Monday, 28 January 2013

Blue Mountains Walk on Australia Day



























Did you all have a good Australia Day? Did anyone indulge in some fairy bread? A sausage sizzle at Bunnings? Vegemite on toast with cheese? Lamb? My Australia consisted of undertaking my favourite form of caveman exercise; walking. I had the pleasure of walking in the Blue Mountains National Park in Glenbrook, 60km west of Sydney city. If you're after a Bikram yoga sweat without actually going to a Bikram Yoga studio, this walk is one for you.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Lunch time in Sydney - State Library of NSW



























Since starting work here in Sydney, my lunch breaks have become a little more interesting - I explore! I usually have absolutely no idea where I am going, but that makes it interesting  Sometimes I find myself in expensive fashion stores wondering why anyone would spend $700 on a polyester jacket. Other days, I sit in the park, first in the sun and then in the shade once I feel my skin burning. One day, I found a library; the State Library of New South Wales.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Banana 'ice cream'



























Some months ago I was in the mood for strawberry ice cream. I ventured off to my local supermarket where I browsed through a catalogue of strawberry ice creams, all containing far too much sugar and far too much of the evil numerical ingredients I seem to go on about too much. That put an end to that craving and I went home with slightly 'healthier' vanilla ice cream. Really, take a look at the difference in ingredient panel size of strawberry and vanilla ice creams. Huge difference!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Drinking coconuts



























Last week Alan and I went to a Vietnamese Laos restaurant where we both enjoyed coconut juice. On the way home we stopped at the supermarket to buy some drinking coconuts so that we could make our own. This was my first drinking coconut experience and I would like to share it with you.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Guest Post : White chocolate raspberry cheesecake





















When you move out of home, step foot into the real world (my year long German exchange does not count - that was a temporary lala land dream world) and finally grow up like I have just done, you realise your day becomes busier. You have to go to work, buy food, prepare food, clean up, water the garden, fit in a walk, clean the floor with a strange new machine called a vaccum, wash clothes in a machine called a washing machine, try to figure out whether a light blue shirt belongs in colours or whites, attempt to iron the same light blue shirt, take heavy wheelie bins out to the curb, kill bugs that are crawling over the floor etc etc. And then, you still have to find time to blog! So today whilst I go and undertake the above activities, I present to you, the second guest post on my blog.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Emma and Tom's Life Bars



























I am trying not to eat processed sugar for eight weeks. So, I thought I would share these beauties with you. From my browsing of the supermarket aisles, I am thinking these are the healthiest fruit and nut bars on the market. Unlike other fruit and nut bars (which I refuse to eat), these contain simple ingredients, no added sugar, no strange vegetable oils, no numbers and no grains. Oh and they actually taste good too!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013 + Chocolate mousse



























Welcome to 2013. My new years eve consisted of flying back to Sydney and catching the train for what seemed like forever, 'out west' to where I live. I was worried about getting stabbed/robbed/mugged/abducted my evil aliens on the walk home so Alan's mum kindly offered to pick me up from the station. As I took a late flight, I only made it home at 23.15, which meant I did not wake up early enough to do what I normally do on new years day - early morning walk:( Really upset about that. Walking is such good exercise for your body and mind! And, on new years day, you also have all of the footpath to yourself; everyone else is still sleeping.