Forget bulletproof butter coffee. My mum has come up with her own trend - adding orange zest to her cup of milky (black) tea!
My parents' orange tree, below left, has been overloaded lately and they're not the type to waste a thing. Plus, according to LiveStrong.com, raw orange peel has 1.5 g of protein and is a source of potassium, riboflavin, vitamin A, calcium and beta-carotene. And I usually put the peel in the compost... (Mum cuts up the zest by hand with a knife the old-fashioned way!)
Orange is a colour of Halloween, right? So I thought adding a little tang to your tea would be appropriate right now. (Mum also sent me off last week with a tub of mashed potato and sweet potato with spinach - from the garden, below right - but I ate it too quickly to include a picture, soz. Naturally though, orange was again a dominant hue.)
Speaking of all things spoooooky, I'm currently reading - and loving - Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's Great Gatsby-style thriller, Bittersweet, as pictured above. My younger sister, Daniella, put me onto it. She always finds gems (the last one was Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners). Which is why I always sneak a look at what Daniella has on the 'reserve' shelf at the local library, next to mine! Read Bittersweet and weep (if you're an emerging author like me, knowing you'll never pen such a masterpiece). Sigh...
I recently did a magazine shoot with my mum for Yours Magazine. Professional hair and makeup artists were on hand, so our manes came out looking a little bigger than we're used to. But, hey, if it's good enough for The Real Housewives of New Jersey... It was a fun shoot :)
I also just had a short story come out in Kid Magazine. You can see a glimpse of it, below, or check out the full yarn here.
Meanwhile, maybe because it's spring-time, I've busy been reading a lot of vego books, like Kimberly Snyder's The Beauty Detox Solution and Celia Brooks’ 5:2 Vegetarian, as below. (I've gone, largely, pescatarian.) Both authors work with celebrities, as you do!
Anyway, I've noticed some similarities with Snyder's message particularly and the traditional Italian style of eating.
For example, eat 'light to heavy' (I remember visiting rellies in Turin and thinking it weird when they served us salad first, then the pasta - but that's exactly what Snyder advises to do to line your stomach first), eat seasonally plus lots of greens and wholefoods (der), cut back on dairy or eliminate it altogether (there's a reason Italians only have cappuccinos in the morning and love their fruit-based gelati), never mix protein and carbs (think how the courses are separated at an Italian wedding), and get into raw, cultured veggies.
Okay, so the Germans can lay claim to sauerkraut, but there's got to be some health benefits to all the pickled eggplant etc. Italians consume (even if it's just that they're, you know, vegetables).
Finally, below left is another healthy 'care package' Mum recently dropped off for me. Isn't she lovely? Plus, there's a pic of MasterChef fave Poh Ling Yeow to the far right - we recently had a family outing at the Adelaide Farmers Market and enjoyed some paella and pancakes at her 'Jamface' stall. Check it out! Until next time x
Finding my inner peasant...