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your weekly dose of word vomit and visual stimuli, provided by yours truly.

word of the day – 12 January 2017

“Denouement”: the resolution of mystery

Illustrated by Mike Feehan

healthy meat-free monday recipe ideas #1

So I may be a day or two late on this post, but at least this gives you a couple of days to prepare for next week’s Meat-Free Monday! To learn more about Meat-Free Monday, go visit their website: http://www.meatfreemondays.com/

These recipes are some of my personal favourites and I can assure you, they are all so delicious that you won’t even miss the meat. All recipes listed below are either vegetarian or vegan.

  1. Shakshuka (Vegetarian) // recipe link: http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2010/07/summer-2010-travel-blog-shakshuka/  // Shakshuka is a hearty, full of flavour middle eastern dish. Perfect for colder days and an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and essential dietary fibre.
  2. Zucchini “Meatballs”  (Vegetarian, but can be made Vegan if you omit the egg and swap for an egg substitute, such as a flax egg. The parmesan is also optional) // recipe link: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a48034/zucchini-meatballs-recipe/?utm_content=bufferf2a3e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer // Swap out your regular spaghetti and meatballs for these bits of green goodness. Zucchini is an excellent source of Vitamin A, magnesium and potassium.
  3. Black bean & sweet potato quesadillas (Vegetarian, but can be made vegan if you omit the cream cheese, cheese and sour cream) // recipe link: http://www.kitschencat.com/black-bean-and-sweet-potato-quesadillas/ // Black beans are full of essential dietary fibre and protein. Sweet potato is an excellent source of Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, which is what gives the potato it’s orange tint.
  4. Vegetable rice paper rolls (Vegan) // recipe link: http://www.food.com/recipe/vegetable-rice-paper-rolls-354342?layout=desktop // optional vegan peanut dipping sauce recipe link: http://cookieandkate.com/2015/peanut-dipping-sauce/ (omit honey if you are Vegan) // These rice paper rolls almost look too pretty to eat. They are super yummy and packed full of essential nutrients. They are basically your five-a-day in one bite!
  5. Chickpea veggie burger (Vegan) // recipe link: http://runningonrealfood.com/chickpea-veggie-burgers/ // Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and essential dietary fibre. Bonus: these super filling, super healthy burgers are also gluten-free!
  6. Aubergine bake/Melanzane (Vegetarian) // recipe link: http://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/family/melanzane-parmigiana/ // Aubergine takes on a somewhat meaty texture when it is well cooked through, so this dish is perfect for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. This hearty dish is full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and essential dietary fibre.
  7. “Zoodles” with avocado and pesto (Vegan) // recipe link: http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6f028d243640348bc9df34d9d&id=1342c743a1&e=bb23d1e8ab // Zucchini is full of dietary fibre, which will leave you feeling satisfied for longer. This means you will be less likely to want to reach for a snack within an hour after your main meal.
  8. Paneer Tikka Masala (Vegetarian) // recipe link: http://www.cookwithmanali.com/paneer-tikka-masala/http://www.cookwithmanali.com/paneer-tikka-masala/ // Once you’ve tasted this recipe, you’ll soon be choosing this dish over the chicken version. Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese that is slightly spongey and tofu-like in texture. It is widely enjoyed by meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. This hearty dish is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and protein.
  9. Lentil Dahl (Vegan) // recipe link: http://endurancezone.com/red-lentil-dahl-recipe/ // Lentils are an excellent source of protein and have been known to lower cholesterol due to their high levels of soluble dietary fibre.
  10. Cauliflower fried “rice” (Vegetarian) // recipe link: http://iowagirleats.com/2015/04/10/cauliflower-fried-rice/ // Cauliflower is a great alternative to the rice normally found in this dish. It is naturally gluten-free, rich in Vitamin K, magnesium and protein. The addition of sesame-oil gives this dish the authentic and delicious “fried rice” taste.

Until next time, bone app the teeth 😉

(self)-love and other drugs

I think I’ve been debating with myself for about an hour about whether or not to post this. It’s always quite nerve wracking baring your “naked” self to others, particularly on social media, but I can’t help but feel the need to share what I have learned over these past few months.
I, like many other young girls (and boys), have spent the majority of my teenage years measuring my self-worth through my weight and appearance in general. Name any fad diet or exercise regimen and I can guarantee you I have tried (and failed) at it.
I would restrict myself from eating certain foods, become grumpy and resentful and then binge eat like crazy. As a result I became severely demotivated and lacked the will to even attempt to exercise, which I had always known to be an important part of a healthy lifestyle. I would then gain weight again, resolve to go on a diet and the whole cycle would start over again. In addition to this, I have never been a sporty individual (ask my friends, I truly suck), so gym really was my main source of exercise.
From about grade eight to September of last year, I would obsessively weigh myself just about everyday, seeing myself go from one end of the scale to the other.
I was deeply unhappy and desperate to find a quick fix to solve what felt like would be an issue I would have to deal with for what felt like an eternity.
2016 was one of the toughest years of my life. I had made the decision to discontinue my degree at university and this left me feeling somewhat devoid of purpose (which in hindsight, seems ridiculous to measure my purpose through my choice to study) and further exacerbated my feelings of resentment toward myself.
Until one day, after eight months of allowing myself to remain unhealthy, (both physically and emotionally) and using “first year spread”/my discontinuation of my course as an excuse, I finally made a decision that has changed my life forever.
I decided to commit to treating my body (including my mind) as the temple that it is. I know this sounds like an outdated and overused statement, but this was something that had never come naturally to me, and was going to take quite some time to stick to and adopt as my own personal mantra. What followed was a slow but steady transition into a healthier lifestyle. I began to view food as fuel for my body, rather than the enemy, and I even started to look forward to the gym. I also found other ways to get active other than the gym, which has sustained me during times when gym access isn’t always available. I finally began to view my decision to leave university not as a failure, but as a lesson and experience that has shaped me into the more confident and content individual that I am today.
I am by no means perfect and I still have my days where I feel despondent about my looks and lack the motivation to get my butt out the door and into the gym, but I try my best each day to look at myself in the mirror and remind myself that despite my imperfections, I am sticking to a path of health and happiness and that is enough.
I am also certainly no health and fitness guru, and I’m sure that there will be people that will view this post as narcissistic or self-indulgent, but I want to reiterate that the purpose of this post is to encourage anyone who is reading this to start, today, right now even, learning to love yourself. Take it in baby steps, do what you can when you can (even the smallest contribution to your health and wellbeing is a contribution nonetheless) and don’t give up. I promise you, some amazing things will follow as a result.

*dusts cobwebs off keyboard*

In true Rachel fashion, I have neglected my lil’ old blog for quite some time now.

So here I sit, my brain feeling somewhat like scrambled egg, hungover, chugging Rehidrat, and still covered in last nights body glitter. But oh am I happy. 

Today feels like the first day of the rest of my life. In a couple of weeks time, I will be embarking on my new journey at Vega in Umhlanga where I will begin to learn the tricks of the trade that is Copywriting (a.k.a words and shit) and I am beyond excited. Up until now I have been struggling to come to terms with the fact that my life was somewhat devoid of purpose, leaving me feeling flat and unmotivated. I have intentions of doing a blog post soon explaining the rollercoaster ride that was my 2016 year, which I will most likely only publish in December of this year knowing me 😂 but all jokes aside, the prospect of starting my degree and the next chapter of my life has been somewhat liberating. I finally feel like I have control over my future and what will ultimately one day be the reason I get out of bed in the morning. 
Okay, my scrambled egg brain is beginning to blur the words on my computer screen which is probably a sign that my bedtime is upon me. 

Until next time, whenever that is, all the best for the new year and may YOU make all your dreams come true. 

Love and rockets, 

Rachel x x x 

current favourite songs #2

  1. “Electric Love” – BORNS // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYr96YYEaZY
  2. “Lucky I Got What I Want” – Jungle // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIiIcd_mx40
  3. “Kamikaze” – MØ // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVD9j36Ke94
  4. “Can’t Get Enough” – Basenji // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGumco7EIXI
  5. “Anxious in Venice” – Superhumanoids // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML3R6bkUkho
  6. “666” – Bon Iver // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96t0rlPmn2E
  7. “Everglow” – Coldplay // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5pVHaLwy-U
  8. “2814 – 恢复” – Telepath & Hong Kong Express // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWJB9EMpRlA&t=57s
  9. “Dusk, You & Me” – Groove Armada // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2zlEVR3pQk
  10. “Soldier” – Monark // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yxBtg8mixM

image – discotheque by Eugenia Loli

hiatus vibes

this is just a quick post (queue the irony) to apologise for my lack of posts of late.

I am currently working on a post that is a little more on the personal/meaningful side and is requiring more effort than I expected. I  also have writer’s block for daaays.

I will do my best to post some content between now and when the aforementioned post is ready.

x x x

illustration saved from www.iconosquare.com

currently reading & loving 

“More Than This” – Patrick Ness 

Rating: 11/10 (so far) 

favourite movie scenes/one liners

  1. Two minutes Turkish – Snatch (2000) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU2zlSfkdE8
  2. Jules’ bible verse – Pulp Fiction (1994) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRE23YfSvc8
  3. Nacho in the wilderness – Nacho Libre (2006) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HscU0FB18m8
  4. Best friends speech – Bridesmaids (2011) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bJu1fjIkGY
  5. Baby hand scene – Deadpool (2016) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMgMmfmRJR0
  6. Say what what way – Hot Rod (2007) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRO3UbimH2M
  7. Bunk bed scene – Step Brothers (2008) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS90l4L2t6k
  8. The first rule of Fight Club – Fight Club (1999) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC1yHLp9bWA
  9. The police are here – The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN5sqSEXxm4
  10. Smoothie – In A World… (2013) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvficd_IxBc
  11. Darth Vader saves Luke – Star Wars Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) (1983) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm6JvrGnez0
  12. Dumbledore’s got style – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm6JvrGnez0
  13. Coraline’s garden – Coraline (2009) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avt_f-TaDBs
  14. Watergate scandal – Forrest Gump (1994) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbbwMS7X7R4
  15. Littlest things – Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YyEzj6_hg4

word of the day – 23 November 2016

“Dalliance”: a brief love affair

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