A new series!
Well, kind of. Last week I mentioned that I wanted to post more frequently in this space. I am still super stoked on that idea and what is more, I started to notice a trend in my instagram posts. If you look here, here, here, and here (Edit: I made a hashtag) you'll see that I have a bit of an obsession with photographing my morning coffee/drink and my book. There is something really satisfying about seeing those two things together. It represents a moment of calm and happiness in my life. I spoke earlier about my morning routine, and this is such a big part of it. Of course, I don't have time every morning to read leisurely with coffee in hand, but it is my ideal. SOOOO, I thought why not take it a step further? I won't make this series regular in a weekly or bi-weekly fashion, but every time I am reading something new I will try to share it - probably accompanied by some kind of drink or simple snack. What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one.
I want to keep this short, but a few months ago the writer Paula Meehan came to read at my University from her book of poems "Painting Rain". She was spectacular. Travelling all the way from Ireland, it was a really special event. I hadn't heard of her poetry before going to this reading, and I was both intrigued and moved. I often find it difficult to listen to readings of any kind - I am not sure if it is that I have a short attention span (quite possible) or that listening to lectures is just not the way I learn, but I have a hard time with it. Paula's reading was completely different. She was funny, engaging, sharp as a needle, and so full of passion that it leaked throughout the auditorium. Her poems explore an Ireland that is being developed and gentrified. She writes about the lost natural world of her childhood, and the many plants, grasses, and trees that no longer exist as they used to. She combines mythology with her own family experience to draw you completely into her world. I guess you can probably tell by now, but I highly recommend this book of poems. It is political and beautiful and completely encompassing. I love to pick it up in the morning and read a few poems as I sip my tea and watch the sun rise over the city.
A quick note on the smoothie: it is creamy and green and delicious. But seriously, I have been trying to create the perfect (in my opinion) green smoothie for a while now. I wanted it to be creamy and sweet, but with a little bit of a zing to it. Personally, I need my smoothies to have a slight kick to them. This one hits the spot dead on. The olive oil is key - I know it might sound weird but it creates the perfect texture and brings the whole thing together. I hope you enjoy this with your favourite book, or over chats with a friend, or however you like to spend your leisure time :)
Creamy Green Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 cups kale
- 2 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup coconut milk (beverage not canned)
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 tsp cold pressed olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend on high until smooth. Add water or coconut milk to thin if necessary. Enjoy immediately :)