Sydney

Last weekend I visited the Harbour City to see some friends.

I was supposed to be there on Friday night, however thanks to Tiger Air and a last minute cancellation I arrived at 8.30 on Saturday morning… just in time for breakfast. IMG_5153This was quite possibly the best almond milk chai I have had the pleasure of drinking. IMG_5154Then there was the green eggs and bacon (and feta and roquette – which on the menu was listed as rockets).

Once breakfast was done it was time to shop. It’s been ages since I had a shopping expedition, and we headed straight to the city centre.IMG_5155This was the view on the way… IMG_5157Sydney’s quite pretty. IMG_5156Mid shopping snack (lunch). Fro-yo is my splurge food, I can’t go past it. IMG_5159Dinner was Mexican… what else?IMG_5158Steak fajitas and chicken tacos. They were pretty tasty, but I’ll be honest, I wanted to go here because of the name alone. IMG_5162Sunday saw us crossing an impressive bridge, Anzac bridge to be precise. We were on our way to Paddington for brunch, which ended up being lunch after an hour and a half drive- apparently you can’t go everywhere you want when the Sydney Marathon is on, whoops! IMG_5163After breakfast we found a park with a view.

Not bad Sydney, not bad.

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The weekend + PB protein squares

My weekend was separated into two sections.

1. cake
2. everything else

The cake was an order from a former work colleague of dad’s whose son was turning 4. Last year my sister and I made him a HUGE castle cake. This year it was a dinosaur. Naturally my sister and I were crazy excited. IMG_2473Before cake sustenance was necessary… pesto-feta scramble with mushrooms and bacon. BOOM. Incredible.

Cake time. Two 11″ rainbow marble numbers, into the oven. There was a minor meltdown moment when I realised that the cake tins were leaking. Thankfully the BF was here to talk me down from the proverbial cliff. It all turned out ok…IMG_2481Two cakes cut and arranged. Lookin’ like a dinosaur yet?IMG_2474How about now? I particularly like the orange smash balls on his tail. The birthday boy said in a revered whisper, “I like it.” When he saw it. Success!

So, once the cake was delivered I was able to move onto other things. IMG_2482Weekly meal prep time. I find meal preparing so very satisfying. I suppose I am an organisation nerd… Here we have breakfast; protein pancakes, the green hue is thanks to a hefty handful of spinach. IMG_2475These aren’t too attractive, but they tasted far better than they looked. Vegetable fritters, zucchini, broccoli, mushroom, kale and haloumi. Nothing with haloumi can be bad. IMG_2476And these I think were the shining glory of my productive afternoon. Peanut butter protein squares. I was inspired after seeing a protein bar posted on instagram, it was a Tone It Up recipe. I found it and tweaked it.

Peanut butter protein squares

Ingredients:
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds
3 tbsp chia seeds
3-4 tbsp mix of sesame seeds and pepitas
3 scoops vanilla protein powder

Method:
1. First up warm your peanut butter, rice malt syrup and coconut oil in a small saucepan, until pretty runny.
2. Mix all of your other bits- except protein powder- in a bowl.
3. Pour peanut butter mixture over your dry ingredients and stir it up.
4. Once it’s well mixed add your protein powder, mix, mix, mix
5. Spread the gooey deliciousness into a tray lined with baking paper (mine was about 8″ or 9″ square).
6. Let it set in the freezer for an hour or so. Once it’s set hard cut into squares, or bars, whatever takes your fancy.
I wrapped mine into 2 square servings. Wrapping immediately was necessary because I easily could have eaten the whole pan in one go. That good. Pop your wrapped squares into the freezer and grab whenever you need a satisfying peanut butter treat.

After all of that meal planning the BF took over in the kitchen to create AMAZING pulled pork tacos. There isn’t much I can say to explain how freakin’ good these were. I’ll just show you…IMG_2477No words needed, right?

Finally, I saw this (on instagram, again) and really liked it.IMG_2478

Mexi dinner feast

A lot of Mexican food gets cooked in our house. It’s a go to cuisine whenever we’re struggling for ideas. Burrito bowls. Fajitas. Tacos. Tonight it was quesadillas, chicken quesadillas to be precise, at least for the BF anyway.

I was intent to fill my plate with vegetables, so rather than a quesadilla I ended up with stuffed mexi-mushrooms.

IMG_1597Stuffed with red and green peppers, red onion, coriander (cilantro) and shredded cheese. Ready for the oven. While these babies were baking away the BF was grinding up a spice mix and BBQ-ing the chicken, which would be stuffed into his quesadilla and popped on top of my mushrooms.

IMG_1598Voila! Stuffed mexi-mushrooms with BBQed chicken thighs and guacamole. Considering this creation was something I thought up while writing out the grocery list, I am pretty pleased.

IMG_1601And for those after a more traditional quesadilla… check out what the BF created. Filled with salsa, mdxi-beans, chicken and cheese. Topped with sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños and taco sauce. It was a monster of a thing and every last mouth full was eaten.

Perfect Sunday night feast.