Funky Friday – HipHop Minus the Swag

You know how when you claim to have been dancing HipHop since you were seven, people assume you are really good at it? Well, there came a time where I started to believe that I was good at it myself too…

Jazz Hands!

Jazz Hands!

I always stood at the front left. In performances I was placed centre stage. Mothers walked up to me and complimented my skills. Little kids stared in awe. These few affirmations led me to believe a career in dance could be quite probable. My dream of dancing for Michael Jackson constantly grew. When that was no longer possible I imagined myself the owner of a world-renowned dance company..

Dance

Dance

When I left for New York, I left knowing I was at my best. Nothing could stop me – not even pure contemporary lessons and no more hiphop. I would return just as much a star!

developé with a plié

developé with a plié

I hadn’t danced hiphop since before my departure, in July.

My perception of my talents shattered this past Monday.

IMG_0591Yes, I might have mastered the hiphop style of that specific choreographer; but that’s also the only style I know. On Monday I attempted to try a new style, a new teacher, a new studio. Full of spunk, believing in myself, knowing I’m actually not bad, I entered the room in my Sarah Lawrence Tank and cute polka dot pants.

Never did it dawn on me that I actually might suck at other kinds of hiphop… 

The warm up was fine, full of basic movements I was already familiar with: There was the wave, isolations, second position pliés – the works. I was feeling good, confident, myself. Contemporary and jazz are all great and all, but hiphop was the only dance I ever really felt comfortable in and it was amazing to finally be back at it…until we got to the choreography, aka my predestined meltdown.

DANCE!

DANCE!

Some would say, it’s a new teacher, so I need to get used to his way of teaching before I can really get in to it. Agreed, that is important. But in this case specifically, I don’t think my movement mess-ups were due to the choreographer merely being a new acquaintance. No, I think my mishaps were more along the lines of “I have lost my swag, my coolness, my inner gangster, my hiphop-y-ness”… it wasn’t a good day.

I realised, by never ever testing the waters elsewhere, I had just plunged head first into a battle I could not win. 13 Years of only one hiphop style is a biggie. You don’t mess with that. And I did. Oops.

Back stretch..

Back stretch..

This never occurred to me while learning ballet, dancing jazz or rolling around in modern. There I always seemed to come to terms with the fact that “I was better at hiphop, I’m only here to have fun and not be amazing, I have more experience in hiphop etc etc”. I also always went to different teachers and somehow managed to cope. Knowing my “true calling” was actually more urban-based helped me keep my head up when I was stuck doing one pirouette in ballet while the rest was twirling 3. Monday changed everything. Monday told me that maybe I should rethink things…

I found myself suddenly feeling better in jazz.

Is a more classical path my actual calling after all? Maybe. But I will give myself one more chance and will brave the hiphop class once more, only this time I’m making sure to “swag myself out” in baggy pants, Adidas trainers and a gold chain necklace… superficial hiphop style might help me out a little 😉

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Salted Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Oatmeal

You guys…

Remember that one time I went totally crazy and put avocado in to my smoothie? Well…

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Oops I did it again… only this time I put it into Oatmeal!

Photo on 24-01-14 at 15.52 #2I got the inspiration for this rad oatmeal from none other than the Oatmeal Artist herself. Her version is baked, but that didn’t stop me from using similar ingredients and cooking them in a pot!

Photo on 24-01-14 at 15.51I’ve always loved the combination of nut butter and raspberry. I’ve also always loved chocolate and raspberry. Did you know that when you combine cocoa with almond butter it tastes sort of like a brownie? And then you throw some raspberry jam in there and you get an oatmeal so spectacular that it reminds you of these brownies I made a few years ago for Valentine’s day…

Speaking of which, I might just have to make those again this year and eat the whole pan myself while watching Bridget Jones (#foreveralone)

Photo on 24-01-14 at 15.39 #3Anyhoo, these oats were great! I ate them before going to Barre à Terre and Jazz. That’s right, I went back to dance! It’s been a month since I’ve danced, and a few months since I’ve gone to my favourite studio, but the old me is back! I’ve gone to dance a couple of times since last Friday and am hooked again… sadly however, I’ve been neglecting the gym…

Stay tuned for this weeks Funky Friday where I will be giving a recap 🙂

Salted Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Oatmeal 

(serves 1, inspired by the Oatmeal Artist)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 avocado
  • 1 cup water or milk (or half/half)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup to sweeten, if necessary
  1. Bring the milk with vanilla extract to a boil and then add in the oats
  2. Once the milk has settled slightly stir in the almond butter, avocado and cocoa powder
  3. Cook until oatmeal has reached a creamy consistency
  4. Add in the raspberry jam
  5. Enjoy!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Avocado Protein Smoothie

I ate half an avocado with dinner last night. I never manage to eat a whole one, and the other half always gets left somewhere in the kitchen, slowly withering away, browning slightly on the outside – alone, unwanted, uneaten…

I was feeling sorry for this avocado, all by its lonesome, not being eaten on my high protein day. I saw it at breakfast, while eating my egg white and cottage cheese omelette, I looked over to it while putting away the dishes, and I began to crave it while making myself tea. My heart breaking in two I didn’t know what to do… technically I was trying to follow Pierre Dukan’s diet and just eat pure protein for a full day, but I just couldn’t let the poor half go to waste – so I did what any foodie would do…

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…I put it in a smoothie.

This way my mind remained at ease. I was still able to log a high protein content, but since I was adding fruit into my smoothie I had already broken the “pure protein rule” anyways; adding avocado wouldn’t have changed that so win/win.

IMG_1229I had read about adding avocado into things all over the blogosphere, but hadn’t mustered enough courage to ever try it. The lonely avocado half was a sign that it was meant to be… it was meant to finally happen.. and it was deliciously worth it!

IMG_1230Now that I’ve finally given the “add avocado for creaminess” thing a whirl, and couldn’t even taste it, I’m now ready to add it into things like fudge cake and chocolate mousse.. I’m on a roll 😉

IMG_1231Officially in love 🙂 oh and it’s raw vegan too!

Avocado Protein Smoothie

(serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Sun Warrior)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • dash of cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Put everything into a blender
  2. blend
  3. enjoy!

🙂 With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Funky Friday: I walk through life En Pointe!

Backlights off, stage lights on, the floor trembles from intense bass. The crowd roars as the show begins. Adrenaline floods my veins, sweat beads on my forehead. We dance, the focus of attention, high with pride. The hours of strenuous practice were worth it.

Exhilaration of performing is one aspect of dance, my passion for 14 years. Starting with classic ballet at 3, continuing with the more urban hiphop at 11, and adding modern, jazz, tango — everyone calls me dance-crazy. I find myself randomly practicing new moves, regardless of my surroundings.

Picture waiting for a bus and starting to rhythmically head-bop to some music.This meager bop becomes a roll of the neck and shoulders, then a rippling reaction in your arms, initiating a body wave, infecting the rest of your upper body with a Cambré, finally echoing in your feet, throwing in a rond de jambe here, a Moonwalk there or even a pirouette.

I’m not befuddled by my dance-outbursts because I walk through life en pointe.

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Chocolate Brownie Protein Smoothie

IMG_1119New Year, New You!

IMG_1115I don’t know about you, but I do not plan on resolving to eat less chocolate in the new year.

IMG_1114I just plan on tweaking my recipes to make them super healthy so that I can eat them every day. Just like with this chocolate brownie smoothie!

IMG_1116Just like my strawberry cheesecake protein smoothie, this smoothie is protein-packed and good for you! Plus, it has raw cocoa powder in it – healthy antioxidants that keep you happy and healthy. 🙂 Chocolate = healthy? yay!

IMG_1117This smoothie tastes a lot like a chunky, chewy, chocolatey, fudgey brownie. So go ahead, make it. NOW! 🙂 It’s a perfectly healthy way to start the new year and it contains loads of good for you fats, fruit and protein!

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Raw Chocolate Brownie Protein Smoothie

(serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Sun Warrior Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of soy milk if needed

Directions

  1. Put everything into a food processor
  2. process
  3. enjoy 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Grey Oats Variation

Oatmeal.

IMG_1088Definitely a favourite food. It’s fast and easy to prepare, requires only one pot and is more or less fool-proof (just always keep an eye on the boiling milk!)

IMG_1091Nut Butter. Also a favourite. No wonder I always pair the two.

IMG_1090Cashew nut butter. The absolute favourite of them all. I’ve written about adding it into my oatmeal more than enough times to prove that it is a delicious combination.

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To keep things interesting, I subbed millet flakes for the rolled oats. If I dare say so myself, I believe the Earl Grey Tea + Cashew Nut Butter combo is even more scrumptious this way. 🙂

You can find the recipe here, just swap millet flakes for the oats.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

“Unwrapped” Vietnamese Spring Rolls

I’ve been on a roll lately with my recipe creating! It’s great, because the more recipes I create, the more yummy food I get to eat 🙂 YAY!

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Maybe it’s being home in my familiar kitchen, being able to work with my favourite foods, or finally having a bit more time, but whatever it is, I’m enjoying it! Almost as much as I’ve been enjoying this Chocolate Peppermint Tea!

IMG_0944For this recipe, I knew I wanted to eat quinoa. I’m not a frequent quinoa maker so the simplest idea I could think of was adding it into a salad. I thought of adding things you would normally find in a “taboulé” type salad, so herbs and lemon juice, but once I got creating, the add-ins for the salad were almost unlimited!

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I ended up eating the salad before my quinoa was finished, but added a bit in with some tofu at the very end. While munching away, the flavours and the dressing I had selected reminded me of my favourite “Vietnamese Summer Rolls” I order whenever I see them on the menu at restaurants. The ingredients are always extremely fresh, full of greens, and flavour, and this resembled exactly that, just minus the rice paper!

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The tofu and quinoa made it a complete, power packed meal – perfect for an afternoon of officially unpacking and preparing for my birthday!

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“Unwrapped” Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad 

(serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1/4 avocado
  • a few cherry tomatoes
  • chopped basil, mint and coriander
  • (1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup of tofu; optional)

For the dressing:

  • few tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chill sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons miso
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • bit of water
  1. Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl
  2. assemble salad ingredients in a bowl
  3. mix together
  4. enjoy!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo