Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Wednesday Routine

Hello :) What I like so much about this semester of uni is that every day is different. I don't have too many contact hours at uni, so have a little bit more spare time to play with. For example my Monday involves a morning ballet class, then I'll get a coffee somewhere and might go for a swim before heading home to do some work. Even when I have the whole day free, I'll create a nice morning routine- because it forces me to get out of the house to do some exercise (usually) and sets me up for a productive afternoon of study (again, usually!)

Another day I look forward to is Wednesday, where as of a month ago I have a morning routine. I go to Peter's clinic in Bondi (the very knowledgable TCM practitioner who formulates the teas/soups I sell at the markets) & we write some articles about TCM which will eventually pop onto the new Little China Tea website.

But before I get there mid morning, I now get an early bus to Bronte, get a coffee from the busy cafe Three Blue Ducks, and buy a rye and caraway loaf from Iggys (just discovered this brilliant bakery!!) Then I'll walk to Bronte beach, sit for a bit, and then walk from Bronte to Bondi beach. At Bondi I'll peruse a health food store or two, then go to Peter's clinic. I don't live near Bondi, so it's definitely a nice excuse to hang around that area of Sydney more often- and make the most of the beautiful weather.

Some snaps from my wednesday morning routine ...

A sneaky photo of Iggs Bakery- anyone else a fan of this sourdough bread? Oh the bagels are so good as well !!

Close up of the rye and caraway loaf 

Bronte beach ... next week I'm going to go swimming !!

What routines do you look forward to each week?

Hannah x

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Five

Hello :) I thought I'd share five photos on this friday from the past little while ... 

1. At Eveleigh markets last Saturday I treated myself to this divine breakfast ... chai spiced brown rice with almond milk, figs, pistachios and rose petals. Want to recreate this ... 

2. Grass-fed spicy meatballs with some zucchini 'noodles' - a lovely, light dinner. I made the zucchini noodles with an ordinary peeler, but am interested in a spirooli (a funky vegetable slicer)- does anyone have recommendations? In saying that, if I bought one it might end up not being used ... 

 3. Very pretty purple and crimson potatoes (from the potato stall at Eveleigh markets) - I always get the bag of mixed roasting.

4. Rosehip oil at my market stall ... I've been using this for about a month now and my skin is definitely softer and clearer- love using a few drops in the morning and evening as a moisturiser and serum. 

5. A bit addicted to cold drip/filter coffees of late - this one was from a new little cafe called 212 Blu in Newtown (in Australia street- just up from black star pastry) and they're served with a macaron which is cute. I also had a nice one a few days ago from fleetwood macchiato in Erskineville after a tiring ballet class- just what I needed !

Have a relaxing weekend everyone ...

Hannah x

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Of Late

Hello :) Another collage of snapshots from the past little while ...

Coconut prawns for dinner, recipe courtesy of @foodnessforgoodness on instagram- all  you do it coat raw, shelled prawns in coconut flour, dip in a whisked egg, and roll in some shredded coconut (add some salt/pepper) and bake for about 10-15 minutes. Thanks Jenine!

I discovered french saucisson at the markets- and hence weekend snacking just got a little fancier. I'll also have a few slices with my boiled egg in the morning ...

Last Tuesday evening I went to Lee's Eat Yourself Beautiful book launch at egg of the universe cafe in Rozelle. It was a lovely and crowded affair, and was fun spotting people in the wellness industry (Belle from the whole pantry app and Kristen from orchard st juices for example)- and Therese Kerr was there too giving a speech. 
Lee Holmes and Therese Kerr

Myself and Lee 

Something I got very excited about from the event was a goodie bag !! It came with some flippin' awesome products that were mostly full sized (& things I actually needed!) ... here's the best products: a brightening serum (worth $80!), a lovely highlighting cream (adding a nice shimmer to my upper cheekbones), a green powder to boost my smoothies, a lipbalm (this is actually one of my favourites) & some dry shampoo I want to try.

Celebrated my Dad's birthday last Friday evening with the best dumplings at Din Tai Fung. The xiao long bao were truly delicious.

Adrian, myself and my sister.

Late afternoon light in my room ...

A few weeks ago I made this peach and ginger cake and it was divine !!! 

I popped some aesop body moisturiser in one of their travel containers - & carry it in my bag for hand cream on the go, it's very useful !

Gumption- a new coffee place in The Strand (from the lady behind coffee alchemy in marrickville) has to be the best coffee in the city, well I like it ! Here's my very strong piccolo ...

After 2 years of ballet it was time to get another pair of ballet slippers- ahh they're so pretty and clean I don't want to wear them ...

And finally ... I am happy to announce I'm expanding my tea stall at marrickville markets to include more wellness products. I'm lucky to have a friend Sonja who has a skincare brand Amica Organics - so I'll be stocking her products as well as this beautiful rosehip oil from Araucana. I also want to stock a beautiful lipbalm and handcream, as well as teacups, teapots and dry body brushes etc. A nice selection of products I love and I hope other people will love as well :) So come down and and say hi if you're in the area ... 

Hannah x