Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Thoughts on exercise and high quality nosh.

This is the instagram generation. We spend more time drooling over images of peoples picture perfect lives than we do actually living our own.

Healthy living blogs can be inspiring but they can also be really, really depressing. Humans are competetive by nature and are always striving to be the 'best' at whatever we do. We also hate showing signs of weakness.

It's easy to forget that even though a bloggers site is immaculate that doesn't mean their life is. They don't always eat healthy gourmet meals, they don't always feel vibrant and positive and they don't have an unreal workout every day.

I am not criticising health bloggers in anyway. A blog is an amazing way to document your talents and experiences. I think it's important to take them with a pinch of salt and remember that your life doesn't always have to be 'perfect'.
Your meals don't have to be restaurant standard every day, your workout doesn't have to leave you in a sweaty puddle all the time.

The most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself in every moment as much as you can. Don't let the little things get you down. Don't get caught up in having to do things your way all the time. Enjoy some diversity and take life how it comes.

When you go for a run or to the gym don't stress out about going as hard and long as you can. Do whatever your body feels up to that day. Focus on enjoying how it feels to move your body. It is imperitive for good health that you don't begin to see exercise as a chore or a punishment.

The same goes for preparing your food. There is more to cooking than just the end product. Crank up the tunes. Dance like a fool. Enjoy the rhythm of your knife, the hiss of vegetables sautéing in the pan, the aroma of spice filling the house. Pause and admire your handiwork before you wolf it down.

Enough rambling. Time for a kick ass curry ;)

This is inspired by the vegetable katsu curry in wagamamas. The quantities aren't very specific because I kinda just winged it. It's pretty simple yet impressively elegant so just give it a go. Put your own twist on it.

Grab yourself some funky ingredients.

I used black rice, about 80g and boiled that til it looked nice and chewy.

Then I turned the oven up nice and hot. I tossed some turkey breast and some aubergine and sweet potato medallions in some eggs and then dunked them in mix of spelt flour and salt. Breadcrumbs, almond meal or ground crackers would work too.

I baked them on oiled trays til they turned crisp and brown. Meanwhile I prepared the sauce.

Sauté some shallots, ginger, garlic and fresh chili in coconut oil til they turn opaque and release their flavours. Add a tbsp of curry powder, a tbsp of veggie buillion and a few tbsp of flour. Add water til it forms a paste. Add half a tin of coconut milk slowly, whilst you continue to whisk the sauce.
Add a little water if needed and leave to simmer.

I served the prepared components with some coriander, oven roasted peanuts and steamed brussel sprouts (slightly out of place, but it worked!). Nom nom.

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