Souring Grains

aka. My guide to the best brown rice of your life, and the tastiest porridge.

I’ve never liked the idea of treating a food group as the enemy, and my goodness, have grains had a rough trot over the years. Yes, they can be hard to digest for some, but they’re also full of beautiful vitamins, minerals and fibre, as well as lovely slow-release source of carbohydrates – essential for brain function.

Believe it or not, there is a way to cook grains so that they don’t upset your gut (although, I have found that the boyfriend is just plain allergic to a couple of things, no matter how I long I sour them – more for me then, hahaha!). Its actually really easy, it just takes a little patience, and a nice big bowl. Continue reading

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It’s not Miri’s… it’s mine! Miri’s Chocolate Orange Smoothie Recipe

I’m happy to admit, when I make a recipe I love, I always want to brag about it. Case in point, not only is this smoothie recipe delicious, if you can’t be bothered making it yourself, you can head down to Sun & Earth Organics, New Farm (my work), and I can make it for you, because I made such a big deal about it that we put it on the menu.

This recipe is great because the only thing sweetening it is the fruit and the tiniest bit of stevia in the protein powder, and the jaffa flavour comes from fresh orange zest, orange juice, and beautiful, raw cacao powder.

I have proudly converted choc-orange non-believers to this smoothie and surprised many a sweet-tooth by how yummy this is, with absolutely no additional sugar.

Best of all, you get to watch me make the recipe instead of reading it – it’s super easy, I promise!

So here it is, in all it’s jaffa glory;

Miri’s Chocolate Orange

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Recipe

(serves 2)

Some weekends you just want to take your time and eat well but still eat something different. At least, I sure do.

Yesterday I was looking for a breakfast recipe that was high in protein and nutrients with a bit of a sweet side. I knew I wanted to make pancakes, and that I could do that with chia seeds, but I wanted something other than banana as the base. I had a little browse through some of my cookbooks until I saw pumpkin spice pancakes in Lola Berry’s Happy Cookbook, and just knew I could make them my own.

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4 Tips to Shake Yourself out of a Winter Food-Rut

To my own complete annoyance, I have a tendency of getting into a food-rut from time-to-time. Either I find a few dishes and make them every few days or so for weeks on end, or things just get so busy that it’s easier to just stick to the one dish each lunchtime than spend time being creative to come up with something new. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m eating toast every day, but I’m certainly not getting the wide variety of foods that I know would be of more benefit to me health-wise, as well as keeping life interesting. The reality is, really, I just get into a headspace where everything seems ‘too hard’, or takes ‘too long’ to be worth the effort.

It’s funny, because while all this is going on, I’m annoyed because I actually don’t enjoy eating the same thing day-in, day-out. That’s why the whole ‘Sunday cook-up’ ‘meal-prep’ thing just doesn’t work for me. I know that some of you couldn’t survive without that ritual, but my food habits and tastes are much more spontaneous than that, so having the same meal for every lunch and dinner each week is by far the last thing I could do on purpose.

The wider variety of foods that you eat, the wider array of nutrients you eat. It’s a food mantra that (for the most part) inspires me to try new things, be creative and be mindful of the food I have in my kitchen. So when it hit me that I’ve been having the same gluten-free instant noodles with soup and mackerel for lunch every day at work for the past six weeks, I knew I had to snap out of it, be purposefully aware of my habits and find inspiration to shake things up. Continue reading

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.

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Basic Hummus:: Miranda Makes

Hummus, how I love thee. Let me count the ways….

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Let’s be honest, for me, my love for hummus is up there in the millions. It’s just such a tasty thing to eat, and if you need to bring something to parties, you know it’s vegan and gluten-free, so most of your dietary bases are covered with a super tasty treat. It’s got protein, fibre, carbohydrates, good fats, folate, calcium and a whole lot of other wonderful stuff you body will love you for – you can’t go wrong! Continue reading