Cook Like a Pro! (aka. Flavour Bases That Will Make Anyone Think You’ve Got Your Shit Together)

The thing about being a grown-up, is that, even if you aren’t the sort of person who cooks, you may find yourself in a position where you need to cook for others. It might be for some friends after a sunny Saturday at the markets, some in-laws, or for a sexy date you’ve been seeing lately, but, every now and then, it happens. Now, I’m not saying that you need to “impress” people (it’s just not my bag to think that way), but when it comes to food, I want to enjoy all of my meals and for those I share with to enjoy them too. There’s something uniquely satisfying about sharing love with your food and magically silencing an entire table in a unison of gratification.

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But, sometimes that can seem like a daunting task of endless dirty dishes – and nobody like dishes! While, I am known to use every pot and pan in the kitchen occasionally, in my experience, you can make some incredibly impressive food that does just that with hardly any effort or mess at all. Continue reading

One Chicken: SO MANY Feeds! :: Feb Refresh Day 5

Chicken is one of my favourite foods. If I’m feeling down, I’m tired, hungover, depressed, homesick or just really, really hungry, I crave chicken – I always have. It’s such a versatile meat and a good quality source of protein, including the amino acid, tryptophan (needed to produce serotonin and melatonin – anti-depressive and anti-insomnia hormones). I feel like I eat it most days of the week.

As you can probably imagine, no matter how tight money gets, it’s important to me that I can afford to eat as nutritiously as I can. Even when money gets incredibly low, I plan out my spending and at the very least, I make sure I have enough protein in my diet to get me through the last few days until pay day, using staples in my pantry and freezer to bulk it out. The easiest way I find to do this, Continue reading

Tea Fiend: Miranda’s Tea Guide – Ginger Tea

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I really really (REALLY) love tea. I love a hot cup of earl grey on a cold and slow morning, I love a bubbly and naturally sweet iced tea in the summer time, I love collecting new flavours and I even bathe in the stuff! But the thing I love most about tea is discovering the medicinal properties of the different herbs – meaning that you can drink specific teas to help your body do its thing!

From time to time, I’d like to explore with you these medicinal properties (goodness knows I need another reason to drink more tea, don’t I?) in my Tea Fiend series. Just remember, if you are going to explore these options, best to opt for organic tea (I’d be happy to give you a guide to my favourite brands within this series – just ask!), and don’t be afraid to try a pre-made blend (it will only taste better that way) or even experiment in blending stand-alone herbs that you like (you never know what you will come up with).

Ginger Tea (Zingiber officinale)

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