The Bupa Blog Awards PART TWO of Sydney

You can read Part One here.

FRIDAY

On Friday morning, slightly bleary-eyed, I woke up with the excited realisation that today was the day I had come here for; I was going to the Bupa Blog Awards!

To give you an idea of how excited I was, I was dressed, make-up and hair done and purse packed and ready an hour and a half before I needed to leave, and my goodness, was I impatient! I decided that as I had a spare ticket, I would invite one of the other hostel guests to be my plus one, and luckily for me, Mitch, the American (who to my extreme jealousy was going to see Ben Folds live at the freaking Opera House that night!) had just purchased some clean duds to wear to such an event, and just happened to be free. Continue reading

Refreshing Citrus Earl Grey Iced Tea

Its no secret that my favourite tea in the history of tea, is Earl Grey.

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My Mum always has a box of it hand just for when my sister and I go to visit, I rave about it so much, I’ve been known to inspire others to venture into the world of Earl Grey tea (especially French Earl Grey) and I’ve got some friends that keep a box handy for when I pop by. My purse constantly has a strong scent of bergamot because I insist on carting bags of earl grey around, just in case, and most birthdays and Christmases I’m given some variation of T2’s French Earl Grey products (my special occasion tea). Earl Grey tea is my jam! (so to speak) 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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Breakfast for One

If it isn’t half obvious by now, I am a big fan of breakfast. In fact, it’s rare I go without a cooked breakfast these days, and that is simply because I don’t have time (in which case I will make a chia pudding so that it’s ready to go when I need it). Point is – I am ALL ABOUT breakfast!

So on the weekend when I had a morning to myself, and had a big day attending my first ever professional seminar, I thought I should make my breakfast extra special, so I whipped up a batch of these delightful Buckwheat and Banana Pancakes. They were fun to make and super tasty, as well as being sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. I even made just enough for little old me to be satisfied with nothing wasted.

I think it’s good to treat yourself as often as you can, whether it be with a meal that makes your heart soar, buying a new copy of your favourite magazine (I adore Frankie), indulging in a mud mask or a facial, enjoying a special favourite tea (T2 French Earl Grey what-wahhht!), buying yourself a new outfit (when I can afford to do this I like to buy myself new fitwear from Lorna Jane, something comfy to lounge about in from Metalicus, or something totally baben to make me feel good when I’m out and about). You don’t have to be over-indulgent when you do this either, as long as it makes you feel good.

buckwheat banana pancakesBuckwheat & Banana Pancakes

Serves 1 very hungry Miranda (4 pancakes)

1/2 cup buckwheat grouts

1 banana

1 egg

1tb rice malt syrup (optional)

Free-pour of almond milk (probably 1/2 cup)

1tb rice bran oil (plus extra for cooking)

1 passionfruit (to serve)

In a blender, grind your buckwheat until it resembles flour (this took no more than 30 seconds in my blender). Empty the flour into a large bowl. Blend or mash your banana and add to the bowl. Add the egg, rice malt syrup, almond milk and rice bran oil and whisk until combined and smooth.

Heat a heavy based pan on a high heat then add some oil. Use a ladle to scoop up the mix and pour into the middle of the pan. Angle the pan around so that the mixture spreads evenly and flip when golden brown on the bottom. When that side is cooked, remove onto a plate and cook the rest of your pancakes in this way until you have a stack.

Cut open your passionfruit and pour the pulp on top of your pancake stack and devour!

You may like to add blueberries to your batter, or spread nut butter, tahini or peanut butter on your pancakes for something different. You could also add cinnamon, nutmeg and/or powdered ginger to your batter to give the pancakes a different flavour. Really, go nuts! It’s a special treat just for you after all, and a healthy one at that.

What are your favourite ways to treat yourself? And what are your favourite healthy pancake toppings? Let me know in the comments below, I’m always up for inspiration in either of these areas.