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A Disaster

Dear friends

I have a very big (big for me) first-world-problem. Don’t laugh but I dropped my phone in the toilet. No, I wasn’t taking a picture of the toilet seat (Danny’s comment). It was in my back pocket and when I pulled down my pants.. well, you get the picture. Trust me I was quick. I took it out within half a second but hair-dryer, rice, oven, it’s still completely dead. Communication isn’t the problem.. for that I can use my computer. The real problem is photography. I use, well, used (wahh) my phone to take and edit my blog and Savvy Tokyo pictures. What now?

I can’t curse the universe for this. I realise I am completely to blame. But instead of sitting here and feeling disappointed in my stupid self, I will use this opportunity (gah I hate me for even being this sickly positive) to better myself. I will open my eyes and be attentive. I will carry a diary and take note of the noteworthy things I encounter. Then, I will try as best as I can to write them in a picturesque manner.

Today is my last day in Galicia, Spain – though I have a post on Galicia scheduled for tomorrow (with pictures). Tomorrow morning I will fly to Geneva. I don’t know what to expect other than a certainty of love from my auntie, her husband and two gorgeous daughters.

PS feel free to make a phone/camera donation (half joking).

PPS this means no more Instagram.

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Edward Gorey (1961)

raw blueberry and apple jam

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Yesterday I went blueberry picking at North Village in Shoo Town (300 yen for 1 cup + one or ten cheeky testers whilst picking) with my beautiful neighbour and her delicious baby whom by the way has been making me insanely clucky! Japanese babies are so scrummy!! Today, we made raw blueberry and apple jam – so healthy and supa easy! Please try it and let me know what you think! FYI, this recipe is naturally free from refined sugar, gluten and dairy.

2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup natural apple juice
2 tbsp pure maple syrup

2 tbsp chia seed

In a food processor or blender, mix together the blueberries, apple juice and maple syrup until  well combined and chunky.

Pour mixture into 1 or 2 jam jars then add chia seeds.

Mix mix mix thoroughly.

Refrigerate for a few hours before spreading on hot toast or mixing through greek yoghurt -yummy!

lazy (but healthy) apple pie muffins

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1 can of additive free, 100% natural diced apples
3 free range eggs
1 3/4 cups wholemeal flour (use 2 cups almond meal if GF)
1/4 cup oat bran (use GF bran if GF, well duh)
1 heaped tsp baking soda
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil (any oil will do)
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 180C

Chuck all ingredients (except walnuts) in a food processor and whizz until combined

Add walnuts and pulse to combine

Evenly divide batter between a greased muffin tray

Bake for 30 min or until the fork comes out clean

*refined-sugar free
*dairy free
*gluten-free (if using almond meal and GF oat bran)