Breakfast

Shakshuka and cake

We had a small surprise party for Hiromi’s birthday this morning. I made my shakshuka recipe (here) and replaced the eggplants with capsicum which the Japanese people call paprika and the American’s I’ve met here call bell pepper. It was a good choice because Hiromi’s French husband, Olivier is an amazing baker (Hugo et Leo). So, with the abundance of bread present, dipping, eating with hands and plate-cleaning via bread piece were all mandatory.
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Another green smoothie and my favourite Japanese illustrator

Good morning! How is it Wednesday already? Time really does fly (on a jet plane) but today, I ain’t complaining because in exactly 23 days, my sister and brother-in-law are coming to visit me in JAPAN (not that I’m counting or anything). I’ll be honest, I’m rather homesick.. I miss Christchurch. I miss the atmosphere of the Riccarton Bush Farmers’ market, I miss C1s vegetarian sliders, I miss Cafe Valentino and my CV family and I even miss my stupid dog’s (sorry, my SISTER’s stupid dog’s) non-stop barking. Oh and my friends and my mama and my papa as well.

I have two things for you on this gloriously cold Winter day:

First, another green-smoothie recipe:
1 banana
1 kiwi
handful of kale
handful of spinach
3/4 cup of water

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Notice the fruit sticker.
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Next, my favourite Japanese illustrator:
Mitsuie Yusaku

Someone once said, good art is that which reflects a little or a lottle of yourself. Well, actually I just said that but I’m sure someone once said the equivalent. I first came across Mitsuie’s work in an adorable stationary shop at Osaka station and his illustration (below) of a lady with a top bun writing on a large desk with an open drawer and a hot cup of tea by her side instantly reminded me of myself. In other words, I could relate. That’s the whole point of art isn’t it?

Below are a few of my favourites but if you’d like to see more of Mitsuie’s work and consequently, a piece of yourself in his illustrations, visit Mitsuie’s website by clicking his name.

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Avocado and Spinach Smoothie Bowl

It’s now fall in Japan. Fall. A new addition to my English vocabulary after being forced to teach American-English here. Any who, fall has kindly turned up the cozy dial on full blast and I just can’t handle it (in a good way). It is my most favourite season. I want to be under a blanket with a smoothie bowl and a good book by my side, forever. Hibernation. How very appropriate in my neck of the woods (another bear was spotted in the village yesterday) and it wasn’t Emma (pictured below).
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1 banana
bunch of fresh spinach
3/4 cup of non-dairy milk (I used 100% soy)

These HEALTHY four ingredient pancakes will change your life!

I have a confession to make. Sometimes (okay, most-times) I day dream about waking up to the smell of pancakes being especially made for ME by a lover. And, if he resembles Channing Tatum’s character from The Vow, well then, that’s a bonus but really who am I kidding, I just want the pancakes. And luuurrrrve. But, this ain’t that type of food blog. Here at Iaccidentlyatethewholething we (and by “we” I mean me, just me, one, uno, ichi,) don’t like to mix the personal with the recipe. So here it is, the recipe that will change your sad, lonely, wherethefuckishe single life. For this is a NEW age (apparently) where I don’t need no man and definitely not one to cook for me (and rub my feet, and listen to my worries, and hold my groceries) cos I’m an independent woman who can do all that for herself (or so my mother tells me).

Shit. Did I just mix the personal with the recipe? My bad. SO THE RECIPE is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. In other words, it’s broccoli.

1 large banana
1/2 cup of quick oats (use GF if GF)
1/2 cup of milk of your choice (I used naturally sweetened organic almond milk)
1/4 tsp baking soda

Blend all ingredients together until smooth

Grill in a skillet greased with a little coconut oil for a minute or two until golden on both sides.

I served mine with yogurt, blueberries, raw walnuts and honey.

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The brightest smoothie I ever made

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Ever since seeing my cousin (who lives in Thailand) make a hot pink dragon fruit smoothie, I have been itching to do the same! Unfortunately, I could only find white dragon fruits in NZ. Last week, I stumbled upon the funkiest fruit store in Kobe Chinatown. They had mangoes the size of rugby balls, pomegranates, green coconuts, akebi and PINK DRAGON FRUIT. Yesterday, I combined one dragon fruit with banana and a little apple juice (just three ingredients) to create this. No photograph will ever do its vibrant color justice! I can’t believe it’s natural. WOW. Who needs artificial colors and preservatives? There is so much joy in eating well.

Flesh of one pink dragon fruit
2 small frozen bananas
tiny splash of 100% apple juice

figalicious definition makin’ me go loco

Don’t worry, I’m not about to quit my day job! Here’s the good news though, THE FIGS HAVE RIPENED and hallelujah! THEYRE JUST AS DELICIOUS AS I THOUGHT! Sorry for the caps. Clearly, I’m a little over excited. So, if I haven’t already mentioned, I am living in Okayama AKA the ‘Fruit Kingdom’ of Japan. How convenient is that? Anyways, recently I’ve completely changed my breakfasts. There’s been a lot of talk/research about eating raw fruits on an empty stomach (some people think it a load of bollocks whilst others swear by it). I myself, fall with the latter. Of course not of blind faith – I’ve been having raw fruit-only breakfasts for the last FEW days and already, I’m feeling a difference! Honestly people, I feel great. You too, should try it! Deli, if you’re reading this, please give it a go! You might think that after an hour or so your stomach will start grumbling and eating you from the inside out but it’s actually the opposite! I’ve never received so much energy from any other breakfast! Not even oats! Sorry, too many exclamation marks for a paragraph on fruit but I feel so strongly about my new discovery that I just cant help myself! I really don’t think I’ll ever have anything else for breakfast – well maybe pancakes but they can be the once in a lifetime (and by lifetime I mean tomorrow) exception! ! ! ! !!!! I

Excuse me while I move to a tropical island to become one of those women who just eat 20 bananas a day.
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my smoothie brings all the boars to the yard

Seriously, I’m not even kidding. I drove past a very scary-sized wild boar the other night. That, is how rural I’m living! The boar looked at me and then.. ran off. But, it was still a pretty terrifying experience and now, I’m a little nervous riding around in the early hours of the morn when it’s still a little dark. Especially after my colleagues told me some boars like to charge at cars – apparently speaking of experience. The world is a scary scary place. So although the following may paint a picture of the perfect morning, in truth, I was pretty anxious inside. In saying that, my smoothie was so delicious that I found myself eating it super slowly just to make it last longer.
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Smoothie is: 1 frozen banana, 2 heaped tbsp coconut yogurt (regular yogurt works too), splash of 100% guava juice (but any fruit juice will do) and 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries.

Topping is: walnuts, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds fried in a little coconut oil and pure maple syrup.

the countdown is on!

So, it’s ten days to my 23rd birthday (I can’t believe how young I am, I feel like I’ve lived an eternity) and as a gift to myself on the day, I’ve decided to concentrate on eating super good until then. First up, breakfast.

Day 1: a simple acai bowl
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup of water
2 tsp acai powder
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Day 2: light green-smoothie 
1 frozen banana
a big handful of washed lettuce
a chunk of fresh pineapple
1/2 cup of water
(To be honest, lettuce in smoothie form tastes kinda gross – spinach is much better. Ah well, lesson learnt.)
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Day 3: carrot bowl
2 small frozen bananas
1 cup of 100% carrot juice
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1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup cooked pumpkin
a little honey and cinnamon
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2 small frozen bananas
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp honey
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peanut butter and banana overnight oats

Sometimes I spend my evenings out and about and sometimes I am so completely alone in my little apartment in the middle of nowhere surrounded by bears, snakes and deer – which is okay because I use that time to update my blog (insert smiley face here) and make breakfast, 8 hours earlier than it need be made!

If you like peanut butter and banana then I guarantee you’ll love this. Not only is it packed with various super nutritious ingredients, it is also naturally free from gluten (if you use gf oats), dairy and refined sugar.
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3/4 cup oats (use GF if gf)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds

1 banana
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp all-natural peanut butter

Combine the oats, milk and chia seeds first.

Then mash the banana into the oat mixture.

Lastly, mix through the honey and peanut butter.

Refrigerate in a covered container overnight.

Enjoy with a crunchy topping, nuts/seeds/granola. I used walnuts.