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Pear, grape rocket salad with wholegrain honey mustard vinaigrette

I have been on a roll on posting food blog recipes. That may be due to the 6 six drafts that I still have to go and I still need to post about my day trip and holiday in Canberra so stay tuned to next weeks post. But for now, let us talk about FOOD!! 🙂

Sometimes looks can be very deceiving. This was especially the case when I saw this as a side dish for lunch with the kids. Despite this weird looking salad, it is always recommended by Lena to try every food that is presented during lunch so that the children will also be encouraged to try meals with vegetables. So I really encouraged the kids “Just try ONE bite and you’ll never see it the same again” I told them. I know I did 🙂

I Just love the look of this salad :)

You should have seen their expressions on their faces “WE WANT MORE!!!!!! All of their plates were completely empty. The salad of imagination was a complete success once again 🙂 and made washing a whole lot easier 🙂

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For many years, I never used to eat pears. However, I fell in love with this dish as soon as I took my first bite. Now I use pears in various types of foods from oat bran topping for brekkie to even on pizzas (thanks to the free book I received from Woolworths). The good news is that pears are still in season in Melbourne. So I like to buy my pears at my local fruit store since they are cheap and fresh from the farms in Melbourne.

This recipe is slightly modified from the original recipe. I have added walnuts and used wholegrain mustard combined with honey to make honey mustard dressing. Overall this salad has a sweet and savoury taste to it and this paring goes incredibly well with my home country dish Jollof rice (which I should post the recipe soon) or I like to eat a LARGE bowl of this salad.

For the recipe, please check out my second blog: Pear, grape rocket salad with wholegrain honey mustard vinaigrette 


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Kale and Mint Salad with Cranberries and Sunflower seeds

One thing that I have learnt which I supervise the children in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is that salads come in different shapes, colours, sizes (and nutrients too). More importantly, salad is not only limited to the so-called basic salad (lettuce, tomato). After a few classes of ‘salad of imagination’, the possibility of inventing your own salad becomes endless and making salads as a side dish to eat never becomes boring, in fact, it’s my favourite part of the meal most of the times.

Fallen Dried Cranberries 0_o

For this recipe, I love the hint of sweetness that comes from the dried cranberries that are buried within the salad.

Salad ready to be mixed

Another great aspect of this salad is the minty aromatic smell from the fresh mint along with the light dressing which does not overpower the overall flavour of the dish.Sunflowers seeds are rich in Vitamin E, and I love sprinkling them into salads when I don’t have any other nuts or chicken available in the kitchen since I keep a bulk supply of sunflower seeds.

The highlight of this dish is allowing the flavours to combine and the kale leaves also softens after its being massaged with the other ingredients.

Yummy!!!!

This recipe was derived from Kemi’s raw kitchen: Kale and Mint Salad with Cranberries and Sunflower seeds. My next attempt in making this, I would like to try dried apricots :).

For the recipe, please check out my second blog Nutritious Living:


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Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Raspberries and Lavender cream

One way how I love to reward myself (after organizing 1,000 papers of data for my research study), is to make a homemade delicious dessert. Last week, I went to the Ashcombe Lavender garden maze with the Deakin Toastmaster members. While being surrounded by fresh scent of lavender, I remembered Fiona’s recipe in the second season of Master Chef and I knew I had to make her dessert as my reward.

Before I even took a bite out of this lovely treat, I just loved the lovely fragrance of the lavender when it is combined with the cream and dark chocolate Ganache. While I was eating the tart, I envisioned myself having high tea with delectable treats in a fancy and elegant café chatting with friends. (~ah, how I love to daydream :)). During these special moments, I always like to remind myself that a healthy diet with (exercise of course) can also include an occasional treat which makes eating healthy not so rigid and more enjoyable.

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Stressed is just desserts spelled backwards – Unknown quote.

For the recipe, please check out my second blog: Dark chocolate Ganache


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PERFECTIONISM

First and foremost, I wanted to say that I’m sorry for being MIA (Missing in action) for more than 2 months!!! The easy thing for me to say is that life just got busy. However, that was not the case for my long absence of blogging. There was something else that hindered me from blogging.

Say hello to my nemesis

PERFECTIONISM.

Believe it or not, this issue of perfectionism started when I went to university at La Trobe hoping to transfer to Monash University to apply for Nutrition and dietetics. I always thought that I should always strive to achieve the best that I can do. Nevertheless, the dreadful thing about perfectionism is that sometimes it can be deceptive, meaning that I raised incredibly high standards that are either not idealistic or way beyond my skills (probably by watching others), yet I still think!  I can achieve it, not realizing after I fail miserably and become deflated.

For example, when I am plating food for a photo shoot, each component of food  MUST be at a precise point. (This is bad, but I remember when I took a shot of a salad that I a made, I moved the walnut 2 cm apart from the rocket and I was not impressed with the overall picture (which in fact NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH THE photo. It was just my perception.

  • Or when I’m learning a new piece for piano, I expect to learn for my mistakes just like snapping my fingers. One note must not be wrong, otherwise, I just think that the whole piece sounds wrong, even if the notes that I played after the wrong note was played with accuracy and eloquence.
  • Or the worst, when I was writing my literature review, I wouldn’t write until I had the exact words to convey certain points from other scientific journals.

Believe it or not, there’s more, but I’ll spare the details otherwise, you’ll still be reading this post until Christmas with my dilemma of perfectionism.

Therefore, I realized that this often leads me to focus way too much on the task and my time is also wasted which could be used more productively. Also I start to lose the enjoyment of learning techniques such photography, piano and even evaluations at Deakin Toastmasters when I focus of on getting things 100% right or having things and learning is a wonderful experience. What’s even worse is that I start to lose my passion for these things and questions why I go even blog, desire to combine food styling, culinary skills in promoting a healthy lifestyle.  It’s OK to dream big, however, I like to think of a dream is like it’s a life  long  journey where small steps represents tasks that I have achieved moving me closer to my journey. When I want everything right, its like every step becomes harder and feels exhausting.  As much I hate to admit, when a child who first rides their bike will fall and cry because it hurts. In my short comings, I am learning not to overstate the negatives and the skills that I still haven’t learnt yet. Rather sometimes unexpected mistakes may even lead us to our goals and dreams. So when I do fall or things just don’t go the way as I planned them out to be, I will remind myself to not just stop, because the beauty of life can also be from learning from our mistakes which makes us wiser than we were yesterday, (that if we choose to acknowledge that we have a problem of course). So many great people like Thomas Edison who had to go through more than 1000 attempts in creating the light bulb that we have today. While from his story we can learn the power of persistence, he also chose not to focus on the invention being so perfect and if it was not successful, he tried again until the bulb stared to shine.

But I am learning that perfection isn’t what matters. In fact, it’s the very thing that can destroy you if you let it.”
Emily Giffin

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Some ways how I am learning to tackle perfectionism is:

Learn to react to positive constructive feedback especially as I am writing a paper from my previous Honours study hopefully trying to get it published with the help of my supervisor.

To implement healthy goal striving in the form of short and long-term goals that are reasonable and achieve able and to reward myself when I have achieved those goals.

To take pleasure of the process of learning because we can always learn something in this life. Everyone is unique in their own way and to not be too hard on myself (Just start blogging again lol).

I’m ready to experience the next chapter of my life as I feel that are I wonderfully things waiting ahead. Knowing that I have perfectionism is vital, but talking steps to change these behaviours will be a beneficial change for the future ahead 🙂

Kay’s Questions: Are you a perfectionist like myself??