The Fave Files #2

The Fave Files - Coffee and Caffeine Mag

Lifestyle | 7th January 2018 | By

HELLO beautiful chums, and welcome to the second installation of The Fave Files!
 
This week, after realising that it was the only time I’d be able to squeeze it in for a while, I headed down to Norfolk for some catch ups with family and old high school friends. The public transport system in my tiny village always tests my patience and sanity, and debating how much I am willing to pay for gym passes for the short time that I am here has been upsetting for my bank account to say the least. Nonetheless, these are small drops in the ocean of what has so far been a wonderful trip.
 
Catching up with high school friends is making me super happy. You’ve been through so many life changes with these people, and there’s just no one else like them. I absolutely love hearing about what everyone is working on and how their lives have changed in the interval between our last catch up. I’m super proud of everything that each one of them has accomplished.
 
In typical Molly style, I’ve made a little list of all of the new Norwich cafes and coffee shops that look for remote work and high end caffeination whilst I’m down here. The first one I visited was Bread Source, a bakery/coffee shop near the Norwich lanes. WOW! It’s just beautiful in there and perfect for working, too. I’m impressed. Almost disgruntling-ly so. Why did Norwich get so cool as soon as I moved away?
 
Other than that, it’s been a productive week of work – and a surprising amount of avocado toast. Actually, I’m trying to cut down on my avocado consumption. One of my goals for the new year is to eat more locally and more seasonally. And local and seasonal to the UK, avocados are not.
 
Okok, enough of that. Here’s everything I’ve been loving this week.

Links I’ve been loving:

How to Avoid New Job Burnout // LinkedIn
I enjoyed this article and found it to contain many solid and doable tips.
 
A Year After Sobriety // I Am Lucy Moon
Although I have never had a problem with substance abuse myself, I certainly know people who have and that allows me to relate to this topic in a slightly different but nonetheless relevant way. In this post, Lucy describes us as a “society on the sauce”. I don’t think that could be truer. The pressure to drink is everywhere, and we are often met with the face of offence or just downright incomprehension if we choose to decline.
 
As someone who attended university a year later than most and had thus more or less got over the novelty of “being able to drink”, I was really surprised by just how many people abused alcohol multiple times a week, every week, and who were themselves surprised when I didn’t want to follow suit. A glass of wine or a G&T is nice every now and again, but when it starts to become such an essential feature in our lives, it’s time to ask ourselves some questions regarding if and how the habit is really serving us.
 
10 Easy Swaps for Creating Less Waste // Goop
Although Goop is known for posting some slightly wacky things now and again, this post is not one of them. Much like educating ourselves about our food, educating ourselves on how to live a more sustainable, low-waste, environmentally friendly lifestyle shouldn’t be ignored. The 10 swaps we can make to create less waste listed in this post are easy and realistic.
 
The “Give a Shit” List: What to and What Not to Care About in 2018 // The Little Plum
Say it how it is, sista! Seriously though – Chloe’s post very eloquently and wittily lists 3 things we should really be making an effort with, and 3 things which shouldn’t be taking up so much energy. It’s a thought provoking read. Go give it some love.
 
Coconut Ramen // Table For Two
Um, can we make that table for three? This soup looks RIGHT up my street. Perfect for these cold winter nights. Super easy ingredients, too. In fact, it reminds me of my Thai Red Coconut Curry with Courgetti & Rainbow Veg. Can you tell from my blog that I love Thai food??
 
Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato + Kale // Pinch of Yum
Another soup favourite, because soup is life. And so is peanut butter. I’ve been meaning to make an African peanut stew for ages so this is the perfect prompt.
 
The Wanderlust Travel Hotlist: Where to go in 2018 // Wanderlust Magazine
Ohhhh, the wanderlust is STRONG, you guys. Where on this list would you go? Personally I would love to go to Patagonia, South Korea and back to Portugal. I visited Lisbon with work back in November 2017 but unfortunately didn’t get much time to explore. What I did see though, I loved, so I’d definitely like to return sometime soon. I hear it’s great for remote workers, too!

Watching

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & Part 2
Andrew and I cracked out these old gems at the turn of the New Year. The Deathly Hallows Part 1 was probably my favourite of the Harry Potter books, so I have a soft spot for the film version, too. Part 2 totally makes me poo my pants, though. Voldemort is one scary dude. I won’t go into graphic detail, but the scene in part 2 when he finds out that Harry has been hunting his horcruxes literally terrifies me. I’m so not about that gory film life.

Listening to

Lorde – Perfect Places (Whethan Remix)
I hadn’t listened to anything from Lorde in ages until I found this! Loving it.
 
JT Roach – Tipsy (Ninski Remix)
This song is just really calming and easy listening. I don’t know what the instruments are beginning at 0:50, but it’s beautiful.
 
One Part Plant Podcast
Hosted by plant based cookbook author Jessica Murnane, the One Part Plant podcast is full of intelligent and inspiring conversations with everyone from medical doctors to naturopaths to yoga instructors. The first and only episode I have listened to so far saw Jessica interviewing Dr Kelly Brogan MD about depression. They discussed, respectively, the evidence for antidepressants and the evidence for nutrition and lifestyle measures in its treatment. As someone with a huge professional interest in the links between lifestyle, nutrition and mental health, I enjoyed it a lot.

*On the subject of podcasts – at the end of 2017 I wrote down a huge list of new podcasts to check out and have been making my way through them over the last few weeks. Expect a blog post on my favourites soon!

Reading

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat // Phillip Lymberry & Isabel Oakeshott.
In The Fave Files #1 (catch up here if you missed it!) I mentioned that I had started to read this book, but hadn’t read quite enough at the time to pass comment. Well, I have since made a larger dent in it. To be honest, my feelings are hard to put into words. I am endlessly astounded by the animal farming industry and the economic and corporate pressures that create the methods and systems we have in place today. I can only suggest that you read this book. It’s so important to be educated on where your food comes from, and the impact it has not only on human health, but the environment at large and of course, the animals themselves. That’s all I will say about it for now. Perhaps I will talk about it in more depth in a separate post.
 
Caffeine Mag, Jan 2016.
This was on the table when I popped into Bread Source this week. As well as finding lots of fun coffee centred Instagram accounts to follow (can we take a minute to appreciate @letsbrew.coffee?!), I got reading an interesting article regarding the proliferation of pretty flat white shots across Instagram. The author argued that this millennial obsession with hunting cool latte art and interesting coffee shops all in the name of the gram is taking us away from the simple art of good artisan coffee. The unexciting black hue of a filter coffee is not something you see many pictures of on Instagram, but this is where the real skill can be found and tasted. I’m as guilty of this as anyone so it was food -or should I say drink- for thought.
 
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Eating

Portobello and Peach Burgers // The Green Kitchen.
Andrew made us these on New Year’s Day and oh lord they were delicious. We loved this unusual combo and will definitely be revisiting it in future.
 
Sweet Apricot and Cauliflower Dal // The Green Kitchen.
This time it was my turn to cook a new recipe, so I opted for this apricot and cauliflower curry, also from The Green Kitchen cookbook. As I was tasting it during the cooking process, I worried that the flavours of the spice blend weren’t quite coming through. By the time I served it up, though, all the flavours had mingled beautifully. As with all curries, it was even better the next day.
 
Taifun Basil Tofu
Taifun is without a doubt my favourite brand of tofu available in the UK. I love their interesting flavours. Their basil tofu found its way onto my plate at the beginning of the week in the form of a basil tofu and mixed coconutty greens on sourdough toast spectacle. SO good. I’ve only managed to find Taifun in Waitrose, but let me know if you spot it elsewhere!
 
Nairns Cracked Black Pepper Oatcakes
I usually love the super seeded oatcakes from Nairns, but this week I picked up the black pepper variety instead. These ones are finely milled and extremely moreish – they almost melt in your mouth, and the black pepper is subtle yet noticeable. Expect to eat the whole pack in one sitting.
 
MyProtein Hemp Protein Powder
A few weeks ago, I had a protein smoothie from a local place near me in Edinburgh which contained the plain MyProtein hemp protein powder. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to buy some myself. I usually find unflavoured protein (especially pea protein) extremely unpalatable, but this hemp protein has a very subtle flavour that makes it really easy drinking. It’s reasonably affordable and best of all, it doesn’t mess with the flavours of whatever you put it with. It’s perfect to add into smoothies and even swirled through porridge in small quantities. Be sure to check out my 6 of the Best Vegan Protein Powders blog post if you fancy seeing what other protein powders I use!

Buying

Dr. Organic Cherry Lip Balm SPF 15
Cherry lip balm? Classic. Moisturising? Check. SPF protection? Check. Great value considering size and organic status? Check!

Pulsin Maple and Peanut Protein Booster Bars

It’s really tricky to find a nice vegan protein bar. In reality they usually contain an extortionate amount of carbohydrate and very little in the way of protein. These Pulsin protein bars contain roughly 12-14g of protein and are yummy, too.

Thanks for reading this weeks Fave Files!! I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this week, too. Let me know in the comments!

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