Monday, May 11, 2015

Spiced Spelt Biscuits

Hello :) Here's the recipe to some really nice biscuits that I've made twice already in the past few weeks. They have a base of spelt flour and almond meal, with lots of spices like ginger and cinnamon in there too. I love that it makes a big batch too - perfect for enjoying with cups of tea throughout the day and gifting to friends. Instead of galangal I used a mixture of grated ginger and crystallised ginger ... (obsessed with crystallised ginger, instant warmth!)

Recipe (here


Well I am currently at home finishing an assignment on zinc - looking forward to my coffee and biscuit break!

Hannah x

ps the blog I got the recipe from mostly saturdays is written in part by Maria who has a wonderful blog with beautiful photographs around Sydney and now Hamburg.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

This Week

 Hello :) With all this crazy Sydney weather I have been cooking quite a bit of late. It helped that I bought  my new roots cookbook the other week, and in the past few days I've made four of her recipes - can't stop! Looking at these photos - I have been making a few interesting breakfasts lately ... mixing up my usual boiled eggs and kimchi on sprouted toast routine.

Breakfast from last Sunday - multigrain pancakes from super natural everyday - these combined wholemeal, oat and rye flour with tangy buttermilk. Really nice .... 


Buttery sage mushrooms on sonoma miche toast, yummo!!


The first recipe I made from my new roots cookbook was these simple chickpea crepes that I topped with radish, sugar snaps, feta and sauerkraut - I'm definitely more of a savoury breakfast person so really enjoyed these and is easy enough to make mid week.


Fancy piccolo yesterday morning at the park hyatt 


Wholesome Anzac biscuits from the tom organics blog that are filled with spelt flour, the usual oats and coconut as well as chia and coconut oil (& some brown sugar for good measure)


Breakfast today. I soaked barley overnight and also soaked chia in some water in the fridge and this morning cooked them together to make a porridge with some added oats, cinnamon, cardamom and coconut milk … topped with a dried fig (I'll stew some fruit next time) Very warming and nourishing!


Took a trip to marrickville markets this morning for the first time in about two months and stocked up on lots of groceries including this lovely rainbow chard which I plan on saut√©ing with garlic …


All shopped out and channelling little red riding hood 


I made almond milk the other day and kept the leftover "pulp" (essentially almond meal) in the fridge to make into something. Luckily in my new roots cookbook there's a recipe for these moon macarons made with leftover almond pulp, coconut butter and a few other goodies I just happened to have as well as a cacao / coconut oil dipping sauce. Was quite surprised with how delicious they are!! 


And finally a novel I finished last week and highly recommend it, enthralling and beautifully written … 


Next week I'm looking forward to ballet classes, maybe seeing a spanish film and going to Alfio's for the third and final time before it closes in a few weeks … 

Oh yesterday I also joined mindful in may which if you haven't heard of is a monthly challenge where you meditate for 10 minutes per day (you receive an online course book) and fundraise for clean water projects for those in need. Is anyone else participating? I've written a few posts on mindfulness here, and go to yoga 1-2 times a week ... but have never really committed to daily meditation, so really looking forward to the challenge!!

Hannah x

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A little tea & coffee

Hello :) Here's a little mid week post with photos of some coffee and tea cause why ever not … 

A piccolo at uni 


Macchiato before work at Eveleigh - it's been nice working every second Saturday there …


Finally went for a coffee at the new place in Summerhill called Heritage Brewers and thought this corner was sweet … 


They serve really good coffee in cute cups and a scottish thing called a sippet which is a fancy way of saying toast with different toppings (like ricotta and figs) which I will totally get next time!


A bit in love with my $4 teapot from vinnies (especially love the handle)… also the cake is this simple caraway and lemon one :)


Pretty evening shadows 


Oh and the same cup again! This time with a nice black tea and my new favourite magazine from beautiful pages in darlinghurst … the graphic design is so well done with such inspiring articles …. 


Hannah x

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Weekend in Berlin

Hello :) I haven't shared any photos from my europe trip that I went on late last year, cause to be honest there was just so many places to get through & I haven't really made time for regular blogging. Though lately I've been having fun going through the photos again so thought I'd do some posts on selected places. Let's start with Berlin, which was actually the last place we visited before flying home ... 

I had initially wanted to spend at least 5 days in Berlin after hearing about how cool the city was, however got the dates mixed up (oops!) and so we only had 3 nights. But we managed to fit quite a few things in those few days.

I found berlin to be the mostly liveable place - everyone spoke english and there seemed to be lots of Australians around, loved the bikes everywhere and all the cafes and flea markets and the really good coffee. We stayed in a nice air bnb apartment around the Kreuzberg area.

For dinner on the first night we went to a kebab shop on the street called Mustafas that our friend had said apparently had the best kebabs. We totally didn't realise how popular this place was and ended up waiting for an hour in the line!! So, we got two kebabs each cause we were so hungry by that stage. The kebab was pretty amazing though ... delicious chicken, roasted veges, fresh veges, feta on top & this yummo sauce. 


Walking around the neighbourhood ... 



Morning cuppa in our apartment


A local cafe we went to twice for breakfast ... 

I was pretty happy about ordering a flat white




I wandered around this sunday morning flea market for a very long time while Adrian sat patiently and read his novel and for some reason didn't want to stay for the whole day ...


So many nice vintage shoes !!!


A walking tour of the city was so fascinating and insightful - a great way to see the city in a short amount of time.

Brandenburg gates in the background.


Burgers and chips in our apartment :) I ate a lot of fried potatoes on the trip.


A cathedral that we visited in the evening and went to the top balcony to see an amazing view of the city 


Our last walk around in the sunshine before the long journey home ... 


So there's a little glimpse into our time in Berlin - have you visited the city?

Have a nice week ... I'm off to see chet faker tomorrow, woop!

Hannah x

Monday, February 23, 2015

Collective Harvest

Hello :) I have been following the collective harvest for some time on instagram, seeing all the colourful and inspiring pictures of vegetables each week. You can read more about the concept here if you're not familiar, but basically each week they source local organic produce from farms around sydney and pop a generous selection in a tote bag to collect on top of the paramount building in surry hills each saturday morning.

Well, on the weekend it just happened that I had a rare saturday off from work & saw on instagram that they had a few spare totes so decided to snap one up before having lunch in surry hills ... perfect timing! I suppose I love the concept so much because it gets you so excited about eating vegetables !!! A whole bag of locally sourced organic produce ... it inspires you to create beautiful, nourishing meals.

Here's a super smiley Adrian posing with the tote, so hipster!


Look at those vibrant colours! Eggplants, pumpkin, kale, parsley, cucumbers, turnips, peppers & carrots.


On Saturday night for dinner I made a salad with the roasted pumpkin and turnip and added lots of parsley. I also fried the peppers with organic marinated lamb ribs.


And yesterday arvo since we had so many turnips I decided to pickle them ... I mostly followed this recipe


How lovely! #icanpicklethat


A really delicious salad I made last night - roasted pumpkin, sliced turnip, parsley and kale, all from the bag. The base is a mix of brown rice and amaranth, so good!! 


And later in the week I might make a ratatouille or baba ghanoush with all those eggplants … 

Have a lovely week and eat lots of veggies!

Hannah x

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hello

Hello :) Here's a little life update ...

Lately I've been working most days of the week, 4-5 of those days at the pharmacy. It's been nice getting to know crows nest a little more  - I've had a few good finds at the vinnies, love the vietnamese food at mama's buoi and spend a little too much money at the health food store. I also joined the local yoga studio mantra yoga and have been going to their morning hatha classes which are so nice and calming.


Once a week I still go to my friends home and help cook/prepare food for their market stalls which is so fun and doesn't feel like work ... 



And fun new job! Every second weekend you can find me running the Ferment It stall at Eveleigh markets (every other week still at the olive stall at Orange Grove markets) I really enjoy talking all about gut health, probiotics and digestion for a few hours!

The range consists of beetroot/apple, sauerkraut, kimchi and lime/chili/mango - all fermented with a 12 strand probiotic ... they're all really yum! 


Started back at ballet two weeks ago, really enjoy the monday morning class and being back en pointe!


Baked some delicious bran muffins the other week and added blueberries and ricotta. 


Also made some divine banana bread ... and couldn't resist this second hand teacup!


Visited marrickville markets the other week (miss working there!) and bought this from a guy who gets the old coconuts the stallholders throw away and creates a succulent pot. Such a good idea & I've found a nice spot for it in my room. 


And how good is this show ??!!


Have a lovely week ... 

Hannah x

Monday, January 26, 2015

Simple Summer Pasta

Hello :) I hope everyone had a nice Australia Day! I went into the city and saw thelma plum and dustin tebbutt (beautiful voice!) perform near circular quay, browsed around the MCA, then came home and made this simple summer pasta for dinner while listening to triple J. Even more excited to see chet faker live in March since he won the countdown!

On Saturday morning I went to Eveleigh markets again and bought some yummy ingredients with this dish in mind. I know everyone says when you have really good quality ingredients you don't need to do much - but it's true. This took about five minutes to prepare!

Ingredients ... 

fresh strozza pasta from pasta emilia (love their cafe in surry hills!)
salsa verde from darling mills farm (this one had parsley, mint, tarragon, anchovies, capers, olive oil, lemon - so fresh and herby!)
kale sauteed with garlic and ripe tomatoes 
a good pinch of pepper and sea salt 

The fresh pasta was a treat - so silky and delicious and I thought the salsa verde was a fresh and zesty alternative to the traditional basil pesto. 


Hannah x