Random Ramblings…

Hello!

Today I’ve a lot of things on my mind, none of which really have anything to do with each other. Just some random ramblings…

I met up with a friend for some tea today, our ‘annual’ get-together, as she lives far, far away, in Windhoek.
A charming place, one I’ve driven past many times and heard of, but never been to, Contessa’s.
So anyways, we always chat about everything and anything, but what I love is that we can bounce ideas off each other, she’s great with marketing things and a LOT more organised than I am. Mentally and physically. So it helps me to sort of just organise things a bit in my own mind…

I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog, my Facebook page and Twitter, and how these should all tie together and whether they or not and if it all makes sense, you know?!
So I’ve decided now that yes, it does make sense, that this blog is about me and Pink Poppadom and anything really that I want it to be and that the Facebook page is more of a marketing tool for Pink Poppadom Cakes & Bakes. Something like that…

And Twitter, well, Twitter is Twitter I guess! I understand it, but sometimes all the hash-tagging gets a bit confusing, so I either end up not tagging anything, or I do everything.

Then, as I was driving home today, I just realised how much I love my automatic car! Gear / stick-shift cars are the pits…
I had to use hubby’s car today and his isn’t automatic, plus it’s a Land Rover Defender {basically a lorrie!} and it is just SO annoying to have to change gears every time you approach a red robot and have to slow down, or go through a stop street or drive up a hill, etc, etc… Grrrr so that was my bit of annoyance today.

I’ve also decided to do a detox… A juice-cleanse to be more specific. More on that later – let me first get my mind around it! I think I will start with a 2-day cleanse.
I’ve just been feeling a bit horrible the past few weeks, I get nauseous very easily {no, not pregnant!}, I’m not sleeping well and I have bags {!!!!} under my eyes! Yes, so I think a cleanse is in order…

What else..? Hmmm…

Oh yes, I thought I would just share my best winter buy: the best slippers ever! Sheepskin slippers that come up to your ankles, lined with wool.
As you can imagine, they’re not very pretty, but oh.my.gosh. they are super warm, super comfy and I can wear them outside too, they’re super durable!

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I bought Eben a pair last year, and I’ve been wearing them whenever it gets cold. I’ve put off buying my own, because they’re quite ugly and pricey too, but then I just had to have them, so…
A definitive must-have for winter.

All right, well that’s all my rambling done for today!

Oh wait – movie to see: The Lego Movie

It is SO funny! More of an adult movie, but totally child-friendly too, it’s just more adult type humour.
Also, I’ve found my country of origin, or actually what my mind is like inside: Cloud Cuckoo Land from the Lego Movie. Hilarious, watch it!

Ok, ta-ta for now! X

A great {and not boring} green salad

A green salad that gets you up and going, but thankfully not the usual boring old green salad…
Surprisingly simple too – yet packed with flavour.

{Roasted zucchini, feta & avo salad}

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You will need:

3 medium zucchini
1 ripe avo
Cos lettuce leaves
Feta cheese
Salt & pepper
Olive oil

Thinly slice the zucchini with a vegetable peeler or mandolin, toss with olive and sprinkle with salt.
Roast in the oven under a hot grill for about half an hour, rotating the zucchini every now and then to ensure they all roast evenly.
As soon as they’re ready and out of the oven, sprinkle large chunks of feta on top and let it mingle and cool.
Toss with lettuce leaves, add diced avo. You don’t even need any extra olive oil or dressing, just use the oil from the roasted zucchini – voila!

Simple, delicious and totally tasty – oh, and healthy too! Fit for any detox!

Enjoy! X

Spicy bacon nuts – a Life Changer

So, I joined a new gym where the goal is to guide you every step of the way through weekly assessments, personal trainers on hand and nutritional guidance…
At my assessment yesterday, I had a Daniel Lugo type character {from Pain & Gain movie} helping me and he reckons I should start off with a detox {before anyone can start their training there, they have to do a week’s detox}. I should only eat leafy dark greens and protein.
Right.
Well, it’s not far off from what we actually eat, but come on, not even a splash of milk in my coffee? Ok.
Like he said: ‘your coffee should be how you like your Nigerians – strong and black…’ Seriously.

Anyways, back to the point – so detox it is – and armed with these yummy nuts I’m ready to go!
{From Real Meal Revolution cookbook – totally Banting and totally Paleo! All protein.}

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You will need:
250g streaky bacon
4 cups of assorted nuts {macadamia, Brazil nuts, pecans, almonds}
2 tsp butter
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Pinch of nutmeg

Grill the bacon in the oven until nice and crispy. Place onto paper towel and keep the fat.
Next, dry roast the nuts in a large pan until golden. Add the butter and bacon fat. Add spices and toast until fragrant and dark brown.
Remove from heat, add the chopped bacon and a few drops of water.
‘Dry’ in the oven for 5 minutes at 160C.
Let it cool and keep in an airtight container.

Perfect for daytime snacking or adding to a salad or veggies.

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Here’s my version:

Heidi has 12 strips of bacon, she grills them and eats 2. She adds 4 cups of spiced nuts.
What does Heidi have now?
Happiness, Heidi has happiness! 😉