Shopping, Body Love & Nipple Tassels, Part One of my chat with Erin Laishley (Mira’s Mates

The thing about good friends is that it can be hard not to have a long, fabulous chat, which is precisely what happened when I sat down to chat with Erin Laishley12244445_500810626763864_1200191301454786448_o

Erin is a health coach who specialises in self-love, and let me tell you, the girl really knows her stuff! If you’re new to self-love and all things “woo-woo”, Erin is your girl. She thinks about food and nutrition in a similar way to what I do, and best of all, she’s real (and lots of fun).  Continue reading

Authenticity, Anxiety & Throwing Bread at People

I know it’s been a long time between videos for me, I know, but last Wednesday with the lovely Chelsea from Mostly Chelsea reminded me how fun they could be, and why I started them in the first place.

If you haven’t come across Chelsea before, she is a Brisbane-based YouTuber, funny lady who in the real world works with people with disabilities, so, Mostly, the babe is just plain awesome.

In this video, we talk about The Babe Collective, authenticity and coping with anxiety too. Chelsea will be putting up a couple of videos we filmed for her channel in the near future, but I’ll let you know when they are up – I promise.

Hone in on your own special brand of awesome

Last Monday I created and launched a project that I am incredibly proud of. It’s something that has made everything seem worth it, and I can already see the good that it’s done. But mostly, I’ve seen how much it is greatly needed.

The Babe Collective is a space created for women to express themselves and celebrate their awesome.

In a week and a half, I’ve collected nearly 800 babes who, despite not always feeling the most confident, most interesting, most amazing people (even though they all are) are able to find the good in themselves, and share it in this safe space, and it’s so amazing. These women are all strong, all beautiful, fascinating, intelligent, generous, inspiring, wonderful people – my hope is that this space starts to show them all of these things and more, and it feels like, for the most part, it’s working, with regular themes and strategies to actively practice their self-love.

The Babe Collective

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Miranda’s Chicken & Chorizo Paella

Picture this:

It’s a hot but blissful day. You’re 20. And for the first time in your life you’re in a country where English isn’t the first language. You’re staying in a resort with your sister and some family. You spend your days in the pool, at the beach, discovering tapas for the first time ever and getting tipsy from your new favourite summer drink, sangria. You feel adventurous, and you’re loving the extra summer you’re getting when it’s winter at home. Your soundtrack of choice is California Waiting by Kings of Leon and you’ve just tasted the brightest orange juice you’ve ever seen. You’re in Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain. They serve garlic bread as bread smothered in garlic aioli and the week you are spending here feels like heaven to you.

In 2007, I went to Alcudia, Mallorca, just off the coast of Spain and fell in LOVE with paella. It was one of the first nights we were in Spain, and so, of course, we went to a Spanish restaurant to try some of the local fare. Aioli, patatas bravas, croquetas, albondigas en salsa – the options were endless! This stage in my life was when I first started experimenting and trying new foods, after years of being rather unadventurous. We’d just arrived from England, where I’d tasted my first English strawberries – something that up until that moment, I was convinced that I hated. So in the spirit of new discoveries, without much description of it, I took the recommendation to order paella, and I haven’t looked back. I think I ordered it four times that week, taking home the leftovers. And when arrived back in Australia, it was all I talked about – I even received a paella pan and bag of paella rice at my 21st birthday!

The only photo I could find of myself in Mallorca, 2007

The only photo I could find of myself in Mallorca, 2007

If you haven’t tried paella, it’s a fabulous Mediterranean dish. The saffron-yellow rice with simple flavours of rosemary, parsley, capsicum and tomato can be complimented by any protein of your choice, from prawns, to chorizo, to chickpeas. It’s tasty, it’s filling, it makes a lot, and if you make your own stock, you don’t have to worry about MSG. (If you’d like to skip the nitrites, you don’t need to add the chorizo)

It’s a comfort food classic, and even though the rice is filling, it’s still a perfect meal to eat in summer with a side of salad (in my humble opinion).

Chicken & Chorizo Paella

500-700g chicken, diced (or 2-3 tins chickpeas)

2 chorizo sausages, sliced

2tb extra virgin olive oil

1 large red capsicum, thinly sliced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)

0.5g saffron

1 litre of bone broth or homemade vegetable stock (you may need extra water)

2 cups arborio/short grain rice

400g tinned tomatoes

1 cup frozen green beans

2tb rosemary

Salt & Pepper

Half a cup of fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Lemon wedges, to serve

Chicken and chorizo paella

Heat a wide based pan on a medium high heat until hot, and brown your chicken on a medium-high heat. Remove from the pan. Brown the chorizo and remove.

Heat your bone broth/stock and infuse saffron while the water simmers.

Meanwhile, add more oil to your pan if necessary, and cook the capsicum slices for 5-7 minutes, stirring, until tender.

Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the rice and garlic, and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes, until the rice is coated. Add the saffron infused bone broth/stock, tomatoes, green beans, rosemary, salt and pepper, chicken, chorizo (or chickpeas) and stir to combine. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. (If your rice needs a bit more liquid, feel free to add it)

When the fluid is mostly absorbed, stir through the parsley, then stop stirring the pan to allow a “crust” to form on the bottom for a few minutes, until all of the liquid is absorbed.

Serve with fresh lemon wedges and salad.

How to find the positive in your mental health diagnosis

I still very vividly remember when I first realised that I had anxiety. Partly because of the way I realised, but mostly because when I did realise/had it pointed out to me by my gorgeous Mum, it was one of those, “Umm… Duh Miranda!”-moments, and I kind of felt really silly because of course I had anxiety!

At least, that’s the way I felt at the time.

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Exercise and Mental Wellbeing – it’s not just about endorphins #mentalhealthweek

I’m sure you’ve heard that one of the fantastic benefits of exercise, especially when it comes to your mental wellbeing, is that it boosts endorphins – right?

But it can do SO much more than that, because of one simple mechanism, and I am going to make it really easy for you to understand. Hopefully, the more you understand about how exercise can help you, the more likely you will be to include it into your life. Continue reading