Make: Kale and Cashew Pesto

I am right into the clean eating craze and am hoping to post some yummy, healthy foods that have my own personal spin on them. I love researching on the internet and getting inspiration from others who have been there before, but I also love to make my own additions to recipes and try things that might, or might not work.

- Kale from our garden -

– Kale from our garden –

Husband has lots of lovely green kale growing in the back yard (along with many other beautiful fruits and veggies) and although I do think it tasted rather ordinary when just steamed, I do like it when it’s changed into a different format. One of the formats I have tried recently is to make a pesto out of it. All I can say is….YUM.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch of kale
  • handful of cashews
  • clove of garlic
  • 1/2 lemon – juice
  • 1/2 avocado
  • coconut oil
- Add kale, garlic and nuts to food processor -

– Add kale, garlic and nuts to food processor –

- Then avocado and coconut oil -

– Then avocado and coconut oil –

- Process until smooth -

– Process until smooth –

- yum -

– yum –

It’s like having a hit of goodness in the form of a condiment. We had this slathered on top of our quinoa and sesame seed-crusted chicken (that’s another successful kitchen sesh that I will share another day).

Do you have any fab kale recipes?

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Love: Today is the day to start blogging again.

I have had some time away from the computer juggling part time paid work and a toddler whilst being pregnant and moving house, then a toddler and now a baby. Throughout this time away, I have yearned for the  time and energy to sit and write again. I have yearned for the silence that is only interrupted by the soothing tap tap tapping that my beloved laptop makes (and the tweeting birds outside my study window).

Although I have only had minimal sewing time, I have still been baking a lot and of course, I’m still loving lots of things and trying to stay inspired by all those other awesome bloggers out there. I am filled with ideas on a daily basis, but time and energy are at their lowest points – I’m hoping from here on, they will increase, and I can make a come back to regular posts.

The biggest news that I have since I’ve last blogged, is the birth of my baby boy, Archer. He’s such a cutie and I love him to bits. I’m trying to enjoy every moment with him, but I also need to keep some interests of my own – and I’m hoping this blog will be that outlet.

Here’s some shots of him…totally cute!

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Anyway, here goes. I’m hoping to also bring some new ideas into the blog – so let me know if they are favourable or not. I would love your support.

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Love It: Beautiful Fashion

I very rarely get to browse in the shops these days, and I had an opportunity last week to do just this – and boy, was it a treat!! I wanted to share some of the clothing and accessories that caught my eye that day.

- These Wittner Sandals are super cute. LINK -

– These Wittner Sandals are super cute and would go well with some shorty shorts…of any colour really. LINK

- This Hot Options target dress is such a vibrant colour and I just love a tulip dress (or skirt). LINK -

– This Hot Options Target Belted Tulip Dress is such a vibrant colour and I just love a tulip dress (or skirt). LINK –

- This

– This Forever New Ruby Printed Blazer just caught my eye on the rack. Not sure I’d ever wear it though. LINK

- The colour of this caught my eye...it's like fairy floss! -

– The colour of this caught my eye…it’s like fairy floss! LINK

- I bought this cute little heart necklace from Colette...so cute. LINK -

– I bought this cute little heart necklace from Colette…so cute. LINK

I had such a great day.

What fashion and/or accessories have caught your eye lately?

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Love It: Question of the Week

Last week I was in a hurry to get to my hair appointment. I very stupidly backed out of my driveway too fast, and into a beautiful, black Audi – hard enough to make a serious dent in the front, right panel.

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A few things went through my mind in the few moments following this…

1. ‘Oh F*CK!’, was the first one.

2. Then I repeated many times, ‘Idiot! Idiot! Idiot!’ – mostly because I do have a reversing beeper, that kicked in, but as I was travelling too fast, I didn’t react in time.

3. Then it occurred to me that no one saw me and that I could just keep going…pretend it never happened.

Except that it did.

And I was in the wrong.

And would have to own up to my very stupid and very expensive mistake.

4. So I very quickly hopped out of my car and wrote a note to pop the windscreen; ‘Please call me about your car on…blah blah blah….I’m SO sorry!’

I felt like an idiot all day as I waited for my phone to ring. Luckily it was a neighbour up the road, who was super lovely and told me not to stress too much. Mistakes happen, they said. And they do.

But this brings me to this week’s question…

If you damaged someone else’s car, and no one saw you do it, would you own up? Or would you keep on driving??

I would LOVE to hear from you all on this matter.

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Bake It: Vegetable Soup with Risoni

Once again, not technically a bake item, but yummy and healthy, so it’s ok. It’s also more of a winter meal, but who says you can’t eat it in the Summer?

- Shaved parmesan to bring the flavours up to the next level -

– Veggie soup with risoni pasta –

I visited a cafe a few week’s ago and happily ordered the vegetable soup with Risoni. I was delighted when it came out and it tasted oh so yummy. I was then inspired to make my own and have since made it twice. Here’s how I did it.

Vegetable Soup with Risoni

4 pieces of bacon

1 onion

2 sticks of celery

2 carrots

1 parsnip

2 zucchini

handful of green beans

tin of chopped tomatoes

4 cups of beef stock (I use the one already made up, in packet, as it has a far superior flavour)

2 potatoes – cut into small cubes

1/2 cup risoni pasta

Fresh parsley

Salt and pepper (to taste right at end)

Shaved parmesan & bread  – to serve.

- Frying off onion, then celery and carrot to start -

– Frying off onion, then bacon, celery and carrot to start –

- Chop bacon into tiny pieces -

– Chop bacon into tiny pieces –

- Cut veggies into manageable-sized pieces -

– Cut veggies into manageable-sized pieces –

I wanted to make  all the veggies very fine in texture, except for the potato, which I cut this into small cubes and added near the end.

- My super mini-blender that I LOVE -

– My super mini-blender that I LOVE –

- Then all ingredients go into pot and simmer for half an hour -

– Then all veggies, stock and tinned tomatoes go into the pot, and simmer for half an hour –

The small cubes of potatoes were added ten minutes before the risoni pasta, which was added ten minutes before serving. I added fresh chopped parsley right at the end, and salt and pepper to taste.

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- Shaved parmesan to bring the flavours up to the next level -

– Shaved parmesan to bring the flavours up to the next level –

Do you make veggie soup in the Summer? Do you have certain ingredients you ALWAYS put into a veggie soup?

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