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Stylish Comfort

Shorts: Cotton On (in NZ), Lace top: Aritzia, Denim shirt: Aritzia, Ballet Flats: JCrew, Bag: swapped, Bracelet: H&M, Sunnies: Joe Fresh

I’ve never thought you have to trade comfort for style, to me it’s all in the approach. Take a couple of basics in neutral colours, thrown in cute flats, choose a statement piece (I’m along the lines of go big or go home) and voila—chic and comfy.

Running errands doesn’t have to mean sweatpants ;) .

That’s Amore: Healthy Whole Wheat Pizza

Cooking is not one of the things I enjoy however I do think eating healthy is hugely important so I’m always on the lookout for simple, healthy and fast meals.

My demand for these simple and fast recipes is that they actually taste good so once I find one that meets my “I’m-not-a-chef-but-it-looks-like-I-am” requirements it usually becomes a staple in my (very small) repertoire.

A few years ago I discovered a recipe for whole-wheat pizza dough and was blown away by how easy it was to make. From start to finish it takes about 25 minutes (including time to rise) before it is ready to hit the oven. It is a thinner crust which makes for a mean Margarita pizza.


What you need:

To make 12 ounces dough:

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 package quick-rising yeast, (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2-2/3 cup hot water, (120-130°F)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

To make 1 pound dough:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 package quick-rising yeast, (2 1/4 teaspoons), such as
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot water, (120-130°F)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Method:
1) Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor; pulse to mix. Then combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the motor running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if it’s too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Keep this up until the dough forms a ball, and then knead (in mixer) for 1 minute.

2) Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes before rolling. (See how easy is that?)

3) Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack; preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting. Roll and top the pizza with whatever you choose and bake the pizza for 10 to 14 minutes until the base is golden and crisp. (Make sure to move the dough to the pizza stone before you top it otherwise transferring it to the stone can be a disaster!)

As mentioned I am not a chef however one thing I absolutely love in my kitchen is our pizza stone. You definitely don’t need a super expensive one, the $20 variety works wonders and you can use it for heating up loads of other things (we use ours to heat up naan for curry!).

Buon appetito!

 Recipe is from Eating Well.

What to Pack: Coachella 2012

I’m not going to lie for someone who has travelled a lot I am absolutely horrible at packing light. Tell me to pack for two years and I am good to go, tell me to pack for five days and suddenly I decide that seven pairs of shoes is totally acceptable. What can I say? I’m a much better long-term traveller.

One of my travel goals is to be able to pack everything I need for a five-day trip in carryon and still be stylish and appropriately dressed for any occasion. I know, it’s a really serious goal. (If you are a really awful packer, Kelly of Travellious found an amazing app that makes packing a snap!)

Coachella is a mere week and half away (we’re headed to the second week) and I cannot wait! I’m determined to pack light and am looking at the lightest but most versatile clothes that I can cram into a carryon. Maxi dresses are my new fave (I know I am late on that trend) so I chose one simple dress and built around it. I’m opting for basics and then adding in some fun with bright (and inexpensive, thank you H&M) jewellery and accessories.

What to pack for Coachella

 

Everyone is telling me to pack boots but given that I plan to rock a carryon I suspect my trusty Converse will be the shoes I end up wearing the whole time. Don’t worry, I’ve heard the horror stories of wearing sandals to any music fest (thanks to Coachella expert Kelsey Dundon of The Anthology) so my sandals will be worn outside the venue.

What is your must-have for a music festival?

Easy Guacamole

So I’m not that amazing in the kitchen however there are a few things in my recipe repetoire that seem to be faves among my friends. In fact, I think the only reason I was invited to last Saturday night’s Halloween party was because I promised to make guacamole.

Anyway, it’s really easy. Feel free to add more of less of anything. I am a huge fan of cilantro and usually add way more than most people would.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup or 1.5 seeded tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro (or more depending on your preference)
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 4 ripe avocados (they should be pretty soft and squishy), mashed
  • A dash of hot sauce like Tabasco
  • A pinch of salt

Method:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Wash the cilantro and let it air dry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Finely chop garlic, red onion and cilantro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. De-seed the tomatoes: this is super simple and sounds way fancier then it is. Just cut the tomato in half, then use a spoon to scoop the seeds and middle out. This keeps your guacamole from getting too runny. Chop up tomatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Mash up the avocados: I like to use a fork against the side of a bowl for this part. (An easy way to get the avocado out of its skin is to cut in lengthwise and then again horizontally. Then kind of push the skin inside out and scoop the avo chunks off into a bowl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Add garlic, red onion, cilantro and tomatoes to avocado mixture. Mix well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Squeeze in lime juice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Add dash of hot sauce (I use Valentina’s, a salsa I became obsessed with in Mexico, but any hot sauce will do—add to taste.)

8. Add in a pinch of salt, mix well and…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voila! Easy and healthy guacamole!