I have always grown up in the kitchen and around the table. As a child, the mornings would consist of me sitting at the counter watching my parents prepare our food as the morning haze would begin to lift in my mind. As an adult, when I return home, its much the same. Except now, no one is dragging me out from under my cozy duvet, it's the time that I treasure most and look forward to.
When I'm back in London, I try my best to have mornings of a similar style. Not having to be in the office until ten each day, I'm lucky to have slower, more drawn out mornings. Here's a peek into what my morning rituals consist of on most days.
- Wake up at 6AM
- Boil the kettle before starting daily 15-mins of meditation
- Drink tea while writing down 5 small things that I'm thankful for
- Write a list of 5 things that will make the day a success
- Read a book or magazine for 30-mins; something inspiring!
- 1 hour of work on In Clover Magazine before getting ready for work
CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD RECIPE
In the month of July I decided to do go vegan, this was to encourage me to find new recipes, try new things and change my perception on food. This recipe was a favourite find from that month. I hope you enjoy it as well!
1 loaf tin
2 cups all-purpose unbleached white flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
3 medium, very ripe bananas
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup vegan chocolate chips *I recommend these!
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a big bowl, combine all dry ingredients and sift well with a fork or a whisk. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas, leaving some small chunky bits. Add the oil and lemon juice to the bananas, and combine well.
3. Add the wet ingredients and the chocolate chips to the big bowl with the dry ingredients, and combine well until just mixed. (Don’t over mix!)
4. Pour the batter into a loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Since heat varies by the oven, you should check the loaves using a knife. I always take it out when it's slightly underdone. The pan it's in is hot and the bread will continue to cook. This method has worked wonders for me, giving me perfectly cooked loaves each time!