Saturday, 16 January 2016

Down By The River |




Can I just say...DOLLS, I'M BACK! Ok but seriously, boo who? Yes I was bed-ridden for 8 days, I'm sure some people here at Ulpan thought I died, yes I am that important (slash why did NOONE notice). OH and apart from the fact I almost went insane, started and finished the whole of Orange is the New Black, I lost myself for a little while, it's pretty boring doing sweet FA. In spite of being so down in the dumps, it was time to get out of that bed-ridden funk I had gotten myself in to and take myself down by the river with none other than my favourite Parisian Princess, Abigaelle, my PIC (Partner in Crime).

After waking up fairly home sick and well...sad, which is allowed and it's totally normal, I mean I moved half way across the world by myself without my family or friends. Am I mad? Yes I am completely and utterly mad but GUESS WHAT. All the best people are... Today gave me more reasons to be thankful because really, I am blessed. I am so lucky to be living my life the crazy way I am. OH and it's January 16th, not my average Jan Saturday considering it's 23 degrees, I'm wearing a crop with my leggings and WOW it's a beautiful day. Far from the rainy and FREEZING cold city I call home, known as London, where lets be honest, whilst we love to talk about the weather, it rains most of the year round and our summer's are virtually non-existent. Apart from the odd heatwave which honestly lasts two minutes and the whole country is in shutdown...like the drought. Since when was England the Sahara Desert. London I Fucking Love You BUT I can't help but lap up the lavish sunshine, turn that frown into a crown and remind myself why I came here in the first place. There is no reason to be sad in a world as wonderful as this.



"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."



As we wander through Yarkon Park, the air is filled with that marvellous smell of freshly cut grass, it fills you right up; the green is full of people smiling, laughing, playing ball, whilst lovers sit kissing by the riverside. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and the grass really is greener on the other side. I hear English voices, American, French, Russian and of course the wonderful Hebrew language. I live in this new city full of character and diversity, which I now call home. Tel-Aviv is made up of like-minded people from all over the world, all coming together to live here in Israel...one love.


I finally feel me again...GVO xo.

GOOD.VIBES.ONLY.

Today I'm Wearing: 

Neon Workout Leggings - Victoria Secret Sport *TOTAL LOVE* (in store now)
Running Jacket w/ Neon Pink - Victoria Secret Sport
Tokyo Sleeveless Crop - H&M
Trainers - Nike
HOMIES Headband - Urban Outfitters

I am in love with my new Victoria Secret workout leggings, this season's collection is full of colour

#I have this thing with floors

Kisses,

Bea {x}



Saturday, 2 January 2016

DINE WITH BEA: Middle-Eastern Hummus |







Dipping vegetables in Hummus with some fiery Tabasco has to be my favourite snack EVER, a healthier alternative to the absurd consumption of chocolate which my roommate and I find ourselves consuming far too often. Our New Year's Resolution? TO DO US. Eat healthy, be good to ourselves and locater ourselves and others. So now that the hundreds of duty-free cadbury's chocolates are officially hidden, we decided to give Hummus a go.

Living in Israel, hummus and falafel are a regular favourite of mine, the hummus in the middle-east is honestly incredible and because I don't eat bread due to my gluten-free lifestyle, falafels are a wonderful accompaniment and delicious alternative to the forbidden fruit: fluffy pitta bread. 

Due to a devastating terrorist attack yesterday here in Tel Aviv (RIP), my roommate and I stayed indoors and decided to distract and cheer ourselves up my being creative in the kitchen. Cooking is a real release for me, it allows you to be creative and I find it therapeutic. Our Hummus turned out to be SO DELICIOUS! Far better than the shop bought stuff, except due to our love for garlic, we may have used a little too much, so I give you a revised recipe below with less garlic. By all means if you don't care add more, but poor little Sally had a date yesterday...LOL! 

So Dolls, Check out my recipe below and ENJOY! 

BEA'S MIDDLE-EASTERN HUMMUS (Serves 2)

WHAT YOU NEED: 


1 Can of Chickpeas (already soaked/save a small handful for garnish)
2 Tbsp fresh Tahini
1 Clove Garlic (crushed)
1/2 Tsp Salt
BIG Squeeze of Lemon
2 Grinds of Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp Hot Paprika
4 Tbsp Olive Oil (add more if you need, and decorate with it at the end)
4 Tbsp of Chickpea Juice from the can
Nutribullet or Food Processer
Tabascon for SPICE 


For the Vegetable Croutons:

1 Israeli Cucumber (1/4 Large English Cucumber)
1 Carrot
1 Red Pepper

MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN: 

  1. Drain the Chickpeas, keeping some of the liquid to add when blending 
  2. Pour the chickpeas into the blending cup. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY RIGHT?
  3. YEP! Now add a big squeeze of fresh lemon
  4. Add the tahini, paprika, salt, olive oil and juice from chickpea can
  5. Crush one clove of garlic and add to the mix
  6. BLEND IT UP BABY!
  7. Serve into a bowl and garnish with remaining chickpeas this adds texture and flavour 
  8. Drizzle with olive oil and season with hot paprika
  9. Cut the veggies into croutons AKA sticks
  10. Now it's time to dip, scoop and ENJOY! If you like spice eat with Tabasco. TOTAL LOVE!




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I would love to hear your feedback and your Hummus Recipes, so feel free to comment below :) 

BETE AVON DOLLS!

Kisses,

Bea {x}