breakfast smoothie

My weekend breakfast challenge, take two.

This morning I decided to mix it up a little. Luckily for me, the results were tastier than expected. It’s good sometimes to experiment and add more unusual favourites to create something delicious. I absolutely adore coconuts but would never think to use it to make a smoothie. It’s obviously pays off to be brave sometimes…

All you need:

  • 4 tbsp of natural or greek yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp of coconut cream
  • 1 ripe medium mango
  • 1cm piece of lemongrass
  • juice from 2 apple


Now, put it all together in a blender…

… and it’s all yours! I guarantee, you will want more :-). Bon apetit!


no time breakfast

I normally struggle with breakfast ideas. Why is it always the same stuff: toast and jam, a bowl of cereal or granola??? There are so many yummy options and you don’t need much time at all. I decided to challenge myself (oh yeah) and try to have something different at the weekends to start with. Perhaps I will managed to incorporate those habits into my weekday routine later??? Will see how it goes…

Today, I’m having a white breakfast smoothie I found in Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook: Jamie’s 15 minutes meals.

Things you need:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup of milk – 250 ml
  • 3 tablespoons of ground or chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or less depending on how sweet you want it to be

Sounds easy…

Blend it altogether, sprinkle some cinnamon on top and voila! You will be surprised how filling it is.

PS. If you are using a hand blender, make sure you cover the jug or it will be very messy…

spring time beach time!

It’s never easy to dress for the beach when it’s not quite the bikini weather… It can often be windy but the sun can make you feel hot too. Whenever I can I try to layer up. You can always take your off your jacket & scarf or a cardi. Well, then you do end up carrying everything like a camel but at least you are prepared for all the elements. Leggings are always the winner and I really got to love those cotton mini skirts recently. Wear a simple top and a jacket / blazer and you are ready to rock at the beach! Make sure you have your sunnies and some sunscreen on. A simple up-do will be more comfortable if it’s windy.

jacket/blazer – zara: $89

top – religion: $120

mini skirt – asos: $23

leggings – sportsgirl: $10

cardigan – zara: $29

long weekend escape: Melbourne

Visiting new places is my addiction. I chose to go to Melbourne for the last long weekend. One hour on the aeroplane and you are there. I think it was the shortest flight ever. Since I landed in the evening I wandered over to the Southbank to see the fireball show put on by the casino on in the evening every hour on the hour. I expected something spectacular that would last for at least 10 minutes. Instead,I witnessed a few fire flames being spat out of large concrete columns for a minute or two at the most…. Anyway, Southbank looks really colourful and impressive even when it rains. The next day, I explored a number of Melbourne’s laneways with hundreds of independent boutiques, galleries, hidden bars, cafes and quirky restaurants. I absolutely loved the atmosphere. There’s a great vibe around and people seemed to be generally content and relaxed. The following day I headed down the Great Ocean Road (will have a separate post on it) – totally worth the effort. I decided to go to the beach on the final day. The weather was absolutely gorgeous (unlike the other two days) so it a good choice. I visited St Kilda and enjoyed a jug of Sangria in peace away from the city’s hustle and bustle then jumped on the train to Brighton Beach. It’s only a short walk to the most adorable beach with tens of colourful beach huts lined up along Dendy Beach. Such a simple idea made this place truly vibrant. I could not stop taking photos. I was back in the city to go up the steps of the Shrine of Remembrance to admire Melbourne’s panoramic views. Absolutely breathtaking! Melbourne is a funky Australian city, I loved the trams and wide streets as well as the super narrow laneways. Many people say it feels more European than Sydney or Brisbane. I think it’s more Australian as well as more fashionable and has a great culture vibe, perhaps with a slight European twist.

The thing to remember is bring some warm and waterproof clothes when visiting the city. Melbourne is much colder than Sydney and the weather can change without a warning even on a warm summer day.

Melbourne Southbank at night


Melbourne Coop’s Shot Tower

One of many Melbourne Laneways


Beware of trams in Melbs 😉

City view from the Shrine of Remembrance

Sangria at St Kilda

St Kilda city views

Colourful huts at Dendy Beach, nr Brighton Beach

City skyline

and even more colour…