Happy New Year friends!
Apologies for being so bad at blogging lately. Had absolutely no time last month, but gonna get on it this month. But actually this time. Got lots of new recipe ideas and some fun events (see the end of this post) coming up. Anyway, I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I trust you were good last year and Santa hooked. you. up. I got spoiled rotten with a sparkly new vitamix which I’ve barely switched off.
Been saving up some cool shit to share with you so think you’ll really enjoy this post! Here’s what I’m vibing on so far in 2015.
1. Stay Home Club is a Canadian based apparel company who design clothing for the ‘disgruntled’ and reclusive amongst us. I am both of those things, and therefore plan on purchasing one of these très cool jumpers, staying in, and having some me time.
2. Banana Powder This shit is bananas – B-A-N-A-N-A-S… Sorry, couldn’t help myself. But srsly, this stuff is really good! It’s made from red bananas, which are higher in beta-carotene than the yellow guys, and, there’s a load of potassium in there too for keeping that BP low. I’ve been mixing this in porridge and smoothies, and I reckon it would be pretty tasty in hot chocolate too. The other day I made banana ‘ice cream’ from frozen banana, banana powder, cacao powder, and some fresh almond butter for a healthy treat. It was amazing, try it at once!
3. Chickpea Magazine I love looking through food magazines like Gastanomica, Gourmand, and Lucky Peach. The pictures are exquisite, the stories are fascinating, and they’re full of inspiration for blog recipes. But then you come to a piece on ‘How to butcher your pet pig and turn it into crackling before it’s exhaled its last breath’ and I’m like NOPE. NOOOOPPPPPEEEEEE. Just no. I refuse to buy these magazines because I find the (oftentimes pretty barbaric) words and images just too much for my delicate sensibilities (I find dismembered pigs to be particularly grim!). That’s why Chickpea magazine is such a refreshing option. 100% plant-based whole-foods recipes, totally enchanting images, gorgeous design, and beautiful storytelling through words, pictures, and food. Sadly, it’s a US mag, but I was able to download the digital version for my iPad.
4. Emily Fruit Crisps These are without a doubt my new favourite snack – finally someone has done fruit crisps right. Before I tried Emily’s, I kinda expected them to be that weird freeze-dried texture that turns to dust the second you put them in your gob – Emily’s couldn’t be further from that. They use a special dehydrating process so they taste as more like the fresh fruit than any other fruit crisp I’ve tried. The apple variety are my fave but the pineapple and the banana are also spectacular. I was too excited about these to do anything special with them, and just stuffed them in my face. But I bet they’d make a lovely crunchy topping for some porridge or coconut yoghurt, or maybe even try throwing them in a salad. The only problem I see with these is that they only sell them in one place in Leeds and it’s right across the other side of town
5. Life Box This is one of those things that comes in the post, subscription style. I subscribe to a different box at the mo, and frankly, I’ve been a bit disappointed by the selection of late and thinking I might give this one a try instead. I like the thought of whole food snacks, superfood powders, and healthy treats getting sent straight to my door! I spied some Emily’s crisps in the Jan box, as well as Inspiral Kale Chips and the world’s best chocolate, OmBar! Also, go onto the Life Box website and find the spinny logo, I dare you not to play with it for a full ten minutes.
6. Kale Flowers. I like to think that kale and brussels sprouts got down and dirty and made this little kale-sprout baby. But the reality is prolly more like some mad genius horticulturalist crossed them in a lab somewhere. Either way, the result is pretty special and these little dudes are going to blow up pretty soon; it’s only a matter of time before they’re being served at all the trendiest restaurants. Anyway, good old Marks and Spencer have started stocking them (along with baby sweet potatoes \o/). I like to sautée them up in a tiny dab of coconut oil with some garlic and lemon juice. Super fast and easy!
ALSO, for those of you in Leeds/Yorkshire/Englandshire who want to come and hear me speak about health and nutrition and probably make some terrible jokes, then check out this event I’ve got going down at Outlaws Yacht Club in a few weeks time. Gonna talk about simple and practical ways you can get your health on in 2015. It’s totally free, but I need you to do me a solid and get yo’self a ticket here. Also, if you have any questions that you’d like me to answer, email ‘em to email@example.com or tweet me @peaches_greens.
Keep it healthy kids,