Sunday mornings were made for Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes.

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Good Mornin’!

This fine Sunday morning, my flatmates and I made Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes. This deviates from my typical health-conscious food selection, but it was absolutely indulgently delicious. My inhibitions melted away as I watched the fluffy dough soak up the butter and maple syrup toppings. And the one thing that made it better was the french-pressed black coffee on the side and the breakfast chit-chat between flatmates. There was something so idyllic about watching the steam from my coffee mug, noticing the light gently come through our window, and listening to the calm of Shoreditch on a Sunday.

I may have said this before, but I’ll say it again… I absolutely love breakfast. It can be quite divided between people who adamantly believe in it and those that don’t bother eating in the morning. But for me, the act of waking up is so much more enjoyable when I look forward to not only food, but also the act of eating. Too many people consume, without actually eating. Especially at breakfast (when you’re on the go and already late for work), but you must not let the rush of life take away from the simple joy of food in the morning. 

While it’s true that a typical morning during the work week is quite different from a typical weekend morning, both can be relaxing and invigorating. During the week, I enjoy waking up before anyone else so as to soak up the empty spaces of the flat. And during the weekend, I enjoy waiting around the kitchen to have countertop conversations about the silliest and randomest of things. Either way, breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day and thus, it should not be treated lightly. My advice to you: invest time and effort into breakfast… it could change your life. 

My flatmate found the instructions and ingredients on this BLOG…read the recipe here. You too can make some!

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“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” – John Gunther

“Breakfast is a peaceful moment for me, so I never have the radio on, no music, no noise around. The only noise that is permitted is people’s voices. It’s a way for me to wake up without too much of a high speed feeling. – Christian Louboutin

“I like to use ‘I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter’ on my toast in the morning, because sometimes when I eat breakfast, I like to be incredulous. How was breakfast? Unbelievable.” – Demetri Martin

“Brunch, for me, is an extended breakfast that should be enjoyed whenever you have time properly to engage in cooking and eating.” – Yotam Ottelenghi

My love of food as demonstrated by a GIF #poundcake #theimagemoves #gif #foodaddict #sweets

My love of food as demonstrated by a GIF #poundcake #toppings #itmoves #gif #foodaddict #sweets

What is it about food that invites us to photograph it with cool angles and lighting? Surveying Instagram and Pinterest demonstrates this rise of food photography by average people. Would baristas even create little foam hearts in your soy latte if there was no chance it would end up on the newsfeed of a social media site? I’m not sure if it’s for the better or worse that our society is becoming obsessed with ‘pretty hipster food’. All these pictures of delicious looking food (ex. chickpea avocado burger with blue cheese dressing) does not mean that I’m actually eating these cool foods. There might be a recipe attached, but let’s be honest? How many of those Pinterest pins turned into a Friday afternoon of cooking? My pinning of vegan food has not directly led to more vegan cupcakes in my apartment. Nevertheless, I feel more artsy and creative with my food habits …

Also, how cool are gifs? I’m a huge fan! (pst….. it’s like a little animated film of sequential images)

To-To-Tofu.

To-To-Tofu.

Over the years, tofu has gotten a bad reputation of being only for vegetarians, tasting bland, and being unpleasantly chewy. There are too many loud voices against tofu, and not enough proponents willing to clear the bad reputation. I believe the product itself is not the problem; tofu just needs a new marketing strategy. You can do pretty much anything to tofu: grill it, poach it, scramble it, stir-fry it, simmer it in a curry, or make it into burgers. When prepared properly, tofu can be a wonderful addition to any dish. Plus, it has high protein content that adds health benefits to all. The bad reputation comes from unawareness and apprehension to explore tofu as an ingredient in meals; thus, we need to start a conversation in order to re-brand tofu. Help end the pre-determined discrimination against tofu by giving it another proper taste before completely writing it off.

Madagascar Chocolate. 100% African.

Madagascar Chocolate. 100% African.

There I was… standing a couple seconds away from the cash registers at Whole Foods Market in Piccadilly Circus, London. And the packaging design of Madecasse caught my attention. I thought, this chocolate managed to hold my attention for more than two seconds and it intrigued me, so I went ahead and bought two chocolate bars.

1. Sea Salt & Nibs: 63% Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Nibs & a touch of salt (Fruity notes with a savoury crunch)
2. 80% Cocoa: Heirloom Madagascar Cocoa (Bold flavour with a smooth finish)

And my oh my was the chocolate delicious. I’m glad I picked up it up in that ‘blink‘ second of a decision. And then I did more research on the company to find it’s purpose and manifesto of bean to bar – the goal to harvest the beans and make the chocolate in Africa in order to invest in the local economic structure. Corporately responsible and beautifully packaged… its a win-win situation in terms of marketing strategy.

Read more about it on their website.