Teatime and Coffee Breaks

I hope that you're ready for spring entertaining! Just in case you aren't, let me entertain you with Villeroy & Bocha family-owned brand that has been providing customers with next level sophistication for 270 years. From crockery to luxury homewarefrom hotels to the comforts of your home, you will find quality lifestyle products to suit all of your needs.  



For your weekend entertaining pleasure and café moments, Villeroy & Boch (V&B) is serving up colourful choices and artful designs. What's more, they're also the perfect pairings for coffee time (post-date night), or for an afternoon with friends.  

On a semi-mild late-afternoon, I used a set from V&B's NewWave collection, it's one that's not to be missed! It's an award-winning line for design and engineering production of the New Wave cup—the unconventional design innovation is what sets it apart from all the rest. If you're an art enthusiast then you will absolutely understand why I am enamoured by these beauties. Minimal, yet striking.

The New Wave Caffè range is striking with the asymmetry waveform of its ergonomic and opulent handle. This is a stylish set that will guarantee conversations about the uniqueness alone. 

 

I found the curvature of the handle quite easy to hold, beautiful but also practical in design. The saucer plates and café style cups are aesthetically alluring in the way that one might stare at a beloved piece of artthese almost sculptural pieces are exactly that.  

This particular series also blends glass vessels and fine china alongside genuine coffee styles whether it be for espresso or café au lait. 





To celebrate spring on the culinary front, what better than to have an ambience with a flowery embrace. I am featuring a cake plate from the Spring Awakening collection. It's a sprightly embellished footed cake plate large enough to showcase your favourite sweet or savoury indulgences or everyday biscuits for tea.  

decided to make a rose spice cake to sit atop the floral designed footed cake plate. Full of bold spices like cardamom, the cake is marvellously fragrant and the addition of rose petals pair well as a delicate finishing to the bold flavours.  

Of course, one of the many benefits of this cake plate is that it can be used for more than cakes: use it to display your tarts and other home-made baking specialities. Overall, our café style afternoon was complete and stylish with these pieces. You can definitely add some elegance to your daily tea or coffee moments. 

What do you think of these pieces?


Have you shopped at Villeroy & Boch? 

The goods: Spring Awakening Footed Cake Plate (33cm), and New Wave Caffè Coffee Set-Courtesy of Villeroy & Boch. Shop the New Wave collection here or view lifestyle inspiration by Villeroy & BochAll opinions are honestly expressed and my own. 

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5 Ways To A Healthy Gut

My Gut-wrenching Truth: 
I love food, I work out every day, I do my squats, and eat pretty healthily and still, there are days when even I, myself cannot dodge the curse of the occasional bloated day2018 has already been an incredible year for me in many ways, but mostly for health and fitnesshave changed my workout plan and never feel guilty for eating my favourite dishes, indulgent snacks, or dining out. 

You know how you probably roll your eyes when your tree-hugging, perfectly portion eating, green goddess drinking trainer repeatedly tells you that their body is their templeNo? Wait, is that only moiRight, don't be too hard on them because if you actually thought that way more, then you really would be in better form, at the very least, mentally

The good news is that nobody is "perfect," that's right, not even a trainerYou certainly needn't become overly excessive about your body, however, there are ways to have a healthier gut for any time or season, especially during your period 

As we grow, our bodies also change over time and I have several anti-fail remedies that have worked for me. 

  1. 1. Sleep + Exercise + Tea 
Stop ignoring your body during your menstrual cycle! If you're tired, then get proper rest. There's nothing like a good slumber, and lack of it with stress doesn't help your body. A lot of women that I know still don't want to exercise during their period and it's understandable. I was one of those girls growing up who never actually had cramps during this time of the month. I only started to get really painful cramps when I turned 25. I know, don't hate me! 

 

Add the following elements into your lifestyle during or before your most bloated and painful days and they will make a difference: Chakra meditation for clarity, balance and yoga for breathing, as well as exercises focussing on my lower back, and full-body stretching keeps me centred and prevents bloating

I pair yoga with the additions of dandelion root tea, a natural diuretic that helps with digestion, and balancing blood sugar levels. It's also rich in minerals (magnesium, potassium, and iron) and vitamins (A, C, and D, amongst others). *If you are pregnant you should consult your physician to see what teas you can drink, especially if you have allergies. 



  1. 2. Eat Fermented Foods: Yoghurt (cultures with good bacteria), and foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir (fermented milk), miso, tempeh, even pickles, etc. Don't be alarmed, I find that most pungent or stinky-ish foods are simply the best for you!

    3. Consume High-Fibrous Foods: I love quinoa anyway but give myself generous doses during these times, it's also high in protein. Complex carbs are carbohydrates that promote healthy longevity and are easier to maintain your weight when you eat more of it. They pack in more nutrients than simple carbs. Foods rich in fibre such as carrots, broccoli, whole grains, spinach, flax, beans, and seeds provide healthy nutrients for our bodies. See #5 for more info. 

  1. 4. Ditch Processed & Refined Foods: Listen, I've heard many people say, "All carbs are the devil!" That's not exactly true. If it were, then you wouldn't eat veggies, fruits, legumesall foods that happen to naturally have carbs in them but also nutrientsWe need carbohydrates for fuel, for energy throughout the day. Have you ever tried to run a marathon without loading on carbs nights or days before? Well, I have, then I learnt a hard lesson because I nearly passed out. This is because your body needs extra supplies of glucose in storage if you're going to run a race like that. Studies have successfully shown that glucose also helps to power the brain. 

The real lesson to learn is to eat the right type of carbs and balance them without ridding of them completely from your diet. There are simple carbs (basic sugars, easily digested that have less nutrition) and the aforementioned, complex carbs. I actually consume a small number of carbs for every meal, that way I am satisfied, energised and it keeps my metabolism going throughout the day. Go for more complex carbs, unprocessed foods, and eat more plant-based foods with a good fibre content. 

Even though I bake for others requested with sugar, when it comes to what I eat, I bake with sugar-free ingredients that is why you will usually find sugar alternatives in my recipesI grew up with a rare health allergy to raw cane sugar. No, it's not diabetes nor is it for religious purposes (I am constantly asked those two questions).  

I used to feel as if I was missing out on all the foodie fun as a child: the ice cream parties and cakes, but now that nixing cane sugar is somewhat a trendy mindset, but also a hard to digest truth to some who over-consume it, all I can say is … "Welcome to my world!" This is actually why I started learning how to bake many years ago.

Forgoing it though is not for everyone, but if ditching sugar from your diet is something that you want to work on, then try to avoid added sugar one day at a time. And, no worries, I will still have heaps of recipes for both sides of the lot. However, understanding the effects of removing added sugar from your diet, even a little bit can help.


  1. 5. Go Nuts & Get SeedyBy eating more nuts (obviously, if you aren't allergic) your gut gets feed good bacteria. Studies have shown that nuts can provide protection to probiotic bacteria. Healthy bacteria feed on fibre, therefore if you have a healthy diet high in fibre it can help your body to have good bacteria in the intestine. My favourites are pistachios, almonds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds. *You can find my spice bread recipe here for pumpkin oil. It's such a great idea to add this seed to your diet, as it has a stellar nutrient profile alone (with zinc, vitamin A&E, magnesium). 

With fruits, vegetables, legumes and even fermented dairy products, these give your body sources of prebiotics and probiotics, ultimately giving you a healthier gut. 

My apologies for such a long post, however, I hope this was insightful to you and helped to shed some light on this topic. 

Tell me, what do you think of my guide? Do you have a favourite tip to add? 

References: Sources: Australian Macadamias, Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi, PH.D, Life Science, Holly A. Taylor, PH.D, Tufts University Department of Psychology. 

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