Precious Morning Moments

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We’ve blogged about our love affair with mornings a couple of times. We’ve mentioned on numerous occasions how much we just adore our morning cup of Joe and how ridiculously early we get up. Even on Sundays.

 It is also quite obvious how much we love breakfast. We take it so seriously. I mean honestly, who wants to rush out of the house with a stale piece of toast when you can take the time to enjoy warm buttery organic sourdough with avocado and parsley. I mean, really.

But since being out of home, moving house twice and adapting to city living, we’ve started to develop an even deeper love for the early hours. So many feelings about this topic. I’d like to share these feelings with you all so that you may feel inspired to create your own morning routine. A morning routine that sets you up for the day ahead.

 I’ve actually researched the power of morning routines. It’s quite a fascinating topic. Some people become extremely ritualistic with their early hours. Having a set schedule that you abide to each morning can become somewhat therapeutic, almost like a moving meditation. I know for me personally, if my morning activities are altered in any way I feel ‘off’. I am very pedantic about this time of the day. These hours are precious to both Mel and I.

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 So what do we like to do in these precious moments? Well, depending on whether it’s a work-day or a day off, we always wake up between 5:30-6:30 am. Upon waking, I’ve found it’s so important to rehydrate my body from a night of sleeping. We’ll drink around 750 mL of warm water. Usually out of a washed leftover sauerkraut mason jar. We are yet to own cups. Sometimes we take our water back to bed and do some reading. Sometimes we meditate. Well, attempt to meditate. I’ve found that reading or even just relaxing in bed is good enough for me. Mel likes to read magazines. Magazines are also nice. She says they give her a bit of inspiration for the day.

 Next up it’s coffee time. The best time. If it’s a work day, we’ll be out of the house around 7:30, even earlier, so our morning coffee will be of the stovetop sort and showering usually takes place beforehand. We buy our ground coffee from various places but recently it’s been from Wide Open Road roasters and we only buy organic unhomogenised full cream milk. Shulz, Demeter and La Latteria are great dairy farms that we love supporting.

 For us, stovetop coffee isn’t just regular coffee. It’s so much more. There is something so utterly special about having to wait for the coffee to rise. If I’m getting ready in my room, I just love coming down the stairs to the sound of the bubbling hot coffee. The sound and the smell both bring me back to the flat that our Nonna and Nonno use to live in in Switzerland. They made stovetop coffee daily. Mel and I were basically raised with the smell so each time we make it; it brings us back to the months we spent in Europe. Literally our most favourite smell.

 If it’s a day off however, we’ll usually skip on the stovetop and instead, we’ll walk down to a local café for a takeway. Extra hot flat white. Totally delicious. At the moment our go to local is Industry Beans in Fitzroy. Great coffee. They don’t use organic milk though. We feel a little funny about this. We are yet to find a local café that serves coffee with unhomogenised organic milk. The hunt continues. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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 Anyway. After coffee time is done, ‘The best time’, it’s breakfast time. Also the best time. Being creatures of habit, we tend to stick to the same sort of breaky theme. We eat a diet high in protein and fat. It’s satiating, nourishing and delicious. (It shouldn’t be news to anybody that the low fat diet trend is flawed, full fat is the way to go – will blog about this in the future). Eggs of some sort, either boiled or scrambled with turmeric and wakame, generous servings of avocado, organic butter, himalayan salt and home made buckwheat loaf (recipe by one of our biggest inspirations Jacqueline Alwill), sprouted bread or an organic sourdough loaf are staples for us. We also occasionally dabble in Ayurvedic porridge made savoury with plenty of ghee, carrot and spices. We’d also like to start making macrobiotic breakfasts with basmati rice, buttery fried eggs, sea vegetables and sesame – when we can be bothered cooking the rice that is. We never eat sweet breakfasts. Instead, we load up on healthy fats like butter, eggs, avocado, almond butter, olive oil, cheese and ghee. Obviously not all of these at the same time, we just pick and choose what we feel like on the day. Today for example, it was butter, almond butter and Himalayan salt on sourdough rye with half an avocado drizzled with olive oil eaten by the spoon.

 Whilst eating breakfast and drinking coffee, we’ve found that playing a soothing track on the CD player and burning a candle also sets a peaceful tone for the day. We’ve recently bought a candle that we’re completely obsessed. Like obsessed. Scribbling in our diaries and updating ourselves with the happenings of social media also usually take place at the breakfast table.

 We then clean up, possibly prepare lunch if we haven’t already got it organised the night before and then head out for our day. We both have to walk around 35 to 45 minutes to get to work so this is how we fit in our morning movement. It’s a lovely walk as well, through the Carlton Gardens. Long gone are the days of 5 am runs and yoga sessions. Now that a great yoga studio is literally down the road from us, we opt for the afternoon or late morning sessions. They’re normally ‘stronger’ classes where we can feed off other yogi’s energies. If you are into yoga then you would understand this.

 These precious morning moments are how we turn inwards and reflect.

 Honest feelings from me to you.

 I hope now you feel inspired to create your own precious moments in the early hours.

 Sarah

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Flu-fighting Power Porridge

FLU FIGHTING POWER PORRIDGE 

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This porridge is a fabulous. I absolutely love it. Especially recently when I’ve been working a lot and starting to feel the strain on my body and mind! Anyone working in retail during this christmas lead up will most definitely know what I mean…I hate customers.

The ginger, turmeric and macrobiotic salt provide you with immune boosting properties. The salt is also beneficial in balancing your electrolytes This is extremely important if you’re feeling dehydrated. Adding carrot to your morning breakfasts is also a great way to add in some veggies! Finally, topping your bowl with the anti-bacterial nature of local raw honey as well as the protein loaded activated nuts and hemp seeds will fuel you for a few hours.

Now do you see how this is a flu fighting power porridge?!

I’m obsessed – I hope you become obsessed too

Sarah x

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Ingredients

– 1/2 cup of organic oats or gluten free oats if intolerant

– 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk of choice)

– 1/2- 1 cup of water

-1 grated carrot

– 1.5 tsp of grated ginger

-1.5 tsp of grated turmeric

-1/2 – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

– 1/4 tsp of nutmeg

– 1 peppercorn

– 1 green cardamon pod (optional)

-1 tbsp of organic sultanas

Toppings

-1 small handful of activated nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts)

-1 tsp of pepita seeds

-1 tsp of hemp seeds

– 1/2- 1 tsp of raw or local organic honey (omit it vegan)

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Method

  1. Place all the ingredients except the water, carrot and the toppings into a small bowl and let it soak for around 15 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, transfer the spicy oat mix and add half a cup of water. Cook on low heat for about 5 to town minutes.
  3. Next add the carrot and mix throughly, if you find the mixture is a little too dry for your liking, add a little more water. Cook to desired consistency. The longer you cook it the better!
  4. Remove form heat, add to a cute bowl and top with desired toppings. In my opinion, activated nuts, seeds and honey go super well. The honey has anti-bacterial proprieties (if using raw, local honey) and the nuts + seeds not only provide you with that desired crunch but also contain beneficial protein and healthy lipids that will help keep you feeling satiated.
  5. Enjoy this lovely porridge when you have the time to sit and relax with a warm tea and a book. It’s the best way to begin the day if you’re feeling a little worn out (..me!)

Rough Parsnip Hummus

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Ingredients

– Two large organic parsnips (or three medium)

– One can of organic chickpeas

– 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil (and and extra tablespoon)

– Pinch of himalayan salt

– Pinch of pepper

– One teaspoon of turmeric

– One teaspoon of cumin

– One teaspoon of tahini

– 1 cup of distilled water (this will vary on then consistency of your mash, you may need more)


Method

1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius

2) Wash, peel and dice the parsnips. Then roast them in one tablespoon of olive oil for around 45 minutes (or until soft and golden)

3) Once parsnips are ready, put them aside and let them cool. Meanwhile start prepping the meal you will serve your mash with, or just chill out and do some yoga

4) When your parsnip has cooled, grab your food processor and place in the cooled parsnip pieces. Blitz them until they become a mash consistency. Add the can of chickpeas (drain them first!), water, tahini and spices. You will have to add more water if your mash is too thick and not blending properly

5) Serve on a nut and seed loaf, with falafels or topped on a salad!

Ciao! Were off to drink chai lattes and get our hair treatments, because really who likes dry hair?

x

Our Green Smoothie

Our Green Smoothie a day will definitely keep the doctor away!

Green smoothies are a relatively new addition to our morning routine. We use to be quite skeptical about the benefits of consuming liquid greens on a daily basis as in our minds we didn’t find it necessary to consume added veggies if you were already eating a balanced diet. Although still agreeing with this point to an extend, the last couple of months however, things have changed. In an attempt to up our intake of nutrients to fight uni induced fatigue, as well as other health complications, we have welcomed a green smoothie into our daily routine.

And we couldn’t be happier about it.

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Now a day doesn’t go by in which we have to have our greens. Increased energy, clearer skin, and softer hair are a few of the benefits that we’ve noticed since adding in a smoothie. Another plus also including the fact that if we happen to not fit in our daily 5 veg at meal times, at least we’ve gulped down our greens to compensate (smart hey!)

After much negotiation, we’ve come to the conclusion that for us, greens sit well as a morning tea snack, rather than with breakfast (or as breakfast). Some people love a smoothie first thing but we tend to eat a fair amount in the mornings, focusing on a balanced spread of savoury and nutrient dense food – Organic oat sourdough with avocado, poached eggs and tomato plus organic coffee would be a staple for us. So with a relatively large breakfast, a smoothie is welcomed a little later in our day.

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Anyway the point of this post is EAT YOUR GREENS. You’ll feels more energised and your skin, eyes and digestive tract we definitely thank you for it.

Serves Two

*We try to only use organic ingredients in our smoothies

– 2 cups of spinach

– 4 large leaves of kale or 2 cups

– 1/2-1  zucchini (this is optional but we do find that the zucchini thickens the smoothie, giving it a richer consistency)

– 1 frozen banana

– 1 1/2 tsp of chia seeds.

– Generous knob of ginger

– Squeeze of lemon (optional)

– A few drops of liquid stevia (if you’re not worried about fructose, you could add in a couple of dates as an alternative)

– 1 cup of coconut water

– A little extra water or ice

M + S xx

Zucchini Paleo Loaf

Paleo Loaf, what a complete fluke.

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We’d spent the morning pottering around the kitchen, listening to Bon Iver and searching our favourite blogs for some breakfast loaf inspiration. A popular theme that we came across was Paleo Loaf. Paleo baking is definitely ‘in’ at the moment.

Now, we’re not the type to lean towards a particular diet label (i.e. paleo, vegan, vegetarian, high carb etc), but we are gluten intolerant so paleo bread is actually quite suited to our sensitive stomaches. Being paleo, it has no flour, almond meal is the substitute. This loaf is not only gluten free, it is also dairy free, sugar free and high in protein! The eggs give it the protein punch, sorry vegans!

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Anyway, here is the recipe that has been adapted from Brown Paper Bag‘s zucchini loaf and Luke Hine’s Paleo Bread.

Ingredients

—-Dry ingredients—-

– 2 cups of almond meal

– 1 tbsp of psyllium husk powder (optional)

– 2 tbsp of pepita seeds (plus more for topping)

– 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds

– 1/2 tsp of himalayan salt

– 1 tsp of baking powder

—-Wet ingredients—-

-3 eggs

– 1 chia egg ( 1 tbsp of chia seeds mixed in 3 tbsp of water and let sit)

– 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil

– 2 medium zucchinis  – should equal 2 cups once grated

Method

1. Set the oven at 180 degree Celsius

2. Line a tin loaf with baking paper.

3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl

4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, chia egg and melted coconut oil.

5. Grate the zucchinis and squeeze out the excess water.

6. Combine the zucchini with the other wet ingredients and mix throughly

7. Fold through the zucchini mixture with the dry ingredients. Make sure you fold the mixture rather than aggressively stirring it. You want to keep it light and airy.

8. Spoon into the tin, reaching all edges and evenly spreading out the top. Sprinkle with the excess of pepita seeds.

9. Bake in oven for 1 hour or until golden on top.

10. Once golden, remove from oven and let it sit in the tin till it cools. Vital step!

11. EAT

M + S x

Mum’s Magnificent Muffins

Savoury Muffins by our lovely Mother 

We love you mum


Our lovely mother had us all set for snacks over the busy exam period and end of semester. Being able to devour a savoury muffin for morning tea or an afternoon – pick-me-up was what got us through study and folio finals.

As we’re not much sweet tooth’s, these savoury muffins are perfect for any meal/time of the day. We had them for breakfast, lunch, snacks or as a side to a winter soup.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Chives 

– 2 organic eggs

– 2 cups of lactose free milk

– 1 cup of roasted sweet potato

– 1/2 a cup of sun dried tomatoes

– 1/2 a cup of roasted capsicum

– 200 grams of feta

– 1 cup of organic white spelt flour

– 1 cup of organic wholemeal spelt flour

– 1/4 a cup of organic corn flour

– 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarb soda

– 2 teaspoons of baking soda

– 1/4 a cup of grape seed oil

– pinch of chilli flakes

– 1/2 a cup of chives

– 1/4 of a teaspoon of himalayan salt and pepper

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Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

2) Chop up the sweet potato and roast them in the oven for around 35-40 minutes (until you can easily place a knife through)

3) In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, grape seed oil, bicarb soda, baking powder, salt, pepper and chilli flakes

4) Finely chop the semi dried tomatoes, roasted capsicum and chives

5) Add these ingredients to the egg/milk mixture

6) Stir in feta and the roasted sweet potato to the mixture (you do not need to mash the sweet potato prior)

7) Add all the flour and carefully mix all ingredients together

8) Grease with coconut oil a 12 hole muffin tin (medium-large sized muffins)

9) Bake for 35-40 minutes!


Caramelised Leek and Feta 

– 2 organic eggs

– 2 cups of lactose free milk

– 2 cups of organic caramelised leek

– 300 grams of organic feta

– 1 cup of organic white spelt flour

– 1 cup of organic wholemeal spelt flour

– 1/4 a cup of organic corn flour

– 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarb soda

– 2 teaspoons of baking soda

– 1/4 a cup of grape seed oil

– pinch of chilli flakes

– 1/4 of a teaspoon of himalayan salt and pepper

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Method/ingredients for caramelising the leeks

1) 2-3 leeks (depending on size) need to be halved and thinly sliced

2) To a pan add, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 20 grams of butter

3) Add the leek to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes or until golden

4) Add 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

5) Saute for 1-2 minutes

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Muffin Method 

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

2) In a large bowl mix the oil, eggs, milk, bicarb soda, baking powder, salt, pepper and chill flakes

3) Add the caramelised leek and the feta a stir gently

4) Add the flour and stir gently… again

5) Grease with coconut oil a 12 hole muffin tin (medium-large sized muffins)

6) Bake for 35-40 minutes!

Love M + S

x

Cacao Bliss Balls

So, we’ve joined the bliss ball club. It’s pretty awesome. 

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We definitely love our snacks, I mean who doesn’t? The idea that some people go hours and hours between each meal without a nibble or a graze just baffles us. Snacks provide your body with energy to continuously burn, allowing your metabolism to remain active and alert. They stabilise your blood sugar levels and prevent that 3 pm mind fog. Adding protein to your snacks and some healthy fats also keeps you sustained throughout the day, preventing over-eating at meal times. 

We joined the snack club years ago, but we are only recent members of the bliss ball club.

 You should join the club too.

Bliss Balls 

1 cup of dates (pitted)

1/2 cup of rolled oats

1/2 cup of desiccated coconut

1 tbsp of cacao (or more if you’re a choccie fan!)

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of himalayan salt

1 tbsp of chia seeds or flax seeds

2-3 tbsp of coconut oil

**If you’re a protein powder kinda gal/guy, feel free to add a scoop to give these babies an added protein punch. We personally don’t use protein powder but if you do, try adding it in and let us know how it goes!

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend till the desired consistency. You may need to add some water as you want the mixture to stick well together. 

Once blended, roll into balls and coat with more coconut or more cacao! Pop in the fridge to let them set a bit. We usually leave them in the fridge over night before grabbing one to munch on. 

So delicious as a mid morning snack, 3 pm pick-me-up or an after dinner treat. Go on, jump on the bliss ball bandwagon and give them a go! 

Twins xx