Over the last years there has been a little bit of a battle in our house. My husband grew up and lived in England for most of his life, and he was used to quite heavy style foods. In his mind, a salad for dinner was pretty much a non existent concept. Then there was myself; I loved a simple, quick to throw together dinner using whatever fresh produce I had lying around! Whenever I made a salad for dinner, he would look at me in a way that would tell me straight away it wouldn’t be his favourite. Ha.
Well we’ve come a long way and these days, most of the times I serve up a salad Daniel mentions he would be happy eating this more often. What happened you ask? Well, I learned to make those salads yummier and more filling as time went on and he learned to appreciate the freshness & ease of a dinner salad. I think we’ve arrived 🙂
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a good breakfast? This first meal of the day is by far my favourite, and I could eat breakfast foods at any time of the day. I don’t really understand people who skip breakfast – why would you miss an opportunity to eat yummy food? Ha.
In this transition time between winter and spring season, I am still yearning for hearty, warm comfort foods but slowly introducing some lighter meals too. This dish is perfect for this time of the year! Warming, rich french toast with the citrusy freshness of blood oranges that are still around at this time of year.
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Now let’s get to the point – today I’d like to share one of my go-to snack options with you. These bites are simple, nutritious and real YUM.
We love a good burger in our house. Weekends nearly always involve a burger meal with ALL the trimmings and fries or a good salad. Sometimes that burger even sneaks in on a Monday night. It happens.
So let’s talk veggie burgers. We do eat some meat, but only a couple times a week. I was looking for a simple yet super tasty burger recipe that would replace some store bought ‘veggie meat’ options we’ve been buying. Those are usually not a very wholesome meat replacement, full of things I’d rather not eat.
I had some pumpkin on hand and wanted to use it. I couldn’t really find a recipe that I was after, so I decided to try and create one myself. And boy, then turned out so yum. I think this has to be my favourite veggie burger so far.
The other day I realised I have totally forgotten about juicing. I used to be in the habit of making a lovely juice for my husband and myself every (or most) mornings. We’d take it to work or kept it in our fridge and drank it during the day. But this habit moved to the background of our lives and I hadn’t given it any thought for a while (hello baby and motherhood).
But I’m ready for a bit more energy to come my way. Or I should probably say – to work on getting that energy! Winter is taking a little bit too long for my liking and I’m yearning for more sunshine and daylight. It’s also been a little challenging getting some proper sleep in with our 8 month old, so I’m feeling it. I need some extra vegetable goodness in my life to help me stay strong and healthy.
Don’t you love those traditions that just come into being over time? Over the last few years, I’ve definitely started to appreciate them and now, as a new mum, am excited to create new ones for our little family. I find that as life gets busy or chaotic, traditions are like seeing a familiar face – they create conscious memories and make the most of the moment and season. Meet Birthday Banoffee Pie.
Banoffee pie has been a firm favourite in our house. I actually never heard of it before I met my husband Daniel – it was his pie of choice and I immediately loved it after trying. It has been his request for his birthday ever since. A new tradition was born.
I might just have the answer to perfecting your weekend.
We love cinnamon rolls in our family. But since we have been cutting out a lot of processed sugar from our diet, regular recipes tend to be WAY too sweet for our (new) liking. So I started experimenting and found just what we needed. These rolls are somewhat of a middle road between the regular sugar laden recipes or the (too) healthy ones (that don’t really meet our cinnamon roll standards). To my surprise, I found these better than any other ones I have made so far – and I have made my fair share! Even my husband thinks they are the best he’s ever had. Bonus.
For a couple of years in a row now, I’ve been making sauerkraut around this time of year. It doesn’t take much time to prepare – yet as it develops in the following weeks, it brings so much flavour and goodness to the winter months.
Fermenting your food is such a great thing to do as the health benefits are enormous. Most foods nowadays are ‘dead’: sterilised, pasteurised, ‘preserved’; leaving little room for any beneficial bacteria that we actually need for good health. While not too long ago all our food had to be preserved without the use of freezers, fridges and chemicals, most of us have never learned these techniques. And while fermenting can be tricky and takes some practice, there’s definitely something you can get started with. Continue Reading
Fall and winter season equals soup season in our home. There’s not much more comforting than a big bowl of hot soup when it’s cold and grey outside. Especially when you get to snuggle up on the couch under a wool blanket while you eat it.
This soup is just perfect for this time of the year. It’s easy and quick to make, leaving you more time for the more important December chores (like walking around the neighbourhood to look at the lights or watching your fave Christmas movie). It’s nourishing & warming and will keep you satisfied for a while. That bit of spice will make the coldest nights a little warmer. It’s a cost-effective yet nutritious meal, making it perfect to feed a crowd – or hungry kids!You can use your favourite curry spice for this recipe, either store bought or homemade. Curry paste is also works well, go with what you like and what you have on hand. You can add some chilli if you like some extra heat. For vegetables, I used some carrots, but you could also use other hearty vegetables like pumpkin or (sweet) potatoes.
During our Sunday night dinner Daniel and I usually take a moment to chat about the week that’s ahead. We go through our schedule and plans, making sure we keep some slots open for family time and social hangouts. Last Sunday I thought this moment would also be a good time to tell each other what we would like to get out of the coming week. A way to be intentional about our time and maybe set a small goal for the coming days. Daniel was up for it so we’ll give this a try! I said:
“I want to make an effort to eat more greens again.”
I always find it easier eating healthy during the warmer months of the year. We naturally want to eat a bit lighter, drink lots of water and there’s lots of fresh & delicious produce available. Now that it’s getting cold out and holiday season is upon us, I find it definitely harder to stick to eating fresh food, as the sugary treats and heavier comfort meals are calling. Yet it is probably the most Continue Reading