Family Photos

We finally took the plunge and had family photos taken! We’re so happy with how they turned out. It was precious being able to document Ava at this age!

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Low Calorie Falafel

You may or may not know that I am half Assyrian. My mother was born in Baghdad, Iraq. She migrated to Australia when she was 2 years old so most of her memories are from here in Australia rather than back home. My grandma was 27 years old when they migrated so “grew up” in Baghdad. I love hearing her stories of Iraq and her parents. She laughs and smiles so much when talking about her friends and family before Saddam Hussein and war.

Nan as we call her has cooked us a meal almost every week since the day I was born. She has a rotation of 5 Assyrian meals- you think I’m kidding, but I am 100% serious- every week I can name you 5 meals and she will, without a doubt, cook one of those. As much as we make jokes about it there is something so familiar and nostalgic in the thought of her cooking the same meals my whole life.

Falafel is more so a Lebanese dish but every once in a while for special occasions we will all go to Frank’s in Fairfield (little Iraq) and share an amazing Lebanese meal- Falafel featuring in all of its glory.

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When I came across this recipe I knew I had to try it- wanting to start eating a bit less meat and a lot more healthier I decided to give it a try. My onion hating husband did not like these (It slipped my mind to make a few without onion- sorry babe!) but next time I will definitely tweak the recipe to appeal to everyone.

Healthy Oven Baked Falafel Balls- the original recipe comes from Bake Play Smile

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Makes- Roughly 12 (small)

  • 425 g can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs or any breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbs ground cumin
  • 3 tbs finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to season

How To

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius (fan-forced) and line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and mix together well. I just mashed everything with a fork in a bowl instead of using a food processor.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a bowl.
  4. If there are any large chunks, mash them with a fork (you still want the mixture to be a little lumpy though).
  5. Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on the tray.
  6. Lightly spray with olive oil cooking spray.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Take the tray out of the oven, turn the balls over and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden and crispy.
  9. Serve

I served these along Yumi’s Hommus and Babaganoush which you can buy from any Woolworths or Coles.

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How to- New Years Resolutions

9f1e539b79ef387e6ff6a9176edcc4e0You probably looked at the title and wrote this post off. We have all seen an excessive amount of New Years Resolution posts. Generally the top of everyone’s list is:

  • Lose Weight
  • Make more money
  • Buy a bigger house
  • Buy a nicer car
  • Take a holiday
  • Change jobs

Or at least something of that nature. Perhaps a few may even have the resolutions that fall into a second tier “more difficult” category:

  • Learn an instrument
  • Learn a language
  • Start a business

At 12:00am on the 1st of January, 2018 a new year has begun and it is glorious. I’ve seen a few posts going around about the days between Christmas and New Years Day- many people feel lost or not quite sure what day or time it is, but for me I find it’s quite the opposite (in some cases). I definitely can’t keep track of the days properly but I try to find small resolutions that can assist my “big” resolutions and action them in this week. Am I the only one that does this?

Example: One of my resolutions is to lose all of the weight I put on when I was pregnant with Ava. A small resolution I can do the week before New Years Day is to start cutting out carbs, say white bread specifically. Or, cutting out soft drink. These next 6 days can be the kick-start to really achieve that big resolution come January 1-December 31.

Another example: I’m wanting to run the Canberra Half Marathon in April- I am not an avid runner by any means- thinking about running for a straight 2 hours is so overwhelming, but a small action I have taken in these 6 days (well actually a few days before but still) was to start a half marathon training program with the Nike app and actually get out there for 3 runs!

We can put a lot of pressure on ourselves when we hold our breath until January 1st, it’s as if we are climbing this mountain of the months leading up to it, with the summit insight- January 1st! If I can just make it to a new year I can be a better me. If I can just make it to January 1st I will start trying to achieve my goals. I challenge you to look at the next 2 days as a breeding ground to start those resolutions before January.

Make choices today that are going to affect your tomorrow!