So, I'm home in Australia for Christmas... and suddenly am reminded why I found it so easy to eat healthy living here.....
My first wander around a real Australian food market and I was ready to move back home.
In England, you shop in supermarkets... sometimes there are markets and I know there are more further out of the city, but most of my shopping days are indoors, wrapped in coats and faced with produce that looks about as exciting as wet paint.
It doesn't inspire you to go home and make epic salads. When I make giant salads in Manchester, I do it because I know I should. It's kind of an effort.
How could you NOT want to eat a bounty of fruits and vegetables when faced with sights like this?
Look at this Aubergine?! (In Aussie...it's an Eggplant) Also - check out the sun beaming onto my arm!
I have no grand plan for this blog post except to inspire you with photos of amazing produce.
If you live somewhere, ANYWHERE with access to foods like this, how can you not soak up every morsel of it? How can you not want to eat amazing fruits and vegetables?! There are just too many of them to be bored of and so many meal possibilities :)
In Manchester, I honestly have tried. I signed up for organic weekly food delivery and the quantity just is not worth the effort. You get a box of deliciousness, but with the amount I eat, it doesn't last the week....(or even a few days!) When you eat fruits and vegetables three meals a day - you need a lot of produce! This is why when I'm in England, I live on sweet potato, bananas and porridge! They are cheap staples that are good all year around, accessable and still are going to keep me relatively healthy. Organic fruits and vegetables in Manchester I've only found in giant chain stores and even then just aren't up to scratch.
TIME FOR MORE AUSSIE PHOTOS!!
See those bananas? AMAZING... Those are RIPE people! See those Mangos?!
I'm not pretending it's cheap... it isn't! I bought two mangoes to munch on while dancing around the market and it cost me eight dollars! Yep. Not cheap. BUT... I am someone who is happy to spend my money on good food. I don't drink alcohol and I don't smoke
After a shopping day like that, it's zero effort to eat a breakfast like this the next morning:
I simply want to flood myself with all this food and make the most of it. How could you be tempted to eat something greasy or disgusting?
The hot weather also has a huge impact... when the sun is shining its goodness on you non-stop, you want cold, juicy foods. In the UK, I can't pretend I'm craving fruit a lot, you usually crave stodgy, hot foods.... damn you weather!
What I've been eating....
In Australia, every cafe you sit at will have an Avocado on Toast option. This BAFFLES me about the UK. How can you not have discovered this yet? It's so simple and so delicous. Yes, maybe it's suited to hot weather, but personally... I can eat it anytime!
I rustled up myself and Mum some salads/lunch boxes to take walking. Look at this incredible produce that takes "organic" to the next level. All cucumber and salad leaves provided by the incredible Jenna Koda and her veggie garden!
A container of the above salad with some added beetroot and roasted almonds.
Simple bruschetta to utilise the gorgeous sourdough in the cupboard! Hummus topped with caramelised onion and pine nuts. Yes, it was as good as it looks :)
The hummus I made a little differently, improvising with what was in Mummy's bountiful pantry! I used a can of chick-peas, 3 tablespoons of tahini, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 teaspoon mixed spice, 1 sprig of rosemary, sea salt, pepper, juice of 1 lemon and a dash of water to thin out. It was amazing!
Now - I'm off to soak up the sun and try tan....
Thank you Australia.... I am loving being home for these (very brief) two weeks.... I will try and flood this blog with as much inspirational food pictures as possible! It's a hard life, hey.
Then guys, sorry... back to sweet potato and porridge. But I love that too!
EAT YOUR FRUITS :)
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