I made cookies! :)

Life – it has recently taken over in the kind of way that leaves you longing for your bed where you could curl up and watch Will and Grace reruns. Things have been all over the place lately, both good and bad, and it was hard to find time to sit down and type…

For example, my little cuddly Bala had to be operated on last Thursday. She wasn’t feeling well after one of our walks and after a trip to the vet, I had realised she had eaten a lot of wood.. not good.

IMG_1405Thankfully she is doing a lot better.

With her at the hospital, I’ve been spending a lot of time at home with the other munchkin so that she wouldn’t get lonely. It’s weird having only one dog at home and I find myself including her in a lot more of my activities; we watch TV shows together, we eat our meals together and she even sat in the kitchen while I was baking cookies! 🙂

IMG_1400I followed this recipe, not adding the raspberries and using peanut butter, and they turned out super healthy and super yummy!

IMG_1402Another thing keeping me busy were my driving lessons!

IMG_0987..which came to an end yesterday!

I PASSED MY TEST 🙂

And the last thing keeping me away from blogging was trying to figure out what I will be studying this September. I’ve been reading descriptions, checking lecture times and gazing far into my soul to figure out what it is I really want to do… it’s tough work!

Things will hopefully return back to normal soon. I have a lot of plans for the blog and can’t wait to share them with you!

Hope you are having a great Tuesday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

What I ate Wednesday: Coconut Pancakes!


My day started with some coconut flour pancakes. I’ve been dreaming of pancakes ever since I made Greek Yoghurt pancakes based off of the recipe found on the link on Sunday for dinner. They were perfect and enough to fulfil any pancake fantasy (recipe coming soon), but today I wanted to make them slightly more “healthily”.

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Hence, the coconut flour.

IMG_1233I pretty much followed this recipe to a T. The pancakes looked so amazing in the pictures that I could not resist whipping them up myself. The recipe made enough for two hungry people, and I had plenty left over.

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I ate a few with sprouted almond chia butter and maple syrup, and realised I hadn’t let them cook enough. I put them all back into the pan, and they became slightly crumbly like Kaiserschmarn. This gave me the idea to top my second attempt with raspberry jam. Mhhhm 🙂

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After breakfast I took the dogs out for a walk and got ready for the gym. I went for a training session with my dad today, and boy was it tough!

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We trained for an hour and I was relatively famished afterwards. I was planning on meeting my best friend a half hour later, so I popped into this cute place call “not guilty” for a quick bite to eat. I ordered the Inka Salad, which had quinoa, avocado, tomato and cucumber. After ordering I realised they also had tofu, but decided I had eaten enough protein yesterday, so stuck with my order. It was really fresh and delicious!

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A short while later I sat down to another Matcha Green Tea Latte with soya milk. I was really craving something warm and sweet after walking around town in red 7/8 pants (I thought it was warm) and All Stars.

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Tonight I’ll be going out for dinner with the Iranian girlfriends. I haven’t seen them in ages and can’t wait to catch up with them! I just checked out the menu of the Italian restaurant and will probably be going for something like risotto and vegetables. I’m trying to avoid wheat as much as possible because I’ve been noticing terrible stomach pain whenever I eat bread etc, so no pasta for me tonight! :/

How were your Wednesday food choices?

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

Macadamia Nut Butter

The nut butter craze continues. And after successfully polishing off yet another jar of nutty goodness within 3 short days, I have begun to see my problem. Nut butter, without all the additives and palm oil, is not cheap. My craze is a pricey one, that could easily be budgeted lower….

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By making my own!

And I’m not talking about peanut or almond butter. No, I am talking about the more decadent butters with added cocoa named ‘creams’. So smooth, so melt-in-your-mouth delish that they are worth every penny; until you don’t have that penny to spend 😉

Nut butter craze

Nut butter craze

Over the years I’ve warmed up to many different variations of these creams. The organic store only ever sold one made with almonds, but it wasn’t vegan. That affair was very short-lived. New butters popped up on the market, with a cashew, macadamia or even a hazelnut base; all had to be tested, all are passionately loved, with my current favorite being a mixture of almond, vanilla and tonka bean. Divine!

Recently though, I realized they are not very clean-eating. Organic, yes, but still full of palm oil and dark brown sugar…

I haven’t given up on my bought almond tonka cream yet (I can’t find a tonka bean anywhere…), but the others I am trying to replace with a more budget friendly home-made variety.

Buying nuts

Buying nuts

Basing my recipe on the one I found on 84th and 3rd, I decided to try to make a macadamia cocoa butter without using any oil. The macadamia flavor in my homemade nut butter is quite profound and powerful, and wasn’t quite the same as the slightly unhealthy version I bought at the store, but the butter is still a good, healthy alternative for when you don’t feel like the usual almond or peanut!

Macadamia Cocoa Butter

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes (unsweetened)

Directions

  1. Place ingredients in a blender and blend for a long time until smooth

Be patient! It takes a long time to create nut butter. Do not be tempted into adding oil!

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With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo