Maple Carrots with Bone Broth Greens

WINTER SALAD SERIES

Sauteed  organic Silverbeet, Leek and Kale stems in 48 hour Beef Bone Broth, topped with Maple Syrup grilled Carrots, Goats feta and Pepita Seeds. Soft boiled eggs and fresh parsley also go brilliantly with this winter salad.

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As we are  now in winter we have adapted our diet to match the cooler season. We tend to not eat raw foods, opting for roasted or lightly sautéed vegetables. Lots of dark leafy greens, root vegetables such as pumpkin and sweet potato and an endless supply of bone broth are now staples in our kitchen. 

Although this may seem strange to some (sorry vegans) –  we absolutely love coming home from a long day at work/uni to a mug of steaming bone broth followed by a nourishing and warming meal. *We’ll be posting many more winter warmer recipes so stay tuned!

Make sure you take the time to give your body the attention it needs during these cooler months – maybe make a stew or have a crack at making your own broth. Your body will most definitely thank you for it.

Raw foods, fruits and juices can go on hold for just a bit, they’ll have their time to shine in summer and spring! 

Ingredients: Serves two as a main or three as a side dish

– 2 cups of kale stems

– 2 cups of roughly chopped silverbeet

-1/2 cup of finely sliced leek

– 1-2 carrots sliced (we used pre-roasted carrots that we had on hand in the fridge)

– 1 cup of cooked quinoa

– 2-4 boiled eggs (…depending on hunger status)

– 1/4 cup of goats feta

– 1/3 cup of beef bone broth (48 hours homemade)

– 2 tsp of pepita seeds

– 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

– 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

– 1 tbsp of maple syrup 

– Pepper

– Himalayan salt

Method

1. Chop all greens (leek, kale and silver beet) and sauté in a wok on high heat with the bone broth. We have a big batch of beef bone broth in the freezer that we keep in the refrigerator to have on hand for cooking and drinking (so nourishing). If you don’t have bone broth, sauté in olive oil or water)

2. Whilst the greens are sautéing away, slice your carrots and drizzle them with the maple syrup (we didn’t use fresh carrots, we already had roasted carrots in the fridge so if your carrots are raw, they’ll need longer under the grill). Place your already roasted or raw carrots under the grill on a high heat. You want them to sizzle so they gain that caramelisation.

3. Place your eggs in a saucepan with a tad of salt to boil. 

4. Now that your eggs are boiling, your greens are sautéing and your carrots are sizzling, start by assembling your plate. Layer your cooked quinoa (again we have a big batch of already cooked quinoa in the fridge that we add for quick mid-week lunches) in a shallow bowl. and drizzle with a tsp of olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

5. Your greens should now be ready, with a ladle, scoop the greens and place them nicely onto the bed of quinoa. 

6. The carrots should be pretty much done now. Take them from the grill and add to your pile (remember, if the carrots are raw they’ll need longer)

7. We leave our eggs to boil for 5:20 minutes – this is the perfect amount of time for hard boiled eggs. Soft boiled eggs will just require about 4 to 4:30 minutes. When you have the desired consistency for your eggs, place them delicately onto your nourishing plate.

8. Now you’re ready to garnish. Add your goats feta, pepita seeds, pepper, himalayan salt and possibly even some fresh parsley. 

9. If you do have homemade bone broth, an extra table spoon onto the eggs would tie the meal nicely 

10. EAT

Winter salads are always a lovely option on a cold afternoon. Make a large batch and share with loved ones 

M + S xx

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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

Toorak’s Townhouse

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Still recovering from our wild friday night, here we are, stranded on the couch trying to find the words to describe our sunday morning ritual. Yes thats right, its sunday morning and we are still tired from friday night (…we have fatigue problems…)

For us, sunday mornings are dedicated to our 90 minute yoga practice at the One Hot Yoga studio in South Yarra. You heard right, we prefer spending our mornings in downward facing dog on our mats rather than in bed, like a normal person.

Today’s post won’t just be about Toorak’s Townhouse cafe, we’d like to briefly share a bit about our love for yoga. We stumbled across one hot yoga about 4 months ago when we were searching for the right studio to practice. One hot yoga fit us perfectly with its inspirational teachers, beautiful architecture and of course, their refreshing body wash (it just smells too good!).

With it’s temperature set at 37 degrees, studio one is the room for their slow hot flow. Studio two (where we were this morning), is built for their power flow, set at around 27 degrees. For us, we opt for the slow hot flow during the week and weekends, we usually dedicate to power flow.

It is rather difficult to find the words to describe why we love yoga so dearly, it’s one of those things that you have to try for yourself. But what we can assure you, a regular yoga practice will leave you feeling calm, strong, balanced and bendy. 

Anyway, lets get onto the topic of food.

Townhouse, located in Toorak village, is only a few hundred metres from the yoga studio, making it the ideal place for a post yoga nourishing feed.

Townhouse has that feeling of freshness reflected from its white interiors and open front window, allowing for maximum natural light. It’s this light that ultimately gives this cafe a sense of happiness. Oh and not to mention, their gorgeously welcoming staff, always with a smile on their diles.

This morning, after a gruelling yoga session, we decided on our usual of poached eggs on dark rye with a side of avocado and smoked salmon. Bliss!

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Every visit, without fail, our eggs are perfectly poached, our avocado perfectly sliced and our smoked salmon is perfectly fresh. Literally. They definitely set the bar high.

So, to all the one hot yogis out their (and everyone else of course), head over to Townhouse and make them your local.

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466 Toorak Road, Toorak

M+S xx

 

Twins in the Kitchen

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Now as much as we love going out for delicious meals, home cooking is also on our ‘favourite things to do’ list. Being able to cook whatever fancies our taste buds right there and then, whether it be boiled eggs on toast or a nutritious ‘rainbow bowl’ for dinner, is simply a sensationally satisfying feeling.

As we have quite ‘busyish’ lives, whipping up a healthy and super tasty meal does not take us long at all, as who needs to spend hours in the kitchen to produce something amazing…?

Therefore, our well balanced meals comprise of our favourite reoccurring ingredients prepared differently depending on the occasion, almost always involving protein, vegetables and grains.

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Here are a few breakfasts/dinners that we eat on quite a regular basis..

Our top picks for Breakfast

– Sliced avocado, smoked salmon and thinly sliced tomato on gluten free bread *, topped with our dukkah or pumpkin seeds. Seems to be our first pick if we want something quick and when too hungry to cook something that takes longer than 5 mins…

– Two boiled eggs, sliced avocado on gluten free bread, also topped with our dukkah. Such a soul-satisfying post ‘hot yoga’ feed.

– Cinnamon oats cooked on the stove, with organic greek yogurt *, fresh banana, frozen blueberries heated in the microwave and sprinkled with almonds and shredded coconut. Perfect on a cold winter’s morning.

– Two broken up banana/raspberry oat cookies (recipe found on Ashlyn Lincoln’s blog) topped with organic greek yogurt, fresh fruit (banana and berries), nuts and shredded coconut.

Favourite Lunches/Dunches/Dinners

– Atlantic Salmon fillet, accompanied with a selection of roasted and fresh veggies (whatever we have in the fridge), or enjoyed with zucchini or carrot noodles topped with an avocado/pea/basil mash. Simple, yet utterly delicious

– Poached chicken mixed with quinoa, lentils, all sorts of veg, fresh tomato, spinach, avocado, hummus or organic yogurt . Presented in a bowl, as food always tastes better in bowls…

– What we like to call our ‘rainbow’ or ‘budda’ bowl. Involves a selection of raw/roasted veggies (grated carrot and zucchini, raw mushrooms, steamed or roasted pumpkin/brussel sprouts etc), quinoa or another type or grain, lentils, peas, grilled haloumi (absolute fav), boiled eggs or poached chicken, finished with a dollop of organic greek yogurt or hummus

– Our very own VegieBar ‘house salad with tempeh’. Our go to meal at VegieBar is always their house salad, therefore we try and recreate it at home. Simply involves raw and cooked vegetables of allllll sorts, pan fried tempeh, drizzled all over with tahini mmmm yummo!

– Weekends are for devouring homemade pizzas. All of the veggies in the fridge, with either poached chicken or shredded turkey, are precisely placed on gluten free base that is smothered in hummus or organic tomato base sauce. Always topped with fresh avocado, bocconcini cheese, olives, raw mushrooms and fresh basil. You can never go wrong with a pizza, never, ever.

* We choose to buy ‘PureBred Bakery’ multigrain farmhouse loaf. Its gluten and wheat free, our perfect kind of bread.

* Our yogurt is the ‘Five:am’ greek style organic yogurt, amazingly delicious.

Love M + S

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Mels Mess

What is it about fridays? Something about fridays makes me feel fuzzy inside. Is it the fact that we are all waiting for fridays arrival to cure our post mondayitis, or is it that you can already taste the bitter sweetness of a pinot noir swirling around your mouth, satisfying your taste buds and ultimately your soul.

I don’t know what it is about fridays, but they are bloody good.

So today, I could silently scream out Thank God Its Friday. My favourite day of the week.

My friday begun with a 5:20am start, I know how keen is that right? No but in all seriousness, early starts for me (and sarah might I add), means that I can fit in a 45 minute run before the craziness of the day begins. I love the feeling of being awake and watching the sunrise (unfortunately no dreamy skies produced this morning) whilst the rest of the neighbourhood are sound asleep.

It gives me a sense of satisfaction.

So anyway, after my pathetic attempt of ‘exam study’, which really meant instagram scrolling and facebook refreshing every two minutes, I decided it was time to satisfy my hunger pains. This meant by 11am I was already starving for my lunch. I know, a tad early… I blame this on breakfast, it decided to leave me with no support. My breakfast of oat cookies drowned in yogurt, lathered in melted strawberries and topped with nuts and coconut flakes, decided it had already done its duty of providing me with energy and left me, with no notice at all.

Therefore, I ran (literally) into the kitchen and started making this ‘thing’. I don’t even know what it was. But lets call it Mels Mess.

I scrambled two eggs, with an additional egg white into a bowl. Added some roast veggies that were pre-prepared in our fridge (pumpkin, brussel sprouts, leek & zucchini) along with spinach that I aggressively tore up into shreds.

All of this deliciousness was put onto a pan on high heat. As I stood there mixing, the smell that came with it made me salvate. I kept mixing until it turned into some sort of scramble.

With 1/4 cup of white quinoa heated and prepared onto a plate, I mounded my scrambled ‘thing’ on top. Annnnddd, obviously, I added some diced avocado for that extra ‘oomph’ (made the most of the fact that I didn’t have it for breakfast – hence needed to add it to lunch…) It was quite delicious.

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And Voila! Thats what I like to call my type of feed, for a type of day like today.

The rest of friday for me will involve retail therapy (in that I mean buying myself a new Aesop cream) with my other half, followed by a beautiful dinner date on Brunswick street with a lovely lady friend of mine.

 

I hope you’all have a superb friday! Because I know I will.

 

Love M

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Gid – Giddd – Giddiup!

As we sit at our dining room table, sipping on a glass of pinot with the scent of a tiger lily candle drifting in the air, we’re blissfully dwelling over our beautiful morning.

The sun was shining on this comforting autumns day – the perfect scene to be strolling the streets of South Melbourne.

For locals of this area, Saturday morning means market morning. Therefore, finding a park was rather tricky…

Nevertheless, after a few rounds, we found one!

Now to breaky….we already had a cafe in mind, one that we visited way back, in the year of 2012.

To think that two years has already gone by makes you realise how quickly life just goes.

Anyway, lets not get emotional this is a breakfast post after all

So back to G i d d i u p.

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Despite the fact that this cafe is quite small, the white walls and wide windows creates a sense of space. They have kept to the theme of black and white with minimal decor, yet thats all they need as the simplicity reflects its modern character.

Everything on the menu shouts out yum, with avocado popping up on a few dishes. This automatically drew us in. We decided to opt for a deconstructed meal of poached eggs on gluten free bread (of course), with a side of avo and smoked salmon – our usual pick for when we’re craving something fresh and simple.

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It not only gave us the energy we needed after our morning run, but also made us feel  h a p p y  inside. After a tough week filled with stress chaos and confusion, this was definitely needed.

There aren’t many cafes out there that can give you that ‘feel good’ feeling, sorry guys, not sure how else to put it. This cafe literally just makes you feel good. Thats good hey?

M + S x

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269 Coventry Street South Melbourne

Hump-day at Tall Timber

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Watching the sunrise this morning through Tall Timbers wide windows wasn’t a bad start to a miserable hump day. We’ve always had a soft spot for this gorgeous cafe, as it was one of the first places we discovered and ultimately fell in love with.

It must be the homey feel, friendly staff, and delicious meals whipped up by their talented chef that wheels us in and puts us into a dreamy cafe daze every time.

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Mornings like today, all we feel like doing is being somewhere familiar and ‘close to home’, and there was no better place then to park ourselves at Tall Timber and relax before a crazy day ahead. This was also the case for many other Melbourneans , with ‘pre-work’ strong coffee pit stoppers, ‘post-gym’ junkies rejuvenating over nutritious breakfasts or chilled locals having some ‘time-out’, Tall Timber seemed to attract the lot.

Their menu is one element that stands out for us, with it covering everyones mornings needs and cravings. The Pumpkin Bruschetta was our wednesday morning choice, because who could possibly say no to smashed roasted pumpkin, hommus, goats curd, dukkah and poached eggs on quinoa loaf? All those ingredients just call out our names. And yes we know, ordering a dish with no avocado is just not what we do, but this morning was an exception!

It was absolutely delicious, every single mouthful. Our bellies were so full that all we could possibly say was “YUUUUM”

Other ‘standouts’ of theirs are definitely the sautéed kale, breakie board or the obvious ‘smashed avo

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Tall Timbers interiors almost make you feel as though you are sitting in the ‘sun room’ of a spacious home over looking a lake or bay, with its wide open space complemented with wide windows, allowing for maximal light exposure. The chairs and broom stick hung on the wall, stacked outdoor timber wood boxes and large display of scrumptious sweets, all emphasis the cosy heart warming feel of this cafe.

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With their standard prices, glorious food and friendly staff, you can’t not give these guys a visit, they will make you feel relaxed and ready for whatever your day has planned.

 Love M + S

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60 Commercial Road Prahran