WIAW VIII: The Cosmopolitan Edition Dahhhling!

by Jemma on August 9, 2011


Happy Hump Day everyone!!!  It’s that special time of the week again where it all gets a little bit crazy at the WIAW party.

Peas and Crayons

Yesterday I was up at the crack of dawn to hit the gym for my strength training workout.  After working up a sweat and putting my muscles through their paces I thought a protein packed green smoothie in a bowl would make the perfect breakfast.

A frozen banana, lots of spinach, a russet pear, water, lucuma powder, maca powder, double fudge crunch protein powder, xanthan gum and guar gums.  I decided to tone down my toppings on this particular smoothie, I know what’s wrong with me?!?!? :)  I just sprinkled on some vanilla, almond and agave granola and some dried cranberries.  Usually I hit up the toppings hard, but for some reason yesterday I was more for tasting the smoothie alone, so that’s what I did.

Not only is Wednesday WIAW day, but it also means that I need to get my ass out of bed and head out for my morning run.  Today I ran 6 miles in 57 minutes.  I was supposed to be aiming for 10k, but must have misjudged my distances somehow.  It was so cold out it felt like Autumn already! Right now as I type this I’m wearing a vest top, a jumper, a cardigan and a scarf…it’s freezing!  What on earth has happened to our summer in the UK?!?

Anyways, it was time for another smoothie in a bowl.  This one included a frozen banana, peanut butter (and much more peanut butter), organic cocoa powder, hispi cabbage leaves (stems removed), mesquite, lucuma powder, hemp protein powder, water, xanthan and guar gums.  I loaded up on the toppings this time with carob covered raisins, a raw breakfast biscuit, shredded coconut and goji berries…yum!

Lunch yesterday and today was a simple salad made using curly lettuce, steamed shredded veggies which included carrots, cucumber and broccoli, clear spring teriyaki crackers, roasted edamame beans and almond and basil pesto.

Afternoon snackage to keep the energy levels up came in the form of a delicious persimmon and a Nakd gingerbread bar.

I think the gingerbread flavour is one of my all time favourites that and the cocoa orange and the much coveted banana bread bar.  I just can’t seem to get my hands on the banana bread bar as readily as I can all of the other flavours!

I’ve also been snacking on lots of delicious cherries too.  I love this time of year because all of the berries just taste amazing and cherries are at their very best too.!  I had a very happy belly after eating all of these lovelies. :)

* Simple Vegetable Coconut Curry*

This was so quick and easy to make and is a great way to use up all of those veggies that are no longer at their best!  I picked up a new and interesting vegetable that I was dying to use, a mooli raddish or some of you may know it as daikon.

Ingredients (vegan, serves 2)

  • 1 mooli raddish cut into batons
  • 2 small white onions
  • 1 clove of garlic grated
  • 1/2 cup of edamame beans
  • 2 cups of spring greens
  • 2 tsps of hot madras curry powder
  • 1 tbsp of soya sauce
  • 1 tsp of dried coriander
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 3 tbsps of soy yoghurt (optional but adds extra creaminess)
  • cashew nuts to garnish

First fry off the onion in a pan in a little canola oil (or any oil of your choice) until softened.  Add the mooli batons and cook for a few minutes.  Stir in all of the spices and grated garlic to coat the vegetables and then pour in the coconut milk.  Also at this point it is ok to add the stock cube and the soya sauce.  Allow the curry to simmer for 1o-15 minutes before adding the greens and edamame bean to let the mooli cook through.  Simmer for a further few minutes to ensure all of the vegetables are tender and cooked.   Take off the heat and stir in the soya yoghurt.

Serve and sprinkle with cashew nuts, and more importantly…enjoy! 

Last night for dessert I enjoyed some chopped strawberries and blueberries alongside some very delicious chocolate.  I raided my Lindt stash and opened up a bar of  Fleur de Sel Caramel.  One word. Beautiful!

Before I go I would also like to mention the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards 2011.  I think that it’s such a great opportunity to show our support and love for all of our favourite blogs.  You can nominate all of the blogs that you love here.

Happy WIAW everyone!  I hope you are all having a great week! :)

Have you picked up any new and interesting ingredients to cook with recently? 

What is your most favourite flavoured chocolate bar?

What is the best thing that you ate this WIAW?!?

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lactosefreelizzie August 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Great job on your run! Thats a loooooooooooong way.
I’ve always wanted to try one of those naked bars but I never see them in the US! :(


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Thank you! You can only get them in the Uk. I can send you some if you like? :)


Tessa at Amazing Asset August 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Phew nice run you did there…that sure is a long way!
I recently cooked a spaghetti squash in tossed it with delicious sauce and veggies… so so good!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Tha sounds delicious! :)


Lenna (veganlenna) August 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM

You are a running star :) And a perfect chef as well :)
I like plain, dark chocolate, the darker the better. But it may be nice to experimetn with some new flavours :)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Aww thank you! I have some 99% chocolate that I have yet to try. I can’t wait!


Girl In The Pink August 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM

The best thing I ate was honestly a grilled cheese from in-n-out lol!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Yum!!! Sometimes the simple things are best!


Sarah(everydaysapicnic) August 10, 2011 at 7:14 PM

The best thing I ate today was mango, coconut and blueberry overnight oats – so lush!
My favourite chocolate flavour – hmmm that’s difficult. I think it might be Montezuma Culture Shock. It’s white chocolate, so a real treat :-)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Your mango, coconut and blueberry overnight oats, such a fab flavour combination!


Ffion @ Chocolate and Rapsberiies August 10, 2011 at 7:19 PM

wow that chocolate looks divine! Best thing I’ve eaten today is pesto quinoa with some basil tofu. NOM!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Sounds amazing! :P


Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) August 10, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I know the UK weather is an absolute joke! I woke up shivering on Tuesday morning, I was so cold. British summer is simply amazing!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM

I was wearing four layers yesterday and still cold! I’ve given up hope of us having any kind of summer this year!


jranolajoyce August 10, 2011 at 8:27 PM

I have been using so much curry lately!
so delicious!
the smoothies look great! :)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Curries are always a good choice, yum!


Rachel August 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM

You’re eats look delicious! this makes me really want curry… I just picked up some lucuma powder, i’ve used it in a cashew frosting already. And I don’t have a favorite chocolate flavor, but I’m a huge fan of any kind of tea or fruit infused dark chocolate. especially vosges chocolates.

i’m dying to try those nak’d bars! ahhh


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I only ever use lucuma in my smoothies. I really should get experimental with it and you cashew frosting sounds delish!


eatinglikeahorse August 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I haven’t tried that Lindt chocolate but it looks gooooood :-)
I have tried the gingerbread Nakd though, quite a few times! And they’re my favourites of those, along with cashew cookie – and pecan pie…
And I’m with you; what’s this excuse for a summer?? It was FREEZING this morning :-(


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

The ginger bread nakd bar is amazing! :D I’ve had it with this summer it’s a joke! :(


vegan aphrodite August 10, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Wee, your eats looks and sounds amazing!! I would love to get my hands on bowl two with the peanut smoothie! Yum! And I so want to try chocolate with salt! I see no reason I would not like it ;)
Best thing Ive eaten today: oatpnacakes with cahew butter+berries <3


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Thank you lovely! Chocolate with salt is amazing! You should try and get your hands on Lindt’s Dark chocolate with sea salt…so good!


Sweet Potato Sarah August 10, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Happy WIAW :) everything looks so tasty, especially that curry!
My favourite chocolate is probably a new one i found in whole foods last week that’s organic white chocolate with pieces of mango-yum!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 10, 2011 at 10:58 PM

I love mango in chocolate…that sounds amazing!


Sam August 10, 2011 at 11:11 PM

i’ve loved seeing all the cherries on everyone’s posts! so yum :)

Sam @ fitness food & faith (giveaway today!)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Cherries are amazing right now! :D


Amanda @ Running with Spoons August 10, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Awesome run girlie! And I waaaaaant that chocolate bar! Truth be told, I don’t usually eat many flavored bars because most of them can’t canter to my allergies, but I think they’re beautiful nonetheless :D And as for the best thing I ate today, probably a chocolate chip cookie dough ball just because it’s been a few days and I was craving it like crazy!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Thank you hun! Chocolate chip cookie dough balls are always a good. What a great way to celebrate this weeks WIAW! :)


Rach @ This Italian Family August 11, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Mm… those berries look amazing!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM

They were delicious!


Laura Agar Wilson August 11, 2011 at 8:34 AM

I love diakon and I bet it tastes lovely in your curry!


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM

The diakon was lovely. It was my first time trying it too. :)


peasandcrayons August 11, 2011 at 11:38 PM

your salads are always so so beautiful! I’m certain you would make a salad hater happy with these beauties! <3 hope you had a fabulous WIAW Jemma!


Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 12, 2011 at 12:27 AM

I love curries- they’re such a good way to use up random veggies!


Alice @Bake n Beebz August 13, 2011 at 9:54 AM

All your smoothie bowls look soooo yummy! always love the touches of decoration. but Im swooning after that curry, will defiantly give it a go, thanks for the recipe!

nakd bars are so good aren’t they, gingerbread it awesome but my all time fave is peacan pie, Im going to be a having a nakd bar related giveaway shortly too! :)


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