Primal rumblings

primalHave I mentioned lately that I’ve decided to go a bit Primal?


Well I have.

Clean eating here I have come.  Mostly.  When I’m not feeling ill or dodgy (thanks Master Oh Waily for the iffy stomach ailment the other week).
It’s cool.  It’s real food.  It doesn’t come out of a box or a packet (for the most part).  It involves quite a bit of coconut, which it turns out is pretty darn good.  Red wine is given the thumbs up – whoop!  Even some very dark chocolate is acceptable in moderation.  Can’t really go wrong then, can you?

Other than breaking a lifetime habit of eating bread products and sugar, it really isn’t that darn hard.  The key for me, so far, has been in the planning.  If I have a range of meals to choose from and the stuff in the house to make it, then I can make it happen.

On the upside it seems to be using my extra, unnecessary stores of body fat – yay for me!  And when I can scrape together a bit of enthusiasm and energy I will start adding in some bodyweight exercises.  The key ones to start me off being the plank, squats, push-ups and maybe some lunges too.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning about things primal your first stop should be Mark’s Daily Apple and then head off around the interweb to read about all of the variations known as paleo.  Find what works for you – strict, loose or somewhere in between.  There are plenty of great meal resource websites and blogs for inspiration if it is a drastic change in eating style for you, places like Stupid Easy Paleo where I got inspiration for last night’s dinner for instance.
There are plenty of other great sites like Nom Nom Paleo, paleOMG or Eat Drink Paleo to browse too.  There’s no requirement to be paleo/primal in order to like and enjoy the recipes after all.   🙂

Grok on, folks!


As you will be well aware, Sunday is pancake day in our house.  This morning, however, we started the day off with an early visit to the fruit and vegetable market in town.  We were done with the shopping by 8am and then went for a walk around the waterfront and up to Waitangi Park where the kids played on the swings, swivel chairs and climbing equipment.  Eventually I convinced them it was time to go home, but on the way back to the car we stopped off at one of the market stalls.

We indulged in crêpes in the French style.  Miss Oh and Master Oh shared a scorching hot lemon and sugar crêpe while I had a nutella crêpe.  Oh it was all down to the memory of having one of these some decades earlier in France.  It started out tasty and chocolatey and ended up super-sweet and ‘oh why did I choose this?’  Still, it was a nice change from our home made variety and the clean up was incredibly easy.

Do you think they enjoyed it?  I know she looks a little worried – that’s because it was hot hot hot and we ended up using the paper plate as a wrap to hold on to it and munch around the much cooler edges.


Valentine’s Pancakes

So this is a bit cheeky.  These were not made this morning, but last Sunday on our regular Pancake Day.

Heart Pancake
Valentine's Pancake

I thought I’d share the pictures with you today though.  If you were wondering how I came to make a heart shaped pancake, wonder no more.

Silicon Heart
Silicon Heart

And thereby goes my little secret.  They aren’t cut out of regular pancakes, they are poured into this little silicon mould courtesy of my favourite Japanese knick knack shop in Auckland.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.

* apologies about the photographs, they were taken while hungry hoards crowded around for the first pancake of the morning, and the mould image was taken at night and I’m no Brian Brake,

Flavour of the moment

Currently we have a favourite snack in the Oh Waily household.


Dressed up and zingy.

Take as much Greek-style yoghurt* as you would like.  My two tykes can stuff a whole small bowlful in one sitting.
Add a liberal dose of LSA, otherwise known as “nutty sprinkles” in our house.
And finally top with a swirl of runny golden syrup.**

If this looks vaguely familiar, it was inspired by the lovely Greek desserts that I had while travelling around Europe a number of years ago.  Tangy, plain yoghurt topped with a swirl of honey.  Yum, yum, yum, yum !

I’m still somewhat surprised that my fussy palated daughter goes for this, but my garbage disposal son is usually happy with anything that he can spoon into his mouth himself without outside interference.  Go figure !

Happy snacking everyone.

* in our house De Winkel’s Plain Unsweetened Greek Yoghurt wins this job.
**  we don’t tend to have runny honey in the house so this was our compromise.