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Dear all,

I sincerely apologise for the sudden appearance of super spammy entries. Be assured I won’t be selling you handbags anytime soon as this blog is advertisement-free. If anything, I’m working on coming up with more great recipes and improving the usability of the blog :)

I think I’ve rectified the problem for now. However, should it repeat itself, please bear with me and don’t ever click on any of the dodgy links.

Much love,
June xx

Apple Cranberry Granola

Despite having lived in Australia for the last six years, I still find it a painful chore to stomach white people food for breakfast. Jam on toast, milk and cereal, oat porridge? Pfft. I come from a land where lard-laden eggs noodles and fragrant rice served with spicy condiments summon the sleepy out of bed. What about bacon and eggs or maple-drenched pancakes? Nope, they’re all still a pale comparison to the wonderful richness and layers of flavours of a glorious Malaysian breakfast. Even the Boyfriend was quick to agree that laksa and roti canai are a far superior morning feed.

Unfortunately, for most days of the week, when one has to craftily hit the snooze button just enough times to attain maximum sleep without running late, the luxury of a gratifying breakfast is a forgotten wonder. It’ll have to be a quick no-fuss-and-thinking-required one, just like this apple cranberry granola – bingo! It has been our weekday answer to a convenient and sustaining breakfast. Rather pleasant on the taste buds too which has far exceeded my expectations. If anything, there is usually a slight panic when our great big granola jar starts running low. It’s usually along the line of, ‘Oh no, I have no idea what else I’m going to have for tomorrow. Must make moreee!’.

So, there you have it, the approval of two fussy morning eaters.

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Moist Banana Bread

There is always something rather alarming about the sight of a bunch of overripe bananas and a swarm of fruit flies threatening to colonise your living space. Before you know it, it becomes a race against time to do something about them. Something, anything. Anything but to throw them away. It doesn’t help that I am one who only likes their bananas just ripe and al dente. What am I to do with mushy, overwhelmingly strong bananas? If I had a baby, I would know exactly what to do. I would stuff it with all that overripe mush so it would grow up to forever resent me for that.

I usually just peel, bag and freeze them and worry about them later. They’ll eventually end up in a smoothie or two. But what if the freezer is already full of bagged bananas? Hmm. I suppose one will have to turn to baking by turning something unpalatable into something that is quite truly divine. Yes, divine. There are no better words to sum this soft, rich, flavourful and moist banana bread better. Do yourself a favour and bake this right now!

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2 and 5 Juice

This copycat of the 2 and 5 juice by Boost has been my ultimate perk-me-up. I can’t enough of it!

It’s more fondly known as the clear-the-fridge juice. I would throw in everything that needs eating up. Anything from pear, broccoli or kale stems to cucumber and the odd tomato. It also gives me an excuse to buy celery and beetroot, the two things I would otherwise rarely consume.

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Hemp Protein Brownies

It’s been miserably wet and cold. I was going to go shopping but I wasn’t prepared to brave the pouring rain so I reluctantly resigned to baking. For a change, I was going to bake something new, something obscenely healthy, something to justify being stuck at home, something with a good chance of messing up and tasting like grit. What else was I going to do yeah?

And I did. I made a batch of insanely healthy brownies. Gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, grain-free, vegan and all that jazz.  You wouldn’t be able to guess what else went into them either! Avocado, banana, hemp seeds, and spinach *gasps*

My first thought when I pulled the baking tray out of the oven was, “Uhh, what’s this? A slab of dung cake?” My eyes obviously didn’t take too kindly to them. What about my other senses?

I gave them a light touch, “Hmm, surprisingly soft and spongey”.

Why not give it a sniff? *brings my nose to the baking tray and takes a big sniff* Smells chocolatey enough.

Maybe its not as bad as it looks *takes a nibble*

*And another. And another.*

My god this stuff is surprisingly good.

*Smears cake with some green stuff*

Oh my, this is actually really good. There, I said it.

*Proceeds to gobbling. Om nom nom nom.*

 

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Acai Smoothie

For about an entire year, I’d start my day with a smoothie. It was a great way to consume more raw greens and creating less kitchen waste. But it was really so I could justify spending $850 on a blender. I’d chuck in scraps that would usually end up in the worm bin like celery and broccoli leaves, kale stalks, and fruit that are about to go like fluffy apples, brown bananas and mushy pears. *shudders*

After a year, I kind of got tired of it and would far rather fried eggs and honey smoked bacon over a green glass of something which the Boyfriend would always say tasted like grass. A year later, it seems like I’m back on track again.

This Acai Smoothie is a great start for anyone wanting to experiment on green smoothies as it is certainly not grassy but very much pleasantly sweet and fruity. One that makes you go mmmm! I suggest starting with something mild like baby spinach before progressing on to kale, celery and chards with herbs like coriander, brahmi, mint or parsley added on top. The one I never got past was cos lettuce but some reckon it’s as mild as spinach #whataloadofbollocks. Also, it’s a good idea to gradually build up the greens or you may end up with a terrible bloat.

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Wonton Soup

When it’s cold and dark outside and my hands and feet turn into deadly ice blocks, I look forward to nothing more than a comforting bowl of wonton soup. It’s like a grandmother’s hug. Warm, soothing and always pleasant. With every sip of hearty broth and every mouthful of meaty parcel, a hungry stomach will bounce in sheer delight.

I just love it when the entire house is permeated with the uplifting aroma of ginger, garlic and chicken stock. One that’s been on a slow simmer all afternoon. A sure sign dinner will be a tasty one. And damn right it’s tasty.

Wontons can be easily dressed up or down. They can be made with just pork mince, salt and sesame oil. Or when one is feeling fancy pants, predominantly prawns or like mine, full of various tasty bits. If you’re very naughty, you can even deep fry them, served with thai sweet chilli sauce.

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Homemade Apple Sauce

Leaving me alone with a pot of apple sauce is as disastrous as leaving Winnie the Pooh with honey. It will all be gone by the time you get back. The evidence? Me with a giant sheepish smile smacked right across my face and a jar left wide open on the kitchen counter with its content emptied save for the odd specks of minuscule apple chunks and sugary goo. I’ve been naughty and I know it.

Apple sauce is such a brilliant sugar fix. It is essentially having an apple pie minus the fat and carb-loaded pie crust. Maybe I should rebrand it as 100% fat free skinny apple pie. (Ha. The utter rubbish we get thrown at these days). It also complements roast pork all too well by cutting through the grease and freshening a heavy roast meal. Roast pork + crackle + apple sauce + steamed tuscan kale/savoy cabbage + gravy = mind blown.

Other than just having it by the greedy spoonfuls, I have recently been enjoying apple sauce with my morning buckwheat cereal topped with a generous dash of cinnamon. It can also be used as a substitute for oil in muffin recipes. Yum yum yum. The options are endless!

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Vegan Raspberry Muffins

I am not vegan. While I whole heartedly respect to those who are, I do not ever aspire to be vegan. That said, every so often, most definitely after a few meat-loaded meals in a row, I feel the need to redeem myself by eating like a peasant and abstaining from animal produce. It’s like I’ve got to rise above and wash away my dirty first world sins. Ha.

The Boyfriend and Housemate raised their eyebrows when I said I was going to make vegan raspberry muffins. Ok, what is June REALLY up to this time? Here’s the spill. I was trying to impress a vegan colleague who was going to be in town for a few weeks. Well? It was mission accomplished. The muffins turned out so well, no one could’ve guessed that no animals were harmed in the making. In fact, everyone was so dead impressed, I had hardly any left to spare my vegan friend.

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Golden Turmeric Milk

Winter is knocking on the door and I quite welcome the change in scenery it brings with it. It’s a high of 20°C – officially cold for Perth. The leaves are a brilliant shade of red and gold and the crisp crunch of fallen maple and oak leaves beneath my feet seem to deliver a wonderful punch of satisfaction. The eternally blue sky we take for granted is now masked by ever looming grey clouds, threatening to bucket down on you at your inconvenience. The one thing that amuses me most at this time of year is how all the dogs are dressed in ridiculous puffy pink coats and how ever other pedestrian looks like they are about to go Alpine skiing while the other half are still dressed for the height of summer.

No doubt, there is now a cold nibble in the air. Though not cold enough for me to forgo shorts and flip flops completely yet, I seem to be waking up more sneezy and snottier than the day before. I’m not sure which is provoking my immune system more – the cold weather or emergence of wild flower pollen. Either way, I am not the most pleasant sight in the early hours. I’m like the aftermath of slugs partying all night long in my nose. Eww, I know. Anyway, all the more reason to load up on pro-biotics, leafy greens and glassfuls of golden turmeric milk. Time to get that immune system a big b-o-o-ost!

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