study frenemy

study frenemy

I’ve been sitting at my desk, ready to study.  All the books and notes from my previous session are out and I’m looking like I am ready to go.   To an outsider, I’d be looking like a legit study nerd kicking some goals.

But alas.  They do not know whats happening.  What’s happening on the inside.

I have a lot of study to do.  I need to finish this assignment.  If i wasn’t studying I would be outside today.  Its a nice day.  My job, is okay but what about my dream job.  What would I do if I could do anything.  What is my cat doing?  Gee I really love eggs and I didn’t have any for breakfast.   I haven’t posted on my blog for a while I miss doing that.  

The enemy.  My study nemisis.  My brain.

How challenging you can be to yourself.   That it can be such a battle to  try and focus, especially when you know you have to.  The times when you need your brain to kick into gear and outperform itself…..instead it disappears down a thinking wormhole that just gets more tangled and lost the deeper in you go. 

So here I am – ticking off something on my imaginary list of things to do that aren’t studying, writing a blog post.  I feel strangley proud of myself that I’m accomplishing something, but I know thats just a detour from fear.  Because I’m going to snap out of this and panic write my essay thats only a quarter complete and due in 4 days.

So dear brain.  My friend and foe. My frenemy.  We need to get along.  We shouldn’t be sitting in the local park with that other guy procrasination slowly kicking the ball around without hitting any goals.  We should be smashing those balls out of the park and working closer with proactive guy and finishing what we started!

…or, we could just go watch the olympics.  I hear thats good, though I’m not really into sports 😄

✌️ Fin

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potato rosti & poached eggs

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One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is to cook breakfast at home.  Cooking at home lets you;

a) cook exactly what you want

b) know whats in your food

c) experiment

And poached eggs are something so versatile they allow you to experiment a lot by adding anything really!

My other favorite is potato for breakfast.  It’s tasty, filling and goes nice and crispy.  And in enters the potato rosti.   Something which lets you add your own twist, perhaps of herbs and spices or just keep it simple with salt and pepper!

There is no need to go out and pay for breakfast when you can eat this beauty at home!

Potato Rosti with poach eggs, baby spinach, mushrooms & avocado.

Ingredients, serves 2

  • 5 fresh eggs (vinegar to poach)
  • 2 small potatoes, grated and squeeze out excess moisture
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 2 portabello mushrooms
  • 1 avocado
  • Oil to cook (i use grapeseed, loves a high heat and doesn’t burn)

Method

Pop a medium size pan or saucepan on to low simmer and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Allow to simmer but not boil.

Pop your grated potato into a bowl, salt, pepper,  crack one egg in and stir.  Add in some herbs or spices if you like.  We love some home grown thyme in ours.  Pop a pan on to medium high heat, good splash of grapeseed oil and when sizzling, grab a small handful of potato, squish it in your hand to be flat and put in the pan.  Squish down with a spatula.  Continue till all in.  Nice tip for these is don’t touch them.  You want the first side to be your best.  So leave it till its nice and golden brown, about 3minutes should do it.  Then peak and flip.  Leave on low heat and let cook.

Meanwhile, slice up your mushrooms and get them on a small pan.  Grab your avocado and mash him up nice and good!  Salt and pepper and a little lemon if you have.

Crack the 4 eggs in 4 separate small bowls, i do this so i’m ready to just pop them all in the pot one after the other to poach.  Swirl your water in a circle and one at a time pop your eggs in.  I swirl after each time to clear the middle ready for the next little egg!   Keep an eye on but they should only take a few minutes.

Add your baby spinach to the mushrooms when they are almost cooked.  Then take off heat and and set aside.

Everything should be coming together at the same time now.  So take your rostis off, plate them, grab your eggs in a small strainer and put on paper towel.  Plate up mushrooms, spinach, top the rosti with your eggs and a dollop of avocado and ENJOY!

Fin xx

 

 

quinoa flake banana porridge


This has fast become my go to before work breakfast and it’s so simple to make. You can serve yours with any flavours you love but below is my recipe for a tasty Quinoa flake banana Porridge.

Quinoa flake banana porridge 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup organic full cream milk (or your choice)
  • 1 cup warm water (note that you can remove all milk and just make 2 cups water however won’t feel as creamy)
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon natural organic honey (don’t bother using manuka as it will be heated. Once heated manuka loses its goodness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg or cinnamon

Method

Place water and milk in small saucepan and bring to boil. While boiling add nutmeg or cinnamon (you could add vanilla too!). 

When boiled at cup of quinoa flakes and stir and lower the hit to low heat. Cover and leave, checking occasionally. It will take 5 minutes to be cooking or when the liquid is all gone, which is why check it at least once.

Stir in the mashed banana and honey.

Serve with berries and a splash of milk and you’re done! 

Enjoy xx

constant love

So much goes on in this life, so many struggles, stresses, changes, disappointments, unknowns, joy, laughter, surprise, love and friendships – yet through all these changes, one thing remains, His word and His love. There is no change, it’s constant, it’s real and it’s bigger than any of us know or will ever understand! 🙌🏼