TURMERIC CAULIFLOWER BUDDHA BOWL✨ Turmeric roasted cauliflower, steamed kale, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, edamame beans, basmati rice, red pepper hummus and garlic oven roasted chickpeas 🙌🏽⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was never a huge cauliflower fan until my mum shared her turmeric recipe with me, and now I could live off the stuff 🌟 Once it sits and marinates in all the herbs & spices, uhhh... it just tastes incredible (tip: a squeeze of lemon also makes all the difference!) if you want the recipe for this dish then let me know and I’ll post it to my story 🍃⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In other news I have indeed returned to Australia safe and sound (not after being held in immigration for 4 hours, interrogated and left traumatised of course....😞) and I’ve been on a little ‘social media cleanse’ I suppose you could say. Often I find that’s the best way to adjust and properly take in my surroundings. To keep you in the loop; currently we’re house-sitting in a small village in the gorgeous Blue Mountains🌲🐾 Sharing a home with FIVE needy dogs, TWO cats and a chicken who thinks she’s a dog. It’s utter chaos, but in the best possible way 🐶🐔🐱🐾🏡 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ....Except the early wake up calls. I never even got the chance to get over my jet lag 💤 I’m now involuntarily a (very early) morning person. That’s a big deal, cause if you know me, you know I could actually win a world record for amount of hours wasted unconscious.
Then again; watching the sunrise over the mountains is pretty unbeatable 🌤⛰ #IdStillLikeMySleepThough#JustSayin#IdAlsoLikeToNotBeCoveredHeadToToeInDogHair#CantWinEveryBattle
After a day of frolicking through flowers and getting stung by bees is there anything better? 🐝🍰☕️ Beetroot chocolate cake, courgette & avocado cake (which I was initially hesitant about, but it tasted like the best carrot cake I’ve ever put in my mouth and I need the damn recipe) and lots of earl grey tea, of course 🌻🌈 I’m returning back to Australia the day after tomorrow, so days out exploring with mum have been mandatory. 👩❤️👩 We’ve eaten our way through so many vegan cakes during my time home that I’m pretty sure my blood has been replaced with icing.. but there’s no one I’d rather drive home feeling sick (and full of regret) with 😂 ‘A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend’ and that’s most certainly true in our case.
Mentally preparing myself for a whooole lot of frustrating Skype calls with bad connection that include screaming at one another about something completely, totally un-important. And receiving emails of weird obscure animals with no words included, because who in the hell needs words when you’re looking at a picture of an Aye-Aye? (seriously. google it.) 💞💞
Sunflower fields forever 🌻🌻🌻 Even though they weren’t in full bloom, this happy little guy and I shared a real special moment 🌾 A day well spent drinking tea, eating vegan cakes, picking wildflowers and frolicking in lavender. Oh! And a bee stung my foot, so there’s also that ....🐝
‘What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward, to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.’ // Jack Kerouac // On the road 🚌🌾🌙
There’s no place I’d rather be than on my bed snuggling with my handsome Barney Bear 🐶 which feels bitter-sweet at the moment as I head back to Australia in just ten days.
The more I visit home the harder it becomes to leave. It gets more painful each time. Honestly, I’m just so sick of crying at airports. Whether I leave England or Australia, half of my heart is always left behind. My life is never ‘full’. It’s always a sacrifice of some kind. 💔 I can’t just drive home one weekend when I feel like it. I have to prepare, budget, and book the oh-so-long flight months in advance. It’s particularly difficult this time, as I don’t know when I’ll be home next. Yep, a one-way flight. The easiest way to make me a hysterical ball of sobbing, incomprehensible mess.
The positive thing about living so far from home however, is that when you DO finally return, you appreciate every. single. ounce of it. Like you wouldn’t even believe! My old bed that I used to hate has never felt so good, the summer we’ve been having has been incredible, though I love it when it rains too. Even when my mother and I squabble over something stupid, I’m so grateful that I’m here to get on her nerves in the first place. I used to hate it when Barney would burst into my room at 6am every bloody morning and lick my face. Now there’s no sight I’d rather see. Watching the news is such a novelty to me because I miss it so much when I’m away. Even just hearing English accents has become a comfort I never expected.
Living on the other side of the world from your family, home and friends is such a big decision and sometimes I wonder if I can keep doing it forever. It’s not easy & there are of course moments of doubt. But then I remember who’s on the other side waiting for me.. and my gut tells me I’m doing the right thing. Oh, and the other good thing is - when I get back to Australia, I’ll appreciate every single ounce of everything I’ve missed since being there too. ☀️💦 Here’s to getting my pommy self back over there and successfully getting that de facto visa! Presuming I don’t somehow get myself kicked out of the country in the next three months... there’s always time 😂🏡✈️✨ #HomeAwayFromHome
One of my favourite things about summer in England is the long days. The sun doesn’t set until around 9:30pm 🌙 So, dinner outside it is! 🍽✨
Lentil tabbouleh with parsley, mint, spring onion, green beans, cucumber & tomatoes, Orzo with mushroom, garlic & lemon thyme, and some grated apple with raw beetroot (this combo is unexpectedly delicious and so easy, try it!!) 🌈 #eatmoreplants 🌱
Reminiscing the magic of Barcelona from way back last year 🥀💭 Seems I really have a thing for narrow, labyrinth-like streets. I’d love to be lost in the Gothic Quarter again... one of the very few times I didn’t mind being lost! #pontdelbisbe
Fun fact: this picture was taken at 5:30am, so it’s good thing you can’t see my face ‘cause my eye-baggage allowance exceeded the limit big time 💤✈️
‘It’s only one straw’... said 8 billion people!
#PlasticFreeJuly ♻️💦🌿 is in full force and it’s the perfect time to evaluate our plastic consumption & make some positive environmental changes. Here are some of my #ZeroWaste tips🌻 〰️ Get yourself a good reusable water bottle and carry it around with you. Make it a habit. After a while you’ll feel strange without it. 〰️ BYO @keepcup / reusable coffee cup to go! Lots of coffee shops now give you a discount if you hand them your keep cup. 👍🏽 〰️ KEEP any jars and re-use them to store nuts, seeds, pasta, spices, any other pantry goods. Glass containers are a great way of storing food without plastic. The ones pictured are from @thesourcebulkfoods 🌿 I love being a nerd and labelling all of my jars individually. Try it, It’s so much fun.
〰️ REUSABLE shopping bags! Remember, it’s only reusable if you have it with you. Keep it in your handbag, or in the car. Somewhere you won’t forget it.
〰️ Buy in BULK. Re-fill your own jars/containers when you buy whole foods if you can.
〰️ Mind the WRAP! Choose loose produce. Don’t give in to fruits and veggies that are wrapped in lots of unnecessary plastic. Or even better, shop from a farmers market.
〰️ Say NO to plastic straws! Okay, this is one that I really need to work on. It’s so easy to forget, but next time you order a drink, ask for no plastic straw and bring your own glass/bamboo/stainless steel/paper straw instead. If you mess up then don’t beat yourself up over it; just try to remember for next time.
〰️ I recently switched from a plastic toothbrush to a bamboo biodegradable one and I am loving it! Bamboo is the worlds fastest naturally renewing resource which is also inherently anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
All these small changes might not feel like much, but they make such a HUGE difference to our environmental impact.
I’m not perfect by any means, and I still have slip ups. Don’t worry if you’re not 100% zero waste, because that isn’t an easy feat. Just do your best, one step at a time. 🙏🏽🌍🌙
It’s time to show the planet the love it deserves ♻️ #PLASTICSUCKS#ECOLIVING
Missing Scotland and Sunny 🚌🌲 even though it wasn’t ‘Sunny’ when we were there. In fact quite the opposite. ⚡️☔️🌧 and oh look! nooooow it’s ☀️☀️☀️ everywhere, including the land of kilts and sheep! Awesome! I’m convincing myself that the apocalyptic weather added to the experience in a thinly veiled attempt to seem less scorned. But I totally am, well... scorned.
Oh well - the sun in the UK has been so glorious these past few days and I just can’t stay bitter. I’ve welcomed about a hundred new freckles to my face party!! 🌈🌿☀️
Big ol’ bowl of goodness 🌿🌈
Quinoa, a whole grain source of protein and complex carbs, kale which is rich in iron, baked sweet potato fries - an excellent source of vitamin A, smothered with fresh rosemary grown from the garden, avocado for some healthy fats, sauerkraut for probiotic gut health, mushrooms for that vitamin D aaaaand a dollop of hummus, because, well, EVERYONE loves hummus... duh 🙌🏽 My favourite meals often end up being the ones where I just chuck what’s left in my fridge into a bowl and hope for the best!🌱🥑🍠🥦 #SAVETheAnimals#SAVEThePlanet#EatVegan 🐰
Bowl is from @homeonearth in Barcelona. 100% sustainable and inspired by nature 🌿🌙 this one is Mango Wood!
The first stop on our road-trip was Edinburgh. It was everything I’d imagined it would be; and I’d romanticised it for years prior to finally seeing it in person. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint!
Quaint cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, weathered pubs and narrow passageways, all drowning in history. After seven hours happily aimlessly wandering around (yep, full tourist mode) we walked up Carlton Hill.
I’m really not much of a city girl. In fact, the opposite. After seven hours in a city I’d usually be tearing my hair out, claustrophobic, dying to get away from people. But Edinburgh was different. It’s a city that doesn’t feel like a city. And it became one of my favourite places in just under a day... I would have happily spent another seven hours aimlessly marvelling at its beauty.✨
Ramsay Garden 📸 Built in the 1890’s 🌿 Now I don’t know much about architecture but I loved these charming little buildings in this vibrant town! Taken off the Royal Mile on the way up to Edinburgh Castle 🌲🏰 #scotland#hiddendelights
An Australian guy with a British girl in an American camper made in Germany, driving up North across England to both experience Scotland for the first time 🚌🌲 Five nights and six days spent in soaking, stormy, chaos.
Our home for the week was this adorable 40 year old retro California Kombi, ironically named Sunny. Of course, the weather was anything but ☀️ He didn’t exactly match the landscape - he looks more suited on his way to the beach decked out with some surfboards, but I loved the juxtaposition of two very different worlds surreally coexisting.
Soaring mountains, highland cows, castles, villages, windswept moorlands, rocky coastlines.. Scotland you are beautiful, and your dramatic weather only adds to your ever-so-rugged charm ☔️
From losing track of time walking around Edinburgh for seven hours aimlessly admiring the city, finding an unexpected little hidden vegan cafe in Fort William, to spending the night in Skye wondering if Storm Hector was going to blow our little mustard coloured home over at 4am in the morning... the land of Scots stole our wee hearts! 🐉🏴🐏 #Aye#AyeHadNoIdeaWhatAnyoneWasSaying#LovedItThough
Sidenote: I am so immensely proud of Ned for driving Sunny, a left hand drive (!!) temperamental old boy who’s a lil rusty, on not just UK roads for the first time, but tiny little one way, windey roads in crazy rain, wind and fog! Kombis sure are cute but I quickly realised they’re not the easiest vehicle to manouvre, but after a couple of hours he was riding Sunny like a pro. Probably could’ve worded that better. Oh well.🚌❤️
My dad taught me to play guitar when I was 8 years old. He used to perform little concerts to my twin brother and I. Our number one most requested was The Zoo by Simon and Garfunkel closely followed by I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles. It was honestly the coolest thing I’d ever seen and I just wanted to know how in the hell was he making those sounds!
I remember the first song he taught me, ‘Knocking on Heavens Door’, and practicing four basic chords again & again until my fingers started bleeding. Fifteen years later and I’m still just as obsessed with playing now as I was then, almost as if it’s still completely new to me. The magic never really goes away. I suppose that’s because you can pick something up but never truly master it. Always room to grow and evolve.
There’s this meditative state about playing thats hard to put into words - but no matter what mood you’re in or what kind of day you’ve had; once you sit down with that instrument, whatever comes out is almost an extension of yourself that cannot be expressed in any other way.
Oh, and because there’s no better feeling than finally mastering a song you’ve loved all your life! Or watching your own fingers move in a way that they couldn’t a week ago, without consciously realising the progress you’ve made - until suddenly you’re doing something you thought was impossible.
I guess what I’m trying to say is; (and it’s kind of the most obvious thing in the world but still so important) that if you don’t already, then find something that’s your ‘therapy’ whether it’s a musical instrument, kickboxing, knitting, dancing, candle making.. whatever it is that turns your bad day into a good one. You could truly thrive at something and not even realise it yet!! 💭
Currently playing // Delicate - Damien Rice 🎵📻
How gorgeous is this VW Kombi from @boholuxemarket festival a few months ago? 🌼 I’ve always dreamed of adventuring in a kombi van just like this, and in a couple of weeks time that dream is becoming reality! Well, at least for a few days 🚌🌾🌻 Ned is flying all the way from Australia to finally see.. well.. my life 😂 We’ll be road tripping to the Land of Scots in a Kombi who goes by the name of Sunny 🌞 a beach california camper 🌊✌🏽 I cannot contain my excitement even one little teeny tiny bit!
Particularly after our last couple of road trip experiences; when we traveled across Australia in 2016, our van had ‘hard ons’ ‘smell my finger’ and ‘meat puppets’ written all over it (oh the irony... thanks Wicked Campers) 👍🏽 So I guess you could say this is a bit of an upgrade? Well that’s an understatement, it’s going to be pure luxury compared to what we’ve grown accustom to!
If anyone (Scot or Not) has any places in Scotland to recommend (particularly around Edinburgh) pleeeease let me know in the comments cause I don’t really know where to start 👇🏽 Museums, mountains, landmarks, places to eat, castles, errrrm Scottish things I guess. Also any places within the Lake District, or just beautiful landscapes up North that are worth checking out!! ⛰🐾🌱 #ScotsComeAtMe#CantWaitToNotTryHaggis
My favourite kind of evening 🌙✨ The fanciest chocolates I’ve ever tasted - and without shadow of a doubt the prettiest! 🌸 #tooprettytoeat#almost
Amazing vegan range from @biancamarton artisan chocolates that has somehow satisfied my seemingly insatiable sweet tooth! (Top marks for alliteration, me) 🍫 100% natural, cruelty free & animal secretion free 🌿 🐮 They seriously remind me of Miss Honeys chocolate box in Matilda 🔮 Unfortunately I don’t have the power of telekinesis, soooo I guess this is as close as I’ll get 💭 #veganlyf#gluttonyatitsfinest
Today I celebrated my 23rd lap around the sun surrounded by thousands upon thousands of bluebells and wildflowers 🌿🌞🌾 This Bluebell wood was something right out of a fairytale.. It’s actually in my home town of Northamptonshire!! (only took me 23 years to realise it existed)🌲 I couldn’t believe this enchanting, dreamy haven had been right under my nose for so long. It’s amazing how the wonders of nature can be found right outside your door 🌈🍄 This is a spot I’ll definitely be returning to for years to come whenever I’m home ✨
Here’s to more adventures frolicking in flowers, more road-trips, and, fingers crossed... getting permanent residency in Australia and not getting kicked out because I really, reeeeeally suck at anything visa related 🤞🏽 It’s like I have a talent for NOT getting in the country. Whatever, they pronounce words funny anyway.
Regardless - the best birthday gift I received 🎁 is actually in the form of a human. The love of my life is flying from Australia to FINALLY see what life is like on my side of the pond for two weeks! 🎉🎉🎉 If my dog hates him it’s over, so this is kinda a big deal 🐶 #AboutBloodyTime#YourTurnToFlyMate#HomeTownDates#IfUWatchTrashTVYouWillGetThatReference 🌹