Secret Ingredient Smoothie

Everyone seems to be on a January detox or some sort of post Christmas diet. None of that's for me. I've accepted my pot belly as a permanent fixture and I prefer to eat what I like and just make sure I stay active.

Looking at this smoothie, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was some sort of detox or health drink. It's not! For fun, I posted the below picture on instagram and asked people to guess what the secret ingredient was. Suggestions mainly veered towards the healthy end of the spectrum with several people saying 'chia seeds'. One person came close with peanut butter. They get half a point.

My secret ingredient smoothie

Food for thought at Sjaki-Tari-Us, Ubud, Bali

On one of our many wanders around Ubud we stumbled upon Sjaki-Tari-Us. Well, I say stumble, it's pretty well hidden and quite hard to 'stumble' upon, thanks to it's position at the end of a thin path edging a big field. We only found it because we were hunting down a Geocache (a worldwide GPS treasure hunt).

A spread for dinner at Sjaki-Tari-Us in Ubud, Bali.

Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

Aside from all the dead celebrities and political horror show both at home and in the US, 2016 was a big year for me in terms of change.  In a nutshell, I quit my full time job to work for myself, moved 150 miles away from home and then, in October, left the UK on a six month stint travelling. My wanderlust is strong right now and the 'list' grows longer by the day. 

Weekend Brunch Club: Smashed Avocado & Feta Two Ways

I've been thinking a lot about brunch recently. And eating a lot of it too. It's a very Melbournian thing to do apparently. And as the new year approached, I had a brainwave! It's this - my new monthly 'Weekend Brunch Club' series. 

Bali's Best Suckling Pig? Ibu Oka, Ubud, Bali

Chefs and food writers including Anthony Bourdain and Rick Stein have eaten at Ibu Oka and given it such high praise that I was genuinely over-excited to try this place when we were in Ubud last month. So much so that when we turned up and they had run out of part of the dish we left and went back the next day to make sure we had the full experience.

The 'famous' special at Ibu Oka in Ubud, Bali
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