The World of Hanbel’s iPhone

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1. Grower’s Market stash 2. My favourite breakfast 3. Ruining my cons 4. The prettiest Birthday Boy 5. Cleaning the beast 6. A colourful Saturday lunch 7. Red wine @ The Windsor Theatre 8. The best cauliflower soup 9. Needing a haircut

People Who Love to Eat are Always the Best People

“I’d be so skinny if I didn’t love food so much” Hannah, every day.

But I do, I do love food. So SO much. I have an obsession with needing to try everything, find new combinations, hit that latest breakfast spot, create a new dish at home.
I’m not an overly talented cook, but I am trying and improving! I am, however, an exceptional eater.

Therefore, Mum’s suggestion of hitting up the Good Food and Wine Show this past weekend was a no brainer.

Perth Good Food & Wine Show Tickets

In short, this is a huge event for foodies and vendors alike. With hundreds of exhibitors, master classes, Celebrity presentations and more, the Convention Centre gets packed out quickly. Which is why we decided to get in early (before all the free wine samples settled in).

IMG_5272 The fourth cheese along there (wrapped in a vine leaf), was delicious! It was the Bruny Island “Oen” and it was also ridiculously strong, and we smelt of cheese for the rest of the day; rookies.

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This was the only product all day that tempted me enough to buy it. Good, old fashioned peanut butter to add to my collection.
If you have a nut allergy, don’t come to my house; I’ll come to yours.

IMG_5276We kept the wine sampling to minimum, as it was still morning, but Mum couldn’t go past her favourite – Mr Riggs.
The McLaren Vale Shiraz was heavenly, and concreted my decision to visit that wine region one day.

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Feeling a little more peckish, we visited the Grazing Garden where our old friends Comida Do Sul were serving some new creations.

IMG_5278We snacked on this Banana/Coconut Ceviche while getting our seats for the Theatre. It was zingy, smooth, sweet, savoury and a few more contradictory flavours! The punchy lime dressing and vibrant red onion were mellowed out by the banana, with the coconut and coriander topping it off the create a surprising palate explosion. Was it a dessert? Was it savoury? Who the hell cares, it was delicious!
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The timing worked out well for us to sit down and watch Adam Liaw (former Masterchef winner) cook up a storm. He introduced the session by explaining that he wanted to have a conversation with us, and proved it by answering all questions, walking out into the audience and running way over time because he was trying to explain things so thoroughly.

I learnt so much in his 45 minutes on stage about Asian cooking, and general kitchen tips.

1. When assembling a rice paper roll, don’t let the rice paper soak for too long. It should be the consistency of a child’s raincoat.

2. Put your rice paper rolls filling on one side, and the prawns towards the other. That way when you are finished rolling, the prawns will end up on top, and your rolls will look restaurant standard.

3. When creating a sauce, and trying to find the balance just begin with two ingredients. Mix your sweet and sour together until they tastes pleasant, and then add in savoury. Keep it simple!

4. Don’t forget about the 5th taste – Umami. Google it, trust me.

Thank you Adam, just thank you!
IMG_5282Once Adam had finished up, we decided to grab our last morsels and GTFO because it was getting hectic.
We began a hunt for dumplings, because why not? Mum spotted the Jumplings stall and I did a little internal cheer.
Having eaten these a couple of times already, I remembered exactly how delicious they are!
We grabbed the duck dumplings, because I couldn’t bring myself to pay $24 for lobster with truffle shavings. Although now I’m thinking about them and getting massive regret.

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We finished up with another old favourite, Chicho Gelato, because we couldn’t walk past the new flavours they had on offer. Both of us plumped for the “Roast Fig, Marscapone with Balsamic Caramel”, which didn’t taste of fig or balsamic but was delectable all the same.

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All in all, a great way to spend a frosty morning in Perth. We came, we ate, we conquered.
And I was complimented on my lipstick, so… winning!*

Happy eating all, enjoy your food, enjoy your life!
Hanbel.
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*It’s Morange AA2 from MAC, if you’re curious.

Why You So Obsessed with me?

Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens. Just a coupla’ my favey things.
No, not really – although those things are pretty damn good. Kitten paws are much cuter than their whiskers though.

ANYWAY.

Here we are, another day in paradise. This week I’m trying to figure out what I actually enjoy doing.
There are things I do because I need to (work, cleaning, washing), things I like doing when I’m in the right mood (cooking, baking, exercise) and things I actually like doing, but really shouldn’t be doing (binge-watching TV shows, Insta-stalking celebrities).

After some thought, I figured that the best way I operate is in lists.
One of my favourite books growing up was this one.
Therefore, here is a little list of my current obsessions:

1. Mamamia Out Loud

Mamamia Out Loud

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am OBSESSED with this podcast. For the lovers of mamamia.com.au this podcast is hosted by Monique Bowley, with regular presenters Mia Freedman and Jamila Rizvi. I love it because it’s bunch of smart, aussie women who discuss anything and everything – and do not hold back! They talk about topics from politics to 50 Shades of Grey, and everything in between.
Check out ep 19, titled “Some people never masturbate” for a good giggle. Just watch out if you’re on public transport, I’ve stifled so many laughs in the past few weeks.

2. Lumosity

Gotta train dat brain. While I was away from work for a week or so, I began to realise how little I actually use my brain.
I’ve worked at the same place for 3 and a half years, and seem to work on autopilot these days. My memory is shocking, and my mental maths is even worse.

Solution: this amazing app. You get to play games and stimulate the ole noggin.
My favourite game is ‘train of thought’, and I’m not telling you any more in case you get a better score than me!

3. Medjool Dates

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Cut in half, filled with peanut butter (delicious, I promise! Forget that they look like cockroaches!)
Andrew’s new favourite snack is crumpets, drizzled with honey. Winter is settling in alright!

4. Eleven Hours

I went to visit Lucy on Sunday, the poor love is recovering from ACL surgery. I brought her reading material and peanut butter oreos, and in return I stole this book.
I started it yesterday and I’ve already smashed through a third of it. They do not joke about it being a thriller, and I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

5. Yoga with Adriene

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Yoga is helping me out in so many ways. My flexibility is improving, my muscles are loosening up and my mind is clearer.
I used to go to classes quite a bit, but they were always at inconvenient times and I’d end up skipping them for a more intense workout. Yoga with Adriene is a YouTube Channel created by this hilarious Texan chick, who is known to drop some “heyo”s or “y’all”s throughout her session.
I love being able to grab my mat and do some yoga at home, in the half an hour window I’ve got after exercise and before cooking dinner.
I started with the 30 days of Yoga program (I’m actually on my second round of it) which is great for setting a routine – plus, none of the videos are longer than 35 minutes.
She also has beginners tutorials and ‘foundations of yoga’ to help out with your form. If you’ve ever wanted to give yoga a try – start with this gal!

So I guess you could say this is what I like doing right now: reading, eating, yoga, listening to podcasts and playing games.

I’m thinking of making this a weekly update – I change my mind about things so often!
Stay tuned for more!

Hanbel.
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An Easter Post That Has Nothing to do with Easter.

Naturally.

Instead, this one is about PEANUT BUTTER.
I spent my Easter long weekend doing a lot of non-Easter related things. I worked through Andrew’s family Good Friday Picnic.
I felt so rude, glued to my phone, looking up every now and then to interject with my opinions and steal some prawns. Damn work!

Saturday was spent on the couch nursing a headache (what is up with my body lately?!) and Easter Sunday I cleaned the house, baked cookies and watched the Nanny.
Win.

Kicking it back to Sunday morning, I was sitting in a very clean house wondering to myself and Andrew “whaddamigonnadoooooo with my afternoon?”.
To which he very selflessly suggested I do some baking.

Hence, peanut butter cookies! (Because I already had all the ingredients).
I used this recipe, but swapping out almond extract for vanilla. Simply because that’s what was on hand.

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This is the best peanut butter, IF you eat it by the tonne and can’t justify full -fat Kraft anymore.

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This recipe could not be any easier, just the above ingredients ^

It also calls for salt, but as the chocolate I used is “Sea Salt” flavour, I didn’t add any. Kinda wish I had though, but I’m a major sucker for that sweet/salty combo.

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I didn’t use all the chocolate, more for later this week!
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I just LOVE seeing freshly baked cookies cooling in their trays.
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And there you have it, a super easy recipe if ever you need cookies pronto. They aren’t the prettiest cookies in the world, but they taste pretty damn good.
They’re also relatively healthy, and you can substitute the syrup for better quality maple syrup or honey to make it a little nicer for your body.

Happy Tuesday kiddos, I hope you all had a lovely and safe break.
Hanbel
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