Experimenting

I’ve had a day of experimentation in the kitchen today.

Having become inspired by YouTube vlogs recently, particularly Hannah Maggs and Zoella, I want to find a way to incorporate them into my blog. However I have one problem…I absolutely do not want to be in them myself. I’ve always hated being in front of the camera and a shadow of fear comes over me whenever a camera is pointed at me. I hugely admire everyone that does do it, but it is just not for me. Instead of seeing this as the end of the idea, I live by the saying ‘where there’s a will theres a way’, I instead am experimenting with ways that I can incorporate vlogs into my blog. I love the concept of video diaries and how everyday real life can be documented. Combine this with the fact that I’ve enjoyed the little amount of video editing that I have done in the past it is definitely something I wish to pursue.  

I bought myself a bit of kit and am trying out a few ideas. I was pleased with the results today so all things going well, there will be some videos going up soon!

Heres a sneak peek of one of my trials…

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As part of my experimentation in the kitchen today I took a trip to some health shops and the market to buy items from a list I had compiled through some research on deliciouslyella.com and in the book Crazy Sexy Diet. 

Making efforts to cut processed foods out of my diet I felt that I needed more ingredient options to be creative with.

I love seeking out new ingredients and then researching their benefits and ways to use them. Todays purchases included chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp, buckwheat and agave syrup.

When I got home I started by making a smoothie in my new blender.

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 Later I baked a loaf of wheat free bread and…

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A successful day! 

I will be posting recipes for these foods in the future.

Right I’m off…to make some videos! :-)

Kale Crisps

I’ve decided to reduce my intake of processed foods and have been looking for an alternative to crisps.

I’ve heard of these kale crisps before, but never gave them a go as I just didn’t see how they could be a tasty snack.

Well, I was wrong.  Since trying them last week I have recooked them three more times.  They’re delicious.

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In addition to their delicious taste they are also quick and easy to make.

Okay, I realise that they are not quite as quick as opening a packet of crisps, but for the added health benefits and the fact that they actually taste better than crisps (and believe me when I say that I never thought I’d announce such a thing) then the extra few minutes is worth it.

All you need to do is tear some kale leaves onto a baking tray… P1010830

…add a drizzle of rapeseed oil with a sprinkle of salt and chilli flakes…

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…whirl them around with your finger to get an even coating…

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…then pop them in the oven at 180 degrees.

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You don’t need to leave them for long, I tend to leave them for about 5 minutes, just until the edges brown, but you’ll find your own timing depending on your oven and preference of crisp and freshness ratio.

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Pop them in a bowl and snack on them with a dip of your choice. (I’m going to put some dip recipes up soon if you want some ideas!)

Kale is full of nutrients so you can enjoy this snack guilt free, unlike regular crisps, and in fact feel chuffed with yourself for putting all that goodness into your body.

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Let me know what you think.

Also, do you have any other healthy snack ideas for me to try?

Defining My Blog

IMG_0394A pause became a break which turned into a month and then two, and the longer I left it, the more pressure I put on myself for the comeback post. I couldn’t decide what to post about and I then began to question the blog altogether.

Categorisation is something that I have always struggled with. It is unnatural to me both because of overlapping and differences. Let me explain myself further. Subjects at school all link up, for example athletics is a sport and will be covered in PE, yet it also involves a huge amount of maths, amongst other things, with measurement, time and trajectory to name but a few. So although I do agree that athletics is a sport and so it makes sense that it is done in PE, to me it is as much about maths and so equally comes under that category.

In addition to this I find it very difficult to categorise due to individuality. As a teacher when having to group children by ability in a maths lesson for example, I struggle. Grouping them by their levels does not work, as the child that is placed in the lower group will shine top of the class when we learn about shapes, whilst a child from the top group will find this topic difficult. There is so much involved in maths that children will naturally have strengths and weaknesses within it and this transfers to all subjects. You can find a best fit, but it will regularly prove to be inappropriate.

So as I went through the motions of attempting to define my blog I raised numerous questions in my head. I want to blog about food and health, but don’t want it to be a food blog. I want to post creative and design posts, yet don’t want it to be purely a design blog. I have labelled it a lifestyle post, but want to write some posts about education, yet I don’t know if that really fits into the label. I want to post about beauty products yet I’m not really sure that this fits in on the same blog as education posts.

It was somewhere amid this confusion that I realised that I don’t need to define it. I shouldn’t feel the need to label my blog. I can simply post about what I want to and my blog becomes my journey. I will take different paths on my way as my focus directs itself where it will, but I should not feel the need to leave anything out, as everything has its own importance in my life. It will simply grow organically.

So my expanded pause has come to an end and I am back blogging, with a renewed freedom to post as my mind pleases.