel doorstop for the Queen.

8. Plan 8 creative dates.

– This is mildly hard since Prince Charming is always off in exotic places, but in progress.

9. Buy 9 bunches of flowers

10. Write 10 letters

– Email me your address if you want one!

11. Learn 11 new words

12. Try 12 new foods

13. Bake 13 new things

– 5 or more done. Stay tuned for more details! Considering changing this to Bake 13 things from the Joy the Baker cookbook though because that seems to be how its happening…

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14. Wear lipstick 14 times

– 5 Done. I gotta go out more.

15. Cut 15 cms off my hair

– 1st step done – dyed 15 cms of my hair pink. Next step chop it off.

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16. Take photos at 16 pretty places in Sydney

– 3 Done. Marrickville.

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Drummoyne on the harbour.

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Glebe.

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17. Go to 17 new restaurants, cafes or bars

– 7 or more Done.

18. Go swimming 18 times

– 1 Done. Need hotter weather!

19. Hug 19 different people

– Maybe 8 Done?

20. Make 20 marshmallows with Rapunzel.

21. Do 21 blog posts

– Well one done now!

22. Make 22 jars of something!

 – Considering vanilla extract or pickled veggies

23. Pick 23 pieces of fruit from a tree

24. Stay awake for 24 hours

25. Throw a party for 25 people

– Done! Spring-themed Housewarming.

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Until next time,

Alice