July Inspirations

Another one bites the dust – where is 2015 going… anyone…?

July has been great so far and it’s set to get even better – as I’m about to head out to see the month out at the Splendour in the Grass music festival down at Byron Bay. And yes, yes it is raining, I know… And yes we are camping… Yes I already said I know that it’s raining ok… Oh and it’s the middle of winter and we’re in the middle of an antarctic cold snap…

Quote of the Month

“If you think your life is about DOINGNESS, you do not understand what you are about. Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you’re BEING while you’re doing whatever you’re doing. It is a state of BEINGNESS the soul is after, not a state of doingness.”

Neale Donald Walsh

I think it is interesting to consider. As an individual seeking to maximize the potential of my year by DOING things I can honestly say that I am a firm believer in doing… The things you do define your choices, actions speak louder than words after all. It is also the doing that helps us to define our being…

That being said (see what I did there!) it’s good to step back and just be, just be yourself, let your gut lead you, based on your primal gut feelings of what’s best for you and those around.

It;s also good to just stop and observe the world around you and examine how you feel that you fit into it. Is this how you want to be? For me the purpose of the last few years has been to ensure that I get what I want from my life from a purely personally perspective, regardless of career, as society so largely defines us by. I have been achieving my sense of “beingness” pretty successfully of late, although recognize that it takes effort and practice and is an on-going journey… how about you?

Recipe(s) of the Month

June’s recipe – blueberry, almond pancakes.

This month I am yet again catching up with writing up June’s cooking too.

I made the most wonderful dreamy blueberry and almond pancakes – they’re to die for!

I’ve made them more than once and also tried them with raspberrys and nutella in them – Om Nom Nom Nom Nom… Who ate all the pancakes – I did!

We enjoyed them so much Mark is whipping up another batch as I type this for us to take camping this weekend.

Recipe can be found here… I didn’t use almond milk, as the supermarket had sold out, I used rice milk instead.

pancakes

July Recipe(s)

So July has been a good old month for cooking – I think it’s the cold making you want to hunker on down and make delicious treats…

With that in mind I decided to make a tasty cheese and chive “tear and share” bread. Everyone seems to be going on about tear and share breads these days – they seem to now be a thing. Honestly this isn’t something that requires a recipe – just buy a nice loaf from the bakery, cut a grid into it and stuff it full of whatever you fancy. I used mozzarella, spinach, tomatoes, garlic and a bit of Parmesan cheese.

I then baked it in the oven until the cheese was hot and gooey. I don’t remember making the plate – I essentially just ate bits of it off the baking tray… It lasted a few days and reheated well too… If you want to see how stunning it looked when it pulled it out of the oven check out my instagram @rockyrobyn84.

imageI also decided that I was craving full on comfort food but didn’t want to go too heavy on the pasta etc. So with my old faithful lasagne out of the window I decided to try making eggplant parmigiana.

This took a fair amount of prep time (read hours…) but was definitely worth the pay off!

imageI used a recipe from Food52, a website where you can lose days of your time – you have been warned!This was so tasty and comforting – like a hug for the stomach!I was so enamored by it that I even flew a portion of it up to site for Mark to try, so that he didn’t miss out! I am definitely adding this to the list of winter favourites.The photo looks like a dogs dinner – but don’t let it fool you! It’s pure deliciousness!image

I finished this off by making something sweet… in fact I have done other baking too, but frankly this is getting excessive so am only mentioning the 3 ingredient Nutella brownies I made…

Crazy simple and oh so tasty. They have a great consistency and are actually improved by freezing and defrosting – they get more fudgy. I did use a far smaller and deeper pan than the recipe called for though, otherwise they would have turned out extremely thin…

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This month I am thankful for…

Mark!

Need I say more…

I love you, thank you for an amazing year. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

mandm

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