Saturday, July 19, 2014

FIND ME @ STUFFSHELOVED

Hello!

So it took me a while BUT... I can't always blog about food and I wanted a fresh start. 


So I'd super love it if you came and followed me @stuffsheloved
 
Or maybe you'd prefer to  Follow on Bloglovin 


 Or maybe you prefer the blog header which I put zero thought into and has uploaded poorly...

Either way, I loved connecting with people via blog and I'd love to connect with you on my new space.



Hope to see some friendly faces!



Nat xx








Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BEAUTIFUL


If you search 'beautiful' on Pinterest it brings up a whole heap of animals.



Well said, Pinterest, well said.  

Friday, June 27, 2014

INSTAGRAM FRIDAY


If you don't follow me on Instagram you can find me @lemon_butter




M waiting for our baguettes.



Missing Duke's Waikiki Cajun Fish Tacos. Sigh.



My Dad restored this gorgeous radio for me.  She lives in my lounge and I am obsessed.



Wedding table inspo



Torquay Beach.




Summer Holiday Essentials.






This.









HAPPY WEEKEND!!! xx

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THE BEACH

I absolutely adore the beach.  It's the only place I want to be in Summer.  It's my favourite smell, sound, place to play, place to eat.  I just adore it.  

M & I spend as much of Summer at the beach as we can - he with his jet ski, me with my books and beach towel.  Wine and seafood every night.  It seems like such a lifetime away (and ago) as Winter only just starts to hit Melbourne.  

Let's just dream of the beach for a while...




My happy place.



The ridiculously stunning Cape Leveque which I visited last year
 (this will get it's own post one day).



Palm trees in Palm Cover 3 years ago



Me in Portsea - it was freezing but the beach is still beautiful in the cold.



An image from this year's version of the annual ridiculously amazing Zimmermann swim campaign,

Where's your favourite beach?

Natalie x

images from pinterest, zimmermann and me. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

HEALTHY, NOT HARD


Anyone that's read my blogs will know how passionate I am about healthy eating and taking care of your body.

The other thing I am also super passionate about is keeping it simple.

Working couples, Mum's of bubs, families on a budget and people who are into convenience are highly unlikely to buy a $12 packet of raw cacao powder, a jar of coconut oil because they need a teaspoon of it, trek to a health food shop to find some unique legume or, in a bid to get healthy, try and disguise tofu at dinner time to their exhausted-after-work partner.


Healthy doesn't have to be hard.

I love cocao powder and have the coconut oil in my pantry, but I know it's not needed to be healthy.  As I read somewhere the other day, it's not the Himalayan rock salt that's making the healthy people healthy.  It's the small, every day things.

So for this little space here I plan to share my own simple recipes.

What do I mean by simple?
- You probably already include some of the ingredients in your weekly shop or have them in your pantry.
- If you don't have the ingredients they can all be purchased at your local supermarket in one place
- They take half an hour or less to cook.

If it's not going to be as simple as the above, I'll always let you know!

For the Melbournians, I'll also try to do a recipe once in a while that uses ingredients that are currently on special at your local Coles/Woolies.

Easy healthy.

M & I had a great, quick, healthy din on Sunday night.

I will use this as my first recipe for my new little blogspace!  Here goes..



OPEN FISH TACOS




Serves 4.

White fish (we used flake, you could use any white fish or prawns) - 3 small portions will work fine for 4 people with all the other ingredients.
Marinate in 2tsp of olive oil, 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (omit this if you're feeding it to kids!  You can substitute with paprika), zest of half a lime and a few shakes of salt.  Cover and put in the fridge while you prep everything else.

Shred 1/4 of a red or green cabbage, 1/4 of an iceberg lettuce and grade 1 carrot. Toss together and add 2 tsps of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of Greek or plain yoghurt (if you don't keep any in the house, you can use sour cream or a little more mayo, some olive oil and water to help coat the mix), the other half of your lime's zest, salt, pepper and a little water to help it all mix through.  (I usually make this dressing separately then add it).

Dice 3-4 fresh tomatoes (remove the pulp if you can be bothered) and stir in 1/2 tsp of paprika (I use smoked but whatever's handy is fine).  Set aside.

Peel and mash 1 whole avocado with the juice of 1/4-1/2 a lime (or lemon), 1 small clove of minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Lay 1 piece of mountain bread (this is the healthiest option, but you could use any flat bread) on the plate.

Top with even amounts of your lettuce/cabbage/carrot mix.

Cook the fish you marinated earlier in a hot pan until you know it's done.

Lay the fish on the lettuce mix, top with your diced tomatoes, mashed avocado and finish with the Greek yoghurt (or plain yoghurt or sour cream).

Serve with wedges of your zested lime!

Fresh coriander or fresh mint is amazing added to these if you can get it - just chop and add at the very end so they stay fresh and crunchy.  Coriander is by far my favourite and doesn't even need to be chopped - just add the whole lot in like it was more lettuce.  Don't buy one of those squeezie herbs for this, it won't be as nice - better to keep it fresh without.
Don't be scared to serve them with a side of a corn chip or 3 (the plain ones work best).

Finished!  Yummy, simple and good for you.

.. and if you have kids, laying the fish in the wrap and then putting all the other ingredients on the table so they can put them together themselves could be a fun.


Let me know if you try it or if you have a similar recipe or just some feedback on if you think this is simple.


Happy eating,
Natalie x

Monday, June 23, 2014

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Every Sunday I dream of a different life.  Even though I like my job, I dream of no 9-5, no desk, no boss.  I always thought I was destined for a very creative, adventurous life but instead I, like many others, found an office job that pays the bills (and then some), and I actually enjoy.  I may have never dreamed of doing it, but it's challenging, interesting and keeps my brain ticking.

But every Sunday I dream of spending my days playing piano, reading, painting, decorating - just doing things I love all the time without a care in the world.

So it's my current mission to make sure I do all of these things outside the 9-5.  I am one of the lucky ones who has an amazing office job where I actually do start at 9 and finish at 5.  No exceptions on any day.  I am starting to take full advantage of this (and one way is by restarting blogging).


A couple of weeks ago I took a piano class.  I did piano for years as a child and really miss it.  It was super fun (a little embarrassing, but fun), and now I plan to buy a keyboard (saving for a wedding leaves no room for running around buying what you want all the time).

Last week, I finished a painting that took me months of sitting down for an hour or 2 every 2-4 weeks.  I'm not a talented painter, but it was so relaxing and enjoyable and I can't wait to start the next.  No idea what I am going to do with a whole heap of paintings though!



Eep!


I just wanted to come here and say even if the 9-5 isn't super inspiring, you can still do what you love around that.  You have to.  

Take that class, pick up that brush, cook that insanely difficult recipe, sign up for that course.  Just do it.

Yes the secure job is necessary for most of us, but don't let it squeeze out what you enjoy.

Happy Monday,

Natalie x

Sunday, June 22, 2014

BUCKLEY & MUNRO

I love my kitties and what better excuse to spam you with some kitty photos than.. because I want to!

If you're not a big kitty fan, keep scrolling.

If you're not an animal lover at all we probably won't ever be friends.

Otherwise, these two are my gorgeous Buckley & Munro...




Sleeping together poses & on their outside walkies trying to get to their Daddy who they can see through the window!
Buckley has the stripe on the nose and Munro has the little 'Monroe' spot near his nose.




My little work out buddy Munro.




Buckley chilling on my back room couch (which happens to be right under a heating vent).
I just love them.

Happy Sunday!
Natalie x