Salmon and Quinoa Super Breakfast Recipe

February 3, 2016

You may have heard a lot about “superfoods” and been wondering what on earth they are. From my understanding, it’s foods that are packed with nutrients for you to cram a lot of healthy eating into a meal. I’m not super bothered about this kind of thing usually, but it just so happens that a dish I like to eat contains the quintessential superfood, quinoa. It’s packed with protein, fibre, and minerals, and is easy to throw into many dishes.

This recipe I’m sharing is similar to something I used to buy from a restaurant in the UK called Pret a Manger. I’m not sure they carry it anymore, but it’s cheaper to make at home anyway. You can make up a batch with this recipe to last 3 or 4 days.

Serves 3-4

1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup red rice
1/2 cup frozen edamame beans
2 salmon fillets
2 avocados
1 lemon
olive oil

Preheat your oven to 190 C/375 F. Prepare your quinoa, rice and edamame according to the packet instructions. Once these are all cooked, mix together and store in a plastic container.

Squeeze about 1/4 a lemon over your salmon and dribble some olive oil over the top. Add some salt and pepper, then bake for 15 minutes or until done. Using a fork, push your salmon around to create flakes. You can store these in a ziplock baggy.

When you’re ready to prepare a portion, cut half an avocado into cubes. Scoop some of your quinoa mix onto a plate and add avocado and salmon. Salt to your taste and squeeze some lemon over the whole dish.

Once you create the salmon and quinoa mix on the first day, the following days are pretty quick to make this dish. Salmon is full of omega-3, which is good brain food, and avocados are also full of health benefits. All of this combined with quinoa, makes for a pretty kick-ass start to your day! Let me know if you try it below!

Make Your Own Art with Engineering Prints

January 17, 2016

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I’m constantly looking for fresh things to add to our flat. Sometimes to bring a new flavour or sometimes to replace something that we currently have. I downloaded a swanky new app called Parabo Press recently that have some beautiful options for DIY printing. One of the things that caught my eye were their engineering prints. This large scale print format is used by architects to print out blueprints, and happens to be a super affordable way to make your own giant artwork.

If you’re not artistically inclined, I’ve previously written about the lovely Debbie Carlos (here and here), who produces work in this format. It’s very affordable and good-looking– plus Debbie is very nice!

If you would like to try your hand at this, it’s pretty cheap. It’s about $8 at Staples in the US for the large size, and I’ve found a place in the UK called Plan Printing that’s about £8. Even though you’ll find lots of black and white examples, you can also print in colour like the second photo (by Debbie Carlos) above. I’ve seen where people have printed photos of family, photo booth style pictures, landscapes, and all sorts of things! Our family is heading off to Sweden soon (yay for Winter’s first flight!) and I’m hoping to take some cool snaps to print.

Do you have any photos you’d like to blow up on an engineer print?

Senegalese Baskets

December 15, 2015

In my last post I briefly touched on these baskets that I discovered in the Little Goldie shop. This was actually the second time that I encountered this design and I wanted to touch on it again because I love it so much. A couple of months back, I stumbled on some of these at a shop near my house and I thought it would be a great solution for storing (read: hiding) baby things in the living room. I didn’t buy a basket that day and what ended up happening is that I was dragging Winter’s diaper bag up and down the stairs every day so that I could have diapers and wipes in the living room. Not only was this annoying, it wasn’t a very stylish solution. After rediscovering these the other day, I decided to go back to the shop and snag a basket for only £25.senegalese-basketThese come in lots of different sizes and designs, so if you’re able to go look at them in person to pick yours, I would recommend it. The initial trouble I had was that I wanted to look around the internet for designs, but I didn’t know what they were called. I still don’t, to be honest, but I at least now know that they are Senegalese. In the UK, there aren’t many options on where to find them. In fact, after a small search I could only find the ones from Little Goldie and a couple on Etsy from the US. In the States there appear to be a lot more options. My guess with these is that you’ll have better luck in the UK if you can find a physical shop that carries them. If you know of a place, please let me know in the comments below!

I’m keeping diapers, wipes, and my breast pump in mine for now, but that doesn’t mean that it’s just for new parents. You could store blankets, magazines, games, and so much more! I’m sure ours will get repurposed over time and I love it.

The Little Goldie Shop is Giving Me Life!

December 11, 2015

Just because you become a mom doesn’t mean you lose all of your good taste and suddenly want to surrender your house and person to tacky baby items. Some moms fall into this trap, but I’m endeavoring not to (though I did just buy Winter a hideous play mat to “stimulate his senses”). This has proven to be difficult, as a majority of baby items on the market are very similar to each other. You have to really hunt around to stumble upon more interesting alternative options. I use the word “stumble” because that’s exactly how I found the Little Goldie shop.

Little Goldie is my new jam! It’s full of beautiful wooden toys, which I plan to collect for Winter, as well as gorgeous accessories for your baby’s room. I’m obsessed with that ochre quilt and that basket. In fact, I may do a whole other post on those baskets in the future.

Look at that gorgeous doctor’s kit! JUST LOOK AT IT! You’re going to want to keep that for future babies. Look at that teepee! These are beautiful toys that you won’t mind being strewn across your living room floor. Little Goldie also sells quite a few wooden animals from a German toy-maker I like, Ostheimer. They use paints safe for babies to put in their mouths, and all of the designs have soft edges for babies’ hands. When Winter is old enough, I’ll be collecting these for him too. #woodentoysforever

Please go look at this shop! Get something for your friends who have kids, or for your kids, or for future kids-to-be! I love it.

My Newborn Essentials

December 2, 2015

newborn essentialsNow that Winter is a month old, I feel like I’m in a good position to talk about the baby items I’ve purchased that have been the most useful for me. When Tom and I got home with Winter the first night, we found ourselves desperately pulling out tons of baby toys and gadgets the first time he cried– it was hilarious. There are so many lists of what to buy when you’re going to have a baby, but after a month of getting into the swing of things, I have a small list of items that I would actively recommend for a new mom. continue reading