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! 

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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

xx