The past week or so I have been busy juggling work, job interviews, way too much driving, an Easter holiday camping trip & a choc-snickers cake topped with all the bells and whistles.
So basically an informative nutrition post has been on the back burner. But lucky for you, I received a Liebster Award nomination from the lovely Jacqui from Rethink Nutrition.
Liebster. An odd word. When Jacqui first nominated me I was thinking something along the lines of what in the world. As she put it, it’s a virtual high-five given from one blogger to another and a chance to showcase fellow blogging beauties. It’s like a chain letter, except it doesn’t come with the threat of death in thirty days or whatever those old email chain letters claimed.
Jacqui’s blog is lovely. It’s packed full of delicious recipes, beautiful photos and nutrition tips. She also shares my love for Kikki K stationary.
Now, there are rules you must follow once nominated:
1. Reveal 11 interesting facts about yourself.
2. Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you
3. Nominate other new bloggers for the Liebster award
4. Give your nominees a list of questions they have to answer.
Now, as I often write from a personal approach, you do in fact know a little bit about me. But there is always more to learn in life, so thank you Jacqui for nominating me to ramble some more! Oh boy, you are in for a treat.
11 interesting (maybe) facts about myself.
1. With one month left in my previous role and an uncertain future, I decided to stay at my brothers for one month instead of signing a new lease. Intelligent decision. It has now been five months, and counting.
2. After over six years of driving I have never had a flat tyre. Lucky for me, because I actually don’t know how to change one. But after realising that my mother doesn’t either, I don’t feel so pathetic.
3. I rarely ever use a tablespoon to eat. I rather a teaspoon. This prolongs my yoghurt and breakfast. It also comes in handy when I feel the need to duck into the peanut butter jar.
4. I need to use matching cutlery. And I always have a go-to fork and teaspoon. At my brothers, at my parents and at my new two-night-per week country house.
5. It scares me how happily independent I am.
6. I have lived out of home for over five years now and I don’t own my own television, kettle or a set of pots and pans. I only acquired an Iron about a month ago. It is still in its box, in the boot of my car.
7. I’m 99.9% sure the reason I chose to become a dietitian specifically is because my mother said, ‘Why don’t you become a dietitian?’.
8. I am a camper. Ever since I was four weeks old, I have been a camper. And I’m talking real camping. Two weeks in the middle of the bush. No electricity. Drop Dunnies. Sort of like Falls but for longer, and more responsible. The type of camping where your mother puts you in a waterproof onesie and lets you crawl where you like. Water, fire, wherever – the bush is your oyster. Once the water up bush became scarse, we turned to caravan parks. But unpowered sites. The first time we had a powered site was bliss. To this day I still camp. Last weekend it was in our Easter Holiday hotspot – a lovely little park that allows you to have a campfire, and therefore roast hot cross buns. And marshmallows. And make banana boats with marshmallows and easter egg chocolate. Anyway, camping has become more innovative over the years though. Using the camp kitchen microwave to heat heat packs and taking a plastic-based bath mat to the communal showers. Honestly, why did we not think of this earlier?
9. I have a top notch immune system. Aside from the occasional cold, and maybe two occasions of tonsillitis, I don’t get sick. I have no allergies. Only pencillin – which I discovered when I was 19. I’ve also never broken a bone. I still have my appendix, and my only admission to hospital was to get my wisdom teeth removed. I don’t get hangovers either. I’m a machine.
10. On my year 7 geography exam I was asked what the main highway between Sydney and South Australia is called. I answered ‘Princess highway’ and it has haunted me ever since.
11. I often joke about being a deprived child – I never had a trampoline. Mum always backs up her case with my lack of broken bones. But to be honest, I’m a little terrified of them. Back when I was in high school, my younger cousins received one of those whiz-bang, zip-you-in type of trampolines. I was excited by it. But when I jumped too high, I actually thought bad things would happen. Even though there was a net to catch me. Although it does sound much better than being flung in the face with a spring – I heard that on the radio the other day.
My answers to Jacqui’s questions.
What prompted you to start blogging?
I wanted to share my love for food, nutrition and everything in between. I often got asked for recipes, my opinion on things and I was constantly frustrated by the increasing amount of misleading nutrition information circulating on the internet.
Do you have a favourite local café?
Anyone familiar with my instagram feed would know that I am a regular on the café scene. As I tick off one café, I seem to add on another two to my Urbanspoon wish list. So I am often torn between going back to a favourite or ticking off another café. But if I must choose, Barry in Northcote has such a fabulous menu or Tall Timber in Prahran. And well, ofcourse Top Paddock in Richmond. Never have I been to the same café so many times and eaten nearly the entire menu. I actually have a few other favourites too.
List 5 food items you always have stocked in your fridge or pantry
I wrote a blog post on this one ages ago. Except I picked six. But if I must only choose five – oats, peanut butter, yoghurt, frozen blueberries and eggs.
A favourite quote.
This one is a hard one. Movie quote, inspiration quote, food related quotes. I like a lot. I’m a chronic quote screenshotter. But for a few of my favs..
“The sun is shining, the tank is clean… The tank is clean!” – Finding Nemo
The whole entire aeroplane scene from Bridesmaids.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR7ZVF8AixY – click it – you know you want too.
“You are a great person who had a not so great moment” – Donna, Suits.
Tea or coffee and how do you take it.
Both. Coffee in the morning – 2 teaspoon, dash of milk. If at a café, skinny latte. During the day, black tea with dash or milk or double-bagged green tea. Later in the day – peppermint or liquorice. I’m a simple woman.
What is one favourite place you have visited and one you would like to visit?
I absolutely adored Lucerne in Switzerland. It was such a beautiful, peaceful town.
I would love to go to Cappadocia in Turkey and see the amazing view of multiple hot air balloons. Even better to be in one.
What book(s) is on your bedside table right now?
I currently don’t have a bedside table. But there is a Danielle Steel novel on the fish tank stand beside my bed..
Do you have a favourite, most-thumbed through cookbook?
Yes, my iPhone. However, when I was much younger I was given the Women’s Weekly junior cook that has come in handy on more than one occasion. Plus there are some triple chocolate cookies in there that are divine.
Are you a messy cook or a tidy chef?
Organised mess generally. I tend to do washing up prior to the meal being cooked or whilst it is being cooked so I don’t come back to a mess.
Describe Rethink Nutrition in 3 words
Beautiful. Perspective-changing. Enjoyable.
Now, the lovely ladies I am nominating today are:
Alannah from Alannah Loves – an old friend who is often sharing what’s new and exciting in her bathroom and beauty routine.
Sarah from Slice of Sarah. A fellow brunch and PB enthusiast, this lovely lady is always letting us into her food adventures. Whether it’s a dinner party with friends, or on a recent trip to Europe, her recipes are mouthwatering.
Courtney from No Green Smoothies. Courtney is a student dietitian and I absolutely adore her website address, in fact, I was a little jealous when I came across it. Genius.
And my questions for you are..
1. Smooth or crunchy peanut butter?
2. Do you match the nail polish on your fingers and toes?
3. French toast or pancakes?
4. Favourite grain or cereal, and why?
5. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
6. What do you think of when you hear of ‘Broccoli and Blueberries’ – Aside from ‘what an odd combination’.
7. What is your favourite quote?
8. If you were going to a dinner party, what would be the dish you would take?
9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it’s favourite television show?
10. Did you have a trampoline growing up?
Thank you for listening to my ramblings once again. If you have some favourite blogs, please do let me know!