Hey lovely people! 😀
I hope you have all had a super weekend! For me the weekend has been really boring: work and studying! Although I’ve planning to live it up next bank holiday weekend to make up for the lack of fun filled times on this one. However, I have just come back form dinner with my Dad, which was lovely as I hadn’t seen him for a while. Especially since my Dad told me that he’s going to take me to Florida in November for Thanks Giving!!! I’m beyond excited already! I’ve never stepped foot on American soil before and I can’t wait to spend some time with my family. We will hopefully be making a pit stop to Chicago too, to visit my cousin. Wooooohooooooooooooo! Excited much?!?! HELL YEAH! So I will take that as my weekend highlight right there!
As for foodie highlights over this weekend there has been a few…
Breakfast on Friday was a scrum-didli-umptious (love that word!) avocado green protein smoothie and a slice of amaranth and quinoa rye bread topped with almond butter and morello cherry jam. The avocado in the smoothie made it all thick and creamy. I also added hemp protein powder, kara coconut milk, water, romaine lettuce, maca powder and honey.
A tasty salad is always a foodie highlight for me and this didn’t disappoint. This lovely plate of goodness included mixed salad leaves, spouting alfalfa seeds, edamame beans, millet, steamed string beans, cherry toms and goats cheese.
So tasty! 😀
Dinner last night was a lovely stir fry made using smoked tofu, edamame beans, yellow peppers, hispi cabbage, spring onions, mushrooms, a small sweet potato and some pumpkin seeds. I also added peanut flour, rice vinegar, soy sauce and sweet white miso for a quick and delicious sauce.
I managed to find some time to cook the rhubarb that I got in my veggie box. Thanks so much for all of your suggestions. The most popular suggestion was to stew it or make a compote with it- so that’s what I did!
Laura has an amazingly simple recipe for a rhubarb compote. To the mix I also added some cinnamon and ginger, but didn’t have any oranges so I left those out. As a rhubarb virgin I was eager to try this, so for breakfast this morning I had the compote on top of some Rachel’s organic vanilla yoghurt, dried cranberries and some Lizzi’s granola. Holy yum! This was good. It was almost like eating dessert for breakfast.
Another fab breakfast to mention was an amazing bowl of oatmeal…
…made mixing oatmeal, chia seeds, hazelnut and almond rice milk and topped with dried cranberries, raw coconut, omega mixed seeds and dark chocolate dreams.
I have such a busy week ahead! The annual School of Life Sciences Postgraduate Symposium is being held on Thursday and Friday this week. It involves the efforts of literally all of the lecturers, professors, master and PhD students to showcase their work. As a first year PhD student you just go along to check things out. In the second year you present your work in the form of a poster. And in the third year…
in the third year…
…a presentation to the entire department. A 17 minute talk followed by and excruciating 3 minutes for questions from the audience. I’m in my third year. I’m giving a talk. I don’t want to do it!
It’s not necessarily the talk that freaks me out as you can rehearse the presentation until it’s practically tattooed to your brain, it’s the questions after. The questions will most probably come from the most brainiest of academics ever and feel more like a cross questioning. And there I will be at the front of the lecture theatre with a few 100 faces staring back at me quaking in my boots, but alas it has to be done.
What was the foodie/event highlight of your weekend?
Does speaking in public freak you out?
Well I’m off to dig out my passport 🙂 and to have a check over my presentation :(. Have a great week everyone!