Highlights from my week (August 2014)

Eczema flare up

Eczema flare up

It feels like it's been a really long week! It all started with an overnight work trip to Geraldton. Being away from home it's always a little harder to find something me-friendly to eat and the temptation to enjoy a "treat" always seems a little stronger. This time the temptation was a complimentary glass of wine at the hotel. Just that one glass resulted an awful, itchy eczema flare up. It caught me off guard and left me with a stark reminder of why I avoid certain foods for the sake of my health.

 By Hump Day things were starting to look up. Mr J had his four week post op check up and the surgeon was really happy with his progress. No more sling, in short bursts to start, which means he can drive again, thank goodness!!!

Quirky Cooking Thermomix cook book

Quirky Cooking Thermomix cook book

Flicking through the newspaper on Thursday, I was pleasantly surprised to see an article on one of my favourite blogs, Quirky Cooking. The author, Jo Whitton, started preparing food from scratch at home, with the help of her Thermomix, for the health of herself and her family. Now she shares her recipes and meal planning tips via her blog. I bought Jo's recipe book (below) a few weeks ago and I love it. It's filled with tons of gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free recipes which can be easily converted for those without a Thermomix and are always reliable and delicious.

Friday night date night with Mr J is always the highlight of my week, especially after what felt like a really long week. Having finally regained his independence Mr J met me at the office after work and we decided to let the Perth public transport system chauffeur us to dinner. The free CAT bus stops right outside my office and it meant we wouldn't have to find parking, so off we headed to our new favourite Korean restaurant,

Took Bae Kae II. 

We'd discovered by accident some months earlier after wandering past and seeing a queue of hungry Asians and thinking, it must be good....and it is!

Took Bae Kee II

Took Bae Kee II

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes - Little Bird Cafe Northbridge

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes - Little Bird Cafe Northbridge

Three dishes (sizzling pork, sizzling beef) served with rice, an entrée (gluten free noodles made with sweet potato starch), a plate of dumplings for Mr J (not gluten free), four sides (kim chi, bean sprouts, sweet soy beans and some sort of green vegetable) and two cups of quince tea for only $31, we were happy and full. There are plenty of vegetable dishes on the menu for those that need it and the food is fast and delicious. Most of the dishes contain soy sauce though so it's only ok if you can tolerate the small amounts of gluten in the soy sauce.

Our bellies taken care of we the plan was to catch the CAT bus back in the opposite direction, unfortunately it wasn't to be. As it turns out the last bus leaves at 8.30pm and we were near the end of the circuit. We were faced with a dilemma, wait 25 minutes for the bus or start walking. We started off on the trek back to my office which as it turns out isn't that far and the walk after all that food probably did us good. Good ole Perth, nothing runs all that late.

And then  it was finally Saturday! My favourite day of the week. I started my usual Saturday morning routine with a personal training session across the other side of town. Sometimes The Brown Fuzz gets to come but this week her little friend wasn't coming so I left at home with her breakfast.

After the park I met my girlfriend for breakfast at my favourite place, Little Bird Café. They have a great selection of healthy options including raw treats, smoothies, juices and the best almond milk chai lattes in Perth. I drop by Little Bird Café at least twice a week, usually after training for a green smoothie and a take away almond milk chai latte. This week we opted for the Banana Buckwheat Pancakes, served with cashew cream and maple syrup. So delicious and filling, washed down with an almond milk chai latte, it kept me going well into the afternoon.

One last stop in the routine before heading home, food shopping in Subiaco. Every Saturday between 8am and 12pm the primary school on Bagot Road transforms into the Subi Farmers Market, a fresh, local food haven. I make the effort to get there because I enjoy the market atmosphere, having a chat to the producers and there is such a wide selection of fresh produce and products available. I pick up all of my favourites for the week, grass fed, dry aged beef from Gingin Beef, seafood for us and The Brown Fuzz from Fisho,  fresh eggs, lamb, pork, goat and lamb pies from Macabee Dorper Lamb, spelt sourdough from Wild Bakery, gluten free breads from Strange Grains Bakery, organic fruit and veg from Turn Organics and Pat's Organic Veggie Truck, raw milk for Mr J from Over The Moon Organics and pies for Mr J's lunches from Little Pie Lane. There's plenty more to choose from and lots of ready to eat food vans and stalls for those with a hungry tummy.

A quick stop across the road for groceries at Farmer Jack's Subiaco and I'm on the home straight. 100% West Australian owned, they're open until 10pm every night and carry a great selection of allergy friendly products throughout the store. Food shopping done, I head home for a little rest before tackling whatever the rest of weekend has to bring.