WINTER IS COMING ! #gameofthrones
WINTER IS HERE ! Although on the Gold Coast, some days are quite sunny and warm.
Porridge/oatmeal is back on the breakfast menu for me :) it is finally cold enough up here in the morning to enjoy a bowl of porridge and not break out in sweat.
My of my favourite combos at the moment to get bubbling on the stove is my carrot cake oatmeal. I just love getting veggies in my breakfast, but at the same time it feeds my sweet tooth.
I tried it with quinoa flakes but I liked the texture a lot more with oats. If thats you thing though then go for it.
I made this for my dad when he came and had a sleepover with us not too long ago, he loved it. Brayden is yet to have it but he loves carrot cake pancakes so i’m sure he’ll adore this oatmeal too. He just always wants poached eggs haha, understandable as they are delicious.
In other news we went to Cradle Mountain for Braydens birthday not too long ago. We stayed in Launceston one night, which wasn’t that great. Mostly due to the fact we had to move hotels 10:30 at night because our room was vibrating because of the nightclub underneath :| Cradle Mountain made up for it though, 2 nights in a luxurious spa cottage!! It was wonderful being surrounded by bush and having a spa, fire and king bed to snuggle up in. We relaxed, absorbed nature, hiked the summit and ate great food. I made banana, blueberry turmeric muffins and granola to take, oh and a container of loving earth hot chocolate! It was perfect to warm up with.
We were fortunate enough to stumble upon a great food market at Launceston on the Saturday morning. They had lots of yummy produce and a great atmosphere. We stocked up on some organic apples, wholegrain sourdough and red wine. But my favourite stall was the garden of vegan! They have a cafe but go to the markets on Saturdays. We enjoyed a Laksa, Massaman curry, rice paper rolls and a piece of carrot cake. All great ingredients, its so nice to find things that I would make myself. So we quickly slurped those goodies down in the crisp air before rushing off so we didn’t get a packing ticket.
Hiking Cradle Mountain was an amazing experience. We started at 8:30 in the morning, lots of layers and gloves. We soon warmed up but had to watch out for black ice on the track. It was so still and peaceful. We had the perfect day, sun, no cloud, no wind. Very, very rare things for Cradle Mountain. I’m still slightly in shock how well we timed it. The actual summit took us 2 hours up and back. We had a nice, slightly cold lunch up the top. Boiled eggs, sourdough bread, cherry tomatoes and cheese mmm mmm. I definitely needed something before heading back down. That climb was one of the most physically challenging things I’ve ever done. Rocks, rocks and rocks. My whole body ached for a couple of days. A wonderful feeling though, we are proud of ourselves and glad we did it. We saw two wombats and have a beautiful dinner at Peppers to celebrate the climb and Brayden turning 26! We stayed at the Wilderness Village, well worth looking at if you are planning a trip there. We want to go back !
Our next trip is Queenstown in a couple of weeks, we are so excited. SNOWBOARDING ! I’ve already started packing hehe. I’ve only got one exam left, nutrition tomorrow morning. Then holidays, phew. I feel in desperate need of not having anything to stress/worry about. These past few weeks have been the most stressful in my life. Not a nice feeling. Anyways, my mum is coming up on Wednesday, I’ve got a few things I can’t wait to make for her. Carrot cake pancakes or this porridge included :)
Embrace winter and make this for brekky one morning this weekend. This will definitely help in getting your servings of five veggies a day that most australians miss out on. Plus, is tastes amazing !
1 small carrot
1/3 – 1/2 cup of oats / quinoa flakes
1/2 a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg (a few shakes)
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamon
1/2 – 1 cup of almond milk / coconut / soy / oat / dairy
1 teaspoon of bee pollen
1/2 a teaspoon of real vanilla essence
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 small handful of sultanas / mulberries
drizzle of tahini
drizzle of honey
toasted coconut flakes
Grate the carrot, in the small hole grater
Put everything in a saucepan and heat on low
Start with only a bit of milk and keep adding more as it gets absorbed
It’s ready when it is bubbling and all combined
Pour into a bowl
Add a splash of milk
Add whatever toppings take your fancy
Ive included some photos from our trip :) check them out
Cataract Gorge in Launceston
Our wonderful spa cottage , the spa in in that wooden area in the middle of the room
The view from the bed
The laksa from the markets in Launceston, ‘Garden of Vegan’
The walk around dove lake
So so cold but excited. This was 8:30am from Ronny Creek, start of our walk to the summit
What a babe.
Beautiful shot of Crater Lake
View from Marions lookout
Start of the scramble up the summit
lots and lots of climbing
We made it !!
The birthday boy
Celebratory dinner at Peppers. We both had the salmon with mussel soufflé and fennel salad <3