Archive | February, 2017

Good girls make pumpkin-flax flatbread…

16 Feb

… which doesn’t really taste that good, only because I failed at it.

But, tomorrow is indeed another day, and all I can do is try again, right?

Manakish is one of my favorite foods, and za’atar is something I absolutely can’t live without. The (fallen) country where my family is from prides itself in having the best za’atar in the world, and just because a certain nation whom occupied us (sounds like Smisrael) has tried to claim it as one of their national foods, doesn’t mean they know how to prepare it.

This levantine girl knows what to do with za’atar, even when times are tough.

So I mashed up some pumpkin, added a whisked egg, 1/2 a cup of almond flour and 1/4 cup of coconut flour, 3 tbsp flaxeed, pressed it into a pan and stuck it in the oven to make flatbread.

I was skeptical at first, and terrified that bitch came out smelling like eggs (and it stubbornly stuck to the bottom of the pan) but two days later, here I am polishing off the last of the squares with an olive oil and zaatar paste I mixed up this morning before heading off to work.

Call me an addict, but I think I’m going to attempt the flatbread recipe again this weekend, but this time I’ll use even MORE pumpkin (something I definitely should have done the last round) and maybe some more almond flour and a “chia egg” instead of a regular one, because eggs kind of freak me out.

A chia egg is really simple – you just put 1tbsp chia seeds into 3tbsp water for 15 mins then toss the gooey liquid into your mixture.

Coconut oil is probably also the superior way to grease the pan, instead of the olive oil I used.

Hey! I never said I was an expert- I just always fuck up but it still turns out tasting at least somewhat good.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of making some Paleo Pumpkin Gnocchi for this weekend. Basically, I’m going to combine pumpkin puree, nutmeg, sea salt ¬†homemade almond flour and arrowroot powder to form them into little pillows which will then be placed into a pot of boiling water, after which, pan seared into a deep pan with ghee and sage.

20 bucks says it’s going to end up being a shepherd’s pie.

In other news, I officially have 5 days left of the Whole30 challenge! I’ve been eating a lot of nuts at night (bad) and accidentally had maple syrup infused in cashew cheese last night (who does that, guys?) but I’m still going strong. Maybe my Whole30 wasn’t as flawless as I’d hoped, but I’m proud of myself for not breaking in the sense that I did anything outwardly WRONG – didn’t have any breads, pastas, cheeses or sugary sweets that weren’t fruit in their natural form. Go me!

I’ve only done yoga twice this week, and want to keep going, since I’ve decided to make it my sole form of exercise for the next while. I mean, I’ve thought about renewing my membership at the gym for the purpose of summer swims, tanning, easy cardio and the steam room, but I came to realize the following things:

-The gym gets too crowded and I end up giving up too soon if I’m not working out with my trainer, who I won’t be able to afford this time around (savings)

-I kind of hate everyone who goes to the pool and generally end up feeling invisible, smoking too much, drinking too much, and feeling a bitter sense of ennui

-I shouldn’t be tanning anyway, because I’m doing laser hair removal treatments.

Besides, there’s almost always an opportunity to go to a secluded beach, someone’s chalet, a boat or a pool party over here – and worst case scenario, I can get a three month membership for the summer somewhere else. It’s really not that bad.

I’m pretty confident in my decision and think that only good things will come from my dedication to Yoga. I’ve also been considering getting a stepper, taking up jump-roping at home, and doing little workouts in the morning before work to have a bit of cardio on my side. We’ll see how it goes.

All the best to me, and to you, because a healthy life is a happy one.





14 Feb

So guys, when a client sent over two jars of cookies to the office at around 4pm, I put my foot down.

I tapped deep into my body’s needs and CANCELLED both yoga and training, got in my car and drove home.

For the first time in a long time, I am home right after work Рno plans, no commitments, just me, my bed, a handful or two of cashews, my heater and Netflix.

And a nice tuna steak marinating in the fridge, to be coupled with a baked potato and maybe some asparagus.

This is the life, and I think we all agree that I deserve a treat.

I can’t get too lazy though – tonight, I’m going to attempt to make some pumpkin pizza dough using almond and coconut flours, puree of pumpkin, a chia egg to make it vegan and flaxseed. This should make a wonderful base for all the zaatar flatbreads and DIY pizzas i plan on having in the next couple of days! Thank god I made a bunch of cashew cheese last night.

And yeah, yeah – tomorrow is back to yoga. But come on! I earned this! 30 days straight? (well, 29 but you know what I mean.)

Anyway, if anyone needs me, I’ll be snug as a bug in a rug.


Yes, I know I’ve been absent

14 Feb

But my blog, my rules – and it’s not like any of you are actually reading this, really. Maybe once in a while, during your morning coffee or procrastination breaks between work (which is what I’m admittedly doing now). Or maybe you’ve forgotten because you thought I’ve forgotten, but I haven’t! I’m still here, and I’m still trudging through, believe it or not.

So, Yoga Challenge finished yesterday, and I completed it with 30 classes! I would have had 31 if it weren’t for the horrendous traffic due to the closing down of a vital bridge in my work’s part of the country on Sunday. I had a birthday dinner to get to that night at 7:30, and didn’t want to be late for it – so I had to cancel my 5:30 class, thus breaking my daily yoga practice trend. Don’t worry though, I made up for it yesterday with the most intense class of my life… my arms are STILL sore.

I also renewed my membership for another three months! I just want to see if yoga is really my thing, guys – I think it might be. I mean, I’m going back today, so that’s a good sign.

As for Whole30, I’m currently on day 24 and still hiking through it with good intentions (and A LOT of food porn.) I might have messed up slightly (and unintentionally!) during the birthday dinner, because I’m still convinced the mango salad I ordered contained a non-compliant dressing of sorts, even though I bargained with the waiter and begged him to make it as Whole30 as possible, and he assured me that it was.

I’m still skeptical, Hamza.

But with one week to go, I’m feeling confident. I’ve survived 23 days so far, and the worlds most boring party on Friday where I didn’t drink AT ALL. I sipped Pelligrino laced with lemon wedges all night long and drove home completely sober. It sucked, but I felt safe, strong and proud.

So what’s 6 more days, in the grand scheme of things? But I plan on stopping at 30. Fuck the two extra days!

The list of foods I need to have before I move onto my next dietary challenge:


Some sort of pasta and parmesan cheese

A decadent dessert

A really good cheeseburger

Motherfucking popcorn

Schneider’s Pretzels



Speaking of my next dietary challenge, it’s going to be Vegan for a month. I’ve realized during Whole30 that I consume WAY too much animal proteins, so why not cut them out? I’d also like to experiment with paleo vegan baking at this time, figuring out how to make cookies, brownies and truffles more compliant for me to enjoy. Letting go of parm again will be hard, but I think I should give nutritional yeast more of a try.

Also, today is Valentine’s Day, which already seems to be a day filled with challenges. These challenges include:

  • Starting off my day with interviewing a couple who run a specialty cake store, and having them gift me with truffles, cupcakes and brownies for the office – all of which my colleagues are enjoying at this moment, none of which I can actually have.
  • No date, no flowers, no ability to munch on my favorite snacks or a cheesy box of chocolate bon bons whilst watching a bad rom-dramedy about women with man troubles.
  • Even if I could do all that while munching on nuts and whatever the fuck else I’m allowed to eat, I don’t have time to do any of it because I won’t be home till 9pm tonight, thanks to a pushy trainer friend who’s forcing me to attend his kickboxing hell class at 7:30, exactly an hour after I finish Backbending Flow: at least I can say that I worked out twice in one day, though – talk about self love.
  • A POSSIBLE dinner with an ex-turned-platonic-friend (not the latest one) and a couple of other people. I am in no way attracted to this guy and would only go to said mid-level restaurant in my workout gear, for the sake of steak or salmon, veggies and a dry baked potato. He might still be attracted to me, though – and let me tell you; I am not in the mood.

But, life could be worse, right? I truly am lucky to have the life I do – even if it’s not much, and I’m starving, and I can’t have any of those tiny cupcakes perched on the table behind me and calling my name. I have parsley spiced cauliflower rice and okra instead. So, I’m not allowed to complain.

Just taking it one day at a time, and counting my blessings, friends.