Simpleology Plug

15 January, 2008
I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.


The Perfect Tuna Pasta Salad

22 May, 2007

This tuna pasta salad is delicious, healthy, and nutritionally balanced. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days and makes three serves. 

Ingredients

  • Large tin of tuna

  • 1/3 bottle of fat free mayonnaise

  • 1 Dessert spoon of mustard

  • 1 Tspn curry powder

  • Three cups of finely diced or grated vegetables (I used 1 celery stick, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 2 carrots, 2 roma tomatoes, 1 red onion)

  • 125 grams dried pasta.

  • Handful of coriander leaves, coarsely chopped

Method

  • Cook the pasta

  • Grate or dice the vegetables (I used this veggie cutter I got off Catch of the Day which cuts veggies into ‘fine sticks’)

  • Combine everything

Couldn’t be easier!


Ethical Eating – My Metamorphosis

22 May, 2007

 I havent posted in a while as I have been going through somewhat of a metamorphosis with regards to food and eating. Our PT program completely changed the way I ate. I now eat five times a day, with each meal being a balance of protein and complex carbs plus veggies (sometimes!)

 I’ve really found this method of eating to be amazing. You know those times in the afternoon where a crazy clawing hunger swoops down on you in the space of a minute and suddenly your weak and shaky and when you finally get your hands on some food, you simply dont stop eating until you’ve cleaned out the cupboard? Well I haven’t had a moment like that for about three months. I’m rarely hungry and if I am, I simply eat.

 So this had been working well for me and then I started to read ‘The Ethics of what we Eat’ by Peter Singer and Jim Mason.

This book takes three typical families (a family on an average American diet, a family that mostly follows a healthy/organic diet, and a full vegan family) and traces the path of their food choices from their plate all the way back through the production process.

It analyses the food choices we make and how they measure up ethically – not only with regards to animal suffering, but their effect on the environment, communities, global warming etc.

Anyway, this book has changed the way I look at food forever and needless to say, I will be making some very different choices from now on including:

  • Personal Trainer be damned, I’m going to cut down to eating meat only once or twice a week, and it will be organic and free range. Ill focus on getting most of my complete protein from vegetarian combinations.
  • By organic products where possible (start shopping at Macro and buy only organic products at Coles)
  • Continue to buy my fruit and veg from farmers markets where possible.

Here is a link to information on the book.


New Anolon Knife block and BBQ (all in one week!)

5 March, 2007

Two things I have been sorely needing are some decent knives and a bbq that doesn’t require excellent fire starting skills and has all its legs firmly attached.

With the lovely offer of a hand me down BBQ from some friends, Rob (grumblingly) and I (gleefully) carted my Webber down through the building to the nature strip. It was a real homecoming for the Webber as I had found it on a nature strip only two streets away a couple of years before. We had only used it three or so times when we were a little drunk and became excited by the thought of collecting kindling from the street to start our own fire.

 Not surprisingly, the Webber was quickly snatched up. Obviously the fact that all the legs fall out when you lift it up didnt deter the lucky person. Ill probably see it on ebay this week!

 Anyway, here is my new BBQ!

 

Fits on the balcony perfectly!

My new knives get me a little more excited than the BBQ as it is the first time I have owned a knife that cost more than $3.98 ($11.99 for 3 Living with Deborah Hutton Knives). I saw these in Chef’s Hat in South Melbourne over a year ago and fell in love with them. When I happened to find out that Peter’s of Kensington was having a knife block sale, I had a squiz for Rob who has been thinking about buying some knives and low and behold, there they were!

They are now safely in my greedy clutches and I used them for the first time on Saturday night. I also used one to cut a box this morning, which probably wasn’t so good for them.

Now to stop my flatmates putting them in the dishwasher.


Chicken with Asparagus and Peppers

5 March, 2007

Yay for today. It was the first day that had a sense of coolness about it, and it reminded me of all the things I love about winter. We had our PT session this morning and it was COLD when we got there. Once I got home I donned some winterish clothes with great enthusiasm, ready for work.

 It was even a little chilly as I walked out to my car tonight to come home. There’s nothing I love more in this weather than drinking (too much)wine and cooking. Well the drinking wine part needs to be cut down majorly, but I can still cook!

 On Saturday night I stayed in and made a dish from a recipe from allrecipes.com, Chicken with Asparagus and Roasted Red Peppers. This recipe basically requires you to poach a chicken breast and vegetables in chicken stock. Once cooked, you sprinkle some vinegar and cheese over the top and voila.

 Well, I didnt have a jar of roasted red peppers, so I used a fresh one and added some pesto. I also threw in some oregano from my balcony garden.

 I was pretty unimpressed with this. Fairly bland, not to mention the fact that I am terrible at poaching chicken breast. It ALWAYS ends up tough! But I ate it anyway and my thighs thanked me.


Personal Training and Healthy Eating

1 March, 2007

Well, Rob and I signed up to start having personal training sessions which started this week. Our sessions are on Mondays at 6AM and Fridays at 7AM. I am NOT a morning person and only agreed to the Monday sesh in a momentary fit of motivation. Suprisingly it felt great getting exercise out of the way in the morning and being free to veg out when I got home.  F**k me, it was so hard though and the first one was only half an hour due to the other half an hour being our first assessment. Tomorrow is our first one hour session and I hope I don’t die or throw up (or both). The reason why I’m waffling about this is that my focus will definitely have to be on healthy food from now on. Not that I’m an unhealthy eater, but I like ‘nice’ food a little bit too often. I have actually cooked a couple of meals for my blog then forgotten to take photos of the finished product (in too much of a hurry to actually eat it). Those meals have been osso bucco and yoghurt chicken (supposed to be like crumbed chicken, but a healthy version). If you are keen to hear about what they were like, Ill cook them again and REMEMBER TO TAKE PICS THIS TIME! I’m not going out tomorrow night so am hoping to cook something for my blog then. Stay tuned!


Fettucine Al Funghi

21 February, 2007

Rob and I decided to make Fettuchine Al Funghi for dinner on Saturday night. We decided to make our own pasta, so the margharita remained in the cupboard. The pasta making episode turned out to be rather unpleasant with both of us acting like we were pasta making grandmas from
Naples whose expertise was unsurpassed. An argument ensued, with Rob calling me, ‘a real idiot’, and me retorting, ‘whatever, Mr Pasta Expert.’ 

Nonetheless, I stonily finished off pasta after Rob had left the kitchen in a huff.  

After cutting up the mushrooms, onion, and garlic (six cloves, mmm attractive) we sauteed them in butter. Rob had returned by this time; the man hands in the photo aren’t mine!  

We then added three quarters of a bottle of cream and some chopped parsley, and bon appetit!  

It ended up being really nice, home made pasta makes a huge difference. I had used low fat cream which was a mistake, it could have been creamier and didn’t thicken up well – I had to stir in some flour. 7/10