Uni holidays are almost over, which means the year is half over too. I know I am not the only one who feels the days are flying by without anything to show for it. I finished my first semester of Masters almost two months ago, filled with excitement and anticipation of what the next two months would hold. I promised myself I would write more, read more, do more…only to find myself wishing that I could start holidays all over again. I mean don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been lazy. I get up 6:30am most mornings and head to the gym but for some reason, some how, life just gets in the way. As the holidays and July come to an end I thought I would gather in some thoughts, feelings, things, places and ideas that have been milling around in my mind since my last post. Here are mine for the month of July, in case you care!
Making: This delicious raw chocolate mint slice. Recipe below. I have such fond memories of chocolate mint slices. Back when I was growing up I would always sneak not just one but two, three or even four from our top shelf in the cupboard. Wow that feels like a lifetime ago. Tonight I am knocking up chilli con carne for the first time for myself, Angus and my little brother Jacko. Something about mid week fork food brings me a heart filled with content.
Drinking: George Clooney. Nespresso capsules are my morning savour.
Wanting: A camera. Oh to take professional food photographs with professional equipment. Although I am scared I will become one of those people who have all the gear but no idea! My trusty old iPhone has been good to me but I really do think I need an upgrade. Christmas couldn’t come soon enough.
Pondering: What to wear to the uni health ball I am currently organising. The theme is 90’s! I am thinking something along the lines of denim on denim or how could I not impersonate Cher from Clueless, one of my favourite 90’s movies. Although I don’t think anyone other than Alicia Silverstone can pull off a tartan mini skirt and matching blazer.
Enjoying: The Hip Hop playlist on Spotify! My oh my that is a good playlist when you need to get shit done.
Waiting: for my blood tests to arrive back. I start placement next semester, which means I need to be up to date with all my shots. This is harder said than done when you cant find your blue baby book (thanks Mum). I have also asked if I can get my bloods tested as lately I have had really dark black circles under my eyes. I get my eight hours of sleep a night, so I am hoping it is nothing more sinister. Although there is a small part of me that loves playing detective on my own body. If it is due to an allergy or that I am not getting enough of a certain nutrient, I will look at it as a great opportunity to play around with the foods I put in my body.
Buying: Uni textbooks…..ouch.
Thankful: For Angus and I’s trip to the Blue Mountains two weekends ago. It was so nice to get away and spend some quality time together, although we spend so much time together normally, sometimes it is just nice to be away from those everyday distractions. What made the weekend even more memorable was our good friends from Terrigal came down and joined us for the night. There is nothing better than pretending we are grown ups enjoying good food, champagne and planning our future holiday, camping around Tazzie. I could get used to this adulting business. Camping maybe not so much.
Watching: Offspring season 6. One of the only TV shows I have sat through from start to finish. Anything that makes you go from laughing out loud to sobbing in a matter of seconds is powerful stuff.
Feeling: Excited. I am currently doing a research project this semester at uni and I have chosen the topic to be ‘Orthorexia’. Unfortunately orthorexia is not a formally recognised eating disorder, however I am making it my life mission to have that changed. With the help of the head of dietetics at UC and my lecturers I am putting together a piece so Australian dietitians can know what to look out for for this emerging eating disorder. So many amazing opportunities if I pull this piece off. Watch this space.
Pretending: I have my shit together. Recently it was bought to my attention through conversation that our biggest personality strengths are often simultaneously our biggest weaknesses. Whilst I love my drive, attention to detail, wanting to get the best out of myself and every task I begin, it is also my biggest character flaw, as it means I often confidently say yes to everything and then end up in the foetal position in the corner of my room, late on a weekday night, with my boyfriend thinking I am a hot second away from having a Britney moment and shaving all my hair off. I think we as humans, women especially, need to be more open to the fact that we can’t do it all. And that is ok.
Embracing: My strong new arms. Look I might be getting a little ahead of myself but for the past two months I have been getting up at dawns crack (well 6:30..which is early for me) and going to F45 and I am LOVING it. A bit trepidacious to join a gym again, as the last time I stepped foot into one I was not well, mentally or physically, I had a goal to be able to do one complete push up on my toes. This may sound small to some but for a girl that hasn’t done any weight training in her life this did seem like an almighty task. I can now say that I can do a push up on my toes (emphasis on the singular), just ask me and I will proudly show you!
Now for the recipe you have all been waiting for.
Chocolate Mint Slice
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 6 cups desiccated coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1-2 tsp peppermint flavour essence
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Line a 20x20cm baking tray with baking paper.
- To make base, place almond meal, coconut and coconut oil in a mixing bowl and mix to combine. Add cacao and maple syrup and stir well to combine. Add mixture to baking tray and press out into an even, smooth layer. Place in freezer to firm up.
- To make filling, place coconut into a high powered blender and blend until very smooth and a wet consistency. You will need to do this in a few batches. Place coconut into a mixing bowl and add coconut oil, maple syrup and peppermint essence and mix well to combine.
- Remove baking tray from freezer and add filling mixture on top. Using your fingers, smooth out until it is an even layer. Place back in the freezer to firm up.
- To make icing, combine coconut oil, cocoa powder and maple syrup and whisk well to combine. Remove baking tray from freezer and pour icing over top. Spread evenly. Place back in freezer and let firm up for at least an hour.
- To serve, remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to devouring.