Tuesday, July 26, 2011

eat; chia seed pudding with blueberries and banana

Chia Seeds. What are they and what's all the fuss? Well, that I aint getting into here but you can check it out here and read up on all the amazing stuff that's out there claiming them to be the latest super food. I must admit to falling victim to the hype. What started it off was when one of my housemates brought home a few bags of free samples he received from the health food store. This started my investigation into what they are and what to do with them.

The most popular thing to do with Chia Seeds is to make pudding. It is sooooooo easy and is such a great snack for you. You can sweeten it for a sweet treat or you can add amazing dried spices to it for a savoury feast. I will be experiementing with these seeds over the next few months to see how far I can push this little seed into creating a wholesome meal. But for today, I'm sharing my very first recipe, Chia Pudding with Blueberries and Banana made with fresh homemade Almond milk. 

Now, if you want to cut out the step below of making your own almond milk, that's fine. You can add store bought almond milk, soya, rice or coconut. You can simply add water if you like! Whatever tickles your fancy. I love the process of making nut milks so this is why I have included it.

What you need;
3/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup blueberries
1 banana, sliced
whatever sweetener you are into and however much you like!
few drops of vanilla essence or half scrapped vanilla bean
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Almond Milk
1 cup raw almonds, soaked 8-12 hours
4 cups water 

To make the milk, all you have to do is place the soaked nuts and water into a blender and whizz away for a few minutes. Easy! The images below show you step by step on what to do.

While the almond milk is whizzing away, place a fine strainer on top of an awaiting container. If you do have nut milk bag, totally go for it. I don't mind my milk with a little texture. Pour the almond milk into the strainer and stir it through. The almond bits left over can be used in creating crackers if you have a dehydrator, otherwise, simply throw it away.

Once you have made the almond milk, stir in the sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the chia seeds and stir it through with a fork. Set the pudding in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, keeping it in the container you have been using. When the time is up, you're good to go! Simply pour it with a spoon into your serving bowls, add blueberries and sliced banana and then EAT!

Now of course you should play around with different fruits and different milks. I'm thinking I will try hazelnut milk with raw cocao powder and raspberries next. YUM!

Buon Appetito!

pink; ice cream social


You know how it find something you like, or buy a new toy or simply want something sooooo bad and then all of a sudden, IT'S EVERYWHERE!!!!! This happened when I began my obsession with carousels. Everywhere I looked, I found carousel horses in one shape or another. This also flowed onto my friends attracting it too! So what's next? Food in art, of course!!!! Last week I introduced you guys to Jennifer Rubell's Padded Cell, who uses food in her work. It has sparked this HUGE fire in me ever since! Everywhere I turn, I see artists using food!!!

It's not a new thing to use food in art but I am loving the way it is being used in art today. 

David Robbins has combined pink, food and parties (my favourite things!!!), creating works that cross disciplines from art to cakes to a tv pilot. I wont go on about his work here as his website is soooo amazing, I would rather you just click here and spend the time surfing his site. AMAZING!!!!! LOVE IT!

love; ten things i love
1. Stone fruits! Ahhhh the delights of summer...YUM!

2. This umbrella! Just this morning, on my morning walk, I was thinking I should come up with a parasol range. I do love a parasol, but it is hard to come by a great one. Now this umbrella....well! Check out their full range here. LOVE!!!!
3. Having another application for exhibition approved! On average, I apply to about 40-50 art-realted things a year, whether it be for a show or grant or prize, and most of the time it's a big fat NO. This last month, I've had two exhibitions approved for my return to Melbourne. What a great feeling!!! LOVE!!!!
4. Enjoying the successes of my friends! It seems like all my art friends are on fire at the mo and kicking arse! One bought an apartment in New York and another receiving a major art award for under 30's just in the last week!! The energy must be right, right now! LOVE!!

5. La Ronde. I met a guy this past week who i was telling about my research into carousels and he told me to check out this play. I came across this 1950's movie interpretation, and it totally rocks! The carousel is AMAZING! Check out the film here, film stills here, and a great review of the film by Cockeyed Caravan here. LOVE!!!

6. Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. I can't believe last weekend was my first time down there! It is awful to get to without a car, so thats probably why. The bars are really cool and I loved it so much I was there the next day for their street festival. If you do come to Lala Land, make sure to do some research and check out this part of town. Do not venture in there without a car, especially at night. It neighbours a really shady area! LOVE!

7. A friend of mine posted this video on my F.B page of a nail tutorial on how to paint cupcakes on your finger tips. Too hilarious!!! I did want to rush out and buy these colours. It's on my 'must have' list! LOVE!!!

8. Seeing this lady out and about this week at The Grove. This photo does not do her justice! She was totally OUT THERE with her jewelery, socks with slip on shoes and hair piece! WOW! I do love seeing people dressing out of the norm and really loving it. LOVE!

9. Being taught gold leaf gilding at Running Horses Studio. This photo is what i practiced on. Half of it is with gold leaf and the other is aluminum leaf. I could soooo get lost in it's luminosity! Twas lovely to get back to painting again and be reminded how much joy can be achieved with oil paints. LOVE!!!!

10. Now I'm not one for cars but when one glides on by looking like this one, my eyes do pop out of my head! It was red with SPARKLES!!!!!!! Now that's my kind of a car! LOVE!