It all started when the store ran out of my regular muesli. After several trips to check on availability of My Favourite Brand, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and research making my own muesli. To my surprise (and delight!), I discovered just how easy it is to throw together my personalised concoction. I don’t know if My Favourite Brand ever came back onto the shelves; I haven’t looked.
I was inspired by Happy Kitchen Rocks. Check our her post to get great ideas; the combinations are only limited by one’s imagination.
This is the proportion that I follow to rustle up a quick jar of goodness which keeps well for a couple of weeks in a cool, dry place.
200g cereal (I use mostly rolled oats, but you can also add in rye flakes, barley flakes, wheat berries flakes, spelt flakes, wheat germ)
I mix a combination of the above in a large bowl, and then scoop into an air-tight jar. I eat with either milk, or on top of Greek yogurt & fresh fruit.
This is my contribution to Dutch Goes The Photo‘s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Toy. My take on the word toy is to consider an idea in a not definite way, as in toying with the ingredients that go into the muesli. Use the basic recipe and play with the mix!
I have a bag of granola which I tired of and has been sitting in my larder. When I came across this recipe in Anita Bean’s The Runner’s Cookbook, I just had to try it: after all, I love apples, cinnamon, and it was a chance to use up some of the granola!
Anita says this dessert is low in sugar and a good source of fibre, Vitamin C and quercetin (a plant compound with potent antioxidants which helps to reduce inflammation and promote muscle repair). If you have plenty of apples to use up, make a bigger batch – reheated leftovers taste wonderful, or just eat them cold! Continue reading “Granola Baked Apples: Simple Healthy Dessert”
I have never been a huge fan of dates – I find the crackly skin and the cloying sweetness just a little too much. So I hesitated trying Anita Bean’s bar recipes containing this dried fruit. In the spirit of trying new things and given that her first two recipes which I tried were scrumptious (see Nut Bar & Recovery Bar), I ventured to try Cocoa Energy Bars. Continue reading “Cocoa Energy Bars using Dates”
I occasionally find myself in need of a nutrition bar: when I am a little farther away from home for a workout, or when I have to run errands before I return to breakfast, or when I just simply have to eat something NOW! I find it difficult to eat early in the morning so I typically don’t before I workout; consequently, I find myself hungry fairly soon after I’m done.
I searched for commercial bars which offered a little higher protein (challenging) and tried quite a few (urghhh!). Then I found a recipe in Anita Bean’s The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook, which looked simple & delicious, except that it took three attempts too get it right (1st time: too sticky, 2nd time: didn’t bind, 3rd time: success!). Moral of the story: don’t modify a recipe until you’ve tried it as is at least once as is! Continue reading “A Bar for the Road”
I am glad for this opportunity to revisit February as the month has whizzed by! My 30-Day Challenge was to encounter Beauty, whether it is as an Imaginative Creator or Awed Enthusiast. I feel like I didn’t mindfully do this as there was so much going on. So I am going to try again in March, to purposefully engage in Beauty, whether it is composing a photograph, or dreaming up new Blondie flavours, or jiggling to music, or being gobsmacked by a sculpture: Encounter with Beauty, Take 2.
On to the Highlights of February: we harvested our first tomato (Above photo) from our Balcony Garden: we were all thrilled to enjoy the fruits of Loving Husband & Older Daughter’s labours. There were a total of 5. We are awaiting 2 more which have since emerged.
It has also been a season of lights, as we enjoyed the Light to Night Festival in the Civic District, and the Lunar New Year.
Celebrating the Year of the Dog
Pineapple tarts are a must!
Lanterns to light up the trees!
Here are some of my Beauty-ful creations.
Whorls of Twirls: Quilled earrings
Canna lilies along the Rochor Canal
Fallen Frangipani in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Twists & Turns: Quilled earrings
If you are inspired to join in, here are the guidelines for The Changing Seasons.
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them
This Butterfly Pea Flower, basking in the warmth of morning sun, was a pleasant discovery as I walked through the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru.
Lesson 1 of Developing Your Eye Part 2, invites us to think about light. The word photography means “drawing with light” in Greek. I must admit that I have not paused to think of what I do with the camera as drawing. As I mull on this, however, I am tickled by how apropos it is. For this assignment, we are challenged to consider the direction & quality of light as we look through our cameras. Continue reading “Warmth: Lesson 1 Quality of Light”
I have been having a lot of fun making my breakfasts higher in protein, lower in refined flours & sugars. As pancakes are one of my favourite foods (and not just at breakfast time), it seemed like a good candidate to spend some time on. Here are some of my experiments to make a healthier, higher protein, naturally sweet meal. Continue reading “Fun with Healthier Pancakes”
Following Zimmerbitch is an eye-opening experience: Su’s photography is spectacular and her insights astute. She has recently taken over the curation of The Changing Seasons, a monthly blogging event that celebrates the changes in our world throughout the year. This past December, my 30-Day Challenge was to take a Photo-a-Day. I had so much fun thinking & reflecting on the month through photos so when I saw Su’s contribution to The Changing Seasons, I just had to join in! Continue reading “The Changing Seasons: January 2018”
One of my greatest treasures is Memory; memories made with loved ones like this visit to Hello Kitty House, Bangkok with the family.
It was a fun afternoon visit, although not all of us are Hello Kitty Fans, or even fans of Kawaii (cuteness). But it was, nevertheless, a memorable afternoon filled with sweets, laughter and many photos! Continue reading “Treasure: Lesson 8 Zoom In”