Recipes that I use again and again

These recipes use some pretty universal ingredients. Some are healthy, some are more fatty/for moderation, but I enjoy them all-year round! I also believe the best recipe sometimes is NO recipe - so all these ingredient lists I have found to be super flexible - if you’re missing something from the sauce, just leave it out or replace with a similar thing (like sugar instead of any fancy sweeteners) and I usually swap ground meats around a lot!

Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini pancakes seem complex and time consuming but I can usually make a batch in under 45 minutes. Ina Garten’s recipe is super simple and easy but sometimes I like to dry out the zucchini shreds a bit more but leaving them with some salt and then squeezing the liquid out with a towel - it makes the cooking a bit less wet!

Chicken larb

So delicious, especially with some Vietnamese style pickled carrot/onion. Can also be eaten with rice/bread/anything. Extra ginger here again!

Buckwheat flatbread

My partner is gluten intolerant, these breads are pretty good in his opinion! And ridiculously quick to make, you just need to buy some buckwheat flour (which I have found even in Polish supermarkets).

Chicken satay

I love a good satay because it’s deceptively simple - satay in the end is peanut butter + soy sauce (and then optional extras!). More marinating time = better chicken! I like to add a lot of ginger to this!

“Crab” salad

(Recipe in Polish) - I’m a sucker for that fake crab meat. When I feel in a mayo mood, I’m definitely making this delicious salad. (warning - a lot of Mayo). You can use tuna for a better alternative!

The rest of the time, I’m often improvising or using tried/tested recipes that have been slowly adapted over years (like lasagnas, pasta bakes, baked potato, stir fries, ramen, chilli etc). I used to think cooking was such a chore, but after living outside of home for a while and getting used to grocery shopping, I’m slowly getting better. I’m still really bad at meal planning and as a result, I still often struggle to come up with things to make, which is something I try to improve at. Any suggestions how?

Working out

I just destroyed my legs at the gym… and it wasn’t even a difficult routine. After a 3 month long break from working out on a regular basis (4-5 times a week) due to a health issue, I returned yesterday with a leg day. Getting back on the wagon was harder than I imagined, because although I had trained this habit, I kept it up about 3 months before my break. Although it was routine for me, I hadn’t tested it throughout all the seasons. In winter, it’s much harder and I needed to account for that.

The soreness I felt last night and this morning were something I haven’t felt for a long time! But it reminded me that as long as I’m challenging myself, I’m making progress, and that’s what counts. No beginner can lift their body weight on day 1, but the fittest people got there by consistently pushing themselves. In the end, what it takes is showing up.

Motivating yourself with a “thinner version of you” or a perfect body will never work because that’s just not how our body biologically works. These changes are very slow and step by step, so focusing on such a long term goal will never satisfy you. Instead I try to focus on things like stress and anxiety relief, the enjoyment of achieving and breaking records, and just feeling more energetic and healthy.

Happy New Year

I hope you’ve had a great New Years celebration! I don’t always have a big celebration (usually just with family and in bed not long after midnight) but I think we all need that refreshing feeling of starting a new year without all the weight of the previous one. Hope you all dream big and take action in the new year! I’m looking forward to creating some great content this year, being more IDGAF in general and taking more actions that take me in the right direction.

I moved to a new country

At Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest - super hot day but so gorgeous!!

At Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest - super hot day but so gorgeous!!

 I'm writing from a place extremely far away from Sydney - Poland actually! Poznań to be more precise. I have moved here to live with my boyfriend for the time being, and in the mean time looking for job opportunities and basically trying to explore something different in my life.

So far, I haven't had much time in the city yet, as I've just been travelling through the Balkans, followed by a one-week family trip to the Baltic Sea, which I will definitely share some photos of in some blog posts! 

I just wanted to start this new chapter off with a blog post so I can start documenting what's been happening and stay on top of my blog, which I really want to now pay more attention to because it's something I've been thinking about for a while but never really acting on it. Fingers crossed for the coming months! 

In the other news, I've submitted my PhD thesis! So that's no longer my position anymore. I've received my examination report back so I will be getting to work on those corrections, but so far so good. It looks like I will probably be graduating next year in April or so, which means at least a visit back to Australia then. :)