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Kale chips

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I've been thinking about making kale chips for a while now; it was one of those things I thought would be too complex. Normally, I use kale in a smoothie or a salad but I can never get through a whole bunch without it going yellow.

Recently, I've had a go at making kale chips. It's actually not that difficult, but it's just very delicate. You need to have the right temperature and time setting. Otherwise, you end up with burnt or soggy chips (like I did for the first few times!)

I've adapted this recipe from some recipe sites and personal experience :)
Recipe is as follows-

Ingredients
1 kale bunch
Paprika
Cayenne pepper
Lemon pepper
Sea salt
4 Tb Extra Virgin olive oil

Method
 Preheat oven to 150 (fan-forced)
Remove stems from kale and tear leaves into bite sized pieces)
Wash kale thoroughly
Dry kale with a salad spinner (this step is important!)
 In a bowl, mix olive oil and herbs/ spices (amount to your liking)
Line tray with baking paper
Using your fingers, ma…

Bodhi Restaurant/Bar (vegan) + Le Pain Quotidien

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I had a reunion with some of my old uni friends. The perks of meeting up with old friends is, it feels like time hasn't moved at all when you meet them! I can't believe it's been almost two years since I saw them properly. It's crazy how quick time flies! We have been trying to meet up for sometime now, but everyone is busy with either work or study so it's really difficult to fix on a date.

We set this date back in early July and we all kept our word :D

We chose this place so we could accommodate for a friend who is vegan. This was my second time eating a full vegan meal so I was quite excited to see what vegan dumplings would be like!

The staff were very friendly and organised. We were served with water and sauce soon after we sat down. Bodhi works just like any other yum cha place, the food keeps coming around and you pick what you like. However, the downside is you can't say yes to everything so you have to turn down some.

I started off with satay salad wr…

Wholemeal date and walnut loaf

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Happy Monday everyone!
It has been a while since I baked a loaf so thought I'd make one :)

Recipe adapted from http://daa.asn.au/recipes/wholemeal-date-and-walnut-loaf/

Ingredients
2 eggs, lightly beaten
100 g pitted dates, chopped
45 g margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
40 g walnuts, chopped
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon LSA
oil to spray

Method
1) Preheat oven to 180°C. 2) Combine dates, margarine, sugar and water in a saucepan. Stir and boil gently. Set aside to cool. 3) Sift flour, baking powder, LSA. 4) Add in walnuts and eggs  5) Add in date mixture and mix well. 6) Lightly spray a loaf tin pan. Line with baking paper. 7) Pour mixture into pan 8) Bake for 45-50 mins. Skewer should come out clean.  9) Remove from oven and cool for 10 mins 10) Turn out on a cooling rack. Slice and serve with yoghurt, if desired.



Sculpture by the Sea

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My homie and I took off to Bondi today.  It has been raining all week but today's weather looked promising.

Unfortunately the beautiful weather did not last as long as we would have liked, but we managed to get some pretty good pictures.
















For lunch, we had plans to eat at The Grounds by the Sea but it had started raining and there was no place to sit indoors. So we started exploring and ended up at Mojo's Tapas Bar.

We discovered this place by accident but it turned out to be fabulous! Both dishes we ordered were vegetarian. Shown below is a potato and onion omelette, served with a side of aioli.


The cous cous dish was quite different to what we had expected. The inner filling was cous cous mixed with roasted vegetables, parmesan and spices. The outside crumbed layer definitely added the to the presentation, along with the yoghurt and cucumber salsa on top.

Overall, great value for money and definitely a place worth visiting twice!

Mojo's Tapas Bar
32 Campbell Parade, Bond…

Finally a dietitian!

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It seems like not too long ago when I was in third year and was trying to decide what I wanted to do. Some of my friends wanted to continue studying in the field for an honours or masters, while some wanted to do medicine or pharmacy and some just wanted to get out there and find jobs. 

I remember thinking, what do I do? Where do I fit in? 
I was doing a mini neuroscience research project at the time that I had really enjoyed so I was considering honours. But at the same time, I realised I had a passion for food.

Now don't get me wrong, I loved working in the lab and doing things I did like molecular biology, haematology, anatomical pathology, etc. But I kind of started realising my love for food and I wanted to do something that would allow me to make a difference in people's health. That was the initial vision that drove me to explore. 

Up until this point, I had never done a nutrition subject so it was rather strange. The closest thing I did to nutrition was probably metabolic …