Wednesday Rambles

May 21, 2014

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Last week I flew up to Brisbane for a few days. I stayed with my cousin, Jess, and her husband and bub, and we had ourselves a lovely visit. It was a novelty to walk outside and not need a jumper, let me tell you.

But beyond a weather-encouraged ability to pack light (Jess, don’t laugh), babycino dates and just chilling out together, Brisbane also saw me talking into a microphone to a room full of people and realising I *flick my hair* when nervous. You see, my friend, colleague, mentor, fellow-retro cookbook appreciator and food lover (I tried to narrow down one food we particularly agree on and there’s too many to list), Emma Stirling had invited me to present on a panel at the Dietitians Association of Australia conference *hair flick*.

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I was speaking on personal blogging, finding your voice and all that jazz. And despite a few butterflies, it all went rather swimmingly (we even put together an ebook for you to buy if you’re keen), I had the best time. Everyone was so lovely and encouraging. And inspiring! There were some incredibly talented Dietitians in the room. At the end of it all, we had ourselves a lovely dinner at Mondo Organics.

Back home, I seem to have come down with a case of the flu. I don’t often get sick, and rarely is it the stay in bed and rest kind, but my body is telling me to stay in bed and I’m pretty sure it’s not just because it’s cozy. Surely it wasn’t the celebrating and wine last week because, I mean, it was organic… No but truly, I’ve been taking it easy this week. Resting, reading, recuperating and eating apples. My parents and their foodie friends recently decided that they would make cider, as you do. And while I’m still waiting for the fermentation process to do its’ thing before we can cider sample, I have a bucket of leftover apples to work my way through. Sliced apple snacks, pureed apple, diced with yoghurt…we’ve had apple crumble for dinner some nights, I won’t lie. And a particular breakfast treat I am keen to share with you.

I had originally planned on getting a post about this appley breakfast up today for Wednesday Breakfast Club but alas, this flu business really is demanding, so the recipe will have to wait until next week. I have enough apples to last until then, trust me. For now, you’ve got my Wednesday rambles. And I thank you for indulging me. Here is a little of what’s on my mind at present…

Wednesday Rambles

♥ I’m currently reading The Paris Wife for book club. Last month it was The Rosie Project, which I adored. This book feels like an extended episode of Downton Abbey mixed with Midnight in Paris, which is only a good thing. It hasn’t grabbed by heart, but I’m enjoying it all the same. I’d better hurry, as my library requires it’s prompt return today! Side note, I am just loving belonging to a library again.

♥ Bahati’s ginger lemongrass tea is my present sipping saviour.

♥ Joy the Baker posted a link on her blog to Letters of Note, a dear site where you can read personal letters written by  people throughout history (including some indeed famous, noteworthy folk, such as Mark Twain, Keith Richards and Elizabeth Taylor).  There is also a book. There’s something so special and thoughtful about a handwritten letter.

♥ This Bay Leaf Pound Cake is on my list to make.

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♥ Over the past few months, I’ve been making endless amounts of stock using vegetable tops (celery stock is the best), onion skins, black peppercorns, star anise, bay leaf, garlic…whatever I have in the fridge. I load it up in a big pot, fill it with water and simmer simmer simmer for 4-6 hours. Then I strain the stock into containers and freeze it for soups or to cook grains like freekeh or quinoa. If I have leftover bones from a chicken or pork or whatever, I’ll add it to the mix, too. Monday night we ate pumpkin soup, which I made using some vegetable stock. And yesterday I defrosted a little chicken stock to make myself some *hurry up and get well* pea and parmesan soup. This time around, I sliced a few chunks of parmesan (instead of the rind) and simmered then haphazardly blitzed it all together. It was a good move.

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♥ I’m currently obsessed with Ira Glass’ This American Life podcast. The stories, the people, the thought, the narration, all of it.

♥ We’ve been moving things (cabinets, tables, couches, etc) around in our rental home and the space (the space!) is so much better. Each room seems brighter and it feels like I’m breathing new air. After a fairly busy, generally lovely though sometimes manic start to the year, I feel like we’re turning a corner. Meditation, better self management and apple crumble is helping.

♥ Souvenir is the latest release from Latitudes, Longitudes (the online travel magazine I contribute to) and it is just beautiful. If you need some curl up on the couch with a cup of tea wonderlust reading material, here you go. I particularly enjoyed reading Ann’s tales of her time in China.

♥ I cannot get this chicken dish out of my mind. It looks incredible and needs to be made, stat!

♥ This morning I woke NOT feeling like I’d been hit in the back by a baseball bat (win!), so I did some sick day yoga with my favourite online yoga teacher, Adriene. She’s so awesome, I just love her videos.

♥ This time last year we were hiking in California. I miss the redwoods, most definitely. Ben’s hair is so short! Speaking of hair, two weeks ago Ben became my hairdresser and cut an inch off my locks. Why go to a salon? Don’t answer that.

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♥ Breakfast today (and yesterday) was an acai bowl, topped with coconut oil and a simple and satisfying olive oil granola (recipe link). I’ve made a number of batches of this, my most recent granola love, for presents and for Ben and myself. It is an easy, adaptable and endlessly satisfying recipe. I prefer it with agave syrup to maple, go figure, and flaked almonds are my nut of choice. Also, I find the shredded coconut to be an obligatory addition.

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What did you have for breakfast today?
Do tell, I love to be breakfast inspired! Write a comment below or share your eats on twitter and instagram with the hashtag #wednesdaybreakfastclub.

Heidi xo

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  • Sarah May 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I always love your brekky pictures! Today I had a green smoothie with kale, spinach, orange, pear and spirulina, a small bowl of coconut milk bircher muesli, and a cup of turmeric tea (I also ate my daughters leftover porridge!).

    • Heidi May 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      oh, Sarah, that sounds outrageously delicious!! I gotta try coconut milk bircher muesli. yum. thanks for the inspiration x

  • laurasmess May 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Oh Heidi, another beautiful post! Breakfast. I just hashtagged mine on insta so you can have a look – it’s pretty simple but nourishing. Sorry to hear that you’re sick, you poor love. Hopefully some more of that nourishing soup, warmth and love will get you better in the next day or so. As for the conference? Woooop! Yay, so happy that things went well! Your presentation sounds really interesting – is social media presence something that more dietitians are interested in pursuing? Haha… hair flicking is definitely not as conspicuous as lip biting, which is what I tend to do when nervous. It’s involuntary. Rather annoying, too! x

    • Heidi May 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks, lovely 🙂 Maybe I’ll just cut my hair off x

  • Sarah May 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Granola-making is a also a favourite activity in my house too. I like adding some pumpkin seeds as well for colour variety, those flaked almonds look very ‘lux’.

    I was feeling a green breakfast for today. Torn between a green smoothie and green eggs – I picked up some favourites on my way home last night. Green Eggs and dark toast it was.

    I have been ready to start blogging for a while – practicing my photo skills, taking extra enjoyment in reading and finding extra time where I can to be a little more creative. This seems like a sign, I have downloaded the eBook and can’t wait to get started 🙂

    Thanks for keeping my inbox inspiring,

    Sarah xx

    • Heidi May 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Oh thank you so much, Sarah! That’s so nice, makes me super happy 🙂 I hope you like the ebook! x ps, green eggs & dark toast – YUM.

  • Jenna May 22, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Hahaha.. Those 2 images of the hair flicks made me chuckle out loud! Too funny. Hope you’re feeling better.

    • Heidi May 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Hehehe thanks, much better 😉 x

  • Yasmeen May 23, 2014 at 8:03 am

    That Hillary gif! 2016, just sayin’. We are in furious stock-making season as well. I love that you use the onion skins! I learned from one of my favorite chefs, Jose Andres, to never peel the garlic or onions when they go into the stock – he even roasts them with the skins on.

    Also, so glad you’re onto TAL. Best show on the radio. I’ll send you some links to my favorite stories over the years <3

    • Heidi May 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Must get them off you!!! & onion skins all the way. We should make onion fries x

  • Hannah May 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Every time I think I love you more than the moon, you do something like link Hillary Clinton and Cher Horowitz and I realise I love you more than the Milky Way.

    Also, we need to chat podcasts, clearly. If you like This American Life, do check out The Moth. It’sn one of my recent finds, quite similar-ish to TML, but sometimes it makes me feel more. (Also Good Job Brain, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Slate Culture Gabfest…)

    Keep feeling better, lovely. I’m sending good juju your way.

    PS Report back on that bay leaf cake plz. I’ve had it on my list for an age but keep getting distracted by other things.

    • Heidi May 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Nawwww! I will keep you posted on the bay leaf cake situation. It has an orange glaze though, right? What will you do, Hannah? WHAT WILL YOU DO? x ps thanks for The Moth recommendation.

  • Rebecca May 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Such lovely pictures – That stock photo is amazing, inspired me to make stock 🙂 I hope Brisbane weather was kind to you and congratulations on being a speaker!

    • Heidi May 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂 x

  • tara May 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Did you know that there is a parody of ‘this American life’ called ‘that American life by Ira class’ at first you cant even tell its not him! My mum thought it was Ira doing some weird joke. Hahaha

    • Heidi June 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Haha must look it up, that’s awesome, thanks! x

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    After reading your post about The Paris Wife book, I found it by coincidence at a garage sale and I decided to buy it. It’s one of the most captivating book I’ve read in a while! Thanks for the recommendation!

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      That’s ace, I’m so pleased to hear that, Sandrine! There’s nothing like loosing yourself in a good book, hey? x

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