Sunday, May 12, 2013

I love my mum

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there!  Hope you've had a lovely day. Unfortunately my mum and I don't live in the same city anymore but she is always there for me no matter what, I talk to her almost everyday and she's amazing! Mum, thank you for everything you have done for me, you're the best mum I could ask for and I can't wait to see you soon.  I love you xx

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Watch this space

Yes I know, I know, I have been away for a very long time!  I have had a few very exciting things happening though which have completely taken up all of my brain space and made it very difficult to blog and be creative.  Last year was a bit of a disaster on all fronts so I have been spending the last few months working my butt off to turn things around.   It's finally paid off though, and the good news is that I'll be back up and running again soon!  So what's been happening?  Well...

1. I bought my first home
I bought my first apartment and I move in in a few weeks.  The property went to auction which was very nerve-wracking as I had never been to an auction in my life, but I managed to get it!  Watching all those episodes of Hot Property must have paid off for me!  It's only a small one bedroom place but it is mine.  I am itching to move in and kit the place out.

2. I landed my dream job
After a few months of job hunting and having to exert a lot of patience (not my key strength), I have finally managed to find a role in a great company and in an industry I am really passionate about.  I am very excited to start there.

3. I have been redesigning the blog 
The blog is getting a complete makeover and it's taken longer than expected, but I've been trying to hold out until it's done.  While the current layout has been ok, I just did it up myself and I find it so hard to make changes to it as I'm not exactly a guru at writing code!  Better to leave it to the experts I think...

But it's been totally worth it!  Image via Chris Piascik

So expect to see more posts about food, home decor, fashion, beauty and healthy living very soon!  I promise the wait will be worth it.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fried cauliflower rice with kimchi

I feel like kimchi is everywhere at the moment, its popping up in lots of blogs and recipe websites.  Even Michelle Obama is making her own kimchi!  For those of you who are thinking kim-what?!, kimchi is a Korean dish made up of fermented vegetables, and usually contains cabbage, garlic, ginger, spices and fish sauce.  It has a number of reported health benefits, including being low in calories, high in fibre and helping to aid digestion.  There are lots of recipes out there for making your own kimchi, but given that I am quite time poor I bought it pre-made from my local Asian grocer.  I have been using it in rice paper rolls and this fried rice recipe that I created.

Image via flickr
Some of you may hate this and think that I bastardised the traditional fried rice recipe as there is no rice in sight, and I guess in a way I kind of did!  While I love fried rice, because it is high in GI I often find that I am reaching for a snack not long after eating it, so I decided to get creative and make it a bit healthier.  I have made my rice using grated cauliflower, which increases the vegetable content of this dish but still has a rice-like texture once cooked.  This is very easy to make and ridiculously tasty, the kimchi adds a spicy kick to it.  The trick with this recipe is not to overcook the cauliflower- it should be cooked through but not mushy.  You can also add some more chili to this if you find your kimchi too mild.

Fried cauliflower rice with kimchi
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
350g firm tofu, cut into bite-size cubes
2cm piece of ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 spring onions, white parts sliced thinly (reserve green ends)
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups kimchi, thinly sliced (make sure you use some of the liquid)
1 medium cauliflower, grated
1 tablespoon soy sauce

1. Heat oil in a wok over a medium heat.  Add onion, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, tofu, kimchi and frozen peas and fry until tofu has slightly browned and mushrooms have begun to soften.
2. Add cauliflower and soy sauce to wok.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove from heat and serve.  Garnish with thinly sliced green ends of the spring onion.

Serves 4

Have you also been eating kimchi lately?  How are you using it in recipes? I would love some more ideas!

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My name is Claire, I am a twenty-something year old girl living in Melbourne who loves anything to do with food, fashion, interiors and well being. I am constantly creating and trying new things in the pursuit of living a happy, healthy and stylish life!

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