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Spiced Chickpea Crunch

Can’t stay away from crisp? well this might just be the alternative you need. This crunchy high fiber, protein snack is addictive;  they are great have by the handful,  and adds new dimension to salads. Ingredients  400g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed (opt. for one with the lowest sodium) 1/2 a tablespoon coconut oil 1/2 a teaspoon sea salt 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons mild curry powder   Method  Preheat oven to 170°C. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Using a clean cloth, pat dry them as well as possible. In a large bowl place and coat the chickpeas with spices and coconut oil Place chickpeas on a tray lined with baking paper. Roast chickpeas for 1 hour or until golden and crispy. Cool chickpeas on baking tray. *Store chickpeas in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature.

Pilgrimage to the Golden Rock

Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) to be stood out the most as a pilgrimage site in Myanmar. I’ve yet to see any pagoda like it, built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand Buddha’s hair. The balancing rock defies gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. How cool is that? The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo by Kinpun village. There are two options to get from Kinpun to the Golden; 5 hour climb in the heat or taking the dump truck repurposed with benches to fit passengers. I’ll have to hunt down the video to give you the sense of atmosphere, the trucks were packed to the brim with 35-40 people, often sitting on each other. The best past is trying to get on to one when coming down, you literally have to do a running climb and then find a wedge …

Bang Chang Kuih, Penang

Mother of all pancakes. Bang Chang Kueh, is commonly found in Malaysia,Singapore and Indonesia.The sweet pancake is usually filled with roasted peanuts, cream corn and sugar. Although there are many variations of this with brown sugar, banana, condense milk, and cheese. My all time fave is the stock standard sweet corn, crushed peanuts, and sugar sprinkles. The morish pancake is chewy in texture with crispy sides, best eaten hot off the pan.

Meat Free Monday, Vegan Cannelloni

  After 5 years of being a vegetarian I pulled the hiatus while backpacking in South East Asia, it was  hard to travel with a specific dietary requirement, my diet was impeding my health as I was trying to balance an active lifestyle running and the resources that was available in my locality. Regardless I’ve since decided to adapt Meat Free Monday, I do it because of sustainability. It takes vast amount resource to produce meat; water, methane production,less use of growth hormone, antibiotics, chemicals. I’m not at all against eating meat, but it’s the method that is wrong to me, ethics is another reasoning. I can go forever talking about this, but I wont. I’m going to add one last bit though, “It cuts me every time I see waste, people over ordering and leaving bits to waste. It’s not uncommon to see chicken parts, half a fish, being left to be chuck in a restaurant, seriously. Think about it!. The living thing died in vain for the sake of your disposal, lovely. Live …

Blueberry Muffins with zing

Personal favourite as a quick grab and go brekkie; it’s great to scoff down while on the move, this  cheeky muffin is easy on the waist line and it’s packs a great antioxidant punch from the mix of blueberries and tangy lemon. oh joys! Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 6 eggs *preferably free range 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 4 tablespoons honey 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract zest of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons juice of lemon 1 1/4 cup blueberries * fresh or frozen Method  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. 2. In a small bowl, mix coconut flour, salt, and baking soda. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice until smooth. Stir in the dry mixture and blueberries until well incorporated. 4. Grease a baking pan with coconut, pour batter into the baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until the muffins comes out clean when skewed with a toothpick. 5. Let it sit cool before …

When in Dublin, Ireland.

I enjoy running around new cities; I’ll usually wake up early tie my laces and just allow my self to slow jog while absorbing the surrounds, a good way to find bearings around too. Dublin is full of statues, sculptures, and monuments; Sphere Within Sphere, Hippocampus, Molly Malone, Mr. Screen, my personal favourite is the Halfpenny bridge, I very quickly learned that it leads to Temple bar (where you’ll probably find yourself loitering at some point during the visit). If and when in Temple bar head down for a few pints-of-whatever-you-fancy at the first brewery pub to exist Porterhouse. Oh before you crank on a few pints, stroll around Trinity college campus and be sure to pop in the library, the impressive dark oak interior is known for housing the Book of Kells (an illuminated copy of the Gospel that dates from the 800 A.D.), it’s amazing how well it’s been preserved. Having being brought up in a country that is proud of it’s export I always thought the milk and dairy product was superior …