Saturday, November 12, 2016

SIMPLE, EASY and HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPE ft THE BEAUTY CHEF

 

Breakfast is my absolute favourite meal of the day, I love eating it and I love making it.

In order to start my day, I like to make sure I have a healthy yet wholesome breakfast to kickstart my day until lunch time.

I was recently sent and introduced to The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder, this powder is chop full of natural goodies to improve your skin and gut health from the inside! A little goes a LONG way with this product. So I hope you guys will enjoy eating this as much as I do!

INGREDIENTS:
2 table spoons of plain greek yogurt
1/8 of a teaspoon of The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder
Breakfast Museli (I mix my own and will share my mix with you guys in a different post!)

SEASONAL FRUITS:
Chopped pineapples (Not the tinned pineapples - those are full of sugar!)
A handful of fresh blueberries
Half a banana
Chopped watermelon



Step 1:
Spoon 2 tablespoons of plain greek yogurt into your bowl and mix it with a small amount of GLOW powder, the powder will give the plain yoghurt a purple tinge (see pic above), slightly sour taste and fruity flavour - this is great especially if you dislike the taste of plain yogurt.




Step 2:
Add fruits of your choice!


Step 3:
Sprinkle store purchased or home mixed breakfast muesli on top for added nutrients, protein and fiber!
 And voila! How easy was that? A healthy and delicious breakfast option that will keep you full, great for your yummy (and waistline), great for your skin and satisfies your daily fruit intake.

Bon Appetit!


Friday, September 30, 2016

4 Ingredients Organic Banana Cocao Nice Cream - 100% good for you!


Sam and I have been going to way too many food events and being a little bit greedy when it comes to eating. We've been eating till we get stick.

We both feel ridiculously bloated and agreed to stick to healthy eating outside of Instagram.

As a part of September being Organic Awareness month (I honestly think every month should be organic awareness month!!! I try and buy organic whenever I can and whenever my wallet allows me), here's a recipe using all organic products.

I have a sweet tooth, and my night routine consists of ice cream every single day. This has now changed. Let me introduce you to the easiest NICE CREAM that is tasty AND good for you :)


Ingredients:
Certified Organic Ripe Bananas (I used 3 to make 3 small servings)
Honest to Goodness Organic Raw Cacao Powder
Pacific Organics Coconut Flakes
Five:am Organic Apple Crumble

Method:

1. Peel the bananas, chop them up and put it in an air tight container. Store the bananas in the freezer over night.

2. Mash up the bananas the next morning, I used my bare hands and a spoon (we don't have a blender anymore!!!), if you have a blender, use it! (you will need to add a small amount of water or organic coconut water to get the blending going, if you are using a blender).

3. Once fully mashed, add a teaspoon of cacao powder (if you add more it might be a smidge bitter) and keep mashing/blending until fully mixed.

4. Add coconut flakes into the mix and lightly blend/mash for approximately 10 seconds.

5. If you are mashing the bananas with your hands, you might need to put the nice cream back into the freezer for an hour if you want a solid texture. Otherwise your nice cream is ready to serve, top your nice cream off with some organic apple crumble for that extra crunch.

Enjoy!


Thank you Australian Organic and Missy Mischief for supporting me.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Pitango's #LazyFoodie Cooking Challenge


Hello Sunday..

Feeling lazy? Me too!

I was recently invited to take part in Pitango's lazy foodie cooking challenge, creating a gourmet meal using Pitango's soup or risotto adding in 4 ingredients in just 10 minutes!

This was my kind of challenge, I like to do things as efficiently as possible; quick, easy yet still be able to achieve optimal result. I am trying to cut down on meat/sugar and increase my fruit + veggie intake in my attempt to eat healthy. The dish I created is perfect for lunch or a light dinner because it's packed full of goodness.



My Pitango selection:

Pitango Organic Pumpkin and Ginger Soup
(http://www.pitango.com.au/)


4 Ingredients: 

- Shallot
- Portobello mushroom
- Cauliflower
- Paprika

Method:

1. Steam your cauliflower and mushroom for approximately 5 minutes, if you like mushy cauliflower leave it in there for longer.

2. Chop or cut your shallot (I personally find cutting it with a pair of scissors to be faster).

3. Pour half a packet if Pitango Organic Pumpkin and Ginger soup into a bowl and heat it up in the microwave (pop it in for 1 min, take it out, stir and pop the soup back in the microwave for another minute).

4. Put all your ingredients into your soup (cauliflower, mushroom, green onion and sprinkle a hint of paprika).

5. Enjoy!




Disclaimer: The Weekend Foodie received a gift card to purchase all ingredients within the post.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

EVENT: DIFERENTE LAUNCH AT PINK SALT



If you read the last blog post, you'd know that we attended the Dry July event this month and Sam is taking part in the initiative. This event goes hand in hand with Dry July!!

We attended the launch for Diferente at Pink Salt. Diferente is the exclusive alcohol-free alternative to premium sparkling wine, gin and vodka. It can be enjoyed straight up or blended in cocktails. Diferente is suitable for those who prefer not to drink alcohol or cannot drink alcohol, this includes, drivers, pregnant women, unable to drink alcohol for religious reasons, under age young people or those who are ill or on medication and much much more.

This is an 100% alcohol-free option and contains NO FAT or SODIUM. It's LOW in sugar and carbs. Diferente is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

During the event, we were presented with 3 different mocktails made using Diferente and to be honest, it tastes just like a cocktail but yummier. After my first sip, I said to Sam "Is there really no alcohol in this?".



We also had a glass of Diferente straight up, now I am not a big fan of wine but I LOVED this. It's so easy to drink yet still bubby, minus the bitterness.

Throughout the event, there were delicious canapes for everyone, including a beetroot goat's curd below, followed by possibly the most delicious dessert. These are a part of Pink Salt's new menu, so if you want to find out more, pop by the restaurant and have a sneaky beak :)


 And to close off the post, here's Sam working hard. Don't forget to check out The Wog with the Grog for all your alcohol and non-alcohol needs!

 http://www.thewogwiththegrog.com.au/

Thank you for having us!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

EVENT: DRY JULY MOCKTAIL MASTERCLASS



We were recently lucky to have been invited to a Dry July Mocktail Masterclass. The event was set in Manta Restaurant by the wharf, a gorgeous location for some thirst quenching mocktails with none other than Fast Ed from Better Homes and Gardens.

Dry July is an initiative that we have seen time and time again, but we didn't know too much about it... Fast Ed did a fantastic job at explaining the aim and purpose of the program.

Dry July is aimed to support those who are diagnosed with cancer, when you are diagnosed with cancer it's difficult to maintain your usual activities as all effort and energy will be put into treatment. The money raised for Dry July is to provide items, whether it's equipment or material items of everyday living.. little things such as a piece of entertainment technology or a Yoga pass. These little things that we take for granted will provide support to those affected by cancer both physically and psychologically.

Lily is an Occupational Therapist, she looks at how people can rehabilitate and return to their activities of daily living following an injury so that their quality of living is optimised during trauma. This can be done via providing support, external assistance and/or equipment and modifications.

Dry July has a similar approach, so why give up alcohol then?

How often do you find yourself peer pressured into drinking in a social situation? We have a family member who suffers from stomach issues and he is no longer able to drink alcohol. Every time he goes to parties with friends they'd peer pressure him into drinking until he tells them how he ended up in ICU for a week. I personally found the only way to get out of drinking is by telling people you are the designated driver. Our society and lifestyle often encourage a drinking culture. Maybe it's because we are old now, but we feel that in order to have a good time, alcohol is not required. So give up alcohol this July for the sake of your own health and wellbeing, sip on a mocktail.



During the Mocktail Masterclass Ed taught us how to make a variety of delicious mocktails using sodastream, fresh produce and liquid gold aka honey. We were lucky to sample Ed's delicious mocktails!






After this event. Sam decided it to be a part of Dry July and raise money for those affected by cancer. Instead of beers, Sam will be drinking mocktails for his birthday.

If you wish to donate (and no amount is too little, every dollar counts!), please click on the link or pic that Sam made below to help him reach his $500 goal!

Click to support: https://www.dryjuly.com/users/samuel-dalley

https://www.dryjuly.com/users/samuel-dalley

A massive thanks to the team at Dry July for having us!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Guide to 7 Singapore Hawker's Market



1.LAU PA SAT


Lau Pa Sat is located fairly close to Marina Bay Sands, you can take the MRT to Raffles Place, check out the Merlion and walk to Lau Pa Sat (Approximately 15mins walk).

I personally feel that Lau Pa Sat is a food centre targeted at white collar workers in the offices nearby, therefore prices here are a little bit higher than some of the other food centres (by that I mean a dollar or two). There's a wide range of stalls and the adjacent street get blocked off to become "Satay Street" opens from 7pm till late.

Address
18 Raffles Quay
Singapore 048582


RECOMMENDED AT LAU PA SAT:

 Fish Congee - congee is apparently a big part of Singaporean lifestyle. There's also frog congee!

 Fish Ball Soup and Laksa- at $3.5 per bowl, you'll get a taste of authenticity alright!



 Fried Kway Teow - another popular dish in Singapore


And of course....Satay!!




2.RASAPURA


Rasapura is located within Marina Bay Sands, I wouldn't be surprised that MBS owns the place either. The only reason this place is on my list is to make sure that YOU DO NOT GO THERE. After 5 days of Hawker food, Rasapura was a complete let down. The food is overpriced and significantly below average in terms of taste.

Address
2 Bayfront Avenue
B2-50 Canal level
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972



3.TIONG BAHRU FOOD CENTRE


We made the mistake of going to Tiong Bahru food centre a little later at night, most stalls were closed or closing around 7:30pm. There are some old housing estates around Tiong Bahru if you are interested. Food here is cheap and delicious, with a variety of different stalls to choose from.

Address
30 Seng Poh Road,
Singapore 168898
10-15 min walk from Tiong Bahru MRT



RECOMMENDED DISHES


Chwee Kueh from Jian Bo is a must, $2 for 5 (you'll want more). These are little "steam cakes" (more like jelly) made from rice flour, topped with what I believe to be fried onion. nomnomnom


Shaved ice and Taro desserts were ridiculously cheap here. We got durian shaved ice and taro with sweet potato and coconut milk. Extremely satisfying. $3.5 for both.



Fried Oysters $4 - this stuff is amazing and I'm not that big on oysters. A very reasonable amount of oysters for 4 bucks!


4.ADAM ROAD HAWKER'S MARKET


We were recommended to visit Adam Road Hawker's Market for "the best biryani and curry", we were disappointed. There was barely any... it was mainly Malaysian and deep fried food. If you are on a tight schedule, you can probably give this place a miss.

Address:
2 Adam Rd,
Singapore 289876


Sting Ray - We were listening to local radio in a taxi and the radio presenter recommended a tourist to try Sting Ray. It's not everyday that you get to eat sting ray, especially not in Australia. This was actually really yummy, not the most meaty fish and has a lot of bones but it really soaks up the flavour.



Teh Halia - It's like a milk tea with spiced ginger. It is absolutely amazing. I'm sure they sell this in other markets too. Highly recommended.


5.MELLBEN SEAFOOD

This is not a hawker's market but I feel the need to mention this place.

The first thing I asked the hotel reception is where to find the best chilli crab in Singapore. I enquired about Jumbo Seafood restaurant as that was the only restaurant I am familiar with from word of mouth and Instagram. The hotel reception was a local and recommended me to stay away from Jumbo - he said it's a tourist trap where prices are hiked up exponentially. Jumbo also offers waterfront views so that's another element of allure. 

Instead he recommended Mellben Seafood Restaurant, apparently that's where the local's go. We got our hands dirty and had an amazing meal, it did cost a pretty penny and an ugly one. Well worth it though.


Address
211 Toa Payoh Lorong 8
#01-11/15, Singapore 310211






MAXWELL FOOD CENTRE

Maxwell is hands down my favourite out of all food centres. It's located within a walking distance from Chinatown and has a huge amount of stalls and variety on premises.

Address:
1 Kadayanallur St,
Singapore 069184

RECOMMENDED:


Drinks are ridiculously cheap, as well as fruit plates. You get to pick your own fruits and everything is sliced!


 The best and most succulent Haianese chicken I have ever tried in my life. You will find this at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Stall. $12 for half a chicken and 75c for a bowl of chicken rice.


 Singaporean pancake, this is what it looks like and it is delicious. We got ours with peanut fillings.


Carrot cake - it's a savoury dish. I initially thought it was an actual cake. But it's like rice noodles. Make sure you have this in hawker markets, they fry everything in woks and it tastes significantly different to food courts.



7.LITTLE INDIA

Little India was interesting. As a lover of Indian food we wouldn't have missed this. It's located within a short walk from Little India MRT. Like Maxwell, a large amount of stalls and a lot of authentic indian food.

Head over to Allauddin's for the best Briyani. The chicken biryani is recommended but since one of us doesn't eat meat we got fish biryani. The fish was quite tough but the flavours were amazing. At $5 a set it's worth your while.

Walking through Little India as a tourist was quite an experience.

Address
665 Buffalo Road #01-297
Tekka Centre, Singapore


Hopefully that was helpful!
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Friday, May 13, 2016

STEP BY STEP ORGANIC WHOLEGRAIN PIZZA WITH BARE BUNNY AND OZGANICS!




I received this beautiful organic package photographed above a few weeks ago, we have been dying to make our own organic pizza base but our oven broke down and took longer than expected to get fixed. Nonetheless, we were finally able to make a delicious, healthy and organic pizza with natural produce.

Before we start, I just need to disclaim that I may have eaten the whole block of Origin chocolate (which was photographed on Instagram) and I'm planning to use the butter chicken sauce to actually make butter chicken!! Cannot wait!!!

In this post I'm using Bare Bunny's Mix and Ozganic's Salsa. Bare Bunny and Ozganics are certified by Australian Certified Organic.

Let's go through the step by step guide!



1. Pour the Bare Bunny Organic Pizza Mix into a bowl and pour 350ml of warm water and mix (this will make 2 large pizzas or 5 small pizzas)



2. Knead the dough, and cover it up to rest for 30 minutes to rise.



3. During your 30 minute wait, prep your toppings. We decided to use onions, capsicums (yellow, green and red), tomato, corn, mushrooms, olives, spinach and shredded poached chicken.


4. Preheat oven to 240 degrees. Knead a bit more and separate the dough into two portions. Roll them out and place into your baking tray. Poke holes using a fork.


5. I used Ozganics Salsa as a base spread on my pizza dough, spread generously.


6 Add some cheese and toppings..


7. Add more cheese and put the pizza in the oven for 10 mins at 240 degrees.



8. Feast and enjoy. A slice for you?


This pizza tastes pretty amazing! It's our first time using an organic wholegrain mix and it was so easy. I can tell you now that it tastes much better than non-wholegrain bases. I am sold and may have also ate 3 slices. Oops!

A HUGE thanks to Missy Mischief and all the associated organic brands for making this pizza and delicious experience possible :)