Jamie Oliver :: TED Talks

Sticking with a food theme for March, Jamie Oliver was awarded the 2010 TED Prize Winner, earlier this month. There’s so much about him that I like; his cookbooks are fabulously designed, I love my Jamie Oliver pots and pans, and watch him on the telly when I can. His passion for kids and food is inspiring. In the past few years he has really brought to light the problem with the food industry and school food programs and that’s what he address in his talk.

One of my favourite Jamie recipes is Tray baked chicken Maryland. It’s chicken breast stuffed with banana, wrapped in pancetta and baked in cream and corn. It may sound odd but it’s delicious.  CLICK HERE for the recipe. (I’m sorry, I didn’t take a picture after it was cooked.)

On my nightstand

skinny_bitchOkay, I know the title isn’t at all yogic and I normally wouldn’t pick up a diet book. I first heard of Skinny Bitch in the tabloids a few years ago…someone (famous) was photographed reading it outside a cafe and sales went through the roof. I came across a copy at a garage sale two weeks ago and paid 10 cents for it. The price was right to find out what all the hype was about. Turns out it’s a GREAT BOOK. Funny, no mention of mini-skirts or platform shoes, I wouldn’t call it a diet book either, even though they do map out a meal plan towards the end of the book, it’s a lifestyle. If you were thinking of becoming a vegetarian this is a must read.

Once I got over the colourful language and “tough-love” talk I found the book very informative. These ladies did their research and tell you like it is. The picture they paint of mass food production and treatment of animals we eat is not appealing. They investigate how government agencies in the United States allow the food industry to lower their standards for profit. After reading the first few chapters I felt more educated about food and empowered to make more healthy choices.

It’s empowering to know that what I choose to put into my body, I get out. Or more simply, you are what you eat. I truly believe when I shop I’m casting a vote; paying a little more for organic, natural and locally grown foods will benefit everyone in the long run, if only myself for the time being.

Get it, read it. You’ll love shopping, eating and yourself more then ever.

Clever logo design

Yoga Australia Logo by Roy Smith Design

This is for all those who appreciate graphic design and art. What a clever use of negative space. Things like this excite and inspire me to come up with that really smart design, the kind that make you giggle. Well, they make me giggle… is that weird?

If you like identity/logo design as much as I do, click here to see more.

Yoga Australia Logo by Roy Smith Design

The Girl Effect

Thegirleffect

Check out this website. Two really great things; the design and the message. It reminds me how important the work Greg Mortenson (Author of Three Cups of Tea) is doing for girls in the middle east. Education is essential for everyone, but unfortunately girls are neglected in many Third World countries.

Click The Girl Effect graphic for link or click here.