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January 2016

Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

January 27, 2016

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I’m living in an “extra scoop” world at the moment. “Add some more to my plate, please!”… “Is that all the pasta you’re cooking?”…”That looks great, sweetie, but where are your potatoes?”. It seems like Ben and I are constantly feeding my ravenous appetite and I’m constantly eating his leftovers. As I’ve said before, breastfeeding has left me hungry.

After what feels like a long time, I’m having fun in the kitchen. The 11th of January marked one year since I found out I was pregnant, and one year and one week since eating became a chore. But now, food suddenly tastes glorious and I want more! I want to cook and bake and simmer, I want to create and share and eat. And I want to write about it. So here we go. Today I have a morning meal for you, one of my recent favourites. It’s not particularly different from other recipes I’ve posted but that’s because I don’t look at this blog as a way of being creative for you, as selfish and blunt as that sounds. It’s my space to share what’s happening in my life, to document my eats and my world. And lately it’s been all about bananas, nuts, dates and coconut oil. If you are inspired by this recipe, or if it triggers your own kitchen creativity, then that makes me happy. I’d also be happy for you to let me know your favourite smoothie combinations and send some inspiration my way! Simple, unpretentious sharing…that’s what’s going on. I also think I may write up my everyday eats, what I tend to post on instagram, salads and what not, and throw them into a little recipe book you could purchase here. That might happen… but for now, here is a smoothie bowl.

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Happenings, 18.1.16

January 18, 2016



Hi, folks.

Things have been busy over here, with Christmas, moving house and overseas visitors in amongst the general business that comes with raising a little human. We had a lovely summer break with lots of sunshine, fish and chips and family cuddles in bed. And we’ve had fun settling into our new home, finding space for our furniture, scoping out the local shops and learning the route to the bathroom in the middle of the night without making noise. Joan has had a virus, poor bubba, which meant lots of nappy changes, naps and extra snuggles. She’s feeling much better and things are getting back to normal, in the sense that Ben is up for work at 6 and I’m home with Joan, organising and washing and cooking and making appointments. I’m doing a bit of writing too and have finally started reading books again. I’ve also had an urge to blog. I’ve missed chatting in this space, sharing what’s happening in our world, so here I am, with a page of happenings. I came across the idea of listing what’s been going on lately via Linda. The original “taking stock” idea comes from Pip, and I wanted to bring it to my space in an altered, personalised form, as I found it to be an enjoyable way of documenting and reading our “latelys”. I might do this every now and then, we’ll see. Here are our happenings in the middle of January, 2016, with our four and a half month old baby.
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Date and Cardamom Log

January 8, 2016


I’m sitting on my living room floor surrounded by moving boxes, bubble wrap and piles of crockery to send to the op shop. Baby Joan is asleep in the pram and I’m giving her a rock every now and then to try and extend the nap as long as possible. We’re moving in three days and there’s still a bit to do.

Despite the need for me to pack my pantry and throw out expired bags of flour I never got around to using last year as a result of baby-growing-induced nausea, I’ve chosen to sit and type a blog post. I knew I wanted to share one more recipe from our kitchen by the beach before we move on to a new chapter of our lives. This time last year I was about to discover I was pregnant. I’d suddenly realise why I felt perpetually hungover and why coffee and porridge sounded repulsive, but the thought of a McChicken burger gave me the good kind of chills. I told you I used to Google images of McChickens and send them to my brother while I choked down some sort of healthy, muesli preparation for breakfast in the early weeks of pregnancy, didn’t I? True story. Well, I am pleased to say that I am slowly getting back into the kitchen. In the moments that Joan lets me stop watching her try as hard as she might to build her arm strength, I am filling my recipe notebook with snacks and simple preparations for our little family. They’re not fancy, but they do the trick.


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