Super Green Breakfast Spread

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As many of you would have noticed – we have changed our name to THYMESTWO. We eventually would like to expand our blog into something a bit more exciting in the future so we gathered that a new look would be a perfect start. We’re still keeping avocadotimestwo as our web address (partially because we still love the name but mostly because we’re severely handicapped when is comes to technology) but thymestwo is the name we will go by on our instagram. All change is good change right? 

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So in-between work, uni and yoga, we’ve been spending a bit of time in the kitchen. In an attempt to spice up our breaky boards (not literally ‘spice’ – chilli really doesn’t agree with our taste buds!), we came up with a light savoury green paste that goes perfectly with sliced avocado. We wanted to call it a pesto but to be honest it really doesn’t do traditional pesto any justice what so ever so we’re keeping it to a ‘spread’.

This recipe is extremely easy to throw together and is a tremendous way to sneak in some extra greens in the morning. If you’re adding sliced avocado which we highly recommend that you do then you’re not only getting in extra greens, but you’re also doubling up on your omega-3’s with the added olive oil and sunflower seeds. Adding eggs would also be fabulous as protein (Eggs and kale), complex carbs (wholemeal spelt) and healthy oils (avocado, sunflower seeds, eggs and olive oil) perfectly balance each other to sustain you with long lasting energy.

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Please feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients to suit our own taste buds. We personally didn’t want to make it too oily, as we were looking for a thicker ‘paste like’ consistency. But hey, everyone is different so give it a go and tweak it if need be. Oh and we would love to see your creations on instagram – tag us @thymes.two so we can view your breaky boards!

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Ingredients

– One small broccoli head (organic if possible)

– 1.5 cups of tuscan kale (or regular kale- we just used up the kale that was left over in the fridge)

– A cup of fresh basil leaves

– 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds*

– 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil*

– 1/3 cup of water*

– A generous pinch of himalayan salt

– A generous pinch of dried thyme

– Pepper (to taste)

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Method

1. Thoroughly wash the kale, broccoli and basil leaves.

2. In a food processor, first blend the broccoli and kale until you reach the consistency you want. (still a bit chunky)

3.  Add the remaining ingredients

4. We added water to the mixture to help it hold together but you could just add my olive oil.

5. Once you have blended the ingredients to the consistency you want, enjoy on some toasted spelt loaf with sliced avocado and tomato, or with poached eggs!

Voila!

If you love your pesto (doesn’t everyone..?) feel free to have a look at our ‘Creamy pesto’ in our recipe tab! Our creamy pesto is also fabulous on toast and baked fish. 

Stay Green Guys! 

*If you wanted to create more of a typical ‘pesto’ taste you could add extra olive oil/reduce the water and replace the sunflower seeds with pine nuts.

M + S xx

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Mum’s Wholemeal Seeded Spelt Loaf

Avocado, organic boiled eggs and homegrown garden herbs on mum’s wholemeal seeded spelt loaf. The only way to start the day. Oh and with a cup of joe of course! 

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We have the best mum in the world. We didn’t have any spelt loaf left in the fridge and we weren’t getting a delivery for a couple of weeks so our lovely mum did some baking. Not only did she bake us a wholemeal seeded spelt loaf, she also baked a gluten free vegan loaf (will post recipe when she has refined a little more). We have thoroughly enjoyed this bread in the mornings with our usual combinations of avocado, eggs and homegrown herbs. Mum’s dedication to her veggie patch and herb garden is just too cute to handle. A couple of days ago she picked some eggplants and they were just so tiny and beautiful. 

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Anyway, as many of you would probably already know from our instagram, we absolutely love to start our day with a balanced, savoury breakfast. Our favourite is avocado, herbs and organic boiled eggs on spelt toast. No porridge and stewed fruit for us in the mornings – we find starting the day on sugar and dairy is too ‘heavy’ for our digestive systems.

So, thanks to our mum for this fantastic recipe! Hope you enjoy xx

Ingredients

– Yeast (fresh or dry)

– 1 1/2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour

– 1 1/2 cups of white spelt flour

– 1 1/2 cups of warm water

– 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

– 2 tablespoons of linseeds

– 2 teaspoon of oats

– 1 teaspoon of olive oil

– 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt (Himalayan salt would be ideal here)

– 2 teaspoons of milk

Method

Step 1

Place yeast, maple syrup and warm water in a jug. Whisk to dissolve yeast. Stand in a warm place for 10 minutes or until frothy.

Step 2

Sift flours into a large bowl. Stir in salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons linseeds, 1 tablespoon oats, yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic . Place in a large, lightly greased bowl. Cover with a wet towel  and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease a loaf pan (coconut oil would work). Combine remaining linseeds and oats in a bowl. Set aside. Using your fist, punch dough down. Knead until smooth. Shape into a log. Place in prepared pan and cover. Set aside in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes or until dough has almost doubled in size.

Step 4

Brush top with milk. Sprinkle with linseed oats mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until dark golden and hollow.

Thankyou to our gorgeous mumma for this glorious recipe! 

Quinoa, Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seed Patties

UNSURE OF WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LEFTOVER COOKED QUINOA…? MAKE QUINOA PATTIES!

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Ingredients: Makes six patties 

Around 1/4 of a medium Kent Pumpkin

3/4 cup of cooked white quinoa

1/4 -1/3 of a cup of organic rolled oats

One medium zucchini

Goats Cheese (as much as you please – topped on patties once cooked)

Pumpkin seeds (two tablespoons)

Pepper (to taste)

Himalayan salt (to taste – around one pinch)

Dried thyme (around one teaspoon for the mixture and one teaspoon for the pumpkin)

Coconut oil (one teaspoon)

Method:

1) Cut up pumpkin into small cubes. Drizzle with olive oil, pepper and thyme and place in the oven (180 degrees celsius) for approx. 30 mins. The time will be slightly different for everyone depending on your oven etc. * If you can easily place a fort through, and its slightly crispy on the outside, you know the pumpkin is ready!

2) Whilst the pumpkin is cooking, wash the zucchini and grate it. You also need to remove the water from the zucchini. We simply use my hands and compress it. However a more ‘technical’ way is to spread the zucchini on a tea towel with some salt, and then fold the towel and twist it from both ends. That should also do the trick of removing any excess water. You really do not want the zucchini too wet, it will ruin the mixture making it too ‘gooey’.

3) Once the pumpkin is ready, let it cool down for around 15 mins. Then grab a fork and mash the pumpkin until there are no too obvious chunky bits.

4) In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, zucchini, quinoa, oats, pumpkin seeds, thyme, pepper and himalayan salt. Use your hands in order to mix the ingredients well! If your mixture seems too wet, simply add more oats.

5) Sperate the mixture into six evenly sized burger-looking patties.

6) On a medium-high pan, add one teaspoon of coconut oil. Once the pan is hot place patties face down. I cooked them a few minutes on each side, just until they browned (cooking time will also vary for everyone.. You want it to be slightly crunchy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside)

7) Serve on a plate with a fresh spinach salad and top with goats cheese. * You can also add some poached eggs, smoked salmon or avocado to make it into a BRUNCH MEAL!

Perfect on a Sunday morning.

in bed.

with a strong brew.

xxx

Superfood dukkah

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Dukkah is an awesome addition to basically any meal. From a few veggies you’ve thrown together to a masterpiece of a dinner spread, dukkah can uplift your breakfast, lunch or dinner from ‘meh that was alright I guess’ to ‘holy smokes that was yum’.

Not only is dukkah delicious, it is extremely easy to make! All you need is a few spices, seeds and nuts and you’re good to go!

For our dukkah we like to add superfoods to give it the added nutritional punch. Black chia seeds and linseeds are our go to super foods in this case. Obviously if you don’t have these on hand in your pantry you don’t need to add them!

We’ve added the measurement for each ingredient in tablespoon/teaspoon format as it’s just easier that way whilst making it!

***The ingredients below are different from those pictured in the visual above. We didn’t take a photo of our most recent dukkah batch. Sorry guys! 

Ingredients:

– 1 tablespoon of Cumin either ground or seeded
– 1 tablespoon of turmeric either ground or seeded
– A pinch of ground coriander seeds
– 1-2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
– 1 teaspoon of pepita seeds
– 1-2 tablespoons of activated almonds (we use Lovingearth)
– 1 teaspoon of linseeds
– 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds
– 1 tablespoon of either white or black sesame seeds
– A pinch of Himalayan salt
– A pinch of pepper

Method:

Making dukkah is so easy peasy! All you need to do is ground each ingredient together in a stone bowl. (There is definitely a name for the bowl but I can’t think of it right now! Surely you guys know the bowls that we’re talking about)
Make sure to ground the almonds and seeds first before adding the other ingredients!

You can enjoy this dukkah on anything and everything! We especially love it on our avocado in the morning. It’s also a great addition to salads and dips!

Hope you enjoy! If you happen to make this recipe, we’d love to see it! Tag @avocadotimestwo on your Instagram photos so that we can see your dukkah creations!

Much love on this happy Friday

M + S xx

Carrot Mash infused with Basal and Garlic

Super simple carrot mash that can be incorporated to any meal!

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Ingredients:

– Organic carrots, approximately four medium to large (the more carrots used the more mash you will make)

– One clove of garlic

– Basal paste

– Coconut oil

– One cup of water (you will need more if you use more carrots)

Method:

– Wash, peel and cut carrots into small chunks (approximately 2cm by 2cm)

– In a large pan (we use a wok), add one teaspoon of coconut oil, one teaspoon of basal paste, and one garlic clove that has been cut into quarters

– Turn the pan on medium to high heat, and cook until the garlic turns golden

– Once golden turn down the heat to low and add the carrots with approximately one cup of water (if you have more carrots you will need more water and vise versa)

– Place the lid on and let it simmer until most of the water has been absorbed by the carrots (you should easily be able to place a knife through the carrots at this stage)

– Once this stage has been reached, turn up the heat and cook the carrots until the remainder of the water has been absorbed. Cook until the carrots begin to brown

– Turn off the heat and place the carrots on a plate (you can stop here and enjoy them as they are – great add to any salad, side to any dish or as a simple delicious snack!)

– If you want to continue to make it into a mash, grab a fork and flatten/squash each chunk. You don’t want to turn it into a ‘sloppy’ mash. You still want it to be more of a ‘chunky’ mash so it adds more texture to a dish

– And voila! You have made your basal and garlic infused carrot mash!

We enjoy our mash in the mornings on toast topped with avocado. However it can be used as a dip, side to any dish or in a salad!

Enjoy!

Love M xxx

Banana and Oat Cookies

Now we have been meaning to post the recipe for our scrumptious and just quite damn tasty banana and oat cookies..

Firstly, we must acknowledge where our inspiration for these tasty treats stemmed from. We tried out a recipe for banana and oat cookies on Ashlyn Lincoln’s blog, and of course we became obsessed with baking these babies! Once to twice a week we whip them up to munch on as snacks or post dinner ‘I’m still hungry’ moments.

Through baking many batches, we have slowly twigged Ashlyn’s recipe to suit us.

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So here it goes guys…

Ingredients:

1 cup of either oats or rye oats. If you are gluten intolerant quinoa flakes also work well, or simply gluten free oats.

1 cup of almond meal (organic if possible)

One medium ripe banana. You may use more more banana, keeping in mind that the more banana you use the more moist the cookies will be

Half a cup of shredded organic coconut (optional – but highly recommend!)

1/4 cup of melted coconut butter

One tablespoon of organic rice malt syrup. Organic maple syrup can also work (1/4 cup) or honey (one tablespoon)

One teaspoon of cinnamon

For the topping: (optional- choose one or add them all on!)

Frozen berries of choice (blueberries or raspberries work well)

Your choice of nut (almonds, macadamias, pecans)

Raw organic cocoa nibs

Shredded organic coconut

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 160 degrees

2) Mash the banana

3) Melt the coconut butter in the microwave

4) Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl (wet and dry)

5) Use your hands to massage the mixture until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture should not be too ‘sloppy’ or too dry. You should easily be able to make round balls without the mixture sticking to your hands too much or without the mixture falling apart

6) Divide the mixture in small round balls on a tray with baking paper. We usually use around one heaped tablespoon of mixture for every cookie. Flatten the mini balls out into the shape of cookies (flat and roundish)

7) Place your choice of ‘topping’ (berries, nuts, cocoa nibs, coconut)

8) Sprinkle with more cinnamon (this gives it a nice brown colour around the edges when they are ready)

9) Oven time! Around 25 minutes should be enough. However in saying this, every oven is different, therefore oven time may vary. Check the cookies at 20 minutes, if they have a little bit of moistness when pressing them and if brown around the edges.. they are most likely ready!

10) Let them sit for 10 minutes to cool

Keep them in an air tight container to keep fresh. They should last around 3 days.

Enjoy with a cup of tea, or you can even break them up, add some yogurt and fruit and you have yourself a tasty filling breakfast!

Love M + S

xx

Post Yoga breakfast feasting at ‘St Edmonds’

 

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After a night of contemplation, we finally came to a decision as to where our weekly post yoga breakfast feast would be.

Let’s paint a picture for you all..

Slouched on the couch last night with our eyes glued to the ever so popular renovation and styling series, ‘The Block’, we were tossing between the prahran cafe St Edmonds and Richmond’s Feast of Merit (Supposed to be amazing – always wanted to give it a try!).

With a combination of uni induced fatigue and natural indecisive characters, we were literally becoming stressed about this situation. Still trying to focus on ‘The Block’, we were given a sign from the universe as one of the Block contestants were being filmed sipping a latter at St Edmonds.

What are the chances? Therefore, obviously we had no choice but to venture to St Edmonds. The universe said so.

So, this morning after a 6:15 yoga class, we made our way to this industrial stele cafe, hidden behind the hustle and bustle of chapel street, just off groovy Greville Street.

As we were done with yoga by 7:15 and the cafe not opening till 7:30, we found ourselves standing outside this lovely nook, waiting for the barista and chef to wake up and serve our hungry post bellies some glorious food.

In the meantime we were able to admire the exterior and came to the realisation that the eye capturing feature of St Edmonds would have to be the large Graffiti feature wall that surrounds the entrance. It’s this colourful wall that draws your curious eyes into the cafe, but its the helpful staff and industrial interior that keeps you snugged up inside. —— A note on the staff and customers, St Edmonds seems to be quite a ‘blokey’ place to hang out. Our evidence for this statement: This morning we were the only females there…actually.

Now onto the food.

A simplistic yet interesting menu, their food really caters for everyone; Vegan, Vegetarian, Carnivore eaters and lean gym goers. They are all able to find a dish that will meet their nutritional needs and cravings.

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Although we were leaning towards their ‘Breaky Green’s‘ (Buckwheat, Kale, raw broccoli, avocado, pistachios, poached eggs and chilli), we were persuaded towards trying their new gluten free bread that supposedly “everyone is raving about.” (quoted the waiter)

Soooooo, surprise surprise we opted for poachies on GF toast with AVOCADO (…der) and smoked salmon. yum.

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Eddies is an easy-going, stylish and simply an awesome cafe that every Melbournean must try.
Go on kids, fill your bellies with eggs on toast at this perfect Prahran nook.

154 Greville Street, Prahran

M + S xx