Spring Salad Series No# 4

Spring Salad Series

Shaved Beetroot and Shredded Chicken Salad with Quinoa and Spiced Cumin Yoghurt. 

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Recently we’ve been experiencing a croissant craving. Now, we don’t usually get immense food cravings as we eat a pretty balanced diet, incorporating all food groups and tune into what our bodies need on a daily basis. For some reason however, we’ve been really wanting to indulge in the buttery-ness and crispness of a freshly baked croissant. We’re thinking it’s the fact that we leave for europe in two months time (omg!) in combination with our desire to visit our favourite bakery in Melbourne – Tivoli Road Bakery. Literally the best bakery. We absolutely love everything about it. Mmm their smoked trout on rye is to die for. As well as their fruit toast (apparently, we’re yet to try it)

So last night we decided that this morning we’d make the long over due visit to our favourite bakery and indulge in the buttery-ness and crispness of their famous croissants.

Best Decision Ever.

After our delicious breakfast we stopped by the markets and bought some fresh deli sicilian olives, goats feta and organic grass fed lamb straps (for dinner tonight!)

With the beetroots, chicken and quinoa that we already had in the fridge, we put together this fun, italian inspired spring salad. To go with our french inspired breakfast of course. 

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Ingredients (Serves two as a main dish)

-3 small beetroots

– 6 leaves of rainbow chard

-1 cup of pre cooked quinoa (we make big batched and leave in the fridge)

– Half a punnet of strawberries

-1 chicken breast (poached and then shredded with a fork)

– 10 sicilian olives

– 2 – 3 tablespoons of full fat greek yoghurt

– 1 teaspoon of cumin (can use less if you find cumin too strong)

-1 teaspoon of tahini

– A few leaves of flat parsley

-Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

-1 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees celsius. Whilst you’re waiting for the oven to warm up, leave the beetroots whole and cover them with aluminium foil. Finely chop your rainbow chard and layer evenly on two plates.

2. When the oven is ready, place the beetroots on the middle rack and bake for about half an hour.

3. As the beetroots are in the oven, heat up a saucepan of water on the stove with a tad of salt and bring to the boil. As you’re waiting for the water, you can prep your chicken by dicing up the breast into generous sized pieces. (You can also poach the chicken whole, however this will take you more time)

4. When the water is boiling, pop in your chicken. It will take about 6-8 minutes to poach (depending on the size of your pieces). It is important to keep a close eye on it as you don’t want it to over cook!

5. As the beetroots are in the oven and the chicken is poaching, heat up your quinoa on the stove (ours was pre-cooked so we just had to quickly re-heat) and start to prep your yoghurt. Grab a small bowl and scoop in two to three tablespoons of full fat yoghurt. Add your cumin, tahini and pepper and mix together. Set aside. You can also slice your strawberries either in halves or quarters.

6. The chicken should be ready by now so remove from the stove and drain. Poached chicken should be extremely tender so shredding with a fork should be relatively easy. Basically just ‘stroke’ the pieces with your fork so they almost rip apart. (Sorry that’s a little hard to explain). Set the chicken aside on a plate

7. Remove the beetroots from the oven and test whether you can insert a knife through the middle. If you can they are ready to be finely shaved with either a sharp nice or a large grater. Finely shave the beetroot and place half onto of the rainbow chard that you have already placed on the plates.

8. Evenly distribute the quinoa onto the two plates, alternating with beetroot, shredded chicken, sicilian olives and strawberries. You’re basically layering your ingredients.

9. Now top with a dollop of your yoghurt that you set aside just moments ago and garnish with himalayan salt, pepper and parsley. You can also drizzle with some olive oil if you wish!

10. EAT

We hope you enjoy it! Please let us know what you think!

Oh and also, head over to Tivoli Road Bakery in Melbourne and indulge in one of their croissants.

M + S xx

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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

Avocado twins turned 21!

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So a few weeks ago we had our turn to experience the so called ‘best night of your 20s’, our 21st birthday celebration. Yes the night was definitely one we will cherish in our memories for the rest of our lives. Everything about the night was perfect, exactly the way we had planned even to the specific itty gritty details (apart from us forgetting to buy edamame beans for extra nibbles.. oh well..)

The day of our party, Saturday the 1st of November, started off quite early. With us half asleep in our kitchen at 7am after downing avocado toast, we found ourselves chopping fruit, making our famous banana and oat cookies and prepping veggies for rice paper rolls. Yes we decided to put all the pressure on ourselves to prepare all of the finger food..We believe that if we were to pay big bucks for catering it would have not represented who we really are at heart. That being foodies who love to cook healthy food from scratch.

The early morning rush was crazy, with hands going in every direction and many near panic ‘lets cancel the party’ attacks. We guess we did this to ourselves as we absolutely wanted to make out 10:30 yoga session practice at the Australian Yoga Academy. This therefore only gave us four hours of preparation post yoga…. hence the rush…. but yoga always comes first, obviously.

Food and nibbles we decided to serve on the night went as follows:

– One massive gourmet cheese platter (all sorts of soft and hard cheeses, juicy dates, nuts, cherry tomatoes, chrisp crackers and grapes on the vine)

– Avocado and hummus dips (homemade by our fabulous mother), accompanied with organic round corn chips

– An array of raw carrot, celery, capsicum, cucumber and tomatoes

– Bocconcini and cherry tomato sticks with basal

– Bread ‘tartines’ (only Eeuropeans would understand this description) AKA toast. We had four different toppings..

                   1) Sliced avocado with oregano, pepper and lemon

                   2) Ricotta with smoked salmon and herbs

                   3) Peanut butter, sliced banana and cinnamon

                   4) Sliced fig, crumbled goats cheese, honey and cinnamon

Later in the evening we served rice paper rolls with either chicken or tofu (for the herbivores)

And finally for dessert we simply had broken up lindt chocolate (dark, milk and white), fruit kebabs and our banana and oak cookies. YUMMO.

The food was absolutely spot on and represented us entirely. It was evident people loved it as it all disappeared quite rapidly after the first gutsy person made the move to snitch the a carrot stick and dip it in hummus. After that everyone became sheep whilst realising the food was also for eating and not just for its super good looks.

And of course there is no 21st without unlimited alcohol. We served our guests with a selection of beers, wines, cider and vodka. It seemed to please everyone quite nicely.

As the night went on, the voices became louder and our excitment over the pile of gifts went from a pleasant smile and thank you to an ‘OMG THANKYOU SO MUCH I THINK IM IN LOVE WITH YOU’, then followed the drunk half bear hug slash attempt kiss on the cheek (yes there were many accidental smooches on the lips happening..)

Words from our loved ones were adorable and well spoken. With mums cute ipad notes and our best friends ‘oh god cannot believe you said that in front of my dad’ speeches.

The night went on until people became sleepy and over intoxicated…. and with us birthday girls ending up at a random house party. We had the time of our lives and hope all our loved ones did too.

Stay tuned for more recipes, design and health posts!

Love M + S xxx

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The twins famous ‘Buddha Bowl’

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So we have been meaning to post about one of our obsessions lately, a glorious bowl of scrumptious food that is currently bombarding our instagram account. We like to call these marvellous creations ‘Buddha Bowls’

We suppose this name stems from the fact that these bowls started as ‘post yoga.. I’M SO HUNGRY’ throw together feed.

(Namaste = Yoga = Buddha Bowl) Well, it makes sense to us..

Lets just get straight into why we love these bowls so much…

In one word, they scream N O U R I S H M E N T

You can literally throw anything in this bowl. From raw veggies to steamed or roasted goodies. Protein and carbs are always a must, hence we generally opt for poached chicken, smoked salmon or boiled eggs, with the carb component including either quinoa, buckwheat or brown rice.

This is essentially a multi-vitamin in a bowl.

Oh and we always like to add our version of a sauce. That being either five:am organic Greek yogurt or another exotic organic dip.

Soooo here are a few of our favourite combinations….

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1) ‘Breaky’ inspired buddha bowl (smoked salmon, boiled eggs, greek yogurt or haloumi cheese, all sorts of veg, quinoa)

2) ‘Moroccan’ inspired buddha bowl (cumin spiced lentils, roasted veg, greek yogurt, green olives, brown rice)

3) ‘Rainbow’ inspired buddha bowl (colourful cooked and raw veg, poached chicken, feta, olives, spiced carrot mash, buckwheat)

4) ‘Nicoise’ inspired buddha bowl (tuna, boiled eggs, green olives, haloumi cheese, all sorts of veg, brown rice)

All of these little gems have a general base of grated zucchini, grated carrot, peas and spinach.

So there you have it, a short and sweet description of our ‘go-to’ meal.

NOURISH AND FLOURISH KIDS!

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

 

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

xx

 

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