Fig & Cranberry Granola

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Just back from Stockholm and some 30 degree (celsius) heat. After being spoiled with air-conditioners in virtually every room back home (in Abu Dhabi) it was lovely going au naturel with windows wide open. Except for the occasional hullabaloo from weekend revellers we enjoyed the summer breeze. City living has it's price.

I packed on the kilos, I guess holidays do that to you when faced with too much idle time that you can't help but fill in the void by eating. Whilst I trudged around Norr Mälarstrand, the waterfront area near our apartment in Kungsholmen I marvelled at the number of joggers oblivious to the summer heat. This slowly turned me green with envy, my level of fitness had recently sunk to new lows.

Stockholm restaurants and cafes are meat focussed so it's difficult to enjoy a decent vegetarian meal. Since last year I noticed a welcome change, gourmet shop shelves were now lined with locally produced raw ice cream and a selection of (albeit imported) raw chocolates. One thing that they do well is breakfast. I am in love with Paulúns cereals, the muesli and granola which is sweetened with apple juice and super crunchy. And this is the only place I get to enjoy soy free yoghurt, oats into yoghurt, just sublime. The Oatly brand does plain oat yoghurt without an ounce of sweetener. "Welcome to the post milk society", I love this bold statement featured on their website. And they make a luscious ice-cream too, yes with oat milk.

Going barefoot in the Seychelles

Monday, August 4, 2014

Somewhere on La Digue Island a bemused crab is wondering how a child size slipper made it to the far recesses of his front door. My daughter Millie unwittingly bestowed this, probably, unwelcome gift whilst skipping happily beneath the tall slender coconut palms unaware that her little feet were trespassing upon dozens of carefully manicured crab holes. A minor hiccup on our otherwise picture perfect day visiting that famous beach, Anse Source D'argent. The 30 minute walk navigating the thick foliage catching glimpses of the sea almost felt like a Robinson Crusoe family expedition if it weren't for the frequent passerbys either coming or going from the granite boulder framed beach. The beach was no less beautiful even if you have to share it with scores of people. We secured a spot away from the sunbathers, splashed about in the translucent water and as any intrepid traveller would do climbed those boulders.

Orange & Poppy Seed Cake

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I stand corrected on the after-effects of detoxification, gone are the cravings so no more constant snacking, the spiralling sugar fixes are gone and drinking copious amounts of water is much easier these days. My energy levels are up and I've turned over a new leaf with early to bed and all that. Early risings are not as unpleasant shall I dare mention. The plumbing appears to be working like clockwork. Feeling lighter... did you say? Well there is definitely a spring in my step. Maybe I will revisit the detox program in 12 months time. Feeling pious of body that first weekend I felt I owed myself a big fat reward, bring on the cake. The lemony millet muffins of a few months back have been transformed to an orange and poppy seed version.

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Thursday, June 5, 2014

One more day to go, of my 7 day detox, hooray! After several days of feeling weak, bloated and heavy I'm starting to question the validity of these herbs. I almost died on the first night from the most violent headache in all my years of living. And not having anything sweet, even naturally sweetened foods, pass my lips has been torture for a dessert girl like me. The promise of feeling lighter at the end seems far fetched, I'm not sure fluffy white cloud lightness is going to descend on my body. It's been more like moody and dense rainclouds all week. I even had to take myself for a strong massage last night as my back was in serious trouble from my fight with the rowing machine. The detox instruction manual suggested daily exercise to get the toxins moving!