granola

Two Days!

I can’t believe how fast time flies. My parents bought their tickets to Japan 8 months ago! I remember texting my mother and saying  I couldn’t wait that long! Now they’re arriving in just 2 days! I literally cannot wait to share my life in Japan with them and our time in Japan, with you!

Here are some pics from the past few days… First, yours truly, all dressed up for the end of year staff party wearing the necklace my student gifted me. Next, the dinner set up.. isn’t it adorable? It’s sakura themed. That night, we ate many things which I didn’t photograph because 1. I wanted to enjoy the moment and 2. It was really bad lighting. Okay, mostly 2 hehehe. Anyways, we ate sashimi (raw fish), salad, rice balls, fried chicken, fried squid, fried octopus, fries and okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake). Third picture is a perfect example of how unhealthy some Japanese eat, an entire basket of ramen. Second last, banana and cacao nib muffins rising… Last but not least, pics of today’s stove-top granola, made for my parents. If you’ve read my bio then you’ll know my mum is the healthiest eater in our family. This granola is basically all she eats hehe. Recipe HERE.

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a sweet end to the week

As if people posting their lunch on social media weren’t annoying enough, now you poor folk recieve emails about my lunch! Gommenasai! (Sorry in Japanese)
Anyways, I assume you don’t mind too much since you’re still following along…

TGIF. I celebrated with a sweet lunch. Homemade granola (recipe under breakfast), probiotic yoghurt, almond milk and fresh fruit: mandarin and cherries.
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homemade granola without an oven

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The title says it all. I’m not gonna make you read through anything other than:
1.I don’t have an oven
2. I made granola in a frying pan under 10 minutes and so can/should you.

1 cup of your favourite raw nuts and seeds (pick everything! go nuts! see what I did there? I used raw walnuts and almonds as my options are limited here (to put it nicely). You on the other hand should add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cashews, brazil nuts, peanuts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans,
linseed, sesame seed etc etc)
10 cups of jumbo oats (use GF variety if GF)
1 cup of your favourite dried fruit (I used raisins but you can use blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, apricots, banana chips etc etc)
1 heaped tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp each of cardamom, ginger and nutmeg 

2 tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup  (optional but definitely recommended)
1 tbsp coconut oil

First add the nuts to a large dry frying pan on medium heat.

Stir, stir, stir/slave away until the nuts have browned and are fragrant (about 4 minutes)

Add the oats next and continue slaving, I mean stirring.

Lastly, add the dried fruit, spices, sweeter and coconut oil then turn down the heat.

You guessed it, stir until well combined.

The granola is ready when it has browned (not burnt) and smells delicious!

Serve with your favourite milk and fresh fruit or, alternatively; soak overnight with your milk or water for a delicious bircher!

Hump Day

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Are you still eating your granola out of a packet? If so, I’m seriously disappointed! Not only is making your own granola/muesli surprisingly easy, it’s  undoubtedly better for you too! This morning, I’m starting off my Hump Day with a bowl of home-made muesli (recipe found here), pro-biotic coconut yoghurt and deliciously sweet passion-fruit! What about you?

Breakfast Of Champions – Homemade Granola

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Breakfast provides your brain and body with fuel/energy after an overnight fast – that’s where its name originates, breaking the fast! Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no petrol (just call me the Cliche Queen). I don’t think most people realise just how EASY it is to make your own granola! Stop buying packaged cereal labelled “healthy” – it’s not! Muhammad Ali once said: “suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”. Well I say, sacrifice 40ish minutes today and spend the next two weeks eating the “breakfast of champions”.

PS This recipe is super adaptable so feel free to pretty much, use whatever you like!

PPS Not only does this granola keep you full until lunch-time, it’s super healthy, incredibly nutritious and honestly so delicious, if i could, i’d eat it for lunch and dinner too. Heck, sometimes I do! #breakfastfordinner

2 cups jumbo oats 
1 cup mixed raw nuts (I used almond, pistachio, walnut)
1/2 cup mixed seeds (I used linseeds, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds)
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil (you can use olive oil instead if you prefer)
1 cup dried fruit (I used apricots)

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

The most time-consuming part is to roughly chop the nuts and dried fruit – so do that first.

In a large bowl, add the oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, cinnamon, honey and coconut oil – stir well.

Spread the oat mixture onto a large baking tray; smooth out.

Bake for around 25 minutes, every five minutes or so take the granola out, give it a stir, then smooth it down with a wooden spoon and put it back in the oven.

When the granola is golden and fragrant, remove from oven and mix in dried fruit; let cool.

Serve this nutritious deliciousness with milk or yoghurt and fresh fruit (I served mine with almond milk, nashi pear and pomegranate mmm!)

Store leftover granola in an airtight container – lasts about 2 weeks unless you accidently eat the whole thing, of course!