Hands up if you're excited for the weekend! Life hasn't been crazy busy over here the past couple of weeks, but I still feel like so much has happened in such a short space of time. I've just finished the 6th out of 8 taught modules in my MSc course, and will be starting a two-week long module focusing on public health nutrition which should be interesting. I haven't featured a favourites post in ages, probably not since I first started the blog, but after thinking about how I can share some wonderful, fun, and inspiring things with each of you I have decided to revive this old feature. Without further ado, I'd love to share some of the things that I've been enjoying recently.
I've slowly but surely been making my way through Alissa Rumsey's great series on her blog that deals with Intuitive Eating basics. Her blog is a great resource that's definitely worth reading and then bookmarking for future reference. Another blog that I have found myself going back to again and again is The Fresh Exchange, possibly one of my all-time favourite design, lifestyle, and all-round awesome online spaces. Megan has a wonderful way with words, images, and sharing some of the most beautiful things on the blog. I'm particularly interested in trying out some of the recipes that she has shared recently - a Farro & Beet Salad, and these Simple Sourdough Crackers.
I wish I could share awesome book recommendations with you, but at the moment I barely feel as though I have enough time to get through all of my coursework! I often find that reading for pleasure takes a bit of a backseat in the midst of the semester, and that's ok. I haven't had time to read great works of literature recently, but I've really been enjoying recipes from Izy Hossack's book The Savvy Cook, particularly for easy recipe inspiration during the week when I don't have the time or energy to be creative in the kitchen. I featured my take on her Scrambled Egg Tacos a while back, but there are a whole bunch of other delicious and easy recipes featured in the book for you to try. Another one that's been on repeat for weeks is Pretty Simple Cooking, by Alex & Sonja Overhiser. You may have seen the dinner party that Jacqueline (of Live, Live n Create) hosted a couple of weeks ago where we enjoyed a few of their recipes in celebration for the launch of the book (if not, head over here to read all about it).
The Crown on Netflix. I might be a latecomer to this series, but I just love it. I've just finished watching the first season and have become a bit obsessed about the story of the royal family haha. I must say, it's quite cool being here in London. I'm able to run just up the road to visit Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace if I really want to haha. My husband and I have also been enjoying the docu-series Dirty Money, which tells some pretty hectic stories of corporate collusion and money-related scandals.
I'm a sucker for acoustic guitar and beautiful voices, so I have really been Tori Kelly's beautiful cover of Hillsong's 'So Will I', and Cory Asbury's new song 'Reckless Love'. I've also become a huge fan of the lovely Renée Dominique. Once again, I'm a sucker for acoustic songs and beautiful voices (haha), especially when there's a ukelele involved.
This article, titled "Instagram use is linked to increased symptoms of orthorexia nervosa" is a must-read. The purpose of the research was to investigate links between social media use, in particularly Instagram use, and orthorexia nervosa (an obsession eating foods that one considers to be healthy). Social media use, which is increasing amongst young adults has been shown to have negative effects on things like body image, depression, and disordered eating. The results of this study suggest that the healthy eating community on Instagram has a high prevalence of orthorexia symptoms, with higher Instagram use being linked to increased symptoms. This highlights the implications social media can have on psychological wellbeing, and the influence social media ‘celebrities’ may have over hundreds of thousands of individuals. You can download and read the full paper here.
Meals at home haven't been too adventurous or exciting over the past few weeks, but this Naturally Ella recipe for Chili Lentils remains a favourite easy dinner recipe that I've prepared multiple times since first trying it. I've been adding my Beetroot & Red Cabbage Sauerkraut to most of my main meals and am loving it, and these Chewy Wholewheat Choc-Chip Cookies have been on repeat for weeks. Last, but not least, I've been enjoying Bio-tiful Riazhenka cultured kefir recently. It's slightly sweeter and not quite as overpowering as other versions of kefir that I've tasted, and is just sooooo creamy and delicious! It's delicious consumed on its own just as it is, poured over granola, or even used to soak and prepare overnight oats.
Dolly and Oatmeal is this month's Instagram favourite. I am in love with her Instagram feed, which is filled with such beautiful food photographs! I might have to take a few tips from her free food photography guide, and am definitely going to try out this recipe for Spicy Broccoli Bown with Creamy Ginger Lentils sometime soon, it looks delicious.
This section is probably the most exciting. I know I won't be able to enjoy most of these things anytime soon, but I thought I'd share them with you so that you can *swoon* over with me anyway.
The beautiful new Rumi collection by Dear Rae - Aren't these pieces just stunning?
Keep learning French, one small step at a time - Since our trip to Paris in February, my husband and I have been pretty inspired to learn French. It's definitely not easy learning a new language when you have a gazillion other things that are competing for your time, but we've been trying to keep up the hard work using Duolingo, French podcasts, and by challenging ourselves to learn a phrase of the week.
Write and send a few postcards - I bought the most beautiful postcards at church a few weekends ago, and really want to send them to a few special people back home in South Africa. It's funny how easy it is to stay connected nowdays through social media and our phones, but I still love pen and paper.
Until next time, have a wonderful weekend!